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BlueHost Web Hosting: A Brief Review

Updated on April 15, 2016
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If you are a blogger, a marketing head, or the PR officer of your company, you definitely will need to subscribe to a service that will enable you to create a website that will be managed by a hosting company.

You will need hardware to store your online data, including your web pages, emails, online forms, and the like. There are a number of providers out there but one of the most popular companies is bluehost.

With a current customer base of two million websites and 700 employees worldwide, it is one of the largest cloud-based online providers known internationally.

They started out in 1996 with a goal of being better than their competitors, mainly by utilizing open source technology. This allows for more flexibility and lower costs for companies.

Let’s take a look at why it is worth trying.

1. Stability As a Company.

It is not fly-by-night. As it is already an established and respectable company, they have established a solid market and their business strategy is a sound one, as evidenced by their strategically-developed and highly-marketable pricing plans.

2. Features

As you will be reading this article, you will be surprised to know that it has access to different platforms and tools. Most of these features are default inclusions in plans (meaning they are free) and some of these are available on higher plans. With their popularity as a company and as a service, there is no doubt it can catch up with evolving technologies.

3. Usability

What is unique is its simple and user-friendly control panel, called cPanel. This is the interface you use to manage your account. It is compatible with Page Speed Grader, CloudFlare, Google Apps, and other tools. It also has a wide range of tools capable of filtering spam and managing emails, and managing files using File Manager or FTP.

4. Security

In terms of security, there is a hotlink protection, in addition to three other anti-spam tools: Spam Experts, Spam Hammer, and Apache Scam Assassin. You may also configure email accounts to filter out unsafe senders and block certain IP addresses.You are also able to protect directories, manage private keys and digital certificates.

If you have SSL on your website, heighten your security measures by using CloudFlare. It has the capability of protecting your site against bots and dangerous attacks. Backups of all stored files and data in your website are automatically done on a daily basis so you don’t have to worry about data loss.

5. Reliability and Support

Worried about customers visiting your site only to end up with a Page Not Available error? Go for bluehost! Uptime is one big factor to consider in choosing your provider, and they are highly-dependable on this front, with a guarantee of a 99.9% availability.

With their 24x7 support operations, you are sure to be serviced any time of the day. Your request for assistance may be sent in via web chat, telephone, online case management, and an FAQ or knowledge base system.

6. Reasonable Pricing

As you will see in the latter part of the article, their monthly rates are competitive. In fact, as of this time of writing, most of the rates I’ve put down in this article have already been discounted, some by half the price, and with increased capacities.

7. Diverse Selection of Hosting Services

For the hosting plans, an attractive offering is a 30-day money back guarantee for customers who are not satisfied with the service. Cancellation may be done within 30 days of purchase. The refund will be prorated.

  • Its main selling point is its SHARED hosting services. This means that multiple websites sit on just one physical server. This is a very cost-effective design for small or medium companies and best for individual bloggers. The bandwidth for each client is unlimited and there is provision for one domain. You have adequate customization too (including .htaccess (hypertext access), SSH (ecured shell access), and PHP.ini (configuration file).

Plan
Monthly Rate
# of Websites
Space
Domains
 
Email
 
 
 
 
 
Parked
Sub
Accounts
Storage per account
Basic
$ 7.99
1
50 GB
5
25
5
100 MB
Plus
$ 10.99
10
150 GB
20
50
100
500 MB
Business Pro
$ 23.99
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • EMAIL HOSTING. Websites go hand in hand with emails as the latter pave the way for your website’s visitors to reach out to you and conduct business transactions. Email management is done via the built in solutions found in cPanel, and depending on your plan, you could create an unlimited number of email accounts. You may integrate your email with third party solutions like AWeber or MailChimp if your website has a huge traffic.
  • WEB Hosting. To cater to different demands and various business types, it offers a diverse pricing plan, refer to table below. If your website includes a shopping feature, you have easy access to Zen, Agora, and Cube.

