BlueHost Vs Hostgator Vs Dreamhost [Webhosting Comparison]

Wondering which company offers the best web hosting among Bluehost, Hostgator and Dreamhost?

Check out this extensive comparison, and view our conclusion for the answer:

Starting a website is fun, but there are several things that we need to address prior to launching a site.

First we must select the host of our website. There are many excellent web hosting companies available, and for a beginner it is no easy task to select the best of the best available.

All web hosting companies will claim to give you the best server and unlimited resources, but when you sign up with them, you will immediately begin to face a number of issues. For this reason it is very important to be cautious and very selective in choosing your web hosting company.

In this post I offer you a detailed comparison between Hostgator, Dreamhost and BlueHost.  I have chosen to compare these three companies because I have found them to be the top service providers for shared hosting to date in my experience.

In this comparison, I will be using Hostgator Baby Plan as a reference, as they offer unlimited domain hosting.  Dreamhost offers only one shared hosting plan. So clearly this detailed comparison of available hosting options will give you a better idea of your best options when choosing your web hosting company.

BlueHost Vs Hostgator Vs Dreamhost

I have used Dreamhost and Hostgator for my personal sites, and Bluehost for my customer sites. So far Bluehost and Hostgator surprised me with their hosting quality and support.

In particular, Bluehost is highly recommended for running a WordPress blog, as it is also suggested by the official WordPress.org hosting page. My experience with all three of these hosting companies has been in hosting WordPress sites, and WordPress uses memory intensive software.  In other words, WordPress is a memory hog!  This is important to know when choosing your website host.

A WordPress blog requires hosting to be updated with the latest technology, and all three of these hosting companies offer a well-optimized environment for running a WordPress blog.

With Bluehost and Hostgator, I have experienced the handling of almost 20k/Pv daily, with a well-optimized WordPress blog + cache plugin.

Dreamhost is suggested only when you are looking for the minimum budget hosting.

Tabular comparison of Bluehost Vs Dreamhost vs Hostgator

Features Bluehost Hostgator Dreamhost
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Storage Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Free Domain 1 free domain Free primary domain migration + renew 1 free domain
Domain Price $12 $15 $10.95/year
Free blog Migration No Yes No
Free Adwords Credit $100 $100 $75
Payment option Credit card/Paypal Paypal/Credit card Credit Card/Check
Support option Chat/Email/Phone Chat/Email/Twitter/
Phone
Chat/Email
Support quality 4/5 4.5/5 (Live chat wait time is longer) 4/5
Discount coupon Added in the link below SHOUTMELOUD30 SML50
How to Install
Wordpress?
Tutorial Tutorial Tutorial
Rating 5/5 4.5/5 4/5
Sign up: Bluehost Sign up: Hostgator Sign up: Dreamhost

To be clear, if you are looking for low cost hosting for the purpose of starting a new website, you can start with Dreamhost using coupon code: SML50. This will give you one year hosting + one free domain for $69. I would advise using Dreamhost only if you are starting a new website with low traffic.

If, however, you are looking to start a serious website and you are anticipating more than 200,000 PV/month, I would suggest that you choose Bluehost. In fact, my personal choice would be Bluehost for their high end servers and top quality service .

So far I have used Bluehost’s telephone support five or six times, and so far they have always taken care of my issue within a couple of minutes.

Dreamhost also offers telephone support, but unlike Bluehost and Hostgator, they don’t offer free telephone support. Their telephone support is a premium service, and this is feature which I do not like.

When it comes to support we always use live chat, a feature that is offered by both Bluehost and Hostgator.  They both offer a ticketing system as well.

Should you be interested in my personal recommendation, I would recommend the shared hosting companies in the following order: Bluehost > Hostgator > Dreamhost.

I hope this comparison of Dreamhost vs. Hostgator vs. Bluehost has given you a better idea of your various hosting options before you begin your successful online career!

Do let me know which web-hosting company you prefer among the above 3, and which web-hosting company you would recommend to others.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a professional blogger. He loves to read & write about Blogging, SEO, WordPress, Make money online & technology. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives more than half a million PV in a month, and is an award winning blog.

