Bluehost Woocommerce


Bluehost has long been a favorite of ours when it comes to shared and WordPress hosting, and GoDaddy is known around the world as possibly the best domain name registrar in existence. The winner here comes down to need: Do you want shared, virtual, or dedicated servers? Which is more appealing: a free domain name or $1 hosting? We cover it all in our breakdown below.
The constant up-sells or teased, handicapped features were loathsome. The support is rather bad. Periodically, our client sites would get wiped out or rolled back to the same point in time. Ever-increasing months of work, lost with nary an explanation from them. Finally, we graduated to tier 2 support we were given some insight into what was going on. One of the best business decisions we made was moving away from Bluehost.
Hosting companies know what a complete pain in the ass moving your websites to a new host usually is… so, once they have you as a customer… they rarely provide you with any real support. It’s a common and ongoing problem. Bluehost is my 3rd hosting company. I thought I had finally found a host that had at least a reasonable level of service… but I was wrong.

The Pro Plan gives you everything the Prime Plan offers but you get a higher performance server, dedicated IP address, and an SSL certificate. This plan is ideal for high traffic sites and ecommerce sites which benefit more from faster load times and advanced security features. The high-performance server means a better user experience and the SSL certificate gives you a more secure website which will encrypt sensitive information like credit cards from those with malicious intent.
“If you’re looking for an affordable host, Bluehost is a solid, reputable choice, but their low cost coupled with their supremacy in the shared hosting arena is what makes this provider such a value deal. The Bluehost name is listed toward the top of many of our reviews categories, and with good reason. They offer excellent hardware configurations, a generous list of extras, and fantastic support and reliability — all at a price point that’s, generally, lower than the competition.
First thing’s first—when it comes to web hosting, speed is very important. Some search engines are now using page speed as a ranking factor in their search results, so slower-loading websites may be shown below faster-loading websites. This means that it’s very important to choose a web host with fast servers who is good at managing their resources, especially on shared servers.

ite because of their internal decision to end VPS hosting. There was absolutely no forewarning, no email, no advance anything. My site was just closed, all content is restricted, its been a full week now with no solution on their part. My paid contract runs another 6 months. They are offline in their chat and take an average of 3-4 days to respond to our emails. I understand that they have decided to terminate my VPS set-up. That is their prerogative. But to fail to contact the client, restrict the site, and then not answer emails is ABSOLUTELY unacceptable in the realm of web hosting. Please please please learn from my experience and take your hosting elsewhere. At this point we have our fingers crossed just to restore our content before migrating to another hosting platform.
Bluehost was founded in 2003 by Matt Heaton, a tech entrepreneur and software developer. Oddly enough he stumbled upon the industry by co-locating with a company called freeservers.com who provided a completely free hosting service. After seeing the tremendous potential in providing a hosting service, Matt started his own free hosting service company.
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.
I was shocked of course that such a well known host would have such a huge problem, and not even warm me about it! A client could lose thousands before realizing that the problem was simply that their email had gotten closed with no warning before or after. Here is the kicker: Bluehost had no idea when it would be fixed or even had a short term solution for me. They were saying that it was something I was just going to have to deal with.
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.
The service’s web hosting plans are offered on shared servers, with prices depending on how contract length. These are ideal for PHP applications that require light CMS installs, like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. Aside from these, you can be sure that your website will run all the time and is always protected. The vendor provides users with power backups with the use of UPS and diesel generators while regular backups of user accounts are done regularly.
The entry-level SiteGround StartUp plan includes automatic daily backups, but only the latest backup of the site is kept. Furthermore, customers on the SiteGround StartUp plan can’t restore backups themselves, and must instead open a ticket to request this paid service. Upgrading to the next package up — GrowBig — increases the number of stored backup versions to 30, and provides the ability to restore a backup from a specific date in the past 30 days using the backup restore tool.
I’ve set up websites for clients who use GoDaddy and Bluehost. I currently have 1 website hosted by GoDaddy. Until Bluehost’s recent (aka 2016) pricing changes, I found the pricing trend that Bluehost is cheaper long-term (ie, after a year), and it was always cheaper for what you get in features. However, the new tiers tilt the cheaper long-term pricing towards GoDaddy but keep the value per dollar towards Bluehost.

