BlueHost VS iPage according to WordPress :
If you will ask me whether BlueHost is a good option for WordPress website hosting or not then my answer will be yes and if you will ask me the same question for iPage, there will no change in my answer. However, if you want to know which one is best for WordPress hosting then things can become complicated. In this post, I will be reviewing and comparing the services of BlueHost and iPage to determine which one offers best hosting services for WordPress sites.
A brief overview about BlueHost and iPage
BlueHost is not a new player in the web hosting field and so is the case with iPage. The first one has been in industry since 1996 and the latter has been working since 1995. Both the companies have earned a good name in the industry and a person cannot make a wrong decision by choosing the services of any of these companies. BlueHost has a vast network as they have more than 400 employees and approximately 5,000 servers to host websites. On the other hand, iPage has only 60 employees and the number of their servers is unknown.
If we talk about the reputation then BlueHost has better reputation in the industry as compared to iPage as I often find iPage customer complaining about several different issues. Most of the iPage customers complain about poor service and slow customer support.
Comparison of Web Hosting Features between BlueHost and iPage
BlueHost and iPage both offer a free domain name if you go for their hosting plan. Both companies also offer unlimited disk space and email accounts too. BlueHost supports PHP version 5.3.10 & 5.2.17 whereas iPage supports only version 5.2.9. BlueHost also supports Ruby on Rails, Python and Perl but iPage doesn’t support any of these languages. Both companies offer unlimited MySQL databases.
WordPress Speed comparison between BlueHost and iPage
To get an idea about the WordPress speed of both hosting sites, we decided to use the same website with same features, content and WordPress version to load on the servers of BlueHost and iPage. As per the info graphics, the site that was hosted on BlueHost had a 98% more loading speed as compared to the site that was hosted on iPage.
For any web hosting company to work successfully, a proper and effective customer support is very important. There is no company that doesn’t offer customer support so we decided to collect reviews from the customers who have been using services of both the companies since a long time. We received reviews from more than 250 BlueHost customers and most of them were satisfied with the support service offered by the hosting company. Almost same number of people accessed us for iPage but the number of happy customers was very low as compared to BlueHost.
Pricing Comparison between BlueHost and iPage
The regular price issued by BlueHost is $6.95/ month but they keep coming up with different discount offers. Most of the BlueHost customers pay around $3.95/ month for their services as they end up availing promotional offers. On the other hand, iPage has a regular price of $3.5/ month but during weekends and other times they offer a promotional price of $2.95/ month too.
If we look at the price, the BlueHost is only 1 USD expensive than iPage but they have a higher rate of satisfied customers and they also have more service features as compared to iPage. Based on above information, I would suggest you to go for BlueHost. But still you can not ignore iPage hosting.