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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:

$3.95 each month for two years with our BlueHost Coupon

$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, 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. 170
    Albert Says:

    I read some comments about Bluehost on a forum that they are THE reliable web host. Well maybe they WERE but not anymore. Always having problems getting decent service here. Site was down 3 times in 3 months due to hacking. This affected not only me but many of their other customers too. So this wasn;’t my fault. The reply of Bluehost was that they don’t guarantee service when it’s due to security issues. Told them to improve their security and they replied that I should read their terms of service before contacting them about a problem like this. They can’t even own up to their problems. The right thing to do would be to give me a partial refund for all the time wasted when the site was down and when I dealt with their inept support. But when I asked I was told again to read the terms of service and that they don’t give refunds for this issue. Customer service reps were always rude and seemed generally unpleasant as if dealing with a customer was just a pain in the butt for them. Would not recommend such a host to anybody, especially for business web hosting where you need to have reliability at the maximum. Terrible.

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  2. 169
    Eddy Says:

    I have no real complaints to make about Bluehost. The ping time is very low and site loads very rapidly. No downtime as of right now. Yes, there are some limits even with their unlimited package. You can have 200 000 files and this includes any system files if you install WordPress hosting, or if you get a lot of email messages. Maximum size of 3GB for all databases on your account. If you use too many server resources due to running processes they may ask you to buy an upgrade. So unles s you’re using their service for too big of a website you will be fine. Our sites are with them for a year now without any hassles at all.

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  3. 168
    Simon Says:

    I’m totally fine with Bluehost. They have a good service at a very reasonable price.

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  4. 167
    Randy Says:

    Bluehost served me well. They don’t offer VPS web hosting so this is why I swtiched over to Jaguar PC after my term ended with them. They do have an upgrade where you can get more files and better data transfer but the price of that is equivalent to getting VPS web hosting elsewhere. If my needs hadnt changed like that I would’ve stayed with them for sure as they gave me all good service.

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  5. 166
    Anders Says:

    Seriously, don’t use Bluehost. First, they’re not even cheap. I’m paying $9.95 per month after my first year was up. They say that the price listed on their home page is only for new customers. Looks like customer loyalty actually means nothing to them. The service has degraded itself at this host in ways that you couldn’t even imagine. Page load times at Bluehost are getting slower and slower. All the while they’re claiming that they’ve made updates of some sorts to their servers. Sorry, but I just don’t believe that. Then, they deactivated my website because apparently it was sending spam. Took them a whole day to find out that it actually wasn’t. When spoken on the phone they are very rude and unhelpful. They just provide short answers without making you feel like you;re dealing wit ha good company here. If there’s anything else I could say about Bluehost it’s that you must avoid this host at all costs. Believe me, the problems that you will get with them aren’t funny at all. It just won’t be worth it to stay with Bluehost in the end.

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  6. 165
    David Says:

    If you want the cheapest web host then keep searching as I see that they’ve got prices higher than the competition. But if you want a reliable web host then Bluehost is the answer. I signed up with them after reading some comments on a forum about how reliable they were and it’s really great that I was able to find Bluehost out of all the hosts in the world.

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  7. 164
    Javier Says:

    You can get a Bluehost coupon if you want to pay less than their current price and this will give you affordable hosting that is of the best quality. This is a serious company and they care about their business customers. Now have 3 websites hosted on a shared hosting account that work all the time. Never had a problem with Bluehost and their support was very professional when contacted by live chat. Definitely recommended to all of you here.

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  8. 163
    Lucien Says:

    It’s been 2 years that our business uses Bluehost for web hosting. So far, all is good. They’re the best web host for small business. Run their hosting seriously and are willing to assist you if there’s any issue.

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  9. 162
    Ioannis Says:

    I’m willing to admit it when I make mistakes, unlike BlueHost. Stay away from them and their sister compan y HostMonster, plus they have another dedicated web hosting company I think but their name escapes me at the moment. The hosting service provided by BlueHost is OK. Nothing too fancy, nothing too great but it worked until a month ago when disaster started. I used to run a site that would report on recent news at the national and international level, plus had some affiliate offers. All the news articles were either written by me or taken from free sources that specifically allowed them to be republished without restrictions. Same goes for any pictures, graphics, etc. on the site. BlueHost suspended my account alleging that I violated copyright and didn’t seem to believe me that I personally wrote some of the entries. This was finally resolved. Now again a problem started. Somebody reported my website as being “hate speech”. False again. Site was down for 2 days while their “security” team investigated my website. Then they said that there was some inappriopriate language in the comments. Really? This is a site that’s read by adults anyways, not Barney’s playground site. So what if someone compared a politician to an animal in the comments? Apparently they disagree. They let me take all of my files and move them to another host. Of course, I’m not getting any refund it seems but at this time this isn’t something I care about anymore. My point here is to use another host not anything related to BlueHost or any of the other brands they own.

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  10. 161
    Peter Says:

    Bluehost is very good now. Not the cheapest web host but a reliable one according to me. I see they’ve made some improvements to keep their service working a lot more stable than it was before. Glad to see that Bluehost is making good progress here at that level.

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