Updated · Oct 18, 2022
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What Is Bluehost
If you’re wondering what Bluehost is, it’s a full-service web hosting company that provides multiple plans based around:
- simple shared hosting
- virtual private web servers (VPS)
- dedicated servers that you have full control over
- WordPress hosting
- eCommerce solutions
- domain name registration
- professional email services.
It also provides tools like the Bluehost website builder, web page and WordPress caching, and reseller accounts on the VPS and dedicated server level. So, you can make money by selling your own hosting using the Bluehost resources. You can also become an affiliate and make extra money or earn discounts by referring friends.
Other professional services include custom website design, digital marketing solutions, and expert support consultations for WordPress and many other web development needs.
If you have an existing website or an idea you want to get off the ground, Bluehost web hosting has a solution for you.
The company was originally founded in 2003 and is currently headquartered in Orem, Utah, United States. If you’re wondering who owns Bluehost - Endurance International Group. It has expanded the brand to become one of the top 20 largest website hosting providers in the world, catering to multinational corporations and small individual bloggers alike.
The company has made a name for itself with its strict policies against hate, pornography, and piracy. It acts quickly to remove such websites and webmasters from their servers. If you want to host such sites you will need to look elsewhere.
We can’t give a Bluehost cloud hosting review because there isn’t any, which is one of its main drawbacks that sets the company apart. This means you cannot benefit from hosting Bluehost websites via cloud computing or developing apps in the cloud environment. However, if you just need to host a website on a fast service, Bluehost is still one of the best out there.
All good hosting site reviews look at overall infrastructure. Bluehost can host almost any type of website. It has data centers, where it houses its own physical servers, in Provo and Orem, Utah, in the United States. Another location is Mumbai so its Indian users can get the fastest and most stable experience. There is also a data center in Shanghai, as well as China, and locations in Europe, making it a truly global operation.
This is also why it can use a content delivery network (CDN) for caching, which means the content of its customer websites are stored in multiple locations for faster delivery to web visitors but also in case some of their servers go down. You can use others as backups.
The Bluehost infrastructure also involves several backup generators and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) in case power goes out at the data centers.
In terms of servers, the physical computers that host websites, Bluehost use powerful modern equipment. If you choose dedicated hosting, you are essentially renting your own physical server at one of their data centers.
All of their hardware uses solid state drives (SSD) which are a faster and more efficient type of hard disk. You get this, along with CDN is even in the ‘Basic’ shared hosting package.
Virtual Private Servers (VPS) which share resources but give you your own dedicated portion, begin upping the technology to processors with 2 Cores and 4 Cores. You get options for 2, 4, and 8GB of RAM.
Their dedicated servers start with a 4 core 2.3GHz processor and 4GB of RAM and top out with a 4 core 3.3GHz CPU and 16GB of RAM to help maintain even the largest of sites with hundreds of thousands of hits a day.
Let’s take a closer look at the key site hosting services available:
Top Domain Hosting
Bluehost provides both web hosting and domain services. All customers get a free year of domain name registration with any hosting plan. After the year is through, it will revert to regular pricing, which is cheaper than a lot of other web hosts and more comparable to dedicated domain hosts.
Alternatively, you can point your existing domain to Bluehost’s DNS nameservers if you use other domain hosting services.
You can find this feature in the Bluehost panel or you can assign it as a sub-domain pointing to a folder containing your website files via cPanel, allowing anyone visiting the domain to land on your website.
Free SSL Security Certificates
An SSL Certificate is a notice to website visitors and search engines that your site is safe and secure. Before, banking and shopping sites used it to reassure users their data was protected. Google, however, has pushed it to be the norm across all websites. Not having an SSL Certificate can therefore harm your search rankings.
When we were reading Bluehost reviews, we found the customers were happy, because they didn’t have to do anything complex to set it up. Simply point users to your domain via https (rather than http) and it will be good to go. Bluehost also provides SSL with every hosting plan, so it’s not something you have to worry about.
You know your SSL is working correctly when a padlock icon is shown in the top left of the address bar in your browser.
All hosting plans also come with CDN. Bluehost CDN is provided by CloudFlare and is a form of caching. This means CloudFlare saves static or unchanging parts of your website, such as an about page or your header logo. When a user visits the site not as much bandwidth is used because no request is made to the Bluehost servers.
This makes your site faster, uses less bandwidth and CPU power (which is important since that’s what you’re paying for), and it also provides an extra level of security. CloudFlare monitors malicious threats and can spot repeated spam attempts.
