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An Honest Review of BlueHost Web Hosting

Updated on November 20, 2011

Choosing a Web Host

There are hundreds of companies out there that can provide Web hosting to your blog or website. Depending on what you need from a Web hosting provider, the company you choose is an important one. Some won't offer what you need in a host while some offer a wide range of possibilities.

Some require a certain level of technical savvy while others are made for beginners to use. I have found BlueHost to be a mixture of all of these. First, the good:

The Positives of BlueHost Web Hosting

I have had a BlueHost account for my main website and for my blog for the last four years. I am not a programmer and can't do much beyond basic HTML when creating websites and articles, so I needed something that would be easy to use and that offered a versatile site builder along with hosting.

When building my website, I found that building the site with the BlueHost site builder was tedious, but it was doable. It is quite versatile as far as design, but you can't put javascript on it, and some of what I wanted to do entailed that. While there is no charge for the site builder, it isn't the greatest one in the world.

I was able to build the basic site that I wanted, however, and to manage everything from a central account area. I have since learned that not all Web hosting companies have these- HostGator, for example, has not account area whatsoever, even if you host multiple sites with them. I tried HostGator for two months earlier this year for a couple of new sites and then gave up on it. I have found that BlueHost is far better at keeping you organized- both with the domains that you buy and with the sites that you build.

Perhaps the most useful thing about using BlueHost for many people is how easy it is to get a WordPress blog going with it. It uses Fantastico, a one-click way to install WordPress onto your site. I was thrilled at how easy it was to install it on the domain I'd bought- even with my limited technical knowledge. I highly recommend BlueHost if you want to have a WordPress blog hosted for cheap. BlueHost is quite inexpensive and you can host multiple sites on one account.

Customer service is quite good- infinitely better than HostGator's. They don't outsource their tech support overseas, and they will generally answer a ticket in less than 12 hours. They say to expect an answer in "at least 24 hours, but I've never had it take that long before.

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The Negatives of BlueHost Web Hosting

Though you don't need a lot of technical savvy, I think that BlueHost would work a little better for someone who does have some technical knowledge. I have been unable to put some specific coding onto my BlueHost sites, and I would like to be able to. I am convinced that there is a way, but I've never ben able to figure it out.

Though BlueHost offers Web hosting that is quite cheap, there are a few cheaper companies out there. I originally investigated HostGator because it was slightly cheaper than BlueHost. But, you do get what you pay for.

Perhaps the biggest negative that I have found with BlueHost is that he cPanel is overly complicated. I have no idea what 80 percent of it does. It looks like it will do a lot if you know what you're doing, but I don't. If you have experience using cPanels, you will most likely have a better experience with figuring out the BlueHost cPanel.


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      Reginald Chan 6 years ago from Malaysia

      Wow! Thank you for your this article. I heard many things about it but with this article, at least I have an idea what it is like. Thanks for sharing. I am going to vote this useful.