I built my first website when I decided to cycle across the world, I built it and then came trying to find hosting. I found it hard to find a decent hosting company that was:
- Excellent support
- Excellent uptime
I can’t remember who my first hosting was but it didn’t last long. It was confusing to navigate, setup and my website was slow and support was crap. I quickly moved around to various different web hosts. It wasn’t until I found Pixeno and Bluehost that my hosting worries were over. So because of these troubles, I have decided to write a Bluehost review so hopefully you can avoid moving from one hosting company to another.
So lets get started with the Bluehost review.
Below are the main features of Bluehost. As you can see you’re getting a good value for money with prices as low as $4.95 a month although the most common hosting package is $6.95. This is due to the amount of time you sign up for. The longer you sign up the cheaper it is.
These are the main features that Bluehost offers, it’s a pretty decent list. I plan on expanding my minisites with Bluehost based on their unlimited domains feature. Of course it’s not really unlimited but it will be enough for 99.9% of users without any additional worry.
One of the features I like with Bluehost is if you’re just starting your blog they will offer you a free domain name for free for one year. This is great start if you’re new to blogging or creating your first ever website. But it’s also handy if you’re a newbie to Bluehost to test out a niche if you are involved with affiliate marketing at all.
Here’s the pricing structure for Bluehost. As you can see the longer you sign up for the cheaper it gets with 36 months being $6.99 a month that’s just $83.88 a year for as many websites as you wish. Bargin. While this hosting will be good for most small sites, at the end of the day you get what you pay for and this package wouldn’t suit a high traffic website. But for starting out or looking to grow your traffic at an affordable rate then Bluehost would be perfect for you. When your blog grows Bluehost also offer upgraded hosting packages which might better suit your needs.
A look at Bluehost’s technology.
You might not understand what all this means but it’s pretty decent considering the price you’re paying. Here’s a video explaining in more detail about the Bluehost technology
Bluehost also offer the ability to set up your own e-commerce store to help make you extra money online. As you can see from the above image you’re all set when you join Bluehost for a e-commerce store if you wish.
Bluehost is here to secure your business. We are confident we can provide you with the highest level of support with our friendly and patient support staff waiting to address your needs. Our veteran hosting team knows what it takes to be the best and how we can help make your site a success. With hold times that average less than 30 seconds and 100% in house on site staff in our Utah offices you can be assured that the person helping with your site knows how to help and is eager to make you a happy customer. Source
With cheap hosting I find one of the most important things is the support. Bluehost are famous for their customer support with reported hold times of less than 30 seconds it’s one of the fastest customer support responses I’ve experienced.
Once you join Bluehost the setup will look like the above image. As you can see it’s well laid out and easy to navigate around. The overall design of the backend of Bluehost is well done and clean and the speed of their website is very fast making it easy to get your work done.
If you do decide to join Bluehost, not only are you getting a cheap good hosting with amazing customer support but you are also entitled to the following promotional offers if you spend $25 or more. These offers are a $100 Adwords offer, $50 Facebook ad credit and more. This is a great way to kick start your new website. These offers are only available for users in the USA or Canada however.
Bluehost also comes packed with scripts to help you with your website. Below is a sample. You can install WordPress with 1 click and it’s a pretty painless experience. You can have your website up and running in Bluehost within minutes of signing up.
These are the section of addons that you can order with your Bluehost account. From website protection to mobile websites, SSL certificates and more. It’s pretty easy to find what you’re looking for.
One of the best addons you can get with Bluehost is the integration with CloudFlare.
What is CloudFlare?
CloudFlare automatically optimizes the delivery of your site’s pages so your visitors experience the fastest page load times and best performance in addition to blocking threats and limiting abusive bots and crawlers from eating up your bandwidth and server resources. This means that CloudFlare-powered websites see a significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks.
If you ever find yourself stuck on a task and need a quick answer, Bluehost have plenty of videos to help you out. Their YouTube channel is packed full of tutorials to get you started with your new host
This is how to create an email account
My Bluehost experience
After signing up for 1 year with Bluehost, only $6.95 a month I had my websites transferred from GoDaddy and used Bluehosts free domain service once you sign up. I now have 5 domains on my Bluehost account and once the Nameservers had gone through I had all websites live and running within 1 hour. I did get confused though along the way with a new setup but their customer suport was excellent, even at 1am!
I will be staying with Bluehost for a long time I think.
Bluehost has an excellent reputation with equally good uptime and customer service and for the cheap price they offer it’s a no brainer for anyone wanting to move to a cheaper serve or just get started. I will be reporting more in this Bluehost review on new features or offers that are currently available.
Starting from $4.95 Bluehost is one of the most popular hosting platforms and with good reason. It's cheap, reliable and has excellent support. I use Bluehost to host various websites which I know I will get incredible uptime.