Bluehost Woocommerce


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.
The customer service department has been a bit slack over the past couple of years. They used to answer right away and immediately fix any concerns. Over the past couple years, the hold and wait time has been pretty long and I often have to go back and forth with them to get a problem solved. Even their online chat service takes awhile to connect with a rep and get things accomplished. I'm not sure if they've outsourced their customer service or if they changed hands and merged or what exactly, it's just not the same as it used to be. Luckily, I don't have issues very often to have to contact them.
I’ve set up websites for clients who use GoDaddy and Bluehost. I currently have 1 website hosted by GoDaddy. Until Bluehost’s recent (aka 2016) pricing changes, I found the pricing trend that Bluehost is cheaper long-term (ie, after a year), and it was always cheaper for what you get in features. However, the new tiers tilt the cheaper long-term pricing towards GoDaddy but keep the value per dollar towards Bluehost.

Bluehost hosting puts you in the driver’s seat when it comes to your website design, and they make it so easy that you don’t need to have any experience. At one point, hiring a web designer might’ve been part of your marketing strategy, but now it need not be. Bluehost plans provide complimentary website design software with drag-and-drop technology, allowing you to design the site yourself with ease. This kind of software is quite literally called WYSIWYG – what you see is what you get. It means you don’t have to be proficient in computer programming to customize your website the way you want it.
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 hosting industry has really specialized in the last decade, which gives you insanely specific options for you to choose from. While some offer the best customer support, they may lack in other areas like add-ons and uptime. The good news is you can still find top-tier hosting providers who provide a baseline of features and support for your hosting needs. Bluehost fits that description nicely.
First of all, thanks for sharing the info. Really appreciate it, out of all the articles I stumbled upon, I really feel like your writing and I get that genuine feeling when I read your page. I am gonna start a blog but I am confused between the top 3 host. I am a total beginner with website hosting, so I would really appreciate if you could share some advise on which is the most suitable host for a beginner like me.
Bluehost uses a customized version of the cPanel control panel. cPanel is a popular choice of control panel so many people may already be familiar with its functions. Since cPanel can be difficult to use for people who are not experienced with it, Bluehost's customization is much needed for their inexperienced customers. They have organized the sections and added their own icons to the benefit of the overall appearance of the control panel.

I’ve set up websites for clients who use GoDaddy and Bluehost. I currently have 1 website hosted by GoDaddy. Until Bluehost’s recent (aka 2016) pricing changes, I found the pricing trend that Bluehost is cheaper long-term (ie, after a year), and it was always cheaper for what you get in features. However, the new tiers tilt the cheaper long-term pricing towards GoDaddy but keep the value per dollar towards Bluehost.
Matt took a couple of years off before jumping back into business with his second hosting venture, 0catch.com which ended up with over 3 million signups and to this date still has over 1.1 million active users. With the help of the 0catch team he had built, Matt set his sights on a more feature rich premier hosting solution – one that still catered to beginner users but also to a more tech savvy user who would pay more for add-on services and enhancements to the core hosting solution.
We used their Shared Hosting plan (AUD 16.58) and were treated to 50 GB of storage, unlimited bandwidth with 10 domains. It may feel a little pricey especially since they’re limiting your storage and domains, but this could work in our favour – limited resources in shared hosting means no single client will get to hog the server, which results in stable servers for everyone.

However, Bluehost lacks in providing a solid uptime policy which means people won't be compensated for long downtimes. They also charge you for site migrations, putting them lower on the list for people who want to transfer a website. In this thorough review of Bluehost, I'll be breaking down the most important things you need to know about this popular web hosting company.
The response times are not what you would call “stable” but they are really quick. There is no set response time you can be expecting, with the majority of the results going around 100-400ms. You can also expect spikes once every few hours, with the response times increasing to nearly 2 seconds. But they are not common enough to consider them a problem.
These guys are awesome, I've had them for three years and they are always up and running (unless you download and install the wrong plug-in for your wordpress site)... but you can call their customer support and within minutes, they'll have you up and running and excluding my plug-in error, the server has been up 100% of the time (and I have about 30 domains with full sites... they're not pointed or parked)... definitely get them!!1

Bluehost India did not refund my money under 30 day refund policy. They said that since I had cancelled a plan 3 months ago, so cancelling another plan now is violating their terms and policy. They also said that I abused the system. They just don't want to refund the money hence they are giving false arguments. I contacted Bluehost US team but they said that this matter involved Bluehost India and hence they cannot help. This is total crap and totally wrong. They just don't want to refund the money. Please do not use Bluehost.
You can pretty much judge / rate / review ANY company–in ANY industry–by their level of customer support. And from the perspective, Bluehost should be rated a 1 out of 10. If you are an existing Bluehost customer, there is literally no way to contact them directly. They have an 888# and a chat feature only… both of which are outsourced to India and take a LONG time to get through to anyone… and usually results in zero actual assistance or results.
They are worth comparing against other similar budget hosts as they offer a wide variety of plans with certain niche advantages. You may want to keep an eye out for a few things that our researchers found, however. Uptime and speeds are significantly lower than most competitors (especially higher-priced competitors), and Bluehost customer service is not as helpful as one would hope.
Bluehost is not a host for everyone due to its server limitations. However, there are a wide variety of individuals and businesses that are suited for this type of host. This a popular host among bloggers, and its shared hosting and WordPress hosting plans are more than capable of powering even the most traffic-heavy blogs. There’s even a cheap option for first-time bloggers.
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.
As previously mentioned, Bluehost also tops the charts in server hosting — offering fantastic performance at competitive prices. With two to four cores and guaranteed resources, your virtual or dedicated server will be performant, powerful, and online virtually 24/7. The Bluehost team leverages industry-leading open-source technologies, such as KVM and OpenStack, to eke out as much performance as possible, leaving you with the utmost flexibility and reliability. Sold? VPS and dedicated plans include instant provisioning, because waiting for your server is so 2000s.