CloudFlare is not applied automatically, though. So, to turn it on, you just need to go to the Domain or My Sites section of the Bluehost panel.
Other features Bluehost provide to keep your site secure in the age of cyber security include:
- Regular security scans to detect whether you or anyone on the same shared environment has been hacked or is otherwise infected with malware for added data security.
- Automatic updates of platforms like WordPress or Bluehost Drupal to ensure no vulnerabilities exist due to outdated sites. The Bluehost PHP version is also always kept up to date.
- The ability to run daily backups via cPanel of your site files and databases in case your site is breached, or you make a mistake and need to roll back.
- Automatic DDoS protection and LAMP protection so nobody can attack and take down your website by bombarding it with more requests than it can handle by blocking IPs from certain internet service providers or servers.
- Up to 80% discount for SiteLock, a third-party security suite that scans for and can automatically remove malware.
Bluehost uses modern hardware at their data centers and all of their storage space comes from Solid State Drives (SSD). Generally, this improves website speed, makes database tasks more efficient, lowers power usage, and is just overall more efficient than old-fashioned hard drives.
While SSD is used for both shared and dedicated plans, those paying for a dedicated server will notice the most difference, since the entire drive is reserved just for them.
Let’s face it, not all of us are top-flight web designers. So, to save you some embarrassment Bluehost provides hundreds of customizable themes across standard websites and WordPress sites to keep your brand looking professional.
It also has exclusive premium themes that start from $59 and discounts on non-exclusive premium themes from third-party designers.
If you’re new to running websites, there’s plenty here to play around with and hone your skills. At the end of it, you’re likely to have a pretty cool looking site.
As well as themes, there is also a full-blown Bluehost website builder for those that aren’t using WordPress. This is a great option for beginners and also those who are building smaller websites, such as professional profiles, landing pages for campaigns, or just personal web pages.
The Bluehost site builder uses a drag-and-drop interface for most of its functions. So, you don’t need to know much about coding. And, where code is required, you can often find something embeddable that has already been made.
Bluehost also has an extremely vast knowledge base and has many pages dedicated to teaching you how to build your site and tweak your design and features.
For our Bluehost reviews, we also tested their professional services. If you’re not up to building your own website or would prefer to pay a professional to do the work, the company offers a range of professional services, web design being one of them.
The price of this will depend on your requirements and whether you want ongoing support. For example, the ‘full-service’ will build you a site, make sure it works on mobile devices, optimize pages based on your targeted keywords, lists your business on Google and Yelp, and performs ongoing marketing via Facebook and Twitter.
Office 365 Email
Bluehost provides email services via Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to run email addresses from your domain name, i.e. email@example.com, etc. The downside - the basic shared and WordPress hosting plan does not offer this as part of the package. And so you will need to purchase an email plan separately. The rest of the plans give you 30 days for free to test it out.
That being said, 365 is a powerful suite of tools and is not just outlook web access. You get between 15GB and 1TB of email and OneDrive storage, access to Microsoft Teams so you can engage with your team easier, and most importantly – Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as web apps. This is a great money saver for businesses that require such programs.
Note: If you don’t want to purchase a 365 plan - don't worry. All hosting plans come with some form of basic Bluehost mail servers linked to your registered domain name. You can manage this via the Bluehost panel or cPanel.
Depending on your plan you can get between 1 and hundreds of email addresses and several GBs of storage space so you’re unlikely to have to delete any old emails.
In order to rank well for keywords related to your website in search engines like Google you need to have Search Engine Optimized pages.
If you get, WordPress hosting, you will be prompted to install search engine friendly plugins. Meanwhile, the company also offers a premium Bluehost SEO service so you can get your site professionally optimized.
For our Bluehost review, we were designated a campaign manager that was to discuss the most effective keywords for your website. They would then create relevant content and blogs for your site to help give these terms a boost.
You’ll also be provided with weekly reports to see how well your site is performing, which is a good feature - a lot of SEO marketing can be clouded in spiel instead of results. This way you’ll know if they’re actually performing.
Our Bluehost SEO tools review for WordPress found them very easy to use. You just have to open the plugin settings page, choose your homepage title and also description, assign how individual posts are titled and described. Experienced SEO users get a lot of other features.
You will need to consult with the company directly you get a price for professional services.
If you’re a business that sells products or services you can not benefit from organic traffic from search engines but also from paid traffic if you have an advertising budget.
PPC or Pay Per Click, is a form of paid online marketing where you pay a set price when somebody clicks on your ad. Because you can target specific keywords or websites, you know for sure that the user who clicks is actually interested in what you’re selling.
