Bluehost vs GoDaddy comparison 2020 Review
Last updated on: January 2020
And that’s why I’m here, Mike “The Web Hosting Guy”!
In this opportunity, we are going to review to giants in the industry: Bluehost and GoDaddy. They both have pros and cons as we are going to see, but what option is the best for you?
I invite you to check this detailed and deep side-by-side comparison and review, so you can find the perfect hosting company and plan for your business!
If you're too busy to read the whole hosting review then look below to find our clear winner between the two: yes, without a doubt it's Bluehost.
Now let's find out why Bluehost won..
Why Bluehost and GoDaddy?
- Both companies have been in the business since a long time ago (Bluehost since 2002 and GoDaddy since 1999)
- They have plans for beginners and experts alike
- Cutting-edge technology
- Large client bases with a great reputation online.
Do I need to say more? I know this can sound kind of vague, but worry not, because I’m going to expand this way more in the rest of the page and find out which one offers the best web hosting services out of all the hosting companies out there.
The Plans names:
As usual, I will do a side-by-side comparison of all the plans these companies offer, so you can compare the price, features, and find out which plan offers what your business needs.
- Shared Hosting (Basic, Plus, Prime)
- Bluehost Cloud Hosting (Starter, Performance, Business Pro)
- Bluehost WordPress Hosting Plans (WP Standard, WP Enhanced, WP Premium, WP Ultimate)
- WooCommerce Hosting (E-commerce specialized solution that starts at $6.95/month, I liked it)
- VPS Hosting (Standard, Enhanced, Ultimate)
- Dedicated Hosting (Standard, Enhanced, Premium).
As you can see, Bluehost has different hosting packages for every kind of business, and furthermore, they offer many plans where to choose from.
As they have many similar plans with GoDaddy, this will allow us to compare them more easily!
- Web Hosting (Economy Plan, Deluxe, Ultimate)
- Business Hosting (Launch, Enhance, Grow, Expand)
- Managed WordPress Hosting (Basic, Deluxe, Ultimate)
- VPS Hosting (Economy, Value, Deluxe, Ultimate)
- Dedicated Servers (Economy, Value, Deluxe, Ultimate).
Now you know what each of them offers, so it is time to move on with this Bluehost vs Godaddy review and compare their plans, so you can have the final word and find the ideal one for your business.
Bluehost and Godaddy Shared Web Hosting Comparison:
They are the same thing, the only thing that changes is the label, and in all honesty, promoting it as “web hosting” instead of “shared hosting” is better marketing, because the word “shared” has some negative connotations.
However, let’s forget about the marketing and let’s go straight to the good stuff: what they can offer to your business.
N° of Domains
As you can see, both companies offer plenty of value for the price such as email accounts, a good uptime and even website builders however, in the higher-end plans (Prime vs. Ultimate), GoDaddy is the winner, because it brings you a free SSL certificate along with free Premium DNS and x2 processing power and memory.
Furthermore, GoDaddy offers you a free domain with any plan if you pay for 1 year in advance. That’s another important advantage, especially if you are hunting down the cheapest offer available for your business.
However, the bad news is that both companies will make you pay 3 years in advance to get access to their promotional prices, but even then, the prices remain very affordable.
The truth is that, if you have to go for the most complete plan of this section, then choose GoDaddy, because thanks to the free domain, free SSL certificate, x2 processing power and premium DNS, it offers more value at a lower cost than Bluehost.
However, a word of caution: Shared web hosting is meant for small websites, personal blogs and similar sites. Never use it to host a heavy-traffic e-commerce store or anything similar, because you won’t have the resources necessary for an optimal performance.
It can also be excellent for experiments since both of them offer a money back guarantee, especially if you go for the most affordable plans that even at a 36-month payment remain cheap.
Just remember that all of these plans, even if they are advertised with unlimited bandwidth and “unlimited” web storage, they still have limits you will have to respect, because otherwise, you will get suspended.
