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Both Bluehost and Hostinger offer top-notch hosting services at affordable prices. You might be considering both for your small business, but which web hosting provider best suits your needs?

To make that process easier for you, we’ll compare Bluehost and Hostinger, explaining how they differ, and which web host is better suited for which types of users.

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Bluehost vs. Hostinger web host

Bluehost and Hostinger were founded around the same time, in 2003 and 2004, respectively. Both hosting providers have grown significantly over the past two decades, are user-friendly and offer a free domain name on most plans. But which is the best web hosting provider?

Each hosting service has its strengths. For example, Hostinger offers cloud hosting and cheaper renewal prices for certain plans. Meanwhile, Bluehost offers both cloud and dedicated hosting along with a range of eCommerce-specific features.

Below, we dive deeper into the comparison between these hosting companies. We explain how Hostinger and Bluehost fare when it comes to protecting your website against DDoS and other attacks, user experience and eCommerce functionality. We’ll also take a look at their website builders and control panels.

Bluehost vs. Hostinger: Features comparison

The features you’ll get with either hosting platform will vary based on the type of hosting you select. But a few overall differences do exist.

For example, Bluehost and Hostinger both offer website staging.

With site staging, you can clone your website and use it for experimentation. Think of it like a sandbox. Any changes you make here are only visible to you.

When you’ve made a few changes and are ready to go live, you can seamlessly apply those changes to the actual website.

The difference is how you build your staging environment. With Bluehost, your options include a WordPress plugin (like WP Staging or WP Stagecoach), Softaculous app installer and the cPanel. On the other hand, Hostinger allows staging through its hPanel and plugins.

Both web hosting providers also offer account sharing. You can give team members varying privileges for better control and administration of the website. This is a helpful feature for businesses that need to share website access with various people and want to retain privacy and control.

In addition to better control, Bluehost offers plenty of integrations for ease of use. For example, you can integrate tools like Google Ads and Google My Business, making it easier to manage various parts of your marketing. Hostinger also integrates with Google Ads but not Google My Business.

Marketing tools offered by Bluehost.

Now that we’ve gone over their basic features, let’s take a look at how the various hosting plans from Bluehost and Hostinger compare.

Shared hosting plans: Features comparison

shared hosting plans

Shared hosting allows you to host your websites on a shared server, i.e., a server that also hosts other websites.

Shared servers cost less and offer limited functionality. However, they offer enough features for most businesses to get started. If you’re a startup or small business or have a tight budget, a shared hosting plan might make sense for you.

When comparing the cheapest tiers, Bluehost’s Basic plan offers more bandwidth, subdomains, email accounts and email storage, while Hostinger’s Single plan offers more SSD storage.

Bluehost also offers a free domain with the Basic plan, while Hostinger users would have to upgrade to the Premium plan for this freebie.

  Bluehost Hostinger
Free domain (first year) Included with all plans Included with Premium plan and higher
Bandwidth Unmetered bandwidth 100 GB (Single web hosting), unlimited bandwidth with higher tiers
Subdomains 25 (Basic plan), unlimited with higher tiers 2 (Single plan), 100 with higher tiers
Dedicated IP Available with the Pro plan Not available
# of Websites 1 (Basic plan), unlimited with higher tiers 1 (Single plan), 100 with higher tiers
Email storage Unlimited on all plans except Basic 1 GB per account
SSD Storage 10–100 GB 50–200 GB
Email accounts 5 (Basic plan), unlimited with higher tiers 1–100

VPS hosting plans: Feature comparison

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VPS hosting combines the features of shared and dedicated hosting. It’s a great option if you find shared hosting’s functionalities to be limited but don’t want to pay for a pricier dedicated hosting plan.

When comparing the cheapest VPS hosting plans, Bluehost’s Standard plan offers more bandwidth, CPU and SSD storage than Hostinger’s VPS 1 plan. Both hosting providers offer a dedicated IP, but only Bluehost offers a free domain.

