BlueHost versus DreamHost
When looking at which hosting company to go with, the decision may often seem murky, with no company really standing out above the rest. Through a look at the different hosting plans available and a basic comparison between the two, it is possible to see which hosting company will come out on top, and which one should be disregarded as a potential choice to transfer a site to, or to work to start up a new site on. Through a look at BlueHost and DreamHost, once the different features are compared it will be possible to see which of the two is the better, more cost effective choice.
DreamHost has a very basic shared hosting plan that they offer; it includes unlimited disk storage, unlimited monthly bandwidth, unlimited domain hosting, full shell access, SSH access, FTP access, and the ability to set SFTP users. They offer unlimited email accounts, and unlimited MySQL 5 databases. The operating system on the shared servers is Debian. They offer a 97 day money back guarantee, and a 100% uptime guarantee, offering credit any time the server goes down. They have created their own hosting control panel (meaning that many of the things that are created inside this control panel will not work when transferred to another host that uses one of the legitimate standard control panels), and offer a variety of scripts through their one click installer, including ecommerce software. They charge $8.95 per month.
BlueHost offers unlimited domain hosting, email accounts, file transfers, and hosting space. They offer a free domain for the first year with a sign up for their shared hosting plan, and have a large variety of one click installations for scripts including online stores, site builders, and WordPress. They offer secure shell access, Ruby on Rails, site traffic analytics, FTP, SSL, and CGI. Perl, MySQL, and PHP will all be able to be used on their shared hosting plans, and they use cPanel, the premier control panel, on their servers. In addition, they offer $100 Google Adwords credit through an affiliate program that they have setup with Google. Tech support is open 24/7, and their shared hosting plan is normally $6.95 per month, with a one time introductory rate of $4.95 per month for their newly signed up customers.
Through a look at the two hosting plans, it is clear to see which one comes out the winner in a battle between these two. Under no circumstances should a person ever consider going with a hosting provider that offers their own control panel. Why? Because it is non-standard. cPanel is the best control panel available for Linux based servers, and anything done in cPanel may be transferred to any control panel, whereas when using an in house designed control panel, many of those non-standard features that it uses are not able to be transferred out when looking to switch between hosting providers; in addition, when transferring files, there is no easy way to transfer all those emails out of that type of control panel, unless a person wants to manually forward each and every single one to themselves, getting them transferred over that way. This is a big hassle, far more so than it sounds.
DreamHost offers a smaller amount of programs available through their one click installer, and they charge a higher price for their decreased service and products with decreased functionality. In all honesty, whether a person is new to hosting or not, cPanel is the standard not only because it works the best, has the least amount of issues, and always runs smoothly, but because on top of all of that, it is the easiest thing to navigate in the world. Everything is in the middle, clearly labeled, and if a person still has an issue, well, they can type what they are looking for in the search field on the left and it will pop right up. There is no reason to pay more for an inferior product, which is what would occur if a person were to select DreamHost over BlueHost. Yes, DreamHost has a 100% uptime guarantee, but even they know that this is not realistic, otherwise they would not state that they would grant full credit for all downtime; they know that downtime will occur, even if it is simply when the servers need to be updated, or if the servers need maintenance as a result of a customer caused issue, or a terms of service violation on the part of one of the other customers which has become so severe as to affect other accounts on the same server.
Through a simple analysis, DreamHost is not the way to go, and it should honestly not be considered. BlueHost is the better deal all around when looking at a comparison between the two.