Today’s article is going to be very exciting as I plan to take on the challenge of refereeing over a match between two heavyweights in the web hosting industry, that’s Bluehost and GoDaddy! Which web host is better, Bluehost vs GoDaddy!
Both are considered veterans in the web hosting industry as they were established way back in the 90s when web hosting was still in its infancy. Both had come a long way and had proven that they have what it takes to remain as one of the few web hosting providers that are worth considering when we are looking for web hosting services. Both Bluehost and GoDaddy have their own loyal supporters as well as unhappy customers.
So how do you decide which hosting provider to go for? Well, it’s easy if you know what you want from your hosting provider. Here’s a chart and detail comparison based on what I have experienced with both Bluehost and GoDaddy as well as from my researches to give you an overall picture.
|Web Hosts||Hosting Plan||Price/month||Disk Space||SSL Cert||OS|
||Unlimited||Free shared cert||Linux|
||Unlimited||Free for initial term purchased||Linux/Windows|
* limited time discounted price
Yes, price is usually the number one reason that attracts us to consider a certain web hosting provider in the first place, isn’t it? As you can see from the above chart, both hosting providers have discounted price for their plans.
While GoDaddy’s discounted price is an offer made by GoDaddy to all their new subscribers, Bluehost’s maximum discount is specially made available for readers of this site through the following coupon link.
From the chart, you can see that Bluehost offers the cheapest web hosting plan here. Even without discount, Bluehost offers a more value for money plan than GoDaddy. But does that really mean Bluehost has the best plan or does the low price signifies that their quality is compromised? Well, let’s take a look at other equally important features.
Both web hosts offers 24x7x365 customer support through email and phone calls. They also provide community forums, knowledgebase articles and video tutorials. The difference is that Bluehost also provides round-the-clock live chat and a toll-free phone number and not to mention a very fast response time on average!
I find that Bluehost’s customer support is more knowledgeable and professional. The couple of times that I had spoken and emailed to GoDaddy’s customer support team, I had the unfortunate experience to encounter a standard textbook template reply that did not help me solve my problems at all back then. Perhaps it was just my bad luck?!
I would say Bluehost works out better here since you can save a lot from the toll-free and live chat support.
I bet that you would undoubtedly use customer support at one point of time or another. And being able to talk to a knowledgeable support team is ever so important especially when you are already stressed up with the problems that you are facing. The last thing you want to be burdened with is to talk to someone who is more clueless than you!
Hosting resource protection
Quality of their hosting services and server stability would usually determine whether I would stay with a certain hosting provider or not, though sometimes it’s no fault of the hosting provider.
The one thing that irks me is how a single bad neighbor (whether intentionally or unintentionally) can affect the entire server’s stability. So when I heard that Bluehost is practicing hosting resource protection by throttling CPU resources of these bad neighbors, I saw light at the end of the tunnel. Instead of force-shutting off those disrupting applications and moving these websites to VPS or dedicated servers, Bluehost is allowing these websites to stay online and for the web owners to self-monitor the cause of the sudden spike in traffic or 500 Internal Server Error.
There was no such service from GoDaddy or from most of the other hosting providers out there for that matter. I am not surprise as this is a feature that is usually associated with VPS and dedicated servers plans.
The hosting resource protection is great news for website owners who would want to know the reason for the traffic surge rather than being shut out and then told to upgrade. So another point for Bluehost for this extra feature!
Contracts and Money Back Guarantee
Bluehost’s new subscribers are given 30 days money back guarantee, meaning that you would be refunded fully if you were to cancel your subscription within the initial 30 days.
After the first 30 days, you would be entitled to Anytime Money Back Guarantee, which allows you time to judge the hosting service yourself. In other words, you would be required to pay in advance for a period of your choice but would be refunded based on a pro-rated based on the actual days used. No contracts.
As for GoDaddy, there are no long term contracts. Unlike Bluehost which requires you to pay in advance for the subscription period, GoDaddy collects monthly payment (for Deluxe and Ultimate plans) and a short term contract of minimum 3 months (for Economy plan).
While GoDaddy gives the freedom to pay per month and quarterly, I would still give thumbs up for Bluehost despite the fact that I would have to pay them upfront. Reason being with Bluehost, I am guaranteed to be charged for the period that I have used only. With GoDaddy, I would lose the unused portion as they do not have the same money back policy.
Cluster vs Single Server Hosting
One of the reasons why GoDaddy’s hosting plans is more expensive (when comparing plans of same features) is because they provide hosting using cluster of multiple servers, meaning that their servers are designed to work as a group in order to handle traffic spikes better.
Cluster servers hosting has been touted as the new generation web hosting. The question here is whether a lower hosting price (an all-in-one web hosting plan with great features) or a more expensive cluster hosting would benefit your website more. Bear in mind that both Bluehost and GoDaddy offer their subscribers unlimited bandwidth.
Domain name registration
In this area, you will find that Bluehost specializes in shared web hosting while GoDaddy offers diversified services from web hosting to domain name registration to web design and domain auctions. It is their domain registration service that GoDaddy received many praises on.
You see, GoDaddy is one of the largest domain name registration companies around. As such, you are able to find lots of services and bargains with regards to domain there. Besides the standard domain name registration, GoDaddy also offers domains transfer, domains backordering and even domains buying and selling services!
GoDaddy wins this match. No qualms about that. If you need some special help in domain name related services, then the best help you can get is from GoDaddy.
Now that you have a better idea of what is being provided by Bluehost and GoDaddy, I do hope it will make your decision making much easier.
In summary, while both are offering some of the best web hosting packages in the market, Bluehost is focusing on providing quality and affordable web hosting while GoDaddy concentrates on domain registrations, as well as offering a full range of web services all under one roof.
Domains, and Windows web hosting
So if you are looking for domains or Windows web hosting, then do go to GoDaddy.
Excellent support, reliable server, cheaper price, and Linux web hosting
But if you are seeking shared web hosting plans on Linux, then Bluehost has an edge with their reliable support, lower price, reliable servers and better features.