BlueHost vs InMotion Hosting vs SiteGround

BlueHost

InMotion Hosting

SiteGround

Our Rating
Plan in review BasicPowerGrowBig
Price before discount $7.99/month$10.99/month$19.95/month
Price (12-mo) $7.99 / month$10.99 / month$19.95 / month
Price (24-mo) $4.95 / month$5.99 / month$5.95 / month
Special Discount Special price - $2.95/mo hosting40% one-time discount70% one-time discount
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Website https://www.bluehost.comhttps://www.inmotionhosting.comhttps://www.siteground.com

Summary

Pros
Solid server performance - Hosting uptime > 99.95%
Good server speed - TTFB below 500ms
Comprehensive self-help documents and video tutorials
Full account daily backup and restoration
Ease of use - Newbie-friendly control panel
Flexibility – upgrade to VPS and dedicated hosting
Pros
Exceptional server performance - Hosting uptime > 99.98%
Impressive live chat and technical support
One-stop solution for all - All hosting features you need in one plan
Free site migration service for all first time customers
90-day money back guarantee - Best in hosting market
Plenty of room to grow - Upgarde to VPS and dedicated hosting
Save 57% if you host with InMotion now (WHSR special discount)
In overall we are happy with our experience with InMotion Hosting
Pros
Extremely reliable – 100% host uptime at most times
Free site migration for new users
Choice of server locations in three continents
Free let’s Encrypt Standard & Wild Card SSL
Innovative - Full SSD, HTTP/2, Built-in Cacher, NGINX, etc
Save 60% on your first bill
Best for WordPress and Drupal websites
Positive feedback from other SiteGround users
Cons
Expensive renewal fees - 100% Price jump after first term
Unlimited hosting service limited by various server usage constraints and policies
Most server upgrades and additional features are costly
Cons
After the initial sign up, prices go up
No instant account activation
Cons
Hosting price increases after first bill
Mixed results in our server speed test
Uptime guarantee does not cover outages in the event of DDoS
No live chat support for technical and billing issue
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Essential Features

Data Transfer UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Storage Capacity 50 GBUnlimited20 GB
Control Panel CpanelCpanelCpanel
Extra Domain Reg. $11.99/yr for registration, $15.99/yr for renewal$14.95/year$15.95/yr for .com domain; prices vary for different TLDs.
Private Domain Reg. $14.88/year$12.99/year$12/yr
Auto Script Installer One Click Install (powered by Mojo Market Place)SoftaculousSoftaculous (incl. 320+ apps)
Custom Cron Jobs YesYesYes
Site Backups Free Basic Backup; BlueHost CodeGuard Backups cost $35.88/year.YesYes
Dedicated IP $5.99/year$48/yearYes, $30/yr
Free SSL Let's EncryptAuto SSLLet's Encrypt
Built-in Site Builder Weebly Website BuilderBoldGridYes
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Visit Onlinehttps://www.bluehost.comhttps://www.inmotionhosting.comhttps://www.siteground.com

BlueHost vs InMotion Hosting vs SiteGround: Who Is The Winner?


Winners: InMotion & SiteGround

InMotion Hosting

  • Best in hosting performance
  • Free site migration for first time users
  • Basic plan starts at $3.99/mo
  • 90 days money back guarantee
  • 50% discount (exclusive) when you order via WHSR promo link

 

SiteGround

  • Excellent customer support
  • Built-in Let’s Encrypt SSL
  • Free site migration for first time users
  • Lastest server features – HTTP/s, built-in cacher, NGINX
  • Basic plan starts at $3.95/mo

Quick navigation: Speed performance / Server Reliability Host features / Customer care / Verdict

To date, we’ve done several reviews on web hosts, but most of them have been very siloed. By this I mean that I assessed them against basic criteria on their own merits. Yet what happens when you need to go a little further?

Choosing a web host based on individual reviews is fine, but today I’m going to help you out a little more. Let me collectively assess three very well-known hosts against one another and then I’ll share my thoughts.

