Bluehost vs GoDaddy comparison 2020 Review
Last updated on: May 2021
And that’s why I’m here, Mike “The Web Hosting Guy”!
In this opportunity, we are going to review two giants in the industry: Bluehost and GoDaddy.
Both web hosts 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 websites as a website owner.
An important note is that both companies offer a full 30-days money back guarantee.
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 offers services since 2002 and GoDaddy since 1999 & it’s the biggest domain registrar)
- They have economy plans for beginners and experts alike
- Cutting-edge technology
- Large client bases with a great reputation online.
- Shared Hosting Options (Basic, Plus, Prime)
- Bluehost Cloud Hosting (Starter, Performance, Business Pro)
- Bluehost WordPress Hosting Plans (WordPress Standard, WordPress Enhanced, WordPress Premium, WordPress Ultimate)
- WooCommerce Hosting Service (E-commerce specialized solution that starts at $6.95/month, I liked it)
- Dedicated Hosting (Standard, Enhanced, Premium).
As you can see, Bluehost offers come with different hosting packages for every kind of business.
They offer many plans to choose from and even a money back guarantee and an experienced support staff.
As they have many similar plans with GoDaddy, this will allow us to compare them more easily!
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 services” 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 could a shared hosting offer to your business? One of the things we need to look for is the support speed which GoDaddy still has a long way to go to compete with Bluehost.
Bluehost web host company
GoDaddy web host company
N° of Domains
1 Domain Name
Unlimited Domain registrations
1 Domain name
Free Domain Name
As you can see, both web hosting companies offer plenty of value for the cost, such as email hosting, chat and phone support, a good uptime and even website builders so you might not need to hire a web developer, however, in the higher-end plans (Prime vs. Ultimate), GoDaddy is the winner.
It brings you free SSL certificates along with free Premium DNS and x2 processing power and memory.
Furthermore, GoDaddy hosting offers you a free domain registration with any plan if you pay for 1 year in advance.
The truth is that, if you have to go for the most complete plan of this section, then choose GoDaddy for web hosting services, because thanks to the free domain name registration, free SSL, x2 processing power and premium DNS, it offers more value at a lower cost than what Bluehost offers.
However, a word of caution: Shared web hosting is meant for small websites, personal blogs and similar sites.
It can also be excellent for experiments since both of them offer a money-back guarantee.
Cloud Hosting by Bluehost:
First, cloud hosting is the next step after shared hosting, because it brings you more resources than shared hosting and offers a better performance:
1. The perfect solution if you need to scale your business
2. These plans can handle more traffic, because they offer more resources
3. Features that will protect your website against overwhelmed servers
4. Your website data is safer, because it is mirrored across three different devices
5. Check the performance of your site easily.
Therefore, let’s simply check what Bluehost offers:
Bluehost hosting packages
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 still have the full support needed.
Finally, another reason I prefer to use Bluehost hosting services offer is because of the 24/7 customer service support. Bluehost support is excellent for all of its clients.
E-commerce Battle: GoDaddy versus Bluehost
Now let's compare these two web hosts providers side by side and see which is the perfect option for you:
| ||GoDaddy hosting features:|
|Bluehost hosting features:|
(Perfect for E-commerce)
|N° of Domains||Unlimited Domain names||5 (Add-on domains)||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Monthly avg. traffic||Unmetered||Unmetered||Unmetered||Unmetered|
|Disk 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|
|Site Traffic ||Unlimited bandwidth||Unmetered||Unmetered||Unmetered|
|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 difference between both solutions is the cost, Bluehost being the cheaper web hosting alternative while also having a better support team.
If your budget is not that permissive, then Bluehost is by far your best option especially because of their support team.
First, it is bad to see that Bluehost doesn’t specify the RAM or CPUs included in each plan.
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…
1. Need a complete and advanced e-commerce platform with plenty of web hosting resources
2. Need advanced web host security features.
3. Have a store with big plans for scaling up.
4. 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…
1. Need an easy-to-use web host for running your store
2. Want a WordPress-based solution for your shop
3. Something that you can run without a technical team
4. If you have a limited budget yet need a powerful e-commerce solution.
However, you can also use a VPS hosting plan or Dedicated Server to host your e-commerce store and even get a better deal.
