Starting a website is fun, but there are few things that we need to decide before launching our site. One of them is selecting the webhosting. There are many top web hosting companies out there, and for any beginner, it becomes a task to select best out of the best. All the webhosting companies will claim to give you best server and unlimited resource but when you sign up with them, you will start facing lots of issues. So it’s very important to be careful when you select your web hosting company.
Here I’m doing a detailed comparison between Hostgator VS Dreamhost Vs BlueHost. So far, I have found them to be one of the top service provider for shared hosting. In this comparison, I will be using Hostgator Baby plan as reference, as they offer unlimited domain hosting. Dreamhost and Bluehost have only 1 shared hosting plan, so this detailed comparison of hosting will give you better idea about your next webhosting company.
I have used Dreamhost and Hostgator for my personal sites and Bluehost for my customer sites. So far Bluehost and Hostgator surprised me with the hosting quality and support. Specially, Bluehost is highly recommended for running a WordPress blog, as it’s also recommended by official WordPress.org hosting page. My interaction with all these three hosting companies are for hosting WordPress sites, which itself is a memory hogging software.
A WordPress blog requires hosting to be updated with the latest technology, and all these three hosting companies are offering well-optimized environment for running a WordPress blog. With Bluehost and Hostgator, I have experience of handling almost 20k/Pv daily, with a well-optimized WordPress blog + cache plugin. Dreamhost is suggested only when you are looking for a minimum budget hosting.
Tabular comparison of Bluehost Vs Dreamhost vs Hostgator
|Free Domain||1 free domain||Free primary domain migration + renew||1 free domain|
|Free blog Migration||No||Yes||No|
|Free Adwords Credit||$100||$100||$75|
|Payment option||Credit card/Paypal||Paypal/Credit card||Credit Card/Check|
|Support quality||4/5||5/5 (Live chat wait time is longer)||3/5|
|Discount coupon||Added in the link below||SHOUTMELOUD25||SML97 or SML50|
|How to Install
|Sign up: Dreamhost|
Just to make it clear if you are looking for low cost hosting for starting a new website, you can start with Dreamhost with coupon code: SML97. This will give you one year hosting + 2 free domains for $22. 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. My personal choice would be Hostgator as they always offered top quality service and support. Also Dreamhost let you pay via Paypal, but only for U.S PayPal customers.
- Sign up for Hostgator (Coupon: ShoutMeLoud25)
- Sign up for Dreamhost (Coupon: SML97 & SML50)
- Sign up for Bluehost (40% off coupon added in the link)
So far I have used Telephonic support of Hostgator 5-6 times and so far they always taken care of my issue within couple of minutes. More over the best part is they offer support on Twitter where as Bluehost and Dreamhost account are not that active on Twitter. Dreamhost also offers telephonic support, but unlike Bluehost and Hostgator, they don’t offer free telephonic support. Their telephonic support is a premium service and this is something which I don’t like about them. When it comes to support, we always use live chat, which is same in the case of Bluehost and Hostgator, and they also offer ticketing system.
If you looking for my recommendation, I would suggest to prefer these shared hosting in following pattern: Bluehost > Hostgator > Dreamhost. The idea behind this feature comparison of Dreamhost Vs Hostgator vs. Bluehost is to give you a better idea about different hosting before you start your online career or shop for any new webhosting.
Do let me know which webhosting company you prefer among above 3 and which web hosting company you would recommend to others?