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What is Bluehost?

Bluehost is a web hosting company founded by Matt Heaton and Danny Ashworth in Provo, Utah. A staff of 750 people are working around the clock. Bluehost is the #1 recommended hosting by Wordpress.org. As such they feature 1-Click installations in all their plans.



Table of Contents:

  • The BlueHost Advantages
  • Speed - Testing Load Times
  • Uptime Stats
  • Price BlueHost's Shared Plans Compared
  • eCommerce Features
  • Ease-of-Use
  • Customer Service
  • Who is Bluehost Best For?
  • Pros of Bluehost
  • Cons of Bluehost
  • Security Features
  • Support
  • Refund Policy
  • Concluding this BlueHost Review


The BlueHost Advantages

BlueHost have been around in the shared hosting game since more than 20 years since they were originally founded in 1996. Not only have they managed to stick around all these years while becoming one of the most well-known shared hosts worldwide, they've also successfully managed to keep their quality of service consistent through all these years, while overcoming a few minor hiccups along the way, like aggressive CPU-throttling and the likes.

BlueHost is your typical budget-friendly web host that offers a standard cPanel and LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) setup for people whore not looking for too many features. With that in mind, lets take a look at what all features that they have on offer:

  • Free domain (for 1 year) along with your shared hosting plan
  • Feature-packed cPanel integrated with CloudFlare, Page Speed Grader, Google Apps and a lot of other tools. Their custom user interface looks a lot better than the regular cPanel default skin.
  • Premium anti-spam solutions built right in cPanel
  • Free, unlimited email accounts for the top-end plan. Email storage is within your total account storage. There are some limits as to how many emails in an hour you can send, so if your site is demanding in terms of sending emails, use some third party solutions like EmailOctopus.
  • Automatic daily backups for all your website data, and stored files.
  • Highly configured servers. Regular hardware upgrades. Replacement parts always ready for quick replacement in case of failed hardware.
  • 247 Live Chat & Phone Support. The latter, especially, isnt offered by most shared hosts out there.
  • Hassle-free scalability allows you to upgrade your plan to a VPS or a dedicated server without having to face the hassles of moving your website.
  • Account isolation technology isolates accounts having websites that consume too much resources, to ensure that the overall performance of the server doesnt degrade and affect all customer sites on that server.
  • Decent level of customization for a shared hosting plan including SSH (Secured Shell Access), Server Side Includes, PHP.ini and .htaccess modification support.
  • Multiple user-access control mechanism to assign multiples users and restrict their access to specific sections of the same hosting account (like one account may access only the billing section).
  • Built-in CDN (Content Delivery Network) support with CloudFlare integration. Hassle free setup ensures that all your static resources load faster from CloudFlares worldwide CDN network.
  • Unique IPs, SSL, and SiteLock protection are some optional features that are handy to have.
  • 30-day Money-back Guaranty.
  • Other features which I probably haven't noticed yet.


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Speed - Testing Load Times


In my testing, I've found BlueHost's servers to be fairly fast. It's certainly not the fastest among all shared hosts, neither does it manage to make the test site load under 300ms unlike A2 Hosting, but at that entry-level price point, the performance is more than you'd expect. Not only the total page load time, the initial server response time (<300 ms on average) was pretty impressive for a shared host, too.

It seems like BlueHost have upgraded their server hardware greatly and thereby improving performance for the end-user. This is good to know, considering they were at one point in the past accused of overselling and overcrowding their servers.


Uptime Stats


In my testing period with BlueHost, the test site experienced just a single instance of downtime, and that was for 2 minutes. This is really impressive for a cheap shared host. So, in short, uptime shouldn't be an issue if you decide to host your site on BlueHost's platform.


Plans and Pricing


Bluehost offers five main types of hosting plans:


  • Shared hosting
  • VPS hosting
  • Dedicated hosting
  • WordPress hosting
  • Cloud Sites


If you are looking for something inexpensive and basic, shared hosting is probably what you need. This is what most beginners and small businesses are shopping for. Dedicated hosting is the most expensive option, appropriate from large commercial businesses that need full control of their resources.

With dedicated hosting, you are essentially renting a physical server. VPS hosting is a middle-ground option where you share a physical server with others, but you have your own virtual operating system, so the server functions as if it is physically yours. WordPress hosting is of course what it sounds likehosting optimized for WordPress customers. Lets take a look at the plan tiers for each.

Shared Hosting

  • Starter: Beginning at $3.49 per month, this plan jumps up to $7.99 per month at the regular price.
  • Plus: This plan is regularly $10.49 per month.
  • Business Pro: This plan is $23.99 per month.

