10 Tested & Working Hacks to Reduce Load Time & Speed Up WordPress Website / Blog

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Load time of a website has always been a talk of the town and Google has now made it clear that it is a major ranking factor. That means, the faster your website load (with quality content) the higher you’ll place in Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs).

When a new visitors stumble upon your site, you have merely few seconds to capture their attention and convince them to spend some more time on your site.

According to a study conducted by major search engine Microsoft Bing, a delay of 2-seconds reduces the user’s satisfaction by 3.8%, which in turn increases the lost revenue by 4.3%.

Another research by Amazon also proved it true, reporting 1% increased revenue for every 100 milliseconds improvement in their site speed. (Source – Amazon)

It concludes that the loading time of a website is directly proportional to the user experience and revenue your website will generate.

In this post, I’ll cover all of the tested and working hacks I have found to reduce the load time of your website.

But first, here are few tools to analyze your site speed:

  • Pingdom: Test the load time of a given URL and analyze what should be improved.
  • GTMetrix: Analyzes the speed performance of a page using PageSpeed and YSlow.
  • Google PageSpeed Insight: As the name suggests, a tool by Google to analyze the page speed and suggest proper improvements.

Go ahead, and run a quick test of your website on each of these tool before moving forward. You can compare the results after implementing below hacks to reduce the load time of your website.

One thing to remember is, scores doesn’t matter. Load time of your site is important and if you can improve that, you can please big G to rank your website higher.

How to Speed Up A WordPress Website?

Note: The given list is not ordered by any criteria and there’s no fixed order to implement these changes. You can pick the best one you feel like changing and implement it.

So, starting with the first one.

1. Choose A Good Host

The web host of your website matters a lot as it is where all of your website data is stored and accessed.

A low-quality web host may save you few bucks while starting out, but in the long run, you’ll be losing more money than you’ve saved.

Unwanted downtimes, slow loading time, and server crash are some of the regular problem people face with low-quality web hosting services.

Moreover, if you’re planning to publish popular stuff that has a potential to go viral, then it the worst idea to not buy good web hosting.

The only web hosting I recommend that is both of high quality and affordable to your pocket is

SiteGround Shared Web Hosting (Click here to check SiteGround’s Official Website)

Plans start at an affordable price of $3.95/month (free domain name) which is comparable with other web hosting providers.

If you can afford to pay more then I would suggest you buy GoGeek plan priced at $14.95/month.

If you own a high traffic website, you may also consider their cloud hosting.

Here are some additional things to consider while buying a web hosting for your website.

2. Use a Lightweight Theme

Another important factor in site speed is the theme/framework of your site. A theme bloated with tons of features will take more time to load than a simple and lightweight theme.

Free themes like Twenty Sixteen and Twenty Seventeen from WordPress works great and loads quite fast.

Some premium themes like Genesis Framework have also proved to be speedy and less server resource consuming.

3. Use A Content Delivery Network (CDN)

Content Delivery Network (CDN) is a popular technology used by almost all popular website to serve their website with a blazing speed.

What a CDN does it to collect all of your static files (JavaScript, CSS, images etc.) and store them to a server situated all over the world.

And when a visitor requests these resources, CDN will allow them to download these files as fast as possible by delivering the contents from the nearest server location.

Simply awesome tactic, isn’t it?

One of the most popular CDN used by big blogs is MaxCDN which is a premium Content Delivery Network. The lowest plan starts at $6.75 first month.

4. Manage The Number of Post Revision Stored

WordPress has a (bad) habit of storing post revisions every time you change some parts of a post. They call is post revisions.

These drafts are good when you want to revert back some changes but often we don’t use them. This post right here took me 14 drafts to complete and once I hit publish I don’t need those post revisions to fill up my database and waste my valuable server space.

wordpress post revision

That’s why I use Revision Control plugin to remove these unwanted post revisions and keep my WordPress database.

5. Optimize Your WordPress Database

Optimizing your database is a single way to deal with all unwanted problems such as spam, post revisions, tables, drafts, etc.

For this purpose, I use and recommend WP-Optimize plugin. It will clean up your database without any manual work.

