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Monday, 18 February 2019

Bluehost Review : Quality Budget Shared Hosting

Whenever it comes to start a blog or website, hosting and themes are among the first few things those directly comes to our mind. Deciding which hosting to use is a very tough job as it’s the hosting on which your success depends on.

While selecting the hosting, you need to focus on few important points like-

  • Cost of the Hosting
  • How many traffic it can handle
  • How many real time traffic it can handle
  • How easy it is to use
  • What is the Uptime

If you consider all the above points, there are only a few hosting services will come to your mind and I am sure BlueHost must be one among those. I am using BlueHost for many years and can say with confidence that it is one of the best hosting services available at affordable price.



About BlueHost

BlueHost was founded by Matt Heaton in 1996. It was started with just four persons and since then this has grown day by day and currently has 300+ people in the company. The company claims to have 20k+ new customers every month. You can estimate its success from the fact that BlueHost.com is 895th most popular website in the world as per Alexa.

Products and Pricing



BlueHost’s most famous product is shared hosting that is available at just $3.95/month. Apart from the shared hosting, BlueHost also provides many other hosting services for use as well as reseller hosting. Below are their details.

BlueHost Shared Hosting
This is just the starter plan and starts at as low as $3.95 per month. This plan is perfect for the one who is just starting or have less or medium traffic.

In the shared plan also, they provide three type of hosting.

Starter- $3.95/month
In starter plan, you can host 1 website with unlimited bandwidth. You can also create 25 sub-domain and 100 email accounts specific to the domain.

Plus Plan- $6.95 per month
This includes unlimited domain, unlimited sub-domain and unlimited email accounts. The best thing with Bluehost plans are, no matter that plan you buy, you will get one free domain. This free domain can be any top level domain like .com/.net/.org etc. as you need. Plus plan is most famous in shared hosting plans.

Business Pro Plan – $14.95 per month
This plan has all the features of Plus plan with some business benefits like 2 Spam Experts, one SSL certificate, dedicated IP and domain privacy. And of course, you will get a free domain.

VPS Hosting
VPS hosting is for those who needs additional power in terms of bandwidth, security and a system which can handle more users at a time. VPS hosting from BlueHost starts at $29.99 per month.

Dedicated Hosting
This is for the big companies. If you need power, maximum security and complete control on your site, dedicated hosting is for you. Dedicated hosting plans starts at $149.99 per month.

Features of BlueHost Hosting

Free Domain
One of the best features of BlueHost hosting is free top level domain. With every hosting packages, you will get a free .com or any top level domain. At the time of signing up for the plan, you can select the domain name and it will be free for you.

So just think, you are buying starter program that comes at $3.95 per month. So for a year, you will have to pay $47.4 for a year. And one .com domain for a year itself cost around $10-$12. So basically you are paying just $35 for a year.

Excellent Support
After sales, services is one of the most needed stuff that anyone looks. BlueHost understands this very well. They provide 24×7 support from different modes of communications. You can chat with their support team anytime and can get instant resolution. You can also, mail them and can be assured to get resolution.

If you have questions related to billing or sales, expect an exceptionally short wait time for the live chat. However, if you have a tech support question, expect the wait to be much more depending on the complexity of the issues. I have personally used BlueHost and have contacted their support staff many times and have received an excellent response that too very quickly.

Control Panel
Even though nowadays every company provides control panel but a good control panel is much needed which many company doesn’t provide. The control panel should be in such a way that even a starter can handle it very easily.

BlueHost’s control panel is quite nice where you will get everything you need for a site. Also, it is very easy to handle.

Security
Security, which is very essential nowadays. I am sure almost every day you must be hearing that some site has been hacked. Why? Because those sites are not secured, and anyone can easily break the security of that site.

Some of the free services are easy to find and implement, such as the anti-spam filter, which has its button on the cPanel. You can also, use SSL on the site to make it more secure. You will get many security features and plugins entirely free with BlueHost hosting. Also, starting with plus plan you will get free SSL certificate.

Money Back Guarantee
Looking at the features and plans, it doesn’t seem that you will look back for your money. But still if for any reason, you are unhappy with the performance you can get your money back within 30 days of order.

So BlueHost provides 30 days money back guarantee with no questions asked. You can get your money back within 30 days of purchase.

Free Site Builder
Apart from free one click WordPress, Joomla and other CMS installer, BlueHost also provides one free site builder where with the help of many inbuilt templates, you can build a nice looking site with great features.

Site Loading Time
Site loading time is one of the greatest features that anyone looks for. Also, since the time Google has started considering loading time as one of the ranking factors, it has become more powerful. We tested bluehost.com and found it just take 2.2 sec to load which is quite good.

Site Up-Time
The company claims to provide almost 100% up-time for the hosting. We tested and found it is true. As you can see from below image, in last 24 hours, site uptime is 100%, and overall it is 99.9% that is quite remarkable.

So overall, BlueHost is an awesome hosting to go with.

What other says about BlueHost?

I checked many sites and found an almost positive review for BlueHost hosting. Below is one I took from WhoISHosting.

Pros and Cons
As everything has pros and cons, the same applies to BlueHost as well. I am sure by this time you must have made a decision but before you go, let me tell you pros and cons about it.

Pros

  • Excellent uptime
  • Free .com domain
  • Excellent customer support
  • Low cost
  • Anti-spam filter
  • Shared SSL and many more


Cons

  • Domain Renewal is costly

Over to you
I hope you liked Bluehost review and will help you to decide whether to go with BlueHost or not. What do you think? Have you used BlueHost before?

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