GoDaddy has the brand, pricing, and mind-share in the website industry. BlueHost is one of the oldest and most reputable shared hosting companies on the Internet. Here’s my comparison of BlueHost vs. GoDaddy for best choice in web hosting – with a specific focus on WordPress hosting.
A few quick notes: this entire GoDaddy / BlueHost review (originally published July 16, 2013) has been updated several times (now for January 2017) to account for both GoDaddy’s and BlueHost’s rebrand, new tiers and various other changes. Also, a disclosure: although everything here is based on my experience as a paying customer or consultant to a paying customer, I do receive referral fees from any companies mentioned in this post.
After comparing NameCheap vs. GoDaddy when it comes to choosing a domain provider, I got lots of email questions about using GoDaddy for web hosting – specifically for hosting WordPress. I’ll be doing a series comparing GoDaddy hosting with other hosting providers that I have personally used.
I’ve also had some questions about whether I recommend BlueHost overall – especially because I recommend HostGator elsewhere on the site. So, point of clarification: HostGator and BlueHost are different brands of the same holding company. They are kind of like Coke and Sprite.
I use HostGator for many of my projects mainly because of how they structure their pricing & features. I do have a 25% off coupon code for HostGator – swampland25 – if you want to check HostGator out as well. This site specifically uses InMotion VPS Hosting – which has a big emphasis on customer service & performance.
But for now, we’ll compare BlueHost vs. GoDaddy specifically on price, usability, support, hosting features, and extra features based on my experience and their own guides.