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.
While both companies may promise you the best speed and uptime in the industry, truth is they perform quite differently.
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
Other than that, the installation went flawlessly and so it did with GoDaddy.
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:
|Transfer Rate||101.45 Kbytes/sec||78.59 Kbytes/sec|
|Connect Time||35.01 ms||61.11 ms|
|Processing Time||728.52 ms||629.97 ms|
|Wait Time||665.1 ms||507.96 ms|
|Total Request Time||763.39 ms||691.09 ms|
|Requests per second||8.06||6.76|
|Failed Requests||0 (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:
As well as the results for our GoDaddy Drupal speed test:
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:
Followed by the performance results for GoDaddy:
Aside better performance, Hostgator also has the following advantages over GoDaddy:
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