Bluehost Hosting Plans


Before you spend a dime on online services – hosting included – wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly what you’re paying for? Bluehost hosting gives you a true taste of what it’s like to be one of their customers by giving you demo access to a fully functional cPanel. Since the cPanel is what you will use to manage your entire website, showing you a stripped-down version of this program would be to do you a disservice. The complete demonstration is a smart move, as the features in cPanel are robust and user-friendly. By the time you make a purchase decision, you know exactly what you getting yourself into.
HostGator, on the other hand, has more coupons that are available throughout the year (in my experience) . At the time of writing, the lowest non-coupon price available on HostGator’s hatchling plan was $3.30/month with a 36 month package. Again, there are often coupons and specials around holidays that can get this price even lower from my experience, but I can’t really say the same for Bluehost.

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Before you spend a dime on online services – hosting included – wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly what you’re paying for? Bluehost hosting gives you a true taste of what it’s like to be one of their customers by giving you demo access to a fully functional cPanel. Since the cPanel is what you will use to manage your entire website, showing you a stripped-down version of this program would be to do you a disservice. The complete demonstration is a smart move, as the features in cPanel are robust and user-friendly. By the time you make a purchase decision, you know exactly what you getting yourself into.
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.

Furthermore, their templates that are free are outdated and the newer ones within 10 to 15 years cost money to purchase. I have spoken with Gentleman from WordPress and he explained they are there to help you for free and no charge; especially, since I was purchasing a brand new design~platform~template for my use. But, that other WordPress sites. I told them how Blue Host was charging us and he said come to them 24/7 and they will help us for free.
I was sucked into the low price offer and the recommendation from WordPress.org, I did have good service for 3 years. I then noticed my Jetpack plugin show a lot of down time moments through out 3 year period. Also it is quite slow, and speed is important for ranking with google. But what stopped my trust was the renewal fee of $11 a month, that is more than 100% increase in price. I think someone managing Blue Host decided that since customers are on auto renewal, lets just double the price and we will be instantly rich.
HostGator utilizes several Tier 4 data centers located in Texas and Utah. Their strategic utilization of these facilities allows them to provide the flexibility you need and the performance, quality, and reliability your business requires. Each facility boasts a state-of-the-art server, HVAC, electrical, and backup generators. Their data centers are highly secured facilities that have controlled access.

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.

I am a doctor and in the process of setting up my own private practice website. I have bought the premium package with SEO tools. I am stuck with that and have been asking help. Keep getting promised of being called over mobile phone and be helped. It has not happened yet. Not sure what else needs to be done.Not at all happy with the service provision

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).
SiteLock Security software provided by Bluehost ensures safety of your website against spam, malware and other vulnerabilities. It scans your site daily for malware to make sure that it is not being blocked or spammed and checks against cross-site attacks (XSS scripting), SQL Injection etc. Also you get to display SiteLock certificate on your website which establishes the trustworthiness of your business.
I had bluehost bill me two years in a row after I cancelled my account. When my card was billed a second time, I disputed the issue through my bank. My bank asked me to contact the merchant and see if we could resolve this without them. I made the call. The customer service person noted that my domain had expired more than a year ago but that she couldn't refund the payment because I had filed an active dispute. I figured I'd just let the dispute run its course - since customer service acknowledged the mistake, there shouldn't be an issue. I was wrong. Bluehost told my bank (USAA) that that I hadn't "properly cancelled my account within the agreed upon terms and conditions" and denied my refund. Let the buyer beware. I do not recommend bluehost at all.
The Starter shared hosting package (from $7.99 per month with a one-year contract) includes a free domain name that you can keep as long as you use Bluehost, free domain name transfer, 50GB of storage, unlimited monthly data transfers, and a skimp five email addresses. The Plus package (starting at $10.99 per month with a one-year contract) adds an antispam tool as well as unlimited storage and mailboxes. The Prime package (starting at $14.99 per month with a one-year contract) tops all of Bluehost's shared hosting plans with a dedicated IP address, domain privacy, and site backup.
The options for copying content between the staging and live sites are impressive. Being able to add restoration points while you work on your staging site makes it very easy to roll back to a previous version should something go wrong. Normally, you’d have to pay for a premium WordPress website copying plugin to access this level of functionality, so it’s great to see it as part of the entry-level Bluehost shared hosting plans.
Great question! Most good web hosts tend to offer 24/7 customer support and acknowledge that their customers are from all around the world so I wouldn’t worry too much about using an international host. As a Swede I find myself using a lot of US-based hosting companies and I don’t think it’s ever negatively affected me or the customer service I get.
Money orders or Checks: Money orders and checks are accepted, but only in US money. The hosting term must also be for 12 months or longer. An invoice will need to be created before you send a check or money order, this is to ensure that the amount paid is correct. Services that require monthly renewal cannot be paid by check or money order; they require an active credit card or PayPal account. Checks and money orders can be sent to the following address:
I switched from another host because of frequent outages & poor customer service. Bluehost has been a great choice. It was easy to transfer my website with very available customer support. The dashboard is easy to understand & navigate. The price is a good value. They are an excellent choice for WordPress hosting. I have experienced virtually no outages since moving to Bluehost. Also speed & server response times were much improved. I am glad I found them.
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