Bluehost vs. Network Solutions: Not Even a Contest
Network Solutions is one of the oldest names in the web hosting industry, but can it keep up with newer, more competitive services? I’ve tested both Bluehost and Network Solutions, and the results were absolutely surprising. You’ll want to take a closer look at the comparison below before you make your final decision.
Bluehost vs. Network Solutions may seem like a close match-up, especially given how long these two companies have been in the industry. However, when you take a closer look at each host’s plans and services, you’ll notice some stark differences.
Although it’s one of the oldest Internet and technology companies, Network Solutions did not fully capitalize on its early bird advantage. In fact, many newcomers are much better. Bluehost is just one example of an agile competitor that swept the market off from under Network Solutions’ feet.
Acquired by Web.com in the early 2010s, Network Solutions clings to a past where overcharging for basic services (some of which are free with Bluehost) was an acceptable business practice. Nowhere is this more obvious than with its domain registration service, which will charge you up to $40 for a regular .com name.
Large companies might see Network Solutions as a potential long-term partner for expanding their business online, but the truth is that Bluehost fulfills that role (and many others) much better. Let’s take a closer look to find out why.
To build a successful website, you need great hosting performance. For retail sites, an improvement of just 0.1 seconds in page loading speeds can increase conversions by as much as 8%, according to a report by Deloitte. Now, imagine what you could do if you could make your website load in less than a second.
Pages that take more than a couple of seconds to load bleed visitors to competing websites. Nobody wants to waste their time on loading screens – it’s just bad user experience. Another consequence of poor website performance is that search engines like Google will lower your rank when people look for products or services related to your industry.
Fortunately, there are tons of speed optimizations you can do. Unfortunately, one thing you cannot change is your web host’s infrastructure. If its servers or software are outdated or overcrowded, this will bottleneck your page loading speeds. When it comes to Network Solutions and Bluehost, our tests show that there’s a clear winner in the performance department.
Bluehost vs. Network Solutions: Server Infrastructure
Network Solutions used to have a more varied hosting offer, but the service is now down to several shared hosting plans. The WordPress and eCommerce options are built on the same platform with no fundamental difference other than a few additional features.
An important part of Network Solutions’ identity is the fact that your website will be hosted in the cloud. The problem is that this isn’t the same type of cloud that Google, Amazon, Azure, or DigitalOcean are using – they’d say so if it were. Instead, this cloud is nothing more than an average shared environment rebranded as such.
Although Network Solutions doesn’t provide much information about its infrastructure, one of its feature pages speaks volumes about the kind of service you can expect. For example, the host says that you can one-click install WordPress 3.5.1, which would be great, if this wasn’t an extremely outdated version of WordPress, released over a decade ago.
Bluehost has a similar variety of shared hosting packages, but it also has Virtual Private Servers (VPS), and dedicated servers. If your website takes off and you want to upgrade to a better environment that can handle more traffic, there’s a lot of room to do so.
Unlike Network Solutions, Bluehost doesn’t shy away from giving you more information about its infrastructure. Instead of old timer HDDs, you get blazing fast SSD storage on all shared plans, by default. There’s no way to get this upgrade with Network Solutions.
Bluehost runs a custom Apache web server, which is set up alongside Nginx for caching purposes. Although more complex to manage, the advantage of using Nginx as a reverse proxy is that the servers will not be as easily overwhelmed during periods of intense traffic.
In addition, Bluehost keeps its PHP versions regularly updated, which means that you can use the latest, most secure version of your favorite CMS, whether it’s WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, or any other. If you or any of your clients run major websites built on older versions, you can safely use legacy releases with the help of the PHP manager.
Bluehost also sets up Varnish caching on all shared hosting accounts. This is a complex configuration that can substantially improve website performance. If there are any conflicts with custom-built sites, Varnish can easily be turned off from the dashboard.
