Of the hundreds of web hosting companies that exist, BlueHost is one of only 3 that has the recommendation of WordPress. They provide everything from hosting to e-commerce, making it an all in one platform. In this review, we will have a look at the main features and conclude if it is worth using their service or not.
Bluehost – Quick Overview
What is Bluehost?
Bluehost is a company that offers different types of hosting for different types of sites and clients, from Cloud Servers to re-seller hosting. They also work with WordPress, the world’s leading website builder, making it so much easier to create, build and then publish, aka host it.
Who are the founders and what is their history?
Bluehost was co-founded by Danny Ashworth and Matt Heaton. The company was founded in 2003, but it was then taken over in 2010 by Endurance International Group and one year later Matt Heaton stepped down as CEO of the company so as to focus more on its platforms and hosting. Since then the present CEO also stepped down, moving on to another company and they laid of hundreds of workers, working to better their customer support.
The term up-sale is a rather loose term when it comes to hosting as different packages and tools have different prices which can be seen as up-sales or just different plans, depending on one’s perspective. Bluehost offers not only a multitude of hosting services, but also a multitude of plans for each service. So depending on the way you go, there will most likely not be up-sales in my opinion/perspective.
Is there a Money-Back Guarantee?
Bluehost offers a 30-day money-back guarantee on every single one of their plans and services, so if you are not satisfied with the product, one can just return it and get the money back.
What About Support?
Bluehost does offer a few ways of support including an FAQ page, email support and so forth. The support offered is quite good, especially for a hosting company, and they usually resolve problems within 48 to 72 hours, sometimes even faster. So all in all, I would say the support is great for a company of this stature.
Bluehost – Features and Prices
Shared hosting is the most popular hosting service Bluehost has. It is when multiple clients share a server, thus making it cheaper as well. Shared hosting works well for smaller websites, but keep in mind that if one of your fellow shares has a big website with loads of traffic, then most of the recourses will go to them, making everyone else’s site sluggish.
Cost: $3.95-$13.95 per month.
The massive library of templates makes it easier than ever to build a site and with the Bluehost team always standing by to answer a question or to just provide any help you might need, it is almost guaranteed that you will be able to get a website up and running. Just email, call or chat with their specialized team and get your site going.
WordPress hosting includes the following:
- WordPress made easy
- Free Custom Email
- Free SSL Certificate
- Money-Back Guarantee
- Free Domain
- Auto Updates
Cost: $3.95-$5.95 per month.
Optimized WordPress Hosting
With WP Hosting, all websites and so on can be managed from a single place/platform, and as a plus, you get access to a bunch of plug-ins, themes and even add-ons which is very easily installed while building one’s website.
Cost: $19.95-$49.95 per month.
Virtual Private Server Hosting, aka VPS Hosting, is when Ram and CPU recourses are directed towards a single account, allowing for more speeds, security and so forth. Bluehost builds its VPS servers from the ground up, using SSD storage, allowing more flexibility, control and an increase in power for the website.
Cost: $18.99-$59.99 per month.
This is basically just an eCommerce program offered by Bluehost, but created with WordPress, aka a WordPress plug-in). eCommerce programs allow you to build an entire online store, where one can sell either digital or physical products to other people, and the only difference with Woocomerce is, the store will be hosted on Bluehost and created through WordPress. A perfect example of an online store aka, an eCommerce site is Amazon.
Woocomerce also allows for more secure payments, applies taxes accordingly and makes it easier to manage inventory. They also offer 24/7 support to help you through the process.
Cost: $6.95-$12.95 per month.
The Cloud Hosting offered by Bluehost is more affordable and it is also;
Safer – All of the data and so forth are mirrored across three separate devices, so if one should fail, then another copy would take its place while the broken one is rebuild and fixed.
Faster – A global CDN and varnish caching layer, which is both contained in the cloud hosting, ensures that all resources are directed where they need be.
Simpler – A single, easy to understand, yet simple to use dashboard is included, which can be used to view global research, uptime, page download speeds, usage trends and more.
Bigger – Add extra RAM and/or CPU as your website grows, upgrading as it is needed, by simply clicking a button.
Bluehost’s dedicated hosting provides the most control, privacy, allocation and resources with completely isolated servers. In other words, one will have full control over the servers to modify as one pleases, without affecting other clients.
Cost: $79.99-$119.99 per month.
The Bluehost reseller hosting allows you to create your own custom hosting plans, with unmetered ample bandwidth and unlimited disk space. Each plan also comes with an array of tools one can use.
Cost: $11.49-$25.49 per month.
Get Bluehost to design you a mobile-friendly website with increased search engine rankings and have an account manager review your campaign every month.
Use Bluehost to find the perfect Domain name for you as it is the most important aspect of website building and Bluehost has an impressive variety of domains to choose from, whether it be .com, .net, .Blog or any one of the many others.
Join the Bluehost Affiliate program and earn a commission every time someone you referred to the program signs up. With Bluehost, you will earn $65 every time someone you refer signs up, no matter which plan they choose and it is free to join.
Bluehost – Pros
Almost all of the Bluehost hosting plans include unlimited email addresses, disk storage, bandwidth, and even domain hosting.
Bluehost provides excellent security features.
Bluehost is partnered with WordPress and thus offer amazing WordPress Hosting.
Bluehost rarely has downtime, and when it does happen, it is usually when it is not so busy and for a short period of time.
Bluehost supports Stream Video and everything that goes along with it.
It is rather easy to use the cPanel and it has a lot of features that can be accessed in a heartbeat.
Bluehost has a BlueRock platform, which is basically a control panel for WordPress.
They have tutorials to help one get associated with WordPress and everything related to the program.
If one cancels one’s membership to the marketing service within 6 months, then one has to pay a cancelation fee of $300.
The prices are rather low, however when you renew your subscriptions or only sign up for a short period of time, then the price increase drastically.
They have a thing called CPU throttling, which is a fancy way of saying that they freeze your CPU usage when they believe you are using too many resources.
WordPress is currently the number one choice when it comes to building a website. Bluehost is one of few that has the recommendation of WordPress. Websites created on the hosting platform do well, good upload speed with almost no downtime. The C-Pannel is user-friendly and it does not take long to get familiar with it. Installing WordPress is quick and easy, you can literally have your site up and running within minutes.
If you are new to hosting/website development, I suggest that you start small with one website and a basic hosting plan. Test the service for yourself before upgrading.
Do you use BlueHost or have you used it in the past?
Please be so kind to tell us about your experience and help others to make a more informed decision.