Why is bluehost so inexpensive? Is there a catch?

by ncloud
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Why is bluehost so inexpensive? Is there a catch? It currently cost $2.95/month for three years. Then it goes up to 7 something. Which is still cheaper than what I was paying at hostgator. I was paying at least 12 bucks a month or more at hostgator. I just can't believe how cheap it is, there must be a catch.

Do they jack the price way up at some point or what? How much do you guys pay per month at bluehost?

People are always recommending hostgator, but bluehost is owned by the same people so I don't know why hostgator would be better than bluehost. In fact, I talked to someone at bluehost and he said, of the two, bluehost was better for wordpress sites.

What do you bluehost users have to say? Is this a good deal or is there some reason the price is so good compared to other hosts?
#bluehost #catch #inexpensive
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Don't know where you got the numbers - just now looked and both Bluehost and Hostgator have a 'special' price of $3.95....for the 'first term only'. If you sign up for three years and pay in advance perhaps that counts as 'first term'.


    I see nothing on BH about 2.95...



    Usually for special hosting prices - you need to sign up when you see them as they usually don't last long.



    What other people pay has nothing to do with your hosting. What matters is whether the cheaper offer has the space and features you need in hosting.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    You can actually get Bluehost for $2.75 per month with some affiliate links. That's not a sales pitch, it's a fact.

    The way this works is...

    Hosting companies give you a monthly discount on your first year of hosting If you buy the entire first year upfront. Example, $2.75 month hosting cost a one time $33 (first year + tax etc...) for the lowest priced shared hosting.

    The 2nd year will cost you the full monthly price, which If you get hosting at anything around $10 to $15 per month it's usually going to be a decent shared hosting package and still a bargain IMO as long as the host is stable (good server up-time).

    Even at regular prices (in general) $10 a month is only $120 year which is cheap especially If you're paying monthly.

    Some host will let you switch back and forth as far as paying monthly vs yearly, really it's not a big deal as long as you keep paying for the hosting service.

    Live Chat with the host you pick to see If they're ok with switching payment dates that you might need (monthly vs yearly).
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  • Profile picture of the author ncloud
    It says $2.95 when I go to their homepage. I talked to a guy there who told me it's $2.95/month, that's for 3 years. So you actually pay one payment of like $106. which covers you for 3 years. Then he said it goes up to around $7.00/month.



    That just sounds to good to be true, so I wondered if there was a catch.
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
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      Originally Posted by ncloud View Post

      It says $2.95 when I go to their homepage. I talked to a guy there who told me it's $2.95/month, that's for 3 years. So you actually pay one payment of like $106. which covers you for 3 years. Then he said it goes up to around $7.00/month.



      That just sounds to good to be true, so I wondered if there was a catch.


      It's the most basic shared hosting they offer (50 GB storage) which is ok If that's all you need.

      You need to pay attention to the asterisk (*) behind each price.

      *The promotional price is for the first term only and renews at the regular rate.
      The longer you buy hosting upfront, the cheaper the overall price averages per month. Bluehost has 1, 2 or 3 year plans, that's why you got the $7.99 per month (3 year plan).

      Again, pay attention to the asterisk behind each price, that usually tells you the fine details when buying web hosting. The asterisk details are usually located at the bottom of the sales page or somewhere towards the bottom of the sales offer.
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  • Profile picture of the author LEE BYRON
    To be honest,I would not suggest you to choose BH. I have been using BH for 3 years,the fact is their service is not as well as 3 years ago.
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    • Originally Posted by LEE BYRON View Post

      To be honest,I would not suggest you to choose BH. I have been using BH for 3 years,the fact is their service is not as well as 3 years ago.
      I agree with you up to some points but Bluehost is really very good company but the only thing that I don't like about Bluehost is their hostings are very expensive but on the other hand, I'm now using HostGator Hosting which is run by the same company commonly known as EIG.

