WPX Hosting Vs Bluehost
WPX is a managed WordPress hosting platform that started back in 2013. Over the years, the service has been very reliable in performance, security, and support. Most importantly, the service is pretty affordable and has all the essential features you would need for a brilliant web hosting experience.
Bluehost is one of those few names bound to cross your mind when talking of web hosting, and the service helps you build and maintain your website with great ease. Bluehost has been around since 2003 and is recommended by WordPress. Bluehost comes with excellent plans for all types of customers and has a brilliant track record so far.
I have closely studied the different aspects of the two services, including pricing, performance, and features. I would love to share my things that I found out about these services with you all in this post to give you good clarity.
WPX Hosting Vs. Bluehost: Pricing
Customers have 3 plans to choose from in WPX hosting, and the plans are categorized based on the number of websites, storage, and bandwidth. The WPX plans are:
- Business: $20.83 per month, 5 Websites, 10 GB Storage, and 100 GB Bandwidth.
- Professional: $41.58 per month, 15 Websites, 20 GB Storage, and 200 GB Bandwidth.
- Elite: $83.25 per month, 35 Websites, 40 GB Storage, and Unlimited Bandwidth.
All WPX plans have the following common features:
- High-Speed Custom CDN With 26 Global Edge Locations
- Unlimited Site Migrations To WPX Unlimited SSLs
- Staging Areas
- DDoS Protection
- Free Malware Scanning & Removal
- 30-Day Money-Back
- 28 Day Automatic Backups
Bluehost has 4 plans for customers to choose from, and the plans are classified based on the number of websites and the size of the SSD Storage; the Bluehost plans are:
- Basic: $3.95 per month, 1 Website, 50 GB SSD Storage
- Plus: $5.95 per month, Unlimited Websites, Unlimited SSD Storage
- Choice Plus; $6.95 per month, Unlimited Websites, Unlimited SSD Storage
- Pro: $13.95 per month, Unlimited Websites, Unlimited SSD Storage, Optimized CPU Resources
The Choice Plus and the Pro plans come with Free Domain Privacy and Free Automated Backup. However, while Free Automated Backup is for 1 year on the Choice Plus, it is available without any limitation on the Pro plan. The Pro plan also comes with the Free Dedicated IP feature.
Certain features are common in all plans, and that includes;
- Custom Themes
- 24/7 Customer Support
- Free Domain for 1 year
- Free CDN
- Free SSL Certificate
If we compare, Bluehost plans are cheaper, and the promotional price makes them even affordable than the WPX plans. Another advantage that Bluehost has over the WPX plans is that while WPX plans support a limited number of websites only, Bluehost plans come with unlimited plans. However, unlike in WPX, automated daily backup is not available on all the plans in Bluehost.
WPX Hosting Vs. Bluehost: Performance
1. Server Response Time
Moving on to performance, I started my performance check by testing the server response time of the two services. I hosted a site on both platforms and monitored the server response time of my sites continuously.
As per our last check, my WPX site had an average server response time of 416 ms, and my Bluehost site had an average server response time of 460 ms. Even though there is no denying that both WPX and Bluehost have reliable server response times, WPX has a better server response time than Bluehost.
Uptime plays a vital role in the success of a website. I tested the uptime of the two services, and I have been monitoring the uptime of some of the hosting services consistently. According to our last uptime check, my WPX site recorded an uptime of 100%, and my Bluehost site recorded an uptime of 99.99%. Hence, both have a reliable uptime, and WPX has slightly better uptime than Bluehost.
3. Load Testing
It is equally important to finding if a hosting service can handle traffic spikes, and this is where the Load testing method turns out to be very effective. I performed Load testing on my sites by sending 500 and 1000 concurrent traffic to them and carefully monitoring their performance.
My WPX site recorded 28 ms in Clients Per Test (1000 Clients in 1 minute) and 222 ms in Maintain Client Load (500 Clients in 1 Minute). My Bluehost site recorded 54 ms in Clients Per Test (1000 Clients in 1 minute) and 374 ms in Maintain Client Load (500 Clients in 1 Minute). If we compare, WPX has performed better than Bluehost. However, both WPX and Bluehost can undoubtedly handle traffic spikes efficiently.
4. Global TTFB
Another important aspect of performance is the Global TTFB and must be tested well. It is essential because many sites rely upon multiple global locations for traffic. I pinged my sites from as many as ten global locations across the USA, Europe, and Asia to monitor their TTFB.
