Technology is growing so fast and everyone is making their online presence. In the world of digital platforms, an online presence is one of the vital things every business should adopt.
If you are from a while in the online space or just beginning your career in it, then the probability of hearing about Bluehost is high.
There is a garden of hosting service providers are there and the number is increasing day by day. If you are searching for a web hosting provider, then you might become across Bluehost hosting.
Bluehost is one of the famous names in the hosting space and everyone is talking about it. So it is obvious to arise some queries against the Bluehost.
Let’s analyze the Bluehost service and will go in-depth in each hosting plan. This will an in-depth Bluehost review so let’s get started.
In 2003, Bluehost was founded by Matt Heaton. This simply means Bluehost has been in this hosting space for a while (over a decade).
Bluehost is owned by Endurance International Group. This parent company of Bluehost has a huge list of hosting companies partners. Some other popular partners of the Endurance International Group (popularly known as EIG) are Domain.com, HostGator, BigRock, and Constant Contact. These are not the only hosting companies EIG owned. The list is long.
Now Bluehost hosts more than 2 million websites and the number keeps growing. So Bluehost is one of the most famous hosting service providers and provides a wide range of services in addition to hosting. Bluehost is among the three company that is officially recommended by the WordPress organization.
Bluehost provides a variety of services. Let’s know them in detail.
Among the services offered by Bluehost, hosting is one of the major parts. Let’s discuss this one first.
Shared hosting is the recommended and best way to get started for beginners. You can make your online presence and live your website or blog by spending a couple of dollars per month.
In shared hosting, they provide four plans.
Basic: With the Basic plan, you can host 1 website. In addition to that, you will get 50 GB SSD storage, free SSL, unmetered bandwidth, 5 email accounts, email storage – 100 MB per account, 5 parked domains, 25 subdomains. It costs $2.75 per month.
Plus: With the Plus plan, you can host unlimited websites. In addition to that, you will get unlimited SSD storage, free SSL, unmetered bandwidth, unlimited email accounts, unlimited email storage, unlimited parked domains, unlimited subdomains, and some marketing offers. It costs $4.95 per month.
Choice Plus: Bluehost itself recommends you to buy this plan. With Choose Plus plan, you will host unlimited websites. In addition to that, you will get unmetered SSD storage, unlimited subdomains, unlimited parked domains, free SSL, unlimited email accounts, unlimited email storage, unmetered bandwidth, code guard, and some marketing offers. It costs $5.45 per month.
Pro: If you want more than the highest plan in shared hosting in Bluehost is Pro package. With Choose Plus plan, you will host unlimited websites. In addition to that, you will get a dedicated IP address, unmetered SSD storage, unlimited subdomains, unlimited parked domains, free SSL, unlimited email accounts, unlimited email storage, domain privacy, unmetered bandwidth, code guard, and some marketing offers. It costs $13.95 per month.
To manage your website/websites and hosting, the company offers you a user-friendly cPanel. If you ever need to upgrade and want more resources, you can upgrade to the next level server i.e virtual private server (VPS) or dedicated hosting package. It just a few click away from your control panel.
Virtual Private Server (VPS)
Virtual Private Server hosting is the higher level hosting than shared hosting.
Bluehost can prepare and give you a VPS server instantly. You don’t have to wait for the preparation like some other hosting providers do, to get a VPS plan.
Bluehost offers three types of VPS plans.
Standard: This plan gives you, 30 GB SSD storage, 2 GB RAM, 2 CPU cores, unlimited bandwidth, 1 domain, and 1 IP address. It costs $18.99 per month.
Enhanced: This plan gives you, 60 GB SSD storage, 4 GB RAM, 2 CPU cores, unlimited bandwidth, 1 domain, and 2 IP addresses. It costs $29.99 per month.
Ultimate: This plan gives you, 120 GB SSD storage, 8 GB RAM, 4 CPU cores, unlimited bandwidth, 1 domain, 2 IP addresses. It costs $59.99 per month.
Among the three plans in this Virtual Private Server (VPS), Bluehost recommends the Enhanced plan. Each VPS plan comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
The next hosting service Bluehost provides is dedicated hosting.
Let’s discuss that one also.
Dedicated hosting is often popular among medium or large business hosting. Bluehost provides performing server cares security and control.
Bluehost has three dedicated hosting plans.
Standard: The Standard plan includes 500 GB of mirrored storage, 4 GB RAM, 4 cores/8 threads, 3 IP addresses, 5 TB bandwidth, and 1 domain. It costs $79.99 per month.
Enhanced: The Enhanced plan includes 1 TB of mirrored storage, 8 GB RAM, 4 cores/8 threads, 4 IP addresses, 10 TB bandwidth, and 1 domain. It costs $99.99 per month.
