A Battle of the Shared Hosting Giants – Bluehost vs GoDaddy
You’ve seen the Super Bowl ads, been inundated with internet promotions, and made a subconscious association between IndyCar legend Danica Patrick and GoDaddy’s web hosting speed. GoDaddy is a behemoth in the web world, with over 61 million domains under management. According to ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), GoDaddy is the largest domain name registrar in the world.
Bluehost is among the 20 largest web hosting companies in the world, but only holds around 1.4% of market share, as compared to GoDaddy’s 26%. Bluehost is a household name among internet marketers, bloggers, and small businesses, while GoDaddy is a household brand among non-technical layman. But who wins out when put to the test in this Bluehost vs GoDaddy head-to-head?
GoDaddy has a number of hosting options, including shared hosting, WordPress hosting, dedicated IP hosting, and premium DNS services. Their Pro packages feature Cloud Servers, as well as Virtual Private Servers and Dedicated Server options.
Bluehost offers a similar, albeit a little thinner lineup, including: Shared Hosting, WordPress Hosting, WooCommerce Hosting, VPS, and Dedicated Hosting options.
For most people reading this post, they will be interested in less expensive shared hosting services as they get their website up and running. So for the remainder of this review I will focus on the least expensive shared hosting options from both Bluehost and Godaddy.
Pricing and Features
GoDaddy’s Economy shared hosting plan starts at $3.99/month, and renews at $7.99/month. This plan offers 1 website, 100 GB of storage, unlimited bandwidth, up to 100 email addresses, and a free domain with an annual plan.
Bluehost’s Basic plan starts at $3.95/month, and renews at $7.99/month. It offers hosting for 1 website, 50 GB of storage, unmetered (unlimited) bandwidth, standard performance, 5 parked domains, up to 25 sub-domains, 5 email accounts, and a descent 100 MB of storage per email account.
Below is a chart comparing the feature sets of Bluehost and Godaddy.