ou three times more. It is also impossible to unsubscribe from add-ons unless you contact them directly because they disable this option in your management settings. Also downgrading from Pro to more basic options is made highly unattractive because they make sure that for EXISTING customers the downgrading has different price so you are STUCK with your PRO option even if you don't need it. Yet when you complain about it, they point to the well hidden pricing pages saying that all information was there from the beginning.
In addition to ease of use you also get added benefits like a free domain for a year and a Free SSL security with every account that has a dedicated IP address (exclusive to the Pro Plan). If you have a WordPress site hosted through Bluehost you get a shared SSL certificate which you can turn on in the cPanel. At $6.95 a month, it is hard to beat Bluehost’s hosting package for your WooCommerce powered WordPress store.
And not only are they not free, they are expensive and limited. Expect to pay a $149.99 migration fee to transfer over a maximum of five sites and 20 e-mail accounts. When they want to bring in new customers with their low prices, you’d expect that Bluehost would make transferring your site over relatively painless, especially because most companies will transfer your site for free.
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.
As I’ve mentioned in other reviews, I really think that Bluehost is very “noob friendly” which makes them a great host if you’re just getting started out online. They do an excellent job of providing help documentation and laying everything out in a way that makes a lot of sense for people who might be new to hosting. One thing I like about Bluehost is that when you log in, many aspects of the account and hosting are immediately visible. You can easily switch back and forth between your hosting control panel and the main account dashboard. With HostGator, you need to go through a few more clicks to get to cPanel and in my opinion, it’s a bit more cumbersome to navigate. This doesn’t mean that HostGator is hard to use, I just don’t think it’s as easy as Bluehost right off the bat. Once you know what you’re doing though, either panel is just as easy to navigate.
It took me 20 to 30 minutes in a chat queue and another 15 or 20 minutes going back and forth with the person on the other end of the chat to get a simple contact email for bluehost–because there are none published anywhere on their site or online. Not for basic questions–about anything. Not for feeback–about anything. Not for suggestions–about anything.
We regularly run customer bandwidth and disk space utilization data through a series of statistical analyses and use the results of these studies to define “normal”. Although the actual results of these analyses vary from month to month, one thing remains constant: 99.95% of our customers fall into "normal" range. Typically, customers who fall outside the normal range are using their accounts for file storage and sharing rather than website hosting.
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.
The tech support will treat you like an idiot for trying to have a site with 30gb and having a backup of it. So all in all I have paid more money still have same problem and no real help from Bluehost. I had some of the best service in the past when I was on the shared hosting. If you need something better than shared I would look at SoftLayer or someone else.
I've been researching other solutions and every good provider charges 3 times more than BlueHost. Unfortunately my customers do not pay enough for me to switch and if I do it now, I'll be putting a lot of money from my pocket. So, for me the solution is to wait and pray have everything up and running again, and get more customers so I can move away from BlueHost in a near future.
My name is Jamie Spencer and I have spent the past 5 years building money making blogs. After growing tired of the 9-5, commuting and never seeing my family I decided that I wanted to make some changes and launched my first blog. Since then I have launched lots of successful niche blogs and after selling my survivalist blog I decided to teach other people how to do the same.
I’ve been a customer of Hostgator for over 7 years and I wouldn’t use any other company for my business hosting needs. I know they offer excellent products and service as I’ve tried a few other bigger companies and their service was not a patch on the support you receive from Hostgator. I run a VPS though them and have adequate control which I’m very happy with. Support can sometimes be slow by ticket but live chat is available for urgent issues.
This is an entirely different case from my experience with a similarly-priced shared host called MDDHosting (read my full review), where I've been hosting TechTage.com since 2011. As they're a much smaller, independent company (not a part of a bigger operation), they feel much "closer to the customers", and they proactively upgrade server hardware as newer technologies hit the market.
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.
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.
