Godaddy vs. HostGator vs. BlueHost – Who’s The Best Web Host?

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GoDaddy vs. HostGator vs. BlueHostThis GoDaddy vs. HostGator vs. BlueHost review is for the average small business, who expects less than 500 visitors a day to their website.  For a site with this amount of traffic we recommend going with a shared hosting plan which is going to cost less than $10 a month. Best Site For Website Hosting: godaddy---Mini





First Year Monthly Cost




Second Year Monthly Cost




Free Domain?




Free Email

Yes (100 emails and up to 100 MB of storage)

Yes (Unlimited)

Yes (Unlimited)

Customer Service

US 24/7/365

US 24/7/365

US 24/7/365


Unlimited Bandwidth /100 GB of Storage

Unlimited Bandwidth/Unlimited Storage

Unlimited Bandwidth/Unlimited Storage

Free Coupons

$100 Google Adwords$50 Bing Ads$50 Facebook

$100 Google Adwords

$100 Google Adwords

Why We Chose Godaddy


First and foremost we chose Godaddy because we host a number of our sites with them as well as sites that we handle for some of our small business customers.  Their support is fantastic and will walk you through how to do just about anything you need to regarding setting up the hosting, installing wordpress or whatever else you need.

They are also the least expensive option and offer $100 more in free advertising credits than Bluehost and Hostgator.  While they do have a couple of restrictions (100 MB of email storage and 100 GB of web hosting storage) that the other two options reviewed do not have, this should be plenty of space for the average small business website.

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Why we chose to rate Godaddy vs. HostGator vs. Bluehost?

We chose to rate Godaddy vs. Bluehost vs. Hostgator because they are 3 of the most well known hosting companies in the US.  Godaddy is one of the largest hosting companies in the world, and advertises heavily on Television so they are probably the most well known.  We also use them personally.  While Bluehost and Hostgator are both a lot smaller than Godaddy, they are very well publicized if you do any searching for web hosting reviews and the like on Google, due to their aggressive payouts to people who are willing to promote their company on their websites.

To sign up for our recommended Godaddy hosting package go here.  If you would like to know more about how website hosting works see our article on the topic here.

The Bottom Line

That’s our article for today.  If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the comments section below.

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  1. says

    Should have included which company is the least intrusive. Also, who doesn’t sell your information to 3rd parties should have been part of the the selection criteria. It would have been interesting to know why being well known is a part of your selection process.

    • says

      Thanks for reading and for the comment! I chose to rate well known companies because there is a lot of information out there on them from others who have used the services so I feel that I can make an intelligent recomendation without having personally used all three. While not always the case, I think in general bigger companies are bigger for a reason. If they offered a bad product, particularly in an industry like this where there are lots of options, that they would not be one of the better known options.

      Regarding privacy according to their privacy policies none of the firms we reviewed sell your information to third parties, however they may present co-branded offers to you. So for example if Godaddy has a partner who has something they want to try and sell you, godaddy may present a cobranded offer to you that comes from Godaddy.

      Keep in mind however that the default with domain names is that the person’s info who registered the domain name is public information. If you want a private registration for a domain name then this costs extra, generally around $10 a year.

      Hope that helps. If you have any other questions or concerns let us know!

      Best Regards,

  2. says

    Hostgator is excelent hosting company. I worked with them over 3 years. Never had any problem, When you ask something they reply very fast with your local language. Unfortunately I moved my websites to my country. Recommend them. Have not any experience with others.

    • bryan james says

      are you sure they NEVER had problems?!!! For the past 2 years their server has been DOWN for 1-2 hours at least 1 time a month. i am looking for a new hoster but it seems that most of the popular ones are under the Endurance International Group cap, which will obviously have the same problems ashostgator

  3. Abdullah Saleem says

    Hi David

    I have read your your article ,it’s good but it’s not been updated .I believe you are the right person to help me out . I want to have reliable hosting site for my web and e-mail but I am confused in which is the best between godaddy and blue host .blue host is offering 4.95$ for shared hosting and unlimited e-mails but I don’t it’s reliable or not.

    • says

      Hi Abdulla, Thank you for the comment. I have updated the post with the new pricing info for all three services. I still recommend Godaddy for the same reasons outlined in my post. Like Bluehost they also dropped their pricing. Keep in mind however that this is first year pricing only. With Bluehost, after the first year they increase to $11.99 making them BY FAR the most expensive option.

      Hope that helps. If you have any other questions let me know!

