One of the most important things to understand about web hosting is that not all providers are created equally. Three of the biggest names in the industry today are Bluehost, GoDaddy, and WPEngine, which CleverLight’s own hosting program utilizes. All three bring their own unique advantages and special features to the table.
Originally founded in 1996, Bluehost is a web host that has over one million domains currently serviced by their platform according to the company’s own website. As is customary with many other providers in the industry, they boast an average of 99.99% uptime. They’re certainly a flexible platform to work with, but that’s not to say the company isn’t without its drawbacks.
Bluehost practices CPU throttling, which means that if a particular domain is using too many of the platform’s resources at any given moment, the site’s speed will be artificially limited. This could significantly impact the level of service you’re able to offer to your users, which is why this isn’t necessarily the best option for a larger business site.
Founded right around the same time in 1997, GoDaddy is also a popular web hosting option with an estimated 20 million customers as of 2020.
One of GoDaddy’s most popular features is a managed WordPress hosting plan – something that comes complete with a WordPress auto-installer and more. It makes it easier to build websites using WordPress and it also includes functionality like automatic backups to help eliminate the need to manage complicated WordPress plugins on your own. GoDaddy also features a dashboard that helps visualize all of the most important elements of a site, enabling better visibility into its status and any upcoming changes that you might want to make.
CleverLight Hosting with WPEngine
At CleverLight Media, we utilize the services of WPEngine for all of our hosting users thanks to the wide array of different benefits it brings to the table as a platform. That’s not to say that any of the others are inherently bad – it’s just that when you consider our goal to help organizations positively transform their website in a way that also enables them to grow their digital brand, WPEngine puts us in the best position to help meet their needs and exceed their expectations at every opportunity.
WPEngine is the leading WordPress digital experience platform available anywhere on the market today. Truly, it’s a hosting provider focused on efficiency – it offers not only a WordPress installer and access to critical updates, but also a custom hosting dashboard, automatic backups to protect critical data, and more.
CleverLight Hosting also offers additional functionality like free SSL (secure sockets layer) for maximum security and a free CDN (content delivery network) to help make the publishing of content as easy as possible – both things that are not available on the GoDaddy Shared plan.
If you’d like to find out more information about these and other web hosting providers, or if you’d like to discuss your own needs with someone in more detail, please don’t hesitate to contact CleverLight today.