If you have been looking for cheap hosting, Bluehost and Hostinger have probably caught your eye. These two popular hosts make great choices for small websites. In this Bluehost vs Hostinger comparison, we will focus on five different areas including features, ease of use, performance, support, and pricing. Popularity doesn’t always translate to good services, but these two providers have gained their reputation and have offered decent services for almost 20 years.
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There are hundreds of thousands of providers in the market and choosing the right one for your project is stressful. With this article, we aim to explain to you the most important things to look after not only when deciding between Bluehost and Hostinger but in general when choosing a web hosting provider for your website.
Bluehost is one of the most popular hosts in the industry. Owned by the Endurance International Group, Bluehost is home to millions of websites and domains over the world. Hostinger on the other hand offers affordable hosting and powers more than 30 million websites in nearly 40 countries.
By the end of this article, you will learn more about their pros and cons, so let’s dive in.
1.Which provider offers the best features?
Both hosts provide a wide range of products and services, from domain names, shared hosting, WordPress hosting, VPS hosting, cloud hosting, etc., suitable for small or larger websites and projects.
Bluehost has four shared web hosting plans:
- CHOICE PLUS
The Basic plan provides the following features for one website:
- 50 GB storage
- Free domain for one year
- Free SSL certificate via Let’s Encrypt and free CDN included
- One-click WordPress installation
- $200 Marketing Credits with Bing and Google Ads
- WordPress staging sites.
You get unlimited websites and SSD storage for other plans. You also get free domain privacy and automated backup for the most expensive plans, that are suitable if you want to host more than one website.
Hostinger offers three shared hosting plans:
- SINGLE SHARED HOSTING
- PREMIUM SHARED HOSTING
- BUSINESS SHARED HOSTING
The Single Shared Hosting offers the following features for one website:
- 10 GB Storage and 100 GB Bandwidth
- 1 Email Account
- Free SSL certificate
- One-click WordPress installation
- Weekly backups
- Limited traffic (up to 10,000 visits monthly)
- A custom-built caching system
- Free site migration
You can host up to 100 websites with the other plans. The traffic and the storage are limited even for the Premium and Business plans, respectively 20 GB SSD Storage and 25,000 visits per month for the Premium plan and 100 GB SSD Storage and 100,000 monthly visits for the Business plan.
Bluehost is more generous with the storage and bandwidth and offers a free domain name for one year. Hostinger’s Single shared plan comes with a free email address and unlimited ones for the other options. Bluehost only offers a 30-day-trial Microsoft 365 email address.
If you’re running a small website and you’re just getting started the Single Shared Plan is a very budget-friendly choice with some convenient features included.
2.Bluehost vs Hostinger, which is the easiest to use?
Nobody likes to dig for too long to find the desired tool on dashboards, so you should look for hosts with simple and intuitive interfaces, that will save you time and struggle. Both hosts have easy and fast registration and setup processes. Bluehost has an intuitive dashboard, with beginner-friendly tools. They use cPanel and have customized their tools for WordPress and have provided in general a good user experience.
Hostinger has also a minimalistic and intuitive dashboard, user-friendly and customized features for WordPress. They don’t have cPanel but their customized CPanel.
There are slight differences regarding the ease of use, the decision depends on your preferences and needs.
3.Which provider has the best performance?
Everybody likes fast websites, so to have the best user experience your website must load fast and have low response times. The same thing with uptime, your host should provide you at least 99.9% uptime. Poor performance means bad user experience, lower SEO rankings, and can negatively affect your sales and profit.
Hostinger had an average of 99.74% uptime during 2020 while Bluehost’s average uptime during 2020 was 99.96%.
We tested the loading times on both hosts for different server locations and these are the results:
- Washington D.C.: 2.75 seconds
- San Francisco: 2.86 seconds
- London: 3.43 seconds
- Sydney: 3.73 seconds
- Tokyo: 2.87 seconds
- Washington D.C.: 0.829 seconds
- San Francisco: 1.06 seconds
- London: 0.484 seconds
- Sydney: 2.26 seconds
- Tokyo: 1.92 seconds
Bluehost has better uptimes but Hostinger had better load speeds.
4.Which host has the best support?
At Bluehost, you can get technical support via live chat or phone. The live chat also works great (it is not available 24/7) and the knowledgebase is full of frequently asked questions, articles, video tutorials, instructions, and guides to help you with everything. The support is fast and accurate.
The Hostinger knowledge base has also useful guides, tutorials, and articles to help you set up your website. They also provide ticketed email support. Overall, the customer service is good. The agents are kind, friendly, and helpful. Unfortunately, Hostinger does not offer phone support and we can say Bluehost has slightly the upper hand.
5.Which host is more affordable?
Both hosts provide a wide range of shared web hosting plans and the promotional prices are very competitive. Keep in mind that the prices change on renewal and are often much higher than the promotional ones.
Bluehost’s Basic plan costs $3.95 per month for a 36-month term. The prices differ if you chose a 12-month or a 24-month contract; the longer the term, the cheaper the plan.
Hostinger is cheaper than Bluehost, the Single Shared Hosting plan costs $0.99 per month or $0.80 depending on the promos. This offer is available if you chose a 48-month contract, and just like with almost every hosting company, you get the best prices for the longest contracts.
At Bluehost, you pay the full amount when you sign up for a plan, while at Hostinger you can even pay monthly, which can be convenient for some clients even though it is more expensive.
Bluehost vs Hostinger- the conclusion
Both hosts have earned their reputation over the years and make both great solutions, but we have a winner. We recommend you choose Bluehost for its unlimited resources, superior support, and amazing uptime. Hostinger makes a great choice if you are looking for a more budget-friendly host for your small website. You will get faster load times, sophisticated security, and overall good value for money.