BlueHost VS The Top Hosting Companies (my take from reviewing over 30 web hosting companies)

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A lot of people might be wondering why I recommend Bluehost for some projects/people, but not for others.  Well it’s simple really… they’re an awesome starter host for beginners, and it’s much easier to setup a website or blog using Bluehost than some of the other cpanel based platforms out there.

However, once your website or blog takes off and you’re getting a little bit of traffic, I recommend you use a company like Liquidweb for a vps or dedicated server to handle the load.  At that point you’ll be making more money with your site, and it’s worth it to pay $50/mo to have your site load faster for your readers… Whereas, it IS NOT worth it to pay $50/mo if you’re just starting out when you can better use that money to pay for other essentials in the beginning.  The only drawback I can find with Bluehost is that most of their $3.95 monthly advertised pricing is annual pricing that you pay up front.  So in order to get less than $7.99/mo for your hosting and a free domain name, you have to pay for 12 months up front.  Not a big deal really, and it’s still cheap at $60 for the entire year, and remains to be the most affordable option to start your own blog quickly and easily.  Use my discount referral link here to get 12 months for $3.95/mo and a free domain name.

So lets go over a few web hosting comparisons, and I’ll give you my opinion and recommendation on what you should use when comparing common web hosts to Bluehost.  Keep in mind this is my opinion, and I always heavily recommend what I use myself over another company, and I’ll add my affiliate link where applicable at no extra cost to you.  If you have questions about wordpress hosting specifically, see this page.

Bluehost vs Hostgator

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I don’t like that they raised the price on me unexpectedly after being a customer for years. Liquidweb is way better for $2 more!

I’ve used Hostgator for years, but when they were acquired by EIG the service went downhill dramatically.  They’re still a decent host for non mission critical items, and good to add some ip diversity to certain projects, but I don’t recommend Hostgator anymore to beginners or intermediate bloggers.  The main reason is even though Bluehost is also owned by EIG now, their phone support is phenomenal for a cheap web host.  At times it rivals the customer service I receive at Liquidweb, but for a lot less money per month, and I wrote a review about it here. For that reason alone, I recommend Bluehost to all beginners… Not to mention they’re control panel is easier to use for newbies than Hostgator’s, and the signup process to create a new website or blog is much quicker and easier.  I also did not like the fact that Hostgator raised their prices on customers that have had accounts with them for years!  I wrote about that here in my Hostgator review.  When comparing Hostgator to Bluehost, I think of both of them as decent starter hosting companies that are very affordable, but Bluehost takes the cake on support in every way.  Even though both have decent dedicated servers and vps hosting available, I personally would not use either for those needs, and would go with one of the different companies I use for higher end hosting.

Bluehost VS Godaddy

Godaddy Support Time

This is just nuts. Phone support is a bit better, but nothing like speedy BH.

Holy hell in a hand-basket!  Good Lord, for the love of God do not buy a domain name at GoDaddy AND web hosting together.  I’ve had terrible experiences with hosting my websites at Godaddy, and the support is just awful.  Don’t get me wrong, I have been and still am a Godaddy customer… but only for domains.  At times in my career as a full time affiliate marketer, I’ve had over 2k domains registered with Godaddy in any given year.  Point being, I’ve had plenty of experience with them, and do not recommend them for web hosting.  Bluehost takes the cake here in all aspects, I don’t care if the cheap shared hosting servers are sometimes oversold, there is no comparison between the two in my book!  And don’t even get me started on the Godaddy reviews you see all over the internet about phone support being outsourced to service reps who have no idea about the technology their supposed to be supporting!  Bluehost gives you a free domain, and automatically connects your hosting account, dns, and everything else you need when you create an account with them.  And if you need something, it doesn’t take an hour to get a response!

