My bloggers or hobbyist may want to build a self hosted blog, other than those free blogs on Blogger or Livejournal. A personal blog is great to showcase your portfolios or projects too. In this article, we will discuss whether GoDaddy & Bluehost, see which is the better hosting service provider for personal blogs.
For individuals who do not have much code knowledge, we highly recommend a blog software as your blog CMS, Drupal and WordPress are two of the most reputable ones. They are both easy to install, easy to manage and customize. Especially WordPress which is the world’s biggest blog system software with a very large user base.
GoDaddy Blog Hosting Plan & Features
GoDaddy offer three shared hosting packages you can choose for personal blogs hosting, the Economy, Deluxe and Ultimate plans. Now let’s look into the very basic blog hosting plan with GoDaddy, see how well it can work with our personal blogs.
Economy hosting features
- 12 months – $6.99/mo
- Free Domain (Restrictions apply)
- 1 Website
- Unlimited Bandwidth
- 100 GB Disk Space
- 10 MySQL Databases (Linux OS)
- 1 MS SQL Database (Windows OS)
- 100 Email Addresses
- 10 Fotolia® Photo Credits (Restrictions apply to Fotolia credits)
From the short feature list, we can see that the blog hosting with GoDaddy is not budget friendly and at the same time quite feature limited. It only allows 1 website on 1 account, 100 GB of disk storage, 10 MySQL database, and 100 e-mail addresses. It is not necessary to have as many as 10 databases or 100 GB disk for just one individual blog site. Also it is a bit expensive to host just one blog for $6.99/mon. If possible, we prefer it can allow us to host more than one blog site under one hosting account. Ultimate is the most powerful plan offered by GoDaddy, but still lacks some advanced technologies like CGI, Cron Job, Ruby on Rails, Perl, Python, etc.
Insufficient of Technical Support
GoDaddy technical support is poor compared to many of its competitors. We can find a lot of complaints about GoDaddy technical support hosting forums. GoDaddy only offers phone and e-mail support. This is very inconvenient for overseas customers. Also their email support is not fast enough according to our experience, we got their reply through email almost one day later.
Better Blog Hosting Option – Bluehost Personal Blog Hosting
Bluehost is a famous individual blog hosting service provider around the world. It is affordable for almost any individuals and bloggers. BlueHost customers only need to spend $3.95/mo, then they can enjoy a rich-featured all-in-one web hosting package. With merely 4 bucks, you can get lots of fancy hosting features, including unlimited server resources & domain hosting, free domain name, the latest versions of PHP & MySQL, cPanel control panel, 1-click Drupal installer, Ruby on Rails, and Cron Job, etc.
- unlimited domain hosting
- unlimited hosting space
- unlimited websites
- unlimited file transfer
- unlimited email accounts
- free domain name
- free site builder w/t templates
- free instant set-up
- automated backups
- 24/7 real human support
- $200 Ads credit
- Anytime money-back guarantee
BlueHost leverages the power of Dell branded web servers, multiple cutting-edge data centers, and I/O CPU Segregation technology to guarantee the best hosting performance. Unlike GaDaddy, Bluehost offers multiple support channels through ticket/e-mail, live chat, phone, they have also user forum, online video tutorials, etc.
With Bluehost, you can get a refund any time. You’re never locked into a contract and there are no hidden fees or gimmicks. So feel free to try out their blog hosting service, let your blog run on their servers without any risk, if you do not like their service, you cancel your account and get the money back for the remain months. For example, if you host your personal blog on their servers for only one month but have paid already for 12 month, when you cancel the blog hosting with them, you can get the fund back for the remaining 11 months. No hidden fees!