Bluehost vs GoDaddy, one of the great contests of our time. Of all time. Ali/Frazier, Kennedy/Nixon, Bluehost/GoDaddy. This may sound hyperbolic (because it is) but the two hosting providers are genuine forces online. They host millions of websites serving millions of visitors worldwide.
Given they’re both such big forces in the market, you’re probably asking yourself, ‘What’s the difference? Each will offer more or less the same service as the other, right?’ Well, kind of. Bluehost and GoDaddy are often very similar, but there are key differences to consider when choosing which one to sign up with.
Overall Bluehost ranks higher than GoDaddy in our research. Although both are feature-rich with excellent performance, Bluehost offers slightly better support and value for money. GoDaddy’s reach into domain registration and website building makes it a better all-in-one option.
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Or, for a good old-fashioned head-to-head, read on. We’ll break down the strengths and weaknesses of the two and help you decide which is the right fit for your site.
Bluehost and GoDaddy are both excellent where features are concerned. As leaders in the market they can’t afford not to be. Accordingly, there’s very little to separate them.
The uptime of both is excellent — 99.98% for Bluehost and 99.97% for GoDaddy. That’s less than three days of downtime a year. Perfect uptime simply isn’t possible, but these two get as close as is reasonably possible.
Both use the cPanel control panel, the industry standard for managing your hosting. The interfaces are clean and easy to use, though we think Bluehost has a little extra polish.
GoDaddy offers unlimited disk space, whereas Bluehost caps it at 100GB, but then smaller websites rarely get close to that limit. Importantly, Bluehost provides free backups, which is good security to have lest something dreadful happen to your site.
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Ironically, the major difference between Bluehost and GoDaddy is the support you receive to build a website after signing up for a hosting plan. GoDaddy has its own in-house drag and drop website builder, whereas Bluehost integrates with Weebly and WordPress.org.
This is one of the key differences between Bluehost and GoDaddy. If you want to build your own site but aren’t technically savvy, GoDaddy provides the structured, intuitive experience you probably need. For a site built in WordPress we’d recommend Bluehost above anyone else. More on that below.
Verdict: In pure hosting terms there’s little to separate them, but GoDaddy offers better all-in-one convenience
It would be remiss not to give WordPress.org its own section when comparing hosting providers. A solid third of the internet is built on WordPress, and if you’re looking to arrange hosting yourself there’s a decent chance you’ll be joining those ranks.
Bluehost is the best platform around for WordPress integration. That’s not our opinion either. WordPress themselves recommend Bluehost (along with Dreamhost and SiteGround) as “the best and brightest of the hosting world.” They would know.
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Installing WordPress.org on Bluehost is literally a one-click process. You could have a functioning website up within minutes of confirming your hosting plan, if you felt so inclined. Bluehost understand WordPress is their bread and butter, so their strength in this area is unlikely to dwindle any time soon.
Poor GoDaddy actually have strong WordPress game themselves, but you’re here for a comparison and Bluehost is comfortably ahead at the moment.
Verdict: Bluehost, hands down
Good help and support is invaluable in hosting. Things don’t go wrong often, but when they do you want the techies in your corner.
Bluehost and GoDaddy both tick most of the boxes, offering knowledge centers, live chat, and 24/7 phone support. For commonplace problems this is all you’re likely to need. Bluehost’s knowledge center is a bit more thorough than GoDaddy’s but there’s not much to seperate them. Both providers are so widely used that someone, somewhere will have encountered the same problem as you and shared the solution online.
The big difference is Bluehost offers support tickets while GoDaddy doesn’t. Sometimes only personalized attention will do, and at the very least it’s good to have the option. Largely, though, there are better things to scrutinize than support when looking for the key differences between Bluehost and GoDaddy.
Verdict: Bluehost edges it here. Its knowledge base is more comprehensive and its tech tickets are a valuable option to have
The real reason a lot of you are here is to find out which one’s cheaper, and fair enough. Bluehost and GoDaddy are both safe, reliable hosting options. If you don’t want to think about them any more than that then go for Bluehost. It offers better value for money.
|Shared Hosting||$2.95 – $14.99||$2.99 – $12.99|
|WordPress Hosting||$19.99 – $49.99||$4.99 – $24.99|
|VPS Hosting||$19.99 – $59.99||$19.99 – $74.99|
|Dedicated Hosting||$79.99 – $209.99||$89.99 – $179.99|
It’s an old trick of all the the website hosting providers to a) always have a ‘sale’ on, and b) have a bunch of addons that you’ll need to pay for on top of the basic monthly rate. A Lamborghini on sale for $50 sounds great until you learn you need to buy the wheels and engine separately.
Neither Bluehost or GoDaddy get too cheeky with this. You shouldn’t expect to pay more than a few dollars a month to get a website off the ground, regardless of the one you choose. On the whole though, we think Bluehost offers that little bit more value – especially given that GoDaddy’s shared hosting rate soon jumps up to $7.99 per month.
Both offer 30-day money back guarantees, which is a brilliant option to have if you want to test the waters.
Verdict: Neither is going to burn a hole in your pocket, but Bluehost offers slightly better value
Bluehost and GoDaddy are such established, reliable hosting platforms that going with either will put you in safe hands. They’ve both been around for an age in internet terms and know what they’re doing.
Whether to go with Bluehost or GoDaddy depends on your needs. If you want great value for money and/or to host a WordPress.org site, Bluehost is better fit. If you want all your website elements in one place, GoDaddy edges it. They both offer 30-day money-back guarantees, so there’s minimal risk to giving one of them a spin.
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