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Bluehost VS Dreamhost

Dreamhost is on the list of hosts to try ever since I ran across this blog post from the guys over there: https://www.dreamhost.com/blog/2011/04/01/dreamhost-is-now-part-of-the-endurance-international-group/

I’m not sure if their shared accounts would wow me or not, but just from the humor of that blog post, I like the sounds of these guys, so next time I need a new shared host or want to review a new company, I’ll give them a go.  The only exception is that I heard they have a new WordPress hosting service called Dreampress.  It would be unfair to lump that in with shared hosting if it’s a specific WordPress environment on a different setup, but I’d have to review it to know for sure.  Might be good.  Pretty sure I confused Dreamhost and another company in my review video (hey, things get a little crazy after using 20+ hosting companies… hard to keep straight at times! ;)), but I’ll update this post in the future with any new info.

Bluehost VS Siteground

Siteground is one company I don’t believe I’ve ever used personally.  I also can’t remember having any bad experiences with any of their hosting accounts from client work either.  Unfortunately I don’t have any inclination to try them out after using over 23 other web hosting companies over the years.  I pretty much know what to expect from them, and for a beginner I would recommend sticking with Bluehost if you want a cheap web hosting plan to start a blog with or something.  If you need more horsepower, I’d recommend making the jump to Knownhost or Liquidweb for vps hosting or dedicated servers.  However, if anything changes with the quality of the Bluehost phone support in the future, Siteground definitely makes the list of hosts to test again.

Bluehost VS WordPress.com

I’d assume most people are comparing WordPress.com hosting that you can get when you upgrade from WordPress’ free blogging account to your own domain name.  While it’s easy to connect and get rolling (just as easy as Bluehost) I would not personally use WordPress.com web hosting for myself, or recommend it to any friends or family members want to setup a website or blog.  I don’t like the limitations of WordPress.com hosted solutions, and would prefer to have a self hosted WordPress install like this one I use here for CleverLeverage.com.  (to see how to use a Bluehost account and make a blog exactly like mine, check this out )  I don’t like not having access to the source code, being limited on what widgets or ads I can and cannot run in the sidebars, and just lack of control in general like I’m used to with owning my own accounts.  Even for a beginner or intermediate blogger, the ease of use is the same when comparing Bluehost to WordPress.com hosting, so I’d say go with Bluehost if I were choosing between the two.

Bluehost VS Inmotion

Inmotion is another host I’ve never used for any personal projects of my own.  I might be inclined to try them for a particular project I have in mind, but I already have so many good hosting accounts, I simply don’t have a need to try any new ones at the moment.  I’ve heard decent things about them from time to time for shared plans though.  Again, I wouldn’t put anything mission critical on shared hosting account I haven’t used myself in the past.

Bluehost VS Ipage

Ipage web hosting is another one I won’t touch again with a ten foot pole!  I have had numerous issues with them when dealing with client sites in the past, and I have zero interest in ever touching one of their accounts again.  I would not recommend them for anything… much better options out there to bother.  This might sound hypocritical in a way, when I’m recommending Bluehost all the time on different sections of the blog (being that they’re owned by the same conglomerate that keeps acquiring hosting companies like wildfire), but Bluehost support and control panel structure blows Ipage out of the water.  I hope no one ever asks me again to help migrate them away from Ipage after they find out how crappy and slow they’re oversold servers are… to the point where you can’t even export website files via FTP!  No thanks!

Bluehost VS Wix

This isn’t really a fair comparison in my opinion, as Wix users generally use the Wix CMS that’s automatically integrated into WIX hosting for drag and drop website building.  It’s a very different setup than a traditional cpanel hosting account with a standalone database driven site such as WordPress, or a standard html website uploaded to it. I don’t have a clear winner from comparing these two, as I see them as apples and oranges in a way.  WIX is good for people who want a drag and drop website builder, but with limited code customization and server side add-ons. Bluehost is better if you want to become a blogger and have control over landing pages, be able to add plugins to sell your own products, or use Woocommerce to setup your ecommerce website or something of that nature.

