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While the company has improved on various hardware and software related issues in 2017, the page loading times are still not on-par with how famous they are in the world. If you are just starting a website, HostGator is a fine option. But if you’re making money on your site, you might quickly outgrow HostGator’s somewhat elementary feature set and subpar load times.
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.
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For those just getting started, perhaps on their first website, we’d like to point out that Bluehost has revamped their user experience — beefing up the user-friendliness factor significantly in recent years. Users will find the dashboard and overall customer experience to be welcoming — about as non-daunting for newcomers as web hosting gets. If you’re looking for WordPress hosting specifically, whether on a shared, cloud, or dedicated server, you’ve come to the right host. Bluehost is one of the few providers endorsed by the WordPress Core team. Install the popular blogging platform in a single click via the control panel, or have their managed services team take care of it for you.
In July 2013, I said that – “for deciding between Bluehost vs. GoDaddy on usability, it all depends on what type of usability you are looking for. If you are a beginner who wants an easy-to-use setup and who never plans on really changing anything else – GoDaddy wins. It has a sleeker, easier interface on its web hosting backend. If you are looking for long-term usability with the flexibility and options to meet whatever project you are trying out – Bluehost wins.”
On average Bluehost pages take 25% more time to load than pages hosted by other top hosting providers. This time difference may not seem like much, but did you know that almost three quarters of your traffic will bounce if your page fails to load within 5 seconds? Sluggish loading speeds hurt your user experience, thereby decreasing your visitors and your profits. Sure, Bluehost is still far ahead of a lot of smaller web hosts, but they’re at the bottom of the barrel among their top competitors. We’d point to speed as the number one element they could work to fix if they’d like to improve their service. If speed is your top priority in a web host, you might be interested in paying an extra few dollars a month for superfast A2 Hosting.
The company doesn't list a virtual private server offering, but they bill their Elastic Sites service as a VPS alternative, offering the ease of use of a simple shared hosting plan and the performance and scalability of a VPS. GlowHost also offers a number of different cloud hosting plans, with special attention to providing enterprise-grade services.
There are two other factors that led to the nearly perfect score earned by Dreamhost. First, the company's pricing is pretty transparent. There are no hidden gotchas in the rates. Plus -- and this is the best we've seen across all our hosting providers -- Dreamhost provides a 97-day money back guarantee. There's quite literally zero risk in giving them a try.
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 –
Bluehost has some of the best security features among low cost web hosting companies. Their competitor HostGator, for example, is slightly more expensive but has a serious lack of spam and virus protection in their inboxes, and they only back up your data once a week. Even a more expensive option, SiteGround, falls short on their security against hacking. Bluehost truly goes above and beyond in security for the price.
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.
Considering the requirements of small business websites, Bluehost provides everything that is needed, while maintaining the affordability. Especially, when your website is WordPress based, it has added benefits for you. Being one of the oldest hosting companies, it is reliable. It already is trusted by a large number of happy customers that keeps growing.
I don’t know where the chat people are from, but from names like “Shubhashree J”, I assume it is not the U.S.. Not only do the chat session people disconnect a session with barely a moments notice, but they will take 30 minutes or more to respond to a previous statement of “Please allow the next agent a few moments to review the chat and become familiar with your issue”. When the chat people do make statements, they are along the lines of “. . . in the shared hosting service and in normal basis the average time to connect to the website is 5-15 seconds”. Really 15 seconds? I never saw any ecommerce or other type of website which took 15 seconds to load, and mine was actually taking about 5-15 seconds to load, often times more. Even Bluehost cpanel login and webmail takes long to load at least compared to yahoo mail or hotmail. I can’t say how good or bad other web host companies are, because I have only experienced one other, which is GoDaddy and although I never had any major problem with Godaddy I can recall, the only reason why I chose “Bluehost” was because my website developer recommended it and so I thought I must use Bluehost otherwise my developer would always blame me and Godaddy or any other hosting company for any problems.
I’ve been using Bluehost for about three years now. As shared-hosting providers go, they are a notch above similar providers. Speed is above average compared to others I’ve used in the past. Though I haven’t needed their support staff a lot in the past few years, the few times I have, they’ve been responsive and friendly. I have just renewed my hosting account for another three years and I can honestly recommend Bluehost to anyone looking for a stable and dependable hosting solution.
I started a local news blog 4 1/2 years ago. After a bad experience with another hosting company, I asked around and found lots of satisfied customers using Bluehost. I had never used WordPress before. Bluehost had outstanding support and helped me get started on WordPress and everything has run smoothly the last year. Choosing Bluehost has been a good decision for me.
In July 2003, Matt and his team purchase bluehost.com, chose the infamous cPanel as their control panel, and custom coded the billing system, affiliate system, and signup system from scratch. This custom coding separated them from their competition because they were able to automate many procedures which left them more time to focus on sales and optimization.
Lastly they started to not to accept my credit card. I used the same card for years on their site without any problem. They said try different cards. We tried lots of different cards and their service refused all of them with nonsense errors. Even our banks couldn’t understand what is going on. We are using the same credit cards all over the world without any problem.
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.
My internet needs are simple. I host various domains with fairly simple websites. I do not use WordPress/Templates. I use a free version of Serif that lets me build a simple site with more flexibility. This works fine with Bluehost it just took a little effort to figure out how to publish with a slightly different file path. My sites and email work just fine.