Bluehost File Manager


impossible answer to an impossible question: is this host good? in short, yeah, sure. but can you give money to a corporation which singlehandedly ruined the business and then still sleep at night? hope not. i’ve been putting this off for far too long but it’s time to switch hosts. so can i recommend bluehost to you? sure. if you can sleep at night after that, of course? do your own sanity a favour, fellas.
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.   
My website will not work with google because of SSL Certificate problems Bluehost has not resolved after talking to three different representatives and a referred SiteLock Representative. I got an upsell that will total at least $354 yearly without any basic resolution of the problem I telephoned about. A Bluehost tech representative is given 72 hours to resolve the issue. It has been longer than 72 hours.
I am not unhappy overall with Bluehost, but have had the following experiences / observations with them. - If you want a decent speed, you will need a mid priced plan. The cheap ones, while good for startups, will never provide you with the tools and speed that is needed. - Their website has 'features' that can lead to catastrophic failures. For instance, under wordpress, turning on the CDN feature can cause your site to fail as it does not check to see if there are any potential issues. Turning it off again is no simple matter. - Backups are mostly useless. Even if you upgrade to site backup pro, you can not do much with it, nor can you successfully download a copy as it fails. - Technical support is a mixed bag. Some know what they are doing and some have no clue. I find the live chat to be the most useful. I always get a connection within a minute or less. If you get someone who knows their stuff, your issue can be resolved within a few minutes. If you don't, then it's a waste of time. Sometimes it's best to just try again. - There are bugs that are not being address. For instance, the file manager is not showing hidden files, in spite of that option being clicked. I have reported the issue but am doubting it will be ever fixed. Over all, when Bluehost works, it works well. When it doesn't, it can be very frustrating. Having said that, the help staff are courteous and have done a lot of resolve every issue I've had, even those which looked catastrophic. If you are running a wordpress site, I really do recommend them as they provide some wonderful tools that will get you out of some real trouble, especially when a plugin will lock you out for your site. I hope this helps.
There are two options to move your site. You can either do it yourself for free by manually transferring your files over to Bluehost. Alternatively, you can use the Website Transfer service to migrate up to five sites and 20 email accounts from your former hosting company. This service costs $149.99. Don’t forget; you’ll need to add the FTP option to your hosting package before you can migrate an existing site.
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.
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.

Navigation: HostGator uses what’s called a cPanel for managing your websites and domain. It has the classic cPanel look with its menu found on the left sidebar and most of the service’s features are represented by icons organized into categories on the main page. I find the cPanel to be a bit disorganized and slightly difficult to navigate. HostGator’s support area design is a bit archaic though; quite cumbersome and composed of icons consisting of clipart – artifacts reminiscent of a bygone era.

My website will not work with google because of SSL Certificate problems Bluehost has not resolved after talking to three different representatives and a referred SiteLock Representative. I got an upsell that will total at least $354 yearly without any basic resolution of the problem I telephoned about. A Bluehost tech representative is given 72 hours to resolve the issue. It has been longer than 72 hours.
BlueHost offers plenty different types of services – the only notable exception is the lack of SSL certificates, which you can’t buy together with your purchase. You have to buy them from third-party providers or get one free of charge by setting up a WordPress website. And yet, with such a wide array of services, BlueHost try to be the Internet’s one-stop-shop for all things hosting. It is also worth noticing, that there are some extra features, available to all BlueHost customers, that make this provider all the more interesting. Here’s what they are:
In terms of pricing for Bluehost, they often have specials that give hosting for under $4/month ($3.49/month at the time of writing), but you generally need to sign up for multiple years at a time in order to get this pricing, and it’s typically not available on renewal. Bluehost usually doesn’t allow people to pay monthly on shared hosting, with a minimum 12-month payment.
Their excuse is that email servers are shared so things like this happen. When I point out that email has been this way since before AOL and companies like AOL, gmail and others seem to deliver email just fine, the rep always seems to finally admit the senior management at Bluehost is not funding email support to force people to buy paid email services. IMO, email is a cost-of-doing-business type of feature.
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.