Bluehost VS Arvixe

This one is a tough one.  I originally wanted to be able to promote Arvixe here on the blog as the main – go to – web host for beginners wanting to get started with their own blog.  But, and this is a big BUT, they simply don’t live up to my standards.  Their affiliate commissions have higher payouts (meaning I would make a lot more money if I promoted them over Bluehost) but I can’t advise using a company I won’t use myself or recommend to friends and family.  Once again though, they are ALSO owned by EIG, which you would THINK would make Bluehost suck just as much as Arvixe.  But somehow, the service at Bluehost continues to be light years ahead of Arvixe, and I don’t see Bluehost consolidating and pooling their users as heavily as Arvixe does, so I’ll stick with them unless something changes.  (this means after Arvixe was bought out by EIG, they consolidated WAAAAAY to many people on their servers, crowding them out to squeeze more revenue out to make quarterly reports look better to shareholders and annual profitability… not caring if customer’s accounts get slower and slower by the month to the point where they won’t even load a CMS backend to login to your damn website. It’s absolutely ridiculous when this happens.)  Just based on the comments I see on their Facebook feed alone, I couldn’t recommend them, and would’ve wasted my time using them in my tutorials.  And no, I don’t think this is a case of competitive slander on FB, I’ve seen other reports in these comments about bad experiences beginning to surface as well. src: http://incomebully.com/arvixe-hosting-review/

Bluehost VS Ehost

You’re kidding right?  Where do some of these companies even come from man!  I won’t bother commenting on this one… Haven’t used, will never use, won’t recommend.  Don’t even know if they’re a legit hosting company or not.

Bluehost VS Namecheap

Whoa whoa WHOA…  Just like the Godaddy vs Bluehost comparison above, I would never advise using Namecheap web hosting for any situation whatsoever.  For domain names, yes, but not for web hosting.  I have personally had hosting accounts with them in the past, and at one point an account was hacked and deemed non recoverable.  (meaning my data was lost, and I had no backup. The latter is my fault, but still unreliable from a hosting standpoint when backups pretty much come standard these days.)  That pretty much sealed the deal for me on that experience, and I haven’t recommended them for domains much anymore either due to their clunky control panel update.  I prefer Namesilo for domains, and Bluehost or Liquidweb for web hosting. To see the other companies I’ve used in detail, check out the web hosting reviews page.

Bluehost VS Weebly

This one is very similar to my thoughts above on the Bluehost VS WIX.  A lot of Weebly users want the Weebly drag and drop CMS, not a standard hosting account where they can install WordPress or upload their website files.  That being said, I do like Weebly for people want to blog but don’t like wordpress. No clear winner here in my book when comparing the two… In my opinion, these two hosts are suited for different purposes.  I’d choose Bluehost for anyone who wants to start a blog, and Weebly for a small business owner who wants to try to build their own html website with a drag and drop editor.

Bluehost VS Digital Ocean

Well well well, two of my favorite hosting companies, but for very different reasons.  I love Digital Ocean for fast deployment, lightweight distributions with no fluff, and the “only pay for what you use” type of pricing model.  I put Digital Ocean in the intermediate to advanced category for web hosts when I recommend them, and I would not recommend Digital Ocean over Bluehost for a beginner to intermediate experience level website owner either.  The learning curve is too steep, and it would frustrate a newcomer instead of empower them.  That being said, if you know what you’re doing and have managed your own website for a little while, you can get a GREAT hosting account from Digital Ocean with excellent performance for cheap, compared to what other companies are charging.  Keep in mind it’s unmanaged, so you need to know how to handle problems yourself and debug things when they go haywire.  Aside from that, they’re a great bang for the buck, but again I don’t put any mission critical stuff on them in case there’s a fire when I’m not around since there’s no one I can call to fix it for me.  (that’s why I use Liquidweb to host cleverleverage.com… if I’m on the road and something happens, I can phone them really quick and have a systems admin make changes to my account on the fly.)

