Bluehost VS Godaddy – Admittedly, I’m biased towards Bluehost, but it’s hard not to brag on your long-time favorite when Bluehost is offering a free domain with signup right now! When I started out building websites, I tried a number of different hosting providers. Although they’ve all come a long way since I first started, they’ve paced each other for the most part and there’s not one that has stolen the show. That said, two that stand out near the top of the heap are Bluehost and GoDaddy. So let’s compare the two.
DISCLAIMER: This article is not meant to be the de facto ruling on which hosting provider rules the web. Instead, this is how I see it.
There’s a plethora of criteria I could consider between each hosting provider, but what ones are most important? For the average site owner, cost is one of the top concerns. The hosting provider’s platform has to be easy to use. Last, but not least, the support has to be great. Now that we have our criteria, let’s go to the scales.
Both Bluehost and Godaddy offer excellent pricing for hosting and domains. At the time of this post, Bluehost offers hosting for as low as $2.95 per month and GoDaddy offers hosting for $3.95 per month. Godaddy is offering .com domains for $2.99 and Bluehost is offering a free domain with the purchase of hosting. Although both providers are affordable, clearly, Bluehost has the advantage when it comes to cost.
Hosting Provider Platform
This is the one that tips the scales for me. I don’t know if it’s that Bluehost’s platform is so much better as much as it’s GoDaddy’s platform is so horrible. I know… tell you how I really feel, right? Bluehost uses a standard cpanel.
It’s organized, designed well and easy to use. Beginners can easily find their way around while powerful features are not hidden from veterans. If you’ve ever used HostGator or similar hosts, you’ve probably seen similar control panels.
Not with GoDaddy though. From the time you sign up til the day you die, they are showing you all sorts of bloated features and unnecessary solicitations. Want to buy a new domain name? Great! With GoDaddy, start the process and then effectively say “No” to about fifty addons and loosely related features before finally reaching the finish line and earning your new domain. Oh! and once you’ve signed up it’s likely you’ve been opted into a half dozen spam “notifications” including phone calls. We learned this after my wife recently purchased a domain and immediately began getting spam calls afterwards.
GoDaddy’s platform is custom so if you’re coming from a standard cpanel, you won’t be able to translate any of that knowledge to your GoDaddy experience. I find I have to click three times as many buttons to navigate to the same features that are readily available on Bluehost’s superior platform.
In this department, both providers actually do quite well. I expect Bluehost to have great support to go along with the rest of their top notch services, but GoDaddy surprised me. There have been a number of times I’ve needed to call GoDaddy support and, like Bluehost, I’m always greeted with a clear, English-speaking, support representative.
Often my tech support problems are solved while sitting at my computer so I use Bluehost’s chat support. I’ve never seen chat support listed on GoDaddy and if it is, I can’t find it on their bloated site. So even though they both have great phone support, I’m going to have to give Bluehost the edge in the support category for having readily-available chat support.
As I said in the beginning, I am biased and this is my opinion, but after years of working with both Bluehost and GoDaddy, I dub Bluehost the domain and hosting champion of the interwebs! Their free domains combined with their affordable hosting and excellent support makes them superior to GoDaddy on every front that matters. Now, if you prefer smutty advertising and a bloated interface, feel free to submerge yourself in the GoDaddy experience.