BlueHost vs InMotion Hosting

BlueHost

InMotion Hosting

Rating
Plan in review BasicPower
Price before discount $7.99/month$10.99/month
Price (12-mo) $7.99 / month$10.99 / month
Price (24-mo) $3.95 / month$5.99 / month
Website https://www.bluehost.comhttps://www.inmotionhosting.com
Special Discount Special price - $2.95/mo hosting40% one-time discount
Promo Code (Link Activate)(Link Activate)
Review
Summary

BlueHost is recommended by WordPress.org and a popular hosting choice since early 2000. We think BlueHost may be the right call for the small businesses and individual bloggers who want a budget hosting solution..

If I were not to have the utmost faith in InMotion hosting, I would not be forking out hundreds of dollars each year in hosting fees. I believe that two key elements make them one of the top hosts I’ve encountered to date; Exceptional server performance (>99.95% uptime, TTFB <450ms) and fantastic customer service.

Basic features

Data Transfer UnlimitedUnlimited
Storage Capacity 50 GBUnlimited
Control Panel CpanelCpanel
Extra Domain Reg. $11.99/yr for registration, $15.99/yr for renewal$14.95/year
Private Domain Reg. $14.88/year$12.99/year
Auto Script Installer One Click Install (powered by Mojo Market Place)Softaculous
Custom Cron Jobs YesYes
Site Backups Free Basic Backup; BlueHost CodeGuard Backups cost $35.88/year.Yes
Dedicated IP $5.99/year$48/year
Free SSL Let's EncryptAuto SSL
Built-in Site Builder Weebly Website BuilderBoldGrid

Quick Review

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
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





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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.

Speed test comparison
InMotion Hosting speed test at Bitcatch: A+

Speed test comparison
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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