      So if you're not happy & comfortable with Bluehost, I'd recommend you go & test-drive HostGator and the funny thing about HostGator is that you can easily get HostGator for the first month for $0.01 or 1 Cent only as a trial by using the HostGator Coupon Code: penny.

      I hope this helped.
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      • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
        Originally Posted by YasarAliAndroid View Post

        the only thing that I don't like about Bluehost is their hostings are very expensive but on the other hand,.
        $2.95 a month is not expensive. You have no idea what you are talking about! Try some of the other company's they are make $2.95 seem like chiken scratch. One well known host is over $8.00 a month and that is a bargin for the relabilty alone. FYI I have a site on Bluehost & another on the one over $8.00 a month.
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  • Profile picture of the author tobywells
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    The service is slowly getting worse and worse over years, serch for alternatives
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Bluehost is cheap as you pay up front, but maybe it is monthly now?

    Hostgator, you can have up to 10 sites with them for $10 a month, and pretty much do whatever you want with the site or blog site.

    The catch, steep learning curve, (installing software in C Panel logs can be a nightmare) but great support, and most of the time their templates are adequate, but l tend to design my pages myself.

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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
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      Originally Posted by tagiscom View Post

      Bluehost is cheap as you pay up front, but maybe it is monthly now?

      Hostgator, you can have up to 10 sites with them for $10 a month, and pretty much do whatever you want with the site or blog site.

      The catch, steep learning curve, (installing software in C Panel logs can be a nightmare) but great support, and most of the time their templates are adequate, but l tend to design my pages myself.



      What?

      I've had HG for years and never needed to install anything extra on the host. Even their Cpanel is simple to use, like easy Wordpress installs, etc... I also use Filezilla offline with HG which is simple drag and drop from the desktop to the online host.

      I can't imagine how hosting could be easier.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Hosting is almost always super cheap because they overload servers. Not a big deal when you have little or no traffic but when you begin to get more traffic, and more folks visit your site simultaneously....well...you will quickly be upgrading to a VPS or changing hosts Cheap solutions work for new bloggers but when you gain traffic it's time to pay up, to play up.
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    The price is quite fair as it offers basic or basics. Be mindful of the 2.95 offer though as it has some marketing strategies to it. Cheap isn't always the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author zcrafts
    I am also not a BH fan, as they are also a tiny part of EIG group which has lots of issue. I would even think about them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    I had BH hosting for years and switched to Siteground a few months back.

    BH's most basic hosting has shared servers. So what, says the newbie: what does that mean? It means things like:

    > your site speed will get throttled more quickly ie. things will slow down

    > "their" problems are your problems. If something goes wrong with someone else's domain that's on that server, it affects you. When I had this level of hosting early on (2012-13 era) they were down a lot.

    > while they say "unlimited domains" that is marketing speak and, in practical terms, nonsense. You are definitely limited on the number of DATABASES you can have. That means there IS a real limit to the number of websites. That is around a dozen if they are content-rich (eg. membership) or 20 if just a few pages.

    All of which lead to the upgrade to business hosting around 2014.

    Much better experience.

    Now I must say all through the years I had very good customer service from BH. That is what kept me around and away from price shopping. In 2014 one of my sites was hacked and they spent many hours figuring out what was wrong (malicious code that kept re-installing itself) without complaint.

    However, with the shift last year to sites requiring ssl certificates, BH just couldn't keep it together. Comodo, their ssl partner, didn't integrate well. I kept having to be on support calls about ssl certificate renewal problems that couldn't be solved with the UI available. Sites went without certificates for days. I'd have a call a week and be told, "There's nothing we can do; we just have to wait" by BH staff. As my contract with them expired I decided to move on.

    I've had a single call about ssl issues with Siteground since.

    My recommendation is, if you're serious, pay more for business hosting or for a private server. Stay away from the things that look like deals.
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    • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
      Originally Posted by Jason Kanigan View Post

      I had BH hosting for years and switched to Siteground a few months back.

