Bluehost is one of the most searched web hosting service providers on the net, and there are several reasons for that.
When people look for a trusted, detailed Bluehost review, in most cases they are pleasantly surprised by many features.
We are going to consider them all, however, in the first place, we also have to say that there are some “downsides” you should know in advance.
In short, this web hosting provider is perfect for starting businesses, but things should be adapted in the long run.
So, if you’re looking for a good web hosting service provider for your new website or new online business, go for it, and you’ll be happy.
If you don’t want to read the full review, you can jump to the conclusions and make faster decisions.
If you want to learn a bit more about Bluehost, keep reading and discover all pros and cons of one of the most used service providers on the web.
Bluehost Review: What To Consider
When looking at a web hosting service, there are many things to consider. But not all these should be considered the same way when it comes to making a choice.
In general, the most relevant features are:
- Types of server
- Bandwidth and disk space
- Additional services, such as website builder, more domains at the same time, SSL certificates, backups, and more
There’s another important feature that most people consider as #1: the cost.
We want to stress enough about the importance of considering the cost in the right way.
What you spend on your web hosting will have direct consequences on your business.
This basically means that if you’re too cheap on your web hosting, you’ll need to adapt things more and more.
If you’re just starting out, don’t worry, because you can find very good hosting providers at low prices, and Bluehost is just one of the best among these.
But, if you’re planning your business journey, in the long run, do not consider the price much more than other more important features.
Let’s see with a bit more detail the above-indicated things to consider.
Security is another crucial aspect when it comes to web hosting.
This applies to both small businesses and web giants, and BlueHost takes this aspect very seriously.
Of course, security is a so complex aspect that it cannot foresee everything by default.
This is the reason why BlueHost gives you more than a generous 80% discount on all Sitelocks products, to move the security of your site to a much higher level.
Once again, if you’re just starting out, the basic daily scan for viruses and malware performed by BlueHost will do the work.
To be even more secure, you can consider the iThemes Security PRO Suite, very good for all websites and needs you can possibly have.
Sitelock Security BlueHost
Sitelock brings the security of an online business to the next level.
This is possible because it’s active against malware, SQL injection, cross-site scripting, and more.
If you have a business working with customers’ personal data on a daily basis, you should seriously think about the possibility of using this service.
If you browse the web, you can find very many positive reviews, most of them written by customers, which means that the 5-star rating is the norm. The most important thing is to know in advance what to expect, to avoid having surprises especially because of the only real problem of this provider, namely a bit high renewal costs.
Speed is one of the most important parameters for a website.
In fact, according to this research carried out by Pingdom.com, there is a close correlation between page loading time and bounce rate (see the image below). Despite the fact that there are some “super-loyal” visitors (they basically do not bounce even if the page takes longer than 16 seconds to load!), a faster site does mean more and better visits.
In that, BlueHost is good, because the average speed is less than 600 ms.
You can find better performance from other service providers, but this definitely is a good point to start from.
From the BlueHost control panel, you can easily activate the CDN option (highly recommended), in order to speed up the website further.
To make things even better, you can also install a free plugin called Imagify to resize images and reduce their weight on the server.
This is one of the most underrated features of Bluehost, as well as other service providers who do the same.
We are a very big fan of the Wayback Machine, the website that stores images and data of older versions of websites, to show people the real “history” of a specific website
This is particularly useful for people interested in expired domains.
In the case of Codeguard, we can define it as a “time machine” for your website, because it makes daily backups and saves each of them as separate versions of your site.
Thanks to this function, you have:
- daily backup
- daily monitoring of your website as a whole
- the possibility to revert back to a previous version of your website if something goes wrong for any reasons (restoring function)
To make things even better, several identical copies of your backup are stored in different places at the same time (redundancy).
For what concerns backups, and if you’re using WordPress, we strongly recommend using Backupbuddy, one of the best plugins you can possibly find on the market nowadays.
We love Codeguard, and you should too.
You can find more info by clicking here.
BlueHost Woocommerce Review
If you are interested in creating an online store, to sell goods and/or digital products, WooCommerce is likely the best plugin to consider.
If you are only interested in digital products, however, you should rely on Easy Digital Downloads (EDD).