  Bluehost Hostinger
Free domain (first year) Included with all plans Not available on VPS plans
RAM 2–8 GB 4–32 GB
CPU (Cores) 2–4 Cores 1–8 Cores
SSD Storage 120–240 GB 50–400 GB
Dedicated IP Available on all plans Available on all plans
Bandwidth Unmetered 4–32 TB
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WordPress hosting plans: Feature comparison

If you’re building a WordPress website or WooCommerce store, a WordPress hosting plan may be your best bet. It seamlessly integrates with WordPress, improves your website’s functioning and offers automatic updates.

When comparing the cheapest WordPress hosting plans, Bluehost’s Basic plan offers more bandwidth than Hostinger’s Single WordPress plan, as well as a free domain. Hostinger offers more SSD storage with its lowest tier, but it only offers backups with the WordPress Pro plan.

  Bluehost Hostinger
SSD Storage 10–40 GB 100 GB SSD & 200 GB NVMe
Bandwidth Unmetered bandwidth 100 GB (Single plan), unlimited bandwidth for higher tiers
Backups Weekly or daily backups, based on your plan Weekly or daily backups, based on your plan
Domain Privacy Available on all plans except Basic Available on eligible top-level domains (TLDs) purchased from Hostinger
Dedicated IP Available with Pro plan Available with WordPress Pro plan
Free CDN On all plans On all plans
Free domain (first year) On all plans Starter plan and higher
# of Websites 1 (Basic plan), unlimited with higher tiers 1–300

Cloud hosting plans: Feature comparison

cloud hosting options

Cloud hosting is a popular choice for websites that experience high traffic and require high performance. Both Bluehost and Hostinger offer managed Cloud hosting plans with a variety of features to meet different website needs. Unlike Hostinger, Bluehost offers 100% network uptime SLA, meaning you and your clients’ websites remain live at all times.

Hostinger’s Starter plan comes at a very competitive price of $9.99 per month, which renews at $19.99 per month. This plan includes 300 websites, 200GB of NVMe storage, 3GB of RAM, and 2 CPU cores. Hostinger also offers additional plans with more resources for larger websites.

On the other hand, Bluehost’s Cloud 1 plan starts at $29.99 per month, which renews at $79.99 per month. This plan includes one website, 10GB SSD Storage, and 2vCPU Compute Power. Bluehost also offers other cloud hosting plans with even more resources for websites that require more power.

  Bluehost Hostinger
Network Uptime 100% 99.9%
Website 1-50 300
Storage 10 – 225 GB SSD 200 – 300 NVMe
CPU 2 – 150vCPU 2 – 6 Cores
Daily Backup Yes Yes
WordPress Updates Automated Automated
Free Domain (first year) Not Available Available with all plans
Priority Support Yes Yes

Bluehost vs. Hostinger: Ease of use

Both Bluehost and Hostinger come with user-friendly dashboards, but they differ in their approach to managing hosting. While Bluehost has integrated cPanel, Hostinger has developed its own control panel called hPanel, which is equally intuitive and functional. Despite their similarities in terms of user-friendliness, the difference in their control panels sets them apart.

Bluehost’s dashboard is easy to navigate and is more functional as it provides management tools, suggested setup actions, and guidelines to help you set up your website.

Bluehost’s dashboard is more like a control panel than a navigation area, where you can manage key tasks, such as installing WordPress, accessing the management area of each website you create, installing SSL, adding domains and subdomains, or accessing paid email accounts.

Bluehost account management dashboard

If you don’t require more advanced tools, all website management can be done within this user interface. But if you need other advanced settings, simply click on the cPanel button.

On the other hand, Hostinger offers an uncomplicated and practical user dashboard that provides access to all the essential website creation and management tools. When you log in for the first time, the dashboard is used to set up your hosting account, including installing WordPress, activating SSL, and finalizing domain registration. After that, you can use it to navigate your account and reach the main control panel or domain management area.

