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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 BlueHost.com, 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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$4.95 each month for one year

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, BlueHost.com 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.”

bluehost reviews - another 3 star rating from a customer

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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180 Responses to “Blogging Just Got Better with Our BlueHost Review”

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  1. 140
    Rene Lafleur Says:

    My service has been with Bluehost for well over a decade now and right now I still have many of my websites as well as client sites hosted with them. It surprises me a lot to see some of the bad reviews left by some of the users here. I’ve experienced my share of poor quality hosting but it wasn’t really with Bluehost. Most of the really bad hosts online right now are small companies that are run by “entrepreneurs” who think they will become big in the hosting arena but in reality don’t actually know what they’re doing or how a web host is supposed to be run. The only problems I’ve had with BH were a few cases of down time on some of my websites but it wasn’t really that big deal as the websites were restored after less than 15 minutes. To me Bluehost should at least be in the top three best web host ratings.

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  2. 139
    Margarita Says:

    I think WebHostingPad is more suited for users whose needs are really basic. I know that the majority of small time web masters don’t use features like Cron Jobs, however it is necessary for me to update some content on my site. It looked like it wasn’t available, but after talking to them they have to enable it manually, which they did for me. Still would have appreciated if it was there from the start, would have saved both of us some time. Also, regarding FTP, it’s not possible to create separate FTP user and password accounts. This would have been nice to let some of our workers upload content to certain sites directly. Whiel the hosting options at WebHostingPad work 100% of the time with no major incident, this service isn’t really geared towards professional users, but mostly for personal and really small business web sites.

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  3. 138
    Erick Says:

    I’ve been with Bluehost for 1 year now. This hosting provider in certainly one of the best that I’ve been using thus far. Each time that I had a question about my service their technical support team was always available. When you call them they answer immediately and you always deal with an agent that can actually speak English as opposed to someone in a foreign based call center. It’s always good to know that you’re going to be dealing with a company that is providing you with excellent customer support quality. Since I’ve signed up with Bluehost there hasn’t been any issue as far as their reliability goes. The service here was always very good and I’m proud to be one of their customers. I especially want to thank their customer support team for what they’ve done for me in the past few months, they were amazing.

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  4. 137
    Arthur Says:

    If I compare them to all other hosting companies I’ve used so far, Bluehost is definitely the best and most powerful. I’ve never had a single instance of down time at this place which seemed to be a common occurance at other companies that I had before them. While I admit that the price is not the lowest at Bluehost, it’s still good. In fact, you can see many other hosts charging $10 a month or more for the exact same services that Bluehost gives! Quite simply, I will tell you that Bluehost is my top choice for web hosting and I have no reservations about using them again for my new sites. I have 3 sites on my account at this time and I’m paying less than $6 a month after renewing my service after the first two years with them. The customer service is excellent and all of my questions are answered very fast.

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  5. 136
    Monty Says:

    Fantastic service. If only I would’ve found out about Bluehost sooner I would’ve been much happier with my hosting.

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  6. 135
    Drake Says:

    am now in the process of building my website and thanks to the help I’ve gotten from Terry in the technical support of Bluehost, I understand how everything works perfectly. He was able to answer every one of my questions about building my site the right way. He also gave me a link to some great resources on creating websites. This is the first time I’ve built a website. Sure I could have done it all myself, but it was a lot faster and easier for me to get a bit of help from someone competent like him. My site is still not completely finished but at least now it is close to being up and running just like it should. All of that thanks to the immense amount of help that I got from Bluehost. For such a low price per month I didn’t expect too much in terms of help building my site, but Bluehost came through in a way that really surprised me.

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  7. 134
    Drake Says:

    I am now in the process of building my website and thanks to the help I’ve gotten from Terry in the technical support of Bluehost, I understand how everything works perfectly. He was able to answer every one of my questions about building my site the right way. He also gave me a link to some great resources on creating websites. This is the first time I’ve built a website. Sure I could have done it all myself, but it was a lot faster and easier for me to get a bit of help from someone competent like him. My site is still not completely finished but at least now it is close to being up and running just like it should. All of that thanks to the immense amount of help that I got from Bluehost. For such a low price per month I didn’t expect too much in terms of help building my site, but Bluehost came through in a way that really surprised me.

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    Carl Jonas Says:

    Bluehost is now the hosting company I’m with after changing a couple of months ago from 1 & 1 due to poor service. Immediately after making the change I noticed how better Bluehost was. I never had any difficulties getitng my website transferred over to them in fact they actually helped me out a lot to get it switched over to their service. All of that was cheerfully done by their technical people. No problems with speed either unlike with my other host where I often had to wait 15 to 20 seconds for my site to load here at Bluehost it loads in less than 3 seconds most of them time. This shows they got great server quality and they care about maintaining a high standard for their customers. If you look at all the hosts I don’t think Bluehost would be among the top ranking for price but it doesn’t really matter as the prices are still good and you get an excellent service – both in terms of the web hosting and the individual attention to details that their support department will give you if ever you need to get in touch with them for any

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    Carl Jonas Says:

    Bluehost is now the hosting company I’m with after changing a couple of months ago from 1 & 1 due to poor service. Immediately after making the change I noticed how better Bluehost was. I never had any difficulties getitng my website transferred over to them in fact they actually helped me out a lot to get it switched over to their service. All of that was cheerfully done by their technical people. No problems with speed either unlike with my other host where I often had to wait 15 to 20 seconds for my site to load here at Bluehost it loads in less than 3 seconds most of them time. This shows they got great server quality and they care about maintaining a high standard for their customers. If you look at all the hosts I don’t think Bluehost would be among the top ranking for price but it doesn’t really matter as the prices are still good and you get an excellent service – both in terms of the web hosting and the individual attention to details that their support department will give you if ever you need to get in touch with them for any reason.

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    Jonathan Says:

    When it comes to performance related issues Bluehost still is among the best companies that I used so far. With other hosts I constantly ran into the issue that e-commerce sites and forums were operating way too slowly and timing out due to the access to the database being too slow. Obviously this was really annoying. But the infrastructure at Bluehost is capable of supporting even the most demanding websites without too many issues. Got two WordPress websites hosted with them, complete with plugins and other add ons and there’s never been much of a problem getting things to work. So due to all of this I will say Bluehost is my best choice for web hosting. Never a single problem with them in all of the years that I’ve been with the company. I would like to thank them for the services provided so far and hope that it will continue on.

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