Since both hosts have just one data center location (in the US), you might want to use a CDN (content delivery network) to speed up your website for faraway visitors. The advantage with Bluehost is that it gives you free access to Cloudflare CDN, while Network Solutions does not.
Page Loading Speeds
To settle the dispute between Network Solutions and Bluehost, I signed up for the cheapest shared plan on both platforms and used it to host the same exact website. I didn’t know what to expect on Network Solutions’ end, given the general lack of information regarding its solution stack. Meanwhile, we had already tested Bluehost on several occasions in the past while conducting research for some of our other comparisons, so I had a pretty good idea of what to expect.
But when the numbers came in, I was still surprised. Even though I knew Bluehost’s default Varnish setup can speed up website delivery by a factor of anywhere between 300 and 1000x, the reality of this improvement doesn’t quite hit home unless you see it with your eyes.
Bluehost beat Network Solutions by a big margin when I benchmarked my small, simple website. I had created just a couple of pages, including a contact form, some images to make it pretty, and a few other things you’d expect to see on an average website. You can visit this page to learn more about how our web hosting review process works.
However, the more complex your site is, the more you can expect the difference between the two hosts to increase. The more traffic you get, the likelier it is that users will be served with increased latency if you opt for Network Solutions.
Bluehost didn’t budge much when I directed dozens of user requests at it. Compare this to Network Solutions, which started to buckle under the pressure.
This is a tricky, but important part of any web host comparison. Uptime refers to the amount of time, usually during a calendar month, that you can expect the servers to be online.
You should care about uptime because it ultimately determines whether your website can be reached by your visitors or not. We take it for granted that our site should be up 100% of the time, but this isn’t always the case, especially with shared hosting.
Bluehost has a 99.9% uptime guarantee, which is pretty standard. There’s no service-level agreement to hold the company to this number, so it’s more of a promise than anything else. However, the platform delivered an impressive 99.98% service availability over the course of several months during my tests. This is an excellent record, by any means. Even more importantly, these results have been consistent time and time again during our past testing, to the point where Bluehost was even able to outclass HostGator in this department. That's quite impressive considering that solid uptime is one of HostGator's biggest selling points.
Unfortunately, Network Solutions makes no such promises. While the company does have 99.99% uptime reliability for its UNIX customers, it’s pretty sketchy about it. There’s nothing binding Network Solutions to this level of service availability, while events outside of the group’s control (such as DDoS attacks, for instance) are exempt from uptime calculations. Say what?
And it gets worse. Network Solutions also states that Premium Hosting for Windows limits concurrent connections to 100. If you have 102 people trying to access your website at the same time, there’s a high chance that your site will crash.
When I tested Network Solutions, I noticed dozens of drops in availability over the course of several months. Yikes!
Bluehost vs. Network Solutions: Which Host Has Better Performance?
This is not one of those situations where choosing one host or the other depends on your needs. Even for small websites, Bluehost pulls ahead of Network Solutions in terms of performance.
When you consider the fact that Bluehost is much cheaper and that it provides better uptime, there’s really no reason to go with Network Solutions.
If you’re thinking long-term growth, Bluehost is, once more, the smarter choice. It's no coincidence the company ranked so high on our list of best hosting providers of 2020. When your website scales to medium and even high-traffic, you’ll have VPS and dedicated servers to rely on at Bluehost.
Having to switch hosting companies just because you lack scalability is not something you want to be confronted with. But that’s exactly what will happen if you go with Network Solutions since it only provides shared hosting.
Pricing and Value
Network Solutions claims to offer a free domain name for one year with its annual plans, but the company charges you a steep setup fee for this service. Incidentally, this fee is roughly the cost of your average .com domain. To avoid any questions on the matter, the company set its domain renewal rate at no less than $39.99, which is outrageous.
Whatever you do, don’t register domains with Network Solutions. There isn’t enough time to get into the abusive practices (including domain hijacking and incomplete refunds) you’ll be exposing yourself and your company to. There are plenty of other good options out there, such as GoDaddy or one of its alternatives. While not a dedicated domain registrar, Bluehost can get the job done at a reasonable price as well.