Bluehost vs Hostinger: Migrating domains and websites

If you already have a website hosted with a different web host, you might be wondering how easy it is to migrate your existing site to either Bluehost or Hostinger hosting provider.

Migrating an existing domain

If you have a domain registered elsewhere and want to connect it to your new host, Bluehost makes it easy. During the signup process, you can either choose a new domain or connect your existing one to your Bluehost account. Bluehost includes connecting to an existing domain as part of the guided setup process. However, you still need to assign the domain from your control panel dashboard after setting up your Bluehost account.

There is a support guide available on Bluehost’s website that walks you through the steps of transferring an existing domain, from updating your domain settings with your current registrar to initiating the domain transfer from your Bluehost control panel.

When it comes to Hostinger, you need to set up your domain in the control panel instead of including it as part of the signup process. It provides a detailed guide, complete with video tutorial, to help you point your existing domain to your Hostinger website.

Migrating your website

Bluehost is a great option for those who own a WordPress website and want to migrate it as they offer a free site migration service that takes care of everything for you. All you have to do is create an account, fill out the free migration form located in your Bluehost dashboard, and wait for a team of experts to review your site.

Once your site is approved, their experts will migrate your site for you. The migration process is evaluated based on various factors like the WordPress version being used, website size, current plugins, and database size, to determine if the migration will work or not.

If you prefer an automatic migration tool, Hostinger offers one that is quick and easy to use. You can find this tool under the Migration Requests tab in your dashboard. Simply fill out the necessary form and Hostinger’s tool will migrate your site for free.

If you have a non-WordPress site, you can still use the same Migration Requests form in your dashboard to migrate your website. All you have to do is select the type of website you want to migrate. Alternatively, you can request to migrate your site during the setup process, which can be even simpler.

Bluehost vs. Hostinger: Pricing comparison

The cost of a hosting service is recurring. You’ll be paying it for a long time, so it’s best to get a sense of how the pricing differs for various Bluehost and Hostinger plans.

When looking at the starting price for the lowest tier, Bluehost comes out cheaper for shared and WordPress hosting, while Hostinger is cheaper for VPS and Cloud hosting.

If you want dedicated hosting, Bluehost is your only option. Dedicated hosting plans offer a physical server where only your website is hosted. If you’re anticipating growth in traffic and need a plan that will meet your performance and security needs, dedicated hosting makes sense.

On the other hand, both Bluehost and Hostinger offer Cloud hosting. Cloud hosting is a premium hosting service that’s best for large organizations that want to be able to scale server resources quickly. Cloud hosting offers top-notch performance and security and uses the resources of multiple physical servers.

Here’s a quick summary of Hostinger’s and Bluehost’s pricing:

  Bluehost   Hostinger  
  Monthly starting price (12-month plan) Monthly renewal price (12-month plan) Monthly starting price (12-month plan) Monthly renewal price (12-month plan)
Shared hosting $1.95 – $8.95 $11.99 – $26.99 $2.99 – $3.99 $7.99 – $8.99
WordPress hosting $1.95 – $29.99 $11.99 – $29.99 $2.99 – $9.99 $7.99 – $19.99
VPS hosting $31.99 – $71.99 $81.99 – $144.99 $4.99 – $19.99 $13.99 – $59.99
Cloud hosting $29.99 – $109.99 $79.99 – $249.99 $9.99 – $29.99 $19.99 – $54.99
Dedicated hosting $91.98 – $141.99 $181.99 – $261.99 Not available Not available

Bluehost vs. Hostinger: Performance and security comparison

When analyzing performance, we typically look at uptime and website loading times.

Bluehost and Hostinger offer excellent uptime guarantees of 99.99%.

However, that’s just the guarantees. When you compare the actual performance at the time of writing, Bluehost looks more reliable. Over a 90-day period, it offered 100% uptime compared to Hostinger’s 99.9% uptime. You can compare uptime yourself using a tool like CodeinWP.

Uptime comparison between Bluehost and Hostinger.
Uptime comparison between Bluehost and Hostinger.

