HostGator vs. Just Host

Boxing Gloves for Hosts Duking It Out

In some markets, only a side-by-side comparison of two separate vendors really seems to provide the information you need to make a properly-informed financial decision. Luckily, the two web hosts we’re featuring today aren’t exactly bank-breakers; but even though $5/month or so isn’t enough to make you fret about web hosting prices, you’ll always want to be on the lookout for that one hosting company that does it all right.

Are HostGator and Just Host worthy contenders? It’s time to find out.

For more, read HostGator Review and JustHost Review

Features

It’s time for the head-to-head matchup – the tale of the tape, if you will. As you’ll see in the table below, we’re weighing the features of Just Host and Host Gator based on their similar, minimum-cost pricing plans – and the details of those prices will be available in the next section.

Feature

HostGator

Just Host

Disk Space Unlimited Unlimited
Bandwith Unlimited Unlimited
Add-on Domains Nada Unlimited
Money-back guarantee 45 days Anytime
Dedicated IP No “Available”
Anonymous FTP No Yes
POP3 Email Accounts Unlimited Unlimited
Email Autoresponding Yes Yes
Mail Forwarding Yes Yes
MySQL Databases Unlimited Unlimited
Google AdWords Credit $100 $50
International Domain Names Unspecified Yes
CGI Yes Yes
PHP 5 Yes Yes
Spam Assassin Protection Yes Yes
Customer Support 24 hours/day 24 hours/day
Python Yes Yes
Ruby on Rails Yes Yes
Flash Unspecified Yes

The above comparison provides a lot of similarities in features, but with a few key differences. It’s a classic case of knowing that if the prices are similar, there’s probably one site you’re going to prefer over the other if all you care about are the features. So let’s take a look at those prices and see how well they really do match up.

Pricing

Commitment

HostGator

Just Host

1 Year $6.95/month $6.95/month
2 Years $5.95/month $5.95/month
3 Years $4.95/month $4.95/month
Monthly $8.95 $8.95

No, that’s not me making an error – these are the exact same pricing plans for the features you saw listed above. I’d say that takes out one variable in your decision, no? One note about Just Host’s pricing, however: they weren’t as upfront about them as HostGator was. I had to start registering with Just Host to find out I wouldn’t get their tiniest fee without a longer commitment.

Customer Support

The customer support won’t be a problem for either of these companies – you can reach them by phone, you can reach customer support 24 hours a day, and you’ll be able to find someone who, of course, speaks English. We have to give the edge in refunds and money-back guarantees to Just Host, which will refund the remainder of your term if you decide to cancel your account, and will give you a free month’s worth of hosting if you don’t have 99.9% uptime on your web site. Maybe it’s time to root for 99.8% uptime.

Conclusions

These are pretty comparable hosting companies – either one would be a worthy recommendation and either one would be a fine choice. But I have to give the edge to Just Host based simply on the sheer amount of features allowed and the add-ons they’re willing to provide right off the bat. But HostGator still belongs in the discussion.

HostGator vis a vis Just Host

Dan Kenitz is a former professional search marketing specialist based in Wisconsin and current freelance writer, commentator, and all-around entrepreneur.

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