The best Bluehost alternatives

Bluehost is a great hosting company that is also recommended by WordPress. There are other WordPress-friendly hostings that can be Bluehost alternatives. Bluehost has a wide range of hosting plans and packages. Such as shared, VPS, and dedicated. And each of these plans is divided by 3/4 other packages.

If you’re looking for better web hosting for WordPress websites and better hosting than Bluehost, this post will show you the options.

I used Bluehost for 2 years and I noticed that the current hosting package can’t handle my growing traffic. So I decided to migrate my website to a different website.

Being a web developer, I have practical experience working with many different hosting companies. But before I migrate my own website, I researched a lot about many different hosting. So you will get practical and field data from this post.

What are the top Bluehost alternatives in 2022?

Aiming to create or transfer a high-traffic WordPress website, here are my top hosting (Bluehost alternatives) selections:

1. Amazon/AWS Lightsail

Amazon (AWS) Lightsail hosting

AWS Lightsail is specially made for WordPress and other CMSs. However, you need a little bit of technical experience in order to set up Lightsail. Or you can hire someone to make the setup for your WordPress website on AWS Lightsail hosting.

It charges you on a monthly basis and the billing is calculated per hour.

There are several pricing ranges from $3.5 to $160 per month. However, the total bill may be different from your subscription. For example, you subscribed for a $10 package and you may receive a 12/15/20 dollar bill end of the month depending on the usage & traffic.

AWS is a big name in the hosting industry. There are lots of well-known websites like Netflix, LinkedIn, Facebook, BBC, etc are also using AWS for their hosting. So you can use it without any doubt and use it as a great alternative to Bluehost.

Advantages of AWS Lightsail

Difficulty on AWS Lightsail

2. Cloudways

Cloudways

Cloudways is a middleman between the cloud hosting providers and you.

You can use any of the cloud hosting from DigitalOcean, VULTR, Linode, AWS & Google Cloud through Cloudways. It’s not a competitor of AWS, Google Cloud, etc. Cloudways made the cloud environment more flexible and easy to use. And this is the beauty of it.

So, if you’re not tech-savvy, you can still use AWS, Google Cloud, Vultr, or anyone from the 5 could hosting providers.

Like AWS Lightsail, Cloudways also bills you monthly basis, and the price is calculated per hour (Pay as you go). But you can limit the bill per month. And once your limit is exhausted, the website will stop running until you extend it.

Bluehost charges you yearly basis and upfront. On the other hand, Cloudways charges you on a monthly basis. That means you can make the payment pay-as-you-go and as much as you use it. Perhaps, you get optimal server speed and it can handle more visitors than Bluehost. So you can think of Cloudways as the perfect replacement for Bluehost.

Advantages of Cloudways

Difficulty on Cloudways

3. WP Engine

WP Engine hosting

WP Engine is one of the most reliable & fastest hosting for WordPress that holds 1.5M+ websites.

They offer managed WordPress hosting for $300/year. That means you get a dedicated server that does not share speed/bandwidth with others. This is why the website loads super fast.

There are other companies that also sell managed WordPress hosting. But WP Engine means it when they say managed WordPress.

Website performance or loading speed is one of the big factors among 200 ranking signals. So if you’re aiming to gain SEO traffic, WP Engine is the right hosting solution for you.

The lowest plan of WP Engine can handle 25,000 monthly traffic (visits). And you also have the option to increase the bandwidth when traffic exceeds 25,000.

So if you are thinking to find a better substitute for Bluehost, you can definitely go with WP Engine.

Advantages of WP Engine

Difficulty on WP Engine

4. A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting is the fastest & reliable hosting company. It is one of the best Bluehost alternatives when it comes to comparing prices and features.

The prices are nearly similar on Bluehost & A2 Hosting (among similar hosting plans). From my practical experience, I saw that it had a hard time for Bluehost to serve 2K visitors on their shared hosting.

On the other hand, A2 Hosting (a similar package) can handle that amount of traffic without too much trouble. This is why I think A2 Hosting is a great alternative to Bluehost.

