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The Plus Plan is ideal for those looking for more space and more flexibility. This plan gives you the option to host unlimited websites, and with it you get unmetered space for your site. This plan is ideal for sites looking to grow fast, developers, and serial entrepreneurs. You still get a free domain, but as an added bonus you get unlimited email accounts, email storage, and subdomains where the basic plan will limit you in those areas.
When purchasing any hosting plan with Bluehost, you automatically agree and pay for at least a 12-month plan up front. You have the added options of a 24 or 36-month plan but Bluehost does not offer a monthly plan. For startups and starter sites this large upfront cost can really stretch an already tight budget and might turn away some potential customers. If however, you are committed to being in business at least a year then you will still find that Bluehost has one of the best hosting deals around.
If you haven’t really managed a server before or built a website, I believe that Bluehost makes that experience a little bit easier with better support and a more clearly-organized dashboard. They are a little bit more expensive, but they are a great, full-featured web host and you really can’t go wrong with their shared hosting if you’re just getting started.
Bluehost was founded in 2003 by Matt Heaton, a tech entrepreneur and software developer. Oddly enough he stumbled upon the industry by co-locating with a company called freeservers.com who provided a completely free hosting service. After seeing the tremendous potential in providing a hosting service, Matt started his own free hosting service company.
I use HostGator for many of my small projects mainly because of how they structure their pricing & features. You’ll want to check out HostGator with a 60% off discount here as well. I’ve written a focused Bluehost review here. I have clients who love them – and use their email and domain services as well. I’ve found that every brand has tradeoffs – there is no overall “best” – there is only the best for you based on your goals & preferences. For example, this site specifically uses InMotion VPS Hosting – which has a big emphasis on customer service & performance.
The bottom line is this: GoDaddy is a go-to domain web host for millions of users world-wide for a reason. They maintain their ever-expanding network of users by offering blazing-fast load times, award-winning security and support, and a free domain name when you sign up for a year-long plan. It's a great hosting deal, particularly for first-timers and SMB owners, at a really great (low!) price point.

And then going onto VPS, simple backups taken using managewp or via FTP fail with 500 internal server error. Both of those work without issue on a shared plan, but I had to go to VPS for this site since the shared server had performance issues. So I go to VPS/dedicated support to ask what’s up with the server errors on a simple backup. What does Daniel (their support guy) tell me? “This is your server, go figure it out on your own.”


We regularly run customer bandwidth and disk space utilization data through a series of statistical analyses and use the results of these studies to define “normal”. Although the actual results of these analyses vary from month to month, one thing remains constant: 99.95% of our customers fall into "normal" range. Typically, customers who fall outside the normal range are using their accounts for file storage and sharing rather than website hosting.

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I usually make use of their support chat and you are able to talk to a real person, someone that knows WordPress and website technicalities very well. One major reason why I love BlueHost is because their support system is fantastic and they are knowledgeable on all issues. From my personal experience during these 7 years, if you need a reliable and affordable hosting, that fit on your pocket, go for BlueHost , frankly, you won't regret it.
Those are attractive plans, but Hostwinds—the Editors' Choice for VPS hosting—beats out Bluehost with packages that include 128GB of RAM and Linux- or Windows-based server options. Don't underestimate the importance of a Windows server option. If you plan to build (or migrate) a site built on an ASP.NET framework, you'll appreciate Hostwinds's Windows-based VPS offerings.
HostGator promises that pages load at blazing speed worldwide without having to configure your caching and CDN. Experience up to 2.5X faster load times due to super charged cloud architecture, low-density servers, CDN, and multiple caching layers. Your website content is managed more efficiently, enabling dynamic content requests to be processed lightning-fast
HostGator doesn't give the option of creating automatically generated backups. You can make an instant manual backup and you can then use this backup file to restore your account on our servers if need be. There is a paid upgrade called CodeGuard, it creates daily automated website backups for all your web files and databases with a 1-click restore.

I have four websites hosted with Bluehost and after having my fifth website designed I decided to have it migrated over. This is a big membership style website and I wanted to have as little downtime as possible so I had the migration done by Bluehost a couple days before New Years when my business would be slow. They told me my SSL certificate would migrate over, my site was not secure so then they told me they were wrong and I had to get another one. 30 days later the site kept having many issues and not secure and then to find out Bluehost never completed the migration properly so they had to do it all over again. This took another week. Their system with migration is the worst ever because they do not use any type of support ticket system. If you send in a support ticket it will take at least three days for someone from the migration department to contact you. If they email you a question it will take them at least another three days to respond again because I am told every email or support ticket goes to the bottom of the list and you are not able to chat among a support ticket. They also have no phone number and the support or customer service at Bluehost tells me they also can''t contact them because they all are outside contractors. So with a couple questions back and forth it took ten days before they said they finished the migration but forget a step and it never happened. When we realize what happened and luckily my other hosting company still had my site live, we had to start all over.

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