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I said that sounds like someone is going to charge ME for, and he said yes, BlueHost's charge to me would be $160-something, I think, and an outside vendor would charge me "a few hundred." I said no thanks and hung up. So I checked my files and see that there are dozens of unknown files - it looks like someone in China is parking all of their pages on my site (file names like Ray-Ban, Adidas, etc., so a counterfeit store, I guess). I would think that if BlueHost was about to disable my site for a "virus or malware" - or for any reason - they might let me know.
I said that sounds like someone is going to charge ME for, and he said yes, BlueHost's charge to me would be $160-something, I think, and an outside vendor would charge me "a few hundred." I said no thanks and hung up. So I checked my files and see that there are dozens of unknown files - it looks like someone in China is parking all of their pages on my site (file names like Ray-Ban, Adidas, etc., so a counterfeit store, I guess). I would think that if BlueHost was about to disable my site for a "virus or malware" - or for any reason - they might let me know.
Parked Domain: Parked domains are domains that redirect to the content and the website that your main domain does. So, if your main domain is bakingstore.com, you may also want to have similar names like bakingstore.net, bakingstore.org, etc., as parked domains, because they are so similar. You get 5 of these with a basic package, and unlimited with plus, prime or business pro packages.

They have all your basics covered in one neat and cheaply priced package, which is exactly what your typical novice webmaster is looking for when it comes time to build a site for their business. Bluehost falls short in mere fractions, but those fractions really add up when dealing with big numbers. This is why we wouldn’t recommend Bluehost for sites that garner a huge amount of traffic or lose out big time when their site goes down. But if all you want is your own small corner of the internet and you yourself might not notice any downtime or lagging speeds, Bluehost is a great, cheap place to start.
My experience with Bluehost was primarily for a friend who used them for hosting/DNS. I helped write some PHP scripts as well as do some wordpress work. The experience was fine, nothing exceptional, no complaints. I had no issues, there was sufficient documentation and I was able to do what I needed to. I needed help from their customer service team once and they were responsive within a few hours for a non emergency issue.

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.

Regardless of which host you pick, both are well-known, reliable and solid choices for web hosting. The choice in the end comes down to you and your preferences. While I think Bluehost is a little better for beginners and HostGator is a little cheaper, I believe that both hosts offer good quality shared hosting at an affordable price. To learn more about web hosting, feel free to check out other pages on this site and take in some hosting knowledge!


They recently changed their tech support and it is now severely lacking. The people they are using do not know what they are doing and messed up my website without wanting to fix it. Took several days and hours on the phone to get them to fix the mistakes they made! I also dislike the pricing. When I first signed up, the prices were reasonable. Each time I renew, the prices are higher and higher, although they offer lower prices on their websites. According to them, sales and promotions are not available to current customers. It is a bait and switch since they email customers the promotions.
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).

Folks seeking a WordPress website are in need of the WordPress install itself, the domain at which to host the site, and as many easy-to-use features for managing the WordPress site as possible. GoDaddy offers all of the above: the 1-click install, domain, email, security monitoring, and hosting management power via cPanel. Especially for the low, low cost, they're a fine choice for WordPress hosting.
PHP – Unless you want your website to be dull and boring, you will need to use PHP. This service enables you to create dynamic content for your site, including pictures, buttons, and text that can set you apart from the crowd. Depending on what type of website you want to build, Bluehost offers different packages to give you more control through PHP.
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.
I think HostGator is the best when it comes to uptime because not only do they guarantee a specific number that you can measure against, but they also had amazing uptime during my year long test. Have a specific SLA for uptime (such as 99.9%) is really important because if a host doesn’t offer that (like Bluehost) you have no way to measure the uptime against anything. This makes it tougher to actually make a claim if you have monitoring data to support the fact that your site has been down too much, and honestly, when hosts don’t have an stated uptime SLA percentage, it makes it seem a bit like they’re trying to get out of being held to a specific standard.

Apart from their knowledge base, they also have a pretty active YouTube channel which covers a lot frequently-asked support topics. So, if you're more comfortable with videos than plain text, their YouTube tutorials should come in handy. Take a look at the video below to get an idea of the kind of support videos they upload on their YouTube channel:
What’s more, you can choose to have your site built in the cloud where it will be automatically copied to three devices. So, should one device fail, Bluehost’s “failover” technology automatically designates a copy of your website to the best device as the failed version rebuilds. Therefore, your website remains up and running even in the event of hardware issues at the company.