6. Optimize Images and Use Lazy Load

Images in your post serve a great way to provide a visual representation and make your post more helpful. Charts, Graphs, Screenshots, and infographics are commonly used in a post.

But apart from serving for good, these images may cause slow website loading. Often we use high-quality images of large sizes and loading of these images takes a considerable amount of time.

I use a free WordPress plugin called Smush Image Compression and Optimization. This plugin will automatically optimize images on your site without reducing quality.

You can also use various image compression tools available online but doing this manually for every image will cause a lot of time.

There’s no reason why you shouldn’t install such an amazing plugin.

Lazy Load is another useful feature which loads the images only when they’re on the user screen. If you’ve 10 images on a web page then instead of loading all of them at once, the lazy load will load images as user scroll down reducing the load time.

I use lazy load plugin to add this feature on my WordPress website.

7. Enable Caching

What’s Caching?

When someone visits your site, the elements of your site are stored on their hard drive in a form of cache. And the next time he/she visits your site, the contents of their hard drive will be automatically loaded without having to send more requests to HTTP server.

Caching reduces the load time considerably and is considered as the simplest way to reduce the load time and speed up of your WordPress website.

W3Total Cache is a popular plugin widely use for enabling caching.

You can also use CloudFlare free service to enable Browser Caching for added experience.

8. Turn of Pingbacks and Trackbacks

Pingbacks and Trackbacks are used to notify users when someone over the internet links to any of the pages of their site.

It is nice features to keep track of backlinks but it is not as important and increases the server requests which in turn reduces the load time.

You can disable Pingbacks and Trackbacks by going to Settings > Discussion.

wordpress discussion settings

9. Remove Unnecessary Plugins

Plugins are used to add features that otherwise we couldn’t add without writing hundreds of lines of codes.

However adding too many plugins slow your site, and often dealing with updated of plugins may cause a crash.

Also, deactivated plugins provide a way to bypass your website security to hackers. If you’re using too many plugins then try disabling few of them and test your site speed.

Deactivate and delete all those plugins which affect your server speed.

10. Enable Gzip Compression

This may sound like an advanced optimization technique but it is not.

Being a computer user, you must know about zipping compression where we compress multiple files to reduce their size.

The same method is used in Gzip compression where we compress files for faster network transfers.

There are various ways you can enable GZip Compression on your site.

Patrick Sexton has explained methods of GZip compression on various servers in this article.

After applying the above method of Gzip compression, you can verify the compression by using the GZip compression test.

Signing Off

Speed is an important factor of a website and considering the value it adds to the overall user experience as well as Search Engine Optimization (SEO), you can’t afford to ignore it.

Making your site load as quickly as possible should always be your high priority.

While most of the hacks to reduce the load time of your WordPress website simple, some of the tips may need some research. You can either use Google for that or comment below and I’ll be more than happy to assist you.

And when you’ve implemented these tips, do compare before and after website loading time and let us know what changes you have achieved. A simple comment mentioning the difference of loading time and techniques used will be highly appreciated.

Have you got any more hacks to reduce the load time of WordPress website? Share your tips below.

Thanks for reading, share this article if you found it helpful.

Godaddy Review 2017

The year 2017 has already begun and I’ve completed 4 years with Godaddy. It is the time to share my personal experience with you guys about Godaddy Hosting. I am writing a detailed Godaddy review about Godaddy Hosting services that will include everything from their services, coupons, up time, performance, page speed and more.

Godaddy is one of the top and most widely available web hosting company that provides nearly all kinds of hosting and web related resources. Its huge presence in nearly all major countries and vast array of services has made it one of the giants of web hosting.

With millions of domain names registered under its name it is also a major domain name registrar. Its plans are also suitable for most business and personal web development applications. The web hosting company has grown steadily from a garage into one of the major companies that handled millions of websites in every corner of the world. Despite the huge array of services and features along with millions of clients, it has maintained a consistent service and support across all geographies.

After frantically browsing through online forums and benchmark reports for days on end, I ended up with Godaddy. The company looked promising but its prices were almost half the amount charged by other hosting companies. Fortunately, the benchmark tests also revealed better functionality and support as compared to its competitors. Here is my complete review of the host after hosting my site for almost 3 months. Let’s dive deeper into the giant to find what makes it tick and how you can leverage the best features out of it.