Plan
Monthly Rate
Short Description
Subscription Period
Starter
$ 5.95
Recommended for beginner bloggers or small companies who maintain only one website. This plan allows an unlimited number of email accounts. (You will have to upgrade to a Performance plan if you need more storage
All of these plans are renewable every 12, 24, or 36 months.
Performance
$ 8.95
Delivers hosting for an unlimited number of sites, unlimited storage, and unlimited bandwidth. This plan includes an anti-spam solution called SpamExpert.
 
Business Pro
$ 15.95
This is the most expensive plan that offers all features of both starter and performance, with an added option for SSL certificates, a dedicated IP address, and access to SiteBackup Pro services.
 
  • DEDICATED HOSTING is one in which a server is monogamous to one client only. All these are loaded with the Linux operating system.

Plan
Monthly Rate
CPU Speed
Mirrored Storage
RAM
Bandwidth
IP address included
Standard
$ 149.99
2 x 2.3 GHz
500 GB
4 GB
5 TB
3
Enhanced
$ 199.99
4 x 2.5 GHz
1 TB
8 GB
10 TB
4
Premium
$ 249.99
4 x 3.3 GHz
1 TB
16 GB
15 TB
5
  • VPS. If your company requires a more exclusive system and are planning for future expansion, you may opt for the virtual private server (VPS) that is Linux-based, available in four tiers:

Tier
Speed
Monthly Rate
Memory
Data Transfer Limit per month
Storage
Standard
Dual Core
$ 29.99
2 GB
1 TB
30 GB
Enhanced
Dual Core
$ 59.99
4 GB
2 TB
60 GB
Premium
Tri Core
$ 89.99
6 GB
3 TB
120 GB
Ultimate
Quad Core
$ 119.99
8 GB
4 TB
240 GB

8. Managed Wordpress Hosting

WordPress is available on VPS and is the recommended website creation tool due to it being open sourced and popularity. Its four plans all have the inclusion of one domain, one IP address, and an enhanced cPanel. Aside from the standard offering of backup, the service also includes automatic updates for plug-ins.

Plan
Monthly Rate
Visits/Month
Storage & Backup
RAM
ManageWP Sites
Blogger
$ 24.99
100 million
30 GB
2 GB
5
Professional
$ 74.99
300 million
60 GB
4 GB
10
Business
$ 119.99
600 million
120 GB
6 GB
20
Enterprise
$ 169.99
Unlimited
240 GB
8 GB
30

9. Scalability

As flexible and as diverse as their subscription plans is the capacity of this provider to enable upgrades for when your business’ demands grow more complicated and bigger in reach. Upgrading to a higher plan on any of the hosting services is seamless.

10. Easy Sign-up Process

Most people think that building a website, and setting it up for hosting is a complex task. But with this provider, it is easy as the process involves only a few steps.

  1. Go their website and select Get Started Now. You will be asked to choose your pricing plan. Make sure you think about your future plans for your website so opt for a plan that will match your needs.
  2. Pick your domain name. Choose a name that is most suitable for your business and one that is catchy or unique for name recall. Look for other domain extensions.
  3. Finish it by filling out all the necessary fields and finalizing your payment.

11. Marketing and Advertising Assist

They will not only host your website, it will also help you market it by providing vouchers, up to $200 so that you can advertise in social networking sites and search engines like Facebook, Twitter, Bing, and Google.

Bluehost is bar none the best hosting service you will find in the market today, as it aims to be better than their competitors, so should you!

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    • shanmarie profile image

      shanmarie 20 months ago

      This kind of thing boggles my mind. I sometimes think I just need to hire a professional to organize my site for me. LOL And to do all of the posting for me so that I can just dot he writing.

    • DreamerMeg profile image

      DreamerMeg 20 months ago from Northern Ireland

      Useful article on a good provider. I know one internet marketer who uses them and praises them highly.