It becomes really hard to decide which Web Host is the best when there are so many veteran Web Hosts like Godaddy, Bluehost, InmotionHosting etc. If you are in same dilemma, this article might help you to get through. Building a website is no less than building a house. Every house needs a physical address. Similarly every website have a domain name as an address and this is how people find your website. But one of the most important thing is the foundation which your house is to be built on. Yes, Foundation in our example is the “WebHost”. A solid web host makes sure your visitors would never have a problem reaching your website.
One thing I do every year is transfer my website from one web host to another web host to avoid high renewal charges. During last 3 years, I have tried Godaddy, Bluehost and InmotionHosting shared hosting. As a beginner you tends to choose Hosting which have a lot of positive reviews and is fairly priced. I paid $48 for the first year when I had only a few hundreds of visitors while currently paying only $20/year for thousands of visitors. This is only because now I know how much should I pay for what I need.
In the article I am going to compare 3 popular hosting websites – Godaddy, Bluehost and InmotionHosting. Rather than comparing hosting based on uptime, speed, performance, UI, Support and a lot of graphs, I would simply try to explain one thing – For what money each web Host can handle what no. of visitors without going down. This article is going to be more relevant to those who are planning to start a new blog or looking for a reliable host to migrate existing website having less than 100k Visitors per month.
So Let me share my honest experience with you about Godaddy, Bluehost and InmotionHosting Shared Hosting:
1. Godaddy Shared Hosting
I was not sure if ‘Starter Plan’ of Godaddy’s shared web hosting would be able to handle my traffic, so I went for ‘Economy’ Plan paying around $55. First month of Godaddy was horrible. Those red color warning emails were really scary – ” You’re at your resource limits. Visitors might have trouble accessing your site”. My blog was getting around 1200 visitors per day. I removed some plugins and optimized site. Still I was getting those emails occasionally throughout the year. Always felt like I should buy and add some resources.
Godaddy Shared Hosting Plans:
Godaddy WordPress Hosting
WordPress hosting is entirely different from Linux/window Shared hosting. Last year I purchased Godaddy WordPress hosting basic plan to host one of my blog. I was not happy with their Linux shared hosting but since I was hosting a WordPress website, I gave WordPress hosting plan a try. WordPress hosting is supposed to be specially optimized for WordPress websites and Godaddy WordPress hosting performance was beyond my imagination. Basic plan can handle up to 25000 unique visitors per month but there was a time when I was getting more than 4000 visitors per day still my blog was up all the time. So I would say you should always go for WordPress hosting to host a WordPress blog.
Only downside of Godaddy WordPress hosting is that they don’t provide a CPanel like other hosting but software like Filezilla are always there to access all hosting files.
Host Your Blog @ $2.45/Month
1. Bluehost Shared Hosting
Bluehost is one of the oldest and most reputable shared hosting companies on the Internet. It’s one of the 20 largest hosting companies in the market; serving well over 2 million sites. The company was first launched in 2003 and has since gone on to become a heavy hitter in the industry. Bluehost is owned by EIG, also known as Endurance International Group. This large conglomerate owns several hosting brands and is responsible for making many big-name providers into the powerhouses they are today.
Now Every blogger is recommending Bluehost because it is able to achieve faster speeds is that all plans come with a CDN, or content delivery network. A CDN is a massive network that spans the globe. Various CDN nodes store cached versions of websites. So, users will connect to the nearest node rather than establishing a connection to the main server. Bluehost uses Cloudflare CDN. It’s included with every plan and can be turned on or off from the control panel.
Bluehost Shared Hosting Plans:
Bluehost Special Offer : Only $3.95/ Month
Bluehost India Special Offer : Only Rs. 209/ Month
3. InmotionHosting Shared Hosting
Ended up paying around $55 for Launch plan at InmotionHosting including free domain transfer. User interface was bit old but with the help of online chat support to transfer in inmotion shared hosting without any problem. Although loading time of website was little increased if compare with time to bluehost and godaddy.
InmotionHosting Shared Hosting Plans:
Godaddy Vs Bluehost Vs InmotionHosting
A quick comparison based on Support, Uptime, Performance, Money Back Guarantee etc.
Bluehost is better when it comes to support. If you are not comfortable with phone calls then it’s going to be very hard for you to reach godaddy support. I have contacted InmotionHosting several time specially via chat. They are good. Ranking goes as –
Bluehost > inmotionHosting > Godaddy
Bluehost and godaddy provides almost similar CPanel/backend while InmotionHosting Cpanel/AMP looks little outdated. I had to contact Inmotionhosting via chat to simply unlock my domain name. I mean things are little less user friendly there.
Bluehost > Godaddy > InmotionHosting
It’s hard to beat Godaddy at Price. You can start a blog with godaddy as low as 99 Rupees per month. InmotionHosting comes at second position.
Godaddy > InmotionHosting > Bluehost
All the three web hosts offers 99.9% uptime guarantee. I got little lower pagespeed on Google Pagespeed tool when I was using InmotionHosting because of low server response time. Godaddy and Bluehost are almost same.
Bluehost > Godaddy > InmotionHosting
Money Back Guarantee
If you are not happy with a hosting company, you can get your money back. InmotionHosting offer you 90 days to decide, godaddy gives 45 days and Bluehost 30 days. 30 days might be too early for someone to judge hosting service so InmotionHosting is a clear winner. You are always advised to read terms and conditions regarding money back guarantee because in some cases you might only recover partial money.
InmotionHosting > Godaddy > Bluehost
Why Shared Hosting is Enough for a New Blog?
Some blogger might suggest you VPS, dedicated or a managed hosting plan for your blog. Off-course you are provided with a lot of resources(Ram, Bandwidth, processing power etc) with such specialized hosting but I really don’t think a new blog need this. Because it’s a new blog and you don’t expect a huge number of visitors in first year. It takes little more time to reach that level. So go with the basic plan and focus on optimizing your website. Cut down number of unnecessary plugins, scripts to make sure your website does not need a lot of computing resources to run smoothly. Hosting alone can’t make you fast, you have to put efforts in optimizing your website at your end.