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BlueHost VS InMotion Hosting – Shared Web Hosting Comparison

updated on Jan 21, 2016
BlueHost VS InMotion Hosting – Shared Web Hosting Comparison As 2 well-known web hosting brands, BlueHost and InMotion Hosting both have been offering web hosting services for more than 10 years. In this article, we have made a comparison between them based on editorial ratings, customer votes, their web hosting price, features, uptime, speed, and technical support, to figure out which company provides the better shared web hosting service.

Editorial Ratings & Customer Votes – Both Good

The table below includes the detailed editorial ratings on the overall value, performance, control panel and technical support of BlueHost and InMotion. The ratings are given based on our over 6 months' real hosting experience including the monitoring on the 2 companies' shared web hosting services.

RatingBlueHostInMotion Hosting
Loading Speed
Customer Reviews9401192
Customer Rating
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The customer votes, on the other hand, are released based on the hundreds of real customer reviews we have received so far. The satisfaction rates of BlueHost and InMotion among their customers are as following.
  • BlueHost: 99.0% of the 940 real customers are satisfied with BlueHost web hosting service.
  • InMotion: 98.8% of the 1192 real customers are satisfied with InMotion web hosting service.
Read the following chart for details of BlueHost customer reviews.

Web Hosting Price & Features – BlueHost Better

For shared web hosting service, BlueHost has been offering three solutions which are now purchasable at $3.49/mo for new customers going through this promotional link below. This price is 50% off the regular $7.99/mo. The company accepts payments from both credit cards and PayPal to guarantee convenience as well as purchase security.

BlueHost web hosting package includes 1 free domain name, $100 Google AdWords credits, $50 Facebook ads credits and $50 Twitter ads credits as extras.

BlueHost Promotional Link Activation

InMotion has 3 shared web hosting packages named Launch, Power and Pro to meet the demands of personal and small business websites. The regular price of the packages starts at $6.99/mo, but visitors signing up through the unique promotional link below can get the price down to $3.49/mo.

All of the 3 packages come with 1 free domain and up to $300 free advertising credits for Google, Yahoo, Bing, Twitter, YP listing and Amazon.

InMotion Hosting Promotional Link Activation

In fact, both BlueHost and InMotion Hosting all offer the rich-featured hosting plans that include the sufficient allocation of server resources, SSH, SSL, PHP 5, MySQL 5, daily website backup, free site builder, SSD, free advertising credits, Perl, Ruby on Rails, Python and many more.

Below is the comparison table of features between BlueHost and InMotion. The solutions selected from BlueHost are Basic and Plus while the plans come from InMotion Hosting is Launch.

FeatureBlueHostBlueHostInMotion Hosting
Plan in ComparisonBasicPlusLaunch
Disk Storage100GBUnlimitedUnlimited
MySQL DatabasesUnlimitedUnlimited2
Hosted Domains5Unlimited2
Control PanelcPanelcPanelcPanel
1-Click InstallerSimpleScriptsSimpleScriptsSoftaculous
Free Backups
Perl 5
Ruby on Rails
Full Money Back30 Days30 Days90 Days
Pro-Rated Money BackAnytimeAnytimeAnytime
Regular Price$7.99/mo$10.99/mo$6.99/mo
How to ClaimLink ActivationLink ActivationLink Activation

Uptime – Both Good

BlueHost guarantees 99.9% uptime for shared web hosting customers, and according to our monitoring, the company has fully met the commitment. By utilizing 3 data centers that are equipped with custom built high performance dual quad processor servers, UPS power and diesel generators, BlueHost has delivered an average of 99.98% uptime in the past 6 months. Read the following chart for BlueHost uptime in the past 30 days.

InMotion is also among the several web hosts we have reviewed that can do much better than the guaranteed 99.9% uptime. With the first-rate Dell servers and carrier grade hardware, including networks and routers from Cisco and Brocade, the reliability of the hosted websites is well backed.

According to our monitoring, InMotion uptime in the past half a year averages 99.97%, and that in the past 30 days is 100%.

Speed – InMotion Hosting Better

When it comes to web hosting speed, InMotion wins a slight edge over BlueHost as the former company has always been offering the fastest speed among all the web hosts we have reviewed in these years.

InMotion has 2 data centers located on the east coast and west coast of the US respectively and allows customers to choose the one that is geographically closer to target visitors to deliver faster speed. Besides, the company also adopts advanced technologies like BGP4 smarting routing, Max Speed Zones and Solid State Drives to ensure the fastest speed possible.

As monitored, the server response speed of InMotion is approximately 35% faster than that of BlueHost.

Technical Support – Both Good

Technical Support Both BlueHost and InMotion have been offering quality technical support since their inception. Their support teams are guaranteed to be US based and on-site 24x7 to respond to support requests at any time.

Reachable via phone, live chat and email, the support staffs of both companies are professional and patient, according to our experience of asking them for help on technical issues about our sample WordPress site. For support holding time, BlueHost guarantees an average of 30 seconds, and InMotion guarantees 90 seconds.

Knowledge Base Scale - InMotion Hosting Wins

To give webmasters an easy process of self-learning, both BlueHost and InMotion Hosting offer a large knowledge base, from which you can find a lot of tutorials – both the textual posts and the video tutorials – for hosting solutions, website creation, SEO, website management, the popular scripts and many more.

However, when comparing them intensively, we have to admit that the knowledge base of InMotion Hosting is larger than that of BlueHost, containing more tutorials that cover a wide range of topics.


BlueHost and InMotion are 2 reputed web hosting providers that offer high quality and affordable shared web hosting services, and meanwhile, they have their own highlights in some certain aspects. Therefore, we have come out the following conclusion for the comparison between them.
  • BlueHost is recommended for personal websites due to the cost-effectiveness.
  • InMotion Hosting is recommended for business websites that require high performance for a quicker success.