Bluehost vs. GoDaddy – Comparison 2017 Edition

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28 Jan Bluehost vs. GoDaddy – Comparison 2017 Edition

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 site before.

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.

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.

 

Historic Comparison of Bluehost Vs GoDaddy

Bluehost (founded in 1996) and GoDaddy (founded in 1997) have almost exactly the same amount of experience.

Bluehost is owned by the Endurance International Group (EIG) and focuses mainly on web hosting services. GoDaddy offers other services in addition to web hosting, such as domain registrations and SSL certificates.

GoDaddy also became the world’s largest ICANN-accredited registrar in 2014, with over 59 billion domain names under its own management. It is also an online provider for several small businesses.

GoDaddy has always been known for its aggressive advertising, for example, its Super Bowl ads. This has made the company very popular in the general world, while Bluehost is only famous in the web hosting world. But, that doesn’t mean that GoDaddy is a better web host than Bluehost.

We will find out the best hosting provider with our comparative analysis.

 

 

Comparison of Hosting Features Between BlueHost and Godaddy

Here we compare Bluehost’s and GoDaddy’s important hosting features one by one.

 

Uptime and Speed – ( BlueHost WINS )

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.

 

Performance – ( DRAW )

The data centres of GoDaddy and Bluehost are quite robust and their servers are pretty powerful. Bluehost runs on AMD power centres 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.

 

Customer Support – ( BlueHost WINS )

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.

 

Control Panel – ( DRAW )

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.

 

 

Money Back Guarantee – ( GoDaddy WINS )

Bluehost offers a money back guarantee period of 30 days for all their hosting plans with a pro-rated refund policy, before which you can decide to make a switch to any other web host if you are unsatisfied.

You can try out any of the GoDaddy hosting plans (annual only) for a period of 45 days before opting out. This considerably high money back guarantee period offered by GoDaddy indicates their confidence in their own services.

Thus, GoDaddy is the clear winner here. However, it may not matter much in the end as even a 30-day period is long enough to judge the kind of hosting services on offer.

 

 

Hosting Plans and Pricing Comparison

 

Hosting Plan Features

You get a free domain 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.

We provide a detailed look at the features for the different plans later.

 

Pricing and Subscription Type

The cheapest price for any Bluehost hosting plan is $3.49 per month ( NOW $2.95 p/m for a limited time ) (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 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 and dedicated hosting plans, you have similar flexibility offered by both in terms of subscriptions.

 

Types of Hosting Plans

Shared Hosting Plans

The table below compares Bluehost shared hosting plans with GoDaddy shared hosting plans.

  Bluehost Starter Bluehost Plus Bluehost Business Pro GoDaddy Economy GoDaddy Deluxe GoDaddy Ultimate
Number of Websites 1 Unlimited Unlimited 1 Unlimited Unlimited
Disk Space 100GB Unlimited Unlimited 100GB Unlimited Unlimited
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Email Accounts 100 Unlimited Unlimited 100 500 1000
Control Panel cPanel cPanel cPanel cPanel or Plesk cPanel or Plesk cPanel or Plesk
MySQL Databases Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 10 x 1GB 25 x 1GB Unlimited x 1GB
Pricing $3.49 per month (three-year subscription)

$3.95 per month (two-year subscription)

$4.95 per month (one-year subscription)

$5.95 per month (three-year subscription)

$6.95 per month (two-year subscription)

$7.95 per month (one-year subscription)

$13.95 per month (three-year subscription)

$15.95 per month (two-year subscription)

$18.95 per month (one-year subscription)

$3.99 per month (three-year subscription)

$3.99 per month (two-year subscription)

$4.99 per month (one-year subscription)

$6.99 per month (three-month subscription)

$4.99 per month (three-year subscription)

$4.99 per month (two-year subscription)

$5.99 per month (one-year subscription)

$8.99 per month (monthly subscription)

$7.49 per month (three-year subscription)

$7.49 per month (two-year subscription)

$7.99 per month (one-year subscription)

$14.99 per month (monthly subscription)

SiteLock Security $1.99 per month (one-year subscription) $1.99 per month (one-year subscription) $1.99 per month (one-year subscription) $1.49 per month (one-year subscription) $1.49 per month (one-year subscription) $1.49 per month (one-year subscription)

 

VPS Hosting Plans

You get GoDaddy VPS hosting plans that can be self-managed, managed or fully managed based on the expertise you have and your budget. We compare the managed plans (recommended for most web masters) with Bluehost VPS hosting plans.

