Siteground or Bluehost
Websites hosted via the cloud will be more reliable. This is because your website data is duplicated and mirrored across three different drives. If a hardware issue occurs on one of the drives, two copies of your website work together to rebuild. While this is occurring, the remaining one copy of your website continues running. As a result of all this, your website won't experience outages or reboots when issues arise.
I had been hosting with Bluehost for a few months. A client called me and said they were having trouble logging into their email. I logged into cpanel and they were correct, their email address was somehow missing. I quickly called bluehost, and they agreed that some hosting accounts were just dropping email accounts. All the emails were still on the server, but every once in a while I would need to recreate the account for the client to access it.
I am not sure why, but Bluehost is overrated. I have a VPS with them and I find their servers way too vulnerable to hacking. Every 2 months they shut down my VPS with NO warning because infected with malwares. Despite the fact that the fix is easy, they will not help. They advise to hire a service that charges between $30 to $700 per domain to protect. Last week after my clean up, it took them 12h to put my sites back online, because I was calling Tech Support, otherwise I would have stayed down….. They absolutely don’t care.
We are a small organization with a staff of five employees. Until recently, we were still using personal gmail accounts to handle all of our communication with each other, as well as our congregation. We have recently made the switch to using email addresses available to us through our domain. This gives a much more professional look to our print materials.
At the time of my blogging starting days, I do not know anything how to start a blog, how to choose good web hosting, how to write articles, etc. I started my blogging journey with Blogspot blog on 2008. 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… What next …. 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.
Today we’ll be reviewing Bluehost, a titan of the hosting industry and arguably the most popular shared hosting company on the planet. While size and popularity are impressive, they don’t always correlate with the highest quality. Bluehost is one of the oldest hosting companies around and offers a very budget friendly hosting option for both new and seasoned website owners.
Bluehost has been a bad experience! We started using Bluehost about 5 years ago to host a few of our company websites. Things were fine. Then we added more websites, as well as our company email. In the last few months, we noticed our websites would go blank during the day. No explanation from Bluehost as to why it was happening – you would think they might contact us and inform us of the problem, and offer some solutions. We had to contact them – their suggestion was to move to a dedicated host because our website traffic was too large for a shared server. So we migrated. Apparently Bluehost does zero backups, and we lost a lot of valuable emails in the process. They also removed our SSL certificate, and told us it would cost $149/yr per site to get it back (we host about 20 sites). It also altered our ability to upload media files to our websites via wordpress, adversely limiting our ability to do work on our websites. Their answer is to use FTP – however, when you have 10 people who work on your websites and are familiar with WordPress, there is a learning curve to FTP.
There's some complicated elements to the interface, but after some learning and hiding things you don't use, it's tolerable. I've also had strange uptime issues over the years. Client emails have bounced due to perfectly good domains being blacklisted (blame it on other shared users on the same server). This is a problem which they reverse, but it takes time and people can't send their emails for a while.
The next tier, called the ‘Plus’ plan comes with unlimited features for bandwidth, storage, email accounts, and domains hosting. It is at $12.99 a month for a year’s subscription, and is currently offered at a 36-month term promotion of $5.95 monthly. One sought-after feature that it comes with is the SpamExperts protection for a domain of your choice.
Setting up the e-commerce was a bit confusing, and I have found their how-to information a bit thin. I think they could do a better job of documenting this for newbies like me. However, I figured it out, and it has never caused me problems. Their tech support is great to work with, and have always been very polite and knowledgeable. I am not a professional web anything, so they really do make it as easy as one could expect it to be for a complete novice. I have never had an issue with down-time, slow page loads, etc., so I have been very pleased.