Digital Ocean vs Bluehost

Comparison
Compared options Visit Digital Ocean Visit Bluehost
Pricing
13 hosting plans 16 hosting plans
Starting price $5.00 / month $2.95 / month
Free domain No Yes
Coupons No No
User Ratings
2.7
2.8
Reliability 2.5
2.5
Pricing 3.0
3.0
User Friendly 2.5
3.0
Support 2.5
2.5
Features 3.0
3.0
User Reviews
101 reviews 342 reviews
Latest positive review
Great Service
John Howard,
8.8
Digital Ocean is a highly customisable cloud hosting service with reasonable rates. The only drawback for non-technical customers is you will need to configure your server VIA the command-line – the good thing is Digital Ocea... More n has easy to follow documentation that shows you how to do this among many other things. Less
Knowledgeable and professional
Finis Massey,
10
The Rep was very knowledgeable, helpful, and professional. He was patient and went the extra mile to resolve my issue. He even provided additional technical guidance.
Latest negative review
terrible hosting!
Omer Ilyasli,
2.0
I have used Digital Ocean for more than 2 years and I regret it.
I started over the recommendation of our freelancer, but in 2 years, I always had a hard time, from setting up, to managing, to backup, and performance, everyt... More hing was very hard and confusing for me. And whenever I had a problem and opened a ticket, I only received automated responses and never heard from a real person answering my messages! In the end, one of my sites was hacked because of Digital Ocean and they didn't even bother to respond to me for anything at all!
I finally pulled the plug and changed to another hosting provider which I am happy with!
So, in short, if you are not a genius with IT, stay away from Digital Ocean. Or if you use, pray that you will not have any problems and will need technical support, because if you do, support will be nowhere to be found!
Stay away at all costs! You will regret it!
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Questionable service and support
Robert Liroff,
5.6
Service is friendly, but overall site support is definitely mixed - not sure if the long-term price is worth it.
I am concerned that I was not alert to a feature offering me SSL layer protection for my site, the absence of wh... More ich may have steered away potential clients. I only found out today, upon calling for a break in my site's functioning today, and inquiring about such protection, that it had been offered in my plan for a while but never turned on!
A real problem in communication with your customers. It was only due to the extremely helpful support person whom I contacted today that I satisfactorily resolved the two issues troubling my site.
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Shared Hosting
No
4 plans from $2.95 to $119.99
Under $4 No

Basic

$2.95 / MO
  • Space: 10 GB
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Panel: cpanel
  • Number of Sites: 1
View Basic plan
Under $8 No

Choice Plus

$4.45 / MO
  • Space: 40 GB
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Panel: cpanel
View Choice Plus plan
Over $10 No

Pro

$9.95 / MO
  • Space: 100 GB
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Panel: cpanel
View Pro plan
VPS
No
3 plans from $2.95 to $119.99
Under $4 No No
Under $8 No No
Over $10 No

Standard

$19.99 / MO
  • Space: 30 GB
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
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Dedicated Server
No
3 plans from $2.95 to $119.99
Under $4 No No
Under $8 No No
Over $10 No

Standard

$79.99 / MO
  • Space: 512 GB
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
View Standard plan
Cloud Hosting
13 plans from $5.00 to $960.00 3 plans from $2.95 to $119.99
Under $4 No No
Under $8

$5

$5.00 / MO
  • Space: 25 GB
  • Bandwidth: 1 TB
View $5 plan

Starter

$6.95 / MO
  • Space: 100 GB
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
View Starter plan
Over $10

$10

$10.00 / MO
  • Space: 50 GB
  • Bandwidth: 2 TB
View $10 plan

Performance

$8.95 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
View Performance plan
Website Builder
No
3 plans from $2.95 to $119.99
Under $4 No

BASIC

$2.95 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
View BASIC plan
Under $8 No No
Over $10 No

PRO

$9.95 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
View PRO plan
Data Centers
3 of 6 3 of 6
North America Yes Yes
Europe Yes Yes
Asia Yes Yes
Oceânia No No
South America No No
Africa & Middle East No No
Support Services
5 of 6 6 of 6
Live Chat Yes Yes
Phone Support No Yes
Email Support Yes Yes
Forum Support Yes Yes
Video guides Yes Yes
Knowledgebase Yes Yes
CMS support
4 of 6 5 of 6
WordPress Yes Yes
Joomla Yes Yes
Drupal Yes Yes
Magento Yes Yes
Softaculous No No
PrestaShop No Yes
OS Support
1 of 2 1 of 2
Windows/ASP.NET No No
Linux Yes Yes
Language Support
2 of 8 4 of 8
PHP Yes Yes
Java No Yes
Python No Yes
Node.js Yes No
Django No No
Perl No Yes
Ruby on Rails No No
ASP.NET No No
Database Support
1 of 3 2 of 3
MongoDB No Yes
MySQL Yes Yes
PostgreSQL No No
Payment Types Support
2 of 6 2 of 6
PayPal Yes Yes
Credit Card Yes Yes
Moneybookers No No
Wire Transfer No No
Webmoney No No
Bitcoin No No
Second

Second

Winner

Winner

Winner: Bluehost

Bruno Mirchevski Hosting Expert

When looking at BlueHost and Digital Ocean, it is easy to see that one is better than the other. While Digital Ocean services more areas (North America, Europe, and Asia) than Blue Host (Just North America), that is just about the only way they are better. BlueHost has more hosting packages to choose from, more options for tech support, and ranks better in every category for real user ratings. In our experience, customers will have a better overall experience with BlueHost, which is why they are the winner here.