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GitHub Pages vs HostGator: What are the differences?

GitHub Pages: Public webpages freely hosted and easily published. Public webpages hosted directly from your GitHub repository. Just edit, push, and your changes are live; HostGator: A leading provider of web hosting. HostGator is a Houston-based provider of shared, reseller, virtual private server, and dedicated web hosting with an additional presence.

GitHub Pages and HostGator can be primarily classified as "Static Web Hosting" tools.

Some of the features offered by GitHub Pages are:

  • Blogging with Jekyll
  • Custom URLs
  • Automatic Page Generator

On the other hand, HostGator provides the following key features:

  • All HostGator shared hosting accounts come with CPanel
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • VPS and Dedicated Servers
Decisions about GitHub Pages and HostGator
Howie Zhao
Full Stack Engineer at yintrust · | 7 upvotes · 119.2K views

We use Netlify to host static websites.

The reasons for choosing Netlify over GitHub Pages are as follows:

  • Netfily can bind multiple domain names, while GitHub Pages can only bind one domain name
  • With Netfily, the original repository can be private, while GitHub Pages free tier requires the original repository to be public

In addition, in order to use CDN, we use Netlify DNS.

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Pros of GitHub Pages
Pros of HostGator
  • 289
    Free
  • 217
    Right out of github
  • 185
    Quick to set up
  • 108
    Instant
  • 107
    Easy to learn
  • 58
    Great way of setting up your project's website
  • 47
    Widely used
  • 41
    Quick and easy
  • 37
    Great documentation
  • 4
    Super easy
  • 3
    Easy setup
  • 2
    Instant and fast Jekyll builds
  • 2
    Great customer support
  • 2
    Great integration
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    Cons of GitHub Pages
    Cons of HostGator
    • 4
      Not possible to perform HTTP redirects
    • 3
      Supports only Jekyll
    • 3
      Limited Jekyll plugins
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      Jekyll is bloated
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      What is GitHub Pages?

      Public webpages hosted directly from your GitHub repository. Just edit, push, and your changes are live.

      What is HostGator?

      HostGator is a Houston-based provider of shared, reseller, virtual private server, and dedicated web hosting with an additional presence

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      What are some alternatives to GitHub Pages and HostGator?
      Netlify
      Netlify is smart enough to process your site and make sure all assets gets optimized and served with perfect caching-headers from a cookie-less domain. We make sure your HTML is served straight from our CDN edge nodes without any round-trip to our backend servers and are the only ones to give you instant cache invalidation when you push a new deploy. Netlify is also the only static hosting service with integrated continuous deployment.
      GitLab Pages
      Host your static websites on GitLab.com for free, or on your own GitLab Enterprise Edition instance. Use any static website generator: Jekyll, Middleman, Hexo, Hugo, Pelican, and more
      Amazon S3
      Amazon Simple Storage Service provides a fully redundant data storage infrastructure for storing and retrieving any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web
      Medium
      Medium is a different kind of place on the internet. A place where the measure of success isn’t views, but viewpoints. Where the quality of the idea matters, not the author’s qualifications. A place where conversation pushes ideas forward.
      WordPress
      The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.
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