8.7
Score

Pros

  • Fast servers
  • Free domain and SSL certificate
  • Managed WordPress hosting
  • Budget-level pricing
  • Officially recommended by WordPress.org
  • Premium Weebly website builder
  • Newbies-friendly - easy to use

Cons

  • Website transfers are not free
  • Offers regular backups, but they’re not guaranteed.
  • Higher renewal fees
Features
9
Performance
8.5
Ease of use
9
Price
8.5
Support
8.5

Final Verdict

This presentation of Bluehost revealed the quality of services that the host has to offer to people looking for web hosting.

They offer interesting options for WordPress users, businesses and people looking for the high control allocated by VPS and dedicated servers. Although their WordPress plans are a bit more expensive than those of other companies, they include features that compensate for that.

By targeting a consumer base in search of their first host, Bluehost has managed to make its interface extremely easy to navigate and use. You will not have to worry about the technical details here! When you need help, their customer support team is available at any time of the day or night. All these points make Bluehost a competitive and reputable host on the market.

Of the thousands of webhosts that exist on the market, only 3 of them have won an official recommendation from the WordPress organization. One of them is Bluehost.

What makes Bluehost even more interesting is that they are not just a specialized WP web host. They provide everything from hosting just blogs to advanced business e-commerce applications.

Data sheet of the host

Bluehost has long been one of our favorite web hosts when we were targeting the US market for shared hosting and WordPress. Their customer support is amazing and notabely they meet the modern standards for servers hardware.

For the vast majority of customers, Bluehost’s shared server options will meet their hosting needs for a web presence. Once you exceed the traffic limits of shared hosting, Bluehost also excels in the niches of VPS and dedicated hosting.

Hosting types

  • Shared
  • WordPress
  • VPS
  • Cloud
  • Dedicated

Operating system

Datacenters

  • Utah (USA)

Bluehost offers many dedicated server configurations. Based on OpenStack technology, with a minimum of four cores per server, Bluehost offers reliable and flexible dedicated hosting options at an extremely reasonable price. We are continually praising their shared hosting options for their fantastic hardware and excellent management console, and their dedicated offerings are no different.

pricing shared bluehost

For a three-year commitment, the basic Starter plan fee is $ .95 per month and includes a free domain name that you can keep as long as you use Bluehost, a free domain name transfer, 50 GB of storage, unlimited monthly data transfers and 5 email accounts.

Their mid-range Plus plan, which costs $5.95 / month, is the one that offers the best value for money among all the others. This allows you to host an unlimited number of websites in addition of an unlimited storage capacity, which is an uncommon luxury among hosts.

They also have another version of the Plus plan called Prime, which is basically the same plan as Plus (even though it costs the same price after rebate), but with some of their premium features like SiteBackup Pro and Domain Privacy (if you get a free domain or register a new one with them).

Their highest bid is Choice Plus, and its price is $5.95 / month, one of the cheapest premium shared plans available. It comes with a dedicated IP address, an SSL certificate included, a free subscription to their optional SiteBackupPro service, and some other benefits.

It also offers many more server resources than low-end packages, allowing you to continue to host your site on a shared hosting platform when it exceeds the space allocated by their Starter and Plus plans.

BlueHost says the Pro plan does this by hosting about 80 percent fewer accounts per server compared to their entry-level plans.

The introductory prices are slightly lower and the renewal prices.

Bluehost is part of a short list of providers with the official WordPress seal of approval. If you are looking to create a website powered by WordPress, Bluehost offers 4 plans based on Linux. They are more expensive than Bluehost’s standard shared plans, but are optimized for the CMS and have platform-specific resources.

pricing wordpress

Built on their VPS platform, Bluehost managed WordPress hosting, although less customizable than others, focuses on simplicity and speed. Their interface is easy to navigate and instant provisioning allows for quick installation. Built-in features, such as the MOJO Marketplace and ManageWP, are also a plus.

Integrated W3 caching, SiteLock security and a CDN are standard on all WordPress packages. It is also important to note that data backups are automated and resources are guaranteed.

As you can see above, there are 3 packages: Build ($ 19.95 per month with a one-year contract), Grow ($ 29.95 per month with a one-year contract) and Scale ( $ 49.95 per month with a one-year contract). These plans are of the managed WordPress type, which means that Bluehost performs automatic backups and caching of the site, and protects your installation with the special WordPress security.

These plans are quite expensive compared to what some competitors offer (many hosts sell WordPress hosting plans at the same price as general shared hosting plans).

