Bluehost Vs HostGator Vs DreamHost [Web Hosting Comparison]

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Wondering which company offers the best web hosting? Is it Bluehost, HostGator, or DreamHost?

Read on…

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

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

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 selective when choosing your web hosting company.

In this post, I will 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.

This post compares:

I have used DreamHost and HostGator for my personal sites, and Bluehost for my customer sites. So far, Bluehost and HostGator have surprised me the most with their hosting quality and support.

In particular, Bluehost is highly recommended for running a WordPress blog, as it is recommended by the official WordPress.org hosting page & also offers free SSL which is a much required for our websites in 2017.

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’s 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 handling of almost 20k/PV daily, all with a well-optimized WordPress blog + cache plugin.

DreamHost has lately disappointed with their server quality & delayed support.

Table Comparison of Bluehost vs. DreamHost vs. HostGator

 
FeaturesBluehostHostGatorDreamHost
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
StorageUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Free Domain1 free domainFree primary domain migration + renew1 free domain
Domain Price$12$15$13.95
Free Blog MigrationNoYesNo
Free Adwords Credit$100$100$75
Payment OptionPayPal/Credit cardPayPal/Credit cardCredit card/Check
Support OptionChat/Email/PhoneChat/Email/Twitter/
Phone
Chat/Email
Support Quality4.5/54.5/5 (Live chat wait time is longer)3/5
Discount CouponAdded in the link belowSHOUTMELOUD30Added in the link below
How to Install
WordPress?
TutorialTutorialTutorial
Rating5/54.5/52.5/5
 Sign up: BluehostSign up: HostGatorSign up: DreamHost

If 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. Bluehost also offers free SSL & PHP 7 which will ensure your website offers optimum performance.  In fact, my personal choice would be Bluehost for their high-end servers and top quality service.

Note: Bluehost is officially endorsed by WordPress community for hosting WordPress sites.

So far I have used Bluehost’s telephone support five or six times, and 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 a feature which I do not like. More over, in 2017 Dreamhost service has gone down due to their team change & is not recommended for hosting WordPress site.

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

Personally, I would recommend these three shared hosting companies in the following order:

  1. Bluehost
  2. HostGator
  3. 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. Tell me your thoughts in the comments!

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

61 thoughts on “Bluehost Vs HostGator Vs DreamHost [Web Hosting Comparison]”

  1. Hi Harsh, thanks for the informative article.
    I have a quick question, can bluehost handle the amount of traffic Shoutmeloud receives? How much traffic will it be able to handle?

    Any other suggestions?

    Many thanks!

    1. @Sachin
      ShoutMeLoud receives 1.5 Million page views a month & Bluehost or any other shared hosting might not be able to handle this load due to many factors.

      If you are configuring Cloudflare + Cache plugin + CDN & optimized theme
      I believe you should be able to handle 30-40K traffic/day.

  2. Thanks for this detailed comparison. When I checked my site using ‘Open SEO Stats’ Chrome extension, it says my website is too slow and I should migrate to a faster server and given some recommendations, about Top 10 Web Hosting, and they say Bluehost is ranked one and Hostgator is not on their list!!

    So I became suppressed and searched the differences and reached here. Now I decided to use Hostgator itself for my site

  3. Thank you Harsh for this informative and detailed comparison of the different hosting options. The task of choosing the right host for a beginner can be daunting, as I know from personal experience. I especially liked how HostGator has a lot more features – as small as they might be – with their support and that can make a lot of difference. I do think that in this case spending that little extra to opt for either HotGator or Bluehost is totally worth it.

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