HostGator is a public web hosting company and was founded by Brent Oxley in 2002 and is now owned by Endurance International Group. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas and was once in the Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies. In contrast, Lunarpages is family owned and operated and is one of the oldest and most trusted web hosting companies online founded in 1998.
Both web hosting companies have a long history on the web, but let’s get into how HostGator and Lunarpages compare when it comes to shared hosting.
HostGator is very aggressive with discounts for the initial signup period and prices will change frequently based on the time of year and or promotion.
Currently, HostGator’s shared hosting prices start at $2.75 for the Hatchling plan and the recommended plan for high-traffic websites or e-commerce website is the Business plan which starts at $5.95. Similar to other hosting companies, these prices are promotional, common in the industry that renew at $6.95 and $14.95respectively.
All plans assume a 36-month commitment for the discounted price and the recommended plan is the Deluxe
The Starter and Basic package are the shared hosting plans for Lunarpages. The Starter package begins at $3.95/month and the Basic is $4.95/month for the 60-month plan. Comparatively, the Lunarpages 36-month plan is $5.95/month.
Both Lunarpages and HostGator have additional add-ons that may increase the price based on your needs. Things like a dedicated IP address or a nightly backup service. However, the most shared hosting customer will only require the basic service and everything that comes in the hosting package.
Compare Lunarpages Web Hosting Plan for more detailed information on features.
Shared Web Hosting Features
The big question is always about bang for the buck. What value do you get for your money? Shared web hosting features can be critical to your decision, especially if you already know you must have certain things in a hosting package or at least available from the web hosting company.
Some questions to ask:
- What platform will I use for my website?
- How will I build my website?
- Do I need an SSL certificate?
- Do I need a dedicated IP?
- Do I need backup services?
- When and how can I access support?
Many of the top web hosting companies will have similar features available in the shared web hosting plan.
HostGator and Lunarpages have very comparable shared hosting plans, with some matching features including:
- Free domain name (if needed)
- cPanel access
- Email accounts
- MYSQL databases
- Quick WordPress installation
- Website builder
- FTP access
- Email accounts
Both Lunarpages and HostGator have a great variety of included shared web hosting features with the option to purchase more advanced add-ons if needed.
HostGator has very good uptime. Some test show uptime ranging from 99.95% to 100% and averaging out at 99.98% which is slightly above the industry average.
Lunarpages is also known for excellent performance and reliability and offers a 99.99% uptime guarantee.
Wikipedia defines uptime as, “…a measure of system reliability, expressed as the percentage of time a machine, typically a computer, has been working and available. Uptime is the opposite of downtime.”
You can learn more about Lunarpages Uptime Guarantee and the 24/7/365 server monitoring.
HostGator offers 24/7 live technical support 365 days a year by chat. HostGator also offers phone support and a library with video tutorials and a forum.
Lunarpages has similar technical and customer support options, offering US-based phone support, 24/7/365 email support and sales chat support. Additionally, Lunarpages supplements chat and phone support with a support Wiki, and community forums.
Both Lunarpages and HostGator give customers multiple options to get support when it’s needed most.
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HostGator and Lunarpages have great shared hosting plans and features. One of the bigger differences come in how the companies are structured. HostGator is a public company while Lunarpages is a family-owned company that has been around for over 20 years.
But both companies may be viable options for your shared hosting needs.
Sign up for a Lunarpages shared web hosting plan today or reach out to our sales team with any questions.