BlueHost vs InMotion Hosting: What We Think
Commentary by WHSR Staff, Timothy Shim
InMotion Hosting has been one of the few plans that WHSR has tested out and liked it so much we stayed with it as paying customers. It is in fact been and remains a very strong name in the business and has impressive array of services on offer.
BlueHost: Preferred Hosting According to Survey
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 2013 and 2016 Web Hosting Surveys.
For pure performing power, both BlueHost and InMotion have good TTFB of less than 400ms respectively. InMotion Hosting edges ahead in speed while BlueHost edges slightly ahead in terms of better pricing for their plans – we estimate around 15% cheaper in comparison over the long term.
InMotion Hosting speed test at Bitcatch: A+
BlueHost speed test at Bitcatcha: B+.
InMotion Hosting: Impressive Uptime & Support
For stability, there is little difference, since InMotion manged to give us 100% uptime test results while BlueHost, while not perfect, was at 99.99% which is also very impressive and above the norm for web hosts.
Where there is a really marked difference between these two providers is in customer service. InMotions has regularly gotten rave reviews from the evil boss (aka Jerry) for its customer service and has been tested and proven in our customer support response trials.
BlueHost on the other hand 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.
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 InMotion Hosting 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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