However, not everyone is naturally good at running PPC campaigns. So, Bluehost can manage your campaigns for you.
You control your monthly budget and can have as much input as to where your ads appear. Meanwhile, your designated campaign manager will do all the hard and boring stuff.
A successful PPC campaign is a great way to boost sales.
cPanel and Bluehost Panel
To manage your hosting plan and how your website functions you need a control panel. Bluehost provides the industry gold standard known as cPanel. From here you can easily manage your website files and folders, Bluehost PHP, FTP accounts, SQL databases, email accounts, security, and view various metrics like bandwidth usage and number of hits/visitors.
Your Bluehost database host can be either PH via phpMyAdmin, MySQL, Database Wizard, Remote SQL, PostreSQL, or phpPgAdmin, depending on your requirements and preferences.
Bluehost also has its own simplified control panel where you can view your billing information, domain names, email, any marketing tools, and WordPress installations. It also gives you access to cPanel itself. EIG, Bluehost hosting’s parent company is responsible for the billing and transaction information.
As far as control panels go it couldn’t be more straightforward or user-friendly.
While you can upload, download, and manage your site’s files and folders via cPanel’s in-built File Manager, the fastest way to do this is via the FTP protocol. Like all major hosting companies, Bluehost will provide you with your standard FTP login credentials and information, which you can then use with an FTP client like FileZilla or CoreFTP.
Furthermore, you can manage your Bluehost FTP accounts via cPanel if you have different team members who need their own login details and/or different permission levels. This is also useful if you have a reseller account and need to set up your client’s FTP. Bluehost can accommodate this without giving them access to anybody else’s files on the same server.
If you’d like to earn some side money while hosting your website at Bluehost you can join the affiliate program.
To clarify, you earn a commission for referring friends and others if you’re good at marketing, via a special web link. For every verified visitor you send to Bluehost that then signs up for a paid hosting plan, you will receive $65.
There is also a separate affiliate program just for the email services, with commission starting at $105 per sale.
During the research for our Bluehost review, we were surprised how well managed this program was. It provides all the relevant marketing materials and links, with good reporting so you know how well you’re doing. All you have to do is get out on your social media and other channels and get plugging those links.
It’s something you might not consider when choosing a web host, but uptime, i.e. the amount of time your website is viewable to visitors without timing out or other interruptions is actually extremely important.
Like most major web hosts, Bluehost promises your website(s) will stay online at least 99.9% of the time, regardless of technical errors or natural disasters. During our own one-month test, there are no ongoing downtime issues, as we ourselves experienced practically 100% uptime. Most of the Bluehost reviews we read showed the same results.
In reality, there will certainly be times when your site goes down. This could be due to technical or design errors on your end, misconfiguring your VPS or a dedicated server if you’ve opted to manage it, or genuine issues at the Bluehost data centers. You can check your own server status within cPanel and Bluehost’s uptime/downtime on their website.
According to independent third-party testers, while you probably won’t get 99.9% uptime, it’s not going to be much worse. Even back in 2014 the lowest it appears to have gotten is 99.8%, which is still an excellent number. In other words, you will have no trouble with Bluehost uptime.
There are, however, other things to consider. When choosing your web hosting plan, it must be a plan that has enough resources to meet the site’s demand. I.e. an established site with hundreds of thousands of visitors a day is not going to function on a shared plan.
Technically, you aren’t experiencing any real downtimes in this scenario, you are just using all of the resources provided to you. When this happens, you also impact other customers on shared hosting so Bluehost will act quickly in taking your site offline and suggesting you upgrade to a VPS or dedicated server plan.
So, you found a hosting plan that ticks all the right boxes - it supports your chosen CMS, you get lots of free extras, 99.9% uptime guaranteed, and you get cPanel and control over your files. Then you notice something odd, your site isn’t loading very fast.
The speed of your site is important for a number of reasons, mainly because web users are quick to move on if they can’t view the content within a few short seconds. Likewise, because this is so important, Google themselves adjust search results based on the speed of websites.
For example, if two pages offer similar info and are otherwise neck-and-neck in terms of quality and other ranking factors, the site that loads fastest will be ranked higher. So, you want to make sure your site is fast.
The good news is Bluehost speed is considered fast. We had no trouble loading our sites quickly during our one-month testing phase. We generally found all pages to load fully within 3 seconds, and other tests put them in the top 90% of all web hosts.
There are factors that play a role in the speed of your site, including whether you are on a shared or dedicated server, the CPU and RAM of the server, and the size of your webpages and associated databases. You can overload the system and slow things down regardless of the server’s actual response time.