Bluehost has attractive discounts for multi-year contracts. If you know you want to keep your website for longer, sign up for more than 12 months of hosting and enjoy a domain that is actually free for one year. No setup fees, and no shenanigans.
Bluehost Basic vs. Network Solutions Starter
These are the entry-level plans, the cheapest of the cheap. Initial prices are attractive on both ends, but Bluehost manages an outstanding $2.95 per month as opposed to $5.69 on Network Solutions.
For this small cost, Bluehost gives you the ability to host one website, plus 50GB of SSD storage, unmetered bandwidth, a maximum of 5 email accounts, and a free SSL certificate.
On the other hand, Network Solutions includes just 15GB of storage (HDD, not SSD), one website, and 5 email accounts. Curiously, there is no mention of bandwidth on the front page, so I dug a bit deeper into the service agreement.
Lo and behold, all Network Solutions accounts are subject to a maximum of 25GB transfer per month. If you exceed this cap, you’ll be subjected to hefty overages that range from $1.5 to $7.5 per GB. As little as 4GB of extra traffic to your website will double your hosting costs, which is downright unacceptable.
There’s no free SSL included in Network Solution’s plans, which wouldn’t be that big of a problem if the host would let you install your own free Let’s Encrypt SSL. As a policy, however, free certificates are not allowed on Network Solutions. This little move will set you back anywhere from $59.99 to $399.50 per year.
On renewals, Bluehost will charge you more than Network Solutions. But given the hidden costs that will sneak up on you with Network Solutions, it’s more than worth it to pay the extra $2 for Bluehost’s plan.
Bluehost Plus vs. Network Solutions Essential
Bluehost’s Plus costs $4.95 per month for your initial sign-up term, while the Essential from Network Solutions is $9.96. This is where both companies up the ante, hoping to convince newcomers to pay a little extra.
In the case of Bluehost, the upgrade is well worth the asking price. You get access to unlimited SSD storage, unlimited email aliases, unlimited domains (of any kind), and advanced spam protection.
A less-known fact is that the Plus plan is also the first Bluehost shared package that comes with advertising credits. You get $100 worth of Google Ads and another $100 credit in Microsoft Advertising to promote your website. If you own a local business, this is a great way to test the waters with a PPC campaign.
On the other hand, Network Solutions gives you just 300GB disk space, the ability to host 3 websites, 1000 email aliases, and malware scanning from SiteLock. Is the upgrade worth it? Not really. The storage bump is significant, but doesn’t hold a candle to what you get with Bluehost, while the extreme bandwidth cap is still there.
You’re not going to use more than a handful of email boxes, so that’s not helping either. In addition, you still can’t bring your own free SSL on Network Solutions. If anything, the Essential plan is an opportunity for the web host to make another cash grab at your expense. Because if you’re going to build multiple websites on different domains, you’ll need to buy an SSL certificate for each.
While Network Solutions doesn’t increase the hosting price when you renew, this is not the case with purchased domains. If you’re not mindful of the difference, it will be a shock: one that’s worth no less than $40.
Bluehost, on the other hand, will charge you $14.99 on renewal and, while this is three times more than you paid when you signed up, the plan is still worth it. If you go along with a multi-year plan, it’ll be quite a while before you have to pay the regular price. Plus, you won’t have to deal with outrageous renewal fees for your domains.
Bluehost Choice Plus vs. Network Solutions Professional
At a monthly cost of $5.45, the Choice Plus plan on Bluehost is just half a dollar more expensive than the Plus one. Barring two new features, the resources are basically identical to those of the previous option.
Choice Plus comes with domain privacy and protection, which means that your information as the owner of the domain will be made private. If you don’t have it by default, this option is necessary in order to reduce spam, phishing, and identity theft attempts on your name.
