Here at the hosting review, we have reviewed Bluehost hosting. Well, over 100 and 50 web hosting providers are providing their services and today we are doing a deep dive on Blue host review. Because 7 months ago, I have set up my website using Bluehost, and today I am here to report everything that’s worth knowing before purchasing. So, I hope you are ready because we are starting right now.
Performance of Bluehost:
Let’s jump right into what kind of performance you can expect using Bluehost hosting. Well, for the past 7 months I have monitored my website using Uptimerobot. The results were really good. My website was down for only 1 hour in total during the period that I was monitoring it.
That means that 99.98% of the time users were able to reach my website no problems at all. Which is awesome, it’s really close to the 99.99% that Bluehost advertises. The average response time was around 1000 milliseconds. It means users will have to wait around 1second until they see the first elements of your page.
1000 milliseconds is a bit on the slow side for my taste. I would expect around 200 to 300 milliseconds. Overall, the load speed was nothing shocking or incredible. But it was definitely not disappointing.
My website with Bluehost scored 99% with PageSpeed and 85% with Yslow. The website is fully loaded in just 1.2seconds. You are always aiming for less than 1 second, but I’ll take 1.2 as it’s not that far off.
It is worth mentioning that if you like me and you get unlucky during your purchase. You can always try asking the support staff to move you to a different server. It worked for me in the past, using different hosting providers. But you will be dealing with the luck of the draw again.
Price of Bluehosting:
Their cheapest plan is only $3.95 a month and gives you an insane 50GB of SSD storage space. And by the way, this is a lot. To put this into perspective an average WordPress website will take up around 1GB worth of space. The other hosting providers will give you 10GB and maybe 20GB at best with their cheapest plans.
Bluehost will give you 50GB. You’ll also get a domain name to register for free, and an SSL certificate to make your website secure. If you do not plan to host more than 1 website on your account. This plan will absolutely be enough. I only recommend upgrading if you’re looking to host multiple websites.
However, what I don’t like about this is the amount of information they ask you when purchasing your plan. The fact that some of the features are “auto-included” in your cart that you need to uncheck manually. This could lead to some confusing situations where you spend more than intended. if you are not careful. Keep in mind that there are no monthly plans. So, it’s not really $3.00 per month. It’s actually a $106.00 dollar single time payment that will allow you to use their services for 3 years. The shortest amount of time, you can buy their hosting for is for 1 year. That will cost you $59.40 and is also a one-time payment, not a monthly one.
Comparison of price with other hosting providers:
I’ve been building websites and using various web hosting providers for quite some time now. But I know that when you’re a beginner and just starting out. It’s a bit hard to determine what’s cheap and what’s expensive. Well, think of Bluehost as the middle option. Here’s a comparison to help you understand better. Let’s compare a 1 year price with an SSL certificate and a domain name to 2 other hosting providers.
This makes BlueHost an excellent down the middle choice. That I would recommend to anyone who’s looking to host with WordPress. If you’re interested in Hostinger I will soon make a review about them. And make sure to take advantage of any ongoing Bluehost sales by using the links below.
Easy to Use for Beginners:
What if you never created a website in your life or have very limited experience. Does Bluehost help out with that? Yes, they do. If you’re a beginner you will most likely want to use WordPress or a website builder to create your website. Bluehost offers easy access to both – for free.
WordPress or a website builder to create your website. Bluehost offers easy access to both – for free.
WordPress has been recommending Bluehost since 2005, and with a good reason. As soon as you create your account. You will be able to install WordPress on it automatically, access to themes, plug-ins, and easy editing right out of the box. An excellent choice for beginners. They also have an interesting partnership with Weebly. Weebly is a drag and drop website builder. So, by using Bluehost you will have access to all of the themes that Weebly offers and will be able to use their editor for free.
Another note worthy point, is that BlueHost uses a skin for their cPanel. To make it a bit more user-friendly. So, you’ll have an easier time navigating the menus. Then with most other hosting providers.
In my opinion, there’s a huge downside when it comes to Bluehost. This hasn’t impacted the business in a major way just yet. But it might in the future. Because in 2010 Bluehost was acquired by EIG, that’s Endurance International Group. And what they do is they go around purchasing hosting providers. That later continues to operate under their original name, but sometimes the services lose quality and users without even knowing to support the same company by using different products. EIG owns some of the largest hosting brands like Hostgator, Bluehost, Fatcow and over 50 more. But why am I telling you all of this, because I’ve seen people have issues with one of the EIG owned providers and then they switch thinking? They’re now a customer of a different company, and they are supporting a different company. But in reality, they just started using another provider owned by EIG and ran into similar issues overtime without even knowing it.
Of course, this hasn’t impacted me personally, but I know that different people have different experiences and I always try included information that might be crucial to your buying decisions in my reviews. So, while I’m on the topic of issues with Bluehost.
Let’s talk about a couple more. Bluehost servers are located in the U.S. Meaning if your visitors are from Europe, Asia, Australia or etc. They might experience a slower loading speed. I say might, because Bluehost is using Cloudflare to minimize the impact of this. Cloudflare has servers all across the world and it stores a copy of your website. When users are visiting your website Cloudflare determines which server is closest to the user and shows them a copy from that server to making loading speed as fast as possible.
Bluehost supporting team:
Bluehost will take care of all the technical stuff for you. So, you would not have to worry about it. They also have 24/7 support available as well.
In my interaction, the support agent joined the chat in like 2 seconds and answered my questions in a couple of minutes. I had to do some follow up questions to get a complete answer. But overall, I enjoyed the experience.
So, am I glad I used Bluehost to start a website 7 months ago? Absolutely yes. The biggest technical issue, I’ve run into was my website being down for 20minutes. But besides that, it was all smooth sailing. The prices are affordable. Especially considering, you’ll be getting Cloudflare, SSL, Domain name, an email box, and 24/7 support included and freakin 50GB of SSD storage space. Their partnership with WordPress ensures a quick and painless WordPress integration and if website building is more your style. you can use Weebly that’s built right into Bluehost.