HostGator gained points for uptime monitoring and regular backups, along with free cPanel or Plesk. We liked that SSH is available for the more technically inclined site operators and that dedicated IP addresses could be purchased. We did take points off because it's sometimes difficult to tell what the price is once promotional plans run their course. That said, with a generous 45-day money back guarantee, there's a solution for almost everyone at HostGator.
Both hosts offer either Softaculous or Fantastico so installing WordPress is a breeze, and there are a lot of automated tools in order to make managing your website easier. Again, I think it’s a bit easier to find these things in the Bluehost interface if you’re new to dealing with web hosting, but once you know your way around, HostGator is also easy to use.
It’s worth noting that BlueHost offers tons of latest security and performance features – NGINX architecture, custom server cache, HTTP/2, SSD storage, etc. However, these features are only available for those who are willing to pay extra. GoPro, BlueHost’s highest performance shared hosting plan, costs $13.95/mo on signup ($23.99/mo on renewal). WordPress Hosting (which is officially recommended by WordPress.org), now with a new dashboard and integrated marketplace, costs $19.99/mo (and $39.99/mo on renewal).

I'm not very good with this kind of stuff but was astonished by how much the student was able to do that BlueHost was not able to do. The student also showed me that there were much cheaper hosting plans I could have gotten, and sure enough he was right, so I don't think the value is great for this host. Other than all that, the first setup of the website was really easy, only a few clicks and it was ready. Everything went smoothly and although the site isn't super fast, it is up 100% of the time (or very close, I don't know what happens when I'm not on it.)
We monitor tweets about Bluehost and apply sentiment analysis to classify tweets as positive or negative. This allows us to output an approval rating score, which is based on real people, positive and negative, opinions about Bluehost on Twitter. Bluehost approval rating score is 61%. This is based on a total of 1871 tweets that mention Bluehost on Twitter. There are 1143 mentions that share a positive sentiment and 728 mentions that express a negative sentiment. Find out more about how it works.
There is one main worldwide number to call to (it’s from the US), no matter your IP location. I’ve been slightly surprised with the options – instead of being informative and simple, some of them sounded like advertising slogans. In the ‘Sales’ category I’ve been offered options, such as: “Have a great idea and want to get it online? Press 1.” or “We can build your site and boost your traffic if you press 3!” While entertaining, it took me a while to understand which option meant “regular pre-sales questions”.
No free SSL certificate but global CDN, automatic malware removal using SiteLock security is included for free with HostGator's managed WordPress hosting plans, which gives you HackAlert monitoring service that checks your website daily and immediately notifies you if your website has been hacked or injected with malicious code. CodeGuard automatic website backup is also included. Get daily automated website backup for all web files and databases with a 1-click restore.
As well as the Akismet and Hello Dolly plugins that are added to new WordPress installations by default, Bluehost will also install and activate a few other extensions, including the WPForms Lite form builder plugin and the OptinMonster plugin that connects your site with this popular email marketing tool. As OptinMonster is a premium service, though, you won’t actually be able to make use of this plugin unless you sign up for a paid account.

“With Bluehost, new site owners have the drag-and-drop simplicity of Weebly (website builder) and goMobi (mobile site builder) at their fingertips. This makes launching a new online brand, store, or personal site from scratch relatively painless. Sure, site building has its headaches for newbies, but the Bluehost team is ready and willing to assist you every step of the way.


Bluehost has a lot of tools for building sites, filtering spam, managing email, collecting site statistics, and managing domains. For building a website, you can use the WordPress content management platform, create a website using Weebly (an excellent website-builder), upload files using FTP or File Manager, or use the goMobi Mobile Web builder if you bought the add-on. Weeby's drag-and-drop functionality let me quickly build an attractive page complete with slideshows, contact forms, social media links, and more. Weebly's free version gives you basic functionality (you can create six pages and add custom HTML), but upgrading to the $8.99 per month Professional tier offers even more flexibility (custom themes, password protected pages, and more). Check out the PCMag Weebly review for a deeper dive.
One thing that is missing is the ticket based support system. Bluehost recently decided to eliminate ticket based support to focus on personal approach of live chat and phone based support. However, some users may still miss the ticket based support system which is particularly good if your issue cannot be resolved in one live chat or phone session.
Bluehost’s shared web hosting plans have three basic tiers. The first and most basic of which is the ‘Basic’ plan – costing $8.99 a month for a yearly term. The current promotion has a rate of $3.95 a month for 36 months, and goes to the regular rate after. What separates this low-cost plan from the rest is that you can only host one domain. Moreover, there is a limit of 50GB of storage and only 5 email accounts can be hosted with an allocation of only 100MB per account.   
Upon first getting started with GoDaddy, customers who sign up for an annual plan receive a free domain name and the power to control their hosting via cPanel or Plesk control panels. From either of these interfaces, you can quickly install and set up the WordPress environment at no additional cost. Even if you don't sign up for a 12-month GoDaddy plan, they're still known as the World's #1 Domain Name Registrar, so they're a reputable choice for hosting your domain.
Well, I switched to BlueHost to increase the page load speed, etc. That’s not happening! In fact, it’s really bad with going into wp-admin. The recent outage too me by surprise and in talking with them I asked about “cloud redundancy” and was told the entire cloud service was down. There is something definitely wrong with that picture and they really need to look at how they are configured. Anyway, the pricing hook is dead on and I was believed to think I’d get the intro price for 12 months but guess what? Not gonna happen unless you do 3 years. I talked, at length with sales before making the switch and wasn’t told that, in fact was told just the opposite. So, yeah I felt the bait/switch routine.
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