I’ve spent 10 years working with hundreds of different hosting companies. Which one is the best?
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David: Hi. This video is about Wix Hosting versus Bluehost Hosting. My name is David at myBestHostingReview.com.
So, I have used Bluehost for about 10 years. They were actually the first host I ever used, and I’ll talk about more about the history of the company in this video a little bit further on. And I’ve used Wix for about a year, and there’s some … These are very, very different hosting options. Some of the versus videos that I shoot, they’re very similar. These are completely different, and it really depends on your needs or wants, and my recommendation is going to be a little bit more complex. It’s not cut and dry.
Okay, so, c-Panel. Bluehost, this does not look like the classic c-panel that I really like that has all the features that I want, but from a functional standpoint, as far as I can tell, it has all of the things that I really want. So, it’s possible that it is … they used to have just the regular classic c-panel and I think they wanted to put their own skin on it, like a lot of companies do, which I don’t like. And so that kinda does bother me, but overall, it has functionally, it has all of the things that I would want out of a c-panel, as far as I can tell.
Wix, however, does not have a c-panel. They’ve got their own content management system. They’ve got their own back end. It’s sorta like their own version of WordPress, which I don’t know why you want to rewrite the wheel, or you know, recreate the wheel, reinvent the wheel. But maybe it’s to differentiate themselves. It’s pretty user-friendly, but at the same time, not being able to install WordPress.
So, let’s go back up here. So, this actually is Bluehost. Bluehost has an advantage here because it actually does have a c-panel and Wix does not. So, there’s a lot of stuff that you, even if you didn’t want to use WordPress, there’s still a lot more that you can do really easily here that doesn’t require contacting support and doesn’t require knowing all of the technical stuff on the back end.
Okay. And so WordPress, this is easily a compatible … I’m sorry, Bluehost. You can’t get WordPress if you do Wix because you’re essentially signing up for Wix’s version of WordPress. Okay, and why WordPress? WordPress is the, in my opinion, the best content management system. The easiest to maintain. The least expensive to get help on. The most features. The least expensive to get designed. The easiest and fastest to get designed.
Wix does have good design. You can get a modern design on it, but overall, WordPress is gonna be better. Wix is pretty solid, don’t get me wrong, but I definitely prefer WordPress. There’s a lot of plugins that are written for WordPress that if you were to try to do that on Wix … you might not even be able to do it, while on WordPress you could do it in five minutes for free or maybe 20 bucks.
That’s a huge, huge advantage to Bluehost, in my opinion. Now, the support. Bluehost support used to be really good and now it’s really bad. Okay, so this is a clear winner to Wix. Wix has very good support. That’s one of the things that you get with the additional price and because they have their own content management system, it requires them to have good support because there’s a lot of things that you can do pretty quickly and easily with the c-panel that you have to contact support to do with Wix.
Okay, but their support is very, very good. Okay, they have excellent support and there’s a lot of other companies like Wix and this is typically how it works. You don’t have a c-panel, you can’t do WordPress, but the support is really good and they provide a lot of additional help with the support.
But there’s some things you just can’t do even with the help of support, which I don’t like. So, pricing. I gotta say Bluehost is the winner for pricing. $59 for the first year and then $108 a year after that. We can go ahead and check this out. So, this is actually $11 per month, this is Wix, but if you do per a year, looks like they got a discount on this. If you sign up for a year, it’s $120. I don’t think there’s really much benefit to this. I’m curious, though.
Then, I suspect after this, it would go to the normal price of $14 a month. So, I would still … let’s go back to here. But you do get a free domain with this and you also get a free domain with Bluehost. So, both of them get, I’d say this is a tie.
But overall, Bluehost is less expensive, even with the first year. I guess with this one $7 a month. 7 times 12 is what? 84. So, that’s still more expensive in the first year, even if you’re going by this, but honestly, I don’t really see … Really, you just wanna remove the Wix ads and it’s unlikely, unless you got a really popular website, that you’re gonna use all of this bandwidth and all of this space, so I don’t really see a whole lot of benefit to this. I’d probably just go ahead and sign up with this and make it simpler.
Okay, so, EIG. So, this is a company that I do not like that buys hosting companies and then they seek to make them more profitable and in my experience one of the primary methods, if not the only method, is via stripping the funding for the support. And Bluehost is on this list and this is why I go to the history. Bluehost used to have top-notch support, but you know, soon after EIG came in and bought them, their support went to crap.
This is just classic EIG. They take advantage of the reputation and Bluehost, there’s still a lot of people out there promoting Bluehost as if they have good support because they have a long-term history and sometimes you just don’t need to interact with support. There are a lot of times where you can go a year or two without even needing any support. So, it’s not like the hosting is gonna fail 100% of the time. But if you do need support, I wouldn’t expect a quick response and I wouldn’t expect the support to be efficient for you as a consumer, okay?
They make it less expensive for them as a company, but not less expensive for you as a consumer. So, I definitely … if support is super important to you, then stay away from Bluehost.
So, what’s my recommendation? For me personally, I don’t like either very much. I’ll put a link down below this video to my favorite hosting. But if you really need WordPress, let’s say if you really need WordPress and you have to choose between the two, then Bluehost. Okay. If you don’t care what your content management system is, so you don’t need WordPress, and support is really important to you and you have to choose between the two, so I’d say need good support, then I would pick Wix.
Okay. Those are my recommendations. Thanks for watching. Please like this video. And have a great day. Bye.
BlueHost and Wix are two high-level web hosts. We’ll break down their similarities and differences, and at the end, we’ll let you know which host we’d recommend.
- 24/7 support
- Uptime guarantee
- Wix functions as an all-in-one site builder/web host
- Wix offers a free plan, while includes a free Wix domain, 500MB storage, and 1GB bandwidth
- Wix’s long-term pricing is more expensive than similar competitors
- Wix comes with many built-in features, although adding things that aren’t built-in is a difficult process
- BlueHost has better features — Wix has many plan limitations
- BlueHost does not offer month-to-month plans
- With BlueHost, you may need to install a lot of add-ons
- BlueHost has the standard 30 day money-back guarantee, while Wix allows a 14 day free trial
Wix hosting (6 plans total):
- Free Plan
- Connect Domain Plan
- Combo Plan
- Unlimited Plan
- eCommerce Plan
- VIP Plan
Aside from Wix’s Free plan (detailed above), their hosting plans start at $5.00/month. Meanwhile, you can get shared hosting with BlueHost for just $2.95/month with current discounts.
In this matchup, we like BlueHost. BlueHost has superior uptime and page-loading speeds (though Wix is still solid in these categories when compared to other web hosts). On top of this, BlueHost’s features have fewer limitations than Wix, including unlimited disk space. With current discounts, BlueHost’s plans are very affordable. To Wix’s credit, they do offer a free plan, but it’s only practical for small-scale or temporary websites.
For more information on BlueHost and Wix, check out the videos below: