Not too long ago I wrote about the differences between Bluehost vs SiteGround, and I’ll let you guys know why I prefer using SiteGround for most of my websites.
However, some of that plans can be quite expensive and definitely overkill if you’re starting a new blog, so today I want to talk about a comparison between two of the best cheap hosting companies: Bluehost vs GoDaddy.
Back in the day, GoDaddy was actually the first web host that I ever started using and I don’t really remember why I switched, but at some point I switched over and started using Bluehost, who I stuck with for a few years and still use to this day.
Both of these platforms are reliable, they’ve been around for a while now, and they’re both pretty good choices for beginners looking to start blogging or start their own website on their own hosting platform.
In the past few years, both Bluehost and GoDaddy have gone through a rebranding process and these days they’re quite recognizable in the web hosting marketplace.
When I discuss the differences between the two and make my final recommendation, keep in mind that I’m talking about them related to using them with WordPress.
This is because I believe that WordPress is the best blogging platform and it’s the only one that I have experience using, so it makes sense that I make my comparison using it.
A Quick Look at GoDaddy vs Bluehost
You probably recognize both of these hosting platforms, but in my mind Bluehost is probably more popular because I see it all over the place.
The company was founded in 1996 and it’s currently owned by the Endurance International Group, a private group that owns other web hosting companies and online platforms.
GoDaddy was founded in 1997, so it’s just about as old, and in 2014 it became the world’s largest ICANN-accredited registrar by having more than 59 billion domain names registered underneath them.
There is quite a lot of advertising that GoDaddy takes advantage of, and even my mom has seen their commercials, but when it comes to online advertising I see a lot more instances of Bluehost, so the comparison in this regard seems pretty equal.
Both of these hosting providers are well established in the industry and provide an affordable and quality service to their clients.
However, depending on what your needs and preferences are, one of them is bound to be a better choice for you, so let’s compare the two and see which one is the best hosting provider for most people.
Bluehost vs GoDaddy | An In-Depth Comparison
Price and Affordability
For most people, the first thing that they look at is the price of the hosting plan that they’re interested in.
Both GoDaddy and Bluehost have some low price hosting plans available to choose from and they both have quite a few deals and discounts going on throughout the year.
At first glance, both providers offer very similar pricing for their basic WordPress plans, also there are some differences when you take a closer look.
The best prices for both come in for the 36-month plans with GoDaddy offering offering at $3.99/month and BlueHost coming in at $3.95/month.
Over the course of 3 years this puts Bluehost a little bit cheaper.
However, GoDaddy does have an interesting option where you can get a hosting plan for just 3 months for only $7.99/month.
Bluehost doesn’t have any plans like this, and the cheapest option would be a 1 year plan for $5.95/month.
Still, GoDaddy actually comes out ahead for the yearly plans as well after a monthly rate of just $4.99/month.
One more thing to keep in mind is that this pricing is just for the most basic plans they offer, and there are still price differences between the two companies when it comes to the more expensive plans that they have.
For example, GoDaddy offers their deluxe plan for just $4.99/month, whereas the similar plan that Bluehost offers comes in at $5.95/month.
For the ultimate, or best quality WordPress hosting plans, Bluehost is slightly cheaper at $7.95/month with GoDaddy coming in at $7.99/month.
I think that comparing the two companies based on pricing alone isn’t going to do you any favors because you only end up saving a few dollars over the period of 1 to 3 years depending on who you go with.
For those of you interested in a short term plan then of course you’re going to be better off going with GoDaddy, if only for the fact that they have a 3 month option.
Otherwise, it’s a better idea to look further into the different features and usability to determine which host is the best for you rather than just comparing them based on price.
Control Panel (Usability)
Both Bluehost and GoDaddy use cPanel as the back-end control panel that you use to change settings, set up your hosting, or make any changes to your online web presence.
This is really nothing new, especially considering that these days cPanel is the industry standard, and if you have ever used any hosting before then you will have no problems navigating through the control panels of either of these providers.
With both of the different cPanels, it’s really easy to do things like installing different applications onto your website, managing any of the different websites that you have, accessing the different website files, and just controlling everything from the back end.
CPanel by default is very user friendly and even for beginners it doesn’t take that much time to learn how to use thanks to the large icons and intuitive design layout.
When it comes down to it, for usability, I don’t think that there is any improvement between the two platforms when you compare the two, and they’re both basically the same for using the cPanel.
What really matters is what happens if there is something that you don’t understand or need some help with, so up next let’s take a look at the customer support that these two providers offer.
It’s always tricky comparing two hosting providers based on customer support because it really depends on the representative or person that you’re speaking with that plays a role in the quality of support that you receive.
I’ve always been a big fan of live chat because it’s the easiest method to get your point across but sometimes you have to rely on making phone calls or sending emails depending on the support that you need.
Both Bluehost and GoDaddy offer live chat support as well as phone and email support.
Using the live chat feature, I’m always able to speak with a representative after just a few minutes with both companies, and I never have to wait that long to start dealing with my issue
Phone support is a little bit trickier and I have found that it depends on the time of day that you call when it comes to how long you have to wait to speak with somebody.
