No matter how strikingly original your website idea is or how aesthetically appealing the design; the content may be well researched and user friendly, but these would amount to nothing if you can’t keep the page online. As a result, web hosting services play a major (maybe even the most important) role when you’re deciding to build your site. Currently, the market for this type of services is very rich and one of the biggest competitors in this field is Bluehost. It is undoubtedly a giant name among web hosting companies. Started by Matt Heaton in 2003, the American company is one of the most established of the type.
For this review, I have taken into consideration the offer that they are bringing to the table, as well as my own experience with them. I will start with the advantages and then analyze their downsides, suggesting a few improvements. The main question that I’m trying to answer is “Does Bluehost live up to its popularity?”
As a potential customer, making the most of your money is a priority. Unlike other providers with similar packages, such as “InterServer”, Bluehost doesn’t offer one month of free subscription. However, in the long run, their price proves actually slightly lower than that of the rival companies’, currently being 2.67$/ month. What is more, they claim to have reduced it considerably from 7.99$. So it seems to be quite a good deal.
For 2.67$ monthly, you can benefit of 50 GB SSD storage space, unlimited bandwidth, a free SSL certificate, 1 included domain, 5 parked domains and 25 sub domains at standard performance. About everything you would need if you plan start your website.
One of the most important parameters would be the uptime. That is the time that your host will keep the page online. From my personal experience with them, I can say that I haven’t encountered any downtime and I’ve been using their services for almost a year. But don’t take my word for granted. The statistics seem to reflect the same performance. After testing their down time, the statistics reveal that they can keep your web pages up for 99,99% of the time over one year. The lowest average live time of a page is 99.91% registered during October, when the maintenance is scheduled. For reference purposes, a relatively good uptime would be an average of 99.94% yearly. A negligible difference, right? Well, not quite. If you calculate the actual time, an average server is off for about 312 minutes per year, whereas Bluehost’s is off for only 53. As seen, Buehost provides more than satisfying uptime.
If you’re planning to start your first site, WordPress would be one of the first options that may come to your mind, as it is free, easily customizable software, designed to suit your idea of a perfect page. If you choose it, you may want to know that Bluehost is the recommended web hosting solution by Wordpress.org since 2005. What does that mean? By choosing Bluehost, your new webpage can benefit of a variety of interesting WordPress features. I will briefly present each one of them below.
WordPress is installed automatically, so you can start creating your site right away.
Since security comes first, after you have created your WordPress hosting account, you’ll be able to choose your login credentials, instead of logging in with the standard admin and password.
There are constant updates, so you don’t need to waste any time searching the latest version of WordPress online.
There are various plug-ins and original themes tailored for the specific page you want to create, making it not only very practical, but also aesthetically pleasuring.
Although WordPress hosting is their number one recommendation, Bluehost has far more to offer. Among their hosting services, the following are worth mentioning:
Shared hosting to help new-born websites with less traffic use common resources;
Dedicated server hosting, if you want a server to keep your exclusive resources. This is the perfect idea for pages with more traffic volume. Also, you’ll have all the freedom to manage your items as you wish.
Cloud Hosting which proves very useful in case that the server is down, because your page will be able to switch to another one
WooCommerce hosting which is the ideal plugin to use if you’re planning to open a virtual shop
Virtual Private Server, meaning that one physical server is divided into numerous virtual ones. It is perfect for clients who don’t want to share their resources, but cannot afford using a dedicated server.
Several plug-ins to install
Although there are various plug-ins to choose from, as I stated above, some of them are not really optional if you want to make the most of your website. To some users, it may be annoying to have to install them.
Unfortunately, the previously mentioned plug-ins are not free, either. For this reason, the company has been accused of trying hardly to persuade the clients buy something that is a must for a functional page.
To conclude, I would say that Bluehost has more pros than cons, and for this reason, I would rate its performance 8/10. The speed, uptime, flexibility and the lower price than its rival companies’ would definitely recommend it. There are also cons. Having to pay for and install several necessary plug-ins may leave a bad taste in some customers’ mouths, especially if their budget is tight. Coming back to the question I started with, I’d say that they provide quality services and strong performance, which weigh harder than the downsides. Bluehost is worth using.