Is 1&1 IONOS a more Economical Web Hosting Service Provider than Bluehost?

1&1 IONOS provides private enterprises with an array of web hosting solutions, while Bluehost is a global provider of shared/dedicated/VPS for SMEs and is based in the USA.

To sufficiently answer this question, a comprehensive comparison of the features and pricing for the different hosting plans offered by Bluehost and 1&1 IONOS

This article discusses several essential attributes for hosting plans that offer value-for-money and performance, which are: 

  • Feature and Price Comparison for Hosting Packages offered by 1&1 IONOS versus Bluehost, i.e., Bandwidth, Storage and Processing Power Allocation for shared, dedicated, VPS, WordPress, and other hosting options
  • 1&1 IONOS and Bluehost Host Server Attributes, i.e., Server Security, Backend Resource Control, Scalability and Upgrades, Programming Language Support, Host Server Updates, Server Backup, and Server Uptime
  • Hosting Service Client Benefits offered by Bluehost and 1&1 IONOS, i.e., Customer Support services
  • Bluehost verses 1&1 IONOS Host Server Performance Comparison, i.e., Page Loading Speed, Download and Upload Speeds, Application Turnaround Time.

Features and Pricing for Different Hosting Plans: Bluehost vs. 1&1 IONOS

Microsoft 365 office collaboration suite and customizable online store templates are two examples of high-end SaaS enterprise products that 1&1 IONOS offers, in addition to standard hosting packages.

Bluehost, on the other hand, focuses on providing a global clientele with a diverse array of hosting plans. The main categories of comparison for hosting services offered by the two providers are as follows.

Shared Hosting

1&1 IONOS does not feature shared hosting plans in its product portfolio. Luckily, Bluehost offers entry-level start-ups a choice of four affordable shared hosting packages, i.e., Basic, Plus, Choice Plus, and Pro. 

Bluehost’s Basic Shared Hosting plan features single website hosting, 50GB SSD storage, Unmetered bandwidth, free SSL certificate, 5 packed domains, at $2.95/month. 

Like the basic plan, Bluehost’s Plus Shared plan also features free SSL certification, unmetered bandwidth, spam protection, and packed domains. The extras in this include features such as unlimited website hosting, unmetered bandwidth and storage, and 30-day Microsoft 365 Mailbox at $5.45/month.

Also at $5.45/month, the Choice Plus Shared hosting package adds domain privacy and auto-site backup to what the Plus plan offers. 

Similarly, the “Pro” Shared hosting plan adds dedicated IP support to what’s available on the Choice Plus plan, at a higher monthly rate of $13.95.

Dedicated Hosting

Both Bluehost and 1&1 IONOS offer dedicated hosting plans, which are suited for hosting large data-intensive websites, mainly in health, manufacturing, logistics, and e-commerce industries. Bluehost offers three Dedicated Hosting packages, i.e., Standard, Enhanced, and Premium. 

Bluehost’s Standard Dedicated Hosting plan features 4-processing cores, 500GB mirrored SSD storage, 4GB RAM, 5TB bandwidth, and support for three IP addresses, at $79.99/month. 

The Enhanced plan offers 1TB mirrored SSD storage, 8 GB RAM, 10TB bandwidth, and hosting for four IP addresses, at a monthly rate of $99.99. Premium Dedicated Hosting adds 16GB Ram, 15TB bandwidth and support for five IP addresses, at a higher monthly price of $119.99.

1&1 IONOS, on the other hand, offers separate dedicated hosting packages for HDD, SSD, and NVMe storage formats. The four Dedicated SSD hosting packages from this IONOS are, L-16, L-32, XL-32, and XL-64. The L-16 Dedicated Hosting plan features 4-processing cores, 16GB RAM, and 480GB mirrored SSD storage, at $80/month. 

IONOS offers more RAM for an L-32 Dedicated Hosting plan at $90/month. At $120/month, the XL-32 package offers more storage than its predecessor at 800GB SDD storage. The highest level of Dedicated Hosting from IONOS, the XL-64 plan, features 4-processing cores, 64GB RAM, and 800GB SSD storage at $150/month.