The other new feature on Bluehost’s plan is automatic backups. Although available only for a year, it’s a convenient way to ensure that you have a spare copy of your website at all times. The plan will renew at the same price as the Plus one, which is $14.99. Overall, a very good value proposition. You can read our Bluehost pricing guide to find out more about why we love Choice Plus so much.
The Professional plan is the cheapest Network Solutions shared hosting plan that comes with unlimited disk space and emails. Unfortunately, it costs a whopping $15.78, which is actually more expensive than the renewal for Bluehost’s equivalent plan.
The good news is that you can use the Professional offer to host up to 10 websites, and you get access to the premium version of SiteLock. In addition to scanning, there’s an automatic malware removal tool, which is useful but not very reliable. Resorting to an earlier version of your website with the help of backups is the best way to go in case of a breach.
In my opinion, the most understated feature of this Network Solutions plan is the fact that you get access to unlimited bandwidth. But I had to go looking through the dozens of user agreement paragraphs to find the bandwidth clause, which, let’s be honest, nobody reads in full unless there’s a problem and they have to.
Bluehost Pro vs. Network Solutions Premium
Last, but definitely not least, there’s the Premium plan on Network Solutions, for which you have to fork out $21.62/month. This subscription is identical to the previous one (the Professional) in terms of resources, but there’s one not-so-minor exception – you get a free SSL this time around. That’s it.
Meanwhile, Bluehost packs a lot of value in its Pro plan. And, remember, Bluehost gives you a free SSL by default on all plans. For $13.95 (and $23.99 on renewal) per month, you get everything that comes with Choice Plus and some premium features.
For example, you get a dedicated IP, spam filtering for a second domain, free backups for the lifetime of your hosting agreement, and more. Thanks to these features, Bluehost compares favorably not just against Network Solutions but also against performance-oriented services like SiteGround.
Automatic backups are a big advantage. You can back up your site manually, from the dashboard, to your local computer, but the problem is doing it (and remembering to do it) on a regular basis. The automatic function removes this issue and gives you peace of mind.
The highlight of Bluehost’s Pro plan is the high-performance setup. What Bluehost means by high performance hosting is that your account will now be serviced by special servers which have fewer users on them. In turn, this means that your website can be serviced much faster and will be able to handle traffic spikes with greater ease.
Bluehost Also Has Advanced Hosting Solutions
Although both Network Solutions and Bluehost have e-commerce plans, only Bluehost offers more powerful hosting environments in the form of Virtual Private Servers (VPS) and dedicated servers.
Shared hosting may be enough to start an online store, but as your traffic increases and you near the 10,000 visitors a day mark, you’ll start to feel the limitations of the environment. In these kinds of situations, you should consider upgrading to a VPS setup, which offers more resources and control than a shared account.
Network Solutions used to have VPS machines, but this is no longer the case. If your website’s traffic increases beyond the platform’s capacity, you’ll have to migrate it to a whole new host. Website transfers can be tricky even when done by professionals, which is why it’s better to go with a larger company that has more hosting options to begin with. Either that, or you can learn how to migrate websites yourself to avoid paying transfer fees, which can get pretty expensive at certain companies.
The cheapest VPS at Bluehost is $18.99 per month and comes with 2 vCPU cores, 30GB SSD, 2GB RAM, 1 TB of bandwidth, and one free IP address. This is more than enough to service a small to medium online store.
What’s more, all of Bluehost’s VPS packages come with an enhanced version of cPanel, which includes WHM control. The latter provides additional administrative tools to help you better manage your hosting environment.
Which Is Cheaper, Bluehost or Network Solutions?
If you only look at baseline costs, this is a tough one to call. However, there’s a bunch of hidden fees that will inevitably come up with Network Solutions and that will double or even triple your overall cost for hosting. Unlike Network Solutions, Bluehost doesn’t make you pay extra for an SSL on any of its plans and even goes the extra mile to provide a free certificate that renews itself.