Premium: The Premium plan includes 1 TB of mirrored storage, 16 GB RAM, 4 cores/8 threads, 5 IP addresses, 15 TB bandwidth, and 1 domain. It costs $119.99 per month.
All dedicated hosting plans give you a free SSL certificate and a 30-day money-back guarantee.
WordPress is a famous and widely used content management service. It powers 32% of the web. Because of its simplicity and beginner friendliness, it is widely accepted. Creating and managing a website or blog is super easy with WordPress.
So, Bluehost has provided special hosting for WordPress.
There is two WordPress specialized hosting Bluehost provides.
Shared WordPress hosting
Shared WordPress hosting again divided and has three plans.
Basic: The Basic plan allows you to host a single website. It also includes a free domain for 1 year, a free SSL certificate, 50 GB SSD storage, 5 parked domains, 25 subdomains, and $50 marketing credit. It costs $2.75 per month.
Plus: The Plus plan allows to host unlimited websites. It also includes a free domain for 1 year, a free SSL certificate, unmetered SSD storage, unlimited parked domains, unlimited subdomains, and $100 marketing credit. It costs $4.95 per month.
Choice Plus: The Choice Plan allows you to host unlimited websites. It also includes a free domain for 1 year, a free SSL certificate, 50 GB SSD storage, 5 parked domains, 25 subdomains, and $50 marketing credit. It also gives you a code guard basic backup. It costs $5.45 per month.
Among the above 3 plans, Bluehost recommends buying the Choice Plus plan. All the WordPress hosting plans of Bluehost includes automatic WordPress installation, automatic WordPress updates, WordPress staging environment, etc.
Managed WordPress hosting (WP Pro)
Bluehost recently added new WP Pro hosting plans. It has three plans.
Build: The Build allows you to host unlimited websites. It also includes Jetpack site analytics (basic), daily scheduled backups, marketing center, malware detection and Removal, 100 free premium themes, domain privacy protection. It costs $19.95 per month.
Grow: It includes everything in the Build plan. In addition to that, it provides Bluehost SEO tools, Jetpack premium plugin, business review tools, 10GB video compression, Jetpack Ads integration, Blue sky ticket support. It costs $29.95 per month.
Scale: In this plan, you will get everything the same as in Grow plan. In addition to that, you will get Jetpack Pro plugin, PayPal integration, unlimited video compression, unlimited backups and restores, Blue Sky chat support, elastic search, WordPress live chat support. It costs $49.95 per month.
Bluehost recommends you buy the Grow plan. All the Managed WordPress hosting plans include unlimited web storage, WordPress auto-update, unlimited domains, unlimited subdomains, spam protection, etc.
WooCommerce is popular these days and it is an open-source WordPress plugin and allows you to build an online store. Bluehost has created dedicated packs for this type of site to host.
They have three plans in WooCommerce hosting.
Starter: The Starter plan allows you to build 1 online store. It includes 100 GB SSD storage, free SSL, domain privacy, storefront theme installed, free setup call, and $50 marketing Credit. It costs $6.95 per month.
Plus: The Plus plan allows you to host unlimited online stores. It also includes unmetered SSD storage, free SSL, domain privacy, storefront theme installed, free setup call, $100 marketing credit, and CodeGuard backup basic. It costs $8.95 per month.
Pro: The Pro plan allows you to host unlimited online stores. It also includes, unmetered SSD storage, domain privacy, Bluehost SEO tools start, storefront theme installed, $200 marketing credit, free setup call, free SSL and CodeGuard backup basic. It costs $12.95 per month.
Bluehost recommends you buy the Plus plan. All plans above plans include dedicated IP address, WooCommerce auto-install, 1 free domain, PPC ad credits, etc.
If you are a beginner to WordPress platform or hosting, then Bluehost has a wide range of resources to help you. There is content for every single issue and query and they have covered a lot. There is also a video tutorial you can watch or read the detailed step-by-step guide. They have a number of video tutorials on YouTube as well.
Head to the Bluehost website and scroll down to the bottom. You will find the link to their Knowledgebase. All of these resources are there and absolutely free.
If you are searching for domain registrars then Bluehost also provides a domain name registration service. You can buy an appropriate domain name (if available) as you wish. This also supports a wide range of domain extensions among various available options.
The .com domain registration for a year costs $11.99. You can add separate privacy protection to hide your privacy lookup publically for $11.88 per year.
Bluehost’s marketing services
Bluehost is known for its affordable and beginner-friendly hosting. But Bluehost also provides various marketing services as well.
Their marketing service includes:
- Setup your blog
- Professional branding
- Customs website or blog making
- Content creation and marketing
- Search engine optimization
- Custom consultations on a monthly basis
These marketing services cost some additional charges depending upon which service you are choosing. You can take these services as a bundle or individually.