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 is WordPress it has become the most popular website builder that companies have come up with plans especially designed for this CMS.
And that is why SG defeats it in this department against these web hosts.
Here are the web services plans and prices:
| ||Bluehost and||GoDaddy|
|N° of Domains names||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||1 Domain name||1 Domain name||2|
|Free Domain ||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Monthly avg. traffic||100 million||300 million||600 million||Unlimited||25K||100K||400K|
|Disk 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|
|Site Traffic ||Unmetered||Unmetered||Unmetered||Unmetered||Unmetered||Unmetered||Unmetered|
|SSL ||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 WordPress website that won’t need as much resources, then go for GoDaddy’s solutions.
For most people, GoDaddy’s web hosting plans will do the trick, all thanks to WordPress.
However, GoDaddy has higher-end plans in this department, and yes, we are going to compare them too!
Bluehost vs. Managed WordPress 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.
| ||1. Bluehost||2. GoDaddy offers|
|Plan||Standard||Enhanced||Premium||Ultimate||Pro 1||Pro 5||Pro 10||Pro 25|
|N° of Domains||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||1 Domain name||5||10||25|
|Monthly avg. traffic||100 million||300 million||600 million||Unlimited||100K||200K||500K||1M|
|Site 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, as they are packed with tons of useful features.
What Does Bluehost Bring to the Table?
Let's look at this head to head comparison:
Easy to use and perfect for beginners. You can get your site live in just a few minutes
However Bluehost also offers great speed tech. The plans use a powerful VPS platform and come accompanied with a customized PHP-FPM configuration for excellent speed and server response plus an advanced NGINX architecture for reliability, efficiency resulting in a great server response time for your sites according to our speed test.
Robust and solid security for your sites. The hosting plans offer you a great stack of SL Security, SL WAF, email security an advanced Content Delivery Network and daily and weekly site backups.
Easy to customize and upgrade. All you need to do is to explore the MOJO Marketplace to find all the plugins and extensions for your site builder. The platform user experience is super good. You also get $100 advertising credits to use either on Bing or Google.
Bluehost support options. It's has of the best 24/7 support team when it comes to hosting platforms. This company also set a high industry standard when it comes web hosting features offered by having a money-back guarantee, a well though ticketing system and a great website builder all topped by a great support staff.
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, on-demand 90-days backups and email monitoring. 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 websites 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 the GoDaddy customer support team.
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 and you also have a great site builder.
Powerful web designer. You can design your WordPress sites with ease thanks to its thousands of royalty-free images, 10 professional themes, drag-n-drop tools from Beaver site 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, industry standard web hosts for administering multiple WordPress sites then GoDaddy’s WordPress web hosting plans for Web Pros have exactly what you need.
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 and excellent support.
Now it is time to compare the VPS hosting solutions by both companies.
Godaddy vs Bluehost VPS Hosting Comparison:
A VPS hosting plan allows you to do so, but for a lower price. Here are all the things these hosting plans can be useful for:
1. If you need to host multiple sites of your own
2. If you have several clients whose sites you need to host
3. If you want to have more control of your resources
4. If you want to customize everything to your needs
5. 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 hosting plans.
| ||Bluehost (CentOS) hosting plan||GoDaddy (Linux) hosting plan|
|N° of Domain|
|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) hosting plan||GoDaddy (Windows) hosting plan|
|N° of Domains Names||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Hosting 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|
|Site Traffic ||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unmetered||Unmetered||Unmetered||Unmetered|
|IP Addresses ||1||2||2||3||3||3||3|
Let's compare the Dedicated Servers offer, is there enough hosting space
Both companies offer solid plans, so let’s review and compare them!
| ||Bluehost offers|| GoDaddy offers|
|N° of Domains||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Free Domain||1 Domain Name||1 Domain Name||1 Domain Name||1 Domain Name||1 Domain Name||1 Domain Name||1 Domain Name|
|Speed ||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 |
|Disk Space||500 GB (Mirrored)||1 TB|
|RAM||4 GB||8 GB||16 GB||4 GB||8 GB||16 GB||32 GB|
|Site Traffic ||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 with their custom control panel,
The only difference between Bluehost and Godaddy is that you can choose between a self-managed, managed or 24/7 fully-managed server.