If you count in the cost of an SSL with Network Solutions, Bluehost is cheaper on renewals too. Plus, none of Bluehost’s shared plans come with bandwidth limitations. And if you also want to buy a domain, Network Solutions is one of the most expensive places to do so.
Ease of Use
Cheap hosting is a great way to attract new customers, but affordable plans will turn expensive quickly if you have to rely on a developer to launch your website. For this reason, it’s important to understand whether Network Solutions and Bluehost are easy to use and beginner-friendly.
Both web hosts use cPanel, which is a standard solution for managing shared hosting accounts. Although feature-rich, cPanel can be a bit overwhelming to begin with. This is the reason why Bluehost came up with a tutorial to help point new users in the right direction.
Bluehost has an easy to follow step-by-step checklist for people who want to launch their first website. Although not marketed as a separate feature (which it absolutely should be), this is a considerable boon for newbies.
Instead of having to find the right tutorials yourself, all you have to do is go through Bluehost’s steps and you’ll be online in no time. To be honest, every shared hosting company could benefit greatly if they implemented something similar.
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WordPress is a great CMS for starter websites, and you can use it with either Bluehost or Network Solutions. Or even as a standalone, though the dedicated WordPress hosting service isn't nearly as good as pairing the CMS with Bluehost in our opinion. You can learn more about that in our Bluehost vs WordPress.com comparison.
Signing up for a plan, installing the WordPress CMS, and launching my site was much easier with Bluehost. The platform is designed to be accessible for everyone, and this shows throughout.
On the other hand, the Network Solutions’ interface was quite cluttered. The only way a beginner would be able to navigate it was if they purchased the Website Builder tool. Wait, more extra costs? That’s right.
If you want additional help, Bluehost’s WP Pro plans give you access to a managed hosting experience. These packages come with a lot of goodies, including enhanced scalability, automatic daily backups (as well as updates), premium WordPress plugins, and more.
For those looking to get a better deal, WP Pro hosting comes with free site migration and website staging. You can DIY transfer your website, or you can ask the team to do it for you in case you’re apprehensive. My advice is to go ahead and have the pros take care of the tech things.
Unfortunately, Network Solutions does not have any managed WordPress plans, nor does it have any shared plans that come with the kind of advanced features you get with Bluehost. This is one area where the company’s lack of competitiveness shows the most.
If you're looking so sign up with a company that does offer managed WordPress plans, you can find plenty of good options right here.
As is the case with performance, Network Solutions vs. Bluehost isn’t much of a contest in terms of features. Overall, Bluehost’s plans give you more tools, many of them free of charge, whereas Network Solutions tries to upsell more often. This is not to say Bluehost doesn’t have any add-on services, just that it’s more budget friendly.
Here’s a quick list of the most important shared hosting features on Bluehost:
- Unlimited SSD storage, websites, and bandwidth on most plans.
- Free SSL certificate on all plans.
- Free domain name for a year when you purchase at least 12 months year of hosting.
- Beginner checklist for building and publishing a website.
- $200 worth of advertising credits on all plans except for the Basic.
- Spam filter for at least one domain on all plans except for the Basic.
- Advanced Varnish caching enabled by default.
- cPanel with Softaculous, so you can one-click install hundreds of CMSs.
- Domain protection and privacy on high tier plans.
Now, compare this to what you get on Network Solutions:
- Free domain name comes with a setup fee and really high renewal costs.
- Unlimited (HDD) storage only on high tier plans.
- Limited number of websites.
- Low bandwidth cap for the first two plans (25GB), and high overages if going over the cap.
- Paid-for SSL certificate on all plans except for the Premium.
- Regular cPanel setup.
I’ve thoroughly researched both hosts, and I can safely say that Network Solutions does not include one feature you don’t get on a comparable Bluehost plan. Instead, it charges you for things you get for free on Bluehost, such as SSL certificate.
