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Bluehost vs Interserver Web Host Comparison

by Anne CooperJanuary 10, 2017

Trying to find the right web hosting service is difficult enough without taking into account just how many companies there are to choose from. This article will cover two major web hosts: Bluehost and Interservice. Both are suited for bloggers and small startup company websites, but which one is right for you? Read on our Bluehost vs Interservice article to decide.

Bluehost vs Interserver – Performance

Bluehost has an average uptime of 99.93%. This is lower than most other web hosting services in the industry. Bluehost also has a rather poor record of page load times. An average speed of 1,058ms is higher than most out there.

If you’re looking for fast page load times, Interserver is where you want to go. They have an average page load speed of 452 ms. This may be because they never allow their shared servers to reach more than 50% of their capacity, allowing room for growth and heavy traffic. On top of that, Interserver has a 99.9% uptime, and a track record of 99.99%.

Bluehost vs Interserver – Pricing & Features

Bluehost always has some great introductory pricing for their three basic hosting packages. They usually come with an extended agreement to pay the full year or more than one year, with rates increasing after that term. The main features they offer are the industry standard. You can choose 1 domain, or an unlimited plan, 50GB of disk space starting out, or unlimited space. All plans feature unmetered bandwidth.

Interserver has a price lock guarantee, which means that the price you start with is the price you stay with throughout your duration of your time with their company. They offer unlimited bandwidth and disk space for all their hosting plans. A number of domains does change between the basic shared hosting plans.

Hosting CompanyPrice Range/MonthDomainsDisk Space (min. to max.)Bandwidth (min. to max.)
Bluehost$2.95-$14.991 to Unlimited50GB to UnlimitedUnmetered
Interserver$5-$81 to UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited

With the price lock guarantee, Interserver is the winner here.

Bluehost vs Interserver – Security

As far as so-called cheap hosting is concerned, Bluehost offers some of the best security out there. With CloudFlare protecting against DDoS attacks and several options for spam prevention, other hosts would be hard pressed to match them.

Interserver does that, going toe-to-toe with them on security features. However, Bluehost doesn’t offer free SSL and Interserver does, which puts them slightly ahead of Bluehost in security.

Interserver vs Bluehost – Usability

If you already have a site that you’re looking to move from another host, Bluehost will charge you a fee of $199 to move it to their servers. Interserver, however, offers free migration to their servers.

Starting with a fresh start is easy on both hosting services. Well, it is with Interserver, as long as you pick their basic or WordPress plans. The basic plan has quick installs for over 400 different scripts, including WordPress. If you go with the WordPress plan, it only covers the one-click WordPress install, which is really all you’ll need.

Bluehost vs Interserver – Customer Service

Both Bluehost and Interserver have 24/7 support via phone, email, and live chat. However, Bluehost is notoriously bad at being able to get a hold of. With 45-minute wait times for phone support, it’s no wonder why Bluehost has a bad rap.

While Interserver makes no claims of speedy customer service, their customers often give them great reviews. Interserver also has a ticket system for their customers for any issues, giving you one more way to contact them when you need them. It is clearly superior in customer service.

Interserver vs Bluehost – Pros & Cons

Bluehost

Here are some things to consider before signing up for Bluehost:

Pros

  • Low Price Point
  • Solid Security Features
  • Official WordPress hosts
  • One-Click Install Scripts

Cons

  • Extras Are Costly
  • Less Than Stellar Customer Service Rating
  • Uptime Below Average
  • Paid Migration and SSL

Interserver

Here is the rundown for Inserver before you decide:

Pros

  • Price Lock Guarantee
  • Solid Security
  • Free Migration
  • Excellent Performance
  • Unlimited Disk Space

Cons

  • Only 30-Days Money-Back Guarantee
  • WordPress Features Vary by Plan

Rating

Hosting CompanyPerformanceFeaturesPricesSecurityUsabilityCustomer Support
Bluehost5/108/109/1010/109/104/10
Interserver10/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/10

Verdict

With Bluehost’s low performance rating and even lower customer service rating, it’s clear that Interserver is the best choice. Interserver has an excellent track record all around, which is going to make them the best choice for almost any budget.

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