By the way, BlueHost works very well with WooCommerce, and even better, if you’re just starting out you can benefit from low starting prices, because of BlueHost price plans and WooCommerce, which is free to use.
BlueHost VPS Review
You could consider VPS (Virtual Private Servers) when your business will start making money and your needs are more demanding.
As you can see in the screenshot, there are three plans to choose from.
However, BlueHost VPS becomes a good choice only when:
- you need more than one server
- you have a team with separate tasks within your website (i.e. administration, programming, personal data, customers, and so on)
- you need to modify files directly on your server
There are handy functions, but you have to need them, otherwise, you’re wasting money.
BlueHost Website Builder Review
To be honest, we don’t rely on the website builders in order to create a website.
In fact, there are so many (and possibly easier) options to choose from, that it would be better to focus the attention on content and services you provide, more than creating a “stylish” website.
By the way, BlueHost has a very good information page about creating websites from scratch, and it is worth mentioning.
If you want to read it, you can follow this link.
BlueHost Domain Review
It is not so easy to choose the right domain name for your business (or your website in general).
You can for sure find a domain name and register it on BlueHost, however, we don’t recommend doing that.
More in general, we do not recommend keeping domains and web servers in the same place.
Some people may agree, some others don’t.
You are free to decide, however, we strongly recommend using other “registrars”, then re-direct your DNS to your server.
Our #1 recommended website to register new domains is Namesilo.
In fact, when you register a new domain name with Namesilo, you have two great benefits:
- the lowest introductory price, in fact, you can register a new domain name for $8/year
- the lowest renewal fees, you only pay the same ($8/year)
Not to mention a third, great thing provided by Namesilo.
You have the WHOIS Privacy for FREE forever on all domains, while there are many hosting providers (and registrars) that charge a lot for that.
BlueHost Dedicated Server Review
This is an advanced option, meaning that your website is already grown and needs more features.
As you can see, prices are high and each plan has advanced features.
For sure, the most relevant for businesses are:
- total control of their web hosting, without any management by BlueHost company (very advanced)
- enhanced C-Panel interface
- the possibility to add more servers and manage everything from one, single and safer place
Given the need for more features, there also are optional features for more security, better control over SPAM and malware, and even the possibility to connect your cellphone to your server.
Again, this is for very advanced users.
BlueHost Reseller Hosting Review
According to the company, currently, there are more than 200K resellers in the world who use BlueHost to run their service.
This certainly is a big number, however, according to several types of research, BlueHost is not at the top when it comes to reseller hosting.
However, you can certainly get benefits if you serve small businesses, personal companies, and/or freelancers, especially if they’re starting out.
Under these circumstances, BlueHost does the job very well.
BlueHost Customer Reviews
The vast majority of BlueHost reviews from customers are positive: however, there are some websites, like Trustpilot, that report controversial reviews.
This is mainly due to the fact that when you’re starting out, you’re not looking at each small detail because you focus your attention on your business.
Under this scenario, we can say that all features and services provided by BlueHost are good and work well.
To be 100% honest, however, we have to say that there are some negative reviews and complaints about Bluehost on the net.
They mainly concern two aspects.
BlueHost Reviews Complaints
Such aspects are:
- slow page loading time
- not so responsive customer support
Yes, this may happen, but let us say what follows.
About page loading time, the real point is that it depends a lot on what you have on your website.
Images, files, plugins, and many other things can slow down your website, not to mention the template (very important!).
That’s why we suggest activating the CDN option from your Bluehost dashboard, and, to make things even better, we suggest using the Imagify plugin to further lighten the burden of images on the server.
Talking about customer support, personal experience is the key, meaning that with more than 2 million websites running on this platform, it would be absolutely impossible to always have positive reviews.
By the way, while preparing this BlueHost review, we noticed that satisfied users are much more than those who complain.
As you can see in the screenshot below, we find the confirmation of what we’ve said until now. The most preferred plan is the basic one, namely the shared one.
Very cheap, the price is even lower than iPage, one of the best alternatives when it comes to pricing.
The shared hosting solution is likely the most popular, and we strongly suggest taking this opportunity if you’re just starting out with a new website.
To be more precise, we suggest taking this opportunity also if you are an expert, but you want to expand the reach of your online presence with new websites.
In short, shared hosting still is the easiest and most economical way to be present online.