My WPX site had an average TTFB of 440.481 ms and had a decent TTFB across all the global locations. My Bluehost site recorded an average TTFB of 438.82 ms and had a comparatively better performance in the ten global locations. Bluehost had the lowest TTFB in Dallas with 126.39 ms and the highest TTFB in Bangalore with 781.11 ms. Even though both have reliable global TTFB, Bluehost has done comparatively better than WPX.
5. Core Web Vitals
User experience has a massive impact on ranking these days. Testing the Core Web Vitals of a hosting service gives us good clarity on the user experience that a site can offer with the help of the hosting service. I tested the Core Web Vitals of the sites hosted with the two services.
My WPX site recorded a ‘Largest Contentful Paint' of 0.601s, ‘Cumulative Layout Shift' of 0, and a ‘Total Blocking Time' of 0 s while my Bluehost site recorded a Largest Contentful Paint of 1.080 s s, a Total Blocking Time of 0.021 s, and a Cumulative Layout Shift of 0.002. Hence, WPX has better Core Web Vitals than Bluehost.
WPX Hosting Vs. Bluehost: Features
Control Panel is an essential feature since all of the hosting management is done through the control panel. WPX uses a custom control panel with all the essential features of a cPanel but is much lighter on the server than a cPanel. Besides, the control panel also has a neat interface with good usability and navigation.
Bluehost uses a customized cPanel with all the cPanel features plus several additional features. Most importantly, it comes with a better template, and things are much organized and user-friendly.
Data Center Locations
Hosting a site from the closest server to the target audience is always the best practice and offers faster load times. You must choose a hosting service that has the data center location that you are looking for. WPX comes with three data center locations comprising Chicago, London, and Sydney, while Bluehost has just one data center located in Utah in the USA.
Hence, both WPX and Bluehost provide you with limited options to choose from data center locations. There shouldn’t be any problem as long as you find your desired data center location among the available ones. However, if you can’t find one, using a CDN can largely help you with this.
CDNs or Content Delivery Networks are extensively used these days to improve the load times of sites. WPX has a good built-in CDN in place, which is available in all the plans for free. However, the free bandwidth differs from plan to plan. The CDN pretty much works like any traditional CDN and comes with 26 ‘end points’ to deliver your content. However, there are some downtime issues with their CDN. I've explained in my WPX Review 2021.
Bluehost uses Cloudflare CDN and offers it for free on all plans. Cloudflare comes with over 155 global locations to deliver your content from the closest server to your target audience. Besides, Cloudflare uses auto minification. Image optimization, gzip compression, and reverse-proxy caching by drastically improving load speeds and reducing bandwidth, as well as CPU usage.
Staging or creating a clone of a live site is a pretty handy feature for those who want to experiment with various changes on their websites safely. This may include changing PHP versions, testing different plugins, making certain changes in the code, and more. WPX offers a very straightforward staging process, and users can create a staging site from the Websites/SSL tab in the control panel, and after you are done testing, it is equally simple to deploy the final changes to your live site.
As far as staging in Bluehost goes, the feature is free on all the plans, and customers can create staging sites right from the Bluehost tab in their WordPress dashboard. After you are ready with your final changes, you can deploy them to your live site by choosing three deploy options.
Hosting a site is never complete without a reliable backup system in place. Most sites prefer automated daily backups to eliminate the slightest chance of ever losing your website files. WPX has automated daily backup for free on all plans, and every backup copy is stored for 28 days in WPX.
Bluehost also has free automated daily backups on its plans. However, the feature is not available in the lowest tier plan.
Website Security needs to be taken very seriously with dreadful online threats such as Bruteforce and DDoS around. WPX comes with reliable security that comprises Malware Scanning and Removal, DDoS Protection, email spam filtering, and free SSL Certificates.
Bluehost comes with security features such as resource protection, traffic encryption, automated malware scanning, and expert monitoring. Apart from that, Bluehost has a paid security add-on called SiteLock for even tighter security. Read our Bluehost Review 2021 for more details on security features.
It’s always a good idea to choose a hosting service with a reliable support service since you may run into technical difficulties anytime. WPX has a dedicated support team with the most competent executives to assist the customers 24×7 through live chat and tickets.
Bluehost has maintained a good track record in its support service backed by its experienced support team. The team has done a commendable job helping the customers with their technical issues through 24×7 live chat, tickets, and phone.
In this post, I tried to walk you through the various important aspects of the two services, including pricing, features, and performance. I have used some advanced methods of testing to give you good clarity on performance. Bluehost plans are comparatively cheaper than those of WPX. However, WPX has done comparatively better than Bluehost in all the tests.
When it comes to features, both WPX and Bluehost have all the essential features you would need to host your site. However, both WPX and Bluehost come with minimal data center locations, and this is where you need to be extra careful if you have a desired data center location to host your site.