1. Really Fast Server Response Time
If you haven’t heard by now, here at Bitcatcha.com, we really like our web hosting to be fast. SUPER fast.
And here’s where HostGator caught our attention.
|US (W)||US (E)||London||Singapore|
|38 ms||35 ms||252 ms||228 ms|
|143 ms||339 ms||178 ms||158 ms|
Considering the fact that they’ve only got 2 data centers (both located in USA mind you), HostGator managed to perform really well in Sao Paolo, Sydney and Japan, all hitting response times below 180 ms.
They did okay in Singapore and London (250 ms) but lagged a little over in Bangalore at 339 ms (if you’re reading this from India, best to steer clear. Check out our best India hosting plans instead!)
With a worldwide average of 171 ms, HostGator earned themselves an A+ from us!
2. Blazing Quick Site Load Speed
With the exception of PHP7.1 and a built in Apache-based content compression system, HostGator’s actually doesn’t have much going for them.
They don’t use SSD storage (only available with cloud hosting, boo!), no NGINX server set up or special caching features like SiteGround’s supercacher…yet the site load times are super fast!
We used webpagetest.org and pitted our HGBabyHosted.com test site against our HGCloudHosted.com, and here are the results:
HostGator’s Cloud hosting is one of the fastest and most reliable web hosting services we’ve had the pleasure of using (check out our review here), so it’s saying a lot when we say that the shared web hosting’s site load speed is almost comparable to their cloud hosting!