A small difference in uptime can translate to a huge sum of money for many eCommerce businesses. Uptime and loading speed also impact user experience.

Moreover, Google has explicitly stated the importance of website speed for eCommerce websites. That’s why it’s best to select a service with minimal downtime.

These web hosts offer very quick loading times. At the time of writing, Hostinger’s response time in the U.S. ranged from 28 to 75 ms, compared to Bluehost’s 23 to 78 ms. That’s considerably faster than Google’s recommended 200 ms.

A slight difference in loading time may be noticeable for users outside the U.S. That’s because Bluehost’s data centers are all in the U.S. However, Hostinger has data centers in the Americas (the U.S. and Brazil), Europe (France, the U.K., Lithuania and Netherlands) and Asia (Singapore and Indonesia).

When the server is farther away, the data has to travel longer when you make the request and when it’s sent back to you. The closer the server is to your physical location, the faster a website will load.

Security is equally important to keep your eCommerce website up and running.

Both websites use adequate security measures to protect your website. Hosting platforms typically don’t reveal much about these security measures to prevent sharing any useful knowledge with attackers.

But both platforms more or less offer the same level of security with features like one-click Cloudflare installation, spam protection and free Let’s Encrypt free SSL certificates.

Bluehost offers additional security measures. For example, Bluehost has added an extra step during the WordPress onboarding process where you’re required to change the default login credentials.

For shared hosting, Bluehost offers malware scanning, daily backups and domain privacy starting with the Choice Plus plan.

Hostinger offers malware scanning with all shared hosting plans. For daily backups, you’ll need to upgrade to the Business plan. Domain privacy is included with eligible TLDs purchased through Hostinger.

Security section in Bluehost cPanel.

Both Bluehost and Hostinger offer automatic data backups. However, it’s still best to create your own backups, just in case.

Bluehost vs. Hostinger: Control panel comparison

Bluehost uses the good old cPanel that many of us are familiar with. The web host doesn’t use the cPanel in its original form, though.

For example, Bluehost has removed the one-click WordPress installation option from the cPanel and put it under the Websites section in the Bluehost dashboard.

Websites section in the Bluehost dashboard.

Domain management also has moved out of cPanel and into the Domains section of the dashboard.

Bluehost’s cPanel also offers various advanced hosting management options, like phpMyAdmin and Webmail client management.

Hostinger has created its own beginner-friendly, cPanel-inspired control panel called hPanel. Hostinger houses many of its options in the hPanel, like the content management system (CMS), domain management and file manager. The hPanel has a clean look, and the grouping of tools and options is similar to cPanel.

If you want a control panel that’s been around for a long time and packs in a ton of advanced features, Bluehost is an excellent choice.

Bluehost vs. Hostinger: Website builder comparison

If you’re a beginner, the website builder is probably one of the most important features for you. A difficult-to-use website builder will make the process more tedious.

Bluehost offers a beginner-friendly website builder that helps you create websites quickly with its intuitive interface. You can start with one of the over 300 templates and customize it by dragging and dropping elements on your webpages. You also can adjust the fonts and colors to perfectly fit your brand identity.

Bluehost Website Builder helps you add animated headlines, custom CSS and social post buttons. It has features like Creative Mail for email marketing. Switching to Builder Pro gets you even more eCommerce features, like manual order creation and PayPal integration.

Bluehost Website Builder also syncs up seamlessly with the WordPress editor, so you can switch back and forth anytime you want without disrupting your website’s design.

Builder Basic is available for an introductory price of $5.95 per month if you pay for 12 months (annual renewal costs $9.95 per month). Builder Pro’s introductory pricing is $13.95 per month if you pay for 12 months (annual renewal costs $14.95 per month).

Hostinger’s website builder, Zyro, costs $2.99 to $3.99 per month. You can start with one of the 150 templates in its library and use the drag-and-drop interface to customize the template. The website builder allows you to attach videos and add widgets, and it offers some entry-level ecommerce features.