The hosting of WordPress on Bluehost is however a matter of importance and one of the most popular services of the company (with more than one million sites hosted by the company).

Bluehost caps your site traffic based on the number of visitors, but capital letters are removed if you subscribe to the high-end business plan. The storage of the web host starts at 30 GB and ends at 240 GB.

Bluehost also allows you to configure unmanaged WordPress sites. When you click on the WordPress icon in the control panel, you access the Mojo Marketplace, from which you can install the WordPress application. Bluehost allows you to configure a new WordPress installation or directly import an existing installation. The installation is simple and you can browse the market for additional themes and applications.

The introductory prices are slightly lower and the renewal prices.

In addition to offering competitive pricing, Bluehost offers superior support and excellent uptime compared to many other VPS options in the industry. If you have gone beyond the stage of shared hosting, or if you need the flexibility and security of a VPS, Bluehost is an excellent choice for you.

pricing vps

Bluehost virtual servers have several advantages over standard shared hosting. The first is the vitess with the ability to choose a processor with two or four cores and 4 GB to 16 GB of RAM with guaranteed resources, so that’s a solid configuration which will allow you to run on some high performance, you got all the power you need. The second benefit is security. Bluehost offers unlimited storage and optional security feature which is called SiteLock protection to secure your data. (Please note that Sitelock can be very expensive and usualy in need of support you are redirect to a third party support which will handle whatever matter concerning Sitelock, their support is not that great and can be quite slow to respond)

There are three levels of Linux-based VPS hosting, ranging from $ 19.99 per month as standard (30 GB solid state storage, 2 GB memory and unlimited monthly data transfers) to 59.99 $ per month in ultimate (120GB of SSD storage, 8GB of memory and unlimited monthly transfers). As with shared web hosting plans, VPS hosting plans include discounts for long-term contracts. Unfortunately, Bluehost does not offer VPS on Windows.

The introductory prices are slightly lower and the renewal prices.

Like many other hosts, Bluehost has embarked on cloud hosting. With this type of hosting, the resources your site needs to run are shared across multiple servers. Advantages ? You can scale resources in real time because your site is not limited to the physical constraints of the server.

pricing cloud

The startup plan of $ 6.9 per month includes 2 GB of RAM, 100 GB of SSD storage, two CPU cores, one domain and unlimited monthly data. With the recommended plan at $ 8.9 per month, you get an unlimited number of domains, unlimited storage, 4 CPUs and 4 GB RAM. At the top of the offering is the Business Pro level of $ 15.9 per month which increases the number of CPU cores to six and the RAM to 6 GB.

The introductory prices are slightly lower and the renewal prices.

Bluehost offers many dedicated server configurations. Based on OpenStack technology, with a minimum of four cores per server, Bluehost offers reliable and flexible dedicated hosting options at an extremely reasonable price. We are continually praising their shared hosting options for their fantastic hardware and excellent management console, and their dedicated offerings are no different.

pricing dedicated

Designed and maintained internally, Bluehost uses only the latest technologies on its dedicated servers. Servers start at $ 79.99 per month and can be equipped with a Linux operating system and up to 1TB of RAID hard drive space, 16GB of RAM and 15TB of data transfers per month. Each server is provisioned instantly and can be upgraded at any time with just a few mouse clicks.

One of the reasons we will always consider Bluehost for our hosting needs is their fantastic 24/7 support team. They have a team of first-rate engineers for their dedicated servers. Expert technicians are incredibly helpful and available at all times.

The introductory prices are slightly lower and the renewal prices.

What makes Bluehost so special?

Do the industry praises they received mean that they are the ideal host for you? We decided to try that ourselves and help you to have a closer look of what it’s like inside Bluehost.

What makes Bluehost packages attractive is their reputation as a cheap host and the ease of use of their interface and products. Novices and veterans will find their account! Additional options, such as free domains, unlimited marketing credits and emails, make this provider an excellent candidate for best hosting.

features

Technical Features

9

Reputation and customer support at the forefront of the industry

Thanks to their vast experience in hosting, Bluehost understands the importance of customer service. You can reach Bluehost support staff and access their extensive user resource 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

As one of the world’s leading hosting companies, Bluehost has built its services based primarily on advanced open-source technologies.

They are recommended by some of the largest and most successful open-source projects on the planet, including WordPress.org.

Domains, messaging and backups

Bluehost offers a custom domain manager that helps with domain transfers, purchasing, tracking, and overall administration.

Unlimited email accounts are provided with all shared hosting plans, as well as POP3 and IMAP support and anti-spam protection.