Pros and cons of Bluehost
You might find Bluehost in each corner of the internet. The world is talking about this hosting service provider. We have collected hundreds of reviews and asked in many discussion forums.
So let’s see what are the pros and cons.
Let’s see the pros first.
As we know uptime is one of the vital things in the online world. The more is downtime, the website will lose more customers and indirectly decrease in revenue. So Bluehost cares about this.
In the last 12 months, they have an average of 99.99% uptime. It is greater than the average industry standard, 99.94%.
Bluehost admits that they have the worst downtime in August 2017. They have faced a series of DDoS attacks in that time and have the worst condition. In addition to that, the issues were not completely resolved. As of now, they have faced various downtimes and server failures.
Here is a tabular representation of the uptime during past months.
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- Page loading speed
Page speed is now on trend and everyone is talking about it. Bluehost’s page loading speed is impressive. They have not such a good speed but they manage to boost it.
No one even Google doesn’t like slow-loading pages. Google also added page loading speed in the ranking factor list.
Now Bluehost has an average 424 ms page loading speed.
Here is a tabular representation of the loading speed of the page during previous months.
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- Official WordPress.org recommendation
WordPress is the most famous and widely used CMS platform in the world.
The official website of WordPress (WordPress.org) has recommended and listed 3 hosting providers. Those are Bluehost, SiteGround, Dreamhost.
- Low pricing plans
Usually, Bluehost known for its cheap shared hosting plans. Many hosting plans include a free domain. Although they have not the cheapest in the industry. Their good performing server and modified load speed may be a good one to choose.
The shared hosting starting plan (Basic plan) starts from $2.75 per month. For beginner level bloggers or business owners, this plan may be the best choice.
- Easy to use cPanel
cPanel is well-known in the shared hosting space and most of the hosting providers this with their hosting plan. Bluehost provides cPanel with their hosting plan.
You can manage your website from this admin panel and other services in a single place. They are many services and software that are just a click away. You can customize the interface of the default cPanel options according to your need or for simplicity.
- Many Add-on Integrations
Bluehost provides an application rich dashboard with their hosting plan that allows you to integrate many applications and services.
You can integrate Google Apps on your website with few clicks directly from your cPanel. Their one-click installation features allow you to install CMS like WordPress and Joomla.
Cloudflare CDN integration is also hustle-free and you can do it for better security of your website. This is already available in your cPanel like in other hosting providers.
- 30-day money-back guarantee
Bluehost cares about the value of your hard-earned money. That’s why they offer a valuable 30-day money-back guarantee with each plan.
It is not the longest money-back guarantee provider. Dreamhost provides a 97-day money-back guarantee. I think a 30 day period is more than enough to test the host.
Hold on, before going to purchase any plan, there are many terms and conditions in their money-back guarantee. Read the terms carefully before purchasing any plan.
There are also some cons in Bluehost as well.
- Customer support
Customer support is one of the vital things in any hosting. Your host should ready for your help always.
They have a 24/7/365 support team. But many customers are given bad reviews for support. We have collected many feedbacks from the existing and previous customers.
Many customers claim that the support team takes much time to reply. They have to wait for some time to get an answer from the customer support team.
Sometimes the customer care executive refers to their knowledge base articles, rather than providing the support themselves.
You can contact their support team via phone call, email, or live chat.
- No Windows hosting
One of the biggest drawbacks we can define is, they don’t provide Windows hosting. All the hosting services are Linux based. Although Linux servers capable of rum most software, there is also always something beyond.
If you are developing and website or application that has Windows-specific features, then Bluehost is not for you. Although the windows specific hosting has limited needs, the company is losing customers.
- Confusing plans details
There are various plans in Bluehost for different hosting. The plans do not contain the exact resource information and other features you are going to get. Instead of that, they use some famous words that are well-known in hosting space i.e “Unmetered” and “Unlimited”.
Don’t think that, “Unlimited” means no limit. They have a serious limitation. One may unknowingly cross the limit that is secretly defined by the company under the eyes of the customer. Crossing the limit may affect your account and your website.
- Site migration is not free
Site migration is a good feature that should be free in my opinion. Because customers are choosing your hosting by leaving others. Most other hosting providers provide free site migration service. But Bluehost shows no mercy in this case.
They charge a $150 migration fee to do migrate the website from one host to another. Another limitation is they will not migrate more than 5 websites and 20 email accounts.
Most of the hosting providers happily provide site migration service for free.
Bluehost is one of the popular hosts in this space. It is beginner-friendly and provides cheap hosting plans. Many popular bloggers recommend Bluehost.
We have discussed all the things related to their services. In addition to that, I also described the pros and cons of their service. Before going to purchase any plan, check the features you are getting.