Comparison Dreamhost VS Hostgator Vs BlueHost: Shared Hosting for WordPress

Choosing a right webhosting company is one of the first crucial thing for a blogger. A good webhost will ensure that your site remains up, and you don’t need to get into any tech hassles including hacking or managing your hosting space. When it comes to WordPress shared hosting, there are few popular name out there like Bluehost, Hostgator, Dreamhost and so on. In last 4 years, I have tried all of these hosting companies, and I know what are the pros and cons of each. One major problem which a newbie faces is, deciding which hosting to buy in between these three. Since all of them have a good reputation and great uptime. Like any hosting, they do have their downside like Dreamhost support is not as good as HG or Bluehost.

Hostgator Vs-Dreamhost Vs Bluehost

Here I will be doing a comparison between Hostgator Vs Dreamhost Vs bluehost, and will help you to decide which hosting your should go for, and which will be best for your limited budget. At the end I will conclude and rate these hosting, based on all the parameters and my experience with them. Do remember, I have only used them for WordPress platform, and this article is based on my experience with them as WordPress hosting.

All these three Webhosting companies offer unlimited webhosting resources and are perfect for hosting our WordPress sites. Though, the major difference comes in pricing and support. Dream host hosting here offers custom cPanel, where as Hostgator and Bluehost offers standard cPanel. Also, on Dreamhost, you will not find fantastico to install WordPress as they are using custom script.

Chart : Bluehost Vs Dreamhost vs Hostgator

First lets look at the chart which shows the major difference between these 3 hosting.  I had shared hosting plans with all of them, and this review is particularly for shared hosting plans from these hosting companies. In this case I’m considering Baby plan from Hostgator because that has unlimited hosting.

Feature Hostgator Bluehost Dreamhost
Domain Price 15$ 1 Free Domain 1 Free Domain
Plans Shared/VPS/ Dedicated Shared Hosting Shared /VPS/Dedicated
Price/year Baby: 119$
Hatchling: 83$
Business: 179$
54.0$ 119$
Disk Space Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Domains allowed Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Live Support Yes Yes Yes
cPanel Yes Yes Custom cPanel
Fantastico Yes Yes Yes
Free Google Adwords 100$ $50 75$
Payment Option Paypal/Credit Card Paypal/Credit Card Credit card
WordPress compatible Yes Yes Yes
Twitter Support Yes No Yes but slow
Coupon code WPHOSTINGDISCOUNT Added in the link above WPHOST
Rating/5 5 5 4

I have worked with various Clients and most of time I work on these 3 hosting. From my experience I enjoyed Bluehost and Hostgator the most.  One reason for liking Hostgator is because of their support which is the best. You can see a detailed review of Hostgator here. Though lately their online chat is getting slow, and wait time is really high.

Dreamhost vs Bluehost:

I have used Dreamhost in the past and it was good, but when I compare it with Bluehost or Hostgator, I always recommend the other two first. What dreamhost lacks is a prompt support like Bluehost or Hostgator. Also, both of them offers free domain and free adwords coupon. In the term of resource provided with the package, both are equal and good. Major different comes in Quality of service, where Bluehost is one step ahead of DH. So, my recommendation would be BlueHost over Dream host.  Dreamhost is useful when you are in limited budget and need a super budget hosting. Using coupon SML97 on Dreamhost you can get 1 year hosting + 1 domain for only $22, and on Bluehost you can get one year hosting + 1 domain for around $60, with below discounted link. So the price is also a driving factor, and if you looking for a choice between these two, I would recommend to opt for Bluehost for better peace of mind.


I would rate Bluehost for being the best webhosting for WordPress at this moment, though Hostgator stand equal along with Bluehost. By the end, I will sum up this article by saying ” All these three hosting are top-notch, and do remember we are doing a comparison of best of the best”.

Do let us know which shared hosting you like the most and why?

About the Author: Harsh Agrawal

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15 comments… add one

  • STRAIGHTALK September 10, 2010, 4:54 pm

    Well how I stated on your FB I would lean more to choose anything that has VPS just for the simple reason that You get more for the buck with a VPS set up. More control allows for more access to others.. All shared hosting are designed to up-scale you later! STRAIGHTALK

  • Vaibhav Kanwal September 10, 2010, 5:15 pm

    I have a correction to make, the comparison table specifies 3 plans for HostGator.
    It also includes the Hatchling plan and below mentions Domains Allowed – Unlimited

    Baby & Business allow unlimited but I doubt if you have unlimited domains for hatching. Could you please confirm the same?

    • Wordpress Webhosting discount September 14, 2010, 11:21 pm

      Hey Vaibhav
      You are right and I already mentioned above the table, that I’m taking baby plan as an example for Hostgator
      “In this case I’m considering Baby plan from Hostgator because that has unlimited hosting.”
      Thanks for dropping by and for your comment.

  • A. Tatum September 17, 2010, 7:43 am

    Thanks for the tip. It was really help as I’m looking to move to Word Press for my blog.

  • Mahesh September 21, 2010, 12:38 am

    Have you looked at these companies?

    What are your thoughts?

    • Wordpress Webhosting discount September 21, 2010, 3:27 pm

      Mahesh Wpwebhost is nice and it’s a part of our recommended WordPress hosting.
      I have seen the ads and social media promotion and they are good but pricey I would say..

  • Ramon Fincken October 6, 2010, 2:04 pm

    I am missing speed and backup plans here. Don’t care about free adwords as long as the server or response time of the server is slow !

    • Wordpress Webhosting discount October 7, 2010, 4:20 pm

      Thanks for letting me know what I missed here.. I will again do a research and will try to update this post or will come up with a new post :)
      Meanwhile Dreamhost allow personal backup!!

  • gkdoda December 19, 2010, 8:22 am

    I’ve been using dreamhost server from the last 3 years and I found them good. Really, no major problem at all. In between, I tried hostgator also, and their support timing is best. They immediately answer your query like they are sitting just for you. Dreamhost support is Ok. But I switched back to dreamhost as Hostgator has limitation as far as some PHP modules are concerned.

  • Rudra March 9, 2011, 9:01 pm

    Dremhost site says 2.95 dollars a month!
    Rest all is as same as hostgator!
    any idea?

  • TechJ@price in India May 5, 2011, 5:58 pm

    Hostgator is dumb, I am having an issue of migrating a DB that is around 50MB to Hostgator and after 10 emails conversation issues is not resolved yet. They have limited everything. Also, I would like to know how I can migrate a big DB..

  • himanshu May 29, 2013, 6:58 pm

    I have heard about Bluehost that the server crash and there are many problems adopting this one as compared to Hostgator is it true please tell !!

  • Abuzar June 7, 2013, 2:57 pm

    I Love bluehost and really it’s amazing when it comes to technical support they help you configure each and everything… Have heard a lot of negative comments about Hostgator but not sure about Dreamhost…

    Thanks for sharing this awasome post….

  • John June 8, 2013, 4:34 am

    Dreamhost server works well, hostgator who knows. They are both very different so its hard to make a good summary

  • sonesh June 17, 2013, 3:35 pm

    I am using blue host and its one of my best hosting :)


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