Bluehost VS AWS (amazon web hosting)

Amazon is fairly unique with their cloud platforms and hosting options, and it’s definitely not for beginners since the setup can be quite cumbersome depending on what you want to do.  Since this is a comparison for beginner blog hosting, I’m going to leave AWS out of this one and just say it’s better utilized for intermediate to experienced webmasters who need scalibility at an affordable cost.

Bluehost VS WP Engine

WP Engine is a specialized wordpress hosting company, who caters to speed freaks and managed wordpress hosting needs.  If we’re talking about strictly wordpress hosting here, WP Engine takes the cake all the way, no questions asked.  But that comes at a price, and a hefty one at that!  WP Engine will cost around $50/mo to get started with decent storage and bandwidth, which puts it out of reach for most beginners.  For those just wanting to get up and running and start their first blog, Bluehost is the way to go.  If you’ve had a blog before, or your blog is getting slow from being bogged down by traffic or a large database, upgrading to WP Engine will help tremendously, and you’ll be very happy.  To see which wordpress host is the best, go to the wordpress hosting comparison page.

Bluehost VS Justhost

Again just like Dreamhost, I wouldn’t use Justhost with all the other hosting companies with proven support.  I haven’t purchased an account with Justhost, and can’t remember if I’ve helped a client migrate away from them in the past or not. (after a while, all these “XXXXXXHost” companies all sound the same… and pretty much perform closely the same way as well!)  If I had my choice between Justhost and Bluehost if I were setting up a website for my parents, I’d go with Bluehost since I know they can get a native English speaking support tech on the phone within two minutes and not have any hassles. *Note – I think I confused Justhost and Dreamhost in my review video… Justhost I would not try again, but Dreamhost I would.

Bluehost VS 1&1

Oh man, somebody is trying to get me fired up here!  I despise 1&1 for anything and everything.  I’ve registered domains from them years ago and their cancellation procedure to cancel your billing is absolutely atrocious!  So much so, that I won’t even consider them a as a domain registrar anymore.  Not a chance!  Now I have a couple friends, and know of others who have had their domains with them for ages and love them.  Personally, I would not recommend them for domains or web hosting in any capacity, and would shout Bluehost to the rooftops till I’m blue in the face!

Bluehost VS A Small Orange

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My ASO account was down for over a week before I caught it. Well that was quick 😉

Here’s another host that just takes the cake for leaving my sites offline with no monitoring, not notifying me they were down, and then has no clear report of downtime for me even though the hosting account I was on was supposed to be “in the cloud.”  Yeah right, more like cloud of smoke!  Maybe it’s just my expectations from having Liquidweb’s Sonar Monitoring for so many years (you get an email immediately if anything is offline) that any one little thing that violates my service expectation is a deal killer for me. (that’s a good thing for you though, at least you’ll know about a company’s performance up front before you sign up!) I’ve heard a lot of people having great experiences with ASO, but for me that wasn’t the case at all and cannot recommend them since my downtime was not taken seriously.  I’d go with Bluehost on this one, at least they’re both owned by EIG now. 😉

Bluehost VS Rackspace Cloud

I’m not sure how this one made it in here, RSC is kind of high end to be comparing to Bluehost in my book.  Rackspace is a premium hosting provider, and I consider them right up there with Liquidweb, if not better for very specific hardware needs/flexibility.  Rackspace will blow Bluehost’s performance out of the water every single time, but you will also pay out the ass for it every single time.  A few hundred a month is a good starting point here, not a fair comparison at all, and really in a different class altogether.  I would NOT compare a dedicated or vps server from Bluehost to the specs of what you’d get at Rackspace… not to mention the data center, infrastructure, network, and switches are all going to be different quality.

Bluehost VS Web.com

Web.com is kind of like WIX and Weebly mentioned above… sort of an all i one solution for people who just want to put up a quick website, I don’t really view them as either specializing in being a domain registrar or a web host.  If you want a hosting company for your blog, I’d go with Bluehost here.  If you just want a 5 page website for your business and don’t want to fool with customizing anything outside of a prebuilt drag and drop editor, Web.com would work well for you.