As for email, I hate using this type of support and it always takes at least a few days for somebody to get back to me, so live chat is really the best way to get help with any issues.
The customer service for both of these providers is rather well done, but unlike with SiteGround, it’s definitely obvious that it’s outsourced.
For those of you that aren’t as skilled at navigating through the Internet or dealing with hosting, you might find it a bit difficult speaking with some of the customer service representatives, but for the most part it’s really straightforward when it comes to getting your questions answered.
The thing that I like about Bluehost is that there are quite a few articles on their website that cover a wide range of support topics that you might need help with, and usually I can find a helpful article that I can reference instead of waiting to speak with somebody.
GoDaddy does have some articles as well but the ones that Bluehost provides are much more helpful in my opinion.
If I had to pick one provider here, I think that Bluehost definitely edges out ahead compared to GoDaddy, and they are who I would recommend when it comes to the best support.
Finally, we can get down to the meat and potatoes of the Bluehost vs GoDaddy comparison based on the different features that they offer.
In this section, I want to discuss the three basic plans that each provider offers so that I can provide you with a better look at what you get for your money as well as the differences between the two.
Make sure to scroll up to take a look at the different price plans or head over to the Bluehost and GoDaddy websites to get a better look at them.
One of the most important features when it comes to setting up your hosting is how many websites you can actually host with your plan.
For the cheapest, entry level plans with both of these providers you’re able to host just one website.
For most people, this is going to be good enough to get started with, and you can always upgrade in the future if you need to post more than one website at a time.
With the better two plans for both providers, they each offer to host unlimited websites, and this is great if you’re planning on working on more than one site.
When it comes to website space for the basic plans, Bluehost provides you with just 50GB of space, while GoDaddy offers 100GB of storage.
Unless you have a heavily image or media based website, 50GB should be more than enough, but with how cheap storage is these days I think that Bluehost should at least offer 100GB.
One more good thing about both of these companies is that they both offer a free domain, although with GoDaddy you need to sign up for an annual plan so the 3 month plan doesn’t get you a free domain.
Even for the higher end plans, many of the features are similar between both hosts, and based on these factors it’s hard to pick a clear winner, especially if you’re just going to be using one site or blog as a beginner.
Speed and Uptime
Another important aspect of the hosting features to look at is the speed and long-term up time that each platform can provide.
Both GoDaddy and Bluehost offer impressive uptimes of around 99.9% and this is really helpful at knowing that your website is going to be live and available for your visitors throughout the entire year for the most part.
One interesting thing I noticed is that GoDaddy actually offers a guarantee of their uptime, while Bluehost doesn’t make any guarantees.
Another thing I noticed was that the long term uptime was slightly better for Bluehost, and this is very important if you want to avoid your website being down at all.
This definitely helps to give Bluehost a slight edge, and it’s a factor that needs to be considered because any downtime can result in a loss of income, which is very important for people running a business online.
Looking online, I did notice a lot of complaints and reviews about the GoDaddy website downtime and outages that they sometimes experience.
However, given the great customer support I don’t think this is that big of a deal, especially if you’re a beginner and you don’t have a high traffic website.
For high traffic websites, I would recommend switching over to SiteGround or a hosting provider that’s better equipped at handling more traffic.
As for server speed, both Bluehost and GoDaddy are similar when it comes to page load speed times and response times.
Your hosting does have an impact in how fast your website loads, but there are plenty of other things that you can do to increase your website speed so when it comes to these beginner and budget friendly hosts, speed isn’t something that you need to worry about too much.
Overall, when it comes to server response time and total website, I would have to recommend Bluehost in this regard.
Money Back Guarantee
One more thing I want to go over before I make my final recommendation is the money back guarantee that both of these providers offer.
Bluehost has their own money back guarantee and it covers a period of 30 days with all of their different hosting plans.
This gives you about a month to try out the plan, or upgrade to a different one, to see how you like it and to see how your website performs before settling down for a long term payment plan.
GoDaddy actually offers a better guarantee on their annual plans and you can try out any of their plans for up to 45 days before making your decision.
This gives you an extra two weeks to decide whether or not one of their hosting plans is right for you and I believe this shows that they are quite confident in what they’re able to provide for their users.
However, I think that after 30 days you could have already decided whether or not you like the hosting plan you went with, so the extra 15 doesn’t have as much of an impact in the long run.
Still, GoDaddy still provides the better choice if you want to try out either one of these platforms before settling on a specific one.
Final Verdict – Bluehost!
In my opinion, Bluehost provides the best services overall and they are who I would recommend if you’re looking for:
- Great performance
- Awesome customer support
- Affordable monthly pricing
- Suitable uptime
- Easy WordPress installation
For any plans that you need for one year or longer, you’ll definitely want to check out Bluehost.
They’re also great if you want to take your blogging to the next level on your road towards becoming a professional blogger.
If you just need hosting for a few months, then you can take advantage of the three-month plan that GoDaddy offers, otherwise Bluehost is my final recommendation when it comes to the comparison between Bluehost vs GoDaddy.