Cloud Hosting by Bluehost:
First, cloud hosting is the next step after shared hosting, because it brings you more resources and offers excellent advantages:
- The perfect solution if you need to scale your business
- These plans can handle more traffic, because they offer more resources
- Features that will protect your website against overwhelmed servers
- Your website data is safer, because it is mirrored across three different devices
- Check the performance of your site easily.
Therefore, let’s simply check what Bluehost has to offer:
The answer is simple: the bigger your website is, the more resources you will need.
If your website has started to pick up the pace, then the Starter plan is ideal, because you will get far more resources so you can handle the increasing amount of traffic and get a good overview on how your business is growing.
In all honesty, these plans can handle even very exigent websites. Therefore, if your small experiment has turned into a profitable business and you need more resources to provide your visitors an excellent experience, then compare these plans and upgrade it!
If your website is very big and you need exclusive features like a dedicated IP, then the Business Pro is the best choice, because at $15.95 it is an excellent offer.
Finally, another reason to prefer this Bluehost hosting offer to the shared alternative is the customer support. Bluehost offers excellent support for all of its clients, but by going for these higher-end plans, you will get exclusive help when you need it.
Business Hosting by GoDaddy: A Complete Revision and Comparison
Now it is time to talk about GoDaddy’s Business hosting options and we will compare them… but to what?
There is one, the Grow Plan, that we can compare against Bluehost’s WooCommerce hosting plans, because they both are designed for e-commerce.
Without anything more to add, let’s start.
These plans are designed for businesses with bigger needs than your average personal blog or small website.
If you are going to receive a massive influx of traffic, then shared hosting won’t cut it, because it can crash at any given moment, and thereby affect your business negatively.
What kind of websites can use this type of hosting?
Here you have a few examples:
- Photo-sharing websites or platforms
- Video-playing and sharing websites
- Video games websites that need to host plenty of files
- Big e-commerce stores with several product listings
- Any kind of website that needs more resources than your average personal blog or basic site.
In summary: if you are running a profitable business and you wish to scale further, so you can meet the needs of your growing success, then these plans will suit you perfectly.
Furthermore, it is excellent if you don’t want to take care of the technical aspects, because you could also go for a VPS or Dedicated Server, but in that case you would have to get a bit too technical.
Now let’s compare the e-commerce plan by GoDaddy versus what Bluehost has to offer:
E-commerce Battle: GoDaddy versus Bluehost
Now let's compare these two providers side by side and see which is the perfect option for you:
(Perfect for E-commerce)
|N° of Domains||Unlimited||5 (Add-on domains)||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Monthly avg. traffic||Unmetered||Unmetered||Unmetered||Unmetered|
|Website Space||120GB||100 GB||Unmetered||Unmetered|
|Backup Space||Not Specified||Not specified||Not specified||Not specified|
|RAM||6 GB||Not specified||Not specified||Not specified|
|CPUs||3||Not specified||Not specified||Not specified|
|SSL Certificate||YES||Positive SSL||Positive SSL||Comodo SSL|
You can also work with WooCommerce with the GoDaddy’s plan, because all you need to do is to install WordPress and then that extension + theme, as simple as that.
However, the first different between both solutions is the price, being Bluehost the cheaper alternative, which is perfect for e-commerce shops that are just starting off or only testing the waters before going all in.
If your budget is not that permissive, then Bluehost is by far your best option, but is GoDaddy’s plan really worth it? We are talking about $34.99 per month and that you will have to pay 36 months upfront.
First, it is bad to see that Bluehost doesn’t specify the RAM or CPUs included in each plan, so this may be a turn off for the most technical users but as we can see so far Bluehost exceeds Godaddy at most levels and there's no exception in this case.
However, as a rule of thumb:
Go for GoDaddy + Magento if you…
- Need a complete and advanced e-commerce platform with plenty of web hosting resources
- Need advanced security features
- Have a store with big plans for scaling up
- Need all of these features and if you have a budget to sustain this price plus the premium extensions by Magento.
