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Bluehost vs GoDaddy

You will agree that having a successful website involves much more than just creating a great looking website with tonnes of features. One of the major challenges is to maintain the site after getting it hosted on a reliable web hosting platform.

Different people give importance to different criteria when choosing their ideal web host for their site or blog. You will definitely look for a reliable hosting company that has a good relevant experience to make your task easier, irrespective of whether or not you have hosted a website before.

Choosing a good web host can be difficult, especially if you’re not technically inclined and find it difficult to understand all the jargon.

You are bound to trust your web host if it is popular and you have read good customer reviews about its services. Two such experienced website hosting service providers trusted by millions are Bluehost and GoDaddy.

What is Bluehost?

Bluehost powers over two million websites worldwide and is recommended by as one of the top WordPress hosting providers (quite an endorsement). It currently offers four shared hosting plans, which all include the following standard features…

  • Free domain name (for the first year)

  • Free SSL certificate

  • One-click WordPress install

  • Automatic WordPress updates

  • WordPress staging sites

  • 24/7 support

All of the shared hosting plans, apart from the low-tier Basic package, also offer unlimited websites, domains, and storage, as well as unmetered bandwidth.

If you are looking for more WordPress specific hosting then Bluehost’s managed WordPress hosting, WP Pro, may be more appropriate for your needs. You can check out our Bluehost managed WordPress hosting review to learn more about this offering.

What is Godaddy?

GoDaddy is renowned for its hosting and domain name registration service. Currently hosting over 19 million websites, GoDaddy offers a wide assortment of hosting plans to cater to every type of business, from blogger and entrepreneur, to large global corporations.

GoDaddy offers four shared hosting plans, incorporating a range of features and price points. However, whichever plan you choose, you can be sure to benefit from the following…

  • Free domain name (for the length of the initial purchase term)

  • Unmetered bandwidth

  • One-click WordPress install (plus 125+ other applications)

  • Free Office 365 email

  • Guaranteed 99.9% uptime

  • 24/7 security monitoring and DDoS protection

  • 24/7/365 support

Like Bluehost, all of the plans, other than the starter Economy plan, offer unlimited websites, domains, storage, and bandwidth.

GoDaddy also offers shared WordPress hosting and managed WordPress hosting, for those looking for a little extra WordPress support.

We compare the hosting services offered by Bluehost and GoDaddy to help you choose the one that best meets your hosting requirements.

So here is a detailed comparative study about the various features of Bluehost and GoDaddy, along with the hosting plans and pricing plans offered by them.

Bluehost vs GoDaddy: Uptime and Speed

Bluehost does not claim any particular uptime guarantee, but offers a significantly high uptime percentage of almost 99.9%, while GoDaddy claims to offer an uptime guarantee of about 99.9%.

No one likes their sites or blogs to be down for long and the actual uptime performance does have a strong bearing on how satisfied you are with your web host. GoDaddy’s actual uptime percentage is less than Bluehost and so you ought to prefer Bluehost for their very high uptime.

The minimum server response time or page load speed is almost alike for both.

However, Bluehost’s maximum server response time for any site is considerable lower than that of GoDaddy.

Also, GoDaddy’s customer reviews include plenty of complaints about outages or downtime. So, it is clear that GoDaddy-hosted websites may not be able to handle significantly high traffic with great server response time. Bluehost is a better bet in terms of this feature.

Bluehost vs GoDaddy: User-friendly

Bluehost wins hands down again in this contest. From sign up to installing WordPress via the Bluehost control panel with just one-click, Bluehost is not only user friendly but its ideal for new bloggers and website owners to get up and running with their online presence.

Bluehost vs GoDaddy: Performance

The data centers of GoDaddy and Bluehost are quite robust and their servers are pretty powerful. Bluehost runs on AMD power centers and uses CPU segregation technology that allows it to intelligently control the CPU and protect your website against viruses and spam attacks.

GoDaddy’s servers run on Intel Core i7 processors and you can choose between Windows OS or Linux OS when you sign up for their services. In terms of performance, both web hosts seem to be pretty similar.

