Bluehost and GoDaddy are both experienced providers of reliable and cheap web hosting. Both companies have been around for a long time and are well known and trusted brands. This Bluehost vs GoDaddy 2015 head-to-head comparison will hopefully help you make a better and informed decision of which company to go with.
This first part looks at the main hosting features of these two companies, these main features are often the deciding factors when it comes to selecting a hosting provider.
Bluehost offers 12, 24 or every 36 month payment options, while GoDaddy offers slightly more flexible payment by offering 3, 12, 24, 36 48 or every 60 month payment. Both companies offer generous money back guarantees.
Bandwidth or data transfer is the amount of traffic that your website is allowed to receive. Both Bluehost and GoDaddy offers unlimited bandwidth meaning there is unrestricted amount of traffic to your website.
Disk space is the capacity or the amount of storage for your files, images, videos and emails. Bluehost offers unlimited disk space with their shared web hosting plans, while GoDaddy only includes 100 GB of storage with their basic plan (though this is usually more than enough).
Winner: Bluehost BLUEHOST
Add-on domain names refer to the number of extra websites you are allowed to host. Bluehost offers unlimited addon websites, while GoDaddy only allows for one website to be hosted.
Winner: Bluehost BLUEHOST
Both Bluehost and GoDaddy offer free domain registration (for the first year) when you signup with them.
Backing up files and databases is very important, and having it automatically done for you ensures that backups are performed on a regular basis. Bluehost includes automated weekly backups in their plans at no extra charge. GoDaddy does not offer automated backups. However a manual backup can be done (at no cost) in cPanel with GoDaddy (and with Bluehost as well).
Veteran webmasters know that a web hosting company is only as good as the customer support the offer. It's almost a give that you at some point will require help, so it's very important to factor in the level of support web hosting companies offer.
Bluehost and GoDaddy both provide excellent level of support, but there are a few minor things that separate the pair and of which you should know about.
GoDaddy and Bluehost both setup your domainname and server as soon as you have signed up for an account. Meaning that you can create your website almost right away. This is a standard service offered by all hosting companies.
Both GoDaddy and Bluehost offer their customers live chat support, and it comes with all plans.
24x7 technical support is included with all Bluehost and GoDaddy hosting plans. Their support can be reached via phone, email and live chat every day of the year.
Bluehost offers a 30-day money back full refund guarantee on all plans and a pro-rated refund after the first month. GoDaddy offers 45 days money back of purchase for annual products and a refund policy within 48 hours of purchase for monthly products.
No comparison of web hosts can exclude a list of technical features and specification the provider offers.
In this selection you find some of the most important Bluehost vs GoDaddy technical features and specs and what each provider offers.
cPanel is the software the server runs on. cPanel is the industry standard control panel that allows you to easily manage and transfer files, create databases, take backups, manage email and install programs. Both companies use cPanel.
A database is where all of the data is stored. A minimum of one database per website is needed. If you manage one website then you'll need at least on db, but having unlimited databases allows you to manage multiple sites. Both companies are generous when it comes to offering databases.
FTP is short for "file transfer protocol". Using a free desktop software such as FileZilla lets you easily transfer files to and from your website and computer.
WordPress is the leading content management system and website and blog creator. Having a WordPress installer script automatically installs the CMS and creates the database for you, with a click of a button and no technical knowledge is needed.
The .htaccess file is a web server configuration file that lets webmasters control global configurations in specific directories.
Cron jobs is scheduling tool on the server to complete repetitive tasks automatically at set time intervals. For example you can use Cron to automatically run website or database backups.
Email is undoubtedly one of the most important features of web hosting. At the most basic level you want to be able to send and receive emails using your website's domain name.
A good web host should provide you with the option of creating email accounts, access to webmail, autoresponders and email forwarding.
Both Bluehost and GoDaddy offer unlimited email accounts. This means that you can create unlimited email addresses such as firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and so on.
Both Bluehost and GoDaddy offer full-featured and powerful webmail, this means that you can access, send and receive email from any device and from any location.
Email forwarding allows you to forward email to a different email address. For example you might want to forward your emails to a Gmail address. Both companies offer unlimited forwarding of email.
The time it takes for your web pages to load and that they can be accessed affect a user's experience, but it also influences search engine ranking position (SEO). Both search engines and visitors expect your site to load fast and be accessible online 24x7.
Load times and uptime are important factors to consider when selecting a hosting company.
Page load time is the time it takes for the server load a webpage the first time it is accessed by a visitor (not yet in the browser's cache). The faster a page loads the better, it's as simple as that. In our test (From: Los Angeles using Firefox, on cable internet connection) Bluehost loaded in 2.4 seconds, GoDaddy in 2.64 seconds.
First byte is the time the server takes to render the first byte of information when rendering a web page. First byte is a good indicator of the overall speed of the web server. In our test (From: Los Angeles using Firefox, on cable internet connection) Bluehost loaded in 0.54 seconds and GoDaddy in 0.36 seconds.
GoDaddy guarantees 99.9% uptime, while Bluehost makes no guarantees with regard to uptime.
Here is a list and comparison of additional nice-to-have extra features that Bluehost and GoDaddy offer.
For example software and application scrips (such as WordPress) and free advertising credit on Google AdWords and Facebook to help you get your site found.
Both Bluehost and Godaddy offer a number of free scripts and applications through the cPanel frontend. With a click of a button you can install popular software such as WordPress, Joomla, Magento, Guestbooks, Polls and Surveys making it easy to build, enhance and manage your site.
With a website builder software webmasters can build professional websites in just a matter of hours, using already made web designs and web templates. No coding knowledge is needed.
GoDaddy offers free $100 Google Adwords, $50 Bing Ads and $50 Facebook advertising credit. Bluehost offers $100 Google Adwords voucher with their hosting plans so you can start advertising your new site on the world’s most popular search engine.
When it comes to comparing shared web hosting features between Bluehost and Godaddy it is bound to be a close call. Based on the above GoDaddy vs Bluehost side by side comparison, Bluehost comes out as the winner but with just one "vote" ahead of GoDaddy.
Bluehost has 5 "wins", GoDaddy 4 "wins" and there are 14 "tie" scores.