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Likelihood to Recommend

Bluehost

Bluehost is a decent all-around choice for web hosting with professional web development and domain management features that are particularly ideal for WordPress websites and blogs. They have a good reputation within the industry as a company that invests heavily in new technology and platform innovation. Bluehost has made a lot of improvements to customize their back-end administration (AMP & control panel) by working to improve the usability and design of the browser interface. Bluehost is primarily focused on customers who use WordPress and we would recommend either their hybrid cloud or managed WordPress platform, which provides everything that you need to build and maintain a popular website. All in all, Bluehost is a well-established brand that continually improves its hosting products, regularly upgrades their data center hardware, and is generally considered a leader in the development of new cloud hosting platform services.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

DigitalOcean

Scenarios where DigitalOcean is well suited:- I would recommend DigitalOcean for any startup looking to get up and running quickly, but concerned about scalability and infrastructure costs- DigitalOcean is also a powerful tool for running microservices; it can be useful for prototyping or quickly launching pre-configured servicesScenarios where DigitalOcean is less appropriate:- DigitalOcean would be less appropriate for companies with limited devops experience in their teams (you need to be more on top of your infrastructure and may not get the automated infrastructure updates that you would from something like AWS).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Bluehost
DigitalOcean
8.7
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Bluehost
DigitalOcean
9.3
Dynamic scaling
Bluehost
DigitalOcean
8.7
Elastic load balancing
Bluehost
DigitalOcean
8.2
Pre-configured templates
Bluehost
DigitalOcean
9.0
Monitoring tools
Bluehost
DigitalOcean
8.5
Pre-defined machine images
Bluehost
DigitalOcean
8.8
Operating system support
Bluehost
DigitalOcean
8.7
Security controls
Bluehost
DigitalOcean
8.0

Pros

Bluehost

  • Customer service/tech support is simply top-notch. Being able to pick up the phone, get help, and not get charged for it is rare in the tech-support world.
  • Their Dashboard/C-panel has a wide selection of popular tools and options to make website design and all that goes with it very easy. Lots of choices; they are more than a simple hosting service.
  • Keeping their tools up-to-date. I never have to worry about upgrades or having the latest features; it just happens automatically!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

DigitalOcean

  • Ease of use - You can get set up with a new server in a matter of minutes. It doesn't get any easier than that.
  • Support - The public forums are incredibly helpful as are the official help articles. I've never needed to contact the support team because of this. All of the information is at my fingertips.
  • Pricing - We're only paying $10/mo for a solution that gives our customers more confidence in us and is a selling point for us.
Chris Widner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Bluehost

  • Setting up wasn't difficult but I think for some having tutorial videos would have been better than screenshots.
  • Provide more than one free domain on the Plus plan.
  • Offer site migration - not an option I saw when I signed up.
Ayo Bamgbose, Assoc CIPD, MSc | TrustRadius Reviewer

DigitalOcean

  • Some products/services available on other Cloud providers aren't available, but they seem to be catching up as they add new products like Managed SQL DBs.
  • While they have FreeBSD droplets (VMs), support for *BSD OSs is limited. I.e. the new monitoring agent only works on Linux.
  • There are no regions available on South America.
  • They don't seem to offer enterprise-level products, even basic ones as Windows Server, MS SQL Server, Oracle products, etc.
Leonel Quinteros | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Bluehost

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean 9.0
Based on 2 answers
I've been very happy with it for my purposes and I plan to continue to use DigitalOcean for the foreseeable future!
Creede Lambard | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Bluehost

Bluehost 9.0
Based on 2 answers
I use Wordpress for my website on Bluehost, so I already know how it works and happy with it. I gave it this rating as I love the fact that If you do plan on creating multiple websites on Bluehost you'll be able to create specific login access for each website sites making it less likely to enter into the wrong website accounts. Which makes it even easier to manage client websites if you plan to create and host websites on behalf of your clients.
Ayo Bamgbose, Assoc CIPD, MSc | TrustRadius Reviewer

DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean 8.5
Based on 6 answers
While DigitalOcean is a top notch host in our opinion, it could be more user friendly. There have been great strides taken in the last year with user friendliness, and while if you are experienced with web hosting, the services they offer will be easy to use, if you are not then it will require some research on your part.
Brandon Mullins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Bluehost

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Have not found a single second of down time myself. Superior availability.
Hernán Silva | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Bluehost

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Very quick response and high performance, you have to fine tune configurations on your machines though.
Hernán Silva | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Bluehost

Bluehost 8.5
Based on 12 answers
They are quick, easily reached, and can usually solve problems on the first try. However I noticed I had to go to customer support more often than with other providers, whether that was things breaking more often or if their customer support couldn't fix things on the first try. But in most scenarios, they are fine.
Stephen Steinberg | TrustRadius Reviewer

DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean 8.6
Based on 10 answers
They have always been fast, and the process has been straight-forward. I haven't had to use it enough to be frustrated with it, to be honest, and when I have an issue they fix it. As with all support, I wish it felt more human, but they are doing aces.
Bobby Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Bluehost

Bluehost did not stack up against HostGator; in fact, HostGator was where we ended up migrating after we realized Bluehost was not for us. Bluehost is not geared toward businesses, especially ones like ours that have a very customized site. HostGator allowed us the customization that we needed, and their prices were terrific.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

DigitalOcean

Amazon has a very complex UI and many products to offer. They haven't polished up their UI and it has a much greater learning curve compared to DigitalOcean. However, Amazon Web Services (AWS) does have more comprehensive cloud computing services, which forces some companies to migrate their backend and other services to AWS as they scale up.
Fedor Paretsky | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Bluehost

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Great scalability, you can start with small plans and move up to premium features at a very good price.
Hernán Silva | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Bluehost

  • It allowed me to get my website up and running and sell services.
  • It is fairly low cost, so it was easy to recoup my investment.
  • Having to pay for a whole year upfront made it take a little longer to get the return on my investment.
Dan Hanna | TrustRadius Reviewer

DigitalOcean

  • With DigitalOcean, I've been able to move all my sites to https using my own implementations of SSL with LetsEncrypt.
  • Since moving my sites to DigitalOcean, my hosting plan costs less than 40% of what I paid for similar hosting from Site5.
Jeanine Schoessler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Bluehost

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Bluehost Editions & Modules

Edition
Shared Web Hosting$3.95-$26.991
VPS Hosting$19.99 - $119.992
Dedicated Hosting$79.99-$209.992
Shared WordPress Hosting$3.95-$16.992
Managed WordPress (beta)$19.953
Blue Sky Live WordPress Support$29.00-$149.004
eCommerce - WooCommerce Hosting$15.95-$49.955
  1. per month for 36 month term
  2. per month
  3. per month for 36 month term
  4. per month
  5. per month, 1 month to 36 month terms available
Additional Pricing Details

DigitalOcean

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

DigitalOcean Editions & Modules

Edition
1GB-16GB$5.001
8GB-160GB$60.001
  1. Starting Price Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Bluehost
7.0
DigitalOcean
8.8

Likelihood to Renew

Bluehost
DigitalOcean
9.0

Usability

Bluehost
9.0
DigitalOcean
8.5

Reliability and Availability

Bluehost
DigitalOcean
10.0

Performance

Bluehost
DigitalOcean
9.0

Support Rating

Bluehost
8.5
DigitalOcean
8.6

Scalability

Bluehost
DigitalOcean
10.0

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