Go for Bluehost + WooCommerce if you…
- Need an easy-to-use platform for running your store
- Want a WordPress-based solution for your shop
- Something that you can run without a technical team
- If you have a limited budget yet need a powerful e-commerce solution.
However, you can also use a VPS or Dedicated Server to host your e-commerce store and even get a better deal, but if you do that, then you will have to take care of most things by yourself.
If you just want to run your business, then choose any of these plans and follow the recommendations I have given all along.
Now that you have your answer, it is time to continue this intense comparison between Bluehost vs Godaddy!
WordPress Hosting Comparison:
One of the hottest types of hosting nowadays, because WordPress has become so wildly popular that companies have come up with plans especially designed for this CMS.
But what about GoDaddy? Will the history repeat itself? Let’s see!
|N° of Domains||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||1||1||2|
|Free Domain ||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Monthly avg. traffic||100 million||300 million||600 million||Unlimited||25K||100K||400K|
|Website Space||30GB||60GB||120GB||240GB||10 GB SSD||15 GB SSD||30 GB SSD|
|Backup Space||30GB||60GB||120GB||240GB||Not Specified||Not Specified||Not Specified|
|RAM||2GB||4GB||6GB||8GB||Not specified||Not specified||Not specified|
|SSL Certificate||YES||YES||Positive SSL||Positive Wildcard SSL||NO||NO||YES|
Similarly to the SG’s case, the answer here is the same: if you are going to host a WP website that won’t need as much resources, then go for GoDaddy’s solutions.
However, if you are really going to receive a lot of traffic – from 100 million in advance – then Bluehost has exactly what you need.
The price should not be a problem, because if you are already receiving that much traffic, then it means you are running an already-successful website and upgrading your hosting will be a must-do instead of a possibility.
For most people, GoDaddy’s plans will do the trick, because if you are a small business owner or designing a small personal blog that is easy to use, all thanks to WP, then this company has exactly what you need.
However, GD has higher-end plans in this department, and yes, we are going to compare them too!
Bluehost vs. Managed WP Hosting for Web Pros by GoDaddy
These plans are more expensive, but as the heading clearly explains, they have been designed for web pros and businesses that offer more resources and limits that are more generous.
|Plan||Standard||Enhanced||Premium||Ultimate||Pro 1||Pro 5||Pro 10||Pro 25|
|N° of Domains||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||1||5||10||25|
|Monthly avg. traffic||100 million||300 million||600 million||Unlimited||100K||200K||500K||1M|
|Website Space||30GB||60GB||120GB||240GB||20 GB SSD||50 GB SSD||80 GB SSD||100 GB SSD|
|Backup Space||30GB||60GB||120GB||240GB||Not Specified||Not Specified||Not Specified||Not Specified|
|RAM||2GB||4GB||6GB||8GB||Not specified||Not specified||Not specified||Not specified|
|SSL Certificate||YES||YES||Positive SSL||Positive Wildcard SSL||YES||YES||YES||YES|
Now that we are in an even field, it is time to compare the features of each plan, so you can pick the best option for your business, because as you can see, they are packed with tons of useful features, which are excellent for big projects.
What Does Bluehost Bring to the Table?
- Easy to use and perfect for beginners. You can get your site live in just a few minutes
- Great speed tech. The plans use a powerful VPS platform and come accompanied with a customized PHP-FPM configuration for excellent speed plus an advanced NGINX architecture for reliability and efficiency
- Robust and solid security for your sites. The plans offer you a great stack of SL Security, SL WAF and an advanced Content Delivery Network
- Easy to customize and upgrade. All you need to do is to explore the MOJO Marketplace to find all the plugins and extensions your site will ever need, plus installing them is as simple as clicking a button
- 100% dedicated resources. Your site will have fully dedicated resources, so it can run efficiently all the time. Furthermore, you can always scale your resources at will.
What Are the Advantages of GoDaddy’s Plans?