      BH's most basic hosting has shared servers. So what, says the newbie: what does that mean? It means things like:

      > your site speed will get throttled more quickly ie. things will slow down

      > "their" problems are your problems. If something goes wrong with someone else's domain that's on that server, it affects you. When I had this level of hosting early on (2012-13 era) they were down a lot.

      > while they say "unlimited domains" that is marketing speak and, in practical terms, nonsense. You are definitely limited on the number of DATABASES you can have. That means there IS a real limit to the number of websites. That is around a dozen if they are content-rich (eg. membership) or 20 if just a few pages.

      All of which lead to the upgrade to business hosting around 2014.

      Much better experience.

      Now I must say all through the years I had very good customer service from BH. That is what kept me around and away from price shopping. In 2014 one of my sites was hacked and they spent many hours figuring out what was wrong (malicious code that kept re-installing itself) without complaint.

      However, with the shift last year to sites requiring ssl certificates, BH just couldn't keep it together. Comodo, their ssl partner, didn't integrate well. I kept having to be on support calls about ssl certificate renewal problems that couldn't be solved with the UI available. Sites went without certificates for days. I'd have a call a week and be told, "There's nothing we can do; we just have to wait" by BH staff. As my contract with them expired I decided to move on.

      I've had a single call about ssl issues with Siteground since.

      My recommendation is, if you're serious, pay more for business hosting or for a private server. Stay away from the things that look like deals.
      Yes, and Hostgator also says that you get an unlimited number of pages on your site, you don't, l got up to 99 pages on one site, and that was the limit.

      But like your option, support was great.

      And they are currently crapping on about malware being found on a few of my sites, and some third party company keeps bleating on about being able to remove it, (for a fee of course).

      And all hell will break loose if l don't.

      I have checked out one of my supposed infested sites, and no virus activity at all, apart from broken image links, that are only a leftover from when Dropbox pulled their free image link sharing option.

      So if you sign up with Hostgator, be wary of this crap, or look into it yourself, they are probably carrying on about nothing to make a quick buck.

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        Originally Posted by tagiscom View Post

        Yes, and Hostgator also says that you get an unlimited number of pages on your site, you don't, l got up to 99 pages on one site, and that was the limit.

        But like your option, support was great.

        And they are currently crapping on about malware being found on a few of my sites, and some third party company keeps bleating on about being able to remove it, (for a fee of course).

        And all hell will break loose if l don't.

        I have checked out one of my supposed infested sites, and no virus activity at all, apart from broken image links, that are only a leftover from when Dropbox pulled their free image link sharing option.

        So if you sign up with Hostgator, be wary of this crap, or look into it yourself, they are probably carrying on about nothing to make a quick buck.





        Web hosting counts inodes.

        You need to understand the inode part of web hosting.

        Hostgator even tells you all this...

        An inode is a data structure used to keep information about a file on your hosting account. The number of inodes indicates the number of files and folders you have. This includes everything on your account, emails, files, folders, anything you store on the server.

        • How can I reduce my inode count?
          • Simply delete any files or emails you no longer need.
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    BlueHost is owned by EIG. I would stay far away from any hosting company owned by EIG.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      BlueHost is owned by EIG. I would stay far away from any hosting company owned by EIG.
      Second this.

      Also, there's a reason why so many people recommend SiteGround
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      • Profile picture of the author yukon
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        Originally Posted by Michael Meaney View Post

        Second this.

        Also, there's a reason why so many people recommend SiteGround


        How many sites do you have hosted with EIG host?

        None?

        See, I never believe people about alternative hosting when I know for a fact they're wrong about another host. That was my point earlier in the thread.
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        • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
          Originally Posted by yukon View Post

          How many sites do you have hosted with EIG host?

          None?

          See, I never believe people about alternative hosting when I know for a fact they're wrong about another host. That was my point earlier in the thread.
          I've been with a few EIG companies over the years.