Very interesting, as you can see in the image posted above, you can choose between different plans.
BlueHost shared hosting presents some very interesting features in all 4 levels, such as the SSL certificate, and the so-called “resource protection”.
This means that in the case of problems for other websites hosted on the same server, your site will be kept safe (extremely important).
Bluehost Plan Comparison
Pretty self-explanatory from the screenshot we post below.
If you are online for a while, you can think about the possibility to move forward, from the shared hosting to VPS.
If you are a bigger online business, you can think about moving from VPS to dedicated hosting.
One tip: please do not sign for VPS and/or dedicated web hosting if you are just starting out, or if your website doesn’t need an upgrade from the server-side.
This is extremely important because a more powerful server does not mean a better website.
On the contrary, if your server is “too much” for your business, this will negatively affect the financial side of your work.
BlueHost Plus Hosting
We want to present a special mention of this plan because there are some interesting features to consider.
As you can see from the screenshot we posted above, we are in the area of shared hosting.
The basic plan, we’ve already seen before, is really very “basic”, because it only gives you 1 domain name, 50 GB of webspace, and just 100 Mb per email account.
However, if you take a look at the Plus option, with a few more dollars per month you can get much more.
BlueHost Choice Plus
One of the most interesting things is unmetered webspace, no specific limit for an email account, and also $200 of marketing included in the offer.
Not to mention the importance of Codeguard (even if it’s the basic version, good in any case), along with better protection from SPAM and higher standards for your privacy.
So, even if you’re just starting out, you should immediately consider (at least) the Plus option.
but there’s even more, for an affordable price.
Bluehost Pro Web Hosting
Always in the space of shared hosting, you have the opportunity to choose the Pro plan.
Very similar to the Plus plan, it has a significant difference.
It’s about the free dedicated IP.
This feature is typical of dedicated servers, but in this case, you still are in a shared solution.
This is a more than interesting option, to increase the security of your website from the very beginning, that’s why we suggest going for it if you want the best from shared hosting.
WordPress Hosting BlueHost
BlueHost offers three valuable plans for people who are going to start a website with WordPress.
Looking at these plans, there is kind of a “learning curve”, because the first plan, the most common one, is just for beginners and for sites with low traffic.
Very interestingly, BlueHost suggests using this plan also if you have multiple websites with low traffic. This is good, because your business may encompass several different sub-niches.
The plan in the middle, the so-called WP Pro plan, is intended for people with bigger businesses and deserves a more detailed study.
BlueHost WordPress Review
The headline for this WP Pro plan is “manage your growth”.So, this plan is only suggested to people who already are online for a while, and also experience some growth in their traffic (and sales, as well).
We want to point out a still largely underestimated feature: they are “short term spikes”.
In fact, if your website is visited by several thousands of visitors in a very short amount of time, a basic shared hosting may have serious troubles in handling such a traffic spike.
This generally happens if you try some special traffic strategies, or if you boost your social media presence. Whatever the case, please always consider IF and HOW your web hosting could potentially handle a big load of visitors in a short time window before starting any possible traffic strategy or promotion.
BlueHost Managed WordPress Review
The other plan for WordPress is precisely intended for e-commerce purposes.
To this end, we recommend starting with this specific plan, also if you’re just starting out, in the case you own an e-commerce site.
The reason is that online stores have specific and peculiar needs from the very beginning, meaning that your hosting has to cope with them immediately.
As you can see from the image posted above. this plan is particularly important for websites that process payments (the plan makes them secure), as well as for websites that receive a lot of visits per day.
BlueHost SEO Tools Review
This is a very important thing to consider.
As you read directly from the official BlueHost website, search engines are responsible for approx. 85% of all website traffic.
So, it’s very important that your hosting helps you to be found more easily in search results.
BlueHost makes available a series of easy-to-use SEO tools, and groups them all in a single dashboard.
BlueHost SEO Review
This dashboard considers the following aspects:
- SSL certificates
- the creation of social profiles (because the social signals still are quite relevant to Google, Yahoo, and Bing)
- constant monitoring of your competitors
- reports on relevant keywords to target with your posts
- periodic scans to detect any possible weaknesses of your website
The features listed above are all very relevant to SEO purposes, and there are people who are able to take care of them without the need for a specific dashboard.
