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BlueHost vs. Hostinger – Both Affordable but Who’s Better?
Updated: 2022-03-17 / Article by: Jerry Low
Are you starting a new website but can't decide on the specific web hosting company to use? There are a variety of options that you may opt for. BlueHost and Hostinger are two notable options for beginners with their unique pros and cons.
But which of them is a more suitable option for you? How do these two hosting companies match up against one another?
In this article we will compare BlueHost and Hostinger from different angles – server performance, hosting plans and pricing, business reputation, and user feedbacks. Let's begin!
Lithuania may not be many users first choice as the source of web hosting services but a surprisingly decent company started out there in the form of Hostinger. After a few name changes and hitting some small speed bumps along the way, Hostinger today hosts over 29 million users and has spread its office across the globe.
BlueHost is no slouch and has been offering its customers impressive performance since 2003. It has grown today to include powerful Cloud hosting plans in its repertoire and has achieved good results in our 2016 Web Hosting Surveys.
With its wide geographic business spread, Hostinger has data centres on three continents and does well in our serever speed tests. BlueHost has also proven to offer some of the best performing servers we’ve seen to date.
Both web hosts also have very good uptime records which, while not perfect, are more than good enough for anything except critical services.
Web Hosting Plans & Pricing
These are two hosts that almost anyone should have no issue picking up on and they are ready for you to grow to any size you would need. Hostinger does have a slight edge over BlueHost Hosting in terms of price but to me the advantage of that is slightly debatable.
This is because to really take advantage of Hostinger’s cheapest plans (steepest discounts) you’ll have to sign on with them for an incredibly long period of time (as long as 48 months!) I don’t really recommend signing on with any service for that long a period, so choose wisely.
I also must add that BlueHost Hosting, while being slightly pricier than Hostinger does have plans that I feel are just that bit more competitive. What they offer feels more substantial than the usual bling and they’ve got the numbers to back them up.
BlueHost has gotten some heat from users which I have attributed to them being part of Endurance International Group now. Personally, I found it was not terribly long a wait for support, but where there is smoke, it is likely there will be fire.
Where we complain about the availability standards of live chat support for BlueHost, sadly Hostinger does even more poorly in this than its competition. Their team is good, no doubt, but getting to them can be a bit of a pain sometimes. It’s likely you will end up figuring things out on your own if you need help.
That said, however, most users seem to be happy with Hostinger's affordability and recommend them as a good cheap solution.
If you’re looking for any major differences, the only thing I could probably say is that on one side, Hostinger edges slightly ahead with great security features such as free weekly / daily backup and built-in Enterprise-level virus scanner. However, with official endorsement from WordPress.org and business record track back to 2003, BlueHost really comes out tops for user-friendliness and overall popularity.
Another key difference lies in a pet peeve of mine – website migration services. My feeling is that if you want to win customers form other hosting services, something must give, right? Where Hostinger is smart and offers free migration services, BlueHost wants to tag that on as an extra for a whopping $149.99.
All of this though, is nit picking because at the end of the day, these are two very good and stable names in web hosting that offer an extremely wide range of services. This means you can scale as your grow your business with them.
Thanks to comprehensive documentation and help, along with the necessary support, either one of these web hosts can easily be taken up by almost anyone. Newbies or small sites can opt in and grow anytime.
My only hesitation would be for established sites to try and move to BlueHost since they charge so much for migration. Unless the host you’re already with is terrible, it might not be worth that extra bit you must pay.
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