Namecheap vs Bluehost

Namecheap is one of the top 10 domain registrars on the internet. It also offers a shared hosting service. Bluehost is one of the leading shared website hosting service providers. It enables users to register domains. In other words, both companies are competitors of each other. Below, we compared the pricing and features of the most popular services of these two firms.

Domain name pricing

Namecheap is one of the most affordable domain registrars on the internet. Its charges for registering a top-level domain such as .com, .net. .org is the cheapest in the industry. Right now, you can register a .com for around 7 dollars and a .org domain for just 8.88 dollars. Each domain you register with this form comes with a free domain privacy shield. Bluehost is an expensive domain registrar. A .com domain enabled with a privacy module costs 11.88 dollars on BH. The .net and .org TLDs on BH are priced at 14.99 and 9.99 dollars, respectively.

Shared hosting plans

Bluehost is known worldwide for its shared hosting services. Namecheap’s shared servers are very popular. BH has launched four shared hosting servers – Basic, Pro, Choice Plus, and Choice. NC has introduced three shared plans for new customers or existing users of any of the NC services. The servers are Steller, Business, and Stellar Plus. The cheapest Bluehost plan i.e. Basic, supports only one website and costs 4.95 dollars per month. Stellar enables you to host up to 3 websites and is priced below 2 dollars per month. The Basic plan provides 50GB storage, whereas this plan offers 20GB storage.

Choice Plus and Plus servers are two sides of the same coin. Their pricing is the same (7.45 dollars), but the number of premium features Bluehost bundles with these two plans is different. These two plans support unlimited websites. The Stellar Plus server is priced under 3 dollars, and it provides unlimited storage memory and lets users host 1+ websites. The Choice Plus and Stellar Plus plans offer a free daily site backup feature.

The Stellar Business server of NC offers a generous 50 GB storage memory and automated cloud backup storage service. It costs 4.80 dollars per month. Despite being cheaper than this plan, the Stellar Plus subscription provides unlimited storage memory. The costliest shared hosting subscription of Bluehost, Pro, is priced at 18.95 dollars. It offers everything that the other 3 packs of BH offer and a dedicated IP address.

Namecheap offers a free domain (non .com, .org, .net domain) to the buyers of its shared hosting subscription. Bluehost lets you register a domain extension of your choice when you buy a shared hosting plan from them.

Shared hosting features of Namecheap and Bluehost

Free SSL: You can enable an SSL certificate for your website if you’re using Namecheap or Bluehost shared hosting service.

cPanel access: Users of the shared hosting service of BH and NC are given access to a GUI application called cPanel through which users can manage their site and databases.

Real-time chat support: Users of BH and Namecheap get real-time help from the company’s support staff by opening the live chat tool.

Free CDN: On Bluehost, you can enable Cloudflare’s free CDN service with a click of a button. NC has launched its own CDN service. This service is offered for free to the buyers of its shared hosting plans.

Other hosting services offered by Namecheap and Bluehost:

BH and NC offer VPS and dedicated hosting services. They have also launched managed WordPress hosting plans. The Managed WP hosting plans of the BH start at 9.95 dollars, and that of Namecheap costs between 3.88 and 11.88 dollars per month. The VPS servers of NC will cost you between 9.88 and 17.88 dollars per month. BH’s VPS hosting servers are priced between 19.99 and 59.99 dollars/month. The dedicated hosting plans of BH and NC cost between 79.9 and 119.9 USD/month and 48.8 to 298.8 dollars, respectively.

Closing words: The shared hosting subscription/VPS hosting plans/domain registration charges on Namecheap are more affordable than Bluehost’s plans.


Pramod is the founder of wptls. He has been using WordPress for more than nine years. He builds web applications, and writes about his experiences with various WP products on this site.

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