If you need a VPS server you are certainly expecting more traffic to your website than you would if you were on a shared plan. Some web hosting companies only offer shared web hosting plans. Thankfully, both InMotion Hosting and HostGator offer VPS plans. Two big companies offer two reasonably priced virtual private server (VPS) plans. You do have more options other than InMotion Hosting and HostGator, but in this article, I want to show you how they stack up side by side.
HostGator was founded in October of 2002 by Brent Oxley. They have hundreds of full-time employees. They have over 400,000 clients located around the world. They have become very well-known in the web development field over the years. For ten years they ran under Brent Oxley, but in 2012 Brent sold the company to EIG (Endurance International Group). Over the years people have been asking is HostGator good? I have gotten lots of feedback on them as my reviews show.
InMotion Hosting was founded in 2001 by Sunil Saxena and Todd Robinson. They also have hundreds of full-time employees. They have over 24,000 clients located around the world. Over the last five years, InMotion Hosting has been gaining more and more traction. Over the years a lot of people have signed up with them and have left feedback on them. My InMotion Hosting reviews have shown what lots of webmasters have said about them.
HostGator vs. InMotion Hosting VPS Plans
InMotion Hosting offers three different VPS plans. The prices and details are down below:
HostGator offers five different VPS plans. The prices and details are down below:
Both InMotion Hosting and HostGator are close, in terms of price. I am going to compare two popular plans; one from InMotion Hosting and the other from HostGator. For InMotion Hosting I will be using the VPS-1000s plan for an example and for HostGator I will be evaluating the Snappy 1000 plan.
Here are the prices break down:
|RAM:||4 GB||1 GB|
|60 GB (SSD)||60 GB|
|2 TB||1 TB|
So, as you can clearly see InMotion Hosting gives you four times as much of RAM, the storage is identical, InMotion Hosting offers twice as much bandwidth per month, and they both offer 2 IP addresses.
At a glance, it does appear that HostGator is cheaper, but once you start going through their hardware you’re actually getting a lot less RAM and bandwidth per month.
A companies reputation is a key point on deciding which one you want to use. HostGator was founded in 2002, and InMotion Hosting was founded in 2002. They are pretty much even regarding existence. I used to recommend HostGator to people, but ever since they were bought out by EIG, I stopped, recommending them. However, I have done some research with the Better Business Bureau and my reviews at tbwhs.com to see how they stack up. Please view the chart down below:
Performance & Servers
I have used both HostGator and InMotion Hosting VPS servers over the years, and it’s been a completely different experience. InMotion Hosting allows you to pick where you want your server to be located. With HostGator, you don’t get the option to pick where you want your servers to be located. With InMotion Hosting you can choose from their two locations; California or Virginia. With HostGator, your server is going to be on 1 of their 23 locations.
Both InMotion Hosting and HostGator promise their customers great uptime. However, my results are quite different. InMotion Hosting has excellent uptime. I’ve monitored them for six months and had 99.93% uptime. HostGator, on the other hand, has very unstable uptime, despite their guarantee. I have written an article on HostGator uptime here.
SSD hosting has been very popular in the web hosting field for three years now. More and more companies are using SSD drives because they are much faster and the stability of them is a lot better. Honestly, I think having SSD hosting is a must for anyone that needs a VPS server. InMotion Hosting uses SSD drives for all of their VPS plans. HostGator does not use SSD drives.
I found a good article at shivarweb.com that showed InMotion Hosting vs HostGator and there TTFB (time to first byte) statistics. This proves that InMotion Hosting is actually faster than HostGator.
Both HostGator and InMotion Hosting have locally based customer support if you live in the United States. Therefore, you can be assured that you are not talking to an agent in India or the Philippines (like 1and1) does. HostGator has branches in other parts of the world like India and their techs handle their clients there. InMotion Hosting, on the other hand, does not have different branches around the globe.
Both companies do have a live chat, support tickets, email support, and 24/7 telephone support. From my experience, InMotion Hosting has a much more quality based support staff. Whenever I log in to live chat it takes under 1 minute to connect, email support and tickets get answered in 4 to 8 hours, and telephone support only takes about 2 minutes to respond.
HostGator, on the other hand, doesn’t always have the fastest live chat support. I wrote an article on how slow their live chat support is. There have been multiple reports of them taking an excessive amount of time answering support tickets, and longer waits on the telephone. HostGator can be spotty when you have problems and need to reach out to them.
HostGator has actually blocked my Twitter account from viewing their tweets. I have spoken with a number of times on Twitter and if that is how they choose to handle content they might not like about their company; that is fine with me. HostGator has also told me a number of times that they have been going through a growing pain since the EIG acquisition in 2012, but it’s 2016 and they are still having problems as far as I am concerned.
I have said this for three years now and stood by it; InMotion Hosting is hands down the better host for VPS servers. At a glance HostGator is cheaper, but as this InMotion Hosting vs. HostGator comparison shows cheaper isn’t always better. In fact, paying just a little more will get you more hardware and better support. InMotion Hosting is a much smaller company, but the quality is much better. I have used InMotion Hosting for 7+ years and have had very minimal problems with them. HostGator, on the other hand, has been nothing but trouble.