If Bluehost is owned/associated in any way with HostGator (as some rumors on WF seem to suggest), then I won't waste my time with Bluehost.
My goal is to find a hosting service that allows me to add multiple domains (with separate IPs for SEO purposes) to my account. I only have about 8 websites.
However, I have found a great (cheap) hosting provider at Hostica for single domain with a unique IP for a $1 per month. I have two small websites, well one is decent size as it's an autoblog, and they are great! -- but I wouldn't trust them with my one and only valued site that's worth lots of gold. Also I doubt their technical support would be very good, though I never needed request support as their servers seem to work great. In a nutshell, I love Hostica and would be very happy to transfer my other 7 websites to them while I find a premier hosting service for my high traffic gold website.
One (of the many problems) that I am having with Hostgator is they were constantly suspending my website due to CPU usage with I call bullsh*t on! They forced me to go with a $90 VPS service which totally sucks donkey tail! The downtime has been excruciating and I can't stand paying $90 a month for 4,000 unique visitors per day. And since HostGator forced me to transfer to the VPS servers, my SEO went to crap. I lost 3,100 daily visors and my revenue dropped from $100+ per day to less than $15 per week. HostGator really screwed me BAD!!!
I have been doing lots of research on both Bluehost and IXweb. Bluehost said they won't suspend my account if I use too much CPU, but rather slow my site when the consumption becomes high. Though I really doubt my sites uses much resources. However, the sales person I chatted with at Bluehost sounded very wishy-washy an unsure on lots of questions I was asking. Maybe they were new? Maybe they don't have good support? I don't know. But bad support is a deal breaker for me.
IXweb looks interesting, but it looks like their "Unlimited Pro" package isn't Cpanel. Ouch! I understand Cpanel to a degree, but a different system may be overwhelming. Hostica uses a weird panel that is very confusing, but for a $1 per month, I won't complain and I don't need to go into for those webistes. But for my money site, I need to monitor things and do backups and etc. I don't back up my autoblogs because I don't care about them, but my money site is my baby; it's my retirement someday so I have to take extra good care of it.
I'm also checking into StableHost, but need to do more research. I need a good hosting service that won't try to screw me. I've been with HostGator for 6+ years, and how they are treating me is downright horrible. I don't want to go through this again, I need a reliable hosting service that will take care of me and my needs.