Normal operation is tested and gauged each month using a variety of analysis methods. If they do find that someone is hogging space by not following the terms and conditions, they’ll try to give them 48 hours to adjust their site — or they might shut them down. The biggest issues come in when customers use their unlimited and unmetered sites for storage and file sharing. They note that there are not “infinite resources”, and that there are “inherent maximums” that come along with technology.
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.
If you've ever been worried about the tremendous amount of power large data centers consume, you might want to sign up with Green Geeks. The "green" in the company's name reflects the Green Geeks' commitment to the environment. It purchases three times the energy it actually uses in wind energy credits, essentially putting energy back into the economy. The company does this through a form of renewable energy certificates, which, while a bit complicated, means that it's not just energy neutral, i's actually helping fuel the green energy economy.
Started with 5 blogs with different topics. After one and a half year of my journey, three blogs disabled by Google.  Here my mind is blank. What next. Started hunting for better solutions for my journey. One of the Facebook friends suggested and introduced Self-hosted WordPress hosting. He configured everything for me. Again started my second journey. After three months the hosting service stopped my blog. Again another break on my journey.
When I have recommended a company for hosting I always mention Bluehost. Everything about the process of setup is streamlined and if you need to call Customer Service, they are wonderful. No one talks to you as if you know nothing - they assess your knowledge first - and as a customer I never feel that I actually know more than the agent I am speaking with at any time.
If you really need a good technical support and reliability then don't use bluehost. They were completely irresponsible in my email disappeaing issue which they still can't identify how it is happening. All they will tell when they can't find the solution is the case is escalated to higher technicians. Then after 3 days no email regarding the solution and again we have to start over the process repeats, no solutions. What ever the settings how can emails be disappeared automatically and frequently. Bluehost can't be trusted for business people who deal with daily emails and follow ups.
To be fair, their support has been awesome in the past, and hopefully it will be better in the future—and of course, this is just my opinion. Their support as it stands now is not bad per se, but it just used to be better from my perspective. HostGator was the first commercial hosting that I’ve ever bought, and I have multiple accounts I’m using with them now, so they’re definitely a host I trust, it’s just that I’ve been a bit disappointed with their support recently.
But this also means that if you choose to cancel your web hosting services, you will take a loss. Bluehost does not offer pro-rated refunds for cancellations that occur after the period of their 30-day money-back guarantee has ended. So if you want more flexibility with your web host, you may want to check out a hosting company that lets you subscribe by the month. Both HostGator and DreamHost has monthly billing options.
By targeting a consumer base of people who are looking for their first web host, Bluehost has succeeded at making their interface easy to navigate and use. You won't have to deal with technical details. And, when you need help, their dedicated customer support team is available at all hours. This should all put Bluehost at the top of anyone's list of hosting companies to consider.
MySQL – If you plan to have a lot of data on your site or you want to collect a lot of data with your website, then you will need MySQL to do that. Bluehost gives you the tools you need so you can not only collect but process and manage all the data you want. As we mentioned, there are different packages you can choose to ensure that you have enough storage space for everything.
So you need to be careful before you commit. I alsodon'tt appreciate their having to pay almost $80 to access thwalkthroughgh video of their services, when most hosting companies offer this for free. With all that said, I´ve been happy with the service as far as uptime and the level of security features available to implement. Overall, there´s no denying that Bluehost offers great value for money.
While cPanel is known for its ease of use, Bluehost has kicked it up a notch and redesigned it so that it is even easier and more intuitive. This means you get unified login (one username and password combination will get you access to all your Bluehost accounts), integration with and hotlinks to Bluehost’s help features and technical support resources, full featured domain and email management features, and easy upgrades and scalability so that you can make changes to the hosting that backs your website.
That said, we do require all customers to be fully compliant with our Terms of Service and utilize disk space and bandwidth in a manner consistent with the normal operation of a personal or small business website. While rare, we do occasionally have to constrain certain accounts that use resources beyond what would be expected in the normal operation of a personal or small business website.
GlowHost picked up major points for their 91-day money-back guarantee. They were six days short of DreamHost's 97-day guarantee, but with these numbers, who's quibbling over a few days? The company also picked up points for their 24/7/365 phone support option and free cPanel offering for most plans. The company operates 18 datacenters worldwide. Finally, the company gains major points by driving all its hosting services with wind power.
Grab the BlueHost Black Friday Discount for your new registration. In my earlier article, I have discussed how to install WordPress in Bluehost. No doubt Bluehost black Friday deals for new web hosting service is webmasters first choice. I have tried few web hosting services, but Bluehost service is the best alternative for WordPress bloggers success. This is the Best Managed WordPress Hosting service.

I like how the “Automatic Renew” button automatically re-checks itself after paying manually (nice, huh? — Steve at Customer Service says this is how it is supposed to work, ie – you can’t opt to just pay manually) — for me it hit an account which was closed. When I reversed the charges they shut down my domain and kept all my data citing their service agreement. After that they said that the only way they would even speak to me about the situation was if I sent in a photocopy of my drivers license and credit card, because for some reason they had decided they needed to verify my identity (which had already been done on the phone, BTW). Long and short of it — they kept my data, and I got hit with $100 worth of bank charges.
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.
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