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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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  1. 160
    Cody Says:

    Not good for WordPress hosting at all. I’ve been hosting with them for over a year now and Bluehost has to be the absolute worst of more than 10 other hosts that I’ve used in the past couple of years. If you have a WordPress blog that has just 3 plugins and has caching on, you can’t go more than 200 or so visitors before you start hitting the CPU limit. Then they throttle you which would make your site excessively slow and inaccessible for some of your visitors. Bluehost overselling their space is the only explanation for this. Otherwise, you can’t explain how all the other companies are able to provide a decent service without throttling you down after a small number of visitors. They then try to charge you a ludicrous amount of money to get access to more resources that were supposed to be included in their package in the first place as they love to claim that it’s everything unlimited for everyone. If your site uses a database, my advice is summed up as: avoid avoid avoid Bluehost!

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  2. 159
    Vinny Says:

    For a host Bluehost looks like it’s simply going downhill and continue on a downhill spiral from here where nothing can be done to rescue this company from the mess that they themselves have gotten into. Changing terms of service and terms of promotions at their convenience as well as mistreating their customers seems to be standard practice of Bluehost web hosting services. If you want to experience first hand what bad customer service looks like then you should make a trip to Bluehost and contact them after you’ve signed up for an account and paid them. You will rapidly see that they don’t care about their customers. Therefore, they’ve ended up with a brand where loyalty of customers is just plain zero. Avoid at all costs. There’s many better options for you out there so why would you want to make yourself and your business suffer with a bad quality host like this? Simply doesn’t make sense to me at all.

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  3. 158
    William Says:

    Positive things about BlueHost is that their service is very simple to use and priced well enough to be better than a lot of the competing web hosts. I switched from free web hosting and the hosting is much better at BlueHost. They have their moments though when you can experience a slow down in the control panel but your websites don’t seem to be affected by this at least.

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  4. 157
    Kenny Says:

    Today I had another problem with Bluehost and this was the second time in a month where this happens. Site was down and then was very slow to load. The support tech in the live chat seemed to have no idea of what he was talking about. Claimed that it was Word Press plug ins that were responsible for the problems. Of course this isn’t the case, since no changes were made to the plug ins at all. I am thinking of just trying to get my money back and move on to another better host. Too bad I got convinced into signing up for Bluehost as the y are not good at all.

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  5. 156
    Jeff Says:

    I really don’t have any idea how this company managed to stay in business for so long given their poor record. I’m not the only one complaining there are many others with problems regarding Bluehost and their other company Hostmonster. I think they have another partner company as well but I forgot their names. Anyways the problem is their reliability going down the tubes. Sometimes for 3 hours or so the service would become unavailable . Support support answers rudely when you inquire about it and they just say they don’t know when it will be fix and to keep trying in one hour. This is not acceptable for a professional web hosting business. They shouldk know know how to run their operations much better than that junk. Avoid this hosting. Not good at all too many down periods with them and this happens very often now.

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  6. 155
    Terry Says:

    Bluehost is a very good host. Rates are a bit higher than what I’m used to with cheaper hosts, but the service is of very high quality. Want to thank them for their good hosting.

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  7. 154
    Alexandre Says:

    I’ve been dealing with Bluehost for a while now and it’s good so far. I admit I’ve only been with them for 1 month now after ditching GoDaddy because of too many problems, but so far it seems to be good enough. I called their support twice in the past month that I used their service and noticed a big difference between them and what GoDaddy used to provide for me. With Bluehost the agents are at least interested in answering your question instead of trying to get you to hang up as fast as possible. They took the time to answer all of my questions just to make sure that I was using the right tool for the job.

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  8. 153
    Mercer Says:

    Sorry to say but this host is bad bad bad bad baaaaaad. Extremely unfriendly and unhelpful staff to add even more damage. Down time was something that happened daily for me. That’s right, it was a daily occurrence. They randomly shut down my websites while they were “investigating” that I wasn’t sending out junk or using my hosting account to store files. Then they rudely quesioned me about a backup that I had of some site elements about why I was storing 3 different versions of the same file. Eventually I told the guy to F off and that I wouldn’t need their service anymore. He didn’t seem the bit fazed by this almost as if he was used to getting told off by customers who have enough of Bluehost bullshit. If you’re looking for good advice on choosing your next web host then I would give some to you right here: don’t sign up with them. They’re not even cheap anymore so it’s simply NOT worth the trouble they will cause you. The only thing I’m glad about when looking at Bluehost is the fact that I left this sorry excuse for a web hosting company a week ago and so that way I no longer have to deal with their garbage service, rude staff and constant down t

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    Mercer Says:

    Sorry to say but this host is bad bad bad bad baaaaaad. Extremely unfriendly and unhelpful staff to add even more damage. Down time was something that happened daily for me. That’s right, it was a daily occurrence. They randomly shut down my websites while they were “investigating” that I wasn’t sending out junk or using my hosting account to store files. Then they rudely quesioned me about a backup that I had of some site elements about why I was storing 3 different versions of the same file. Eventually I told the guy to F off and that I wouldn’t need their service anymore. He didn’t seem the bit fazed by this almost as if he was used to getting told off by customers who have enough of Bluehost bullshit. If you’re looking for good advice on choosing your next web host then I would give some to you right here: don’t sign up with them. They’re not even cheap anymore so it’s simply NOT worth the trouble they will cause you. The only thing I’m glad about when looking at Bluehost is the fact that I left this sorry excuse for a web hosting company a week ago and so that way I no longer have to deal with their garbage service, rude staff and constant down time.

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  10. 151
    Billy Says:

    Nice host that does everything correctly! Never any down time or problems with my email here unlike 1 & 1 where I alsways had trouble getitng email to the right box for some reasons. Glad that when I switched the host I decided on, which is Bluehost worked much much better than the other host I got before. Needed a bit of help with the file uploader and was given a good solution. Did not wait for the tech support rep to get on the chat it was instant in less than one minute. Speed of service is always appreciated especially when you got used to waiting several minutes to get served with other providers at least Bluehost is instant in helping you.

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