Popularity Check: Hostgator vs Bluehost vs Lunarpages

Make your guess: Which hosting service is most demanded among Lunarpages, Hostgator, and Bluehost?

The answer? Bluehost (based on Google Insights ).

Search volumes comparison: Bluehost vs Hostgator vs Lunarpages

The result is not that big surprise as I already learned that Bluehost’s hosting the most domains among the three. The company (Bluehost) is in fact knocking on the door of 1,000,000 domain on early April.

However, not everything’s as I expected.

Surprise 1: Lunarpages is falling pretty behind

I am very surprise to see that Lunarpages were not much searched outside United States. Lunarpages’s hosting plan is the cheapest when compare to the other two; but they are the less popular.

Host Disk Storage Bandwidth Price Addon domain Free domain?
BlueHostUnlimitedUnlimited$6.95UnlimitedYes
Hostgator600 GB6,000 GB$7.95UnlimitedYes
LunarPages1,500 GB
Unlimited
15,000 GB
Unlimited
$4.95UnlimitedYes

All three hosting services are as good with excellent server uptime and loadspeed, top notch customer supports, and features-rich hosting plan. But why Lunarpages is losing so much ground in the International market? I couldn’t come up with any reason except that Hostgator and Bluehost are doing a better job in branding.

Anyhow, I expect they will be catching up fast as I see some good marketing moves around Lunarpages.

Surprise 2: Asia countries are taking over the top spots

Search volumes comparison based on location

We can see that English is still the dominant language around the Internet, but the country searching for hosting services are shifting fast from the west to east.

A quick view on the top 10 country list, you’ll see how welcomed is Hostgator and Bluehost in the Asia countries.

Singapore, with a population of 4 millions plus, actually contribute more searches on Bluehost/Hostgator than in United States!

The other Asia countries in the top 10 list are Taiwan, China, Malaysia, India, and Hong Kong. That’s 6 out of the top 10.

Ireland, New Zeland, and Canada are the other three in the list.

Hostgator, Bluehost, or Lunarpages?

So who’s the best web hosting?

The popularity check shows nothing but the business’s global reach of the hosting companies. Being popular doesn’t mean that being the best; being unpopular doesn’t mean that the service is lousy either.

My recommendation remains the same where I think Bluehost and Lunarpages are the best for budget/multiple domain hosting; while Hostgator remains top in reseller hosting service provider.

Oh by the way, Lunarpages is the only that’s offering special promotion right now. Get unlimited addon domain, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited disk storage with just $4.95/mo! Can’t believe this is true? Then why not have a look at their website yourself.