SiteGround vs Bluehost vs HostGator vs InMotion Hosting vs GoDaddy (for WordPress)

Today, we’re comparing 5 of the top shared hosting providers for WordPress:  SiteGround vs Bluehost vs HostGator vs InMotion Hosting vs GoDaddy .

Why particularly THESE five? Simple, they’re the most effective shared hosts for WordPress in terms of speed, features, pricing plans, support, and more.

We’ve also tested these companies in our in-depth experiment a couple of weeks ago. Read all about it here.

In this resource, we’re looking into the features that each hosting provider gives you, and then answer the questions of which one is the cheapest, the fastest, and the most user-friendly. And most importantly, which is the best all-around solution.

 UPDATE (August 2017).  Here’s the short version if you’re in a hurry and all you need are facts:

SiteGround vs Bluehost vs HostGator vs InMotion vs GoDaddy
HostPrice / monthSites allowedFree domainAv. load timeGo to
SiteGroundFrom $3.951N0.41 sVisit | Read Review
InMotionFrom $3.492Y0.95 sVisit | Read Review
BluehostFrom $19.995Y0.93 sVisit | Read Review
HostGatorFrom $5.951N0.79 sVisit | Read Review
GoDaddyFrom $3.991Y0.45 sVisit | Read Review

Without further ado, here’s our comparison, SiteGround vs Bluehost vs HostGator vs InMotion Hosting vs GoDaddy (for WordPress):


SiteGround

PRICE: $3.95, $5.95, $11.95 (per month)

Loading times based on location:

New York: 1.12 sAmsterdam: 0.41 sMelbourne: 5.09 s
SiteGround
MAIN FEATURES

(the $3.95 plan)

  • Free setup and transfer.
  • 30 days money back guarantee.
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee.
  • Unlimited emails and databases.
  • cPanel and SSH access.
  • Free daily backups.
  • Free CloudFlare CDN.
  • Suitable for ~ 10,000 visits monthly.
  • 10GB web space.
  • Free app installs.
  • 24/7 support.
  • Free SSL certificates via Let’s Encrypt.
PROS
  • Fast response times. It’s one of the fastest hosting plans we’ve tested recently – min response time at 0.41s, and max response time at 0.87s.
  • The sign-up process and the back-end are really simple and easy to manage. It doesn’t take much time to set SiteGround up.
  • It comes with a WordPress built-in installer, which absolves you from any extra-steps. And, add to that, in case of anything, the support team is ready to help you.
CONS
  • Once you go over 10,000 visitors a month, you’ll need to upgrade to a higher plan. Also, the disk space limitation (10GB) can be a problem after a while (especially if your email inbox is going to run on the server).
USER RATING
8.56 / 10 (based on 178 responses)
← When asked how likely they are to recommend SiteGround, on a scale of 1-10.
PREFERRED USER GROUP
This web host is a good getting-started option for small businesses and WordPress blogs. Three reasons: it’s cheap, comes with 10GB of disk space, it’s intuitive and easy to set up. SiteGround (vs Bluehost) is also proven to be more reliable than the latter, according to our hosting survey.

InMotion Hosting

PRICE: $3.49, $5.49, $7.99 (per month)

Loading times based on location:

New York: 0.95 sStockholm: 1.66 sMelbourne: 2.09 s
InMotion
MAIN FEATURES

(the $3.49 plan)

  • Unlimited disk space.
  • Unlimited monthly transfer.
  • 2 websites on one account.
  • Free domain registration or transfer.
  • Free no-downtime website transfers.
  • Free data backups.
  • WordPress preinstalled
  • 90-day money-back guarantee.
  • 24/7 US-based support.
  • Up to 6 parked domains and 25 sub-domains.
  • Unlimited email accounts with IMAP.
  • Shared SSL included for free.
PROS
  • Runs on SSD drives, which makes everything really fast.
  • Comes with pre-installed WordPress. So you’re all set up right from the get-go.
  • The free no-downtime website transfer can come handy if you’re moving from a different hosting provider.
CONS
  • To be charged only $3.49, you need to subscribe for two years right from the beginning.
  • No indication of what sort of traffic this hosting plan can handle.
USER RATING
8.11 / 10 (based on 52 responses)
← When asked how likely they are to recommend InMotion Hosting, on a scale of 1-10.
PREFERRED USER GROUP
InMotion Hosting is a great solution for new blogs and small businesses. The fact that the platform runs on SSDs gives you good speed and reliability. Plus, if you want to run 2 sites right from the get-go, there’s no better choice.

