BlueHost vs FatCow

BlueHost versus FatCow

There are many different choices available in regards to shared hosting providers, and many different plans that are available to choose from. Through a review of the different options that are available to the user, it is possible to see that choosing the right hosting plan may not be as difficult as it originally sounds. In this instance, a look at BlueHost and FatCow’s different shared plans will be reviewed in order to determine which of the two plans is truly better for the consumer, and which should be discarded to the wayside in an attempt to locate the best plan for the user.

BlueHost vs FatCow

FatCow’s hosting specifications are a little bit nebulous, stating that their disk space and bandwidth offered falls under the amount of “oodles” provided; when looking at what they define this as, it states that an amount is acceptable as long as it falls within normal usage parameters, but it does not straight out define what they consider to be normal usage parameters. They provide unlimited POP mailboxes, a free domain name on sign up, a free website builder, and a large variety of one click script installations, including WordPress, phpBB, and Joomla. They provide ecommerce software, SSL, FTP, SEO optimization, a $50 credit to social networking, a listing in yellowpages.com, 24/7 support, and a thirty day money back guarantee. Their lowest term is 12 months at a rate of $8.99 per month.

BlueHost offers unlimited domain hosting, file transfers, hosting space, and domain hosting. They provide a domain registered free of charge for the first year with a sign up for their shared hosting plan and have a wide variety of one click script installations including ecommerce software, site builders, and WordPress. Secure SSH access, SSL, CGI, FTP, Ruby on Rails, and site traffic analytics. PHP, MySQL, and Perl are all compatible on their shared hosting plans. cPanel is the control panel that is used, and they provide a $100 Google Adwords coupon as a part of an affiliate program that they have setup with Google. Their tech support is available twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, and they provide an introductory rate of $4.95 for new customers and $6.95 for each subsequent month.

After reviewing the two different plans, they are both close, it is true, but BlueHost comes out in the end, because of several different factors. First, they do not require a contract for a year at the minimum in order to be able to use their services. They are specific in the amount of space and bandwidth that they offer on a monthly basis, whereas FatCow’s descriptions leave room for a large amount of interpretation, working to ensure that the hosting company would be able to set their “normal” limit at whatever they deem appropriate for the day, and assign a terms of service violation to any account that they deem fit, which puts the customer in a bad place. The other issue with FatCow’s setup is in regards to email; POP isn’t the more commonly used email protocol any longer, because without changing settings, it downloads those emails to just one computer only; IMAP allows for the viewing of all emails on all different mail clients without having to change any of the original default settings in the mail client. Most of their other features are standard, however, it is these specific issues with FatCow’s service and descriptions that they have provided on their site that serve as a means of taking them out of the running in this comparison.

Through a good look at the two hosting plans, it is possible to see which of the two is better, and it is not because one has more features than the other. In this case, the issue is because of the way that one of the two hosting providers chooses to provide the descriptions and the definitions of specific features that they offer; those features are a key aspect of the hosting package itself, and given the nebulousness of what has been provided on the site itself, it is not something that the business minded individual should risk taking a chance on, hoping that they will not catch an admin at FatCow on a bad day, and end up having that admin’s bad day being taken out on their hosting account instead.

BlueHost is the clear winner in this comparison, beating out FatCow not for what it has, but for the marketing that is present behind the site itself, and a clear and concise ability of the marketing department to understand that certain things must be clearly defined in order to work, and the terms of a specific plan are one of those things.

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BlueHost vs FastDomain

BlueHost versus FastDomain

There are many different shared hosting providers available, and it may often be difficult to see or to understand those differences, however, there are many different ways that these may be compared to each other in order to see which one comes out on top, and which is not only the better deal, but which one works the best in regards to the needs of the individual. BlueHost and FastDomain are two of the myriad hosting providers that a person may choose from for shared hosting services; by looking at their different plans and comparing the two, it is possible to see which of the two has the most optimal features, which is the most reliable of the two, and which offers the most in regards to the hosting plans themselves.

BlueHost vs FastDomain

FastDomain offers unlimited hosting space, unlimited file transfers, unlimited domain hosting, 2,500 email accounts that may be setup as either POP3 or IMAP, secure shell access, SSL, FTP, statistics, CGI, Ruby on Rails, the ability to use Perl, PHP, and MySQL. Their shared hosting plan allows FrontPage Extensions to be enabled, comes with a free domain, and has a free site building program. The control panel that is used by FastDomain is cPanel. FastDomain has a deal going on currently for $5.95 per month, but their standard rate is $6.95 per month. Their customer service is open 2477.

BlueHost offers unlimited hosting space, unlimited file transfers, unlimited domain hosting, and unlimited email accounts; the email accounts may be setup as either POP3 or IMAP, as the customer prefers. They provide a free domain on sign up, and they have various free one click script installs for a variety of online stores, site builders, and WordPress. They provide secure shell (SSH) access, FTP, SSL, site traffic statistics, Ruby on Rails (RoR) and CGI. They offer the ability to use Perl, MySQL, and PHP. The control panel used by their shared hosting plan is cPanel, and they offer a $100 Google Adwords credit (with additional Adwords purchase through Google). Their tech support/ customer service is open 24/7 and it is not outsourced. Their shared plan typically runs $6.95 per month, but they have a current deal going for $4.95 per month starting.

There are many similarities that are present when looking at these two hosting providers, and they have comparable uptime, and it must be said that there are very few differences between the two companies, however, the differences that are present are specific and worth taking a closer look at. FrontPage Extensions is something that FastDomain offers that Bluehost does not, however this is not a bonus, as FrontPage Extensions is no longer being used; it is an outdated technology that is no longer being updated. While there are still users who prefer to work in FrontPage Extensions, the fact that this technology is no longer getting updates, the exploits that are present and have been present since updates were discontinued are still there, and the customer has the potential ability to be exploited if they use this technology.

FastDomain limits the amount of email addresses that may be used on their shared plan, and while 2,500 is a good amount, if a company opts to use a shared hosting plan for their site, that limits their ability to continue to grow, and they will have to work to find another hosting provider later if they wish to exceed this amount. If a business opts to use the shared package, they would do better with Bluehost, especially if they are used to using Google Adwords; and this is only if they are familiar with this type of service, as the hosting provider only has the affiliate offer, they do not assist in teaching or troubleshooting regards to Adwords, this must all be done through Google. The next aspect that the customer must look at is in regards to the pricing; yes, both hosts have the same standard rate per month on their two shared plans, however, their starting prices for those plans differ, and as such it must be said that Bluehost has the better price, being $1 cheaper to start than FastDomain, and offering more with their hosting plan besides. Yes, the price difference is only $1, and that is not a large amount, however, when looking at the cost benefit analysis of what the two different plans offer versus what they are priced at, the difference is there, and the extra dollar just isn’t worth it for FastDomain.

Through an exacting review of the different features offered by the two different plans, it is easy to see that Bluehost is the more cost effective and cost efficient of the two plans, based not only on the extra features that they offer for no additional charge, but also in regards to the datedness of technologies that are used between the two, and based upon the limitations that one plan has versus the other.

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BlueHost vs DreamHost

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.

BlueHost vs DreamHost

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.

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