Both BlueHost and iPage are operated by the Endurance International Group and both have been around for a long time in the web hosting business but they offer very different sorts of web hosting services. Apart from the website management systems that they use, their prices and available extras differ quite a lot. Both offer a very reliable service with a good reputation and while the BlueHost package provides a wider range of software options iPage provides a very user friendly, straightforward service.
The most obvious difference is the price with BlueHost’s standard rate being only $6.95 as compared to the iPage rate of $8.49 per month. At the same time, the discounted rate at iPage is an amazingly low $1.95 per month for the first year which is far lower than the usual discount rate of $4.95 at BlueHost. Another factor is the amount of added extras that come with iPage accounts including $175 in internet marketing credit from Google AdWords, Yahoo or Bing search ads and Facebook advertising. The other extras that make up the $500 value that is advertised at iPage is made up of free access to ShopSite e-commerce software and the SiteLock online security suite. There is also a website builder and a premium technical support suite and a free domain transfer service for all new customers. While this may look like a lot of extra value it is matched by the standard inclusions in BlueHost shared hosting accounts. These come with a free website builder, online security applications and world class, 24/7 technical support directly from their service center in Provo Utah.
A major difference between the two web hosting services is what you get behind the scenes. BlueHost supplies users with the popular cPanel website management system while iPage uses vDeck. While for many people this may be a matter of preference the cPanel manager offers slightly more control and flexibility and comes complete with a full array of over 50 scripts that are ready to install. The vDeck website management system is more intuitive to use but it has fewer scripts available for installation. Even so, all of the most popular ones like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are included so that you can still create a very wide variety of types of website.
BlueHost also offers a slightly wider range of choice when it comes to the available e-commerce features, e-mail application and database support. For most users the differences between the two services will be pretty minimal but if you want to have as much control over the technical aspects of webhosting then you will probably want to go with BlueHost. On the other hand, for smaller, simpler websites or hobby bloggers the service from iPage provides a lot of value early on with the cost of the first year’s webhosting being under $25. They also provide a lot more free marketing credits if you think that you will need to give your new website a bit more of a kick start at the beginning.