Is AWS Cheaper than Regular Web Hosting?

Deciding between traditional web hosting services (like Bluehost) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) hosting?

If so, you’re comparing apples to oranges.

This is because both types of services have extremely different approaches to create the best web hosting. Bluehost is a low-cost host that offers a standard cPanel interface and basic features that you’re probably already used to. AWS, by contrast, is built for professional developers who want complete control over their own interfaces and a custom pricing model.

Price Comparison

Bluehost’s pricing structure is really affordable and aimed at small startups. But the pricing will rise after about a year. AWS usually has more consistent prices that are also relatively affordable.

The price structure for Bluehost is built with standard multi-tiered plans that encourage you to choose the most convenient option. Their shared hosting plans start at $2.95 per month. You will also get features like unmetered bandwidth, and 50 GB SSD storage. Bluehost also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

AWS has several different products and the pricing reflects them. Amazon Lightsail is their most basic option that comes with a 1-month free trial. Linux servers start at $3.50 per month and Windows Servers start at $8.00 per month.

Their virtual servers offer features such as:

  • 1-click SSH
  • Free static IP address
  • SSD storage
  • DNS management
  • High-end security

Their most expensive Lightsail option is priced at $160/month for Linux servers. It offers 32 GB memory, an 8 core processor, 650 GB SSD space, and 7 TB outbound data transfer. The same package costs $240 per month for Windows users.

Other pricing options are more complex and often get charged by the hour. If you want to switch or upgrade your AWS features, Amazon offers just about every feature under the sun.

AWS vs. Bluehost – Features

To put it bluntly, AWS offers so many options that it will make your head spin! It’s too much for an average marketer or entrepreneur to handle. Bluehost really doesn’t compare when it comes to the sheer choice of features and resources.

Opting for AWS can really give you the edge if you have your own development agency with access to the necessary technical skills. For the most part, AWS is simply not designed for the average user.

That being said, Amazon has released their Lightsail product, which may be friendlier to beginners, but it still requires an understanding of basic technical skills that may not be your average entrepreneur’s cup of tea.

If you just want a good web hosting with extra features and support, we recommend switching to services such as Bluehost, GoDaddy, SiteGround, and others. These websites offer sub-$3 pricing structures for their most basic plans and come with several extra features (such as website builders, SSL certificates, and unlimited storage).

Our Recommendation

If you’re a first-time blogger and entrepreneur who wants to set up a website in a straight-forward manner without getting into the technical jargon, you should opt for services like Bluehost. It is cheaper, simpler, and gets the job done.

If you’ve got technical expertise and want precision control of web hosting tools, then AWS may be appealing for you. If you’re getting started with AWS, you should consider using Amazon Lightsail and get the lay of the land first before committing your money to them.

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