Do I recommend Bluehost? Well yes and no because it depends what you're after. It's a good web hosting option for personal and small business websites and blogs (i.e. for creating your own first website) because Bluehost is cheap (very cheap), reliable, secure and comes with a free domain name. However for high traffic websites it (or any other shared host for that matter) isn't a very good choice. Other major letdowns are that automatic backups and site migrations only come as paid upgrades.


Sadly, there is a bit of a "gotcha" to the free automatic backup service. If you're paying $3.95 a month (for the first year of hosting, then $9.95 a month), you don't get restores for free. Each restore, no matter how small or large, will cost you $19.95. I'm not sure how I feel about that. On the one hand, the company has to pay salaries to tech support reps who can handle panicking customers. On the other hand, it seems kind of mean-spirited to hit someone when they're down with an added fee. That said, getting your data back – at any price – is priceless.
HostGator promises that pages load at blazing speed worldwide without having to configure your caching and CDN. Experience up to 2.5X faster load times due to super charged cloud architecture, low-density servers, CDN, and multiple caching layers. Your website content is managed more efficiently, enabling dynamic content requests to be processed lightning-fast
Bluehost has a lot of features and functionalities that you are bound to like. It can help you make the most out of both Google and Bing advertising. Aside from its affordability, the platform views all users as equal, providing lower-tier users with advanced features and support that advanced users get. In-house services are also in the offing, using the service’s proprietary fiber connections, data centers and Linux kernel that runs on its custom servers.
I been struggling with email problems since 2 weaks ago! Talked to many support agents, one and another, waited for long times (right now I have a chat with them since 3 and a half hours ago and they don’t have a little idea of what to do), they have given me a lot o stupid excuses like (“sorry the chat is slow” or “I am just a representative not a specialist”).

We have been with Hostgator since 2005 and use them for our web design clients as well, they are the best out there bar none. In almost a decade I have rarely seen any downtime of our website or our clients’ websites, Currently support request responses are a bit longer than they used to be since, but if a ticket isn’t answered in the time I need I just pick up a phone and call and get the problem solved almost immediately. Hostgator is highly recommended for quality hosting.

With dedicated hosting, you are essentially renting a physical server. VPS hosting is a middle-ground option where you share a physical server with others, but you have your virtual operating system, so the server functions as if it is physically yours. WordPress hosting is of course what it sounds like—hosting optimized for WordPress customers. Let’s take a look at the plan tiers for each.

Please beware and steer clear of BLUEHOST as web hosts. We spent 2 years and thousands of dollars making a classifieds website . It had traffic of 5 - 15,000 per day and was growing . Blue host discovered there were personals ads on our website and immediately blocked it and removed the whole URL with zero warning or notice . They informed us we had 48 hours before account was wiped and we weren't able to access cPanel to get a proper backup. The only backups we had were over a month old which was our fault but if they had of given warning or allowed us in just once to make backups we'd be fine. Stay away from these scumbags. They wiped away months of work and thousands of dollars because they're based on UTAH so likely they Mormon fuckers. Stay away from their hosting they are scum and the business suffered immensely simply because they don't have any common courtesy . Scum all of them . Thanks
Just left bluehost, and thank god I finally did. Wanna talk about price jumps ? I went from paying a little under 100 a year roughly to 200z my site was down endless amounts of times. A customer service lacks. Anytime I’ve called, it takes easily an hour to get ahold of anyone. And I recently called about my renewal, and the customer service agent snapped at me. I was completely baffled that I was treated that way by someone who is taking my money. I’m now with SiteGround.

BlueHost, like many other EIG-owned companies, is known for outsourcing technical support to countries with much lower cost-of-living like India, which results in a rather frustrating experience at times. It's not as easy to communicate about technical troubles with a non-native English speaking person who often has a hard time understanding your problem.
Formed in 2003, Bluehost has long been one of the foremost shared hosts on the planet, and they now power more than two million websites. What’s more, Bluehost is on a short list of providers with the official WordPress seal of approval, doled out by the WordPress Core team. With an experienced team, competitive pricing, and always-there support, Bluehost is King when it comes to WordPress hosting services.”
I especially find it unacceptable when my friend didn’t get the support from Bluehost to fix anything. He has been paying almost double the price of what other hosting companies would charge for a similar package, and he’s not getting what he deserves to have out of this deal at all. Bottom line is, there’re better service providers out there who are more responsible and would cost less.