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 –
Many services offer so-called unlimited or unmetered service for whatever amount of bandwidth, disk storage and sites you use. It's important to understand that most terms of service actually do limit the definition of "unlimited" to what's considered reasonable use. The bottom line is simple: if you're building a pretty basic website, unlimited means you don't need to worry. But if you're trying to do something excessive (or illegal, immoral or fattening), the fine print in the terms of service will trigger, and you'll either be asked to spend more or go elsewhere.
We realize that when you make a decision to buy Hosting Services it’s important not only to see how experts evaluate it in their reviews, but also to find out if the real people and companies that buy it are actually satisfied with the product. That’s why we’ve created our behavior-based Customer Satisfaction Algorithm™ that gathers customer reviews, comments and Bluehost reviews across a wide range of social media sites. The data is then presented in an easy to digest form showing how many people had positive and negative experience with Bluehost. With that information at hand you should be equipped to make an informed buying decision that you won’t regret.
They got other customer-centric bonuses for 24/7 support, including 24/7 toll-free callback phone support, free domain name and SSL certificates for as long as you remain a MochaHost customer, a website builder with 500 free templates (and a service that will custom-design your site if you need), a site migration service. In addition, all plans are e-commerce ready and come with free shopping cart software.
Well, I’ve had nothing but hard pressure salesman trying to sell me a website build and SEO word local for $6,000.00 for 6 months; including the website for $3,000.00. They do not want to provide help as the advertise with your webhosting; they make rude comments about you and try to take in the Money from you. They told me how dump I was and I needed to pay them. They won’t spend the time with you to get start. They offer ridiculous high costs for help and then tell me I can make a profit teaching some one else. As you are reading costs for help, you will notice how the prices keep going up and they keep being dishonest. Beware of them. Good Luck asking for a manager!!!
Hostgator has three shared web hosting plans: Hatchling, Baby, and Business. Although features obviously ramp up with each, the baseline features are strong. All plans offer unlimited disk space, 99.99% uptime, and extensive support. It take these commitments seriously; if it falls short on uptime, for example, HostGator will add one month of credit to your account.
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.
Dev folks will be pleased to hear that GoDaddy offers Root access, so you can install PHP, modules, and proxy servers via the command line with ease. Plans also include cPanel, so you can easily manage your hosting service. Meanwhile, the GoDaddy team will monitor your server 24/7, including handling patches and backups should you select one of their managed plan options.
Bluehost has been in this industry since 2003. Having been acquired by the mega hosting conglomerate, Endurance International Group, Bluehost is no doubt one of the leaders in the industry today. They offer a 99.9% uptime guarantee, which is basically the standard in the industry. With more promising uptime rates comes higher price points, so Bluehost presents a bargain that balances cost with reliability.
As the resident hamburger expert on the HostingAdvice team, I often find myself thinking of hosting-related topics in terms of my favorite food — especially when it comes to price and quality. In my view, a good burger should offer simplicity, with all of the parts (pickles, onions, mustard — whatever you prefer) working toward the overall goal of the perfect bite. Then there’s price to consider. I’d rather pay $8 for the burger I just described than pay $25 for a beef patty, foie gras, and lobster all clumsily smashed together between the buns. I just don’t need all that stuff.
When you look at the other plans, things get slightly more complicated. But the key feature to call out is databases. BlueHost doesn’t limit them on the Plus plan. GoDaddy caps them at 25 on the Deluxe (which otherwise is comparable to the Plus plan). On the flip side, GoDaddy’s Unlimited plan does do unlimited storage, databases, and domains – but also adds SSL certificates and Premium DNS to the plan. Both of these are not really necessary for a non-eCommerce website…and are usually cheaper and better if you buy them separately anyway (ie, like domain registrar).
I have been with BlueHost for a 2+ years now. I have a WordPress and a PHP site hosted with them. I agree that performance isn’t great (as the numbers show) but luckily my sites are small and don’t get much traffic so I don’t think it affects me much. If any of my sites get popular or start making me money, I would probably switch over to something else. But for now, the price is great – I locked in my rate for 3 years so I wouldn’t have to worry about the price going up.