However, if you’re just starting out, or also if you want to dedicate your full attention to your website content, and you have no time or no clue of SEO things, BlueHost tools will help you a lot.
Pricing is important, especially when you’re starting out, however, you must keep in mind that saving money is not always the most important thing to consider, even if you are at the very beginning.
By anyway, the initial costs of BlueHost are very competitive, and for sure you can start building a very good website, with a decent amount of traffic, literally for very low costs.
Of course, it depends on your specific business: if you have an online store, you are strongly advised to go for specific e-commerce solutions (we’ve seen before), or if you plan to grow your business very quickly (i.e. in the case you have a lot of money to spend for promotion) you should consider a bigger plan.
It depends on you, your business, and your goals.
BlueHost Hosting Prices
Whatever the case, as you can see from the image below, you can have very good traffic for less than $20 dollars per month.
However, let us point out some things.
BlueHost has a low introductory price, and this is good, especially if you consider that other service providers, like SiteGround, are not so cheap.
We might say that there are some other companies, like HostPapa, with more similar features and pricing options.
But if you click on the link you find at the bottom of the price table “Auto-renew at the regular rate”, you disclose that such “regular rates” are not cheap as they might seem.
BlueHost Renewal Price
We post below the renewal price table for BlueHost.
As you can see, the BlueHost regular rates are definitely higher than expected, if you look at the low introductory price.
They vary from $10.99 for basic shared hosting up to $32.99 for the Pro plan.
For sure these prices are not the highest of the market, on the contrary, they still are lower than very many other service providers, but you must know in advance that fees are higher because this could give “second thoughts” along the way.
Once again, everything has to be adapted to your business, that’s why we want you to go beyond the simple concept of price to consider what is best for your business.
BlueHost Cost Per Month
Talking about monthly fees, there is something very interesting to point out.
BlueHost envisages advanced payment for months or years, which means two important considerations:
- despite being low, BlueHost costs can be a problem for those with a very low initial budget, as you pay in advance
- by paying in advance, your business needs could vary with time and you could be forced to change things
These are not really an issue, especially because by paying in advance you can save money, but people who are on a budget may have difficulties.
BlueHost Email Pricing
When it comes to email, the best option is to create emails that you need directly from your hosting plan.
This is very important for your business reputation, not to mention the ease of use.
BlueHost allows you to use a separate email, but we do not suggest doing so.
A branded email directly connected to your website, with the same domain, is the best.
Again, consider that the starting 150 Mb space maybe not enough, that’s why you can consider bigger plans, in the case you need to send more messages, and/or attachments.
If you’re just starting out, or if you’re working on a personal project/business, or if you don’t have specific needs for your business, or if you are creating an online store with a few products (not thousands and thousands), BlueHost can be the right choice for you. We list below a series of pros (green bullets), and cons (yellow bullets for things that could be improved, or red bullets for real downsides).
Here are the pros:
- Very good for people with small-to-medium businesses
- Very good for personal websites and solopreneurs
- Very good when it comes to the possibility of managing more aspects from a single dashboard (website speed, security, privacy, and more)
- It integrates with C-Panel (very important for everyday management)
- Good introductory price (and allows you to save money by paying in advance)
- It does not set up specific limits for the usage of your website (within the plan you choose, of course)
- It has a well-done and progressive upgrades plan
- It has good support
- It has a money-back guarantee
- A very good uptime over the year
- It has good speed
- It provides good security
- It makes moving sites quick and easy
Here are things that could be improved:
- In some cases, people report that their websites are not so fast (page loading time slower than expected)
- Migrating sites is easy, but fees are high if compared to most competitors (not to mention that many web hosting service providers allow to migrate sites completely for free)
- In some cases, people report that support is slower than expected (but it may depend on a case by case basis)
- There are some limitations for available plans, such as no Windows hosting
- If you don’t use some additional security services, you are strongly advised to make daily backups manually (the best thing is to do that directly on C-Panel)
- About pricing, you must pay in advance (no monthly payments, this may be an issue for many people)
- Renewal prices are higher than expected (not so high, to be honest, but worth mentioning)
Here are real downsides:
- There are no real downsides
What To Do Now
We hope that this BlueHost review was helpful for you.
Now, check BlueHost plans right now and start your new business journey!