Bluehost

PRICE: $19.99, $29.99, $39.99, $49.99 (per month).

Loading times based on location:

New York: 0.93 sAmsterdam: 2.17 sMelbourne: 1.72 s
Bluehost
MAIN FEATURES

(the $19.99 plan)

  • Suitable for ~ 100 million visits monthly.
  • 30GB of disk space.
  • 30GB of backup space.
  • 2GB of RAM.
  • Up to 5 WordPress sites.
  • Free domain name.
  • Free IP address.
  • 24/7 support.
  • Free SiteLock CDN.
  • Free SiteLock Pro security.
  • Free SSL.
  • 30-Day money-back guarantee.
PROS
  • Their plans are built on VPS and offer good site speed with integrated caching by W3.
  • Bluehost comes with advertising offers from Google, Yahoo, Bing, and other important companies to help you kick start your business.
CONS
  • A little on the expensive side of things for people just starting out with WordPress, blogging, or having a business site on WordPress.
USER RATING
7.93 / 10 (based on 450 responses)
← When asked how likely they are to recommend Bluehost, on a scale of 1-10.
PREFERRED USER GROUP
Bluehost is a good choice for both startups and small to mid-size businesses, as it comes with decent options, support, and offers good bandwidth. However, when comparing SiteGround vs Bluehost, the former seems to be more appreciated by the users (according to our latest hosting survey).

HostGator

PRICE: $5.95, $7.95, $9.95 (per month).

Loading times based on location:

New York: 0.79 sAmsterdam: 1.27 sMelbourne: 2.46 s
HostGator
MAIN FEATURES

(the $5.95 plan)

  • Works with 1 WordPress site.
  • Good for 100k visits per month.
  • Free website migration.
  • 1GB of backup space.
  • Automated daily database backups.
  • Global CDN included.
  • Unlimited email accounts.
  • 45-day money-back guarantee.
  • Unmetered disk storage.
  • 24/7/365 phone, LiveChat, email support.
  • Shared SSL certificate.
PROS
  • Unmetered disk space is a good bonus if you’re planning to host some large files on your website.
  • Free website migration can come handy if you’re moving from a different hosting provider.
CONS
  • You can only run a single WordPress site on the cheapest plan. The competition has slightly more to offer in that price range, or can give you one site for half the price.
USER RATING
8.02 / 10 (based on 456 responses)
← When asked how likely they are to recommend HostGator, on a scale of 1-10.
PREFERRED USER GROUP
Suitable for bloggers and small business sites. The unmetered bandwidth should allow you to operate for a while before needing to upgrade. Also, the free migration makes setup easy – as you effectively don’t have to get your hands dirty.

GoDaddy

PRICE: $3.99, $4.99, $7.99, $13.99 (per month).

Loading times based on location:

New York: 0.45 sAmsterdam: 0.97 sMelbourne: 2.33 s
godaddy
MAIN FEATURES

(the $3.99 plan)

  • Good for up to 25,000 monthly visits.
  • 1 WordPress install.
  • 10GB SSD disk storage.
  • Free domain.
  • Free daily backups.
  • One-click migration tool.
  • 24/7 online support.
PROS
  • Good performance as tested in an in-depth experiment of ours.
  • Very good price, considering that what you get is a managed WordPress hosting platform.
  • Very attractive discounts available from time to time. You can get some plans at 50% off even.
CONS
  • GoDaddy’s reliability ranked at 3.8 / 5 according to our hosting survey.
  • No free SSL certificate options on plans lower than “Ultimate.” The prices start from $5.84/mo.
USER RATING
7.64 / 10 (based on 734 responses)
← When asked how likely they are to recommend GoDaddy, on a scale of 1-10.
PREFERRED USER GROUP
Great if you’re on a tight budget but still want to get a managed hosting platform – letting the pros take care of the hosting environment for you, instead of having to do everything yourself.

