Real Web Hosting Stats

I'm disgusted with fake hosting "reviews." Here are the results of real performance tests I run regularly on top shared hosts.

Is HostGator reliable? HostGator Uptime Stats

HostGator is known for their unlimited web hosting and 24/7 tech support. They were founded in 2002 and now host over 9 million websites. Their data centers are located in Provo, Utah.

I have purchased a hosting plan on HostGator and set up a typical web site. I use that example website to run these tests. Learn more about how I test.

Here's the plan information I chose:

Plan NameHatchling
Disk SpaceUnlimited
Uptime Guarantee99.9%
Money-Back Guarantee45 days
NotesSite was ready within minutes after I purchased.

Uptime Test

This test is performed by measuring the % uptime of a host. Higher is better.

I use Pingdom to report website uptime. Pingdom is configured to make an HTTP request to the host every minute, and report if it is unreachable. It'll also report an error if the host takes longer than 30 seconds to respond (Yes, that's not actually down, but if your site takes that long to respond it is unusable in my opinion). Pingdom performs this test from at least 3 servers worldwide, and reports a problem if 2/3 servers do no respond.

This test is important if you are concerned about the reliability of your web host (this is important!)

Measuring uptime with Pingdom

HostGator Uptime Test Results

HostGator (full benchmark) performs stellar in the Uptime test, with an average result of 99.97 percent. Its best run was 100.00 %, but has been as bad as 97.50 %. HostGator's most recent result on Jan 18 was 100.00 percent. Back in 2013 HostGator had several outages that lasted days. While I wasn't recording detailed stats at the time, I can vouch that it was a miserable experience. Many blame the lack of reliability on their new data center, which they made everyone move to after they were bought out by EIG. To be honest, HostGator's downhill performance was the reason I created this site (I was too annoyed by them to let them get away with it).

Let's see if HostGator is consistent in its uptime stats:

Recent Raw Results for HostGator

Date Uptime Downtime Outages Avg Response Time
2017-01-18100.000 %0 mins0571 ms
2017-01-17100.000 %0 mins0558 ms
2017-01-16100.000 %0 mins0561 ms
2017-01-15100.000 %0 mins0567 ms
2017-01-14100.000 %0 mins0527 ms
2017-01-13100.000 %0 mins0529 ms
2017-01-12100.000 %0 mins0536 ms
2017-01-11100.000 %0 mins0557 ms
2017-01-10100.000 %0 mins0524 ms
2017-01-09100.000 %0 mins0482 ms
2017-01-08100.000 %0 mins0498 ms
2017-01-07100.000 %0 mins0515 ms
2017-01-06100.000 %0 mins0516 ms
2017-01-05100.000 %0 mins0480 ms
2017-01-04100.000 %0 mins0491 ms
2017-01-03100.000 %0 mins0481 ms
2017-01-02100.000 %0 mins0469 ms
2017-01-01100.000 %0 mins0490 ms
2016-12-31100.000 %0 mins0521 ms
2016-12-30100.000 %0 mins0527 ms
2016-12-29100.000 %0 mins0524 ms
2016-12-28100.000 %0 mins0505 ms
2016-12-27100.000 %0 mins0503 ms
2016-12-26100.000 %0 mins0513 ms
2016-12-25100.000 %0 mins0527 ms
2016-12-24100.000 %0 mins0502 ms
2016-12-23100.000 %0 mins0509 ms
2016-12-22100.000 %0 mins0534 ms
2016-12-21100.000 %0 mins0518 ms
2016-12-20100.000 %0 mins0520 ms
2016-12-19100.000 %0 mins0567 ms
2016-12-18100.000 %0 mins0552 ms
2016-12-17100.000 %0 mins0549 ms
2016-12-16100.000 %0 mins0569 ms
2016-12-15100.000 %0 mins0507 ms
2016-12-14100.000 %0 mins0508 ms
2016-12-13100.000 %0 mins0552 ms
2016-12-12100.000 %0 mins0526 ms
2016-12-11100.000 %0 mins0505 ms
2016-12-10100.000 %0 mins0496 ms
2016-12-09100.000 %0 mins0505 ms
2016-12-08100.000 %0 mins0503 ms
2016-12-07100.000 %0 mins0499 ms
2016-12-06100.000 %0 mins0483 ms
2016-12-0599.931 %1 mins1503 ms
2016-12-04100.000 %0 mins0453 ms
2016-12-03100.000 %0 mins0455 ms
2016-12-02100.000 %0 mins0458 ms
2016-12-01100.000 %0 mins0457 ms
2016-11-30100.000 %0 mins0291 ms
2016-11-29100.000 %0 mins0287 ms
2016-11-28100.000 %0 mins0292 ms
2016-11-27100.000 %0 mins0287 ms
2016-11-26100.000 %0 mins0277 ms
2016-11-25100.000 %0 mins0281 ms
2016-11-24100.000 %0 mins0275 ms
2016-11-23100.000 %0 mins0275 ms
2016-11-22100.000 %0 mins0281 ms
2016-11-21100.000 %0 mins0282 ms
2016-11-20100.000 %0 mins0276 ms
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