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Godaddy ReviewDomain Name Services

Godaddy is one of the major domain name registrars in all over the world. Along with the registrations of popular and regional domains, the company now allows users to easily register premium domains that end with preset custom TLD’s. It doesn’t just allow its uses to buy domain names but it also allows them to backorder them from existing owners. It allows its users to transfer their domains from existing registrars and also cash park them for an extended period of time.

Along with the above, the company provides a domain broker service that allows users to determine the value of a domain name even if it’s taken by someone. If the price suits your requirements and budget, you can easily buy the domain name through a verified broking service that facilitates the transfer of ownership. In case you feel that the price is higher than your budget, you can easily negotiate with the parties to get a better deal.

Godaddy also allows users to backorder any domain name without any unnecessary hassles. You can backorder any domain name and it can be available to you the moment it becomes available. However if there are more than one backorder requests for the same domain, you will be put on a queue where you can easily bid on the price allotted by other members.

Along with the above, there is also a domain auction section on Godaddy that allows users to sell their domain names without any technical hassles on an auction market. People from all over the world can bid on your domain name and the higher bidder wins. Some of its other features include domain privacy and whois information database that can be easily processed from its website. If you don’t want users to know about your personal details, you can make it private for a nominal price every month. Else anyone can find its information from its whois records.

Hosting

Since its early beginnings, Godaddy has remained as one of the major hosting giants with quality services suited for all kinds of personal and business users. Its plans are divided into separate segments depending on the amount of resources consumed and required by each users. Therefore users won’t have to pay for more than they consume. Along with shared hosting accounts that host multiple websites on a single web host, the company also provides virtual private servers that are ideal for most business purposes. Developers and high resource consuming websites require VPS hosting for their development and business needs. Along with that the company also provides powerful dedicated servers that can be managed by the company or by the users. The dedicated servers are meant for more powerful business applications that have to support and process heavy applications. Let’s look at the different types of hosting accounts provided by Godaddy in more depth.

Shared

The shared hosting plans in Godaddy is divided into 4 distinct plans. Each plan is ideal for users from beginners to advanced websites. You can easily start with the starter plan and upgrade your way up to the ultimate plan as your number of visitors and resource consumption increases over time. You can also directly buy the ultimate or any of the other plans if you already know your requirements. The various plans provided by Godaddy are: starter priced at $2.24 per month and comes with 30GB storage, economy priced at $4.99 per month that comes with 100GB storage and 100 email addresses, deluxe prices at $5.99 per month and comes with unlimited websites and unlimited storage with 500 email addresses and the most powerful plan is the ultimate plan that comes with 1000 email addresses plus one year SSL certificate along with all the features of the deluxe plan but is priced at only $7.99 per month.

Special Discount Offer: Limited Period Discount on Godaddy Economy Hosting. Buy Economy Plan for just $1 per month with free domain name. Click here to read more.

WordPress

Godaddy also provides Managed Wordpress hosting that has recently remained one of the major content management systems since its release. Therefore, Godaddy has also divided the wordpress plans into multiple sections to depending on the user’s resource consumption. The wordpress plans are divided into basic priced at $3.99 per month and comes with 10GB SSD while allowing up to 25000 monthly visitors, deluxe priced at $5.99 per month that comes with 15GB SSD storage and allows up to 100000 visitors per month, ultimate that comes with 30GB SSD storage and 400000 monthly visitors and allows you to host up to 2 websites on the same account and the most powerful developer account that costs $14.99 per month and comes with 50GB SSD storage and allows 800000 users with the additional benefit of hosting 5 websites on the same plan. All the above plans come with a free domain name when bought for a whole year. The SSD storage disks make the website even more powerful while the already installed plugins on the wordpress installations allow users to easily migrate from their existing CMS or Hosting Company. You also have access to thousands of free themes and plugins that you can easily install to modify the design and features of the much loved content management system.

VPS and Dedicated

Like most web hosting companies, Godaddy also provides some of the best options for VPS and Dedicated servers. Their array of servers located all across the world have awesome configurations for a marginal cost. Their prices are also competitive and therefore are ideal for any use case involving high resource consumption.

