Bluehost vs GoDaddy

I’ve heard the debates about Godaddy vs BluehostBluehost vs Godaddy and so forth. I would like to put them with this review.

Bluehost vs Godaddy: Reputation

When the topic of quality hosting companies comes up, Bluehost and Godaddy are consistently in the conversation. Dreamhost and Hostgator earned their reputations through more than 10+ years of good service.  However, the way both companies market themselves is completely opposite. Recall Godaddy’s infamous superbowl commercial:

The video catches your attention…But does it tell you anything about the quality of the product?

Bluehost’s campaign, however, is quite humble. And it, you know, actually gives you information about the company:

Clear Reputation Winner: Bluehost. GoDaddy bought their reputation, while Bluehost earned theirs with superior service.

Pricing and Features

Bluehost has plans ranging from $4.95 to $6.95 per month, depending on how many months you commit to.  But all of their plans include unlimited space and domains, and great customer service.

Godaddy’s plans range from $6.99 to $14.99, and only the delux plan at $8.99 includes unlimited domains.

See the plans and pricing in detail for Bluehost here and Godaddy here.

Winner: Bluehost.  

GoDaddy vs Bluehost – Ease of Use

Bluehost and GoDaddy both use cPanel. This is an important aspect of web hosting.

Many hosting reviews go on about the usability of the cPanel of a particular company.  I am here to tell you that since the majority of sites are hosted with a hosting company and then published using the WordPress dashboard, you spend all of your time on Thesis In theory, the cPanel is important. But in practice, when you are working on your website, you spend about 95% of your time dealing with wordpress and not on the cPanel.  If you want to deck out your website with an incredibly beautiful theme like Thesis (what this site is made from), the usability of both sites is virtually the same.

Winner: Tie.  All three let you harness the power and beauty of WordPress!

Customer Service and Support

I’ve been with Bluehost for years and they have literally never let me down.  I’ve web chatted with them, I’ve called them, and no matter what the problem is

On the other hand, GoDaddy has a reputation as a money making company with poor service. The fact is that stories of customers who weren’t able to get this or that from their rep abound.  Although personally I have never had any problems with them.

Winners: Bluehost. 

Performance and Reliability

I have to say I am thoroughly impressed with the performance and reliability of all three providers.  Godaddy claims to be faster than Bluehost, but this is debatable.  Both have 99.9% uptime gaurantees, which is an important factor. We all remember the scene from Social Networks where Mark Zuckerburg exclaims, “But we NEVER go down.  That is why people trust us!” So uptime is important.

Winner: Tie.  Both have solid performance and reliability.

Bluehost vs GoDaddy Debate – Final Thoughts

You can probably tell by now that I am not a big fan of GoDaddy. This is mostly due to the superior customer service, reputation, and product of Bluehost.   Bluehost will bend over backwards to find what you need and help you, be it with web design, domain registration, or billing.

Click here to visit Bluehost and get your website started today!

Happy hosting!

Ipage vs Bluehost

iPage vs Bluehost was a tough review for me to write. I currently use both hosting companies, and they are my top 2 picks for overall value in the hosting world.  Although it was difficult, in this review I put the debate to rest once and for all. If you are debating Bluehost vs iPage, iPage vs Bluehost, etc., then this review is for you.

Bluehost vs iPage – Reputation
Bluehost has been serving customers since 1996 and is one of the world’s 20 largest web hosting companies in the world hosting just under 2 million domains. Their data center is located in Provo, Utah. iPage has grown since it was founded in 1998 has an all web solution provider to become one of the most well known hosting brands in 2014.  As of 2007, they became exclusively a hosting company with Thomas Gorny at the helm as CEO. Their data center is located in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Winner: Bluehost.  Bluehost has more longevity in the hosting arena.