Bluehost VS Fatcow

Technically, these two companies have the same daddy (EIG), but I only trust one of them to deliver quality phone support and stellar customer support. You guessed it, Bluehost would be my choice again here.  I simply wouldn’t want my speedy sites to be hosted on a Fat Cow. 😉

Bluehost For WordPress

Is Bluehost fast enough for WordPress?  Yes, the how to start a blog tutorial is running on it, you can see it in real time.  They also have a specific Bluehost WordPress Hosting Service that just came out that I need to review… I’d imagine there’s server side caching a few other goodies that will speed things up.  Only time I’d say no, is if you have tons of traffic. At that point you need to move to a vps, and I’d suggest a Liquidweb storm vps so it’s in the cloud and you can resize up or down (more or less resources and cost) at any time with a few clicks… no more migrating to other hosts or bigger bare metal servers.

Bluehost VS Hostmonster

Nope, just don’t do it.

Bluehost VS Ipower

Nope, I had a client in Deland FL once that wanted me to take over site maintenance for them.  They were on Ipower, and I hated it.  Far too slow, too oversold, and I just didn’t care for the interface.  I migrated them to one of my own hosting accounts (I think it was a Hostgator vps back in those days) and things got a lot better.  Keep in mind these are my opinions, some users people probably love them, but I can’t recommend them to friends and fam based on my experience with them.

Bluehost VS Knownhost

I LOVE Knownhost!  But Knownhost doesn’t offer shared hosting, and that’s what we’re primarily comparing here with Bluehost. For vps servers or dedi’s, Knownhost is an awesome company.  Let me say that again… for VPS hosting, Knownhost is one of the best out there for price vs performance.  Highly highly recommended!  But for cheap shared hosting, Bluehost is the way to go.  Also for beginners, don’t start out with a vps server, it’s little too much management and tweaking, or opening support tickets if you don’t know how to do it yourself yet.  It would get in the way of starting your blog or website, which is what you should be focused on.

Bluehost VS Linode

This is another host like Digital Ocean, primarily an unamanaged ssd vps host in the cloud.  very very good quality, but not a good option for beginners.  And super lightweight setup, which will always make Linode faster than Bluehost, but you need to have some experience under your belt to setup DNS, create databases if you want to run WordPress for a blog, and just in general a more manual setup than an easy peasy control panel like you get with Bluehost.  For beginners, Bluehost all the way on this one.  For advanced bloggers who want a super stable platform from tried and true developers, Linode is awesome for that.

Bluehost VS Liquidweb

No contest here, Liquidweb hands down.  I’m a huge proponent of Liquidweb, and this very site you’re reading right now is hosted with them.  If that’s not the greatest proof in the pudding I don’t know what it.  We’re talking about comparing Bluehost shared hosting for beginners here, so the only caveat against Liquidweb in this case, would be the price.  Service is better all the way around, including quality native English speaking phone support, but pricing starts at $15/mo instead of $3.95 for Bluehost when you’re on a 12 month plan.  Both give you a free domain name, so that’s the same, but the savings is too much to ignore for a beginner just starting out.  Also for first time bloggers, you will have to setup your domain name dns or nameservers in order to get your site live online with Liquidweb.  Not hard, and I can point you to some tutorials that show you how to do it in a just a few minutes, but it’s nice to NOT have to do that with Bluehost if this is your first site.

Bluehost VS MediaTemple

I actually like Media Temple’s hosting services for quality, but I do not like their backend interface for account management.  Particularly, I don’t like their dns manager and hosting control panel.  I found it cumbersome and difficult to use when I had some affiliate sites on an account there about two years ago.  I think I lasted about a week, and although the quality of the hosting seemed good, the other features just weren’t for me.  Given my experience with hosting account setups, I would have a hard time to recommend them to a newbie without the ease of use in mind.  While I believe the quality is better than Bluehost, I’d have to say go with Bluehost for ease of use in this case.

