BlueHost Review:

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BlueHost is a powerful hosting platform that mainly dedicates their hosting to WordPress based websites. They were founded in 2003 in Provo, Utah, where their headquarters remain to this day. They currently have over 2 million websites all over the world and claim that there’s thousands of new websites added every single day. With a team of almost one thousand members, BlueHost has a reach for fast customer service times but while this host is effective and cheap, it does come with a few slight downfalls.

Packages & Pricing

One of the things that separates BlueHost from other competitors and a lot of other major service providers is that they offer a wide variety of packages. We’ve personally tested all of the functionality on BlueHost.

Affiliate Program

This is a program that allows you to recommend customers to BlueHost and you’ll make $65 per verified referral.

Shared Hosting

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There are three different options for shared web hosting on BlueHost. First, you have your basic package which comes with quite a few restrictions.

Basic Package ($2.95/month)

Plus Package ($5.45/month)

Prime Package ($5.45/month)

VPS Hosting

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BlueHost has four different Virtual Private Server packages for people looking into VPS hosting. All packages include 1 domain and all packages include 2 IP addresses excluding the standard package which only includes 1

Standard ($14.99/month)
Speed – 2 CPU Cores
Storage – 30GB
Ram – 2GB
Bandwidth – 1TB

Enhanced ($29.99/month)
Speed – 2 CPU Cores
Storage – 60GB
Ram – 4GB
Bandwidth – 2TB

Premium ($44.99/month)
Speed – 3 CPU Cores
Storage – 120GB
Ram – 6GB
Bandwidth – 3TB

Ultimate ($59.99/month)
Speed – 4 CPU Cores
Storage – 240GB
Ram – 8GB
Bandwidth – 4TB

Dedicated Hosting

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There are three packages available for dedicated hosting at BlueHost. All packages include one domain.

Standard ($79.99/month)
Speed – 4 Cores/8 Threads
Storage – 1TB
Ram – 4GB
Bandwidth – 5TB
IP Addresses – 3

Enhanced ($99.99/month)
Speed – 4 Cores/8 Threads
Storage – 1TB
Ram – 8GB
Bandwidth – 10TB
IP Addresses – 4

Premium ($119.99/month)
Speed – 4 Cores/8 Threads
Storage – 1TB
Ram – 16GB
Bandwidth – 15TB
IP Addresses – 5

Reseller Hosting

There are several different hosting plans and packages available. They start at $18.99 and range to $42.49. Determining which reseller hosting package is best for you will ultimately depend on the level of business you’re predicting you’ll obtain. They also offer a lot of demo panels for some of the user interfaces that you’ll get familiar with when you sign up to BlueHost. We’ve tested out all of these panels and they’re great.

Data-centers for BlueHost dedicated servers are held in high end infrastructure environments. They have reliable power, they have their own HVAC protection system and some of the best security in the industry. They can predict DDoS attacks and help mitigate some of the damage while it’s happening.

Some of the other features you get with BlueHost hosting.

Usability

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This is one area where BlueHost truly excels in. When it comes to the ease of use for customers, BlueHost has designed easy to understand interfaces for hosting of all levels. Whether it’s the backend billing system or the WHM access, we were thoroughly impressed with how easy it was to find everything. It might take you a little while to get used to where everything is the first few times you access the back end, but it’s very convenient and easy to use.

For resellers, you’ll get access to a control panel that allows you to transfer domains, register domains and manage all of your clients in one centralized place. We could manage the DNS for all of our clients, set up accounts for new clients or manage accounts for existing clients. Also, for sites that are hacked, BlueHost offers some level of support but they do cost money.

Performance & Uptime

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Now, while BlueHost does promise blazing speeds and uptime, this is one area where we experienced trouble. It wasn’t exactly as quick as described and there was some downtime experienced with some of our websites. Every time we contacted BlueHost, they either said they were doing some routine maintenance or that their technicians were working on it.

Now while we were able to alleviate the problem with some service side management and tweaks, BlueHost could definitely do more to improve their status here. Their uptime isn’t exactly the best and we did experience a few crashes. However, their support was always on it.

Tools & Options

BlueHost has no shortage of tools and options available but they depend on the level of service you’re looking for. If you’re getting into reseller hosting, there’s the comfortable and easy to use backend. There’s the standard cPanel access where you can install software with the click of a button. There are too many tools to list here in this review but we can assure you that all of the tools we tried out were highly useful and saved time.

The reseller tools were especially helpful because it saved so much time when setting up new accounts and managing other accounts. They also have tools to help you identify a hacked website and give you guidance on what to do next. For WordPress users, one of the most effective tools is that you can consistently scan for upgrades from your BlueHost interface and upgrade them all from there. Don’t do upgrades without a proper backup though.

Support

Their support is available 24/7, whenever you need them. The response time is also relatively low as you’ll get a response in a matter of minutes when you contact them. However, there have been a couple of instances where their live chat glitches out and we had to wait for a good 30 minutes before we got a response.

Pros & Cons

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Conclusion

BlueHost all in all is a pretty decent host but there are a few areas where they aren’t perfect. Their customer support sometimes seems clueless and you get bounced around and the site performance could be improved a bit because of the constant downtime. However, they offer a lot of tools, features and things to help improve your hosting experience. The reseller hosting program with BlueHost is hands down, one of the best reseller programs in the industry and they have their own dedicated support team for reseller hosting. You won’t be disappointed with the reseller hosting program or the support line for them.