Also Read: Godaddy VPS Review

Offers and Coupons

Godaddy is famous for its numerous offers and coupons across all of its products. You can find deals that get you domains, websites and email just at $1. Nearly all its plans have discounts and offers related to nearly all services across the domain, hosting and other services. Godaddy also offers website builders for only $1 a month. Email marketing packages start from $4.99 a month. It also offers Microsoft office 365 subscriptions for only $5.99 per month. Moreover, you also get domain based email address for only 3.99 per month. In case you want a SSL certificate, you can now get is at only $99 a year.

Also Read: Godaddy Hosting Coupons & Godaddy Domain Name Coupons

Performance and Reliability

Over the last ten years, Godaddy has grown exponentially to become one of the top hosting providers competing directly with the likes of Endurance International due to its award winning customer service and ease of deployment. With its highly appreciated coupons and offers that competes head on with DreamHost and Arvixe, it runs a highly successful marketing campaign while providing a competing service that makes it one of the most recommended web hosting companies on the web. Unlike other companies who focus on all kinds of customers, Godaddy focuses only on small and medium sized businesses and its plans reflect the necessary technologies expected by small business owners.

Since its inception, Godaddy has always remained among the top performance oriented web hosting companies with security measures that far outweighed its competitors. Its inbuilt security layer allows users to deploy ecommerce website without the need for any additional SSL certificates. Except for select instances, the hosting company has maintained its reputation for continuous server uptime and increased page speed over the years. Let’s explore each of the parameters to understand the performance optimization offered by the company as compared to its customers.

PageSpeed

Page speed tests carried out over a span of 6-7 months reveal average performance as compared to its competitors. The average result was 3.33 seconds over the period while the best page speed was offered by BlueHost with average PageSpeed at 3.08s. Although the difference is minuscule, the effect often compounds when high volume web pages are requested by hundreds of users at the same time. The page speed remains stable without any spikes like HostGator or StableHost and therefore it is ideal for websites that have negligible or very less high volume pages. The below statistics reveal the stats from benchmarks.

Godaddy Hosting Response Time

Server Uptime and Downtime

In comparison with DreamHost and HostGator, Godaddy performs average in terms of server uptime. Although the downtime is only for a minute or two, the frequency in downtime has significantly increased in recent times. The rising number of customers and limited server equipment must be a major challenge for the organization but nevertheless, server uptime often affects customer experience. Its average uptime during the benchmarking period was 99.2% which is still pretty impressive in comparison to other major hosting solutions like Endurance, BlueHost and Yahoo who fared even worse. Glance on the below stats to better understand its up time to downtime ratio.

Godaddy Uptime

User Experience And Customer Service

Godaddy has always been popular for its excellent customer service and offers provided on nearly all its services but the hosting service definitely needs to redesign its cpanel to make it easier for beginners. Although the cPanel is deployed in its standard form, beginners can hardly understand the difference between the file system and the DNS server. Instead the company can turn it into a blog like service like WordPress where the app handled everything and the user is left only with the content that he has to manage.

Also Read: Godaddy Windows Hosting Review

Personal Experience

I’m a user of Godaddy since past 5 years. I started with their power plan and had transferred my domain name from Hostgator. Although the plan offered a free domain name, I skipped the offer as I already had one. The setup was quick and the presale support was definitely better than Hostgator. It took around 4 days to transfer the domain name to Godaddy but I have had worse with other companies (which took more than 9 days to transfer). After the transfer, I installed wordpress from the 1-Click apps and the site was deployed within seconds. I went onto install plugins and one of the plugins damaged the wordpress database. I filed a support ticket just then and waited for any possible backup that I may be able to retrieve. Fortunately the support team got back within 7 mins and guided me through the whole process of restoring the database. The problem was resolved within the next 20 mins and without any expense whatsoever unlike in Godaddy and other hosting companies. Therefore I am pretty satisfied with the company and the server is definitely faster than any shared hosting plan I have ever used due to the SSD drives that push data 65% faster than traditional magnetic drives.