Each account is backed up daily, weekly, and monthly, which allows you to restore your site to a previous state in case of problems. This is far better than resuming the development, content, or design of your site from scratch.

Easy upgrade for all products

As your site picks up speed, traffic builds up, and (hopefully) revenues begin to flow, your webhost will be ideally equipped to help you continue that growth. Upgrading a shared account to a VPS or even a dedicated server is a relatively simple process at Bluehost.

Built on cPanel, Bluehost has a custom interface that includes additional tools to simply manage the website and server. Manage general administration, manage domains, set up email accounts, and access files from a simple dashboard to use.

The host can install 1-click popular software, including WordPress, Drupal, Magento and other applications …

Constant hardware updates

Price is not the only factor you need to consider when choosing a web host. As new hardware, such as SSDs, comes on the market, you want to be assured that your host has the bandwidth needed to adapt to these changes.

Google and other search engines take the speed of your site very seriously, and you should do it too. The Bluehost team is very aware of the ramifications of the performance at stake, and they want their clients’ sites to run at lightning speed.

You could probably find cheaper options on the market, but you do not have the guarantee of the level of service and performance that Bluehost’s reputation ensures.

Like many other web hosting packages on the market, Bluehost offers “unlimited” options, such as disk space and domain hosting, site editor (drag-and-drop), domains and emails.

performance

Performance and Security

8.5

Bluehost Uptime Guarantee & Speed Test Reports

If you are looking for running your website at a high speed, then picking a fast web hosting is the right choice for you.

To test at it’s best the performance of the bluehost server for our review, we proceeded by creating a WordPress site with the default theme “Twenty Nineteen” and we added some content to add more weight to the site to better similate the results.

We conducted a few different speed tests on our site with the following testing tools:

  • Pingdom
  • Load Impact
  • Bitcatcha
bluehost speed test

According to our Pingdom’s website speed test, we found that our test site loads in less than two seconds for a server in NewYork City. That means the site is faster than 94% of all tested sites.

Just like the speed test, it’s imperative to analyze whether your hosting service of choice can survive a traffic surge.

For testing the traffic load, we used some of the best and popular testing tool and sent some virtual users to our site. They gradually built up to 100 visitors at a time to see how the server would handle the traffic surge.

You can find blue and green lines in the chart below which represent the number of virtual visitors sent to the testing site and the loading time for the web page.

loadimpact bluehost

From our test and point of view, it’s clear that Bluehost performs well under an important load and can certainly handle a lot of traffic and still have a good loading speed, so nothing to worry about on that department.

If you’re looking for a high performing hosting provider, Bluehost server could be the best choice.

Another important factor to consider is that there was no downtime detected during the hosting performance test. You can check below the server response time.

bluehost uptime 201808

BlueHost uptime (July 2018): 100%

bluehost uptime jun 2018

BlueHost uptime (June 2018): 99.99%

bluehsot uptime march 2018

BlueHost uptime (March 2018): 99.98%

Bluehost Server Response Time

Without a doubt, images often account for most of the downloadable bytes, meaning publishing too many images on a page can negatively impact your page loading time.

Not to mention, a content-heavy site would take more time to load than a lightweight website. Aside from speed tests, we’ll also have to conduct a server response time test by ignoring the content of our site.

For this specific test, we used another testing tool called Bitcatcha.

Bitcatcha works operates differently compared to Pingdom.

Using Bitcatcha, you can get explicit server response time worldwide.

It presents you with the average loading speed of your website from the eight biggest and diverse global locations: Los Angeles, New York, London, Brazil, Japan, India, Singapore and Australia.

With the help of this test, you get a clear perspective on how your website might perform with this actual hosting on worldwide scale.

bluehost server speed test

You can see that our Bluehost test site was rated B+ by Bitcatcha.

While the web hosting server responded in just a fraction of a second in the United States, the response time was comparably high in all other locations. However, the site still responded in less than a second.

That means if your target audience is in the United States, Bluehost could be a great choice for you. On the flip side, if your target audience isn’t in the United States, you might consider using a local hosting server for faster page rendering.

ease of use

Ease of use

9

Bluehost has a modern and stylish corporate website, and this sleek design extends to the user’s control panel. The Bluehost website is simple to use and very user-friendly for beginners. The cPanel interface is as simple as it gets. Just click on the icons and get started.

Setting up a domain is relatively simple – whether you are installing WordPress with a single click or configuring your email hosting.

Bluehost also has an application-rich dashboard that allows you to integrate different services such as Google Apps and CloudFlare directly into the cPanel.

