Host Gator vs. Soft Layer vs. WP Engine - Nov 2018

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Host Gator (hostgator.com) has been added on Jun 01, 2005 and last updated on Aug 25, 2018.
Soft Layer (softlayer.com) has been added on Jan 30, 2007.
WP Engine (wpengine.com) has been added on Jan 29, 2015 and last updated on Dec 07, 2016.

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hostgator.com logo!
Total Reviews: 39
Average Rating: 5 of 10
Good Reviews: 19
Bad Reviews: 20
Official Responses: 0
5 / 10VISIT WEBSITE
39 user reviews
softlayer.com logo!
Total Reviews: 1
Average Rating: 1 of 10
Good Reviews: 0
Bad Reviews: 1
Official Responses: 0
1 / 10VISIT WEBSITE
1 user reviews
wpengine.com logo!
VISIT WEBSITE
 
11251 Northwest Freeway, Suite 400
Houston, TX 77092
US
Part of Endurance International Group
14001 North Dallas Parkway, Suite M100
Dallas, TX 75240
US
504 Lavaca Street, Suite 1000
Austin, TX 78701
US
Emailsupport@h...sales@s...sales@w...
Phone(713) 574-5287, Fax: (281) 476-7800866.398.7638+44 (0) 20 3770 9704
RanksAlexa Rating1,690▼-300 (lower is better)
Domains1,705,308▼-1936 (higher is better)
Alexa Rank in US 754
Alexa Rating36,965▼-2038 (lower is better)
Domains40,587▼-246 (higher is better)
Alexa Rank in US 22,500
Alexa Rating3,853▼-349 (lower is better)
Alexa Rank in US 1,203
Coupons--2 active coupons codes20% off the first payment on WP Engine shared plans, coupon code gutenbergwpe20
Save 20% off the first payment with WP Engine. Coupon code: WPE20OFF
Languages en-USen en-US
InfoHostGator is a leading provider of shared, reseller, VPS, and dedicated hosting solutions on both Linux and Windows platforms – most importantly HostGator, an Endurance International brand, is proud to provide around-the-clock customer care and technical support from offices in both Houston and Austin, Texas.

Standing proud behind ‘Snappy’, Gators are part geek – part everyday dude, serving customers ranging from individual freelancers, to professional designer/developers and major [...]
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SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. Our customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.

Products and services include bare metal and virtual servers, networking, turnkey big data solutions, private cloud solutions, and more. Our unique advantages include the industry's first Network-Within-a-Network topology for true out-of-band access, and an easy-to-use [...]
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WPEngine is a managed webhosting service for websites and apps built with popular WordPress platform.

Technology
Thrive amid high-traffic demands, suddenly changing markets, and unforeseen conditions. Create robust and reliable websites with direct SFTP, Git version control, built-in CDN, enhanced security, and one-click staging and restore.