      Best Regards,

  4. Bhavesh Patel says

    Never use BLUEHOST ! Very BAD customer Service and False Advertizement. I Was using Hostgator since long time , but just wanted to try bluehost because of Cheap VPS pricing, but they are really cheap. Their Sales team said, they offer Unlimited Inodes on VPS and there’s Limitation when I actually buy. When contacted support they said it can not be increase. Even bluehost VPS server is running SLOW as well, never use them!

    • bryan james says

      bluehost & hostgator are operated by the same company! i am currently dissatisfied with the downtime of hostgator and was checking bluehost but since they are run by the same company…

      • says

        Hi Bryan,

        Yes that is the case however they are operated as different brands still so there are differences in terms of pricing etc. Have you checked out Godaddy?

        Best Regards,

  5. says

    Debate between pros and cons never ends, some belong to godaddy tribe and belong to hostgator and some busy in advocating bluehost. All this making it a never ending debate but David what is your personal take on all this. Why don’t you share your own personal experience. Do share with us if you want to.

    • says


      Thanks for reading and for the comment! My personal opinion and experience is basically what I put in the article. For small business websites Godaddy is the best option based on price, reliability, and awesome customer service. I host several small business websites with them and have tried both Bluehost and Hostgator as well. Bluehost is way more expensive after the first year, which I feel like is kind of a trick. While not as expensive as Bluehost, Hostgator is also significantly more expensive after the first year than Goaddy without offering anything extra in return.

      Hope that helps. If you have any other comments or questions let me know!

      Best Regards,

  6. Bruce says

    I am surprised to see that Dreamhost was not mentioned in the review or in any of the comments. I have been using them for about 10 years now, pricing is about $10/month (less if you don’t do month to month) and you end up with a LOT more features, even for small business, almost unlimited on everything, space, bandwidth, email, domains hosted, mysql databases, etc. Just my opinion, might help someone who isn’t sure about the 3 listed above.

    I can’t comment on their customer service/tech support however, mainly because I have never had to contact them for anything.

  7. Lynnette Hartwig says

    Hmmm, I read the above ‘ad’ which is what it is, and I didn’t have that experience with GoDaddy at all. I called technical support to get a sitemap visible to Google. The tech guy was looking at a different screen than I, and when I told him none of that was visible, how do I get to the screen he’s looking at, he fell quiet and then said I needed to hire somebody who knows how to make websites. Really? Not even send me a link? Lazy bum.
    I had to study and learn code to do a GoDaddy site, and now I’m stuck with the first template and layout I picked out.
    All my future websites are on Weebly, worth every dime. Took me one day to get 3 pages up, and not even a sweat! I swapped around formats for fun. I searched their huge collection of photos for headers. I drag a photo where I want it–not like GoDaddy, where if it doesn’t want to stay put, it wanders to a new location if I add a sentence to the text box. Why ? Who knows!
    From odd wrapping in photo captions to a bizarre home page–not editable like all the others, but only possible in html in ‘Theme Options,’ something that took me hours to discover. On Weebly, all the Home pages are editable the exact same way as every other page. And ‘editable’ is the operative word, because GoDaddy’s are not; graphics, text color and layout are stuck unless you drill down to html coding and look up color numbers. On Weebly I change them like I do in Word, from a long list or chart of fonts and colors.

    • says

      Hi Lynnette,

      Thanks for reading and for the comment!

      As you can see in the below article, we like Weebly too :)

      The reason we do not talk about them in this article is because we view them as a website builder company and not a hosting company. Yes hosting comes with Weebly when you use their website builder, but you cannot host a site there that is not built using the Weebly platform.

      While Godaddy also has a website builder, their primary business is not Website builders (which we do not recommend using them for), it is hosting (which we do recommend using them for).

      Hope that helps.

      Best Regards,

  8. says


    Here are few a new items to consider evaluating the next time you review hosting sites. Ask them how many URL’s they let expire, how many customer litigated disputed they have and what their limitation of liability is.

    At GoDaddy we never lost a domain in 8 years and at Hostgator they let two of our domains expire in two years. Don’t expect Hostgator to renew your domain under their Auto renewal promise even when you have a valid credit card on file. They let our two active main URL’s expire under their Auto renewal guarantee – one we caught in time the other missed by a day. Even though Hostgator admitted they have a date driven glitch in their system, they wouldn’t lift a finger in helping us retrieve the lost URL from the Marketing Company that purchased it on the day it expired. A letter to the Hostgator CEO and operations head was ignored.

    Under their user agreement they have no responsibility even though they admitted their error. They wont be held responsible for liability beyond three month of paid service. Now we’re testing their agreement in the Texas courts. If you value your URL, don’t trust it to Hostgator.
    Talent Partners

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