Pricing and Plans

Bluehost starts its shared hosting plans at $4.95 per month, and for your money you get unlimited bandwidth, unlimited disk space, unlimited file transfer, unlimited email, 99% uptime…they even give you your own personal web presence coach, for free. host Features

iPage’s plans start at just $1.99 per month, sometimes even less if they are running a special. For that you get unlimited space, unlimited bandwidth, 24×7 customer service, marketing credits for google, and an anytime money back guarantee.

If you are interested in seeing the details of the pricing plans, you can check out iPage here and Bluehost here.

However, my winner is: iPage with $1.99 per month hosting for the initial term of 1-3 years. 

Bluehost vs iPage – User Friendliness

Bluehost and iPage both use cPanel. This is an important aspect of web hosting especially if you are already used to using a cPanel.

In theory, the cPanel is important. But in practice, when you are working on your website, you spend about 95% of your time dealing with WordPress and less than 5% with the cPanel. Both control panels are quite similar in that they allow you to access the WordPress Dashboard, which is extremely user friendly.  Additionally, both companies allow you to easily access premier drop and drag builder Weebly explained in this video on iPage’s website: Drag & Drop Site Builder by iPage

Winner: Tie. Both allow you to harness the power of WordPress, Weebly, and other sitebuilders.

Customer Service and Support

Over the years, I’ve had to rely on either company for help by phone or by chat.

There have been situations where I required speedy answers and my livechat experience with Bluehost has been fantastic. They have literally never let me down. One time, I had 3 separate customer service and technical support professionals working on my problem.

I have to say, with iPage, there have been a couple of times where I felt brushed off by the customer service professional, as if they were trying to get rid of me. The last time I called, I had to wait 20 minutes to get through to a support technician.  Additionally, with iPage’s basic package, they will not troubleshoot any WordPress problems you have!  For that, you must upgrade to WP essential, which costs more anway.

Bluehost, on the other hand, provides 24 x 7 support via email, live chat, and telephone for WordPress, Hosting, anything.  They even give you a free Web Presence Coach. This means you can have a professional web design coach look over your website and give you advice about design, SEO, or whatever else you need. Bluehost is also the number one Hosting company reccomended by WordPress itself:

Winner: Bluehost.

Speed and Performance

Both iPage and Bluehost offer a 99.9% uptime guarantee and I have yet to experience an outage with either ipage or Bluehost. However, Bluehost blows iPage away when it comes to speed.  To prove this, here is a screenshot of Google’s PageSpeed Insites test on this site, which is powered by Bluehost. Focus on the server response times. The Bluehost-run site’s response time is .58 seconds, and the iPage-run site is 1.4 seconds!

The important part to note is the .58 seconds server response time.  Remember that figure as we take a look at the PageSpeed results from a site of mine run with iPage’s servers:

Although 1.4 seconds to .58 may not seem like a lot of time, in the tech world this is huge.  Those are critical seconds when we try to optimize a site for search engines. Or when people are waiting for your page to load before deciding to look at someone else’s website.

Winner: Bluehost. Performance is rock solid, and much faster than iPage.

Bluehost vs iPage Debate – Bottom Line

To bring this review to a close, it should be clear who the better value is: Bluehost. They are superior in almost every way to iPage. They have faster servers, better customer service, and if that weren’t enough, WordPress even endorses them as the best host for running WordPress sites. iPage is not a bad company, to be fair. The fact that you can start up with them for under $50 per year is pretty cool.

But if you are starting a website you intend on being serious about for many years to come (and you should), Bluehost is a company you can plan to stick with for the forseeable future. With iPage, it could be easy to become frustrated and either upgrade to one of their premium programs (which cost more money) or switch over to an alternative provider like Bluehost anyway.

Bluehost. They’ll give you the best overall value for your money.

(Sidenote: If you do feel that $5 per month is a little steep though, iPage is a good economical option to get you started. When I signed up, I payed just $47 for a years worth of hosting and got my site up and running pretty quickly.  If you are not concerned about the speed of your site loading perhaps if you are just looking to rank organically for search terms–iPage is a fine company to work with.)

Whatever you decide, good luck! Feel free to share this review if you found it useful. Happy hosting!