That alone means that you can be pretty confident choosing either of those two major players for hosting your blog. But the question I will answer in this article is quite straightforward: Which one is better? Let’s find out!
I’ve been running multiple websites and tested dozens of web hosting services so I can cut through the noise of marketing headlines and give you my insights regarding the similarities, differences, pricing, speed, uptime, support and both positives and negatives of each.
And I hope that this will help you decide which hosting service is right choice for you blog.
To make it super simple for you, DreamHost is better. It scored higher than Bluehost especially thanks to its very affordable pricing combined with superior speed and uptime.
On the other hand, Bluehost has better customer support which might be very useful for beginners who want to start a blog for the first time.
Bluehost offers a free drag & drop website builder. This is simply an amazing tool to easily create a website without writing any code. It’s highly customizable, very comprehensive and very easy to use.
Since Bluehost uses cPanel, you won’t be surprised to find out that website builder works very well with cPanel making navigation and maintenance of your website simple and fast.
Bluehost’s customer service is not only quick and friendly, but more importantly the stuff knows WordPress through and through and it’s ready to help you 24/7.
The best deal comes with a three-year contract which translates to $2.95 per month. I know it might be hard to jump right in before testing this hosting provider for yourself.
Unfortunately, Bluehost doesn’t offer any kind of monthly plan, the only two options are one-year or three-year contracts.
I generally like the overall ease of use that comes with the popular cPanel. Most hosting providers offer their own solutions these days, but cPanel still has its advantages for people that are already familiar with its interface.
DreamHost comes with its custom-made control panel. It’s also very user-friendly, but if you’re used to cPanel, it still might make for a longer learning curve to understand it.
I don’t like how Bluehost clutters their platform with their ads and marketing effort. Every step you take, upsells get in your way.
They also constantly remind you to buy more. Better hosting plan, more upgrades. This is something that can easily put you off if you’re happy with what you currently have.
Unlike DreamHost, Bluehost offers only one server location which is in the US. That’s great for US audience, but if you readers come mostly from Europe or Asia, that might be an issue.
When it comes to backups, Bluehost gives you only three options. You can back up your website daily, weekly or monthly. Anything more means you need to pay for it. That’s something I am honestly very sad about as other hosting providers will give you far more options without making you to pay more.
To put it bluntly, Bluehost is pretty slow. The average loading speed is around 3.5 seconds, which was acceptable ten years ago, but not in 2021. It’s no secret that people won’t wait until your website loads. They will leave if it takes more than three seconds.
DreamHost’s biggest advantage over Bluehost’s long-term contracts is monthly-based plans. You can start with as low as $4.95 per month without any commitments or contracts to try whether you like this hosting service or not.
Once you’re ready to dive in, it’s far better deal to sign up for three years as this will lower your monthly payments to $2.95/mo.
DreamHost also offers 97-day money-back guarantee. This speaks for their confidence and it’s actually unheard of. Most hosting companies, including Bluehost offers just 30-day money-back guarantee.
When it comes to storage space, you don’t need to worry about it at all as all DreamHost’s plans come with unlimited storage. That’s something quite unique. Granted, you need to take into the consideration fair-usage policy and not abuse this offer.
Compared to Bluehost, DreamHost is twice as fast. On average, pages load in 1.5 seconds. This is really important factor and the main reason why I would choose DreamHost before Bluehost even for more money.
I personally don’t like how DreamHost is pushing plugins from Syed Balkhi’s Awesome Motive company. They offer some interesting features in free version, but you need to pay for premium version if you need more.
I understand that from Syed’s business point of view, this is a great deal, but not so much from user’s point of view. All plugins tend to slower WordPress and fewer you have is always better.
DreamHost also offers only US-based servers, but at least you get to choose from two locations. If you need to serve international users, you might look elsewhere. SiteGround might be a better fit for you in this regard.
Both services are solid hosting options and it all depends on what you prefer more. If you’re in for serious speed, you should choose DreamHost. If you need superb customer support and cPanel, then Bluehost is better for you.
My personal choice between the two would be DreamHost, as noted at the beginning.