BlueHost vs HostMonster

BlueHost versus HostMonster

When looking for a shared hosting provider, the choice is not often clear in regards to which plan to go with. There are so many different hosting providers in this day and age, and it is important to understand the options that are available to you in order to be able to determine the best plan for your needs. BlueHost and HostMonster are two of the hosting providers that are available to choose from, and through a careful review of the different shared hosting plans, looking at the pros and cons of each, it will be possible to see which one provides the best features, which is more reliable, and which has the best uptime; a look at the types of control panels that are available and the customer support that is available will also be addressed.

BlueHost vs HostMonster

HostMonster offers unlimited disk space and unlimited bandwidth on their shared plans. They give their customers the ability to have as many domains and as many email accounts as they would like setup on their shared hosting plans. They offer a free domain on sign up, various free online stores, site builders, and WordPress. HostMonster’s primary control panel is cPanel, and the shared hosting plan comes with a bonus offer of $100 towards Google Adwords. Their customer service is open 24×7 and they do not outsource their tech support in any way, shape or form. Their price for a shared plan with all of these features is currently $4.95 per month, and typically runs $6.95 per month.

BlueHost offers unlimited domain hosting, unlimited hosting space, unlimited file transfers, and unlimited email accounts. They offer a free domain on sign up, and they have the same one click script installs that HostMonster does. They offer secure shell, SSL, FTP, statistics on site traffic, CGI, Ruby on Rails, the ability to use Perl, PHP, and MySQL, with cPanel for the control panel. They have the same $100 Google Adwords offer and they too offer 24/7 tech support that is not outsourced. This shared plan typically is $6.95 per month, but it starts off at $4.95.

As these two companies are under the same umbrella corporation, EIG, there are many similar offers present between the two hosting providers. They have comparable uptime, given that their servers are in the same datacenters, and there are very few differences, but those differences are key. Bluehost offers unlimited file transfers, which is something very important to consider when transferring between hosting companies, as most hosting companies have a cap on this type of service, and after reaching that cap, additional fees are charged. Furthermore, Bluehost does not charge for the installation of SSLs once obtained, if obtained through them. If the SSL is not obtained through their company, however, there is a nominal fee. Secure shell access is another plus that is offered by this company, something that many other companies either do not offer on shared plans, or require a nominal fee in order for this to be added to the account. The Google Adwords credit may seem like a deal, however it is not without strings, requiring a certain amount to be paid out to Google in order to get this credit; unless it is a business that is being setup on a shared plan, one that already implements the use of Adwords and knows how to effectively use this tool, this is not something that should be taken into consideration. Entering into a “presales” chat with both companies shows that the customer service levels of both are comparable, the agents primarily used hotkeys – scripted responses – however when asking questions that are not typically asked, both agents went outside of their scripts to answer, and it must be said that of the two the Bluehost agent was more technically inclined, while the HostMonster agent had long delays, long pauses, and seemed unsure of how to best answer the questions that were asked of them. It must be said, on the basis of these two agents, that Bluehost’s technical support was superior to that of HostMonster.

Through a careful review of the two hosting companies, though they are under the same umbrella corporation, it is possible to see that Bluehost is, in this instance, the better of the two shared plans to go with, given the additional features that they offer for free, as opposed to on a pay to utilize or a non-offered basis, and on the basis of the customer service that was provided by these two agents. Bluehost and HostMonster are comparable companies, it is true, however simply because it is comparable it does not mean that there is not one that does not come out to be better than the other, and in this case, hands down, that is Bluehost.

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BlueHost vs FatCow

BlueHost versus FatCow

There are many different choices available in regards to shared hosting providers, and many different plans that are available to choose from. Through a review of the different options that are available to the user, it is possible to see that choosing the right hosting plan may not be as difficult as it originally sounds. In this instance, a look at BlueHost and FatCow’s different shared plans will be reviewed in order to determine which of the two plans is truly better for the consumer, and which should be discarded to the wayside in an attempt to locate the best plan for the user.

BlueHost vs FatCow

FatCow’s hosting specifications are a little bit nebulous, stating that their disk space and bandwidth offered falls under the amount of “oodles” provided; when looking at what they define this as, it states that an amount is acceptable as long as it falls within normal usage parameters, but it does not straight out define what they consider to be normal usage parameters. They provide unlimited POP mailboxes, a free domain name on sign up, a free website builder, and a large variety of one click script installations, including WordPress, phpBB, and Joomla. They provide ecommerce software, SSL, FTP, SEO optimization, a $50 credit to social networking, a listing in yellowpages.com, 24/7 support, and a thirty day money back guarantee. Their lowest term is 12 months at a rate of $8.99 per month.

BlueHost offers unlimited domain hosting, file transfers, hosting space, and domain hosting. They provide a domain registered free of charge for the first year with a sign up for their shared hosting plan and have a wide variety of one click script installations including ecommerce software, site builders, and WordPress. Secure SSH access, SSL, CGI, FTP, Ruby on Rails, and site traffic analytics. PHP, MySQL, and Perl are all compatible on their shared hosting plans. cPanel is the control panel that is used, and they provide a $100 Google Adwords coupon as a part of an affiliate program that they have setup with Google. Their tech support is available twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, and they provide an introductory rate of $4.95 for new customers and $6.95 for each subsequent month.

