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Bluehost vs Cloudways

Cloudways is the Bluehost alternative for businesses with mission-critical websites

Yes, Bluehost works great for smaller sites with low traffic. But price hikes and performance issues hit you once you start growing. Cloudways keeps your sites fast and affordable, even as they keep growing.

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“Cloudways is simple to use and helps you scale vertically as your projects get bigger.”

Brenly McCulloch

Marketing Director, Dick Dyer & Associates

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Ease of Use

Bluehost score: 7.8
Web hosting average: 8.6

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Quality of Support

Bluehost score: 7.3
Web hosting average: 8.3

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Ease of Setup

Bluehost score: 7.7
Web hosting average: 8.5

Bluehost websites fall apart when you try to scale up

Bluehost is cheap when you are getting started and doesn’t charge you for traffic. Sounds like the perfect fit for small businesses, but here’s the downside…

  • You’re locked into a 1-3 year contract, with a price hike upon renewal.
  • Your site goes on a shared server that’s slow, risky, and not built for high traffic.
  • Support is hard to reach and slow to respond when you need critical help.

Customers say “you get what you pay for” with Bluehost

“After using hosting providers like Bluehost, I’ve come to realize that you get what you pay for; if you’re paying pennies for hosting, you aren’t going to get a reliable service.”

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“I’ve had numerous clients complain that their website goes down frequently, or that they have email problems.”

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“I was maintaining a website on their servers quite cheaply, but the lag time in loading the website cost me traffic.”

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“I probably spent 12 hours with their customer service. It was impossible to speak to managers or to escalate issues.”

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“Ever since the support team switched me to new servers, my websites have been hacked twice. On two different accounts.”

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“I will never forget the time when my dedicated server went down for a whole week due to a major hardware failure!”

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Growing businesses choose Cloudways instead

High-performance, security and 24/7 support — even on the lowest hosting plans

Lightning fast servers

Get your site on dedicated cloud servers. Remove speed and uptime issues that come from shared hosting.

Easy-to-use interface

Sign up and get a new site live in minutes. Even with very little technical knowledge.

Always have a backup

Bluehost only backs up small sites (30 GB or less). Cloudways backs up all your sites every hour.

Out-of-the-box security

Keep your servers safe with 24/7 monitoring and other security features you don’t have to pay extra for.

Cloudways won’t leave you hanging as your business grows

Add more computing power whenever you want

With Cloudways’ Vertical Scaling, you can easily add more RAM and CPU power, storage, and bandwidth when your sites need an upgrade.

“Cloudways is amazing at scaling a server as per requirements”
Ahmad Alghouti

Pick your cloud provider for extra performance control

Businesses looking for an extra edge can choose to host their sites on their preferred server: DigitalOcean, Linode, Vultr, AWS or Google Cloud. You are in control.

“Speed, security and customer service. Working with AWS is a dream come true.”
Pedro Flores

Bring your team on board

Growing businesses need extra hands. With our collaboration tools, you can invite your co-workers to Cloudways and assign them limited or full access to your server or app.

“It’s easy to explain to non-techies how to use Cloudways.”
Rubén Castellanos

Managed security so you don’t have to do the dirty work

Your account comes with free SSL certificates, two-factor authentication, IP whitelisting, server patching, and DDoS protection. We manage security for you — no addons or plugins needed.

“I like that Cloudways takes care of the small things on the server side.”
Craig Booker

Unlimited sites in a single dashboard

Running multiple sites for your business? Cloudways let’s you set up and manage unlimited sites, all from the same place. Ideal for agencies.

“If you want an affordable and easy-to-manage web hosting platform, Cloudways it is.”
Richard Williams

“Cloudways is demonstrating that people can start their own website with great quality at affordable pricing options.”

Rubén Castellanos

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Customer support delivered by trained professionals who understand tech

With Cloudways you get free, 24/7/365 customer support with access to Live Chat. And if you’re managing sites where every minute matters, you can get priority support via phone, email, and Slack.

Cloudways customer support performance
Q3 2020 – Q1 2021

  • 2.1 minutes

    Initial response time

  • 30 minutes

    Average time to solve and close a support inquiry

  • 90%

    Percentage of support inquiries closed with a happy and satisfied customer

Dedicated Account Manager
Private Slack channel
Phone Support
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Discover how to setup your first cloud server

Search through +200 articles covering every area of Managed Cloud Hosting, from migration and setup to maintenance and scaling. No technobabble, just plain English.

You don’t need to be a developer to use Cloudways

“It’s easy to explain to non-techies how to use Cloudways.”

“Easiest way to use AWS servers without the need of high technical skills.”

“You can do a lot in Cloudways with no coding experience.”

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Cloudways is built for speed and performance from the ground up

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Optimized caching techniques Only with separate plugins
Ready to use caches including Memcached, Varnish, Nginx, and Redis
Content Delivery Network (CDN) available
Easily integrated
Auto healing servers
Keeps your websites from crashing
Choose your server provider
Keeps your websites from crashing
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Cloudways gives you more security, on any plan

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Free SSL certificates
1-Click Free SSL certificate Installation
Dedicated firewalls
We filter out malicious traffic from reaching your site
24/7 real-time monitoring
24/7/365 peace of mind everything works
Regular security patching
Regular OS patches on your server, done for you
Automated backups
Not available for large sites
Available on all plans
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Cloudways lets you try before you commit

No Trial

Free Trial

3 Days – No Credit Card Required

Migrating to Cloudways is free and easy

Your first site migration is on us. Tell us about your site and traffic. We’ll help you make the switch effortlessly.

No Bugs Guaranteed! Once your website is on Cloudways, our migration experts will closely monitor your site to make sure that everything’s working a-okay.

“The support and ease of migration was extremely helpful. I easily understood the process and of course felt much more at ease with the whole transition because of the support that Cloudways provided.”
Jennifer Stinnett – Founder, eJenn Solutions
Bluehost vs Cloudways

Frequently Asked Questions

On the surface, it seems like Bluehost’s hosting plans offer good value for money. But users often end up paying for it in the long-run.

Bluehost’s lowest pricing tiers are for their shared hosting service, which is often very unreliable because your website has to share its resources with multiple other websites.

This is especially bad for agencies, because if one website gets a lot of traffic, then the uptime and load times of other websites on the server will suffer.

Additionally, Bluehost also offers very attractive hosting packages to first-time customers. But these rates only apply for their first term, after which renewal prices triple.

If you want access to similar features and low pricing, but with the superior performance that comes with dedicated servers, then Cloudways is one of the best alternatives.

Shared hosting plans, while low cost, are especially vulnerable to security risks. If one website on the shared server is attacked, then all other sites on the server can be compromised.

Security is our #1 priority at Cloudways, forming the very foundation of our cloud hosting experience. No matter which hosting plan you’re on, your dedicated Cloudways server comes security features such as:

  • Firewalls
  • Bot Protection
  • SSL Certificates
  • Operating System’s Security & Patching
  • GDPR Compliance
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • End-to-End Encryption
  • Suspicious Device Login Control
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