BlueHost is a web hosting company which was founded by Matt Heaton and Dany Asworth in Provo, Utah. It provides everything from hosting simple blogs to advance enterprise e-commerce applications.
It is a very popular name in the web hosting space – it might even be the most popular shared hosting company in the world. So, does it deserve all the hype that it gets?
Product Overview & Ranking
Owner: Matt Heaton and Dany Asworth
Support: 5.0 out of 10.0
Price: 6.0 out of 10.0
Speed: 4.0 out of 10.0
Up time: 5.0 out of 10.0
Overall Rank: 5.0 out of 10.0
How does BlueHost perform?
Like any hosting company, BlueHost strives for the best and high network as well server up times. Yet, they don’t really make up time guarantees like many others. This could be taken as a question as whether this company has failed to deliver consistently good up time to the customers.
How does the downtime affect you?
If you’re the owner of a small business, downtime could really hinder upon your sales. If downtime occurs when you really want to offer someone a special deal or even during a promotion, it can be a large amount of loss as all those potential customers that couldn’t access your site now won’t get to buy from you and will simply move on to something else.
So, that’s why downtime can be really bad for your website. It can really frustrate your visitors and also hurts your conversion rate and most of all, it really can have a negative impact on the performance of your search engines like Google.
Above are few of the issues I faced with BlueHost during my time of using it. Although downtime weren’t really long. My inbox was filled with minor down times and in case of servers going down, it could last hours and I personally didn’t really like that experience.
Pros of BlueHost
1. Low Starting Prices ( $2.95 /month)
In the past, BlueHost’s services had a really high price tag so I didn’t really even decide to give them a try at all.
But in 2018, BlueHost has been able to become of the most inexpensive web hosts. Even though they aren’t really the cheapest web provider on the market, they improved and lower price tags makes them an excellent contender for most of the webmasters.
2. Good Security Options
With so many cyber attacks and data breaches going on and affecting the WWW (world wide web), finding a web post with cheap prices isn’t the only way to go.
BlueHost provides good tools like SpamAssassin, Spam Experts and Spam Hammer to prevent spam. They support CloudFlare to prevent DDoS attacks which could potentially bring your site down when a hacker tries to overwhelm your site by sending in fake traffics.
3. Easy To Use
BlueHost is really simple to use and is even beginner friendly.
With the simple interface, you can access most of your websites, marketing and email from one place. You can also customize the layout to fit your needs.
Cons of BlueHost
1. Customer Support could be more Knowledgeable
BlueHost claims to have a really fast expert solution and from what I experienced their customer support was FAST but they didn’t really give me the right answers to the issues that I was facing.
While the customer support could handle inquiries with lightning-fast speed, what I found was that some of the technical related problems required for more than multiple inquiries before they could fully come up with an answer and that most seemly didn’t look like I was talking to an expert.
However, the ways in which I was able to solve most of the queries were through the use of Google search and searching on YouTube as most of my problems were solved through YouTube searches.
2. The $2.95 / month only comes with the 36 months Plan
You thought you were getting a cheaper domain for only $2.95 /month and then BAM, the website says it’s only valid if you buy a 36 months package, otherwise for 12 months, it goes up to $4.95 /month and then you are wondering. Okay, that might be still be reasonable a price.
Sure enough you thought paying that amount of money would come with the basic tools such as SEO Tools to get you started when in fact you have to pay them separately as well and this is how the price tags changes so much.
What’s more is that if you don’t decide to pay the 36 months later on. The price tag further increases which in my opinion is really dishonest and not stating all these things upfront.
3. Site Migrations aren’t free !!
With most of the web hosting platforms you can pretty easily move an existing site from its current location to their service.
But guess what with BlueHost, they don’t think it should be free and charge a whooping $149.99 ‘migration fee’ to do something as simple plus they will not provide nor transfer more than 5 sites and 20 email accounts.
So, if you think you are going to be stuck in BlueHost for life, then BlueHost really might be the platform for you. Otherwise, you really should think before you decide upon BlueHost.
4. Introductory walk through of their services will charge you
You read it right, they will charge you an extra $79.99 just to show you around their services. So, do you think a 45 minutes introductory should be charged $79.99 which most of the web hosting platforms provide for free?
There are three shared hosting options to get started from.
Basic Plan – For $2.95 a month, you get only one website, 50 GB of space and max 5 email accounts.
Plus Plan – For $5.45 a month, you get 10 websites, 150 GB storage and around 100 email accounts of 500 MB each.
Prime Plan – The largest plan comes at the same price tag $5.45 a month, which later re bills at a $14.99 per month, states to provide unlimited websites, storage, bandwidth and email accounts and storage.
So, if you want to really be enjoying these discounted price, you’d have to pay for at least a 36 months plan, otherwise these rates will not apply.
Limited ‘Unlimited’ hosting
Just like many other website hosting platforms that claim to give you an unlimited hosting, BlueHost’s unlimited hosting also comes with several limitations. They include some of the following things such as – 50,000 (INODE) limit per account, 2 GB per MYSQL database size limit and 1,000 database tables limit.
Apart from this, they also have hefty renewal fees, the fees stated above are only for the time you buy the plan for, after this you are going to have to pay the regular fees, which are no discounted. So, you’re billed at $7.99, $10.99 and $14.99 per month for the basic, plus and choice plus plans.
Final Thoughts on BlueHost
So, what I really have to say about BlueHost is that it’s just not worth the hype and seeing as how they charge you differently in each points and having too many up sells after deciding to buy on a domain just doesn’t really seem like the kind of thing that a good platform should do. So, I would probably not recommend BlueHost for those people who are just getting started on the Internet and are deciding to start upon their blog.
Concluding the BlueHost Review
So discussing everything I have stated so far, I think I have made enough discussions as to what you really should be doing and from my own personal experience, when I got started with BlueHost I was just like you as well.
I didn’t know much about getting started so I just googled the first thing about building a website and that is where I found BlueHost. Seeing back to that day, I don’t really know what was it that made me use BlueHost.
But I can say one thing for sure, it does have its perks as well as some of the cons that I shared above. What I really want to say to you is that you should really be carefully analyzing every decision that you make before getting started and not just join on a whim simply because someone else convinced you to do so.
What you should be thinking about is what features will be the most useful and most helpful to you.
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