GoDaddy vs Bluehost

Written by Nick Leffler | Comments Off on GoDaddy vs Bluehost | 2 min read

At the risk of getting into a heated “discussion” about what website host is best, I’m going to write this anyway. I want to figure out what’s best in the battle of GoDaddy vs Bluehost (this is an affiliate link).

I realize GoDaddy and Bluehost aren’t the only two options, but they’re the two I’ve been using lately (or, at least, getting downtime alerts for from JetPack).

There seems to be a cult following for each of those two, and not usually a great deal of crossover. I signed up for GoDaddy about 10 months ago now and then 4 months later signed up for a Bluehost account for my brother-in-law.

GoDaddy vs Bluehost

My very non-scientific conclusion points to GoDaddy being more dependable in the long run. Every week or so I get an email from JetPack that tells me Bluehost is down, that lasts for 3 to 20 minutes. I’ve yet to get one of these messages from GoDaddy until very recently though it was an extremely large downtime (about 3 hours).

Three hours is a horrible downtime though, so GoDaddy isn’t the best choice either.

So what is the best choice then? I’ve heard a lot of great things about DreamHost (this is an affiliate link) and they seem to stand the test of time. I haven’t used DreamHost myself though so I can’t say it is the best choice either!

That sort of leaves this story with no conclusion so far, unfortunately. I’m sticking with GoDaddy for a while now because I’m hoping the big down was a very rare occurrence and won’t happen again. If it does happen, even once a year, I’ll look for another option.

So, who do you choose to host your website? If the usability of the cPanel does not matter to you and having the most updated version of PHP isn’t a big deal, InMotion Hosting might be a good choice. I had InMotion Hosting for about 3 years and never had 1 second down time. They provided fast service and it was never down, it can be a bit pricey, though.

I think that gives this article a conclusion, so let me lay it out a bit clearer:

  1. If you’re thinking of going with Bluehost (this is an affiliate link) or GoDaddy, it doesn’t matter, they’re both about the same, but not the best.
  2. If you want to go with what people say is the best, DreamHost might be a great option (do your research!)
  3. If you want the best and are willing to pay for it, InMotion Hosting is a good option.

After using three different website host providers over the past 10 months, that is my simple summary of how I feel about the different services I’ve run into. There are more I researched but those didn’t even make the basic cut, so I mention only these four.

What do you think? Do you have a favorite host?

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