Bluehost For Magento

I’m not sure how this got thrown into the mix, but it’s here so I’ll answer it.  I would not host Magento on Bluehost, but if I had to, I’d go with a vps or dedicated server at least.  Magento is very resource heavy, and in my opinion, a fairly bloated ecommerce solution compared to something like Shopify or Big Commerce.  I personally wouldn’t use Magento for anything, as I’ve had a lot of optimization issues with it in the past for clients, and I certainly wouldn’t recommend hosting Magento on Bluehost shared hosting.

Bluehost VS Network Solutions

Network Solutions is another company I’ve had a lot of bad experiences with over the years, especially dealing with client accounts.  I don’t like the way they price gouge their customers on domain renewals, often charging $30+ per year for a single domain renewal, which is highway robbery when you can get it for less than $10 everywhere else.  The quality of the hosting is sub par at best, and in line with most of the other hosting companies I don’t care for listed above.  They do have an enormous user base though, and have been around for a long time, which is why you see so many comments and advertisements for this company.

Bluehost VS Pagely

Pagely is another specialized wordpress hosting service, just like WP Engine above.  All of these companies that deliver wordpress specific hosting environments will always be faster than a company like Bluehost.  The reason for this, is they specialize in how to make wordpress work better, load faster, automatically update, and do a lot of fancy server side things like give you a dev environment to try out new plugins instead of breaking your live site.  Super cool, but it all comes at a price, a very steep price for beginners that is, starting at around $50/mo for a good plan.  If you want blazing fast wordpress load times, go with one of these specialty wordpress hosting companies like Pagely or WP Engine.

Bluehost VS Shopify

Shopify is primarily an ecommerce platform provider, which gives you an ecommerce cart, store, and domain and hosting all in one.  Bluehost does not have something like this, or if they do in the coming months, it won’t be on the scale that Shopify offers it.  However, what they do have is self hosted WordPress, which you can host the free ecommerce plugin on called WooCommerce.

Shopify is ones of the easiest ecommerce hosts to get up and running if you want to sell physical products, and the service is excellent.  Kind of like comparing a crew cab truck to a Honda accord though. The only drawback is the pricing structure if you sell physical products, or at least it used to be… maybe they have a new monthly plan now that is better structured for beginners.

If you’re wondering which is better for ecommerce stores, it really depends on the scale of which you want to roll out your store. By that I mean, if you’re just testing the waters with your first online store, Bluehost WooCommerce Hosting is a great choice. If you want to have a store with thousands of products and run advertising, Shopify Integrations are your best bet, since they already have the functionality to automatically integrate with popular social media and advertising platforms built right in… Makes for a much leaner and cleaner database, and your site will perform much better once it gets larger with thousands and thousands of pages/products.

Bluehost VS Site5

Site5 was another host that was on my list to try out.  I’ve heard a lot of great things about them on WHT, but I believe they were recently acquired by my favorite company. (not)  I’m not sure if that’s true or not, but will keep them at the bottom of the shared hosting list of companies to try out and review next time I do another round of that.

Bluehost VS Squarespace

Squarespace is very much like WIX and Weebly, in that they offer business solutions in an easy to use format not necessarily just beginner blog hosting.  I have heard good reports of businesses being happy with the merchant fatures and ipad checkout systems for POS terminals.  The same goes for their website ans blogging platforms, but I can’t comment on that since I wouldn’t use them as a blog host.  I prefer a straightforward registrar or hosting company that lets me install whatever software I choose to use on that account myself… that way I can customize it to whatever I want it to do for a particular project.  Maybe this is short sighted in this case, and perhaps I should review the complete suite of Squarespace services in the near future.

