Hostgator vs InterServer

InterServer and Hostgator have been offering shared, Windows, and VPS services for more than 19 years. As the pricing of these two hosting companies is similar, a user looking forward to hosting their site with one of these firms may get confused. Below, we’ve tried to clear the confusion by comparing the plans and services of Hostgator and InterServer.

Data centers

InterServer has five data centers. Out of 5 data centers, four are in Secaucus, NJ, and one is in Los Angeles. Hostgator has a data center in Provo and Houston.

Shared hosting

On, shared hosting is called standard hosting. IS offers a Standard package of various applications and operating systems. Their subscription fees start at 2.50 per month and can cost up to 12 dollars. IS shared servers use LiteSpeed webserver and support the hosting of unlimited sites. The standard pack supports 450 apps.

Hostgator offers three shared plans – Business, Baby, and Hatchling. The Business and Baby plan users can host as many websites as users want. Hatchling machines users can host a single site only. These three subscriptions are priced between 2.75 and 6 dollars.

InterServer standard hosting pack doesn’t come with a free domain. The three shared server plans introduced by HG ship with a free domain.

Also see: Hostgator Hatchling vs Baby

ASP.NET/Windows hosting

Hostgator offers two Windows hosting packages – Personal and Enterprise. The Personal subscription supports one website, and it costs 4.76/month. The Enterprise plan costs 14.36/month and supports five websites. Personal and Enterprise servers have unlimited disk storage memory and bandwidth. They also let users install an SSL certificate. The Enterprise server comes with a dedicated IP address. HG Windows hosting subscriptions allow users to create unlimited email IDs and offer the latest Plesk control panel. They are enabled with hotlink protection and let users manage redirects with a GUI.

Interserver ASP.NET hosting pack costs 8.50 dollars per month, and they support 25 websites. Its users enjoy free website migration service, and their sites are hosted on a Windows server powered by SSD. They can also create unlimited email addresses. The firm lets its users enable free Cloudflare CDN, and it also lowers the loading time of pages by caching them.

Cloud hosting

InterServer has 16 cloud VPS plans. The firm lets you buy VPSes with up to 32768 megabytes of RAM and a 16-core processor. This configuration costs 96 dollars/month. Its cheapest VPS plan is priced at 6 dollars per month. This VPS comes with 2GB RAM and a single-core processor. The 2-core VPS with 4GB RAM costs 12 dollars/month, and the 6GB RAM VPS with a 3-core processor costs 18 dollars per month. These three VPSes offer 30, 60, and 90GB SSD and have 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB bandwidth. These VPS packages don’t provide cPanel or Plesk. The company sells subscriptions to Plesk and cPanel separately for 10 and 15 dollars per month.

Hostgator offers cPanel enabled cloud virtual private servers for a price starting at 4.95 dollars. The firm’s most expensive cloud VPS, Business, will cost you 9.95 dollars per month. It provides excellent configuration i.e. 6-core processor, 6GB RAM, and a free dedicated IP address. The Baby cloud server has 4GB RAM and a 4-core processor. Baby and Business VPS plans of HG enable you to host unlimited sites. The company’s 4.95 Hatchling VPS plan supports a single domain only. Hostgator cloud virtual private server plans come with a free domain.

InterServer offers only root access to the users. Hostgator VPS users don’t get root access, but they come with features that its counterpart’s VPS plans don’t provide. For example, if you buy an HG cloud plan, you can create unlimited email addresses. You will have access to SpamAssassin-protected inbox. HG will also create backups of your site automatically. InterServer provides a paid backup service.

Hostgator cloud platform supports PHP, CGI, Perl, Python, and Ruby on Rails programming languages. As you have root access to IS VPS, you can install any programming language of your choice.

Site builder

Hostgator offers three website builder packages – Express Start, Express Site, and Express Store. The Start pack costs 3.84 per month, and it lets users launch and manage a 3-product online store. The Site subscription enables you to build an eCommerce store with up to 10 products, and it is priced at 5.99/month. This plan comes with Priority support and an Appointment booking system. The store built with the Store plan supports unlimited products, and the store owners won’t be charged transaction fees. It costs 9.22 USD per month. The Site and Store plan supports 5 and 10 email campaigns per month and ships with the Appointment Booking system. The Start/Site/Store package users get access to an Intelligent Site Builder tool to build responsive sites.

InterServer’s website builder tool, known as SitePad, offers over 300 themes and over 40 widgets. It has a drag-and-drop interface and generates static pages so that the pages can open quickly in the visitor’s browser. The pages designed or built using SitePad are mobile-friendly. According to InterServer, SitePad is ideal for people without knowledge of HTML, JavaScript, CSS, PHP, etc. SitePad is offered for free to the buyers of the company’s standard hosting plan.

Support and money-back guarantee

InterServer hosting plans come with a 30-day money-back guarantee. It provides five telephone numbers that customers can dial to get support. The firm also offers live chat-based support. Hostgator, like Interserver, offers support over the phone and email. You can also discuss or get help on an issue with the Hostgator live chat tool. HG has a 45-day money-back policy.


Pramod is the founder of wptls. He has been using WordPress for more than nine years. He builds web applications, and writes about his experiences with various WP products on this site.

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