So, if you’re unsure about speed, contact Bluehost directly, explain the size and type of website you are/will be running and its traffic levels. Then you can get the fastest plan to suit you.
Bluehost Review: Hosting Services
So, what can Bluehost wow you with?
The first hosting we tested in our Bluehost reviews and the first hosting most people use when you start a website is shared hosting. This is aimed at beginners or small sites that don’t require many resources and don’t get any more than a few hundred hits a day. While no other customer has access to your account, the resources themselves are shared between lots of other people.
However, the good news is you’re still guaranteed speed and uptime. Anyone that takes more than they are allocated will be suspended or told to upgrade to a more suitable service. Meanwhile, customer data is constantly moved around servers and Bluehost’s infrastructure scales as more customers sign-up. You won’t feel the effects of too many users crammed on a single server.
The ‘Basic’ plan allows you to host one website with a free domain or one you already own. You get 50GB of space on SSD storage, which is more than enough for a basic website that has images. You also get free CDN caching, and an SSL certificate.
The ‘Plus’ plan adds unlimited storage and unlimited websites, along with a 30-day free trial of Office 365, which allows you to test out the professional email service for free.
‘Choice Plus’ gives you free domain privacy, meaning nobody can look up your personal details from your domain name, and free automated backups which are important in case you make a major design/technical error or there is some kind of security breach.
The ‘Pro’ shared plan gives you priority in terms of resources and a dedicated IP, which means Google will not see your site as being associated with any other sites on the same shared hub. This is good because sometimes really poor sites that share IPs can impact the way Google views all the others hosted on the same IP.
One practice we don’t appreciate from Bluehost on their shared plans is there isn’t any bandwidth information. This usually means technically it’s unmetered/unlimited, but as soon as you start hogging the bandwidth, they’ll tell you to upgrade.
In that sense, if your site already is or has the capacity to be well-trafficked, skip shared hosting and go directly to VPS.
All shared plans get 24/7 support and access to site building tools and free themes.
VPS stands for virtual private server and in the context of hosting it’s the next step after shared hosting. While you don’t technically have a single server dedicated to you, the technology is set up in such a way where you are guaranteed a certain amount of resources and no other customer’s usage can impede on that.
These resources may come from one or multiple servers depending on how the company has them set up, but the main thing is, what you get is what you get and you have a lot of control over the backend via cPanel, much like a dedicated server. You also don’t share operating systems, which adds an extra layer of security.
Bluehost’s main VPS plans start with ‘Standard’ which gives you the equivalent of a 2-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 30GB of SSD storage. You also get a guaranteed 1TB of bandwidth, which is pretty difficult to exceed unless you host a video on the server instead of embedding it from a third party. This is topped off with a dedicated IP.
The ‘Enhanced’ plan ups disk space to 60GB, RAM to 4GB, bandwidth to 2TB, and you get 2 dedicated IP addresses. This means you can run two sites without any kind of backend link between them that Google or others can snoop out.
The ‘Ultimate’ plan gets you a 4-core CPU, 120GB of SSD storage, 8GB of RAM, 3TB of bandwidth, and 2 IP addresses.
All plans come with a domain for free for a year, 24/7 support, an SSL certificate. You can also pay extra for addons like more RAM, domain privacy, security scans, automated backups, etc.
For websites with an exceptional amount of traffic, large databases and interactive users, self-hosted multimedia, or for experienced webmasters that want total control, dedicated Bluehost hosting is the best choice.
Dedicated means you have a whole server at one of Bluehost’s data centers just for you. And, although it maintains it, you have full remote access and can set things up the way you want. You can also negotiate a custom server setup if you do not like their regular plans on the site. Our review of Bluehost dedicated servers found they include:
- ‘Standard’ – a 4-core 2.3GHz CPU system with 500GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, 5TB of Bandwidth, and 3 IP addresses.
- ‘Enhanced’ – 4-core 2.5GHz CPU, 1TB storage, 8GB RAM, 10TB of bandwidth, and 4 IP addresses.
- ‘Premium’ – 4-core 3.3GHz CPU, 1TB of storage, 16GB RAM, 15TB bandwidth, and 5 IP addresses.
All plans again come with a free year’s domain registration, SSL certificate, 24/7 support, and a 30-day money-back guarantee.
To allow you to scale your server and upgrade over time, Bluehost utilizes OpenStack technology. Your server will be built and racked at the data center as fast as 24 hours after purchase. To ensure your data is protected it uses RAID1 in its storage configuration and you get root access so you can add more security features and virtually anything else you want if you have the experience.
