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What is the Different Between Bluehost and Hostmonster?

Bluehost and Hostmonster Difference

Whenever you read reviews or comparisons of popular web hosting companies, there is no doubt you will find both Hostmonster and Bluehost mentioned in the same top ten list. While these two companies are both worthy of their ranking, it comes as a surprise to most folks that the two seemingly separate hosts are actually founded by the same legendary web host guru, Matt Heaton.

Now the CEO of Bluehost will tell everyone that Bluehost and Hostmonster are owned by two separate companies. That may be true. However, the two companies are obviously joined at the hip and trace back to Mr. Heaton. Both have founding roots dating back to 1996, but Bluehost as a name was established in 2003, and Hostmonster in 2005.

Both companies utilize the same data center (3 of them) and use same employee and administrator resources. The companies do not own or operate the actual data centers, but own the equipment inside.

And if a website owner digs in and makes a full analysis of the plans offered by Bluehost and Hostmonster, he or she will find that the plans are virtually identical and offered at the same price, along with the same guarantees. And the support

So the companies look different, but have all the same features, support, and equipment. But what is the difference between the two and why choose one over the other? Here are some very subtle but handy differences that could help you decide.


From a branding perspective, the two companies are not similar at all. Bluehost has a more “business-like” appearance with a blue color theme and palate. Their logo is a simple Tic-Tac-Toe square with the bottom right square filled in, and the font is all sans-serif lower-case.

Hostmonster also uses lower case sans-serif, but the logo is built right into the lettering with the curve of the “h” as part of the “m” in monster. The color theme is much more creative in style using prominently green with blue highlights.

The difference in branding makes it clear that Bluehost aims to collect more serious business clients, while Hostmonster is looking for the personal website owner or small business owner.

Different Support Phone Numbers

The phone numbers for technical support are different. Both numbers are toll-free, but have different digits. However, the difference in numbers is merely the way that the same support center in Provo, UT tells apart their customers and can change the greeting for each incoming call.

Hostmonster Used as a “Test” for Bluehost

A process that Bluehost and Hostmonster does not like to admit, but has slipped into common knowledge, is that Hostmonster is used as a testing ground for Bluehost. It has been observed that Hostmonster will offer certain technology, plans, or promotions, and the same will eventually end up at Bluehost if they are successful. The difference in branding helps their main Bluehost company stay strong.

Ultimately the two companies are very much alike indeed. But considering the last difference mentioned, Bluehost is likely the user of better and tested equipment. If it were our recommendation, Bluehost is the more pampered company and is likely the better choice.

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