Culture
We’re as proud of our people as we are of our technology. Our commitment to individual and community success makes us a trusted [...]
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EstablishedOctober, 2002May, 20052010
Site speedAverage, load 2.9 sec. 27% sites are slower
SEO Links count 27,284
Slow, load 3.9 sec. 15% sites are slower
SEO Links count 2,001
Average, load 2.3 sec. 39% sites are slower
SEO Links count 21,165
Socials Info
Social Media
User Shares
hostgator.com Iconhostgator
Started from: August, 2008
  • Tweets: 29,888
  • Followers: 72,571
  • Friends: 21,121
  • Last activity: Nov 16, 2018
https://twitter.com/IBMBluemixIaaS (Inactive)wpengine.com Iconwpengine
Started from: March, 2010
  • Tweets: 24,744
  • Followers: 37,627
  • Friends: 17
  • Last activity: Nov 15, 2018
hostgator.com IconHostGator
  • Likes:1
  • Talking peoples about them: 2,298
  • Last activity: Aug 25, 2018
softlayer.com IconIBM Cloud
  • Likes:1
  • Talking peoples about them: 5,710
  • Last activity: Aug 21, 2018
wpengine.com IconWP Engine
  • Likes:1
  • Talking peoples about them: 1,364
  • Last activity: Aug 20, 2018
Hostgator.com
  • Followers:3,276
  • Entity type: Public Company
  • Founded: 2002
  • Employee Count: 501-1000
  • Industry: Internet
SoftLayer, an IBM Company
  • Followers:17,303
  • Entity type: Public Company
  • Founded: 2005
  • Employee Count: 501-1000
  • Industry: Internet
WP Engine
  • Followers:1,901
  • Entity type: Privately Held
  • Founded: 2010
  • Employee Count: 201-500
  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
hostgator.com IconHostGator
  • Circled accounts:14,190
  • Last activity: Oct 21, 2018
https://plus.google.com/+softlayer (Inactive)wpengine.com IconWP Engine
  • Circled accounts:1,301
  • Last activity: Aug 10, 2016
Host Gator Blog
  • Blog Posts:465
  • Software Wordpress version 4.9.7
  • Blog added on: 2011 Dec
  • Language: en-US
  • Last written post: Nov 13, 2018
Soft Layer Blog
  • Blog Posts:671
  • Blog added on: 2012 Feb
  • Language: en-US
  • Last written post: Nov 16, 2018
WP Engine Blog
  • Blog Posts:708
  • Software Wordpress version 4.9.8
  • Blog added on: 2015 Jan
  • Language: en-US
  • Last written post: Nov 15, 2018
Shared Hosting - 3/0/5
Plan NameHatchling [Linux]-Premium [Linux]
Price$ 2.75/mo. VAT exc.
($ 6.95 after first term)
-on request
Disk Spaceunlimited-300 GB
Data Transferunmetered-unmetered
Hosted domains1-150
Free Domain0-0
Dedicated IPs0-0
Control PanelCPanel-
Server LocationUnited States-United States
DescriptionINFO (mouse over)Now 60% OFF!

One Click Installs
Shared SSL Certificate

HostGator is one of the world's top 10 largest web hosting companies with more than 8,000,000 hosted domains. We have over 850 employees to provide you superior around the clock support. We are the perfect choice whether you are looking for [...]
-INFO (mouse over)For brands and growing businesses, it’s critical your website stays up and running at all times. Our dedicated plan combines the power and flexibility of dedicated resources with the customer service and innovation that has made WP Engine an industry leader.

UP TO 150 INSTALLS
1 Million + [...]
Date PlanAug 2018-Dec 2016
Plan NameBaby [Linux]-Enterprise Grade [Linux]
Price$ 3.95/mo. VAT exc.
($ 9.95 after first term)
-on request
Disk Spaceunlimited-1000 GB
Data Transferunmetered-unmetered
Hosted domainsunlimited-150
Free Domain0-0
Dedicated IPs0-0
Control PanelCPanel-
Server LocationUnited States-United States
DescriptionINFO (mouse over)Now 60% OFF!
One Click Installs
Shared SSL Certificate

Every web hosting plan comes with a 45 day money back guarantee, 99.9% uptime guarantee, and is fully guaranteed by the CEO himself. If you ever have a problem with the regular support, just ask that your ticket be assigned to Adam and he [...]
-INFO (mouse over)Clustered solutions provide the ultimate in scalability, security, and reliability. With multiple servers leveraging intelligent load-balancing technology, you can expect the most powerful managed WordPress hosting experience available.

UP TO 150 INSTALLS
5 Million + VISITS/MO.
400GB – 1TB LOCAL [...]
Date PlanAug 2018-Dec 2016
Plan NameBusiness [Linux]-Personal [Linux]
Price$ 5.95/mo. VAT exc.
($ 14.95 after first term)
-$ 29.00/mo.
Disk Spaceunlimited-10 GB
Data Transferunmetered-unmetered
Hosted domainsunlimited-1
Free Domain0-0
Dedicated IPs1-0
Control PanelCPanel-[In-house]
Server LocationUnited States-United States
DescriptionINFO (mouse over)Now 60% OFF!
FREE Private SSL
FREE Toll Free Number

Every web hosting plan comes with a 45 day money back guarantee, 99.9% uptime guarantee, and is fully guaranteed by the CEO himself. If you ever have a problem with the regular support, just ask that your ticket be assigned to Adam and he will [...]
-INFO (mouse over)Looking to run just one site or test us out for a bigger project? Creatives, marketers, and developers can utilize the powerful technology and bulletproof customer service that comes stock with every plan.