While VPS and dedicated servers can overlap in terms of ‘resources’ and features like Apache, pricing may seem steeper for the dedicated options. That’s because you’re paying for the privilege of having a server all to yourself. This improves performance, security, and gives experienced users more control.
Bluehost’s offerings are comparable to other web hosts and we experienced excellent speed, the full enhanced cPanel experience, and responsive support. One letdown is that you have to migrate existing sites from other hosts or servers yourself; this isn’t included unless you pay, but you do get free premium customer support. This means the person you connect with will fully understand your personal dedicated server environment and will be of genuine help.
Bluehost WordPress Review
Like many web hosts, Bluehost has jumped on the dedicated WordPress hosting bandwagon, since a growing portion of websites now uses it as their content management system. And, while any of their hosting plans can theoretically host a WordPress site, their dedicated plans offer one-click install, better caching, and some free premium perks. WordPress itself recommends Bluehost for self-hosted WordPress sites, so you won’t find many better options if you plan to host your site using the blogging platform. Bluehost and WordPress go hand in hand.
Your options start with shared hosting, so read our Bluehost shared hosting section above to learn more about what that means. With WordPress any shared plan will get you free 1-year domain registration, an SSL security certificate, access to WordPress expert support if needed, lots of themes that you’d usually have to pay for, and the coveted one-click installation (unless you’re migrating from another host which is a little more complicated).
You also get $200 worth of online marketing credit, which breaks down into $100 for Microsoft ads and $100 for Google AdWords. These are perfect for small businesses, but you won’t get much valuable traffic if your site isn’t selling a product or service.
- The ‘Basic’ plan will allow you to host one WordPress site, give you 50GB of SSD space, 5 parked domains, and 25 sub-domains.
- The ‘Plus’ plan allows you to host an unlimited number of WordPress sites, you get ‘unmetered’ storage (though don’t go uploading GBs of movies), unlimited parked and sub-domains, and Microsoft Mailbox for 320 days.
- ‘Choice Plus’ has the addition of CodeGuard Basic Backup which allows you to easily backup and restore WordPress sites on demand. You don’t necessarily need this though as you can still backup WordPress sites for free with a little know-how.
All WordPress hosting plans also feature automatic updates of WordPress itself and some plugins where possible. We personally like to turn this feature off because older plugins or themes that have yet to update to the latest WordPress framework can become unusable and break your site.
WP Pro is Bluehost’s managed hosting service for WordPress sites that offers more perks, a VPS style environment, and lots of caching features so your site runs fast and efficiently. It’s basically the same jump you’d make from shared hosting to VPS hosting for non-WordPress sites.
Strangely all plans limit you to just one WordPress installation, but you get dedicated resources and lots of extras, so you’ll need to weigh up the pros and cons.
All plans include over 200 Global Edge Servers for CDN caching, which means your site will load fast and is less likely to experience downtime. There’s also a staging environment so you can test how your site looks if you’ve changed themes or plugins before it goes live, automatic malware detection and removal, domain name privacy, and a 30-day trial of Microsoft Email.
- The ‘Build’ plan comes with 20,000 a month unique visitor limit, 20GB storage, the Jetpack Personal plugin, and daily scheduled backups.
- The ‘Grow’ plan ups the unique visitors limit to 60,000, you get 40GB of space, Jetpack Premium version, extra SEO tools, 10GB of video storage, and high priority support tickets.
- The ‘Scale’ plan can accommodate 200,000 visitors, gives you 80GB of space, Jetpack Professional version, PayPal integration for businesses and donations, unlimited video compression, and a lot of other extras.
We were particularly impressed by the auto-backup features of the Grow and Scale plans because remembering to backup can be a hassle. Likewise, advanced users get SSH/WP-CLI access, so they can configure elements of WordPress from the server side, which a lot of WordPress hosts, including WordPress.com itself do not offer.
Bluehost has the ability to accommodate all of the major eCommerce platforms via cPanel and manual installation. However, it clearly favors WooCommerce which is an extension of the WordPress platform.
It’s all one-click install so you don’t have to worry about knowing how to upload the right files or create databases. The company gives you access to a bunch of otherwise premium storefront themes, which gives our Bluehost rating a boost.
All plans come with automatic WooCommerce updates, a dedicated IP, and an SSL security certificate so your customers can be reassured their financial information will be safe.
You also get multiple layers of caching to ensure your store is fast and stable, an analytics style panel to track customer behavior and optimize for increased sales, free domain privacy, and the ability to list your business within Google so users searching for shopping/businesses will find you easier.
