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Bluehost Review

Since way back in 1996 Bluehost has been providing web hosting solutions to thousands of businesses and personal websites across the world.  They’re still going strong today, in fact stronger than ever. These guys are one of our top web hosts, and have been for several years.

Starter plans help small businesses and individuals get their websites up and running smoothly at a very reasonable price indeed. They are also known for providing some of the best hosting for personal and business blogs.

We know that most people who need web hosting need it for their small business, and that’s why we like what BlueHost offers and their approach to hosting.

Our rankings of the best web hosting services puts BlueHost hosting within our top hosting choices.  Through, you pretty much get all the disk space, bandwidth, and domain hosting you need. They also give you a domain at no charge. All of this for just $3.95 each month.

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However our research and analysis of the BlueHost reviews shows some customers are complaining lately of down time and having to pay more for additional bandwidth beyond 1GB.  Of course, we don’t like hearing those complaints, but it’s our duty to report them.  This company has had a difficult period in the last quarter of 2010 when a lot of these complaints started to crop up.

(*Update 2011:  We’ve been hearing from new hosting reviews that BlueHost has definitely cleaned up their act as far as their support and bandwidth.  Here’s the real insider scoop on bandwidth — every hosting company claims unlimited bandwidth, in reality that’s just not possible.  The larger your site is and the more power you need, and the more you’re going to pay in hosting fees, eventually.  Don’t let anyone tell you different.)
Prices as of Today:

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BlueHost Makes it on Our Top Blog Hosting Page

BlueHost remains in our top ten hosting choices because of their great service and the awesome blog hosting they offer.  This is a great website hosting service overall and is one where you will get good customer service, good hosting products, and very attractive prices.

In addition, BlueHost just hosted its one millionth website, which is an amazing feat for any website hosting business.  So, yes, they are one of the big boys.  We believe that they may be experiencing some growing pains right now and that they will get their act together in 2011.  (Our reviews have definitely been better in the last few months, so we do feel like they have addressed concerns brought up by reviewers at the end of 2010).

(*Update 2012: As of right now, May of 2012, BlueHost is completely out of the woods and back to offering amazing service at a very low price. They went through some growing pains and with the addition of new servers and staff members, they have climbed back to the top. We rate them as the top choice for blog hosting and give them two thumbs up overall)

Every hosting company goes through some growing pains and drops the ball from time to time, what matters is to they improve and fix the situation quickly.  We can honestly say that these guys are always working on their game and that is what we like to see.  No hosting company is perfect, no matter what you might read, but handling complaints and ugly situations with class is the right way to do business. 

Bigger Not Always Better

When compared to other website hosting companies BlueHost may be a bit more expensive than the competing companies. Many of the user opinions seem to think they are very similar to HostMonster, and we agree that their business models are similar. This is not surprising since they are owned by the same parent company.

You will want to watch this hosting website closely, as they might earn a higher spot on our list very soon. **Thanks to its high customer satisfaction level, just jumped onto on our list of top 10  web hosting websites.  We hope to hear much better things in the future about their up time and leveling with new customers about the web hosting packages.

The Small Business Site Builder Offered at BlueHost

Bluehost’s site builder seems to be a good one, not any better than any of the other web hosts in our top 10 but certainly serviceable.  If you need a site builder to put a few quick sites without buying any additional software then you can certainly do that with their application.

Sure it won’t come close to a DreamWeaver site but we realize that many people, especially small business folks, don’t really need anything too slick. They just need to put their cyber shingle up and service existing customers.  Well, this site builder is definitely good for that.  The site builder that Bluehost has is perfect for a new small business, and we know there are a lot of folks looking for something like this, if that’s what you’re looking for, this could very well be your host.

Customer Reviews about BlueHost

bluehost review 3 star rating from reviewer

Bluehost could be better…

The servers have been sort of up and down lately, which scares me.  I’ve been with the company for a few months (since Oct. 2010) and I have noticed that the customer service is great, they are very responsible and responsive…but I’m worried about performance.  I have been adding new domains lately and everything is fine, no bandwidth problems on anything like that at all.  I’m a patient person, and I hope that these outages are just a minor glitch, I believe that they probably are, this is a very old and respected  company.  But, I can’t in good conscious give them a 5 start review at this point.”

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Sites Have Been Down A Bit Lately.