RISK FREE FOR 60 DAYS

1 INSTALL
25K VISITS/MO.
FREE SSL CERTIFICATES

Staging
Transferable [...]
Date PlanAug 2018-Dec 2016
Plan Name--Professional [Linux]
Price--$ 99.00/mo.
Disk Space--20 GB
Data Transfer--unmetered
Hosted domains--10
Free Domain--0
Dedicated IPs--0
Control Panel--
Server Location--United States
Description--INFO (mouse over)Whether you’re managing one site with steady traffic, numerous smaller sites, or hosting for your clients, the Professional plan provides flexibility. When you’re ready to take your work to the next level, we’re here to help.

RISK FREE FOR 60 DAYS

UP TO 10 INSTALLS
100K VISITS/MO.
FREE SSL [...]
Date Plan--Dec 2016
Plan Name--Business [Linux]
Price--$ 249.00/mo.
Disk Space--30 GB
Data Transfer--unmetered
Hosted domains--25
Free Domain--0
Dedicated IPs--0
Control Panel--
Server Location--United States
Description--INFO (mouse over)Your business is your passion, and helping you reach your audience is ours. The Business plan provides higher traffic and install limits and access to cutting edge technology like GeoIP, but still at an affordable shared environment price.

RISK FREE FOR 60 DAYS

UP TO 25 INSTALLS
400K [...]
Date Plan--Dec 2016
Reseller Hosting - 1/0/0
Plan NameSilver [Linux]--
Price$ 24.95/mo. VAT exc.
($ 59.95 after first term)
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Disk Space140 GB--
Data Transfer1400 GB--
Hosted domainsunlimited--
Free Domain0--
Dedicated IPs0--
Control PanelCPanel, WHM--
Server LocationUnited States--
DescriptionINFO (mouse over)Now 58% OFF!
Free SSL

A HostGator reseller plan provides you with everything necessary to start your own web hosting company. WHM allows you to create cPanels for each of your clients, and your choice of WHMCS or WHM Autopilot facilitates the billing aspect.

With these bases covered, you are [...]
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Date PlanAug 2018--
Virtual Dedicated Hosting - 1/0/0
Plan NameEnterprise [Linux/Windows]--
Price$ 149.00/mo. VAT exc.
($ 289 after first term)
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Disk Space1000 GB SSD--
Data Transferunmetered--
Hosted domainsunlimited--
Free Domain0--
CPU8 Core / 16 Thread Intel Xeon-D CPU--
Dedicated IPs3--
Control PanelCPanel, Plesk, WHM--
Server LocationUnited States--
DescriptionINFO (mouse over)Now 48% OFF!
Maximum Performance

As the only customer on a dedicated server, you have the full system resources directly at your disposal
With both HDD and SSD hard drive options available, our flexible server configurations make it easy for you to choose what's best for your website
[...]
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Date PlanAug 2018--
VPS - 1/0/0
Plan NameSnappy 8000 [Linux]--
Price$ 49.95/mo. VAT exc.
($ 149.95 after first term)
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Disk Space240 GB--
Data Transfer3 TB--
Hosted domainsunlimited--
Free Domain0--
CPU4 Cores CPU--
Dedicated IPs2--
Control Panel --
Server LocationUnited States--
DescriptionINFO (mouse over)Now 73% OFF!
Fully-Managed Server (Optional) CPanel $10/mo.
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Date PlanAug 2018--
Cloud - 0/1/0
Plan Name-GPU: Dual Intel Xeon E5-2690 v3
[Linux/Windows]
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Price-$ 1,779.00/mo.-
Disk Space-1000 GB-
Data Transfer-unmetered-
Hosted domains-unlimited-
Free Domain-0-
CPU-Dual Intel Xeon E5-2690 v3 (2.60GHz), 24 Cores-
Dedicated IPs-1-
Control Panel-[In-house]-
Server Location--
Description-INFO (mouse over)Dual Intel Xeon E5-2690 v3 (2.60GHz)
24 Cores
64GB RAM
1TB SATA
10Gbps Public & Private Uplinks
500GB Public Outbound