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COMMENTs ( 55 )

  1. says

    Hello Harsh,

    I have used all the 3 Web Hosting Bluehost, Hostgator and Dreamhost. As per My view I would chose go with Dreamhost then Bluehost and then Hostgator. I have been an Dreamhost Customer for past 4 Months and I have not even chated with the support because there was no issue in using it. They Provide SNI Technology for SSL to Load which and also the 100% uptime guarantee. When My Website was Hostgator US There were lots of issue with wordpress as i was experience Slow Performance in My Dashboard and also Support was Okay. Well with bluehost My Experience was Good as Support via Phone and Chat were Helpful but their Ticketing System was Slow in Responding.

    In My View if a Customer want to host a Website I will Chose Dreamhost > Bluehost > Hostgator.

    Regards,
    Rahul Sadarangani

  2. Vinod says

    I have been with Hostgator india for the past few years and just a week back they migrated their servers (so called upgrade). Since then the response time had gone down and they have implemented more restrictions on my unlimited business plan account, this has impacted my sites and my client sites, very unprofessional. I have also observed that their support is also not good recently, every ticket we raise takes weeks for them to respond. We started chatting and calling them for urgent issues but most of the time they say “due to technical issue…blah blah blah”. Seriously time to ditch hostgator india and considering to move to more predictable and reliable hosting provider.

    I wanted to share my experience so that other can avoid the same mistake.

    Thanks
    Vinod

  3. says

    Hi Harsh, after reading a lot of reviews it comes as Hostgator’s uptime is higher than any hosting provider even from Bluehost. So I would like to know from you that what you will personally suggest Bluehost or Hostgator and more importantly what are you using personally?

  4. says

    @Amit
    Both are almost the same in India, as they are part of EIG group and everything is managed by EIG only. You can pick either one of them. My suggestion would be Bluehost India.

  5. prem solanki says

    finally moved from Hostgator India to Bluehost US…had very bad experience with Hostgator India….every body plz never go for Hostgator India waste of time and money.

  6. premchand solanki says

    Hostgator India is worst.Previously my site was hosted at Hostgator US but because of easy payment facility I migrated my site to Hostgator India and experiencing slow speed and I contacted their support team but of no use.So once again I’m migrated my blog to Hostgator Us.

  7. rahul says

    Hostgator is the best according to me. I’m their client and I’m sure that you can trust them blindly. They have an awesome support which helps them stand out from the crowd. The cpanel is clean and is easily understandable. Good Luck.

  8. Sashwato Chatterjee says

    Hi Harsh,

    Thanks for this gem of an info!

    I am just a newbie on this great blogging platform. Can you personally suggest me whether Bluehost will be good or HostGator given that I am going to target a huge traffic through my domain?

    Also I believe Shared hosting will not be good. Therefore is the new Baby Plan be good in such a case? Do I need to get Dedicated servers or VPS?
    Please help…

    Thanks & Regards,
    Sashwato Chatterjee

  9. Hari Varrier says

    Looks like Hostgator is the best among them for me. Hostgator India has been decent. Hosting global has been abysmal with their recent massive downtime.

    I used Bluehost for a client. Not bad at all. But a bit more expensive than the others.

  10. Sourabh Jain says

    Hi, Harsh
    Tell which one is better for my blog inspire2mind.com
    bluehost,dreamhost and hostgator

  11. says

    I am presently planning to go for Dreamhost, but I have a small confusion. You just mentioned that “Though I would advice Dreamhost if you starting a new website with low traffic. In case, if you starting a serious website and expecting more than 200,000 PV/month, I would suggest sign up for Hostgator or Bluehost.”
    Does it mean that it is not possible to get good traffic with Dreamhost??
    Thank you for your wonderful information.

  12. Shreyo says

    i agree that hostgator has a good support service, has cpanel and the plans are ok. but the websites hosted (shared account) are often vulnerable to spammers and other malware code (when compared with bluehost or other well known provider). i don’t know why. after struggle and help from support i was able to clear them all but this can’t happen often.

  13. says

    Currently my site is hosted by BigRock and I am not facing any technical issue. But still do you think it is better to go to any of the above mentioned hosting providers. What is your view on BigRock? If your suggestion is to move then which is best and will they help me while moving?

  14. Avsi says

    Is it not better to host on Hostgator.in vs Hostgator US? I have been reading that the location of your server affects search engine rankings. Something of great importance to a local business.

