This is a review on BlueHost, where I go through the pros and cons of their web hosting solutions. In the process, I talk about ways that you can use to evaluate BlueHost based on your personal thoughts and requirements.
BlueHost has been around since 1996 providing reliable shared hosting services, at affordable prices. It grew from a 4 person company to a 300+ strong company. BlueHost success is evident with over 20,000 new customers monthly and being the host to million of domains.
First and foremost, here is an important fact contrary to what many reviews are trying to tell you – there are no discount coupon or codes available, so don’t waste time search for them.
Prices for Bluehost is very affordable, with the cost as low $4.95 per month when you sign up for a 3 year plan. I do note that it is can be a big commitment and decision for many to make.
Searching on the Internet, you will find a mixture of good and bad reviews on BlueHost. On forums, reviews can be as short as a few sentences – and again there will be complains and praises. This is pretty much the truth for any and all products. There is always happy and unhappy customers.
At the end of the day, it is all about your expectations:In fact of you are to factor in inflation, the amount of savings can actually be greater. Furthermore, there is no possibility of price decreasing. If you are well aware of your requirements, this is an excellent way to lock-in the price.
- what do you expect from your web hosting company?
- what are your hosting requirements?
- do you want 24/7 support?
- do you need to have a dedicated server?
- is a shared server sufficient for your website traffic?
- do you feel more secure with a more powerful server and don’t mind paying extra?
- or do you prefer to grow your website, monitor it requirements, then upgrade when it is necessary?
- the list can go on and on … only you have the answer on what matters most
At the risk of generalization, I will say that most of the reviews tend to be biased – maybe my review too, but that is for you to judge. You may be curious what I’m using for www.imstash.com. Well, I am using Hostgator, but not because BlueHost is no good. It is just that BlueHost hosting solutions are not suitable for my blog traffic. BlueHost only offers “shared hosting”, which is something they are very good in.
On my experimental WordPress projects/blogs that get much lesser traffic, I run them on BlueHost. For those that are successful, I move them to other web hosting providers.
If you are looking for VPS or dedicated servers to support your high traffic and resource-demanding website, this is not suitable for you. You should check out Hostgator or others.
Some observations on reviews, feedbacks and comments by other users on the Internet:
I note that on many forums, extreme feedback (i.e. good/bad) are those with low post count. Those with higher post count tend to post a more neutral and “balanced” opinion or customer feedback on BlueHost.
People with bad experience tend to write reviews to warn others, or simply just to vent their frustrations. This is not wrong, but we have to look at the underlying reasons to evaluate. Which brings us to the next point …
BlueHost is not Perfect
You should not use BlueHost if you say yes to any of the following below:
- You intend to run lots of scripts on the hosting servers
- Your website is getting lots of traffic
- You want to install many blogs on hosting account. However if each blog is getting low traffic, it should do fine
Why you should consider BlueHost:
- With a 3 year plan, it is less than $5 per month
- Near-perfect uptime
- You can host many blogs with one hosting account. Great for starters or individuals working on a personal hobby.
- Lots of bundled features;
- Fantastico Script Support
- 24/7 tech support: Instant live chat & Knowledgeable tech support available by phone
- UPS power backup to protect/maintain the uptime of your website due to power failure
- One-Click Installation of WordPress included
- Video tutorials to guide you on the many more features/tools
- Free website editor tool ‘PageWizard’
While I do get a bunch of “CPU over limit” warnings, I still give them a good vote, considering the price and the value that I am getting.
A Refund Policy is in place for a peace of mind:
Although payment is by yearly mode, you do not have any contract with the hosting company. You can can cancel your account anytime and receive a prorated refund. If for some reason BlueHost does not live to your expectations or requirements within the first 30 days, you can terminate the subscription and get a full refund. Basically you get to enjoy discount for yearly payment mode, and an option to walkaway. If BlueHost is really a bad company, I doubt it is commercial viable for them to give customers this option. What are your thoughts? Sounds fair?
Find out more about BlueHost.
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