There are two main plans, the ‘Standard’ which gives you one online store plus blog, the ability to list unlimited products, a reviews feature for customers to give product/service feedback, payment processing using your chosen method, the ability to create discount code campaigns, and 1 year of free CodeGuard Backup Basic to make backups of your site.
The Premium plan lets you create online bookings and appointments, service subscriptions, local and country tax management, and CodeGuard Backup free for the duration of your time with Bluehost.
While other hosts provide similar functionality, it's Bluehost’s experienced 24/7 customer support that puts them ahead. We asked them about how to get PayPal Pro integrated on our site and live chat got us set up in minutes.
In web hosting reselling is the concept of buying web hosting services and resources and then selling them on to somebody else for profit. It’s an accepted practice and allows you to tailor and market hosting plans differently than the supplier.
Bluehost hosting offers reselling via the Reseller Club, a partner company that starts at just $19.99 a month if you commit to a 3-year contract.
The ‘Essential’ plan provides:
- free SSL certificates
- 40GB of space to divide among your clients
- unlimited emails
- 40 cPanel accounts.
So, in practice, this plan would be suitable to sell to 40 beginners with 1GB of space each.
The ‘Advance’ plan gives you 50GB of space and60 cPanel accounts. ‘Pro’ has 100GB of space and 140 cPanel accounts. ‘Ultimate’ has 200GB of space, and 300 cPanel accounts.
All servers are Linux based, protected by CloudFlare with a CDN network. And there are over 400 ready to install apps for your clients.
We found Bluehost tech support to be responsive and knowledgeable after fielding several test questions. You can contact them directly by:
- support ticket via your customer admin panel,
- live webchat
They are available 24/7.
The company has dedicated teams based on the type of hosting plan you purchase. I.e. If you have a question about shared hosting then an expert in their shared hosting plans will help you. Likewise, if you’ve gone with WooCommerce, you’ll be directed to someone who knows exactly how it works.
Bluehost’s dedicated servers are partially managed in that they maintain security and keep things running smoothly at the data center. You yourself get root access. That doesn’t, however, mean you don’t get any support like some hosts who split their plans between managed and unmanaged. You can contact them about anything server related, and they’ll be more than happy to help.
The team is also happy to process upgrades if you need to make the jump to a VPS, for example. You can even migrate over to a better offer for the same hosting plan. That's as long as any fixed-term contract has expired.
We also value the fact that although they have a large knowledge base, you’re not locked behind it. You can go to support right away without having to click through pages of generic queries or topics.
The knowledge base itself is very user-friendly and you can even search to find answers, not just select categories.
Although we don’t give direct Bluehost ratings, their customer support is 5/5.
Bluehost vs GoDaddy
Our web host experts compare the most popular hosting services to see which is better.
Value for Money
Our Bluehost hosting review shows that this company offers an overall cheaper hosting experience for shared plans, though it requires you to sign up for a longer-term contract, for 3 years vs 1 year at GoDaddy.
Meanwhile, GoDaddy provides more bang for your buck on VPS hosting. For example, Bluehost’s $29.99 plan gives you 4GB of RAM and 60GB of storage. Meanwhile GoDaddy gives you 8GB of RAM and 100GB of storage.
Bluehost offers cheaper and overall better WordPress hosting solutions and is formally promoted by WordPress themselves.
Bluehost also offers cheaper dedicated servers, though GoDaddy provides more resources.
Both websites offer a feature-rich experience, including all of the essentials and many of the same extras. There nothing that stands out either way in regard to what you can get access to. GoDaddy started its business heavily promoting domains and tops many domain hosting services reviews. Today, however, it’s not any better than anyone else.
Speed & Uptime
Bluehost offers superior uptime compared to GoDaddy, and although they both use modern hardware and have robust data centers, Bluehost has the edge. Bluehost’s partnership with Cloudflare CDN also puts them ahead performance wise due to better caching.
Bluehost gets the victory when it comes to customer support and is probably the overall leader in the industry. Not only are staff available 24/7 by live chat, email, support ticket, and phone, but they have knowledgeable teams dedicated to each form of hosting, so you know they’ll have an insightful answer.
GoDaddy has at times been known to lack sufficient support and an aggregate of website hosting services reviews put them much lower on the totem than reviews of Bluehost.
Bluehost gets the victory. Although GoDaddy is one of the top website hosting companies and outperforms in some areas, including VPS hosting, Bluehost has better value shared hosting, overall better WordPress hosting, and has better uptime. It also has superior customer support.
