GreenGeeks vs Bluehost: The Servers are Different

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The biggest difference between GreenGeeks and Bluehost, is that all GreenGeeks servers use LiteSpeed and MariaDB instead of Apache and MySQL. Bluehost on the other hand, just uses the normal LAMP software stack. There are other differences too as explained below.

1. LiteSpeed Makes Things Faster with Caching

The most notable difference with LiteSpeed as used by GreenGeeks, is that it comes with in-built server caching. As I’ve explained in in-depth article on server caching, this brings better results than relying on 3rd party plugins like WP Rocket and W3 Total Cache. By pushing caching operations onto the server, LiteSpeed frees up your site and makes everything more efficient.

So why don’t all web hosts use LiteSpeed? The reason is cost. Unlike Apache, LiteSpeed isn’t free. It takes quite a lot of guts for a web hosting company to use a paid service and still keep prices low the way GreenGeeks does. The only other web host I know that uses LiteSpeed, is the excellent NameHero.

Here’s a complete list of GreenGeeks coupon codes starting at just $2.95/m.

2. GreenGeeks vs Bluehost Pricing: Almost the Same

Both GreenGeeks and Bluehost have almost the same pricing scheme, with a few differences.

First, Bluehost’s $2.95/m hosting plan doesn’t always show up. There are ways to increase your chances of getting the offer, but it’s not a guarantee. Only Bluehost knows exactly in which circumstances you can see the special deal. However, GreenGeeks’ price at the same point always remains the same. So if you have to decide between these two based on price, your choice might come down to whether or not Bluehost is feeling generous!

Second, GreenGeeks non-discounted prices tend to be slightly higher than Bluehost’s. This is most noticeable in their starting package pricing. Whereas the discounted prices are the same, the full prices differ by 20%. I’m putting this down to the LiteSpeed web server, which surely eats into GreenGeeks’ profit margins.

Third, they both offer free domains for the first year of web hosting. So there’s no differentiation between the two on that score.

3. GreenGeeks is More “Green” (Duh)!

One of the big selling points of GreenGeeks is that they purchase Renewable Energy Credits or RECs, that go towards building renewable energy infrastructure. Even though RECs are not the same as carbon offsets, there’s no doubt that GreenGeeks is at least trying to be a responsible corporation. Datacenters use a lot of heating power, and RECs are an attempt to ameliorate the situation.

4. GreenGeeks has More Data Center Locations

It might seem strange, but GreenGeeks has data centers in the US, Canada, and Europe. By contrast, Bluehost has data centers only in the United States. The probable reason is that Bluehost owns and operates its own data centers, and GreenGeeks leverages the infrastructure of others. This helps lower costs for Bluehost, but doesn’t exactly give them the best coverage.

So if your clients are located primarily in Europe, choosing between these two is a no-brainer. GreenGeeks wins hands down.

5. Bluehost has More Services

Bluehost is a more “complete” web host when it comes to their bouquet of hosting services. In addition to ordinary web hosting and WordPress services, they also have dedicated servers, SiteLock and CodeGuard additions, as well as SEO packages. They also have advanced WordPress management, and special premium web hosting when you need to upgrade.

GreenGeeks on the other hand, is far more limited in its offerings. They have web hosting, WordPress hosting, VPS, and reseller hosting. They also have dedicated servers tucked away in their bottom menu. Their WordPress package is no different from their web hosting, unlike Bluehost’s premium managed WordPress.

Still, this might not matter to you. Even with its limited offerings, there’s always a clear upgrade path on GreenGeeks, and you never have to feel that you don’t have space to grow.

Bottom Line

In the end, the difference between Bluehost and GreenGeeks comes down to the server architecture and software stack. The former uses Apache, and the latter uses LiteSpeed with MariaDB. If you want something a little different and optimized, go with GreenGeeks. If you want web hosting that is standardized, with no surprises, choose Bluehost instead.

About Bhagwad Park

I've been writing about web hosting and WordPress tutorials since 2008. I also create tutorials on Linux server administration, and have a ton of experience with web hosting products. Contact me via e-mail!

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