How To Buy Hosting From Bluehost


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.
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.”
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.
You’ll find the cPanel login details in the “welcome email” you got when you first signed up. When you have setup the nameservers (i.e. pointed your domain name to their servers) you can login to your control panel by typing this URL into your web browser: http://example.com/cpanel/. If you prefer secure logging, then the login URL is: https://example.com/securecontrolpanel. (FYI replace “example.com” with your actual domain name).
The company's entry-point pricing is extremely low, and while this will buy you up to three years of very low-cost hosting, do be aware that its post-promotion price will increase substantially, putting its subsequent year pricing more in line with the rest of its competitors. That said, we liked its 24-7 phone support, SSD support on some plans, and 30-day money-back guarantee.
Getting started on a building your first business web site can be a daunting task. Sure, you could just communicate with your customers via Facebook or another social media platform, but if you're serious about doing business online, you'll want to take the plunge and sign up for a top-notch web hosting service. Bluehost does a good job of balancing price and features for businesses that need a bit of hand-holding, while also offering plenty of options to experienced administrators. Bluehost lacks some features offered by our top overall services, DreamHost, HostGator, and Hostwinds.

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.

When running business website online, there are a number of things asking for your attention. Besides, for a server related issue, you would want to resolve it as quickly as possible. In that case, you wouldn’t want to rely on email support. Sending an email and then waiting for the service provider to respond is beyond annoying when you have a critical network issue on your hand.
Comparing Bluehost and GoDaddy on price is quite difficult for 2 reasons. First, they both run frequent specials (see Bluehost’s current deal here & GoDaddy’s here), so their pricing is never going to exactly align in the short-term. Second, GoDaddy breaks their tiers of service down differently from Bluehost, who reworked their tiers in 2016. The new Bluehost tiers consist of a super cheap, but limited Basic plan, and a Pro tier with a couple domain upsells. The tiers on Bluehost and GoDaddy are apples to oranges – with a different tiering focus for each. Here’s an approximate cheat sheet for now –
If you register a domain through Bluehost, there is a non-refundable domain fee. This not only covers our non-recoverable costs, but ensures that, even if you're dissatisfied with your experience at Bluehost, you won't lose your domain name. You'll be free to transfer it or simply point it elsewhere at your convenience. You retain ownership of your domain until the end of its registration period, unless you elect to extend it.
On their top tier plans – Bluehost offers more features…though I’m not sold on whether they make up for the price. I mean, what is “2 SpamExperts” vs. “1 SpamExpert” – and I’d rather purchase an SSL from a third party provider like NameCheap than my hosting company. GoDaddy’s top tier plan just promises “faster speeds” – which makes me question the value of their middle plan.
When you are running a small business website and your budget is fixed, the price for hosting your website is a major concern. BlueHost is hands down one of the most affordable hosting service providers. The basic plan for shared hosting starts for just $2.95 per month which is quite economical. This plan is good for blogger, authors, etc to start their website right away. It lets you host one website through your account.
Hi Lisa… good review you’ve written. I know you criticize Bluehost for not offering website free backups, but did you know that it’s really easy to do yourself? Even my grandma could do it! Cpanel comes with a click-of-a-button website backup and restore, also if your site is on WordPress there are numerous free plugins that can do a full site backup and restore. Just my $0.02/ Tommy
I like the version of cPanel that they are using because you can drag around the different panels and organize it in a way that works best for you. Bluehost offers simple 1 click installs of many popular web scripts including WordPress, ZenCart, phpBB using the SimpleScripts installer. For developers, Bluehost also supports the popular Ruby on Rails web framework.
If you register a domain through Bluehost, there is a non-refundable domain fee. This not only covers our non-recoverable costs, but ensures that, even if you're dissatisfied with your experience at Bluehost, you won't lose your domain name. You'll be free to transfer it or simply point it elsewhere at your convenience. You retain ownership of your domain until the end of its registration period, unless you elect to extend it.
Great hosting. Excellent prices. I have never had any trouble with the hosting. Anything I need to update, I am told in advance. The customer service is great. Waiting period is not very long. Help is there at your service 24/7. When needed, the blue host reps have walked me through the steps and resolved the issue at hand. Fast, efficient and there for you.
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