While hosting over 2 million websites over the web, Bluehost had acheived its position among the top 10 web hosting companies in the world. It is a very popular web hosting company in the web hosting sphere. If not the most popular shared hosting company on Earth but still among the top 10.
Who is Bluehost ?
Bluehost first came into existence in 1996 offering only shared hosting till 2000. It was founded under the shades of Matt Heaton, who was the CEO from 1996-2011. As from 2011 till the present moment Bluehost is operated by Dan Handy, CEO of Bluehost.
After getting huge success with shared hosting, it further expanded it services. Now it have started offering hosting services like VPS, dedicated servers, and managed WordPress hosting.
Pros(+) of choosing Bluehost
After doing pretty good research we are finally able to bring out the Pros and Cons of Bluehost which you must surely go through.
#1 Official WordPress.Org Recommendation Host
Recently WordPress official site, WordPress.org updated its list of the Top 3 Web Hosting Company. But this time along with SiteGround and DreamHost, BlueHost too earned its spot which makes it look quite trusted.
#2 Strong and Reliable Uptime of 99.91% over last 12 months
After doing some tests from past 12 month we finally arrived to the conclusion that yes Bluehost can be the one you must choose in terms of Uptime. Out of the whole year experiment we found out only 4 hours of downtime which is quite impressive.
With most number of attacks on February 2016, mainly DDos attack towards its servers. It still maintained a quite impressive Uptime of average 99.90% which is pretty good considering the attacks in hand.
#3 Awesome Security Options
Bluehost security options are good, offering tools that combat some of the most common website hijacks.
You can prevent spam with various tools that are offered by Bluehost like Spam Expert, SpamAssassin, Spam Hammer. They support CloudFare too, which helps you prevent the most harmful DDoS attacks that can bring your site down in few minutes with different Bots traffic.
Beside they also offer hot link protection( preventing people from stealing your images and content), IP address blacklists to blovk problematic individuals and SSH access for secure web sessions.
#4 Many Integrations and Apps
Bluehost comes with a dashboard full of different applications so that you can integrate various services, like Google Apps and CloudFare to increase your Site possibilities.
#5 One Click Installation
The change which helped Bluehost to get more clients to their company was this features of “One-Click Installation”. Yes, now Bluehost is offer one click installation over various platfrom like WordPress, Joombla and much more. This made it more easier for people to setup their Websites.
#6 Low Price Range
If you are look for cheap but reliable web hosting then Bluehost can be the one. Because it one of the most inexpensive hosting company out in the Market. Though it’s not the cheapest as compared to other hosts, but it is okay with the service it offers.
Bluehost shared hosting comes in 3 packages. They are as listed below
Yea, now you can say it’s quite healthy with the services it’s offering.
Cons(-) of choosing Bluehost
If you search around the web then you would hardly find any cons as the globe is full of the affiliate marketer, and am too. But let me make one thing very clear that yes we are here to earn through affiliation but not by boasting over any company. We will dig out every thing in front of your eyes so that you can get a crystal clear idea of the companies we review.
#1 Customer Support is not so pleasing
We all know it’s not easy to handle 2 million sites in the same space but once you are handling you must equally expand your supports too.
Waiting for over 30 minutes to get a single reply does that sound really good? No, it doesn’t! This is not said only by testing their support for 1 or 2 times rather we are saying after testing its support over 10 times. But the thing which made us write this con was that all the 13 times it took over 30 minutes to respond. Even our experience showed the long delay between curt responses( rendering their support almost useless).
Or maybe unluckily we were dealing with poor agents!
However, one positive thing which we made out of this con is that they have plenty of videos on their YouTube Channel. So if you find delayed in support then you can head over to their YouTube Channel which may come to your rescue.
#2 Slow Page Loading Time
Here where it really Hurts.
After doing a lot of experiment we finally got a bunch of results which was really not satisfactory. It’s dismal 1,275ms load times came in below the average 850ms from our other hosting reviews.
But does speed really matter?
Absolutely it does! Every single second has its value. And In the recent report, it was found out that Google noticed up to 25% drop down in traffic due to a delay of just 0.5 sec. Now am pretty sure you can imagine how website speed matter.
Slow loading website not only hurts user experience but decrease the profit margins too. Though with Bluehost it’s not the worst but could be even better.
From the past few months, it’s drastically declining its client’s page load time. But I still personally believe it can improve their service still now.
#3 Site Migrations cost you bad
Leaving Bluehost aside for few minutes. We found out most of the web hosts were happy to help you move an existing site from it’s current location to their service.
But this is not the same with Bluehost as they charge a wholesome amount of $149.99 for migration. And even with this amount, they will not transfer more than 5 sites and 20 email accounts.
#4 Not really Unlimited
Unlike many hosting providers that go on boosting to provide unlimited hosting which of course is not the complete truth. And Bluehost is also of no difference as compared to this.
If you have a glance at their T&C then you will get to know the ugly truth. There it is clearly mentioned “We at Bluehost don’t provide anything Unlimited” which may seem shocking but it the truth.
The TL;DR version don’t go over 3GB of database usage or exceed 1,000 databases or they might terminate your account. With even any notice beforehand!
#5 Price though cheap but is in Haziness
Yes, of course, Bluehost is cheap.
But wait is it really cheap? Well, that depends on your financial condition.
Yea lets break this out.
Their so-called “Super-low introductory rate” of only 3.49$ a month comes with few not attached to its back. Namely, three-year contract.
Yea, if you wanna start with only 1-year plan the price suddenly jumps of 4.95$ per month.
And if you are thinking to buy for 2 or 4 months then forget about Bluehost.
This will surely hurt you, even more, when I say you the 12-month plan renewal cost is 8.99$ per month.
Bluehost provides three shared hosting options to choose from.
Note: You need to pay for three years if you wanna enjoy hosting with the same price as mentioned below. And will cost you more if you choose a short duration plan.
Basic Plan: For $3.49 per month you get one web site max with 50 GB of disk Space and so-called ‘unlimited’ bandwidth. You also get 5 E-mail accounts with a maximum storage of 100MB each.
Plus Plan: For $5.95 per month you get to host a maximum of 10 websites along with 150 GB storage and so-called ‘Unlimited’ bandwidth. You also get 100 E-mails account of 500MB each.
Business Pro plan: The last and the largest plan, the “Business Pro Plan” comes with $13.95 per month rate providing you with so-called ‘Unlimited’ bandwidth. Along with unlimited email account and websites to host.
Should you go with Bluehost?
If you are choosing Bluehost to host simple hobby blog or personal site then its a great idea to go with Bluehost. As they are cheap, reliable and easy to get started with.
Wait, are you going to choose Bluehost for Commercial or Business purpose? Then I would say No, don’t go with it.
Because their poor customer support and slow page speed put it below other available alternatives.
And if you truly want a fast, reliable hosting service with decent uptime and good customer support then have a look at Inmotion or DreamHost.
It’s time for you to speak
Have you ever used Bluehost? What’s your views regarding it? Do let us know in the comment box below