While it is true that Bluehost’s attractive prices are a one-time offer, your hosting costs will be lower even on renewal given the not-so-obvious costs of hosting your website on Network Solutions.
It’s not even close – Bluehost is the clear winner here. The regular Plus plan gives you everything you need to setup a simple website without having to pay anything extra.
Bluehost offers 24/7 customer support through live chat and phone, while Network Solutions only has phone support and tickets. Whenever you have a problem, you can hop on to Bluehost’s live chat and you’ll be put in touch with a helpful representative. With Network Solutions, getting immediate help is only possible if you call on weekdays during EST work hours.
If you happen to be in a different time zone, catching someone on a call at a reasonable hour is basically a matter of luck with Network Solutions. Despite this, I was committed to try out the support platform on both hosts just to get a better idea of how the kind of help you can expect.
With Bluehost, my chat connected almost instantly and I fired away some technical questions at the representative. The responses were overall helpful and, where the process was more complicated, the agent provided me with a couple of links to in-depth guides.
Since there was no live chat feature to test on Network Solutions, I tried to write a couple of tickets. Good luck getting an answer in a reasonable amount of time, though. It took a couple of days until I got a reply. To its credit, when a reply did come through, the staff was knowledgeable and helpful.
Both hosts have a knowledgebase where you can find helpful answers and detailed information on the most common issues, if you don’t mind to DIY. That said, Network Solutions does share the resource center with its parent company, Web.com, as well as with another group, Register.com.
Plus, Network Solutions’s help center is really scarce by comparison to Bluehost’s immense library. Bluehost’s support team developed a ton of specialized tutorials for site security, content marketing, and more. If you have a question regarding your website, odds are that the knowledgebase has an easy tutorial for you to follow.
If you want more advanced support and you don’t mind paying for it, Bluehost has the BlueSky line, which offers dedicated WordPress assistance. Network Solutions has a Cyber Security package, which admittedly covers more ground, but feels as if the company wanted clients to pay for 24/7 assistance, so it came up with a way to do so.
Search Engine Optimization
Because search engines are in the customer service business, the best way to climb to the first page of search engine results (SERPs) is to ensure that you provide an excellent user experience. A big part of this is optimizing your website to load as fast as possible on any device.
If your website is not fast or mobile-compatible, you’ll be losing visitors and search engine ranks to your competitors. While Bluehost guarantees fast page loading speeds, I can’t say the same about Network Solutions.
For my performance tests, no CDNs were used. I wanted to see what the two platforms could do without any “outside” help, but if your main audience comes from Europe, Asia, or Australia, you’ll definitely need this kind of service to help you out. Luckily, Bluehost has Cloudflare CDN integrated straight into the dashboard.
In terms of SEO-specific help, neither host includes SEO tools in their shared hosting plans. However, Bluehost does have an SEO add-on you can purchase separately. If you buy any of the two higher-tier WP pro plans, you get it free of charge.
As I mentioned in the infrastructure section, there’s reason to believe that Network Solutions is working with outdated software on its servers. If you choose to host your website on its machines, this will likely endanger the information contained by it, not to mention your visitors’ data.
Numerous security gaps have been addressed by software updates to PHP and to content management systems (CMSs) ever since 2013. What’s more, when your core software infrastructure is not kept up-to-date, you can’t expect to be able to be able to create a smooth, visually-appealing website.
For security and stability purposes, individual accounts on Bluehost are isolated from one another using OpenStack and KVM technology. What does this mean? Well, if a shared website should be compromised by malware or viruses, the infrastructure makes it next-to-impossible for other accounts or the server to get compromised.
If you want the peace of mind that comes with automatic backups, domain privacy, or malware protection via SiteLock, you can purchase them as an add-on on either host. However, Bluehost also gives you the possibility to upgrade to a higher plan that includes them by default.
I would not trust Network Solutions’ servers to keep my personal data safe or anonymous and neither should you. If you process sensitive financial information on your Network Solutions website, you may expose yourself to legal liability in case of a breach.