Bluehost vs HostGator
Bluehost takes on web host giant HostGator from Austin, Texas, as we match the two in this web hosting services comparison.
Value for Money
HostGator offers better value for money when it comes to shared plans, starting at $2.75 a month with unmetered bandwidth.
It also offers more space and RAM at similar pricing when it comes to VPS and dedicated hosting,
On the other hand, Bluehost excels when it comes to dedicated WordPress hosting, offering cheaper plans, and better performance.
Both Bluehost and HostGator have a similar range of features. HostGator excels with free website migration and Bluehost - with additional security features. It, therefore, gets the edge here unless you are moving from another host and looking to save money.
Speed & Uptime
Bluehost has a better overall infrastructure than HostGator, with slightly better uptime and overall faster page loading thanks to superior caching. If you want the absolute best performance and are willing to pay a little extra for it, then pick Bluehost.
Both companies provide 24/7 customer support via live web chat, email, and telephone. We found all agents to be knowledgeable. So, there is nothing significant between them in this department.
There is no clear winner between Bluehost and HostGator, it all depends on your requirements. If milliseconds of speed and a percentage point of uptime means something to you then choose Bluehost. Furthermore, Bluehost certainly wins when it comes to WordPress performance and is officially recommended by the platform. However, HostGator is still one of the top-rated web hosting companies and wins at pricing. It also has comparable features and customer support.
Bluehost vs WordPress
Bluehost or WordPress? If you’re new to web hosting, you are probably wondering about the differences between Bluehost and WordPress.
WordPress itself is a type of content management system (CMS) and powerful blogging platform. It allows you to easily create and manage a website. All major web hosts support and allow you to install WordPress at no extra cost. This includes Bluehost, which supports one-click installation. I.e. you can have a basic WordPress site up and running in seconds.
However, not every website on the internet is powered by WordPress and there are many different CMSs. Some people code their own website from scratch or use a combination of website builders and tools. Bluehost also supports these.
WordPress also allows you to host your website. The only catch is that the website has to be powered by WordPress. So, if you will not be using WordPress as your CMS you should discount WordPress as a web host altogether.
Simply put, WordPress is for WordPress and Bluehost is for any type of site. But, how do both stack up when you do want to use WordPress?
If you don’t have a budget for web hosting, WordPress offers a free plan. It allows you to experience the solution on a sub-domain. In other words, YourName.WordPress.com.
You get 3GB of storage and unmetered bandwidth, though you can only host one site, you cannot fully edit your theme or add your own code to theme files, and you must carry advertising for WordPress.
As a free service, it is unbeatable, especially because there is no bandwidth limitation. However, if you are a professional, business owner, or want more control over your site, upgrade to a paid plan.
This will allow you to have your own domain name and more customization.
WordPress Personal vs Bluehost Basic
At roughly the same price as Bluehost’s ‘Basic’ WordPress plan, WordPress.com will allow you to upgrade to a ‘Personal’ account for $4 a month. It will give you your own domain name (free registration for the first year), unlimited email support, 6GB of space, and WordPress ads removed.
Technically Bluehost is actually the better option here. It's because you get more space (50GB) and full cPanel access, allowing experienced users to customize their WordPress installation in any way they desire. However, for beginners, we’d recommend WordPress’ own hosting because the support you get cannot be matched since they are the creators of the platform.
The one key difference which might also impact your decision is to get the $3.95 plan:
You must commit to 3 years but can pay monthly.
On the other hand, WordPress.com requires you to pay a year upfront to secure $4 a month and does not offer any monthly billing arrangement.
It is much the same story for the rest of the WordPress hosting plans. Bluehost offers more storage space and overall, a lot more freedom. You cannot use a custom theme or have your own ads on your site until you pay for the $8 a month WordPress.com plan. Bluehost gives you this freedom with any plan.
A two-year independent test by Hosting Facts clocked Bluehost’s average page load speed at 405ms. This is less than half a second. Our own test for this Bluehost review showed impressive speeds, whereas WordPress.com hosted sites test between 603ms to over 1 second.
If you want a faster experience, the evidence says go with Bluehost. We, however, don’t personally feel the difference is big enough to be a deal-breaker.
Overall, unless you want the free option, Bluehost offers better value for money, more freedom and customization, and faster performance. Oddly, WordPress themselves recommend Bluehost for ‘self-hosted’ WordPress sites.
Bluehost also allows you the freedom to expand beyond WordPress if you so choose. WordPress.com will always keep you locked into its platform and does not support other types of sites or services.
The key benefit to paying for a WordPress.com plan - it’s more suitable for WordPress beginners. It is naturally the top-rated web hosting services company for WordPress.