Although the main criteria that I look out for is still going to remain, I will let you have a closer look at how specific areas of SiteGround, InMotion Hosting, and BlueHost hold up against each other.

Speed Performance

Among our three hosts, SiteGround offers the largest spread of data centres, having 5 locations across the US, Europe and Asia. This positioning makes it extremely viable for hosting sites catering to traffic from around the world.

BlueHost comes close in terms of geographical coverage since it also covers the US, Europe and Asia.

InMotion Hosting on the other hand, seems to rely highly on its coast to coast coverage in the US. I’m not sure of the extent of this spread, since they only talk about their pride in their Los Angeles data centre.

Let’s see how fast those servers are:

SiteGround Speed Test – Subpar

SiteGround speed test #1: TTFB fell below 900ms – which is less than ideal.
SiteGround speed test #2: TTFB = 1720ms.

BlueHost Speed Test – Good 

BlueHost speed test #1: TTFB = 335ms.
BlueHost speed test #2: TTFB = 458ms.

InMotion Hosting Speed Test – Excellent

InMotion Hosting speed test #1: TTFB = 171ms.
InMotion Hosting speed test #2: TTFB = 154ms.

Normally I run speed tests from two or three key geographical locations (US and Asia with an occasional EU thrown in). This time I was noticing issues with the server timing out of Singapore, so decided to skip the Asia servers.

Unsurprising was the good performance of InMotion Hosting which clocked in TTFBs at far less than Google’s top rating bracket of under 400ms. BlueHost barely made it there as well, but still inched in – barely. What was surprising was the SiteGround results which were horrendous.

I say surprising because I normally get good results for SiteGround speeds. Just to double check, I re-ran the test numerous times over a period of two days and it consistently came back as a dud.

Hosting Reliability

Uptime Guarantees

InMotion Hosting as usual has a sterling uptime record and even though it seems their server response time has been slightly erratic of late, overall, it’s just fine. 100% uptime is fantastic and as expected.

99.9% UPTIME IS THE RELIABILITY YOU NEED

Here at InMotion Hosting we believe in offering you not only the most reliable network possible, but also the fastest. This is why we have our exclusive Max Speed Zones, which include a choice of data centers for our Business Hosting and VPS solutions.

BlueHost saw a little glitch over the past 30 days, but still, 99.99% is also a great uptime record. That’s the norm of what many good web hosting providers tend to guarantee.

SiteGround also performed well, with a perfect recent record. Yet here again we’re seeing some indication of the high response times the SiteGround server has been giving off lately. The uptime does match their pride in the technology they deploy though:

Handcrafted Solutions for 99.99% Uptime

We have always been pioneers in inventing our own advanced web hosting security solutions. They have minimized the downtime risk to levels which companies, relying on the available mass solutions, could never achieve.

Our Test Site Uptime Records

WHSR hosts test sites on all three companies. Below are the test site uptime we recorded in 2018.

SiteGround Uptime – 100%, Excellent

August 2018 SiteGround 30 days average uptime: 100%
July 2018 SiteGround 30 days average uptime: 100%
March 2018 SiteGround 30 days average uptime: 100%

InMotion Hosting Uptime – 100%, Excellent

August 2018 InMotion Hosting 30 days average uptime: 100%
July 2018 InMotion Hosting 30 days average uptime: 100%
January 2018 InMotion Hosting 30 days average uptime: 100%

BlueHost Uptime – 99.99%, Good

August 2018 BlueHost 30 days average uptime: 100%
June 2018 BlueHost 30 days average uptime: 99.99%
March 2018 BlueHost 30 days average uptime: 99.98%

Hosting Features

I’m pretty sure that most of you who are reading this have gone around the block once or twice, so rather than wax lyrical about the multitude of features our three hosts have, let’s look at the more interesting ones.