          As soon as they buy a company, things go south pretty quickly.

          You're goddamn right I don't host with them anymore.
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      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      BlueHost is owned by EIG. I would stay far away from any hosting company owned by EIG.


      I completely disagree.

      I have Hostgator and it always works.
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  • Profile picture of the author IGotMine
    I just can't believe how cheap it is, there must be a catch.
    I have some sites on Fatcow's "Cheap Sheep" plan - $9 for the first year then $20 per year thereafter. I'm into my third year, have three sites on the plan and not a single issue.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Brian
    Yes Bluehost is too expensive but their Shared Hosting Package would cost you only $2.95 only when you use any of the Bluehost Coupons I think which you can find on Google or Warrior Forum.

    However you can also wait for the Bluehost Deals such as Black Friday or Cyber Monday to get discount on any of the Bluehost Hostings.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    One thing I've found out on this forum, when someone bashes a host it's usually the person ranting that doesn't understand how web hosting works. I mean really works.

    Not pointing fingers, just see so many hosting threads on Warrior Forum over the years. Most of the rants are clueless or trying to sell their own web hosting by bashing another host.
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  • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
    I see people here complaining about BlueHost, but they haven't moved. Go figure.
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  • Profile picture of the author lifeonfire
    Don't use BlueHost. You only get ONE CPANEL account for all sites and if one gets hacked because of an outdated plugin, then all sites are vulnerable. We moved all our clients FAR away from BlueHost.
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    I'd been used Bluehost and due to service i've shifted to scopehosts.com they are quick in support with effective solutions
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    I'm another HG user - have been for many years. I thought when the "EIG problems' affected me, I'd move my hosting. Still haven't had any problems..so...
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Originally Posted by yukon View Post

    What?

    I've had HG for years and never needed to install anything extra on the host. Even their Cpanel is simple to use, like easy Wordpress installs, etc... I also use Filezilla offline with HG which is simple drag and drop from the desktop to the online host.

    I can't imagine how hosting could be easier.
    I got some free software from Frank Kern years ago, and that required extensive alterations of the C Panel log files.

    Trust me, for a beginner it is a nightmare.

    Originally Posted by yukon View Post

    Web hosting counts inodes.

    You need to understand the inode part of web hosting.

    Hostgator even tells you all this...How can I reduce my inode count?
      • Simply delete any files or emails you no longer need.
    Lol, yes, any newbie would understand that.


    And l have been with HG, for 5 years or more and at least for me it does break down occasionally, usually the sitebuilder packs it in, or it is impossible to publish.

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  • Profile picture of the author jerads
    Simple advice stay away as far as you can, this is the worst hosting service ever. Uptime is about 70% a year, and from time to time your site can be down for more than 1 complete day, there are always security issues mainly because of there outdated technologies, other issues they are pretty slow.

    I've moved all my sites from Bluehost to Siteground which offers way better services and support is always great.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeremy_S
    I have used Bluehost for years. Yes it's cheap because its shared, but in my experience it is really good. I have observed no downtime and their customer support is fantastic.

    Jeremy
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  • Profile picture of the author Judey
    It's held by EIG. Really had issues with them in past for their poor service. And i wouldn't recommend them anymore.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Unfortunately, with many things - you get what you pay for. If I need to, i'll pay more to ensure stability and uptime. I cannot afford unexpected downtime.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brandon Bell
    Bluehost is cheap because they're trying to sucker new website owners into buying their crappy service.

    When you buy Bluehost, your website will be hosted on a server with 100+ other websites.

    As soon as you start to get a lot of traffic to your website, they'll tell you to move to another webhost because their overcrowded servers can't handle the load.

    You would be better off buying a cheap VPS from digitalocean, linode or vultr and hosting your website on its own sever.
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    For me i use Pawnhost .
    i use it since 2015. it's the best for me !
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