If you are into web development or blogging, possibility is that you are already familiar with the names Bluehost, HostGator, and DreamHost. They are three of the biggest and most popular web-hosting providers out there and all of them provide high quality and satisfactory service. And it is a task of some order to recommend any one at the expense of the others. They all provide excellent service, but you may still like to go deeper and pick out the one which will be best according to your needs and requirements. Which is only understandable, since as a website host or a blogger, you will desire seamless functionality as well as the most convenient price.
So, for your benefit, in this article we will compare all three providers on an one-to-one basis and the rest you can judge for yourself. Some of the key factors in our comparison will be:
- server performance
- user friendliness
- extra features
- customer support
Let us get started…
In terms of uptime and server performance, there is not much to choose between the two service providers. Both record 99.9% uptime which is excellent by any standards. Both use 10 backbone providers to keep all your data safe from any accidental loss. Bluehost.com is known to use CPU segregation technology which acts as an extra shield against malicious users and data theft. However, this does not necessarily mean that your data is less safe with HostGator.com since the company is also known to spend millions of dollars each year to improve their security measures as well as overall performance.
We have also conducted an uptime test, a benchmark test, and a response time test for both the providers and although HostGator performed a tad better on all of them, there wasn’t really much to set them apart. However, the speed test showed that HostGator loaded a site under one second while the Bluehost.com took 1.61 s to lead the same site. Again, both the services use cPanel for their interface which is a highly user-friendly and intuitive interface, important for anyone new to web-hosting, especially for people with little knowledge on how to install scripts such as Joomla or WordPress.
Now about the price. Both have three plans. HostGator.com calls their plans Hatchling, Baby, and Business plans, whereas Bluehost has Starter, Plus, and Business plans. The basic plan will cost you $7.49/month on an one-year term at Bluehost. The same will cost you $4.83 at HostGator.com. The price goes down to $3.44 on a three-year term with HostGator, and to $5.99 with Bluehost. The advantage with the Bluehost.com is that you get free domain with their starter plan, something not available even with the tier-2 Baby plan of HostGator.
However, HostGator.com provides you unlimited disk space and bandwidth in the starter plan. Bluehost, on the other hand, has a 100 GB limit on disk space on their basic plan. In addition, HostGator has 1-month subscription opportunities which currently does not exist with Bluehost.com.
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DreamHost also uses cPanel for user interface. But an additional feature with them is that you can customize your interface panel. That may seem redundant to new users, but according to people with some experience in web-hosting, a customized panel can really be very helpful and can increase productivity. In the speed test, HostGator again emerges as the winner. It loads a site in 815 ms which DreamHost will load no sooner than in 1.33 seconds.
As for customer support, both are known to provide excellent customer care. At both places, you can e-mail support, use the live chat option, or can raise a ticket. Regarding price, the basic shared web hosting plan at DreamHost costs $9.95 per month on a one year contract. This is a pricier option than HostGator, but, similar to the basic plan of Bluehost, you enjoy free domain and multiple hosting.
We have already discussed all the three providers in the above two comparisons. So, you do have a fair idea of all of them by now. As with the others two, uptime is never an issue with DreamHost and the same applies for safety options, server performance and the security measures. There is not much to separate the basic plans of these two providers in terms of price and features either. However, one thing that we failed to mention in earlier comparisons was that HostGator offer a 45-day money-back guarantee on all their plans. Bluehost.com offers a 30-day guarantee. But here DreamHost gives the others a beat for they have a 97-days (!) money-back guarantee provided you have used Google Wallet/credit card for the payment.
So, you have your facts there, and hope they will help you take a decision regarding DreamHost vs Bluehost, as well as about HostGator.