Bluehost vs. GoDaddy vs. Shopify

Bluehost or GoDaddy or Shopify?

Shopify offers a first-party POS system, a subdomain, and 6,000+ apps in the Shopify App Store.

Why choose Shopify over Bluehost and GoDaddy

Feature comparison table between Bluehost, GoDaddy, and Shopify

Key features

Bluehost

GoDaddy

Shopify

Free trial Yes Yes Yes
24/7 support Yes Yes Yes
Sell online and in-store No Yes Yes
Business capital No No Yes
Custom domain Yes Yes Yes
SEO features Yes Yes Yes
Hosting Yes Yes Yes
Sell worldwide Yes Yes Yes
Multi-currency support Yes Yes Yes
Mobile-friendly No No Yes
Fraud protection Yes No Yes
Integrated checkout Yes Yes Yes
Integrated fulfillment network No No Yes
Email marketing tools No Yes Yes
App Store Yes No Yes
Mobile app for merchants No Yes Yes

7 things Shopify can do over Bluehost vs. GoDaddy

Offer complete commerce functionality

Shopify is built for ecommerce. Whether you have a completely digital store or a mix of digital and a physical location, Shopify makes it easy for you to sell your products online or offline. Bluehost uses plug-ins to integrate with WordPress and WooCommerce but doesn’t offer ecommerce functionality on its own. GoDaddy offers excellent hosting and domain registration flexibility and provides an online store option, but is lacking when it comes to ecommerce features that some may need.

Provide greater scalability

Bluehost is a great option for getting started if you just want to add some ecommerce functionality to your existing website. However, when it comes to scaling, you can’t go further than 500k visitors per month. GoDaddy is similar in that it allows you to get started selling online quickly, but there’s a cap of around 100k visitors per month. As an ecommerce platform that can handle unlimited products and flash sales, Shopify is made for sudden spikes and large volumes of visitors at any moment.

Ensure reliable uptime

What happens if your ecommerce store goes down? Unfortunately, your customers will go elsewhere, and with Bluehost there is no uptime guarantee to ensure that doesn’t happen. GoDaddy offers an uptime guarantee of 99.9%, and Shopify goes a step further with an uptime guarantee of 99.99% to ensure you don’t have to worry about your store not being available for your customers.

Provide over 6,000 apps

Apps and third-party plugins can help take an ecommerce store to the next level. Bluehost and GoDaddy don’t have an app store that provides the tools you need to extend your store’s functionality. On the other hand, Shopify features an App Store with 6,000+ commerce-focused apps that allow you to do things like upsells, add chatbots, find products to sell and more.

Include a point-of-sale system

Neither Bluehost nor GoDaddy include first-party point-of-sale systems. Shopify’s POS system enables you to sell your products at retail locations, pop up shops and more. This allows you to not only provide more exposure for your store, but provide your customers with an omnichannel experience with seamless shopping in-store and online.

Secure credit card information

GoDaddy includes PCI DSS Compliance which is necessary if you want to accept credit card payments for your store. Unfortunately, Bluehost isn’t PCI DSS compliant which can be problematic for your customers. Shopify is Level-1 PCI compliant, so you don't need to worry about the security of your customers' credit card data.

Provide beautiful themes

Bluehost allows you to connect to WooCommerce and WordPress and use their themes. GoDaddy also offers a limited assortment. With Shopify, there are 70+ themes to choose from, and you can hire Shopify Experts for a custom design.

Why merchants choose Shopify over Magento vs. WooCommerce

Singular platform

Bluehost is a hosting platform that connects to WooCommerce to offer you ecommerce functionality. However, other features you need for your store have to be connected through third-party plugins. GoDaddy also requires plug-ins and integrations to give you complete control over your ecommerce store. Shopify provides a singular platform that includes your ecommerce store, analytics, domain registration, and marketing features. Shopify even includes a full-featured content management system, removing the need to integrate with another system unless you want to.

Ecommerce friendly features

GoDaddy is primarily a domain registrar and makes it easy to get a domain for your business. Bluehost’s hosting capabilities are great for getting started with WordPress. However, Shopify provides ecommerce-specific features such as shipping, payments, checkout options, point of sale, and more that are expertly catered to your ecommerce needs and not just add-ons. You can offer several product variations, process customer refunds, connect with fulfillment centers, and more.

Easy to use interface

Bluehost and GoDaddy both come with website builders that help you get started. However, there can be limited flexibility if you need more. Shopify provides an easy to use drag-and-drop store builder to help you get started with your online store. You can customize the colors, imagery, and fonts, even if you don’t have any design skills. You can also access HTML and CSS files to customize your store, your way.

Inventory management

GoDaddy provides inventory management that enables you to keep track of your products and place some items on backorder. Bluehost allows you to track inventory but doesn’t offer as much flexibility if products are running low. With Shopify, you can manage your entire online inventory and track your stock counts. Your inventory is automatically updated when you receive a sale and you can even stop selling popular products when your inventory runs out, to prevent overselling.

Sales reporting

As an ecommerce store owner, understanding where sales are coming from is critical. While Bluehost and GoDaddy can show you how many sales you have, neither can provide detailed sales reporting that helps you truly analyze your store and see what you need to do to improve. Shopify provides detailed reporting that lets you analyze orders, sales over time, by product, channel and more on the Advanced plan.

Full blogging platform

Bluehost requires you to integrate with WordPress for blogging. GoDaddy doesn’t include a blogging platform with its online store options. With Shopify, you can publish articles and have visitors comment on your blog.

We’ve been able to build something in 3 years that a lot of brands haven’t actually gotten to in 10 years.

Chioma, Cee Cee’s Closet NYC

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FAQs

Which is better: Bluehost vs. GoDaddy?

Bluehost is a great web- and shared-hosting platform for your WordPress sites. GoDaddy can help you get started with your small business by providing domain registration, a simple website builder, and an online store builder. Shopify provides everything you need as a merchant to build the ultimate commerce store.

Which hosting platform is better: Bluehost vs. GoDaddy?

Bluehost provides great value for money, especially if you want to use WordPress for your next website. GoDaddy provides hosting options for any type of website, as well as domain registration. Shopify offers hosting, domain registration, and several ecommerce-specific features that make it the best option for hosting an online store.

Which domain registration is better: Bluehost vs. GoDaddy?

Bluehost doesn’t offer domain registration, whereas GoDaddy is the most well-known domain registrar in the world. Shopify enables you to use your own domain name or purchase one through Shopify, providing everything you need for your ecommerce store in one complete platform.

Page last updated: January 24, 2022