These prices are all pretty good. But with this deal, you can make sure you get the best price! At the Starter level you get one website, 100GB of space, and unmetered bandwidth. You also get one domain, five parked domains, and 25 sub-domains. Additional features include 100 email accounts with 500 MB of storage each, and $50 in marketing offers.


With the Plus or Business Pro plans, you get unlimited websites and unmetered space and bandwidth, which is awesome. You get one domain included, and you can have unlimited parked domains and sub-domains.

Email accounts and storage are unlimited, along with $200 in marketing offers. Plus includes Global CDN and one SpamExperts (over $24 per year in extra benefits).

The Business Pro plan includes up to $180 in annual extra benefits, including two SpamExperts, one SSL, one dedicated IP address, domain privacy, enhanced performance, and SiteBackup Pro.

VPS Hosting
  • Standard: $14.99 your first month, up to $29.99 after that
  • Enhanced: $29.99 your first month, up to $59.99 after that
  • Premium: $44.99 your first month, up to $89.99 after that
  • Ultimate: $59.99 your first month, up to $119.99 after that

These prices are in line with typical costs for VPS hosting industry-wide. The speed for the first two plans is 2 CPU cores, up to three and four cores for the top two plans. You get 30GB SAN storage at the lowest tier, up to 240GB at the highest tier. RAM ranges from 2 GB up to 8 GB. You get 1 TB of bandwidth at the Standard level, up to 4 TB at the Ultimate level. Each tier includes one domain. The Standard tier includes one IP address; you get two with the rest. Every plan is backed by 24/7 support and a money-back guarantee.


Dedicated Hosting
  • Standard: $74.99 your first month, $149.99 per month after that.
  • Enhanced: $99.99 your first month, $199.99 per month after that.
  • Premium: $124.99 your first month, $124.99 per month after that.


With the Standard plan or Enhanced plan, you get a 4 x 2.5GHz CPU. The Premium plan offers you a 4 x 3.3GHz CPU. Storage is 1 TB (mirrored), and RAM starts at 4 GB at the Standard level, ranging up to 16 GB at the Premium tier. You get 5 TB of bandwidth at the Standard tier, 10 TB at the Enhanced tier, and 15 TB at Premium. One domain is included with every plan. You get three IP addresses at Standard, four at Enhanced, and five at Premium. All plans are backed by 24/7 service and a money-back guarantee.


WordPress Hosting
  • Blogger: $12.49 your first month, $24.99 after that
  • Professional: $37.50 your first month, $74.99 after that
  • Business: $60.00 your first month, $119.99 after that
  • Enterprise: $85.00 your first month, $169.99 after that


These plans are actually quite expensive compared to what some competitors offer (many hosts actually sell WordPress hosting plans at the same prices as general-purpose shared hosting plans).

WordPress hosting on Bluehost is a big deal, however, and one of the companys most popular services (with more than a million sites hosted by the company).

Features include at the Blogger level include 100 million visits per month, 30 GB of storage, 30 GB of backup space, 2 GB of RAM, and up to five sites. You get one included domain and one IP address. Additional features include enhanced cPanel, SiteLock CDN, and SiteLock Pro for added security.

The top-level Enterprise plan gives you unlimited monthly visits, 240 GB of storage and backup space, 8 GB of RAM and up to 30 sites. You get one included domain and IP address. Along with enhanced cPanel and SiteLock CDN/WAF Pro, you get SiteLock Enterprise and Positive Wildcard SSL.

All plans are backed by 24/7 service and a money-back guarantee. These plans also include automatic plug-in updates and regular backups.

These are all excellent features, but still, you may be asking, Why would I pay this much for WordPress hosting? Bluehost plays a very active role in the WordPress community and has a core staff of developers. That means that Bluehost can offer first-class customer support and troubleshoot even complex problems which are specific to WP.

This is not to say Bluehost is your only or best option however hosts like eHost can easily compete, and at a lower cost.


eCommerce Features

It is easy to set up an online store with Bluehost, which offers a number of different shopping carts: Zen, Cube, Agora, and OS Commerce. You get SSL security for your transactions, a certificate generated for free, and OpenPGP/GPG Encryption.

The fact that you get unlimited storage space starting at the Plus level with shared hosting means you are good to go adding as many products as you want to your shop. Unmetered bandwidth means your costs are steady and predictable even if you have months where you get a great deal of traffic (maybe over the holidays, or as your business is growing).

The $200 in free marketing credits is also a big help if you are a store owner. You can use these to promote your business through Google, Facebook, Bing, and Twitter.

All of that having been said, Bluehost is not particularly known for eCommerce, and there are sites that make it easier and faster to set up a shop. But Bluehost is an economical choice, and you will get access to a ton of great features to help you sell online.


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Ease-of-Use


Bluehost makes it a breeze to set up your website and manage it. The enhanced cPanel interface is as easy to use as it getsyou just click on the icons to get to where you need to go.