- Excellent technology for speed. All the plans come with multiple caching layers, PHP7, dynamic load balancing for handling traffic smoothly, dedicated resources, CDN image caching and more
- Great security. You get a free SSL that is installed for you, site monitoring and analysis, constant and reliable DDOS attacks monitoring and on-demand 90-days backups. However, you will have to pay $1.99 per month for the backups.
- Easy to manage and scale. You get excellent management tools for administering your sites or clients, so you can spend more time on your business and less in management. Moreover, you can migrate your sites easily, and if you ever have problems, you can rely on their support (although, please read my review on their customer support almost at the end of this page)
- Easy to use. You can update everything across your WordPress sites with only 1 click. Furthermore, you can access your clients’ information from a single dashboard
- Powerful web designer. You can design your WP sites with ease thanks to its thousands of royalty-free images, 10 professional themes, drag-n-drop tools from Beaver Builder and 8 page layouts
My Verdict: GoDaddy vs Bluehost?
Now it is time to give my verdict here:
If you are looking for super-efficient plans for administering multiple WP sites – be it for your clients or your own – then GoDaddy’s WP hosting plans for Web Pros have exactly what you need.
On the other hand, if you need plenty of resources but only for one or a few sites of your own, then Bluehost is far better suited because of the lower cost.
Now it is time to compare the VPS hosting solutions by both companies.
Godaddy vs Bluehost VPS Hosting Comparison:
This is the previous step before getting a dedicated server, which is the ultimate solution for those looking for total ownership of the resources plus the possibility to customizing everything from the root.
A VPS hosting plan allows you to do so, but for a lower price. Here are all the things these plans can be useful for:
- If you need to host multiple sites of your own
- If you have several clients whose sites you need to host
- If you want to have more control of your resources
- If you want to customize everything to your needs
- If you need a superior performance and can handle the technical aspects of running a VPS.
We will compare Bluehost vs GoDaddy’s Linux and Windows plans.
| ||Bluehost (CentOS)||GoDaddy (Linux)|
|N° of Domains||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Website Space||30 GB SSD||60 GB SSD||120 GB SSD||40 GB||60 GB||120 GB||240 GB|
|RAM||2 GB||4 GB||8 GB||1 GB||2 GB||4 GB||8 GB|
|IP Addresses ||1||2||2||3||3||3||3|
| ||Bluehost (CentOS)||GoDaddy (Windows)|
|N° of Domains||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Website Space||30 GB SSD||60 GB SSD||120 GB SSD||40 GB||90 GB||120 GB||240 GB|
|RAM||2 GB||4 GB||8 GB||2 GB||3 GB||4 GB||8 GB|
|IP Addresses ||1||2||2||3||3||3||3|
Before diving into the details of this comparison, let’s answer some important questions:
How do I know if I need Linux or Windows VPS hosting?
As you have noticed, the Linux plans are cheaper than the Windows ones, so if you are looking to save money and you are already familiar with the Linux environment, the answer is evident.
In most cases, Linux is the answer, because GoDaddy has made the interface very easy to use, so you will not have problems at all.
However, each OS has certain strengths over the other.
Linux is better suited for…
- WordPress website
- WYSIWYG Apps
Windows is better suited for…
- MS SQL
Are there any other differences?
Most Linux setups use CPanel, whereas Window hosting uses Plesk. In my opinion, I prefer cPanel because I’m already familiar with it plus it updates everything automatically.
Furthermore, as evidence has shown, Windows servers are more vulnerable than Linux ones. This is another advantage worth taking into account.
Finally, once again, the price difference is evidently notorious.
What VPS Is Better: Bluehost or GoDaddy?
The advantage of Bluehost is that it offers SSD storage which has multiple advantages, being an increase in the speed the most important one. This is something that, unfortunately, Bluehost doesn’t offer.
Another downside about GoDaddy is that they do not publicly disclose how many CPUs they allocate for each plan, and this lack of transparency is concerning to say the least.
GoDaddy’s Linux plans are more affordable, however, if you are a real fan of SSD and need the best performance for your websites, then Bluehost may be the perfect option for you.
