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1. Plans and Pricing
Bluehost Might Be Cheap, but NameCheap Is CheaperThere are some similarities between Bluehost and NameCheap’s shared hosting offerings, such as a free SSL certificate with all plans, 30-day money-back guarantee, and a free domain name with annual subscriptions for the first year. There are also many noticeable differences between the two, mainly in pricing. NameCheap’s shared hosting packages come at a much cheaper cost – even after renewal and on a UK data center – than Bluehost.
Namecheap Web Hosting
A free domain name is included with some hosting plans from Namecheap
In order to get the best out of Bluehost shared hosting, you’ll need to sign up for its higher-tier plans (Choice Plus or Pro) to get features like Spam Experts, site backup, and domain privacy protection, or purchase them as add-on with the Basic and Plus plans. The winner? NameCheap easily wins the pricing round. Compared to Bluehost, NameCheap’s prices are, well, cheaper, and a good value for your money. However, if you’re looking for a better and affordable hosting solution with a price-lock guarantee, you should check out what InterServer has to offer.
Bluehost Web Hosting
Plan NameStorageBandwidthFree SSLNumber of SitesPricePlan NameStorageBandwidthFree SSLNumber of SitesPriceBasic50 GBunlimited+1$3.95More detailsPlusunlimitedunlimited+unlimited$5.85More detailsChoice Plusunlimitedunlimited+unlimited$5.95More detailsProunlimitedunlimited+unlimited$9.95More detailsMore details
A free domain name is included with some hosting plans from Bluehost
InterServer Web Hosting
Plan NameStorageBandwidthFree SSLNumber of SitesPricePlan NameStorageBandwidthFree SSLNumber of SitesPriceSTANDARD WEB HOSTINGUnlimited SSDunlimited+unlimited$2.50More detailsWINDOWS ASP.NETunlimitedunlimited+25$8.00More detailsMore details
Bluehost Offers More Storage – NameCheap Offers More Useful FreebiesBluehost’s Basic shared plan gives you 1 hosted website, 50 GB SSD disk space, and 5 email accounts. In contrast, NameCheap’s cheapest plan (Stellar) gives you 3 hosted websites, 20 SSD GB disk space, and 30 email accounts. Unlike Bluehost, NameCheap offers Spam Experts for free with all shared hosting plans. NameCheap also offers free site transfer, but Bluehost doesn’t. See more differences between these two providers:
The winner? While Bluehost offers a bit more storage space than NameCheap, the latter offers more useful and cost-effective features such as free site migration, weekly backups, and Spam Experts for free.
|Hosting Types||Shared, VPS, WordPress hosting, eCommerce hosting, dedicated servers||Shared, VPS, reseller, WordPress hosting, email hosting, dedicated servers|
|Free SSL Certificate||✔||✔|
|Disk Space||30 GB – Unlimited||20 GB – Unlimited|
|Bandwidth||1 TB – Unlimited||1000 GB – Unlimited|
|Email Accounts||5 – Unlimited||30 – Unlimited|
|Free CDN||✔||Only with some WordPress hosting plans|
|Free Site Migration||x||✔|
|Money-Back Guarantee||30 days||30 days|
NameCheap Easily Defeats BluehostBluehost doesn’t have a clear uptime guarantee advertised. When I asked customer support about this, I received the oddest response. I was advised that the servers were currently down and that they were working on it and that the uptime guarantee is 99%. It’s funny how I didn’t need even need to check other users’ reviews to know that Bluehost has frequent downtime. In contrast, NameCheap has a 99.9% uptime guarantee, with very little downtime reported.
Even though Bluehost has servers in the US, the slowest loading speeds were in the US. Other than that, Bluehost got an average score in our performance tests. See what happened in our expert Bluehost review. NameCheap has servers in both the US and the UK. It performs admirably in almost all locations around the world. Read more details about NameCheap’s performance in our in-depth NameCheap review.NameCheap’s impressive loading speeds and low downtime puts it ahead of Bluehost when it comes to overall performance.
Bluehost Makes You Pay More to Stay SafeBesides offering free SSL certificates, Bluehost and NameCheap secure their servers with DDoS protection. Even though Bluehost offers several security features, they either come with the more expensive plans or are offered as paid add-ons. The features include Domain Privacy + Protection which protects your domain against identity theft, spam, and phishing attacks. Other features include SiteLock (malware protection), CodeGuard (website daily backups), and spam protection. Unlike Bluehost, Namecheap includes all its security features within its plans as standard. Starting with account security features which include custom security notifications, custom password recovery, and dynamic support pin numbers which protect against unauthorized attempts to access your account. Another standard feature is Domain Lock which is pretty much the same as Bluehost’s Domain Privacy + Protection feature. Last, but not least, NameCheap supports Two-factor Authentication (2FA) to secure all its accounts. Both vendors have a decent range of security features, but the fact that NameCheap offers its features as standard with all its plans instead of offering them as paid add-ons proves that it takes its users’ security more seriously than Bluehost.
Trying To Get Help from Bluehost Is FrustratingBoth companies offer 24/7 customer support, but NameCheap has a more comprehensive knowledge base than Bluehost. Bluehost’s communication channels are limited to live chat and phone. Even though I was connected to a live chat representative instantly, the representative wasn’t knowledgeable and wasted a great deal of my time. Getting in contact with live chat after subscribing can also be challenging, as you will have to log out of your account and go through the presales contact path – the only difference is that this time you will choose Existing Customer. In contrast, you can reach NameCheap’s customer support through live chat or ticket support. The representatives are more responsive and more knowledgeable than Bluehost’s. I got instant replies for basic questions, but slightly slower responses when I got to the technical questions. When I submitted a support ticket, the reply came within an hour, which isn’t so bad. It’s easier to get help with NameCheap as opposed to Bluehost’s exhausting customer support. Therefore, NameCheap wins this round fair and square.
NameCheap Crushes Bluehost in All CategoriesAlthough NameCheap isn’t the best host in the market today, it outperformed Bluehost in all five categories. NameCheap offers cheap hosting plans that come with value-added features, helpful support, and decent performance. If NameCheap and Bluehost aren’t what you’re looking for, I suggest that you check out InterServer. It offers even more features at friendly prices and a stable performance. Or, you can take a look at our extensive list of the best web hosting services.
Plans and Pricing
More expensive than NameCheap and doesn’t migrate your website for free. Offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Offers cheap prices even after renewal and a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Free domain, free site builder, and free site migration
Free site builder, free domain, and from 5 to unlimited email accounts
99% uptime guarantee with downtimes, slower loading speeds
99.9% uptime with fewer to no downtimes, faster loading speeds
Free SSL certificates, DDoS protection, Domain Privacy + Protection (add-on), SiteLock (paid add-on and with some plans), CodeGuard (paid add-on and with some plans), Spam protection (paid add-on and with some plans)
Free SSL certificates, DDoS protection, Account Security, Domain Lock, 2FA, all features inclusive with all plans
Less comprehensive and organized Knowledgebase, 24/7 live chat, phone, agents not Knowledgeable
Comprehensive knowledge base, 24/7 live chat, support ticket, more knowledgeable agents