Godaddy Web Hosting Comparison With Other Hosting Providers

  1. Godaddy Vs Bluehost
  2. Godaddy Vs Hostpapa Vs Hostgator
  3. Godaddy Vs Bluehost Vs Hostgator

Conclusion

Godaddy is ideal for business users who want anytime support and uptime along with faster websites to improve their user experience. Although the prices are a bit higher than its competitors, the improved performance and support compensate for the extra dime. If you are an experience web administrator and want a perfect hosting company within your budget, Godaddy must be your first choice.

Bluehost vs Hostgator

Bluehost vs Hostgator

Bluehost and hostgator are among the major web hosting companies hosting millions of domains on top of their world class infrastructures. Competing with a hundred other web hosting companies, they definitely come on top. With uniquely priced plans and pricing that is strategically positioned to provide maximum resources at the maximum prices, the companies provide maximum possible features to their customers at the cheapest prices.

All websites are run on top of highly optimized infrastructures and thus provide maximum performance. You can also customize your allotted server resources to suit your custom requirements.

Moreover, the company provides highly scalable plans as its shared plans are modified into cloud based servers that allow resource consumption based on server load instead of available resources.

Bluehost targets most types of businesses but primarily focuses on high resource consuming customers. Thus they have highly optimized servers running on top of powerful SSD drives along with optimized applications that can be modified as per requirements. You can also opt for additional add ons that cost more and are available for custom applications. The servers are configured for any kind of application to be run on top of it and are thus easily deployable.

Hostgator on the other hand likes to attract customers who want to use less resources and is thus ideal for blogs and personal websites or even in case of less resource consuming corporate websites.

You can build any type of web application on top of it due to their highly extensible platform. The infrastructure supports major application types and thus can be easily modified to suit specific requirements. Although it does not provide exact resource limits, most web hosting clients have never faced any problems regarding resource constraints. As most users don’t need most users do not utilize most of their allocated resources, The remaining resources are equally distributed across the other users and thus there is hardly any resource constraint for most clients. Lets dive deeper into each of the features and services provided by both the companies to understand which one might suit your requirements.

Also Read: Bluehost vs Godaddy vs Hostgator

Plans And Pricing

Although the plans offered by both the companies are quite similar in nature, their strategic pricing allows users of all types of host any type of small or large web application on top of the servers. As bluehost provides plans ideally suitable for businesses of all kinds, it precisely specifies and restricts the limits on the resources allocated to each user. However the resource allocation per user in case of hostgator is variable and completely depends on other users on the same server. Here is a detailed overview of the plans provided by each of the companies below.

Hostgator

HostgatorAs hostgator wants to satisfy all kinds of customers, its plans are also priced accordingly. They come with all the resources necessary for building basic to high powered websites but they also lack the necessary flexibility as provided by web hosting companies like A2hosting and Arvixe. You can deploy most types of popular web content management systems to run nearly any kind of web application on top of the servers. However you cannot modify their core installation or other features as you are only provided limited resources. The plans provided in its shared hosting section are:

  1. Hatchling: Starting at $4.86/month, this is the basic plans that can be deployed on top of godaddy servers. You have to Although it allows unmetered disk space usage and bandwidth, you can hardly get any idea about the exact amount of resources allocated to you, You never know when you are going to run out of computing memory and thus it is ideal for only small websites that get upto 1000 page requests a day. The yearly plan comes with 1 domain name and you can host only one website on top of it. It doesn’t have any addon or parked domains and also lacks anonymous FTPs. You can run most small web applications but business websites often tend to consume more resources. Hostgator is popular for providing its own toll free number. But as this is the basic plan, the toll number only comes with the business plan. It also lacks a dedicated IP address and private SSL addresses.
  2. Baby: This is a more powerful plan with even more amount of resources. It comes with additional features that lack in the hatchling plan. Unlike the Hatchling plan, you get a private IP address that can be greatly useful for any kind of web application. Unlike the hatchling plan, it also comes with unlimited addon or parked domains that can be useful for most. It is priced at $6.96/month and is ideal for running any kind of blog or website. If you don’t require SSL certificate for your website then you can easily host a small ecommerce websites. You also get unlimited domain hosting and thus you can host more than one website on the plan until your resource consumption is within the arbitrary allocated limits.
  3. Business: Priced at $10.46/month, this is one of the most powerful plans provided by Hostgator. You can literally host any kind of website and web application including custom web apps that need api based services. It includes numerous business specific features that lack in the previous plans. Along with all the developmental features, it also provides a toll free number that can be used for any business related purposes. As it is  the most powerful plan among the shared hosting plans provided by the company, you will have to upgrade to the next VPS plan in case your resource consumption exceeds the maximum allotted to you. However as it is a very high resource plan, it is highly unlikely that any web application that receives less than 10K visitors a day is likely to suffer in any ways. The business specific features further ease development and deployment for any kind of web app on top of the optimized servers.