SiteGround – Excellent

In its most basic incarnation, SiteGround is offering almost anything the average user could want, even at its most basic. In fact, the only strange thing I feel about SiteGround’s offerings is that it imposes limits on storage space.

What it does sell strongly on is what they call their Geeky SuperCacher. This apparently is a custom tune up on their servers which helps WordPress, Joomla and Drupal sites run faster. Aside from that, other tune ups include caching mechanism based on NGINX and SuperCacher, which also optimizes website speed.

SiteGround’s Key Selling Points

  • Free let’s Encrypt Standard & Wild Card SSL
  • Advanced server speed technologies (SSD, HTTP/2, Built-in Cacher, NGINX, and more)

InMotion Hosting – Good

InMotion has a spread of features as good as, in fact, even better than SiteGround’s. While the basics are all there, it goes a step further in offering Google advertising credits even with its most basic plan.

One key thing to note about InMotion is that it offers a wider range of shared hosting plans than most other hosts. HOWEVER, I feel that this is sort of iffy, since the only real difference between those plans are in domains supported and web space.

InMotion also offers similar speed advancement technology claims as what Siteground has talked about, and it seems to be based on similar caching optimizations.

InMotion’s Key Selling Points:

  • Packed with essential features for blogs and businesses
  • Plenty of room to grow – upgrade to VPS and dedicated hosting
  • Free no-downtime website transfers

BlueHost – Average

BlueHost on the other hand, offers a more reasonable spread of features based on pricing between plans. However, if you take this in comparison with SiteGround and InMotion, then it starts to look strange.

While the other two hosts offer stuff like spam guard and backups included in their entry level plans, BlueHost charges more for them. In fact, if you were looking at the most entry level basic plans, Bluehosts’ offers the least features among the three.

BlueHost’s Key Selling Points:

  • Comprehensive self-help documents and video tutorials
  • Plans built on VPS with integrated W3 caching
  • Free advertising credits from Google

Customer Service

One of the most critical fields of any technical service company is its ability to manage customer service. This is especially true with online services, since there is no real direct interaction between client and seller.

SiteGround Customer Support – Excellent

SiteGround, it should be noted, has been found to have one of the best chat supports around. In fact, Jerry has even gone undercover to do a round of personal tests on this.

SiteGround managed to respond to his queries in less than 30 seconds. That’s a phenomenal time when you consider the usual that is on offer by many web hosting companies. Aside from that, it also comes with a ticketing system and even a number you can call for help.

Jerry’s live chat record with SiteGround customers.

BlueHost Customer Support – Subpar

Bluehost also offers similar services, and although I tried this out myself and was not kept waiting overly long, I remain a little leery of them. This stems back to the fact that they’re an EIG company, of which I’ve heard so many negative things about unfortunately.

InMotion Hosting Customer Support – Excellent

InMotion Hosting on the other hand had rave reviews from Jerry who touted its superior customer service. This host has long been known by many to excel in its customer service and is looked towards by users who have high expectations.

It also ranked among the best in WHSR’s live chat undercover experiment, where they clocked in at less than 60 seconds for a response.

Verdict

What started out as an anticipated battle of the top dogs ended up with quite a few surprises for me. The biggest eye opener came in the form of the speed test results. On one hand, InMotion did better than I expected it to (and believe me, I had high expectations of it). Yet SiteGround was a real let down, which I felt was unusual.

In terms of features, I felt that all three hosts offered a very good spread and if someone were to not opt in to their services, it wouldn’t be because they were lacking in this area. However, I felt that as the top-tier of their industry, SiteGround and InMotion Hosting could have thrown in some advertising bonuses like BlueHost.

Finally, in terms of price – The side to side result results were predictable, since nobody really wants to price themselves out of the market. Yet with the speed that InMotion offers, they are that extra mile just more justified.

I’d have to throw my vote in for InMotion Hosting, based on this comparison, and for anyone who tells you price and speed are always mutually exclusive from each other – remember, there are exceptions.







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