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BlueHost VS iPage - In-Depth Web Hosting Comparison

updated on Nov 16, 2016
BlueHost VS iPage - In-Depth Web Hosting Comparison The comparison of BlueHost VS iPage mainly focuses on the reliability and performance for running Drupal, WordPress and Joomla, and the comprehensive reviews of the company background, web hosting features, technical support, and price. As a conclusion, BlueHost works much better for personal and small businesses than iPage.

Who is BlueHost VS Who is iPage?

BlueHost is founded in 1996 by Matt Heaton, an expert on Linux kernel development. After more than 15 years' development, BlueHost has become a large web hosting company that offers three premium shared web hosting plans, and it is the unique shared web hosting company having dedicated data centers that have been invested 10 million USD since 2010. Now they have approximately 400 staffs and 5,000 servers, serving for 2 million clients worldwide.

iPage, a famous budget shared web hosting provider, was founded in 1995, even 1 year before BlueHost. Now iPage has approximately 60 staffs serving for 500,000 domains and 550,000 websites worldwide. Note that, iPage only offers a single all-in-one shared web hosting plan.

The reputation of BlueHost in the community is much better than iPage. There are a lot of customer complaints about the service received from iPage. The main concerns are the poor performance, and slow customer support.

Clients2 million500,000
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BlueHost VS iPage - Price

BlueHost is pricing from $7.99/mo regularly, but now they're making over 60% discount for all readers activating the promotion link below. The discounted prices start at $2.95/mo only. Since there are three plans available, you can make a choice as you like

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iPage is pricing at $11.95/mo regularly. This company now offers 83% discount to make the price down to $1.99/mo. People can activate this fascinating discount by clicking the Link Activation included in the table below.

Plan in ComparisonBasicPlusEssential
Regular Price$7.99/mo$10.99/mo$8.99/mo
Current Price$2.95/mo$3.95/mo$1.99/mo
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BlueHost VS iPage - Web Hosting Features

Both of BlueHost and iPage offer the basic features that a user may need, such as parked domains, sub-domains, mailboxes, unlimited bandwidth, PHP and MySQL. However, there are still many differences lying in their feature lists, among which the control panel is the biggest one.

All BlueHost users are offered cPanel, the recognized best Linux web hosting control panel. cPanel comes with a modern interface, rich features, and the integration with SimpleScripts, a 1-click installer supporting more than 150 scripts covering blog, forum, photo gallery, etc. According to our experience, cPanel is quite easy-to-use, requiring no knowledge about coding. You can manage databases, files, security and more within minutes.

iPage does not utilize cPanel. Instead, it adopts vDeck, another popular web hosting control panel. vDeck also has a certain group of users due to the availability of all basic tools. However, compared with cPanel, this control panel is less pleasing in the design, support, and the integration of custom features of an individual hosting provider.

To learn the information about other features offered by BlueHost and iPage, read the following table.

Plan in ComparisonBasicPlusEssential
Free domain
Disk space50 GBUnlimitedUnlimited
Email Accounts5UnlimitedUnlimited
Ruby on Rails
Special Price$2.95/mo$3.95/mo$1.99/mo
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BlueHost VS iPage – Uptime

Although many differences between BlueHost and iPage exist in the feature and price, the two hosting providers are very similar in the reliability. They both have released a guarantee of 99.9% uptime for all customers, and they succeeded in fulfilling the promise in reality.

As is mentioned in the opening parts, BlueHost uses its dedicated data centers which are maintained and optimized actively. All servers are claimed to be built from the group up for complete control over the performance. Besides, the reliability risk of shared servers is further eliminated by the company's resource protection technology which isolates the neighbors that are insecure or using excessive resources. Below is the recent uptime of BlueHost.

iPage shares two data centers with several other peer hosting providers. The data centers feature multiple layers of redundancy, and advanced technologies which maximize the uptime of servers and networks. Therefore, the company is good in uptime, too.

BlueHost VS iPage - Speed

We have also compared the home page loading speed of the same site, same WordPress, Joomla and Drupal program and same content hosted with BlueHost and iPage. Averagely, the sites hosted with BlueHost run about 75% faster than iPage, seeing the following chart. Obviously, iPage works much worse.We think the reason is that iPage servers are older than BlueHost and are oversold than BlueHost.

BlueHost VS iPage - Customer Satisfaction Rate

So far, we have received thousands of web hosting reviews from verified customers since 2008, BlueHost has a significantly better reputation in shared web hosting communities than iPage.

We have totally received 957 BlueHost real customer reviews. Based on the review statistics, the 99.1% (948) of BlueHost customers were highly satisfied with their web hosting services, including the BlueHost technology, web hosting loading speed, reliability, control panel & software, technical support and price. This is actually the highest shared web hosting customer satisfaction rate of all the web hosts that we had reviewed.


BlueHost is 1 USD more expensive than iPage, but considering with the 300% faster web hosting, we still recommend you going with BlueHost, especially when you're looking for a cost effective, reliable, and worry-free shared web hosting service for your business.