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HostGator VS WinHost – Windows Hosting Comparison

updated on Nov 10, 2015
HostGator VS WinHost – Windows Hosting Comparison HostGator is a large hosting provider offering multiple online solutions including Windows hosting. WinHost, though being younger and smaller, has been dedicated to Windows hosting since its inception. Up to now, both companies have accumulated enough hosting experience and valuable customers.

This comparison made between HostGator and WinHost aims at making their differences clear by analyzing the details of their pricing, performance, support and Windows hosting features. First of all, you can take a look at the ratings below.

PlanPersonal PlanBasic Plan
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Windows Hosting Cost-Effectiveness

In terms of cost-effectiveness, we will discuss two main parts – the prices, and the Windows hosting features.

Pricing – WinHost wins a little

HostGator offers altogether two Windows hosting plans – one for personal uses, and another for businesses with high requirements on security. These plans are priced from $5.95/mo and $17.95/mo regularly, and now they can be purchased at $4.16/mo and $12.56/mo if you apply the coupon code EUNGE30OFF. Available billing cycles include 1/6/12/24/36 month(s).

HostGator Coupon Code Activation

WinHost Windows hosting plans are a little bit cheaper than those offered by HostGator. The three plans, which are named Basic Plan, Max Plan and Ultimate Plan, are now available at $3.95/mo, $7.95/mo and $15.95/mo respectively for orders placed through the promotional link below. Bills can be charged quarterly, annually and biennially.

WinHost Promotional Link Activation

Money back guarantee – HostGator wins

Both web hosts offer a refund guarantee. The difference is that HostGator allows refunds for accounts cancelled within the initial 45 days, while WinHost promises 30 days. With either company, you are able to receive a full refund of all hosting fees paid in advance.

Windows hosting features – Tie

For the comparison of this aspect, the primary plans – HostGator Personal Plan and WinHost Basic Plan – are taken into consideration as they have close prices. You can read their feature information in the table below.

PlanPersonal PlanBasic Plan
Hosted Domain11
Disk StorageUnlimited3 GB
BandwidthUnlimited50 GB
FTP AccountsUnlimited5
MySQL Database(s)Unlimited1
MSSQL Databases (s)Unlimited1
Email AccountsUnlimited250
Windows Server2012/2008 R22012/2008
Trust LevelMediumFull/Medium
Isolated Application Pool
ASP.NET MVC31/2/3/4/5
Control PanelPleskCustom
Regular Price$5.95/mo$4.95/mo
Current Price$4.16/mo$3.95/mo
How to ClaimCoupon EUNGE30OFFLink Activation

From the table you can see HostGator wins in the amount of allotted server resources such as disk space and bandwidth. As a matter of fact, it also has the following advantages.
  • Plesk control panel, which is more rich-featured and straight-forward than the custom Account Management Control Panel adopted by WinHost.
  • Free Weebly website builder with 4500+ templates.
  • 1-click installation of BlogEngine.NET, DNN, WordPress, etc.
Compared with HostGator, WinHost is better in keeping their Windows hosting technologies up-to-date. For example, they allow Full Trust for all accounts, and utilize the latest ASP.NET and MVC versions. Below are some other highlights.
  • The support for MSSQL 2014, Web Sockets, WebMatrix, Visual Studio, and Classic ASP.
  • 1-click app installer which supports WordPress, Orchard, DNN, nopCommerce, etc.
  • Free domain privacy for the first year of subscription.

Windows Hosting Performance

In this part, we will take a look into the data center infrastructure, and present our monitoring results of the two web hosts' uptime and speed.

Data center and network infrastructure

HostGator is partnering with two data center providers. Currently, the company replies on two data centers – one in Provo, UT, and another in Houston, TX. Below is some detailed information about HostGator servers, networks and the data centers.
  • Both data centers feature full power redundancy with redundant power paths, UPS backup and diesel generators.
  • HostGator purchases network gear from Juniper, Cisco and Brocade, and partners with 5 ISPs to ensure bandwidth capacity.
  • All servers, data centers and network are monitored 24x7 by on-site technicians.
  • CloudFlare CDN can be turned on to ensure faster content delivery.
WinHost does not operate a data center, either. Instead, they place their servers in a third-party data center located in Los Angeles, CA. The data center features redundant power and multiple network paths, and all servers are Dell branded with dual quad cores, 32 GB RAM and RAID 10 protection.

Uptime - Tie

According to the monitoring records, both of HostGator and WinHost are excellent in keeping their services delivered without interruptions. Their promise of 99.9% uptime has been well covered. You can see the records of HostGator in below.

And the following chart is for WinHost uptime.

Server response speed - Tie

Powered by high-performance servers and networks as well as 24x7 monitoring, the Windows hosting services offered by the two web hosts are fast indeed. As we have monitored the server responses for more than one year, you can read the recent results in below.

Customer Service and Technical Support – HostGator Wins

Both web hosts offer around-the-clock customer service and technical support through email and tickets. The responses are proved to be quick and helpful. Also, there are a knowledgebase and user forums available for both pre-sale and after-sale support.

What give HostGator an edge over its competitor are:
  • HostGator provides support through live chat and toll-free phone while WinHost does not.
  • HostGator offers a more extensive knowledgebase and free video tutorials covering DNS, FTP, email, phpMyAdmin, etc.
  • HostGator can transfer your databases, scripts, website files and domain from another web host for free.

HostGator VS WinHost – Which Is the Better Choice for Windows Hosting?

Both are reliable, fast, and provide rich features, so it is hard to say which is better. However, you can certainly select one that suits your demands better.

Still not clear about the decision? Then you can consider the following suggestions.
  • If you want an affordable solution with sufficient resources, easy-to-use tools and phone support, buy a HostGator plan with coupon EUNGE30OFF.
  • If you have high requirements on a large number of Windows technologies, buy a WinHost plan with this special promotional link.