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Bluehost vs. 1&1 IONOS

Full Page Load Speed

Do you want to have a website that ranks on Google searches and gets enough views? Then, you should pay more attention to average full page load speed.

If your web page loads quickly, you have a better chance of ranking high on Google searches— and if you rank high on Google searches, you’ll have more views. And what does more views translate to? Higher conversion rates. That’s why you should be concerned about the full page load speed of potential web hosts.

So, which host between 1&1 IONOS and Bluehost has a better full page load speed? Let’s find out.

Bluehost Full Page Load Speed

Bluehost is pretty much one of the fastest web hosts around. Our Bluehost page had an average full page load speed of 1.1 seconds to prove that fact, once more, to us. Of course, there are web hosts faster than Bluehost, but a full page load speed of just over a second is pretty decent.

1&1 IONOS Full Page Load Speed

Over the years, 1&1 has made a name for itself in hosting. And the company couldn’t have done this without decent performances backing it. That’s why we were not surprised to have an average full page load speed of 1.2 seconds. While still slower than Bluehost, a difference of 100 milliseconds is negligible enough to not be significant.

Now that we’ve shown that both hosts have decent full page load speed, it’s time to see how well their plans compare.

Bluehost vs. I&1 IONOS; Pricing And Value For Money

You’re about to purchase a web hosting plan. You’re thinking of either subscribing for a Bluehost plan or a 1&1 IONOS plan, but you do not know which plan is a) good for you and b) offers the best value for money.

If you’re in this dilemma, we’ll be laying bare the intricacies of the hosting plans of both companies. We’ll see which company offers the best value for money, and which company does not.

First off, you need to know that the most cost-effective way of publishing a website is by buying a shared hosting plan. Of course, there are other more powerful plans, but if you’re just starting out or you just plan on having a few medium-sized sites, then a shared hosting plan is just perfect for you.

Entry Level Plans; Basic Plan vs. Essential Plan

The Basic plan is Bluehost’s cheapest shared hosting plan and it comes with 1 website, 50 GB of SSD storage, unmetered bandwidth, a free SSL certificate, one domain, 5 parked domains,  and 25  subdomains. The plan costs  $2.95 per month.

The Essential plan is 1&1’s cheapest shared hosting plan as well, and it comes with one website, 10GB of storage, 10 email accounts, and a free domain. The plan costs $4.

It’s clear to see that the Basic plan offers much more in value than the Essential plan and still manages to cost less. At $4 per month, 1&1 should really be offering more than 10 GB of storage— but they aren’t. For context, the Basic plan has 50 GB of storage and costs almost half. Bluehost’s plan is most certainly the better plan here, and it’s no contest.

Medium Tier Plan; Plus Plans vs. Business Plan

Bluehost has two medium-tier plans and they are called the Plus and the Choice Plus plans. The two plans are quite similar and are the same price. So what’s the difference between both plans? Well, the Choice Plus plan has more security features and costs about three dollars more to renew.

The Plus plan has unlimited websites, unlimited SSD storage, unmetered bandwidth, free SSL certificate, unlimited domains, Spam Experts and 1 Office 365 Mailbox free for thirty days. The plan costs $5.45 per month for an initial term of three years and renews for $10.99

The Choice Plus plan has all the features of the Plus plan, but it also has some additional security features like Codeguard Basic and Domain Privacy + Protection. It costs $5.45 per month for an initial term of three years, but it renews at $14.99 instead of $10.99

The Business plan of 1&1 really does mean business. Did that land well? Of course, it did. The plan comes with unlimited storage, unlimited websites, 50 email accounts, a free domain for a year, and enhanced CPU resources. This all sounds great, but the plan costs $8.

It’s a great plan, even though it costs $8— but the only problem is that the Plus plans offer roughly the same value and cost about three dollars less. Value for money? Not really.

Top Tier Plan; Pro Plan vs. Expert Plan

The Pro plan is Bluehost’s most expensive plan, and the company really just maxes out its specs here. The plan comes with unlimited websites, unlimited storage, Domain Privacy + Protection, Codeguard Basic for site backup, a dedicated IP, unlimited domains, Spam Expert, free SSL certificate, unmetered bandwidth and 1 Office 365 Mailbox free for thirty days. It costs $13.95 per month to subscribe to the plan. For the features that it packs, this plan is fairly priced, and if your budget can accommodate it, it’s probably the best plan of this price range that you can get.

However, before we start making such sweeping statements, let’s see what 1&1’s Expert plan has to offer us.

The Expert plan of 1&1 is presumably for experts, and it comes with loads of interesting features like unlimited storage, unlimited websites, unlimited databases, a free domain for a year, maximum CPU resources, Sitescan malware protection (some security feature at last, thank God!), and a Content Delivery Network. The plan costs $14 per month.

Now, 1&1 is talking. This plan is reasonably priced, has decent basic features and has extra security features. It’s almost, just almost, as good as the Pro plan of Bluehost. In fact, the Expert plan is what comes closest to having decent value for money. If you’re going to get any shared hosting plan of 1&1 IONOS, the Expert plan is what you should get.

However, when it comes down to it, the Pro plan has more security features and has a trump card called a dedicated IP address. Even worse, the Pro plan costs less than the Expert plan, even if it is by just a few cents.

The Best Plan For You

If you’re thinking of hosting a single site, then you should definitely go for the Basic plan. If you’re thinking of something more, but not incredible, you should go for the Choice Plus plan. If you want to go all out, then you can consider either the Pro plan or the Expert plan. However, I’d advise that you get the Pro plan. But if you don’t, the Expert plan has good enough features to worth almost every penny you pay.