BlueHost vs NameCheap

BlueHost and NameCheap are two web hosts with solid reputations. There are pros and cons to each, which we will go over below. At the end, we’ll let you know which host we recommend.

Similarities:

  • Linux-based plans
  • 24/7 customer support
  • Good uptime percentage
  • cPanel
  • Beginner-friendly

Major Differences:

  • BlueHost comes with WordPress
  • BlueHost has significantly faster page-loading speeds
  • BlueHost comes with a free domain
  • BlueHost has the standard 30 day money-back guarantee, while NameCheap’s guarantee is only good for 14 days
  • NameCheap has pricey renewal fees
  • NameCheap’s main service is domain registration
  • NameCheap has both Linux and Windows-based servers
  • NameCheap does not offer phone support
  • NameCheap has many plan limitations, including caps across domains, disk space, databases and email addresses

Plans:

BlueHost hosting:
  • Shared
  • VPS
  • Dedicated
  • WordPress
NameCheap hosting:
  • Shared
  • VPS
  • Dedicated
  • Reseller
  • Private Email hosting
  • WordPress available for installation

Prices:

NameCheap has some of the cheapest hosting available. Their shared hosting can cost as low as $9.88/year, which comes out to about $0.82/month! Meanwhile, the cheapest shared hosting plan you can get with BlueHost costs $2.95/month. However, it should be noted that NameCheap has expensive renewal prices, which evens the score a bit.

Conclusion:

This one could go either way, depending on what you’re looking for. For basic hosting, NameCheap is a great option. They have incredibly cheap plans with very reliable uptime, making it a great value purchase. However, they do have a lot of caps on their plans, and their page-loading speed is nothing special. BlueHost, on the other hand, is more expensive, but still cheap when compared to most web hosts. If you are looking for anything but basic shared hosting, we would definitely recommend BlueHost over NameCheap.

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