Good / Bluehost is one of the most affordable hosting solutions around. Since it has one-click installs and the user-friendly Cpanel, it’s an excellent first-time hosting service for new bloggers or entry level website owners. It’s also very fast.
Bad / Bluehost customer support can lag, and they have a ton of secretive upsells that can raise costs significantly.
Verdict / Bluehost is the best web host out there for new bloggers, or even experienced web devs. It’s a great service that works well with good speeds, easy to use features, and reliable customer support policies that will provide easy refunds.
Bluehost is one of the most popular website hosting platforms you can find. They are known for being low-cost and easily integrated with WordPress. They have hosting plans, virtual private servers, dedicated IPs, and domain registrations. They were founded in 2003, and the company has their in-house data centers and custom build servers. The company prides themselves on having one of the best customer support teams in the industry. While we won’t cover their support in this review, we will say that we have had good experiences with the support team even if wait times can easily become a bit tiring.
They were founded in 2003, and the company has their own in-house data centers and custom build servers. The company prides themselves on having one of the best customer support teams in the industry. While we won’t cover their support in this review (usually support is either good or bad–there isn’t much analysis), we will say that we have had good experiences with their patient and full-fledged support team even if wait times can easily become a bit tiring.
Blue host has three pricing models–basic, plus, and pro. Each model has a 12-month, 24-month, and 36-month term.
|Basic||$3.95 a month|
|Pro||$6.95 a month|
|Business Pro||$14.95 a month|
Here’s how the pricing breaks down:
The plus model gives you unlimited websites, and unlimited email accounts, storage, 50 subdomains, unlimited MYSQL databases, and one domain supported with SpamExperts.The main difference between the packages has to do with how much performance and how many websites you need. The basic package comes with one site, standard performance, five email accounts, 50 GB of storage, 25 subdomains, 20 MYSQL databases, 1,0000 database tables, and no spam expert support.
Finally, the Pro model gives you higher performance, more available files, free domain privacy, free dedicated IP, free SSL certificate, 3,000 database tables, site backup, and two domains for spam experts.
Bluehost also has varying pricing models for shared hosting, WordPress hosting, WooCommerce hosting, VPS hosting, and dedicated hosting. We won’t cover all of these pricing plans here, but you can check out the different prices directly at Bluehost.com.
Is Bluehost pricing good?
For small websites and companies, choose the basic shared hosting model. If you’re a full-fledged business, consider either the plus or pro model if you can afford it. The difference in pricing isn’t HUGE, however. Bluehost is one of the most inexpensive web hosting providers you can find–one reason for its massive popularity.
Uptime and Reliability
Using Bluehost is quite reliable, with minimal service outages. However, over the course of using their service through our extended testing, we have found some small moments where the servers were in maintenance and out website went down–but these instances are extremely minimal and won’t affect your site enough to matter.
We’ve examined and researched and found that Bluehost has an average uptime of 99.94% over the last twelve months. This means that for 12 months, you can expect an average amount of 5 hours downtime–which isn’t bad at all. Especially since that time is spread out and not clumped together.
The company doesn’t make any claims or brag about a certain amount of days or 24/7 uptime, but they do guarantee that they do give refunds based on cancellations due to server outages.
Every Bluehost package comes with Cpanel, which is where you will find your hosting features and tools. Here you can find various webmail options, email controls, the ability to edit your websites and domains, site builders, upgrades, anti-spam software, dedicated IP address options, SSL certification administration, billing, and profile options.
Cpanel can take some getting use to, since there are so many tabs and tools to play with–and a lot of them take you off the site to places like the Envato marketplace, but Bluehost makes it easy to set up your website completely by relying on Cpanel for easy WordPress installation through a one-click install. You can also install Weebly or other applications packaged under SimpleScripts. All of these tools are easily found under the Site Builder tab in the Cpanel.
Due to easy integration, and performance of Bluehost as a whole, WordPress has made it one of their recommended hosting providers including others like SiteGround and Dreamhost.
BlueHost is perfect for small businesses, blogs, or even portfolio websites since it’s affordable and easy to setup with WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and other lightweight CMS systems. In addition, Bluehost also has great security options like SpamAssassin, DDOS prevention through Cloudflare, and the ability to blacklist IPs.
#3 Fast Speeds
Bluehost might be cheap and easy to use, but it also has great speeds. When loading websites and editing websites, it’s very quick with little lag. Even the beginner packages are very quick, and page load times are excellent!
#1 Customer support can lag
There have been times when we’ve needed to chat with Bluehost, but the wait time has taken upward of 20 minutes–which is a far cry from their promised 30 seconds. However, there have also been times when we’ve not waited long at all. In addition, most of their reps are quite helpful, knowledgeable, and will put direct you automatically to another rep if you pick the wrong department. One of my favorite things about Bluehost’s customer support is that they are very generous and give great refunds and are generally very knowledgeable.
#2 Site migration isn’t free
Unlike some websites, you have to pay to migrate your site over to Bluehost. This is a fat $149.99 fee!
We’ve already covered how easy it is to install WordPress, the cheap pricing, a good number of features and security, but we haven’t covered the bad parts yet. That said, THERE are some bad parts to Bluehost. This wouldn’t be a review if we didn’t mention these.