By integrating Google Apps with the Bluehost platform, you’ll be able to bring all the benefits of Google to your business from the heart of your hosting account.

In addition, Bluehost has dramatically simplified its eCommerce features, allowing customers to seamlessly configure an online store with an infinite number of shopping cart options. Just click on “Install” and take action.

bluehost panel
price

Price

8.5

For the level of service and performance that Bluehost offers the rates offered are really good. Although their services are slightly more expensive than those of some other hosts, Bluehost does more than compensate in terms of features, reliability and support.

Bluehost offers 3 options for shared hosting.

However, please note that the advertised price below is a low introductory rate for a period of three years. Rates for shorter plans are higher and you can not get anything less than 12 months.

Basic Plan: For $2.95 a month, you get a maximum site, 50GB of storage and “unlimited” bandwidth. You also get 5 email accounts (with a maximum storage capacity of 100MB each).
Plus Plan: $5.45 per month for 10 sites, 150GB of storage and “unlimited” bandwidth. You also get 500 MB for each 100 email.
Main plan: Their biggest plan is available for $5.45 a month, providing “unlimited” site installations, storage, bandwidth, an email account.

You have to commit to three years unfortunately to take advantage of the advertised price for their shared hosting plans. It will cost a lot more if you choose a shorter term, and the minimum duration you can pay is 12 months.

Options:

  • Free domain? Included.
  • Easy registration: Easy registration process on two pages.
  • Payment methods: Major credit cards and PayPal.
  • Hidden Fees and Clauses: Low introductory price for a minimum of three years. They will delete your account if you have more than 1,000 database tables or use more than 3 GB of database.
  • Account Activation: Most users appreciate instant activation for most users. If the information provided is inaccurate or there is suspicion of fraud, activation may be delayed.
  • Control panel and dashboard: Simple and easy to use control panel.
  • Installing applications and CMS (WordPress, Joomla, etc.): Mojo Marketplace makes installation of the application fast and easy!
support

Reliability and support

8.5

Bluehost has been in this industry since 2003. Having been acquired by the mega hosting conglomerate, Endurance International Group, Bluehost is without a doubt one of the industry leaders today. They offer a 99.9% uptime guarantee, which is fundamentally the norm in the industry. With more promising availability rates come higher prices, so Bluehost presents an excellent value for money.

Bluehost includes 24/7/365 live support via email, phone, and an extensive user knowledge base.

Bluehost offers a 30 day money back guarantee, allowing you to take their services for a ride before committing your hard earned money.

Most of the hosts we reviewed on this site will be happy to help you when migrating your website.

Unfortunately, Bluehost is not one of these companies. They charge a $149.99 migration fee to do what most other hosts provide for free. And the number of websites to transfer is only limited to 5 websites and 20 email accounts.

  • Support forum available
  • Good support center
  • User Resources and Blog
  • Live chat system!
Bluehost customer support

Conclusion: Is Bluehost Right for You?

Bluehost is an excellent service, especially for anyone trying out their first DIY website or blog. The prices are great if you lock in for three years, and the company’s support and one-click installs for WordPress and other common site platforms help you get up and running quickly.

If you’re new to the game, or just want to focus on your site without getting bogged down in technical issues and clunky interfaces, Bluehost may well be the answer. Its ease of use is peerless, and its reputation for reliability is well-earned. It offers a 30-day money-back guarantee on it’s hosting, so there’s plenty of time to give them a spin without being tied town for the long haul.


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8.7
Score

Pros

  • Fast servers
  • Free domain and SSL certificate
  • Managed WordPress hosting
  • Budget-level pricing
  • Officially recommended by WordPress.org
  • Premium Weebly website builder
  • Newbies-friendly - easy to use

Cons

  • Website transfers are not free
  • Offers regular backups, but they’re not guaranteed.
  • Higher renewal fees
Features
9
Performance
8.5
Ease of use
9
Price
8.5
Support
8.5

Final Verdict

This presentation of Bluehost revealed the quality of services that the host has to offer to people looking for web hosting.

They offer interesting options for WordPress users, businesses and people looking for the high control allocated by VPS and dedicated servers. Although their WordPress plans are a bit more expensive than those of other companies, they include features that compensate for that.

By targeting a consumer base in search of their first host, Bluehost has managed to make its interface extremely easy to navigate and use. You will not have to worry about the technical details here! When you need help, their customer support team is available at any time of the day or night. All these points make Bluehost a competitive and reputable host on the market.