Bluehost not only has more upgrade options, but its top-tier shared hosting plans are hosted on special servers that are underloaded. This means that your website will have access to more spare resources in case of traffic spikes.
Aside from managed WordPress plans, Bluehost also has VPS and dedicated hosting solutions. If your website has outgrown the resources of a shared environment, a VPS is the next stepping stone.
When you need more storage, Bluehost’s VPS plans let you add managed disks straight from your dashboard, without having to wait for the admins to confirm the process. In due time, the company also plans to give customers the possibility to add more RAM or CPU resources.
Bluehost’s VPS plans are an affordable stepping stone for growing websites. Add as much extra storage as you need, whenever you need it.
On the other hand, Network Solutions has no managed WordPress plans, no VPS, and no dedicated servers.
In terms of scalability, Network Solutions vs. Bluehost is not much of a competition. If your website goes viral or experiences frequent traffic spikes, Bluehost is much more likely to provide the extra resources needed to maintain it. Past a certain point, the only way to offer a decent user experience on your Network Solutions-hosted website is to move it to a better host.
Network Solutions is outdated, slow, and expensive, so this Bluehost vs. Network Solutions match-up is pretty one-sided. Here’s the takeaway:
- Network Solutions may seem attractive for long-term deals, but they make you pay extra for things you get free of charge with other hosts (i.e. SSL certs or set-up fees).
- Network Solutions’ infrastructure is old and poorly maintained. The company has had at least two major data breaches that exposed sensitive customer information to malicious parties.
- If your website outgrows the topmost shared hosting plan on Network Solutions, there’s nowhere to go but to a different company.
- Bluehost is not only affordable, but its plans include a lot of great features. Also, depending on the plan that you choose, you'll different extras that come free of charge.
- On the other hand, Bluehost goes to great lengths to secure its infrastructure through regular updates and maintenance. Aside from proper security, this also better uptime and less problems overall.
- Bluehost has a better range of plans and hosting solutions for growing websites that plan on scaling their business.
Whichever way you look at it, Bluehost is better than Network Solutions. You can read more about the company, including customer support, plans, and more, in our expert Bluehost review.
Bluehost vs. Network Solutions: Our Pick
Overall, Bluehost has superior value and is more affordable than Network Solutions. Bluehost offers more resources at better prices and this is the case for monthly, yearly, or more long-term plans:
- Performance: The same website hosted on the cheapest shared hosting plan on both hosts loaded much slower on Network Solutions.
- Pricing and Value: Bluehost’s pricing is more advantageous and transparent.
- Ease of Use: Network Solutions is a dinosaur of the hosting industry, while Bluehost caters to the needs of beginners and expert users alike.
- Features: Bluehost includes a lot of freebies in its plans, while Network Solutions will try to upsell you with every chance it gets.
- Customer Support: Support is difficult to reach with Network Solutions, while Bluehost’s agents were helpful and easy to get in touch with.
- Search Engine Optimizations: Bluehost provides excellent page loading speeds and a specialized SEO add-on (included free of charge on most WP Pro plans), while Network Solutions has neither.
- Security: If you want additional protection, you’ll have to pay extra with both hosts. That said, Bluehost doesn’t make you pay for SSL certificates.
- Scalability: Network Solutions has shared hosting only, while Bluehost gives you plenty of room to grow with VPS and dedicated server solutions.
I’ll be brutally honest – Network Solutions is just bad. Not mediocre. Bad. Whatever the company may have been in the past, it’s currently a danger to itself and all of its users, so I’d stay well away from it if I were you. Especially since you can get better, cheaper hosting with Bluehost.
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It wasn’t much of a choice, given Bluehost’s excellent performance, security, and features. It easily surpasses Network Solutions in almost all of the aspects. A big plus is that you can actually rely on the 30-days money-back guarantee – you can ask for a refund and get it in full, which is more than I can say for Network Solutions.