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.
By default they are unmanaged and you will have to use their own control panel.
Speed and Performance Review: A Side-by-side Comparison
Speed and performance are the most important elements of each website.
Both companies are equipped with great tech web hosting support working 24/7. However, let’s analyze this crucial department:
|What does Bluehost offer:||What GoDaddy offers:|
|This company doesn’t claim any uptime guarantee, but according to analysis, they offer an outstanding 99% uptime and has a 24/7 live chat support agents.||GoDaddy offers a guarantee of 99%; 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 WordPress 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% uptime on their servers.
Godaddy hosting company is quite well known to have a very aggressive marketing campaign trying to hook you to them and then never deliver on their promises. They are known to pay over $100 referral fee for each new customer they get.
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 when it comes to choosing a web hosting company.
Same is to be said with using CloudFlare for your website. However, Bluehost uses a Content Delivery Network by default while GoDaddy expects you to install it on your own inside their control panel.
As they have data centers all around the world, they can provide you an excellent uptime and efficiency for users all around the world at a competitive price.
Security Review: What Company Does Offer The Best Protection?
A company does not only need to make your websites fast but also protect it. Both, Bluehost and GoDaddy do a good job with that.
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 24/7.||GoDaddy scans your websites 24/7.|
|All the plans come with anti-DDOS attacks features.||GoDaddy is well equipped against DDOS attacks.|
|Protection against brute-force attacks & easy to use control panel.||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.
Both of these companies, Bluehost and Godaddy are prime targets for hackers so they do put a lot of resources to stop these attacks. Especially since GoDaddy is the biggest domain registrar out there and they've gone into offering web services just a few years ago.
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 registrations with every plan.
The migration service will cost you $149.99 and it is limited to only 5 websites.
GoDaddy offers free migrations from any other web host.
You can install WordPress and any other CMS – along with plugins and themes – with the click of a button with their custom control panel.
You can install everything you need to set up your blog, website or store with only a few clicks. No custom control panels.
Free website building app powered by Weebly.
In certain plans, like WordPress Hosting for Web Pros, you will get access to drag-n-drop tools by Beaver Builder with GoDaddy
30 Days Money Back Guarantee
30 Days Money Back Guarantee
As we have seen in the review of WordPress hosting plans, we saw that GoDaddy web host even offers you a management panel to administer many clients and websites.
In regards their GoDaddy's dedicated server plans, they offer you a 24/7 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 WordPress hosting options, because they come equipped with everything you need to start promoting your website online and building your business.
I also need to mention that Bluehost knowledge base seems way better put together than the Godaddy support docs.
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 but both Bluehost and Godaddy also offers a full 30 days money back guarantee.
Customer Support Bluehost & GoDaddy:
This is another super-important department, because if a web host company cannot offer you 24/7 support, 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 but they don't have live chat.
Their customer support team is slower than Bluehost’s while even though Bluehost is not perfect, they bring a much better customer service especially via live chat or even phone support.
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.
Don’t get me wrong, because GoDaddy support can also do so, only that many clients have been disappointed with their performance in this department. All rights reserved, our conclusion is ours and ours only and it's just an opinion.
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. Keep in mind, they offer a 30 days money back guarantee so if you're not satisfied you can always choose to get your money back via their refund policy.
We all have different needs, and this side-by-side comparisons of the different plans offered by each web hosting company will allow you to take an informed decision.
Bottom line, our recommendation is to use Bluehost.
In any case, if you still have questions and doubts the you can read our other web hosting reviews otherwise, just let me know and I will get back to you as soon as possible!