Site5 VS HostGator – Cheap VPS Hosting Comparison

Site5 VS HostGator – Cheap VPS Hosting Comparison

Sep 12, 2014

Having been in the hosting industry for more than a decade, both Site5 and HostGator have developed into top hosting companies. Given so, many people may pop out the question as to which one offers better VPS hosting solutions.

This review aims to answer this question by carefully comparing their prices, features, performance and technical support. Before stepping into the details, please read the this overall rating table which is based on our thorough research.

Rating Site5 HostGator
Overall 3.5 of 5 stars 4.5 of 5 stars
Features 5 of 5 stars 5 of 5 stars
Loading Speed 3 of 5 stars 4.5 of 5 stars
Uptime 5 of 5 stars 5 of 5 stars
Technical Support 3 of 5 stars 4.5 of 5 stars

Plans and Pricing

Site5 offers a wide range of VPS options including 11 unmanaged plans and 10 fully managed plans to meet varied needs and budgets. The price for unmanaged plans ranges from $25/mo to $600/mo while the price for managed plans starts from $55/mo and can be as expensive as $700/mo. Full refund is available with 15 days after purchase.

HostGator offers 5 semi-unmanaged VPS plans named as Snappy 500, Snappy 1000, Snappy 2000, Snappy 4000 and Snappy 8000. When cPanel is included in the latter four plans, they are called managed VPS plans. The price for unmanaged VPS plans ranges from $19.95/mo to $149.95/mo while the price for managed plans starts from $49.95/mo and goes all the way up to $159.95/mo.

Apparently, HostGator offers much more affordable price than Site5 does. What’s more, it is now offering a 25% discount for first-time users who sign up by using the coupon code BWH25Percent. The code reduces the price to $14.96/mo. Don’t worry about any purchasing risks because HostGator offers a 45-day money back guarantee.


We choose to compare the features of their managed VPS hosting plans as cPanel usually matters to hosting users regardless of skill level. Both plans offer unlimited MySQL Databases, unlimited Domains unlimited FTP Accounts, Cronjobs, SiteBuilder, etc. But they differ from each other in the following aspects. Note that Site5 users can choose either cPanel/WHM or SiteAdmin as the control panel by paying $10/mo.

Feature Site5 HostGator
Plan in Review VPS2 Snappy 1000
Storage 50 GB 60 GB
Monthly Bandwidth 800 GB 1 TB
CPU Cores 2 1
Root Access N/A Yes
Control Panel cPanel/WHM cPanel/WHM
Regular Price $65/mo $49.95/mo
Discount N/A 25%
Discounted Price $65/mo $37.46/mo
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From the table, we can see that Snappy 1000 offers as much as or more resources than VPS2 does in every aspect except for CPU core. It’s safe to conclude that Snappy 1000 is more cost-effective than VPS2. More features included in HostGator managed VPS plans are listed as below:

  • Apache web server;
  • Free transfer of website, domain, MySQL, and script;
  • 100% compatibility with MySQL, PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby,etc;
  • Secured VPS with free IPTables Firewall;
  • 4,500 free templates;
  • Instant installation of 52 free scripts, and more.


performanceSite5 locates over 20 high performance data centers around the world to provide fast and reliable hosting services for world-wide users. It utilizes RAID 10 technology for reliable storage solutions and Shared SSL technology for secure connections to users???websites.

All VPS plans are hosted on a Xen-based platform which guarantees dedicated resources for each user. Site5 is confident about its uptime. It offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee for unmanaged VPS plans and a 99.99% uptime guarantee for managed VPS plans. Failure in doing so will be backed by credits.

HostGator’s data centers feature cutting edge sever hardware including Supermicro Servers, fully Customized Hardware Specs, AMD Opteron 6000 series CPUs, Fault Tolerant RAID Disk Arrays and DDR3 ECC RAM. The servers are backed up by multiple layers of network security and multiple redundancy to mitigate chances of hardware failure. Besides, HostGator has also partnered with leading IT firms such as CyrusOne and Level(3) to enhance the availability and reliability of their performance.

We monitored their performance by Pingdom and found both companies manage to maintain a 99.9% uptime or above. But HostGator is faster than Site5 in terms of server response rate as depicted by the following performance chart.

Technical Support

Site5 offers technical support via email and live chat on a 24/7 basis. The phone channel is available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on workdays only. By comparison, all the support channels including live chat, toll-free phone and email are accessible in HostGator on an all-time basis.

HostGator users can also interact with their technicians and other customers on HostGator Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, etc. Or they can browse the forums or watch video tutorials for useful information. According to our research, about 95% of its customers reported being satisfied with HostGator and the services it provides.


In conclusion, HostGator is much more recommendable than Site5 in that its VPS plans come with affordable prices, rich features, guaranteed performance and satisfying customer support.

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