VPS Hosting

As with dedicated hosting, 1&1 IONOS and Bluehost both offer VPS hosting, which grants users ample control of server resources without the expense of dedicated hosting. The three Bluehost VPS packages are Standard, Enhanced, and Ultimate. 

The Standard plan features 2 virtual processors, 30GB SSD storage, 2GB RAM, 1TB bandwidth, and hosting for one IP address, at $18.99/Month. In addition to 2 virtual cores, the Enhanced plan offers 60GB SSD storage, 4GB RAM, 2 TB, and hosting for two IP addresses, at $29.99/month. 

Finally, the Ultimate VPS hosting plan from Bluehost features four virtual processors, 120GB SSD storage, 8GB RAM, 3TB bandwidth, and hosting for two IP addresses, at $59.99/month.

1&1 IONOS VPS hosting plans are VPS M, VPS L, VPS XL, and VPS XXL. The VPM M package includes 2 virtual cores, 2GB RAM and 80GB SSD storage, at $2 for the first month and subsequent $10/month. 

The VPS L plan offers 2 virtual cores, 4GB RAM and 120GB SSD storage, at $20/month.  The VPS XL package features 4 virtual cores, 8GB RAM, and 160GB SSD storage.  As with VPS M, the VPS XL plan from IONOS also charges $2 for the first month and $30 for any additional month. 

Finally, the highest level of IONOS VPS hosting, VPS XXL, offers 6 virtual processors, 12GB RAM, and 240GB SSD storage.

WordPress Hosting

Both Bluehost and 1&1 IONOS also offer WordPress hosting, an increasingly popular hosting for blogs, portfolio websites, and product/service pages. 

Bluehost offers three plans, i.e., Basic, Plus, and Choice Plus. All three plans offer a free SSL certificate, automated WordPress updates, and access to the Bluehost App Marketplace. 

Differentiating features include the size of SSD storage, Domain Privacy, Spam Protection, and Automated Backups. Monthly charges for Bluehost WordPress hosting are $2.95, $5.25, and $5.45 per month, respectively.

The three 1&1 IONOS WordPress hosting plans are One, Advanced, and Agency. Notable features of IONOS WordPress hosting include Daily Cloud Backups, Automated Updates, Malware Protection, and PHP OP caching. 

1&1 IONOS and Bluehost Host Server Attributes

While pricing for different hosting packages is useful in determining which hosting provider is more economical, it’s important to consider underlying host server attributes, including Server Security, Scalability, Server Uptime, Backend Resource Control, and programming language support.

Security and Server Uptime

Bluehost and 1&1 IONOS both employ multiple security protocols on their host servers, including SSH Keys and Multi-layer Firewalls. 

Both providers allow clients to easily upgrade or downgrade their hosting packages to best suit user traffic to their websites. 

Clients can also expect Server Uptime levels of 99.9% from both 1&1 IONOS and Bluehost, a consequence of Server Mirroring.

Backend Resource Control

1&1 IONOS offers clients Plesk Obsidian, a backend resource control tool that enables easy management of domains, databases, user’s accounts, and other server features. 

However, users have to pay an additional $5 every month for the service. Bluehost offers clients similar capabilities via the CPanel Backend Resource Control tool

Host Server Backup

In addition to mirrored storage, both Bluehost and 1&1 IONOS allow their clients to backup data on the cloud. IONOS offers a minimum of 50GB Cloud Backup at $5/month and a maximum of 5,000GB Cloud Backup at $325/month.

Programming Language Support

1&1 IONOS servers can run either Linux or Windows and support only PHP 7.4. Bluehost, on the other hand, supports all mainstream programming languages including PHP, Java, Python, and others. Both providers also offer 24/7 customer support.


This comprehensive comparison should enable anyone to make an informed decision on which web hosting provider is more economical between 1&1 IONOS and Bluehost.

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