 

The winner?

After analyzing all the pros and cons of each platform, it’s still a tight battle here. That being said, two companies do stand out. SiteGround and InMotion Hosting both offer very interesting hosting plans for good dollar.

In the end, though, just like in our other test – the performance-based one –  we have to go with SiteGround as our top pick .

Basically, SiteGround has everything working for them. The price is good. The traffic that the host can handle is enough to get you started. There’s CDN support, daily backups, free setup and transfer, and more.

 
Alternatively, if you want to take advantage of SSD drives and a longer money-back guarantee, we encourage you to go with InMotion Hosting.

At the end of the day, choosing the right host for your site is always relative. What is important to me might not be as important to you. That’s why you always need to compare all the details and parameters of the web hosts you’re looking into.

The following table should help you with that. Here are all the crucial details about our five web hosts – SiteGround vs Bluehost vs HostGator vs InMotion Hosting vs GoDaddy:

CompanySiteGroundInMotionBluehostHostGatorGoDaddy
PRICE (MONTHLY)$3.95
$5.95
$11.95
$3.49
$5.49
$7.99
$19.99
$29.99
$39.99
$49.99
$5.95
$7.95
$9.95
$3.99
$4.99
$7.99
$13.99
Suitable for *~ 10,000 visits monthlynot disclosed~ 100 million visits monthly~ 100,000 visits monthly~ 25,000 visits monthly
Disk space *10GB (SSD)Unlimited (SSD)30GBUnmetered10GB (SSD)
No. of websites allowed *12511
Free domain name *NYYNY
Free backups *YYYYY
CDN included *YNYYN
SSL certificates *YYYYN
Av. load time0.41 s0.95 s0.93 s0.79 s0.45 s
Reliability4.65 / 54.36 / 53.4 / 54.1 / 53.8 / 5
Overall user rating4.6 / 54 / 53 / 53.7 / 53.5 / 5
VISIT:
* the cheapest plan
So which one is it for you among SiteGround vs Bluehost vs HostGator vs InMotion Hosting vs GoDaddy? Have you ever used any of these hosts? Feel free to tell us what you think of them.

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Original text by Adelina Tuca and Karol K. Layout and presentation by Karol K.

  • Zachary Miller

    I’m curious how Godaddy’s Managed WordPress hosting stacks up against these other hosting plans? Godaddy does not offer CDN, which is a drag, but it does have some pretty good features and is sort of middle of the road in terms of price. Would like to hear your thoughts on it.

    • nReach1

      Agreed, I’d be curious too. Godaddy’s Managed WordPress also includes 1-click staging sites (a huge must for Managed WordPress hosts IMO), 4X traffic, etc. Frankly, it seems they just don’t get any love due to their shared hosting history.

    • Will look into that for the next update of this post. Thanks for suggesting!

  • David Swanson

    Except, INMotion support is horrible. Been with them for a year now. Switched from HostGator because HostGator charges 10.00 to install a SSL. They won’t allow you to install your own SSL. They have to. On top of buying a SSL they charge the additional 10.00. InMotion does not which is awesome but the support is horrible.

    • Thanks for sharing. What was the main problem with their support, if we can get a bit deeper here? I mean, was the service poor overall or maybe they aren’t competent enough? Or maybe something else?

    • John Rector

      I’ve used In Motion for about 12 years. Never had problems. Used their support chat to ask technical questions every now and then, and it was always accurate.

  • I’ve been using Host Gator since the 90’s. During that time, I have hosted my own site and became a small reseller with a handful of clients. I have gone through a few server migrations and upgrades. I’ve only ever had one major server issue that lasted for some hours after a vicious hack, requiring an entire server recovery from backup. The service has always been on par and the staff very helpful; from small, seemingly insignificant issues, to our more recent problems with email security that I am sure everyone has been dealing with in one aspect or another. I’ve contemplated moving more than a few occasions; even tried out Blue Host for a short period, but I have always gone back. I’m not saying they are the best or only solution, but I’ve counted on them for a long time and they’ve always come through. I think in this day and age, customer loyalty is nearly non-existent, but I still believe there is something to it, so I find solutions I can stick with. Host Gator has been one of those constants that we have always counted on.