GPU - Accelerated Computing

By running smaller tasks concurrently, GPUs harness the processing power needed for high performance computing. Run a full enterprise from the [...]
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Date Plan-Aug 2016-
Website Builder - 1/0/0
Plan NameBusiness--
Price$ 28.94/mo. VAT exc.--
Disk Spaceunlimited--
Data Transferunmetered--
Hosted domainsunlimited--
Free Domain0--
Dedicated IPs0--
Control Panel --
Server LocationUnited States--
DescriptionINFO (mouse over)Number Of Pages Unlimited
Includes Hosting

100+ Mobile-Friendly Templates
Drag & Drop Website Builder
Pre-Built Sections & Pages
6 Pages Included
Web Hosting Included
Free SSL

Social Media Links
Image Library
PayPal Integration
Embedded HD Video
Remove HostGator [...]
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Date PlanAug 2018--
Dedicated Hosting - 0/1/0
Plan Name-POWER8 C812L-SSD [Linux/Windows]-
Price-$ 2,238.00/mo.-
Disk Space-1875 GB SSD-
Data Transfer-unmetered-
Hosted domains-unlimited-
Free Domain-0-
CPU-10 Cores, 3.49 GHz-
Dedicated IPs-1-
Control Panel- -
Server Location--
Description-INFO (mouse over)10 Cores 3.49 GHz 512GB RAM 2x960GB SSD
Redundant 10Gbps Uplinks
Redundant Power Supplies

POWER8 Servers - Bare Metal power for big data workloads.

Combat your big data needs and manage your data-intensive workloads with SoftLayer POWER8 bare metal servers. Built on IBM OpenPOWER architecture, [...]
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Date Plan-Aug 2016-
Supported Operating Systems
  • Linux
  • Linux/Windows
  • Linux/Windows
  • Linux
List of products
  • Shared Hosting
  • Reseller Hosting
  • Virtual Dedicated Hosting
  • VPS
  • Website Builder
  • Cloud
  • Domains
  • Dedicated Hosting
  • CDN
  • Shared Hosting
Support Options
  • Email
  • Help Desk
  • Phone / Toll-Free
  • Forum
  • Live Chat
  • Available 24/7
  • Email
  • Help Desk
  • Phone / Toll-Free
  • Live Chat
  • Available 24/7
  • Email
  • Help Desk
  • Phone / Toll-Free
  • Forum
  • Live Chat
  • Available 24/7
Payment Options
  • Credit / Debit / Prepaid Cards
  • PayPal
  • Credit / Debit / Prepaid Cards
  • PayPal
  • Credit / Debit / Prepaid Cards
Last positive / negative customer reviews
 
Helen (wsc1028@f...)
on Jul 12, 2012
Excellent, in my experience
While being hosted not or long, I really like the service they provide: clear straightforward registration with not problems afterwards, full featured c-Panel control over website, excellent tech support (had questions, not covered in support [...]

Sean (taztoys@a...)
on Aug 6, 2015
Avoid at all costs
Avoid if you can if your website is any part of generating your income. This companies' tech support is lacking in basic web hosting knowledge, is under-trained and incapable.

muxa (m.ahmad@c...)
on Feb 20, 2011
Hi,i used soft layer for 1 year+ i notice they have huge problem at there route and servers . if you ever use them and faced packet lose or DB execution errors be sure its from there side and they will never admit that , the support dont even [...]
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