  15. Shaikh Javed says

    My experience with Hostagor India is terrific!! After purchasing Linux shared baby plan I placed a transfer ticket for moving my site from Mochahost to Hostagator India but after 2 days someone responded on ticket system and mentioned that my transfer has been successfully completed. When I checked preview of my site using SWAM of Hostagtor I couldn’t find any web page there. Then I FTPed to the host name and surprisingly I didnt find any of my hosted files there. After complaining the same on the ticket system I didnt get any response from them till now.

    After that whenever I am contacting support person both India/US using phone calls/chat/ticket system no one is responding to me and acting such that I am the foolest person on the earth.

    After 7 days today I applied to cancel my account and ordered for my money back.
    I will request all the newbies dont go for Hostgator India..They are the worst service provider I have ever faced.

  16. Animish says

    I am using HostGator USA, BlueHost and HostGator India also. For me, HG India is the best. Number of sites on each server is very less in HG India, while servers are identical. I also want all users to know that BlueHost, HostMonster, JustHost and FastDomain are all sister companies with exactly identical service, servers and performance.

    • says

      @Animish
      Thanks for your feedback about Hostgator India. So far, I never had a good experience with them due to lack of direct technical support and high latency. Though, I checked that almost 8 months back, and hopefully they have improved a lot in this time. Your feedback is important and would be useful for others to decide on their next hosting company.

  17. Ankush says

    Is “hostgator.in” is equally excellent like “hostgator.com” for linux shared hosting..??
    plzzz reply asap…

    • says

      @Ankush
      I would recommend to go for Hostgator US Server as they are much better in terms of support and more powerful.
      One of my client signed up with Hostgator India and I moved him from Hg U.S to H.G India and this is what he sent me yesterday:

      My site wisdomtimes has never been stable after moving to hostgator.in.

      Their response was ” We are having some unprecedented issues with MYSQL on the server.We are working it on a war footing and would get it fixed at the earliest.We regret for the inconvenience. ”

      Today I found that my database is gone and site empty. They want me to pay Rs 830 for a backup from Feb 25.

      This is ridiculous

      • Ankush says

        thanku so much harsh sir for your reply..
        @Harsh Agrawal
        sir I want to host my site on Hostgator US server(hostgator.com), so can I do that with hostgator india(hostgator.in). I can make payment only through debit card that’s why i’m unable to register directly on hostgator.com where there is a only credit card option..

    • says

      @Sri
      I have used Knowhost VPs and it’s good and if you asking about which one is better: My vote would be Knownhost and after that hostgator. If you alright with unamanaged VPS, Linode is a good choice.

      • Srinivas says

        Thanks Harsh! Actually I opted for KnownHost VPS. Their service is exceptionally good but it seems to be costly thing with that. Right now the traffic is very low and thus I’m looking for good alternative. (may be shared one). Earlier I used BlueHost service which was good but when my traffic was high there was a problem of CPU throttling. Will there be the same issue with HostGator too? Can we have 5 to 6 wordpress blogs installed on a single account without any issues? Upto what level of bandwidth usage, HostGator can operate? Sorry Harsh for posing so many queries in a single instance.

  18. Leonard Grossman says

    Ten years ago my ISP went out of business and in a panic I moved everything to Dreamhost. Espicially since I didn’t have my own domain back then and was just ~user There are many times when I wished they had phone support and now they do — for a fee. They promise email support within 24 hours but lately they have been responding very quickly. The other day a WordPress plugin requred php-zip and they got back to me in just a few minutes with instructions as to how to upgrade to a new version of php.
    They have been very cooperative although the servers seem slow every now and then. Biggest problem, my internet cable company (Comcast) blocks a lot of mail from dreamhost servers which are getting a reputation as spam sources.

  19. Ravi says

    Hostgator is good in support, features and pricing. But I have started seeing slow speed in their shared hosting for many clients which is a concern. But, still I haven’t found the best alternative as everyone has some problem.

  20. Joe Manausa says

    I used both Hostgator and Dreamhost. I will let my dreamhost account expire at the end of my “prepaid” period. I am having problems with them and of course, their support is a premium service. They do not respond very rapidly to ticket issues either. Hostgator is usually responsive in fixing problems.

  21. Amit Sharma says

    I read few comments at the top and I’m surprised that bluehost has such bad reviews! It used to be known for best support.