Ok, so my sites on Bluehost load fast, and that’s great because as we know site load time is important in rankings now, at least for Google…are there any other search engines that really matter?  LOL.  But, here’s the deal my sites have been going down for an hour or two a day for last several days.  Sure, I’ve got the shared hosting packages so I realize that it’s not going to be perfect, but I expected a little bit more than this.  When I contacted customer service they were pretty helpful and patient, however their suggestion was that if I wanted perfect uptime that I upgrade to a dedicated server.  I’d love to, but I just don’t have the money right now.  Maybe this is how it is at every web host, but I’m a bit disappointed.”

bluehost review - 3 stars, average to good hosting company

Bluehost Under attack??

Is this some sort of wiki leaks conspiracy to bring down the internet or something more?  I’m a web developer so I need good hosting for my client’s.  I’ve got a fairly large reseller account and a lot of websites up with Bluehost…but lately I’ve been experiencing more down time problems.  It seems to me that they are ungoing maintenance during regular business hours — that is a big no-no in my book.  They have been a solid business partner for me for many years, and I appreciate that, but lately they have been dropping the ball.  I’m going to stick with them for another month or two and see what happens!

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    Ernie Valenti Says:

    Very nice and highly reliable. Bluehost is the best.

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    Gabriel Says:

    I have to disagree with a few of the comments posted on your site about Bluehost being unfair or unreliable. They’re a shared web hosting provider meant for simple websites that don’t get several thousands of active users each day. I sometimes shake my head when I see some of the complaints here, which look like the user tried to send 1000 emails an hour to his mailing list or tried to get 25 Drupal hosting sites to fit in on one account. It looks like these people aren’t even making any money from their websites because if they were they would at least have the sense to invest in a dedicated hosting setup rather than pushing the limits of what shared web hosting can give them and throwing a fit when they get kicked out of the server. Bluehost has been nothing but perfection for me when I was with them last year. I had two simple sites running WordPress with a few plug ins for SEO and monitoring. Nothing too fancy but the biggest thing was that there was no down time and Bluehost never complained about the resources I used as my sites were geared towards a very specific niche, getting just 20 visitors a day each.

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    Will Clennett Says:

    Bluehost had a very easy sign up process and all on their web site was extremely clear to me. Sales team helped me a lot to get started. I just wanted to ensure that their service was appropriate for the type of site I was building, a small flash based e-commerce site. While I have to say that I’m fairly new to them so I don’t have much of a standard to go on in terms of how reliable the services will be the simplicity of the sign up process and the friendliness of the staff during the whole phase leaves me reassured that Bluehost will be great for my needs of flash hosting.

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    Carl MacDonald Says:

    If we do a general overview of Bluehost they end up being a good host. Not the best web host of all of them but still quite decent. Their reliability is good but there were periods of time where service was interrupted for over 30 minutes. I have software on my website that checks the up time to ensure that it works, so because of this I’m probably more aware of the up time than most of the users here. Also, their prices aren’t really the very best. When I started with them, it was $5.95 per month but on renewal the price jumped to $9.95 per month now. Bluehost could have at least made an effort to give a better price for me as a long time customer, maybe $6.95 or even $7.95 per month would have been good. But their customer service said that it’s not possible for them to give any discounts on renewal and that the price I have right now would be the regular price I would have to pay for my hosting. A bit disappointed about that.

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    Harry Says:

    Just like your page says, I use Bluehost for blogging. As a blog hosting solution they’ve done really well for me over the years. I’ve been around with them for over 5 years and there hasn’t ever been a major problem during this time. Bluehost also gives very good assistance if you’re using the WordPress hosting platform to create your blog. Staff is very knowledgeable and are in the know about the most recent updates and any issues that could arise with WordPress. Best blog host that I could find in quite a long time.

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    Bob Walker Says:

    With Bluehost I got great hosting for a couple of years. Rates went up slightly for renewal and I was checking if there’s cheaper web hosts here but all the cheap hosts look like they’re having too many problems serving their customers right. I’m staying with Bluehost just for the quality of service.

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  7. 174
    Jean Says:

    Currently using Bluehost to host a wordpress blog. I agree that they’re right for blog hosting.

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    Omar Says:

    Service at Bluehost is quite average but I don’t think it’s really worth the price for me anymore. After the promotion period expired they’re now charging me $9.95 per month for shared web hosting that’s just like any other host. Website loading time seems to be on a roller coaster. After checking with a tool, it varies from 3 to 8 seconds within a day. Support doesn’t seem to care too much about the problem and believes that it is just normal.

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  9. 172
    Franklin Says:

    Hosting at Bluehost for 4 months now; no issues to report thus far.

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    Pierce Says:

    Blue Host is my host of choice now since 2006. There were very few problems and those that happened were very minor. At one point I wasn’t able to access the control panel. They repaired this problem very rapidly and apologized for the problems. I see that this is really a professional company we’re dealing with. Great work on their part.

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