Bluehost Plans Compared
I've been with bluehost several years as I used it to host my seeds to park the domains for my upcoming projects. I have several domains there about 50 of them. Last incident happened to me that i got hacked and 7 of them were stolen and moved to name.com. I contacted name.com and they replied promptly and they said to wait for bluehost's reply and they will cooperate to move them back. However, bluehost did not reply anything until I post a negative comment on twitter, 10 days later. 10 Days! Its an eternity for them to give a simple "hello, thank you for contacting us" reply. I strongly suggest for you guys to find a better place to host your domains, whatever reasons you are planning to, I think bluehost is NOT a reliable and safe place, its NOT worth it, at all and I advise you to stay away from them.
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Bluehost keeps a very close eye on server resources like CPU and memory; because of this, they are able to ensure that every user using the server gets an equal share of the server’s resources. Resource intensive websites, poorly optimized websites, and DDoS attacks can still cause issues with the servers. Be warned, if they think a user is causing issues with a server, then that user may be suspended.
GoDaddy has a couple comparable plans. The Deluxe is very similar to the Bluehost Plus plan, except it caps the number of databases (ie, WordPress websites) you can have. It is slightly cheaper with yearly at $8.99/mo and discounts often down to $4.99/mo. The Ultimate package is standard pricing $14.99/mo with discounts down to $7.49/mo. It has unlimited databases, but also adds on an SSL & premium DNS – which are not especially needed by most websites – but if you have several projects going, then you have no real caps.
Absolute trash of a service. Multiple issues that land squarely within Bluehost's circle of responsibility and they have precisely zero interest in looking to help. Bluehost exploits people with little to no technical knowledge and refuse to offer adequate support or assistance. When challenged by a someone with solid technical knowledge, it quickly becomes apparent that Bluehost do not know what they are doing by asking inane questions and assigning blame to third parties to dodge responsibility to their clients. Avoid using Bluehost at all costs. Even a free service isn't good value if it doesn't work and they refuse to help you.
Speed: Surprisingly, HostGator’s speed response time test was disappointing. Nevertheless, given the cost of the service, the results are still within reasonable limits. The tests resulted to 45ms average response time for DomainTools and an average of 53ms for Bitctcha’s results. These tests were done from servers based in the US, so the results were as expected. What’s surprising are the speed tests done from servers located at different parts of the globe. Most results came in at an average of 200ms – and with servers from London just going a little above 300ms. Given these numbers, HostGator’s shared web hosting server speeds are average in the US and are impressive abroad.
The company got bonus points for its policy of performing regular daily backups, even on the lowest-priced shared hosting accounts. It lost points because its promotional price on the low-cost shared hosting does go up after the promotional period. That said, Bluehost also gained points for offering 24-7 phone support and SSH access for certain plans.
Bluehost offers Managed WordPress hosting that is based on VPS technology. It combines the simplicity, speed and security into one delivering the most optimized platform for running WordPress based websites. There are 4 plans on offer that are based on different storage, memory and traffic requirements. These are WP Standard, WP Enhanced, WP Premium and WP Ultimate. You could choose from monthly billing, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, 2 year or 3 year terms. The details of regular prices and our discounted offer price can be found in the table below.
Bluehost has been a bad experience! We started using Bluehost about 5 years ago to host a few of our company websites. Things were fine. Then we added more websites, as well as our company email. In the last few months, we noticed our websites would go blank during the day. No explanation from Bluehost as to why it was happening – you would think they might contact us and inform us of the problem, and offer some solutions. We had to contact them – their suggestion was to move to a dedicated host because our website traffic was too large for a shared server. So we migrated. Apparently Bluehost does zero backups, and we lost a lot of valuable emails in the process. They also removed our SSL certificate, and told us it would cost $149/yr per site to get it back (we host about 20 sites). It also altered our ability to upload media files to our websites via wordpress, adversely limiting our ability to do work on our websites. Their answer is to use FTP – however, when you have 10 people who work on your websites and are familiar with WordPress, there is a learning curve to FTP.
The one and only reason I am giving this company a semi-decent review is mainly because of their ONE knowledgeable support agent. I would call in COUNTLESS times and request alanna keel to assist me with my server as EVERYONE else would keep me on hold for 30 minutes or more. I had my site migrated to my VPS account, which mind you, I PAID FOR!! Long story short, the migration was extremely messed up and my sites were all types of broken. After being on hold for an hour waiting for “Steven” the apparent manager to come to the phone (Apparently managers are too busy to attend to customers, WHO KNEW) I hung up and got an unexpected suprise when I called back. After explaining my frustration for the THIRD TIME, I got alanna who actually fixed my sites within 15 minutes. All 4 of them. Didnt even put me on hold. They were fixed before I ended my story, if were being completely honest. Bluehost needs more employees that know what they are doing. 2 years ago, I could call in and have my problem fixed in 2 minutes. These days, the support is so slow. ALSO DO NOT OPEN A CHAT, I DONT THINK THEY CAN UNDERSTAND SIMPLE ENGLISH. I feel bad for employees like Alanna, who are CLEARLY picking up the slack for the poorly trained agents they currently have, Unfortunately, after october I was unable to get in touch with my favorite agent so I ended up cancelling services with Bluehost and moved to Godaddy. I give Bluehost an 80/100 for one reason only. The superior support from ONE person I talked to out of 20. Host with caution!!!!!!