Bluehost

bluehostOne of the respected companies in the web development industry, Bluehost comes with unique features that and services that are priced attractively to allow users the maximum flexibility for usage and deployment of any kind of web application. You can build any type of web application and the resources allocated to you should be enough to handle any kind of web application. As each plan comes with precise limits for each allocated resource, you can easily monitor your usage and plan your application and strategy accordingly. Each of the shared plans are in fact highly optimized scalable plans, you can easily consume more resources than you are allocated and be charged accordingly. Any additional features that you may required can be easily opted for extra or you can directly upgrade to the next best plan for better resources and features. The three types of shared plans offered by Bluehost are:

Also read: Bluehost VPS Hosting Review

  1. Basic: meant for all kinds of customers who require a basic web hosting account to host their blog or any other such small website that may not take up huge resources, this plan comes with a price tag of $3.95/month. You can easily build any type of web application on top of the plan if the resources allocated would be enough for your requirements. The plan comes with 50GB storage, 1 domain name that can host only one website along with 1 parked domain and 25 sub domains. It also comes with 5 custom email address for your domain name that can be used with your website. You can 100mb storage space for each of your email addresses. It offers standard performance and is therefore one of the few cheap but performance oriented plans.
  2. Plus: The next most powerful plan comes with numerous additional features along with increased amount of resources that be easily used to build any kind of web application including ecommerce website that take up high CPU resources. It comes with 150GB storage along with 20 parked domains and 50 sub domains. The plan is ideal for large blogs with a page request limit upto 5K visitors per day. In case you serve media through your website, it may take up more than the allotted resources. However you can easily consume more than the allocated resources and be charged for the extra usage. It is priced at $6.95/month and is thus one of the few powerful plans. It also comes with 100 email accounts for your domain name with each having up to 500GB. The plan can accommodate up to 10 websites whose resource usage is within the limits specified.
  3. Business Pro: The most powerful of all plans with all kinds of developer and business related features comes at $14.95/month. Along with all the features from the previous plans, it also includes global CDN, spamexperts, 1 SSL certificate, 1 dedicated IP address, 1 domain privacy tool along with Sitebackup Pro. You can easily build high resource consuming applications along with feature rich services ideal for any kind of business app. With unlimited resources for all kinds of features, it is easily one of the best available plans on the web. As all Bluehost plans come with SSD support, the performance of the systems is much faster than traditional websites.
The Winner : Bluehost
In terms of attractive pricing and plans, Bluehost is a clear winner.

Also Read: Bluehost Coupon Codes

Reliability

When it comes to performance, Bluehost has always had the record of maintaining an excellent server performance benchmark over the years. You may find numerous negative complaints about Hostgator but there are only a few instances where Bluehost has failed to deliver upon its promises.

With an excellent hardware infrastructure and high performance servers always ready to maintain failover measures, it has attracted thousands of customers from its competition.

bluehost server

Hostgator although has the major markets and provides all kinds of services to its customers, it lacks significantly due to its resource allocation method. Moreover from a buyer’s standpoint, it is nearly impossible to predict the amount of resources you can actually use.

As other hosting customers are allocated the same unlimited features, some one may use more than the server can handle. Eventually, you will end up with failed database connection, bandwidth usage, space constraints and numerous other problems that no one can foresee.

hostgator server configuration

On the other hand, Bluehost provides exact resource usage for each client with strict limitations on each of the features allowed to the customers. This helps you greatly in measuring and controlling the resources utilized by your application. Let’s dive deeper into each of the individual performance metrics to deeply analyze how each of the companies can be ideal for your requirements.

