JustHost and BlueHost are two popular web hosts. The former has been growing fast since the inception in 2008, and the latter is one of the largest web hosting providers around the world.
The two web hosts have been offering reliable hosting services for Drupal, and there are many other similarities between them, which makes people quite confused when faced with the choice.
In fact, they are two famous brands owned by the same company, so it is understandable that they are the same in some aspects. However, the obvious differences between their web hosting offerings can still help in making the better decision.
So in this comparison, we will present their similarities first, and then clarify the differences so that you can have a comprehensive understanding about the two web hosts. The ratings below offer the basic information about their service quality.
They Are Almost the Same in Many Aspects
As the sister brands, JustHost and BlueHost have the same web hosting plans with the same regular prices and features. Also, they are both good in uptime and technical support.
Web hosting plans and the regular prices
In terms of shared web hosting, Drupal users have 3 choices of the plan. Both web hosts name the plans as Basic, Plus and Prime, and they charge the same regular/renewal rates.
- Basic: $7.99/mo, $8.49/mo and $8.99/mo for 3/2/1-year billing.
- Plus: $10.99/mo, $11.99/mo and $12.99/mo for 3/2/1-year billing.
- Prime: $23.99/mo, $24.99/mo and $25.99/mo for 3/2/1-year billing.
All the plans include some extras for free. For example, you can buy a new domain without paying additional fees for the first year of registration, and you don’t have to pay a penny for the setup.
Web hosting features
JustHost and BlueHost are the same in the feature offerings of their web hosting plans. The Basic plan comes with limited resources and allows hosting one domain, while Prime includes unlimited resources and many other advanced features. More details of the plans are available in the table below.
|Disk Space||50 GB||150 GB||Unlimited|
Besides these features, you can also get access to the following ones regardless of the plan you use.
- Shared SSL, SSH and data encryption which help secure your Drupal site.
- Two database choices – MySQL and PostgreSQL.
- cPanel, a rich-featured control panel designed for both beginners and advanced users.
- Advanced capabilities such as .htaccess, Cron Jobs, PHP.ini and SSI.
100% Drupal compatibility
JustHost and BlueHost have shown much care about Drupal and its users. It needs to mention that the latter is a premium supporter of the Drupal project.
They are currently offering Apache web server, PHP 5.4 and MySQL 5.5 to guarantee the compatibility with Drupal, and they claim to apply new versions constantly. So far, no compatibility issue has been found with them.
1-click Drupal install
To ease beginners’ life from the somewhat complex installation procedure, the two web hosts offer a 1-click installer which deals with the file downloading, uploading and basic configuration automatically. There is no technical obstacle at all.
Besides, as the 1-click installer is included in Mojo Marketplace which is integrated with cPanel, you can purchase premium Drupal themes and ask for theme support easily from the control panel.
Both of JustHost and BlueHost guarantee 99.9% uptime, and they have kept the promise in reality. The robust facilities and equipment, including the UPS power backup, diesel generators and multiple network routes, contribute much to the good results.
If you want some evidence, read the following chart for JustHost uptime in the last 30 days.
Below is the monitoring output of BlueHost uptime, which tells that this web host wins a little over JustHost. But generally speaking, they both do well.
24×7 technical support
Responsive and professional technical support is a significant highlight of JustHost and BlueHost. They offer assistance on a 24×7 basis so you can gain effective support at any time when you meet troubles. Besides, their excellence in support also attributes to the following facts.
- Their customers can ask for help from a real expert via multiple ways including a ticket system, phone and live chat.
- The support representatives are experienced and know well about Drupal, which has been proved by our over two years’ trial.
- The waiting time for phone and live chat could be less than 30 seconds and that for tickets is 15 minutes.
Money back guarantee
Both web hosts offer a 30-day full refund guarantee. If you cancel your hosting account within the first 3 days, you can get all the money you paid back, and if the cancelation happens within 30 days, a full refund with a deduction of the domain registration fee will still be issued. After the guaranteed period, a pro-rated refund is available at any time.
What Are Their Biggest Differences?
Although JustHost and BlueHost offer the same features and many other things, they are still different from each other in some important hosting aspects. For instance, BlueHost has a longer history, and it is serving more Drupal sites. The most significant differences which should affect your choice are the special prices for the initial term, and the web hosting speed.
JustHost charges lower rates for the Basic plan
It is a common marketing strategy that web hosting providers offer special discounts for the initial term. JustHost and BlueHost are of no exception. However, they offer different discounts for the Basic and Plus plans although they have the same regular rates.
JustHost allows 69% off the regular $7.99/mo of Basic, so you can get an account with this company at a very low cost of $2.5/mo. The promotional price of Plus starts at $4.5/mo, 60% off the regular price, and that of Prime is $13.95/mo, 42% off. For all the plans, JustHost supports monthly billing.
The prices of BlueHost plans are a little bit different from those of JustHost plans except that Prime is available from $13.95/mo, too. The discounts for Basic and Plus are:
- Basic: 63% off for $2.95/mo.
- Plus: 64% off for $3.95/mo.
BlueHost delivers faster speed
JustHost and BlueHost are able to offer fairly fast hosting speed, while the latter wins the former a little in this aspect. An important factor that could affect the result is that JustHost utilizes a single data center and BlueHost uses 3 which are all designed and built by their own technicians.
Besides housing the data centers with robust servers and first-class routers and switches, the two web hosts also take advantage of the power of CloudFlare CDN to enable customers to enjoy faster page loads. The 24×7 network monitoring ensures that there is always a stable and fast route serving the hosted websites.
Below are the two companies’ server response records picked from our long-term monitoring.
Conclusion – Both Are Worth Trying
Since JustHost and BlueHost offer rich features and can guarantee good uptime and speed, they are both great choices for hosting Drupal. If you are planning to build a simple Drupal site with the minimum cost, you can purchase the Basic plan from JustHost. And in the case that you need to host multiple sites on one account, try the Plus plan offered by BlueHost to save money.