Bluehost Standard Bluehost Enhanced Bluehost Premium Bluehost Ultimate GoDaddy 1GB RAM GoDaddy 2GB RAM GoDaddy 3GB RAM GoDaddy 4GB RAM GoDaddy 8GB RAM
Storage 30GB SAN 60GB SAN 120GB SAN 240GB SAN 40GB 60GB 90GB 120GB 240GB
RAM 2GB 4GB 6GB 8GB 1GB 2GB 3GB 4GB 8GB
Bandwidth 1TB 2TB 3TB 4TB 1TB 2TB 3TB 4TB 8TB
IP Addresses 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3
Pricing $24.99 per month (annual subscription)

$26.99 per month (half-year subscription)

$28.99 per month (three-month subscription)

$29.99 per month (one-month subscription)

$49.99 per month (annual subscription)

$53.99 per month (half-year subscription)

$56.99 per month (three-month subscription)

$59.99 per month (one-month subscription)

$74.99 per month (annual subscription)

$79.99 per month (half-year subscription)

$84.99 per month (three-month subscription)

$89.99 per month (one-month subscription)

$99.99 per month (annual subscription)

$109.99 per month (half-year subscription)

$114.99 per month (three-month subscription)

$119.99 per month (one-month subscription)

$24.99 per month (two-year subscription)

$24.99 per month (annual subscription)

$29.99 per month (three-month subscription)

$29.99 per month (one-month subscription)

$29.99 per month (two-year subscription)

$29.99 per month (annual subscription)

$39.99 per month (three-month subscription)

$39.99 per month (one-month subscription)

$34.99 per month (two-year subscription)

$34.99 per month (annual subscription)

$49.99 per month (three-month subscription)

$49.99 per month (one-month subscription)

$49.99 per month (two-year subscription)

$49.99 per month (annual subscription)

$69.99 per month (three-month subscription)

$69.99 per month (one-month subscription)

$99.99 per month (two-year subscription)

$99.99 per month (annual subscription)

$139.99 per month (three-month subscription)

$139.99 per month (one-month subscription)

 

Dedicated Hosting Plans

Here we compare Bluehost’s managed dedicated server hosting plans with those of GoDaddy.

  Bluehost Standard Bluehost Enhanced Bluehost Premium GoDaddy 2GB RAM GoDaddy 4GB RAM GoDaddy 8GB RAM GoDaddy 16GB RAM GoDaddy 32GB RAM
Storage 1TB (Mirrored) 1TB (Mirrored) 1TB (Mirrored) 512GB 1TB 1.5TB 2TB 2TB
RAM 4GB 8GB 16GB 2GB 4GB 8GB 16GB 32GB
Bandwidth 5TB 10TB 15TB 5TB 10TB 10TB 15TB 20TB
Pricing $124.99 per month (annual subscription)

$134.99 per month (half-year subscription)

$144.99 per month (three-month subscription)

$149.99 per month (monthly subscription)

$169.99 per month (annual subscription)

$179.99 per month (half-year subscription)

$189.99 per month (three-month subscription)

$199.99 per month (monthly subscription)

$209.99 per month (annual subscription)

$224.99 per month (half-year subscription)

$239.99 per month (three-month subscription)

$249.99 per month (monthly subscription)

$79.99 per month (two-year subscription)

$79.99 per month (annual subscription)

$129.99 per month (three-month subscription)

$129.99 per month (one-month subscription)

$109.99 per month (two-year subscription)

$109.99 per month (annual subscription)

$169.99 per month (three-month subscription)

$169.99 per month (one-month subscription)

$139.99 per month (two-year subscription)

$139.99 per month (annual subscription)

$199.99 per month (three-month subscription)

$199.99 per month (one-month subscription)

$169.99 per month (two-year subscription)

$169.99 per month (annual subscription)

$249.99 per month (three-month subscription)

$249.99 per month (one-month subscription)

$209.99 per month (two-year subscription)

$209.99 per month (annual subscription)

$349.99 per month (three-month subscription)

$349.99 per month (one-month subscription)

 

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.

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.

 

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Jamie

My name is Jamie Spencer and I have spent the past 5 years building money making blogs. After growing tired of the 9-5, commuting and never seeing my family I decided that I wanted to make some changes and launched my first blog. Since then I have launched lots of successful niche blogs and after selling my survivalist blog I decided to teach other people how to do the same.
1Comment
  • Mike Clegg
    Posted at 17:34h, 27 January Reply

    Extremely helpful. I am currently with GoDaddy and have been really unimpressed with the performance. I’m potentially going to change once my contract is up. Thanks for sharing our views.

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