Media Temple VS BlueHost – VPS Hosting Comparison

Media Temple VS BlueHost – VPS Hosting Comparison

Sep 24, 2014

This Media Temple vs BlueHost comparison aims to find out which of them offers better VPS hosting solutions. To come out with solid answers, we’ve compared their plans from the perspectives of cost-effectiveness, uptime, speed and customer satisfaction as well.

The table below gives an overall rating of the two companies based on our real hosting experience and verified customer feedbacks.

Feature mediatemple BlueHost
Overall 3 of 5 stars 4.5 of 5 stars
Features 3.5 of 5 stars 4.5 of 5 stars
Loading Speed 3.5 of 5 stars 4.5 of 5 stars
Uptime 4 of 5 stars 4.5 of 5 stars
Technical Support 4 of 5 stars 5 of 5 stars
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Media Temple has been in the hosting industry for more than 15 years since 1998. It offers various types of hosting services among which its VPS hosting is held with high regards. Media Temple offers two main types of VPS solutions with varied server resources – one is the Business Class, the other is called Commend-line. There are six plans under Business Class hosting and four plans under the Command Line.

Established in 2003, BlueHost is relatively younger than Media Temple. But it is by no means less popular or less sophisticated. In the past decade, BlueHost has undergone rapid development and it is now one of the world’s largest providers of cloud-based solutions powering over 2 million websites. BlueHost offers four scalable VPS plans named as Standard, Enhanced, Premium and Ultimate, which all belong to managed hosting suitable for a wide range of hosting purposes.

Price Comparison – BlueHost Wins Overwhelmingly

The price for Media Temple Business-Class plans ranges from $50/mo to $1500/mo. And the price for Commend-Line is less expensive, starting from $30/mo to $500/mo. In comparison, the prices for BlueHost VPS plans are within a much more affordable range. The regular price for the Standard Plan is just $29.99/mo and the most powerful plan Ultimate charges only $119.99/mo.

Besides, BlueHost also offers a 50% discount for the first month and an anytime money back guarantee for purchasing security. See how competitive the Enhanced Plan is compared with Level 1 in the following table.

Feature MediaTemple BlueHost
Plan Level 1 Enhanced
Regular $50/mo $59.99/mo
Discount N/A 50%
Discounted $50/mo $24.99/mo
Money Back 30 Days ANYTIME
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Features – BlueHost Wins Again

Rich resources and useful tools are offered by both companies. For example, both of them offer improved or enhanced cPanel and 1-click installer to make site building & management simple as pie. Both offer instant upgrade or downgrade services so that users can scale up or down their plans when needed. Besides, both of them allow users of root access for remote configuration and smooth operation.

Yet, we still find BlueHost is more cost-effective because it offers more resources such as disk space and bandwidth. We’ve drawn another comparison between Level 1 and Enhanced in the table below.

Feature MediaTemple BlueHost
Plan Level 1 Enhanced
CPU Core 1 2
SAN Storage 3GB 60B
Bandwidth 1TB 2B
IP Not Specified 2
Free Domain No Yes

Performance – BlueHost Is Faster

Both companies have faith in delivering quality performance. Media Temple promises a 99.999% uptime guarantee and credits can be claimed in downtime cases. BlueHost is more modest – it offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee. But it is always in pursuit of ultimate performance. We know this because we have hosted one of our websites with this company for almost a year. The following chart shows its uptime has been 100% for the past month.

As for speed, both companies employ best of the breed hardware, network and infrastructure for fast loading speed. We did not sign up any VPS plan with Media Temple due to its dear price, so we do not know how fast it can be. We guess its speed is OK because not many complaints were found. But according to our real-time monitoring, the server response rate of BlueHost is around 320ms, which is far above the average.

Customer Support – Both Are Responsive

Both Media Temple and BlueHost have won awards for providing responsive technical support. Both of them provide around the clock support by chat, phone and email. They have also created knowledge bases, Q&A pages, forums and video tutorials as self-support resources. Based on large-sample customer reviews, both companies enjoy a high customer satisfaction rate in customer service.

Conclusion – BlueHost Is Recommended

Based on the aspects we have compared, both companies offer reliable performance and responsive customer support. However, we strongly recommend BlueHost over Media Temple because its VPS plans are much more cost-effective.