Bluehost offers multiple website hosting options to fit the various needs and budgets of our customers. Shared Hosting, Cloud Hosting, VPS Hosting, and Dedicated Hosting are our standard options, however we also offer specialized hosting for specific website building applications like WordPress and WooCommerce. Each platform is built on reliable, high-performance servers and is supported by our 24/7 expert support teams
ite because of their internal decision to end VPS hosting. There was absolutely no forewarning, no email, no advance anything. My site was just closed, all content is restricted, its been a full week now with no solution on their part. My paid contract runs another 6 months. They are offline in their chat and take an average of 3-4 days to respond to our emails. I understand that they have decided to terminate my VPS set-up. That is their prerogative. But to fail to contact the client, restrict the site, and then not answer emails is ABSOLUTELY unacceptable in the realm of web hosting. Please please please learn from my experience and take your hosting elsewhere. At this point we have our fingers crossed just to restore our content before migrating to another hosting platform.
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Sadly, there is a bit of a "gotcha" to the free automatic backup service. If you're paying $3.95 a month (for the first year of hosting, then $9.95 a month), you don't get restores for free. Each restore, no matter how small or large, will cost you $19.95. I'm not sure how I feel about that. On the one hand, the company has to pay salaries to tech support reps who can handle panicking customers. On the other hand, it seems kind of mean-spirited to hit someone when they're down with an added fee. That said, getting your data back – at any price – is priceless.
Now that you have a baseline understanding of what makes Bluehost tick it is time to break down some of the hosting packages and their corresponding cost. While we have stated above that Bluehost is an extremely affordable option it can vary considerably in what features you get for different pricing tiers. In the section below we will dissect each package so you can determine which might be the best fit for your website.
Hosting companies know what a complete pain in the ass moving your websites to a new host usually is… so, once they have you as a customer… they rarely provide you with any real support. It’s a common and ongoing problem. Bluehost is my 3rd hosting company. I thought I had finally found a host that had at least a reasonable level of service… but I was wrong.
We don’t know what has allowed the hack to take place, especially given that my friend had purchased the sitelock function with Bluehost. I was concerned that it would happen again, so I wanted to zip up his current root folder to create a backup on the server. You know, I just don’t want to download potentially contaminated files onto my computer plus he’s got a huge root folder. I tried zipping up his files in the file manager inside cPanel, it takes forever and I never ended up seeing the finished compressed file in the server. I then tried to create a backup via ManageWP. ManageWP generated an error that had to do with the server killing compression processes due to timeout issues. So I got on live chat with Bluehost on my friend’s behalf. I began the chat with them at 11am and now it’s 1:04pm. The guy I chatted with wasn’t able to fix it, and he just transferred me to another person when I hadn’t had a chance to see what he’s typed yet. Now I’m with another person and may have to waste even more time for him to say the same thing the last rep did. The last rep basically asked me to use FTP clients like filezilla. I told him that filezilla doesn’t have the function to compress files in remote servers. He then asked if I knew about SSH… However, zipping up a folder in your server shouldn’t be this huge hassle at all. I have hosting accounts with 2 other companies, and their file managers can compress my root folders under 20 minutes even if they’re large files.
Bluehost has been in this industry since 2003. Having been acquired by the mega hosting conglomerate, Endurance International Group, Bluehost is no doubt one of the leaders in the industry today. They offer a 99.9% uptime guarantee, which is basically the standard in the industry. With more promising uptime rates comes higher price points, so Bluehost presents a bargain that balances cost with reliability.
A cloud-based web hosting service popular for its flexible pricing plans, Bluehost offers shared hosting, virtual private servers and reseller hosting options, along with domain registration. It has an easy-to-use interface, unbelievably low pricing plans and a single-click installer for those who use WordPress. In fact WordPress.org recommends the use of Bluehost, citing easy installation and management.
In the middle of setting up my email address for my site, less than 18 hours of signing up for the service; I get the above email stating my site has been deactivated due to suspicious activity. Really? All I did was send 5 test emails when configuring Microsoft Live and ThunderBird email clients. I was the one who got suspicious…you want me to send you a copy of my drivers license and a utility bill to you or you wont reactivate the account and website? It goes without saying, I cancelled the service and now am waiting 5-10 business days for a refund. Wow!