The Winner : Bluehost
In terms of reliebility, Bluehost is better than Hostgator. They have a hosting solution for all kind of customers and also use latest technologies like SSD drives, cloud computing etc. 

Server Performance

When it comes to server performance, Bluehost  definitely fares better than hostgator. Bluehost provides SSD drives in each of its plans and the performance increment due to the hardware optimization is quite significant. You can easily install additional applications to improve performance and thus further optimize your application to suit your requirements.

bluehost hosting server speed performance

Hostgator also has one of the largest data storage infrastructures in the world, however as most of it is distributed among numerous locations, the performance metrics vary widely across geographies. The variable resource allocation on the server further complicates things for the user. You can easily build a large scale application on top of servers from both the companies but running them with high performance while meeting resource consumption targets is the biggest challenge of all.

hostgator server performance

This is perfectly handled by Bluehost while Hostgator is still struggling with it. You can also notice that due to the scalable infrastructure of Bluehost, it has termed its shared plans as cloud plans but Hostgator is still stuck at shared hosting plans.

The Winner : Bluehost
As you can see in the above images Blushost servers respond fast from different locations. In terms of server speed Bluehost is a clear winner.

Pagespeed

Pagespeed is perhaps the most important characteristic of any web server. Without necessary improvements to the server software and powerful hardware, it is impossible to maintain a proper pagespeed in any development or production environment. Although Hostgator has a decent page speed for most web applications, it fails when the applications grows in size or resource consumption increases significantly over a short period.

hostgator speed test results
Hostgator Speed Test

However the SSD drives in Bluehost can handle literally anything the user can throw at it. Due to their enhanced server architecture the applications running on top of the server is highly optimized and the caching mechanism in the business plans further improve page speed for the apps.

bluehost speed test results
Bluehost Speed Test

As you might have noticed that in above two tests both hosts performed really well. In the first image above you can see a website hosted on Hostgator server has been loaded in about 2.75 seconds where the page size was 2 MB.

In the second test a website hosted on Bluehost server has been loaded in about 3.96 seconds where the page size was 5.1 MB.

The Winner : Tie
Here is a tie between Bluehost & hostgator. Both provide decent pagespeed.

Server Uptime And Downtime

Downtimes are the worse things for any web application. Users can handle web application page speed but if the server isn’t available any type of website can easily lose its audience within minutes. If it is a business application, the downtimes hurt the organization even worse. Without any builtin measures to handle downtime, it becomes impossible for any hosting company to maintain continuous uptime.

bluehost uptime report

hostgator uptime report

Bluehost and Hostgator perform equally in terms of server uptime due to their large scalable server architectures and replicated data storage all across the world. Both have had an excellent record of up to 99.98% server uptime over the last year.

If you’re with Bluehost and notice that your server is down, you can confirm your server status here . Hostgator has created a support page, where you can see instructions to know your server status.

The Winner : Bluehost
Here is a tie between Bluehost & hostgator. Both provide a good up time.

Also Read: Bluehost vs iPage vs Inmotion Hosting

Conclusion

Final Winner : Bluehost
Based on our findings and test results Bluehost looks better than Hostgator. Although Hostgator is also a good web host and comes in top 10 web hosting providers in the world. We would like to recommend Bluehost to our readers but if you would like to go with Hostgator, there is no harm.

Therefore in numerous circumstances, Bluehost fares better than Bluehost. Be it in terms of pagespeed or server performance, Bluehost definitely has a solid server architecture that allows the organization to provide excellent services to its clients. You can easily rely on the company’s provided plans to host any kind of web application and if your resource consumption grows beyond the allocated limit, you can either control your resource consumption or upgrade to the next best plan. Due to their cloud architecture, you can also have immense control over the specific type of resource you consume. Therefore you can easily consume more bandwidth without having to upgrade to a higher plan. Although Hostgator is more popular and provides even more services to its customers, they lack major performance improvements that are crucial to running today’s apps. In a article published on Yoast, popular SEO expert Joose de valk suggest not to use hostgator.