After reviewing the two different plans, they are both close, it is true, but BlueHost comes out in the end, because of several different factors. First, they do not require a contract for a year at the minimum in order to be able to use their services. They are specific in the amount of space and bandwidth that they offer on a monthly basis, whereas FatCow’s descriptions leave room for a large amount of interpretation, working to ensure that the hosting company would be able to set their “normal” limit at whatever they deem appropriate for the day, and assign a terms of service violation to any account that they deem fit, which puts the customer in a bad place. The other issue with FatCow’s setup is in regards to email; POP isn’t the more commonly used email protocol any longer, because without changing settings, it downloads those emails to just one computer only; IMAP allows for the viewing of all emails on all different mail clients without having to change any of the original default settings in the mail client. Most of their other features are standard, however, it is these specific issues with FatCow’s service and descriptions that they have provided on their site that serve as a means of taking them out of the running in this comparison.

Through a good look at the two hosting plans, it is possible to see which of the two is better, and it is not because one has more features than the other. In this case, the issue is because of the way that one of the two hosting providers chooses to provide the descriptions and the definitions of specific features that they offer; those features are a key aspect of the hosting package itself, and given the nebulousness of what has been provided on the site itself, it is not something that the business minded individual should risk taking a chance on, hoping that they will not catch an admin at FatCow on a bad day, and end up having that admin’s bad day being taken out on their hosting account instead.

BlueHost is the clear winner in this comparison, beating out FatCow not for what it has, but for the marketing that is present behind the site itself, and a clear and concise ability of the marketing department to understand that certain things must be clearly defined in order to work, and the terms of a specific plan are one of those things.

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BlueHost vs FastDomain

BlueHost versus FastDomain

There are many different shared hosting providers available, and it may often be difficult to see or to understand those differences, however, there are many different ways that these may be compared to each other in order to see which one comes out on top, and which is not only the better deal, but which one works the best in regards to the needs of the individual. BlueHost and FastDomain are two of the myriad hosting providers that a person may choose from for shared hosting services; by looking at their different plans and comparing the two, it is possible to see which of the two has the most optimal features, which is the most reliable of the two, and which offers the most in regards to the hosting plans themselves.

BlueHost vs FastDomain

FastDomain offers unlimited hosting space, unlimited file transfers, unlimited domain hosting, 2,500 email accounts that may be setup as either POP3 or IMAP, secure shell access, SSL, FTP, statistics, CGI, Ruby on Rails, the ability to use Perl, PHP, and MySQL. Their shared hosting plan allows FrontPage Extensions to be enabled, comes with a free domain, and has a free site building program. The control panel that is used by FastDomain is cPanel. FastDomain has a deal going on currently for $5.95 per month, but their standard rate is $6.95 per month. Their customer service is open 2477.

BlueHost offers unlimited hosting space, unlimited file transfers, unlimited domain hosting, and unlimited email accounts; the email accounts may be setup as either POP3 or IMAP, as the customer prefers. They provide a free domain on sign up, and they have various free one click script installs for a variety of online stores, site builders, and WordPress. They provide secure shell (SSH) access, FTP, SSL, site traffic statistics, Ruby on Rails (RoR) and CGI. They offer the ability to use Perl, MySQL, and PHP. The control panel used by their shared hosting plan is cPanel, and they offer a $100 Google Adwords credit (with additional Adwords purchase through Google). Their tech support/ customer service is open 24/7 and it is not outsourced. Their shared plan typically runs $6.95 per month, but they have a current deal going for $4.95 per month starting.

There are many similarities that are present when looking at these two hosting providers, and they have comparable uptime, and it must be said that there are very few differences between the two companies, however, the differences that are present are specific and worth taking a closer look at. FrontPage Extensions is something that FastDomain offers that Bluehost does not, however this is not a bonus, as FrontPage Extensions is no longer being used; it is an outdated technology that is no longer being updated. While there are still users who prefer to work in FrontPage Extensions, the fact that this technology is no longer getting updates, the exploits that are present and have been present since updates were discontinued are still there, and the customer has the potential ability to be exploited if they use this technology.

FastDomain limits the amount of email addresses that may be used on their shared plan, and while 2,500 is a good amount, if a company opts to use a shared hosting plan for their site, that limits their ability to continue to grow, and they will have to work to find another hosting provider later if they wish to exceed this amount. If a business opts to use the shared package, they would do better with Bluehost, especially if they are used to using Google Adwords; and this is only if they are familiar with this type of service, as the hosting provider only has the affiliate offer, they do not assist in teaching or troubleshooting regards to Adwords, this must all be done through Google. The next aspect that the customer must look at is in regards to the pricing; yes, both hosts have the same standard rate per month on their two shared plans, however, their starting prices for those plans differ, and as such it must be said that Bluehost has the better price, being $1 cheaper to start than FastDomain, and offering more with their hosting plan besides. Yes, the price difference is only $1, and that is not a large amount, however, when looking at the cost benefit analysis of what the two different plans offer versus what they are priced at, the difference is there, and the extra dollar just isn’t worth it for FastDomain.

Through an exacting review of the different features offered by the two different plans, it is easy to see that Bluehost is the more cost effective and cost efficient of the two plans, based not only on the extra features that they offer for no additional charge, but also in regards to the datedness of technologies that are used between the two, and based upon the limitations that one plan has versus the other.

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