I’d say that, unless you know what you are doing, don’t even bother with Windows VPS, because it is far more expensive and you can do pretty much everything with Linux.
What’s my verdict?
I have a preference for Bluehost because their plans are excellent, come with CentOS which is fairly easy to use, and their support is reliable and efficient, something that I cannot say about GoDaddy.
Ok, GoDaddy’s customer support is not terrible but it can improve a lot. I will talk about this later, but just to conclude this section, my personal favorite is Bluehost.
Let's compare the Dedicated Servers offer, is there enough disk space?
Whether you need an entire server for your e-commerce or online marketing operations, or for hosting your super-important corporative website, a dedicated server is the perfect solution.
Both companies offer solid plans, so let’s review and compare them!
|N° of Domains||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Speed ||4 Cores, |
|4 Cores, |
|4 Cores, |
|4 CPU Cores @ 3.1 GHz||4 CPU Cores @ 3.1 GHz||4 CPU Cores @ 3.1 GHz||4 CPU Cores @ 3.1 GHz|
|CPU Tech||Not Specified||Not Specified||Not |
|Website Space||500 GB (Mirrored)||1 TB|
|RAM||4 GB||8 GB||16 GB||4 GB||8 GB||16 GB||32 GB|
|Bandwidth ||5 TB||10 TB||15 TB||Unmetered||Unmetered||Unmetered||Unmetered|
|IP Addresses ||3||4||5||3||3||3||3|
As you can see, both companies are very solid when it comes to dedicated servers at least that is what it seems on the surface.
With both companies, you can edit everything from the root, but the difference between Bluehost and Godaddy is that you can choose between a self-managed, managed or fully-managed server.
If you solely wish to focus on your business, then the fully-managed plan by GoDaddy is perfect for you, so you can only focus on your clients and scaling up your company.
On the other hand, if you want to go technical and take care of everything yourself, then you can go for the self-managed or any of the plans by Bluehost, because by default they are unmanaged.
Now you can compare the features and pick the winner for your business!
We have finished comparing all the plans, what a hard work! Now, let’s go and review the most important aspects of each company in a more general overview.
Speed and Performance Review: A Side-by-side Comparison
Speed and performance are the most important elements of each website.
If you have navigated through the comparison of the different plans, then you will have already noticed that both companies are equipped with great tech. However, let’s analyze this crucial department.
|This company doesn’t claim any uptime guarantee, but according to analysis, they offer an outstanding 99.99%.||GoDaddy comes with its own guarantee of 99.9%; however, it is a bit dishonest that they are the ones who determine if the uptime was less than the guarantee.|
|Solid servers equipped with robust tech like CPU segregation for superior efficiency and they run on AMD power centers.||They are also equipped with cutting-edge tech, which includes Intel Core i7 processors.|
|Some of its plans include SSD Storage.||Only WP Hosting comes with SSD storage.|
|CloudFlare CDN is enabled by default.||You have to activate CloudFlare manually.|
|It has datacenters in Europe, India, China and USA (Utah)||Its 9 datacenters are located in Los Angeles, Chicago, Amsterdam, Singapore, Virginia, Ashburn, Chicago, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Mesa|
Now let's skip the upper table and think about it.
I am have been dealing with both, GoDaddy and Bluehost and I think that at this point I am beyond sure that GoDaddy hasn't got a 99.9% uptime on their servers as my sites there keep going down from time to time.
Godaddy is quite well known to have a very aggressive marketing campaign trying to hook you to them and then never deliver on their promises
I truly believe that in 2020 having an SSD server is a must. The fact that GoDaddy chooses to cut corners on this when they know it could easily improve their websites speed by at least 3x is something that we should worry about.
Same is to be said with CloudFlare. Bluehost uses a CDN by default while GoDaddy expects you to install it on your own.
That is not a big deal if you are a bit tech savvy but remember that their core customer consists of basic internet users that just need a place to host their website.
All in all, they are very well equipped in this department, and if you want to know the specifics, then you can explore the revision and comparison of each plan.
