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GoDaddy vs Hostgator: Drupal Hosting Benchmark Test

As Drupal continues its rise to the top of the content management systems, more and more webmasters are looking for efficient web hosting companies to host their Drupal website.

When it comes to choosing a shared hosting provider, Drupal administrator are often hesistating between the two most popular hosting companies: Hostgator and GoDaddy.

While both companies may promise you the best speed and uptime in the industry, truth is they perform quite differently.

GoDaddy vs Hostgator: Drupal Installation

Less experienced webmasters will be happy to find out that both web hosts provide you with an automated installation of Drupal if necessary. Hostgator provides you with cPanel’s automated installer, Fantastico Deluxe, which is extremely fast and easy. On the other hand, GoDaddy provides you with their in-house installer, the GoDaddy Hosting Connection.

As far as installing Drupal manually goes, we found out that we needed to create a php.ini file on our Hostgator account so that we could configure PHP to meet Drupal’s requirements:

register_globals = 0
extension="pdo.so"
extension="pdo_mysql.so"

Other than that, the installation went flawlessly and so it did with GoDaddy.

GoDaddy vs Hostgator: Drupal Benchmark Test

On both hosting accounts, we installed Drupal 7.10 and generated 50 nodes (ie.: pages and articles) using the Devel module. The XML Sitemap module was then used to generate an XML sitemap for our benchmark script to crawl.

Using the Apache Benchmark Tool, we put some stress on the web servers for a two-week period at various times during the day. Here are the results from our benchmark tests:

 HostGatorGoDaddy
Transfer Rate101.45 Kbytes/sec78.59 Kbytes/sec
Connect Time35.01 ms61.11 ms
Processing Time728.52 ms629.97 ms
Wait Time665.1 ms507.96 ms
Total Request Time763.39 ms691.09 ms
Requests per second8.066.76
Completed Requests33003230
Failed Requests0 (0%)0 (0%)

Our tests allowed to see that Hostgator’s servers are way faster than GoDaddy’s and their network is about 2.5 times as fast.

We then used Pingdom Tools to measure the speed of both Drupal websites. Here are the results for our Hostgator Drupal website:

hostgator-drupal-benchmark

As well as the results for our GoDaddy Drupal speed test:

godaddy-drupal-benchmark

Again the speed tests shows us that GoDaddy performs below par when it comes to Drupal web hosting.

We finally did some performance test using WebPageTest.org which confirmed us what we already thought. Here are the results for Hostgator:

hostgator-drupal-webpagetest

Followed by the performance results for GoDaddy:

godaddy-drupal-webpagetest

GoDaddy vs Hostgator: Which One is The Best Drupal Host?

So there you have it: 3 different benchmark tests shows us that Hostgator is far superior than GoDaddy when it comes to Drupal hosting.

Aside better performance, Hostgator also has the following advantages over GoDaddy:

  • Better and faster control panel (cPanel);
  • Fast MySQL database creation;
  • Manual website backup;
  • Online chat support and free phone support.

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