Today, I’ll dive into the waters of web hosting as I’m covering InMotion vs Bluehost and trying to figure out which of them you should go with.
There are lots of web hosting providers out there and choosing the right one can be quite a mess. I’ve been there. Probably too many times to be honest.
Let’s make the best out of a bad situation and find out which hosting provider you should settle with moving forward. I’ll be covering the following 8 categories:
- A quick overview
- Types of hosting
- Noteworthy features
- Tech support
- Ease of use
- The verdict
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Let’s get straight into it!
#1: A quick overview
Let’s take a quick look at what InMotion is and what Bluehost is and then dive a little more in-depth afterwards.
Feel free to skip this section if you’ve already got a good sense of what InMotion and Bluehost are all about.
InMotion was founded back in 2001 and is a solid choice web hosting provider if you’re looking for performance and overall user experience.
They’re relatively cheap and comes with a ton of features such as free migrations, SEO tools, SSL certificates, etc. In other words, they have all the tools you need to set up a pretty awesome website.
Now let’s move to the opponent in the red corner and get their reaction.
Bluehost which was founded in 2003 is probably one of the best known web hosting providers out there. If you haven’t heard of it, you’ve been living under a rock, friend.
It’s a perfect hosting solution for small businesses and startups due to their extremely low price points. My experience tells me that they’re not as fast as something like WPX Hosting (which I’m using right now) but they’re definitely a solid choice.
#2: Types of hosting
Chances are you don’t know which type of hosting plan you’d want to use for your brand new website. Heck, I didn’t know squat about the different hosting plans when I first started this blog.
If you’re just starting out, then just go for the shared hosting plan. Otherwise, take a look at the different hosting plans InMotion and Bluehost offer.
InMotion’s hosting plans
As with every other hosting provider, InMotion provides shared hosting (my suggestion if you’re just starting out), but InMotion also comes with:
- Managed WP Hosting
- VPS Hosting
- Dedicated Hosting
Managed WP Hosting is something you can consider if you want your website to run a bit faster but if you know a thing or two about how WordPress works, you’re good to go with a InMotion shared hosting plan.
Bluehost’s hosting plans
As you’d probably expect, Bluehost has the exact same types of hosting plans. There really isn’t a lot of difference between the two hosting providers.
I’ve personally only tried the Bluehost shared hosting plan so that’s the one I’d recommend if you’re starting out.
#3: Noteworthy features
Let’s go over some of the noteworthy features you’ll get when signing up for a shared hosting plan. There are tons of features and I’ll not dive into all of them since you likely won’t be using most of them.
I’ll only cover the shared hosting plan since that’s the one most people buy – and the one I bought myself when I started my blog.
Every hosting provider promises you extra fast performance but they’re honestly all the same. What’s cool with InMotion is that you’ll get:
- A free domain and SSL certificate
- Up to 10 email addresses
- $150 in advertising credit
- Free migrations
- A 90-day money-back guarantee
Other than that, you can set up 2 websites on a single hosting plan, you get 50GB of disk space, and unlimited bandwidth – but that’s probably not something you’re going to care about anyways 🙂
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Bluehost. I’ve used them for a long time, and the reason I’ve done so is because every shared hosting plan comes with:
- A free domain
- A free CDN (makes your website load a lot faster)
- A free SSL certificate
You’re only able to host a single website on a shared hosting plan (2 with InMotion) but for the price of 1 beer a month, you really can’t go wrong.
#4: Tech support
Getting in touch with your hosting provider comes in handy on those days when you’ve f*cked everything up and ruined your website.
I’ve been in touch with tech support just about a hundred times and I’d consider myself fairly technical so you’ll likely need it too.
InMotion’s tech support
You can get in touch with InMotion in these four different ways:
- Live chat
They’re all available 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Now, I’ve found InMotion to be quite slow at answering questions (we’re talking 5-10 minutes) which is quite slow when you have a problem you just can’t wrap your head around.
Other than that, they’re able to answer almost all of your questions as long as you’re not asking them what the price of a Bitcoin will be tomorrow morning.
Bluehost’s tech support
I mentioned that the reason I tend to choose Bluehost is because of their amazing features but the real reason is actually because of their killer tech support team. They’re like real life ninjas.
You’re able to get in touch with Bluehost through:
- Live chat
I’m always using live chat when I need help with my website since it’s a lot faster and you don’t have to wait multiple days to get an answer.
