To get a good web host for WordPress hosting, all factors are put into consideration. Factors like speed, performance, uptime, the reliability of support, pricing and the overall package.
Today, we are going to look into two web hosts, Bluehost VS Dreamhost. Both web hosts have been around for years and are a popular choice among people. We will point out the better web host for WordPress hosting with enough in-depth review to back it up. After the review, it will be up to you to make your final choice based on the comparison.
- General Overview of Bluehost VS Dreamhost
- #1. Control Panel Interface
- #2. Bluehost Vs Dreamhost Server Uptime
- #3. Security Features Offered
- #4. Money Back Guarantee
- #5. Customer Support Services
- #6. Server Speed and Response Time
- #7. One-click WordPress Installation
- #8. VPS Hosting Services
- #9. Features and Pricing – Bluehost Vs Dreamhost
General Overview of Bluehost VS Dreamhost
Bluehost is a popular web host and an integral part of the Endurance International Group of business (EIG). It has been known to support a vast variety of businesses in their management through the web.
Having powered over 2 million websites in the past 10 years, it offers almost as much as Bluehost.com and helps its Indian customers to use a localized payment option instead of a credit card. (To know more, read this BlueHost Review)
Dreamhost is a Los Angeles based web host company. It was founded in 1996 by four undergraduate students from Harvey Mudd College but is now owned by the New Dream Network, LLC. The web host is a Linux based hosting company with full WordPress support.
Both Bluehost and Dreamhost have similar but distinctive features that place them among the best web hosting services available to web users. At the same time, the below-mentioned awesome features set them apart with each of them has won in different categories.
In this category, I will be comparing both hosting services based on these features, and afterwards, not only will you know which is best for you, you will also understand how these features work to support your web business
#1. Control Panel Interface
Bluehost uses the world’s leading standard hosting cPanel for Linux web hosting. The interface is convenient to use and user-friendly as first-timers can easily understand the interface. The cPanel lets you to easily manage and transfer files, take backups, creates databases, install programs and manage emails.
Dreamhost uses its own custom cPanel that does not make use of graphical icons. The cPanel performs up to expectation and does not lack any major features offered in top-notch cPanels. It has a simple design but might be a little challenging to use efficiently especially for first timers and takes a bit of time in getting used to it.
#3. Security Features Offered
The security features offered by Bluehost helps protect your website against malicious attacks and hackers.
- SiteLock Malware Scanner: This cloud-based malware detector monitors your website 24-7. It scans every aspect of your website such as emails, spam filters, applications and search engine to identify any security gap. It works instantly without the need of setting up.
- The SiteLock 360-degree scan and firewall puts you one step ahead of hackers always as it identifies weaknesses before they can exploit to harm your web presence. Not only does it identify threats, it also fixes them for you automatically. It works in the background and lets you worry less about the website and more about the business.
- CodeGuard Cloud Backup: This works behind the scene by taking regular backup of your data. It protects your website from the risk of data loss and crashes by letting you recover your website and data with just a few clicks instantly.
- With the CloudGuard, you can sit back and relax while it monitors your website’s file and databases for any change, and backs it up automatically.You can use it to restore your website files from any point. This can be done by performing an automatic restore or selecting some individual files to restore.
- SSL Certification: Bluehost offers SSL certification, a Comodo-trusted secure site seal which uses SHA-2 and 256-bit encryption to protect the security of your visitor’s data.Dreamhost has a team of security engineers called Nightmare Labs that makes sure your website is safe. They offer three security features that also protect your sites from malicious programs and hackers.
- Dreamhost has a team of security engineers called Nightmare Labs that makes sure your website is safe. They offer three security features that also protect your sites from malicious programs and hackers.
- Malware Remover: This is a tool built by Dreamhost to help you to discover and fix any malware or malicious code found on your website. It automatically scans your site when added, and automatically scans it weekly afterwards. Any issue detected will be relayed over to you in your cPanel and email.
- SSL Certificates: Dreamhost uses SSL/TLS certificates that increase support for privacy in your website. It is still in beta version and it is offered free of charge by Dreamhost.
- Domain Privacy: Dream host sets your domain to privacy by default free of charge. This helps to shield your personal information used in opening the domain to strangers. It also helps to reduce the chances of identity theft.
#5. Customer Support Services
Bluehost has support agents that help its users to take care of their problems. Its support staffs are available throughout the year. They have email support, call support and toll-free call support.
The call support helps customers to resolve their issues anytime. They have support staffs that are highly skilled in helping and guiding customers during the course of their hosting period. There is a lack of live chat but its other supports are efficient and you can depend on them.
Dreamhost offers support for its shared hosting plans via many channels. There is a ticket system support, in which most queries from it are replied to within 12 hours. There is an option to contact support through your control panel. The support team is patient and competent enough to get you through.
A customer support forum is also included with a wiki to guide Dreamhost customers and troubleshoot common hosting technicalities. There is the absence of live chat too but the other support is adequate to handle any problem.
#7. One-click WordPress Installation
Bluehost offers one-click WordPress Installation in all of its hosting plans. This allows you to easily install WordPress by clicking on a few buttons, made possible by the Mojo Market one-click installer. It is very easy to use even if you are a novice.
Dreamhost also offers a one-click WordPress installation for its customers in all its hosting plans. It uses its Fantastico one-click installer to make this possible.
#9. Features and Pricing – Bluehost Vs Dreamhost
Bluehost offers three plans on their WordPress Optimized Linux hosting called Standard, Business, and Pro. All Bluehost price listed above is for the Servers, you pay Rs. 20 less for the US servers. The prices are very affordable and cheaper.
Dreamhost offers two plans called the Shared hosting and the DreamPress hosting. The DreamPress hosting plan has more features than the Shared hosting plan. It is five times faster than the Shared hosting and it is fully managed by the web host. The prices of the Dreamhost hosting plans are more expensive than that of the Bluehost hosting plans.