You can take care of everything with your websites and email addresses in one central location. You can customize the layout of the control panel to your needs. That way you can get quick access to your favorite features.


Customer Service

Here is an area where Bluehost gets mixed reviews. There are many customers who report positive experiences with fast, helpful, friendly customer service agents. Unfortunately there are also a lot of customers who report that they were unable to get the help they needed even with numerous phone calls.

Another problem with Bluehost is excessive upselling. This is a company that loves to try to sell you on add-ons and upgrades, and there are a lot of areas where you flat-out need add-ons for full functionality. That is a problem if you are on a tight budget.


Who is Bluehost Best For?
  • Customers who are looking for a reliable web host with a strong reputation. Bluehost is one of the oldest names in the business and has established trust.
  • WordPress customers who are able to pay extra in order to get access to more features and a dedicated support team of WP experts.
  • Owners of both large and small businesses. Bluehost is fine if you are on a budget and just want general-purpose shared hosting. Just watch out for the upselling.


Pros of Bluehost:
  • Most plans include unlimited disk storage, domain hosting, email addresses, and bandwidth.
  • You get a free domain name for a year included with your purchase.
  • The enhanced cPanel is really easy to use and offers fast access to features.
  • The security features on Bluehost are flat-out excellent.
  • Numerous databases are available, including MySQL, PostgreSQL, CGI-BIN, PHP 5, Phython, Perl 5, Ruby on Rails, and much more.
  • Tons of free website scripts are available, including social networking scripts, blog support, mailing lists, message forums, Joomla and Drupal and Tikiwiki.
  • eCommerce features are good with multiple shopping carts available and SSL security.
  • Most customers report that Bluehost is fast. Integrate with CloudFlare and youll get even better performance.
  • If you can afford it, the WordPress hosting on Bluehost is considered to be top-notch.


Cons of Bluehost:

  • While there are many useful add-ons available, unfortunately you need to install many of them to get the full functionality you need.
  • The customer service team gets mixed reviews.
  • Bluehost loves to try to up-sell its customers, which can get to be annoying if you are on a tight budget.
  • The WordPress plans, while very nice in terms of features, are also very expensive compared to plans offered by many competitors. eHost for example has incredible starting at just $2.75 monthly. Thats less than half of the starting price for the lowest tier WP plan offered by Bluehost.


Security Features


Security is definitely an area where Bluehost excels. You get three layers of anti-spam protection in the form of Spam Experts, Spam Hammer, and Apache Spam Assassin. You get protection for your inbox as well; it is easy to set up filters. Your directories are all password-protected.

If you need to block access to your site, you have the option to blacklist IP addresses. Another top-notch feature is secure shell (SSH) access. This allows you to access configuration files individually and securely.

Bluehost also offers single-click integration with CloudFlare, which provides even more excellent security features and speeds up your site! CloudFlare is particularly good for thwarting DDOS attacks.

You also get a lot of options to upgrade:


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Support

BlueHost are one of the few web hosts that offer 24x7 phone, live-chat and email support. I've found their support department to be adequate at the very least, when it comes to answering general tech queries or looking up for site-specific issues.

The support response times aren't that impressive, however, and they varied quite a bit, from 10 minutes to an hour. The first response has been an auto-generated response in quite a few cases, too.

BlueHost couldn't remind me that they're actually a very cheap shared host when I tested out the other parts of their overall service, but support was an exception. I really missed the efficient, fast, 100% skilled human-powered support that hosts like InMotion Hosting provide.


Refund Policy

Bluehost covers its plans with a 30-day money-back guarantee. That means if you cancel within the first 30 days, you will get a full refund. If you choose to cancel after that, you will get a prorated refund for the period of your hosting term which you have not used. Domain fees are not refundable.


Concluding this BlueHost Review

By the looks of it, this review has already become the most comprehensive BlueHost review on the internet. Since Im very passionate about web hosting, I could go all day about different aspects of it. But since this has already become so long, Id like to quickly conclude this review.

BlueHost's hosting plans are quite cheap compared to most of their competitors. But apart from the not-so-great support department, I found BlueHost to be decent in most other aspects.

One negative point to consider is the limited add-on domains for their most basic plan. But that probably wouldn't concern the target audience (new bloggers / webmasters who're just starting their web journeys) much.

Overall, ​BlueHost is a decent host for the money, especially. I would definitely give them a try if I were looking for a reliable, feature-packed, aggressively priced shared web host without wanting to know too much about the technical titbits that go behind hosting a website.

If you're looking for a higher-priced, better alternative, however, I'd definitely recommend InMotion Hosting (a tad bit pricier) without thinking twice. Because they offer everything that BlueHost does, and only perform even better in most aspects.​

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