As they have datacenters all around the world, they can provide you an excellent uptime and efficiency.
Security Review: What Company Does Offer The Best Protection?
A company does not only need to make your website fast but also protect it.
Let’s check how well they compete against each other in this department:
|They backup your website data automatically for free.||They can back up your date for a fee of $1.99 per month.|
|Bluehost uses SiteLock for analyzing and protecting your website.||GoDaddy scans your websites daily.|
|All the plans come with anti-DDOS attacks features.||They are well equipped against DDOS attacks.|
|Protection against brute-force attacks.||Excellent protective measures against brute-force hacking attempts.|
Even though you have to pay an extra $1.99/month if you want GoDaddy to back up your website data automatically, it is worth it, because they save everything in the cloud.
They are very safe companies, but you also need to take your own measures to protect your websites against online threats: use strong passwords and don’t install themes, plugins or extensions from unknown sources.
Because these are very big companies they are a prime target for hackers so they do put a lot of resources to stop these attacks.
That said, it's always a good practice to download and keep your backups in different places.
Ease of Use: What Company Is Better for Newcomers?
Let’s go straight to the point:
Free domain names with your plan.
Free domain with every plan.
The migration service will cost you $149.99 and it is limited to only 5 websites.
You can migrate your sites from other host to GoDaddy without cost.
You can install WP and any other CMS – along with plugins and themes – with the click of a button.
You can install everything you need to set up your blog, website or store with only a few clicks.
Free website builder powered by Weebly.
In certain plans, like WP Hosting for Web Pros, you will get access to drag-n-drop tools by Beaver Builder.
Free website builder powered by Weebly.
You won’t get any marketing offer.
They both are very easy to use in fact, because the interface and everything has been designed to make things very easy. You will still need to have some kind of notion on how to run a website, but both companies make everything practical and intuitive, so you can focus on building your business and leave the technical aside. So let's move on and read a bit more about this Bluehost vs GoDaddy comparison.
As we have seen in the review of WP hosting plans, we saw that GoDaddy even offers you a management panel to administer many clients and websites. And regarding their dedicated server plans, they offer you a fully-managed option.
Bluehost’s plans are also very easy to use, because they have been designed thinking in new users and exactly what they need.
The best plans for beginners are WP hosting, because they come equipped with everything you need to start promoting your website online and building your business.
I think I need to add that none of these two companies use cPanel (very well documented resource on hosting your site) any longer but they are big enough to find guides about most of the basic stuff you'll encounter on the web.
I also need to mention that Bluehost documentation seems way better put together than the Godaddy one. If you compare one to the other you'll see that Bluehost has clear examples along with it which does make it easier to use.
This is another super-important department, because if a company cannot assist you properly, then you will face problems.
Truth be told, GoDaddy can improve a lot in this department, because they take more than expected to respond to tickets and provide help in general.
Their customer support team is slower than Bluehost’s, and in many cases, they do not bring a definitive solution to your problem. This is a huge flaw and something that needs attention.
On the other hand, even though Bluehost is not perfect, they bring a much better customer support service, because they don’t take long to respond and their team is well-prepared to deal with any sort of problem.
Therefore, the winner in this aspect is Bluehost.
It makes this company even more advisable for beginners, because if you ever need help, then they will be there to assist you. This extents to advanced users to, because if you ever experience problems with your VPS or Dedicated server, you will want prompt and professional help.
Don’t get me wrong, because GoDaddy can also do so, only that many clients have been disappointed with their performance in this department, and thereby there is room for improvement such as offering real time live chat.
Conclusion and Final Words:
Now you have everything you need to draw your own conclusions and choose the company that suits your business the best.
We all have different needs, and this side-by-side comparisons of the different plans offered by each company will allow you to take an informed decision. Take your time to read, read and read again, because launching your business online starts with this!
In any case, if you still have questions and doubts the you can read our other hosting reviews otherwise, just let me know and I will get back to you as soon as possible!