Bluehost vs GoDaddy: Customer Support

Whether you are an experienced webmaster or a newbie, you will require timely technical support from the web host team for any real-time issues which cannot wait.

With Bluehost, you can completely rely on their customer support team to provide a timely response and support.

However, the GoDaddy support team has been found wanting by several customers, as they tend to keep the customers waiting for a long time before replying. In case of an emergency, Bluehost customer support will always be preferred.

Both offer numerous options to contact their customer support team, round the clock. You can make use of live chat, email, ticketing system or toll-free telephone number for phone support. Both Bluehost and Godaddy have excellent Knowledge Base sections on their websites for added support.

Bluehost vs GoDaddy: Control Panel

Both hosting providers offer the industry standard cPanel as the control panel for hosting. GoDaddy also offers an additional option in the form of the Parallels Plesk panel, as it even supports Windows hosting.

You can install several applications required for your site with a single click on both hosting platforms. Bluehost allows you to manage multiple sites easily with access to unlimited MySQL databases, while GoDaddy offers access to limited MySQL databases with its shared hosting plans.

Bluehost also offers automatic backups from its cPanel, while GoDaddy doesn’t offer the same. However, both allow you to conduct manual backups at no additional costs. In terms of user-interface, ease of use and flexibility on offer with the control panel, both web hosts are pretty similar.

Bluehost vs GoDaddy: Unlimited Bandwidth

Both Bluehost and GoDaddy claim that their hosting plans offer unlimited bandwidth. Sounds great doesn’t it? Well yes and no.  Unlimited doesn’t really mean that you get an endless supply of bandwidth. If your website is attracting hundreds of thousands of hits a month, then Bluehost and Godaddy will not just let you continue on their cheapest plans.

They will no doubt contact you and suggest you move over to an upgraded account where there’s plenty more resources that can handle your web traffic with no issues.

The vast majority of website owners will never experience the limitations of “unlimited bandwidth” purely because they just don’t get enough traffic to their websites for it to be an issue.

Bluehost vs GoDaddy: Hosting Plan

You get a free domain name with hosting plans offered by both web hosts.

Bluehost offers only Linux hosting, while GoDaddy provides plans for Linux and Windows hosting. We will only compare the Linux hosting plans of GoDaddy with that of Bluehost, as GoDaddy is clearly the undisputed winner in terms of Windows hosting.

Bluehost vs GoDaddy: Pricing

The cheapest price for any Bluehost hosting plan is $2.95 p/m  + free domain name for the Starter shared hosting plan on a three-year subscription). The lowest price for a GoDaddy hosting plan is $3.99 per month (for the GoDaddy Economy plan with a three-year or two-year subscription).

With regard to the other hosting plans, especially the premium ones, Bluehost is more expensive than GoDaddy.

However, Bluehost also offers more comprehensive features, such as unlimited email accounts, unlimited MySQL databases, free ad and higher storage, than GoDaddy.

With Bluehost, you do not have the flexibility to subscribe to any of their shared hosting plans for a short term. You can only use the one-year, two-year or three-year subscription options with them. GoDaddy allows you to subscribe to their shared hosting plans for shorter terms, such as for three months or even one month (except for the GoDaddy Economy plan).

For other VPS hosting and dedicated hosting plans, you have similar flexibility offered by both in terms of subscriptions.

Verdict – BlueHost WINS OVERALL!

Bluehost is the most reliable and highest performing web host, even though GoDaddy offers a wide range of products other than hosting services. However, if you are looking for Windows hosting, then you can go for GoDaddy.

Godaddy also has a free website builder, similar to platforms like Weebly and Wix, which is great for those who want to build out a simple site quickly and without the need for a web developer.

Also, if your website is relatively new and you do not wish to spend so much initially, you can go for GoDaddy’s shared hosting plans. However, as your traffic increases, you need better reliability and uptime. In such cases, Bluehost will be the right one for you.

Bluehost is a much better web host than Godaddy and offers a much better set of tools and performance – especially if you look at their shared web hosting packages and WordPress hosting options.

They also offer exceptional WordPress managed hosting should you need a higher level of performance for your WordPress website. They are rated highly in our web hosting reviews as well as being officially recommended by WordPress as a preferred WordPress web host.

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