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If you want to start a website or blog, then you may be deciding between using Hostgator or 1and1 for your web host, as both companies have a great reputation for offering affordable web hosting options for brand new websites. But you may have no idea which web host. So why don’t you try Website Tips and Tutorials’s side by side comparison of the 2 web hosts to help you decide?
|Cost of domain||Free||$12.95||Free for 1 website||$12.95||Free for 1 website||$12.95|
|# of Websites||1 Website||1 Website||Unlimited Websites||Unlimited Websites||Unlimited Websites||Unlimited Websites|
|Google Adwords**||None||$100 Credit||None||$100 Credit||None||$100 Credit|
|Bing Ads||None||$100 Credit||None||$100 Credit||None||$100 Credit|
*Please note that this is the promotional price for the first year. You will need to click through these links: 1and1 and Hostgator and then you can get the promotional rate. Also, please note you will need to pay the whole year in advance.
**Please note that in order to get the Google Adword credit, you’ll need to spend $25 on google adwords first.
As you can see, the prices are pretty comparable. If you’re just starting out, though, then you can really appreciate these low prices to start out because it keeps the expenses of your business/website/blog way down and then by the time the price does go up, you should have more money to work with. Also, please note you will need to pay the whole year in advance, but once again it’s not too much money upfront because the prices are so low and the advantage here is that you won’t have to worry about paying for a web host in your monthly expenses. However, if you really, really do not want to pay one year in advance, you can pay monthly through HostGator but I do not recommend that because it’s much more expensive long term.
The other factor to think about regarding price is domain registration. Now if you’re wondering what that is, basically each website has website address (the address for this website is websitetipsandtutorials.com) and you have to buy it and then keep paying for it every year. At 1&1 you can get 1 year of your domain for free, which is a great way to save money upfront. At HostGator you can pay about $12.95 for the first year, maybe more if you want to use a popular name. So that’s definitely something to consider when you’re weighing web hosts with startup costs.
Other than price, HostGator and 1and1 do have a lot of similar things, though one thing that jumps out to me is that the promotional Google Adword and Bing Ads. That is incredibly appealing if you are just starting out. It can be hard when you start a website to get traffic right away, and google ads and bing ads are a great way to get traffic at the time you need it most. So this to me puts HostGator over 1and1, but if you don’t care about getting getting the ads credit and you just simply want the cheapest option, then I think the 1and1 basic plan is your best bet because it gives you comparable feature and is by far the cheapest upfront because it’s so cheap per month plus you get that first year for your domain free.