One of the first things you’re looking for when selecting a hosing provider is likely the performance and uptime. And for a good reason.
Having a speedy website can honestly make or break your business. Let’s take a closer look at which one is the fastest hosting provider.
InMotion is insanely fast. They’re probably some of the fastest on the market when it comes to the load speed of your site. And you can’t really complain about their uptime either.
Here’s a table view of the response times and the uptimes of InMotion:
|March 2021||99.98%||274 ms|
|February 2021||99.63%||320 ms|
|January 2021||99.99%||330 ms|
|December 2020||100%||316 ms|
|November 2020||100%||310 ms|
The numbers speak for themselves. If you want to check out a more detailed version of the InMotion performance and uptime, click here. It’ll take you to a Pingdom dummy website that measures the performance and uptime of InMotion.
I’m not going to lie to you. I’ve found Bluehost to be a little slow compared to some of its rivals. I’m currently using WPX hosting since I found Bluehost to be too slow for me.
You can probably set up a somewhat decent cache plugin and run it through a CDN (content delivery network) but I’m too lazy for that. I like things that are easy. I mean, who doesn’t?
Here’s a table view of the response times and the uptimes of Bluehost:
|March 2021||99.99%||725 ms|
|February 2021||99.97%||795 ms|
|January 2021||100%||770 ms|
|December 2020||99.8%||698 ms|
|November 2020||100%||655 ms|
Uptimes are a micro-tiny-nano bit higher but who cares? Unless you’re pulling in millions of users each month, you shouldn’t really give a f*ck about uptimes (in good ol’ Mark Manson-style).
Response times (or load time – call it whatever you’d like) are almost twice as slow as with InMotion. Says a bit, eh?
Again, if you want to check out a more detailed version of the Bluehost performance and uptime, click here.
#6: Ease of use
As a rookie who’s trying to set up a new website, you don’t want it to be too complicated, am I right? Can I hear an AMEN? (I couldn’t pull that off, right..?)
Let’s dive into which of the two hosting providers are the easiest to set up, and which one provides the overall best (and easiest) experience.
InMotion ease of use
I’d love to be able to say that InMotion makes it easy to set up a website and bang out a killer theme right off the bat. Buuuut, they’re not.
If you were to take a close look at InMotion’s website you’d know where I’m going with this. It’s rather confusing and everything kind of floats together.
The setup guide is also quite confusing – compared to Bluehost.
Bluehost ease of use
This is really where Bluehost shines. It’s truly user friendly and the entire setup process is extremely easy. You’re guided through the entire process, and Bluehost even goes as far as installing the essential plugins for you.
I’ve written an entire guide on starting a blog where I’ve gone through each and every step of setting up a Bluehost website from scratch. It’s literally a step-by-step guide. Give it a read and see for yourself how simple it truly is to use Bluehost.
I know that the only two things you really care about when looking for your next hosting provider is the two P’s: Performance and Price.
So, let’s take a closer look at which of the two hosting providers is the cheapest and will likely give you the most bang for your buck.
This is really where InMotion sucks. It’s almost twice as expensive as Bluehost and I can tell you for sure that you’re not getting twice the value.
Here are the prices of an InMotion shared hosting plan:
You’re paying $5.99/mo for the cheapest shared hosting plan (with a 2 year upfront payment) – and that’s even on a discount!
Let’s take a look at how much cheaper Bluehost is.
You won’t find a cheaper WordPress hosting provider than Bluehost that gives you so much bang for your buck. And that’s really where they shine. They’re insanely cheap compared to their competitors.
If you choose a 3 year upfront payment, you’re only paying $2.95/mo for your shared hosting plan. I bet your chin is hitting the floor right now.
Bluehost clearly wins this round. Hands down (or chins down…wow, I’m really not that funny, am I?).
That was it for my InMotion vs Bluehost comparison.
If you read the entire post, thanks man! If you’re a lazy dog (like me) and skipped the entire post to find out which of the two hosting providers I recommend, here it comes.
Go with Bluehost if you’re looking to get most value for your money and want a hosting provider that’ll guide you through the entire process.
Go with InMotion if you’re only looking for great performance (they’re outperforming Bluehost quite a bit).
Which hosting provider are you choosing? Leave a comment below and let’s talk about it! Maybe you can teach me how to be funny? I’ve clearly got a problem with my humor.