    • Since you’ve been with them long-term, have you experienced any decline in quality when EIG bought HostGator?

  • Aside HostGator and Bluehost, I never heard about the other two.
    I use to be with a BabyCroc plan for over 5 years, and now I’ve a dedicated server with HostGator since 7-8 months already. Really happy with it! 🙂

    • Yea, the baby croc plans and others of that nature probably aren’t the best long-term solution.

  • Stephen

    Would love to see some of the others out there in a comparison like this. I was with Hostmonster before switching to Siteground and they were great until they changed the interface of the cPanel to a puke green which looks like a first grader designed it. I couldn’t stand working in that blinding interface any longer so I had to switch.

    • Haha. So you actually switched your hosting companies because of the interface color? You must really hate green. 🙂

  • Kevin Walker

    I used many different hosting companies in the last 3-4 years. I host my website with rosehosting now and I’m very pleased with the speed and reliability of my vps.

  • Well, I have used a few different providers over the years, but I am looking to switch to inmotion only due to the free constant uptime transfer and their better level of email filters. I am moving from ixwebhosting who initially were pretty good, but have been on a rather steep drop in service and offerings over the years. When the first response to any question to their helpdesk basically runs as: “Please upgrade to the cloud hosting service” which is a much more expensive package which doesn’t offer that much more.

    • InMotion could be a good pick. Go ahead!

      I’m looking forward to hearing some feedback from you related to how it works.

  • Masterarts

    Although Cloudways cloud hosting is my most trusted and recommended web host where i have migrated all my WordPress blogs to Cloudways maanged WordPress hosting from another web host which had issues. But if I have to rate anyone from the above given list, I would say Hostgator.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience with us! 🙂 It’s good to know what people think.

  • Dusan Jovanovic

    SiteGround are OK and we are using them. There is one issue although: SG Domain name registering has only limited choice of TLD’s that can be registered with them.

  • Josh

    I used Hostgator for many years and finally decided to make the switch to Siteground because I wanted a host with a focus on WordPress and better site security. I had a malware issue with a site at Hostgator and didn’t want to deal with that again.

    In terms of performance, I can not speak of any discernable difference in speed or performance between the two hosts. In terms of customer service, I know Siteground has a good reputation, and my experience with them has generally been good, but no better than it was with Hostgator. Hostgator’s customer service was one of the best things going for them… next to price. Hostgator is definitely more affordable.

    I now have a different site that has been infected with malware, so my hopes of Siteground somehow guarding me from that were misguided. I called them, and they submitted a ticket. Siteground followed up within the hour, though their response was vague and confusing. They identified malware in another site (not the one I was originally notified about) and didn’t offer much guidance except to suggest I sign up for Securi or pay their guys to fix the problem. This is the same thing Hostgator would have suggested, so why am I really paying more?

    • adnet

      dude. really????? i am thinking of switching from hostgator to siteground/inmotion… hmm that sucks.

    • adnet

      why didn’t you try inmotion?

  • Hi Adelina,

    Great work. This hosting comparisons may help us to study all pros and cons effectively.
    Have a nice day…

  • Daniel Fernandez

    As a startup about to launch in May, I chose to use Hostgator (Cloud Service) largely due to reviews on the web and pricing. However, if you are building a Magento 2 site I cannot recommend HG at all for the following reasons:
    * The Magento 1 click install is not seamless and not optimised.
    * The site was slow (even when a base install). Many times I couldn’t even get in to admin it was so slow. Further I would constantly get “site not found” page for about 1-2 secs when loading the main site.

    Positives are price (but that is kind of useless if site is slow) and support (who were always quick to help).

    I have now joined SiteGround on their Shared plan and I do not have the issues I had with my website and admin with Hostgator. Further Magento was super easy to install as were SSL Certificates, and SSH is much more secure

  • Daniel Fernandez

    Lets Encrypt is amazing. I moved from Hostgator to Siteground recently and don’t regret it… yet.