Another cool thing you will notice when you compare their pricing system. On Bluehost, it increases the rates once as you increase the subscription duration. For example- one of the Bluehost packages will cost you $5.45/month if you subscribe for 1 year. But the same package will cost you $7.45/month if you subscribe for 3 years.

But on A2 hosting, it decreases the rates as you increase the subscription duration. For example- one of the A2 hosting packages will cost you $6.99/month for 1 year. But this same package will cost you $2.99/month if you subscribe for 3 years.

So if you’re planning to buy the hosting for a longer period of time such as 2/3 years, you can save your money and get better performance from A2 Hosting.

Also, you can buy hosting for 1 month on A2 which you can’t on Bluehost.

Comparing all of these, A2 Hosting is the right Bluehost alternative when it comes to quality.

Advantages of A2 Hosting

Difficulty with A2 Hosting

5. SiteGround

SiteGround

SiteGround also offers competitive pricing like Blueshot. But SiteGround provides better server speed than Bluehost.

So if you’re thinking of a Bluehost alternative, SiteGround can be a better option.

SiteGround offers a 30-day money-back guarantee so you can test their hosting environment with peace of mind.

They also offer free SSL certificates, CDN, emails, and backups.

Advantages of SiteGround

Difficulty on SiteGround

6. GoDaddy

GoDaddy

Who doesn’t know GoDaddy! It’s one of the known and popular brands when it comes to domain, hosting, and website builder. However, GoDaddy is the most popular for buying domain names. But their hosting is also nice.

GoDaddy offers very competitive hosting prices ranging from $5.99/month.

Like Bluehost, its cPanel is very easy to navigate and you can install various applications with a few clicks including WordPress.

Advantages of GoDaddy

Difficulty on GoDaddy

7. Hostpapa

HostPapa

You will get fabulous customer support if you face any issue with your website/hosting (mostly). Hostpapa server speed is better than Bluehost.

Their main client base is the small business owners like you & me. And their try to provide their best when it comes to resolving any issue.

Hostpapa offers very competitive pricing and provides great value. So if you are on a tight budget and seeking Bluehost alternatives with the highest ROI, you can definitely go with Hostpapa.

Advantages of Hostpapa

Difficulty on Hostpapa

8. Hostgator

Hostgator shared hosting cost

Hostgator provides better speed than Bluehost but if you want to get the most out of it, you have to signup for the “Business Plan” (Shared Hosting) or the “Standard Plan” (WordPress Hosting).

Other than that the rest of the lower packages are similar to Bluehost.

Advantages of Hostgator

Difficulty on Hostgator

9. IONOS

ionos hosting

Previously it was known as 1&1. However, If you want to use IONOS as the Bluehost alternative and if you want a better hosting than Bluehost, then you have to signup for at least an “Expert” plan (web hosting). It will cost you $8 per month but billed annually ($96).

On IONOS you can signup for 1 month which will cost you $16 per month.

IONOS is a German company. They provide better speed and performance.

Advantages of IONOS

Difficulty on IONOS

10. Dreamhost

DreamHost

It comes with pre-installed WordPress and you don’t have to install it manually. Though its “Shared Starter” package will cost you 47 USD yearly. But if you want a better hosting than Bluehost, you have to buy at least “VPS Basic” which will cost you $13.75/month (billing yearly $165).

However, if you’re on a tight budget, you can signup for their “Shared Hosting.” But their shared hosting is not better than Bluehost (similar packages).

Advantages of Dreamhost

Difficulty on Dreamhost

11. Hostinger

hostinger

Hostinger is a growing company and it offers hosting packages at very cheap prices. Their price starts from $1.99/month. However, you need at least a “Business WordPress” package (under WordPress Hosting) in order to get better service than Bluehost.

But if you were looking for a cheap & reliable hosting company, you go with any of their “Web Hosting” packages.

Advantages of Hostinger

Difficulty on Hostinger

Hosting plans, packages, and companies are confusing to non-techies and newbies. There are lots of marketing strategies are involved in this hosting industry. Sometimes one big company is merging with another company or sold to another company. Bluehost is doing good in this industry for a long period of time. However, one single company can not sever everyone’s purpose. In this post, I showed a lot of Bluehost alternatives that may serve your purpose.