Overall, Bluehost pricing is affordable and competitive compared to other leading web hosts. The company also provides a respectable 30-day money-back guarantee, allowing you to test any plan for about a month.
The main downside - you better be sure after those 30 days. To secure the advertised price on shared, managed WordPress, and WooCommerce plans, you have to commit to 36 months. This is one of the longest contracts in the web hosting industry.
Alternatively, you can opt to pay your bill monthly at a higher cost if that suits your cash flow better. Here’s how each plan breaks down:
|Basic||$2.95/month (3-year contract)|
|Plus||$5.45/month (3-year contract)|
|Choice Plus||$5.45/month (3-year contract)|
|Pro||$13.95/month (3-year contract)|
|Basic||$2.95/month (3-year contract)|
|Plus||$5.45/month (3-year contract)|
|Choice Plus||$5.45/month (3-year contract)|
Managed WordPress Hosting
|Build||$9.95/month (3-year contract)|
|Grow||$14.95/month (3-year contract)|
|Scale||$27.95/month (3-year contract)|
|Standard||$15.95/month (3-year contract)|
|Premium||$32.95/month (3-year contract)|
Microsoft 365 Email
|Email Essentials||$4.99/month (per license)|
|Business Plus||$9.99/month (per license)|
|Business Pro||$9 14.99/month (per license)|
Bluehost Review - Verdict
Bluehost is one of the most popular web hosting services in the world and it’s easy to see why. From shared cheap web hosting for beginners to dedicated servers that cater to the largest sites on the web, it has top-rated hosting for any situation. Bluehost WordPress hosting is also recommended by WordPress themselves, so you know you’re in good hands.
If cheap website hosting is your aim, just be sure to check the contract length because although you can get some of the best monthly prices out there, you may have to commit for up to 3 years. Nonetheless, their 30-day money-back guarantee is there to fall back on if you change your mind.
The company provides a user-friendly experience, with the industry-standard cPanel for managing your site and their own Bluehost dashboard. And, while the Bluehost doesn’t offer any true cloud hosting solutions, it has excellent uptime. It also uses modern SSD storage, and has some of the fastest page load speeds available. It also uses Cloudflare CDN for added security and speed, making the concept of cloud web hosting redundant.
Ultimately, if you’re looking for feature-rich web hosting, Bluehost is one of the best options out there.
Is Bluehost a good web host?
Is Bluehost good? Simply put, yes. Bluehost reviews show that it’s a great choice, as it is one of the top 10 most used hosts in the world. While popularity doesn’t always equal quality, it has a wide variety of plans that are simple to understand, modern hardware and fast servers, and numerous third parties suggest their uptime is good. We ourselves had no issues with our sites going down.
It offers good value for money compared to other top web hosts, though most savings are made by committing to multi-year contracts. That being said, all plans come with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you have time to test whether the plan is for you.
With shared, VPS, WordPress, and dedicated hosting, along with top-notch customer support, the only thing it's lacking is cloud hosting.
Can I trust Bluehost?
Yes, Bluehost is a well known and trusted company.
Of course, it does have terms of service that you must follow else you could risk your account. For example, it does not support spam, the hosting of copyrighted content, hateful content, and illegal activities, etc.
But, generally, Bluehost is a trusted web host used by individuals and large branded corporations alike. Do check out our Bluehost review - we have all the information you might need.
Is Bluehost good for beginners?
Yes, Bluehost is very beginner-friendly. Not only does it have affordable shared hosting for small new sites and webmasters just starting out, but its extensive knowledge base and helpful support team are on hand 24/7 to answer your questions.
Many popular platforms, especially WordPress, have good support and can be installed at the click of a mouse. They also come with added features to help beginners, like themes and plugins.
Can you make money with Bluehost?
You can make money with all kinds of websites, whether you simply display ads, sell links, or provide a product or service. Bluehost in particular has good support for eCommerce businesses and hosting plans dedicated to WooCommerce, the online store associated with WordPress.
You can also make money directly from Bluehost by being an affiliate. This means you get access to special marketing tools to promote their hosting plans and any person who signs up for a plan via your link will earn you a commission.
Furthermore, Bluehost has reseller plans which allow you to buy hosting resources and then sell them on with your own markup to make a profit. It’s a bit like subletting a property. We’ve written all about it in our Bluehost review above.
A qualified journalist and longtime web content writer, Keelan has a passion for exploring information and learning new things. If he's not writing or pushing his own brands, you'll find him watching pro wrestling or trying not to rant about politics online.
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