  22. Nicholas Teo@Feng Shui since 1988 says

    I have heard many people say good things about Hostgator and will give it a try when I want to start another domain. Will use your discount code when I do signup.

  23. vitor mendes says

    I moved to Hostgator today from bluehost to a vps service.

    Anyone knows how long it takes for them to proceed with the migration?

  24. Jasmine says

    These 3 are good hosting companies. But my personal favorite is HostGator, since they offer the best support and service in my opinion.

  25. sujit kumar says

    I was looking for the best hosting plan and also very chep right now i am hosting my blog @ host dime and plannig to migrate on hostgator

  26. amit sharma says

    hi harsh, thanks for the bird eye view about these popular web hosting services, I own a blog “http://pcmastero.blogspot.com” want to make it “www.pcmastero.com” using hostgator webhosting baby plan..So I want to know the total expenses in this switching?

  27. Miraclepitu says

    I Agree with you.. since 1 years ago, i have used Hostagor and some webhost providers. But, Hostgator is the best in Their Support. 24 Hours you can chat or submit ticket with fast response

  28. Zero Cost Business says

    There is no doubt I will use Hostgator. I do not have any experience with Dreamhost or Bluehost because there was really no necessity for me to change or try anything else.

    A few times I had technical problems in my site when my database was corrupted and at another time I had a problem migrating my blog. Both times Hostgator support was totally awesome. They did not rush me, they patiently helped me to upload the database file and make my blog functional.

    So anybody out there who is searching for a good hosting option – eespecially if you are starting out and have a couple of websites or more – go for Hostgator – I recommend them for one reason – Superb Support.

  29. Nipon says

    I personally do not recommend shared hosts as most of them have overloaded servers,but ok for new blogs.For professional site ,Linode VPS is the best

  30. HackTik says

    Thanx for sharing this informative comparison. My personal favorite has been Hostgator, though. This comparison can help a newbie to make an informed decision about which web hosting to buy and why?

  31. Prashant Rohilla says

    My experience with All the three above mentioned hosting Company so far is Good! All the three companies Offer great shared hosting plans .
    But Harsh i will request you to right a similar post on VPS and Cloud Hosting Services !

  32. Jarret says

    I started with Dreamhost which worked okay until my site started getting traffic. It didn’t take long before I was overloading their server. They quickly switched me over to Dreamhost VPS which I had innumerable problems with. Long story short, I’m now using Hostgator VPS and couldn’t be happier.

    • pinolobu says

      Hi Jarret: may I know:

      [1] which Hostgator VPS package are you on? Is it VPS3?
      [2] how much traffic are you getting per day ?

      Thanks for any info.

  33. Kok Siong Chen says

    Hi Harsh! Thanks for the comparison and rating for these 3 popular hosting companies. I am looking for a better choice recently. I am currently using the Hostgator Baby Plan. Quite satisfy with their support! :)

  34. Devesh says

    Hi Harsh,

    Nice comparison. I don’t use any other hosting then hostgator. They are one of the best hosting provider on the planet.

    I think it’s time to upgrade my account, may be VPS.

    Thanks for sharing.

    ~Dev

  35. Paritosh says

    My experience with Expertrio, an Indian host, has been way better than the usual “top notch” webhosts. The plans are bit expensive but the extraordinary support makes up for it.

  36. Nirdosh says

    yes, Godaddy also need to be included in this review. Bluehost would be my last choice.

  37. SiRu says

    My website also hosted with Hostgator. Past 4 months I received very good support from them. baby plan with unlimited is good if you are a starter :D

  38. Anshul says

    Hi Harsh,

    Nice post but could you please give your thoughts on recently launched Godaddy’s 4GH Plan. What is your opinion on godaddy web hosting?

  39. Kavya Hari says

    I think so, hostgator baby plan has an unlimited domain hosting plan with the telephonic support in it. Thank you so much for given here :)

  40. Mani says

    Accoring to me hostgator is the best for hosting whether it may for shared or VPS or dedicated server.I recommend Hostgator for its best support.Buy hosting from Hostagtor if you have more money else you have to face many problems from them!

  41. Deepanshu says

    i was using bluehost shared…that sucks a bit :? so i decided to move to hostgator vps a day back only..so far hostgator support has been terrific on chat and i hope it continues to be gud :-)

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