Zyro is a good choice if you’re on a strict budget. But if you want more customization options, eCommerce features and scalability, you’d be better off with the Bluehost Website Builder.

If you need expert help to design your website (or would prefer to spend your time elsewhere), Bluehost also offers a done-for-you website design service.

Bluehost vs. Hostinger: Customer support comparison

Bluehost is a clear winner when it comes to customer support. You can request help via phone and access 24/7 live chat support. You also can take a look at the FAQ articles and watch video tutorials in the knowledge base.

Hostinger offers all of these support channels except for phone support. But you get faster responses from Bluehost.

Chat with a Bluehost customer support team.

When you reach out to Hostinger’s support team, you may need to wait up to an hour for a response. However, once an agent takes up your ticket, they’ll usually offer quick help.

On the other hand, Bluehost’s support team responds almost instantly.

Moreover, Hostinger only lets you access the knowledge center and offers a generic inquiry form before you sign up. Asking questions before you buy a plan from this web host can be quite tedious.

But Bluehost lets non-customers chat with a support agent, so you can make sure this hosting provider is right for you before signing up.

Bluehost vs. Hostinger: Marketing and eCommerce features comparison

Both Hostinger and Bluehost hosting providers offer excellent web hosting services for eCommerce businesses. But if you plan on creating your eCommerce store on a WordPress site using WooCommerce, Bluehost might be your best bet.

With Bluehost, you can set up your online store within minutes. WooCommerce comes preloaded with the Storefront theme.

With Bluehost, you get Google Ad credits worth $100–300 when you sign up for a shared hosting plan. This allows you to start driving traffic to your website within minutes of setting up your store.

As an eCommerce business, selecting Bluehost’s Online Store plan makes the most sense because you get the following extras:

  • Pre-installed WooCommerce
  • Yoast SEO plugin
  • Website analytics
  • Secure online payments
  • Shipping labels and gift cards
  • Unlimited products
  • Product search and filtering

You can also upgrade to the Online Store + Marketplace plan if you want multichannel inventory management.

Hostinger’s eCommerce plans are cloud plans. That means you’ll have to pay for a more expensive hosting type — whether or not you need cloud hosting.

Final thoughts: Bluehost vs. Hostinger — comparison of 2 major web hosts

Bluehost offers a more comprehensive set of resources, like unmetered bandwidth, a free domain, and the option for unlimited websites. It also offers top-notch support, great eCommerce features and quick loading times.

If you need a hosting service for your WordPress website, you should know that Bluehost is a WordPress-recommended provider. Moreover, dedicated hosting plans are only available on Bluehost.

The shared and VPS hosting plans are great for small and medium-sized businesses. Bluehost also offers a WordPress hosting plan that’s great for beginners. If you want a suite of eCommerce features, consider Bluehost’s Online Store or Online Store + Marketplace plan.

Given these considerations, Bluehost appears to be a more established and reliable hosting provider offering great value for your money.

Bluehost plans also come with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so if you’re not satisfied, you can claim a refund.

Contact us today and choose the best hosting plan for your website.

  • Minal Agarwal

    Minal is the Director of Brand Marketing at Bluehost. With over 15 years of business experience in the technology industry, she strives to create solutions and content that fulfill a customer's needs. She is a dog mom and a stickler for calendaring.

    Education
    Masters in Marketing Management
    Previous Experience
    Strategic Partnerships, Customer Success, Events and Community
  • Tiffani Anderson

    Tiffani is a Content and SEO Manager for the Bluehost brand. With over 10 years experience across all facets of content and brand marketing, she strives to combine concepts from brand marketing with engaging content through the lens of SEO.

    Education
    University of North Texas
    Previous Experience
    Content Marketing, SEO, Social Media
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  1. Hostinger is ambiguous; I would advise clients to be careful. I tried to open a website with them, however after doing everything right, I am not able to access my website. My payment does not reflect on my account which was paid through PayPal. I am considering Bluehost.

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