Bluehost VS Stablehost

Hmmm, this is a tough one.  I’ve used both successfully, and generally like what you get for the money from Stablehost.  I do think the support at Bluehost (specifically the phone support) can’t be matched by Stablehost, but I’d go so far as to say the performance of Stablehost servers is slightly better.  I think this is the only comparison of the bunch that’s a bit of a tossup, as both would be good options for a beginner, with Bluehost being a tad easier to setup, but the value you get with Stablehost is hard to beat!

Bluehost VS Synthesis

Synthesis hosting is another specialized wordpress hosting service form the guys over at Copyblogger Media.  It’s very high quality just like Pagely and WP Engine, and it comes with the quality price as well.  For hosting a wordpress blog with any of the Genesis themes, it’s going to be the best you can get anywhere, since it comes from the same developers/company.  To see which wordpress host I think is the best out of these top dogs, see the comparison table here.  For beginners, Bluehost will be the best option to get started, but won’t even come close to the performance of a hosting service like Synthesis.  That’s ok though, you only need a good starter host for now, and you can upgrade at any time in the future.

Bluehost VS Volusion

Volusion is a dedicated eCommerce platform that includes domains and hosting all in one.  It’s very complex to use in regards to the available functionality, but it’s excellent for anyone running a physical retail business with multiple warehouses that needs inventory management.  Unfortunately, it’s not even in the same stratosphere as Bluehost in regards to service and features, and the application for both is completely different.  If you want the biggest and baddest ecommerce solution on the planet for a team to use, Volusion is a great fit!  For a beginner blog host, Bluehost is perfect.

Bluehost VS Yahoo Web Hosting

Haha, good old Yahoo web hosting.  Yahoo has been around for ages, and hosts more small business website than you can count.  In fact, their cookie cutter website templates used to be a footprint I’d scrape to get a list of new prospects who desperately needed web design help.  Fairly sound hosting services yes, but up with the times?  Me thinks not.  In this day and age, I’d go with Bluehost over Yahoo for the simple fact that they are focused on supporting a lot of the more popular blogging CMS’s and scripts that users like to use in 2016.

What If I Don’t Like Bluehost After Signing Up With Them?

I also feel very confident in my escape plan for any host listed here that I recommend.  What I mean by that is, if you go to the How To Tutorials page, you will see my migration tutorial for moving your site to another host in just a few minutes.  This includes Bluehost, so if their service were ever to go downhill, I’d have a new recommendation for you right away (since I’d have to move my own sites as well!) and you could simply follow the tutorial to rectify the situation quickly and easily.

Before the comments fill up with things like “Matt it seems like you’re biased toward Bluehost or they paid you to write this.”  Nope and nope.  The intention of this post is to compare Bluehost to a lot of other popular hosts, but I consider Bluehost to be a great beginner host.  Never did I say they were better than all other companies (which is what I’d have to do if they paid me ;)), but the theme here is Bluehost VS… There are a lot of companies I regard as better than Bluehost.  To name a few, they are: Liquidweb for dedicated servers, Knownhost and Digital Ocean for vps, and Liquidweb again for shared hosting (but Liquidweb’s shared hosting is almost 3 times the price of Bluehost’s shared plans, so it’s not really the best choice in all instances for a beginner).

To give you an example, if this were a comparison of Liquidweb VS, the intention would be quality and performance which is not necessarily great for beginners.

Let me explain… If you’re just starting out, and want to put up two additional websites/blogs as addon domains to your shared hosting account, Liquidweb shared hosting requires you to email support and ask them to add the second domain to your hosting account instead of you being able to bluehost-bannerjust do it right away in the control panel on your own, no questions asked.  This is sort of cumbersome when just starting out, and ultimately a hindrance if you don’t have any experience, so in an effort to help people get their websites online quicker, I’d say Bluehost is better for this purpose for a beginner.

Now the reason Liquidweb has the above quality control stops in place, is so they DO NOT become oversold shared servers, offering people unlimited cpu, bandwidth, and storage. If they did, the quality of their service would decline, and you’d have idiots running rampant all over their boxes installing god knows how many sub accounts.  Make sense?

If not, let me know in the comments how I can help!

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