Bluehost provides some helpful stuff for not much money. It gives you options to register a domain and provides you with hosting as well. They have several one click installs for popular CMS (drupal, wordpress, etc). Unfortunately, not all of these were working when I was using this and I was unable to install Drupal 8 using the one-click install (drupal 7 worked fine though). The backend can be somewhat confusing to navigate, and it is not helped by the fact that a lot of bluehost's documentation seems to be out of date.
Overall, the SiteGround experience is definitely minimal when compared with what’s available from the Bluehost and GoDaddy plans. The SiteGround WordPress installation is the closest to a manually installed version of WordPress, with just their caching plugin added. New WordPress users may miss the extra features of Bluehost and GoDaddy, but those who are more experienced may appreciate the cleaner experience provided by SiteGround.
I like the version of cPanel that they are using because you can drag around the different panels and organize it in a way that works best for you. Bluehost offers simple 1 click installs of many popular web scripts including WordPress, ZenCart, phpBB using the SimpleScripts installer. For developers, Bluehost also supports the popular Ruby on Rails web framework.
The customer service department has been a bit slack over the past couple of years. They used to answer right away and immediately fix any concerns. Over the past couple years, the hold and wait time has been pretty long and I often have to go back and forth with them to get a problem solved. Even their online chat service takes awhile to connect with a rep and get things accomplished. I'm not sure if they've outsourced their customer service or if they changed hands and merged or what exactly, it's just not the same as it used to be. Luckily, I don't have issues very often to have to contact them.

But this is only adequate for small websites. Larger projects hosted on shared servers with unlimited bandwidth risk a CPU throttle if their websites are using abnormal amounts of this resource. This is caused by a slowing or freezing of your CPU resources. Bluehost may do this so that your over-usage doesn't affect others on the server. This is why Bluehost has many web host service plans with dedicated bandwidth allowances for larger businesses.
A year of my time was spent building and working on my website, and suddenly the entire website DISAPPEARED. There was no help available and it meant nothing to them. The year (and the money) I had spent developing all aspects of this marketing effort were lost in a heartbeat with no alternatives or anyone who even cared -- it was nothing to a technician at Bluehost -- business as usual. I have let all of the domains and the websites I have with them expire. Spend more time and money for what? AN INCAPABLE WEBHOST! DO NOT TRUST.
I have used Bluehost both for a client and for my own applications. The customer service is above and beyond expectations. If I have a question I am not at all hesitant to contact customer service - some companies frustrate me to the point I would rather just find an answer myself because it seems I can do it faster and easier than the agent. Bluehost obviously trains their employees and hires critical thinkers. I appreciate this more than I feel I can truly express.
I can't rely on Bluehost when it comes to building a website for a serious business, even the dedicated hosting package, as I had too many technical issues with them and their support didn't help much, specially when it comes to server down issue, they simply tell you we are doing our best and leave you alone banging your head against the wall. I will never forget the time when my dedicated server went down for a whole week due to a major hardware failure!
They will make you pay for their own mistake. Charge us 1 month for the same subscription we had after calling them way ahead of time to downgrade our subscription. On top of that if you want to refund from your disputed charges deal it the same day because if they tell you they left a note so when you call back again they will know what's going on in your account FLAT OUT LIE. The next person you will talk to will say that the other person you had talk to the other day was wrong and they did their math this suppose to be the charge. ( refund become more lesser than expected maybe if you call again on the next day your refund will become zero. Every person have their different calculation.) and they will tell you they don't know how that representative come up with the noted amount ( that's after 20 mins. Waiting ). As if we come up with the amount ourselves. They are the one who gives us the number and explain the reason and maybe accidentally told you about the mistake on their part. They have recorded voice calls how about hear that so we all are on the same page. I know it's just a penny the amount but we work hard for that. And we don't cut corners in every client we have and even we are small business we value customer and honor our word. That's impirtabt. You don't say your colleague have different calculation than you have.
To begin, I ran a website speed test using Dotcom-Monitor’s page speed test tool (Dotcom-Tools.com). It’s a free test that anyone can use, and it gives you load times from around the world. For this test, I chose Dotcom-Monitor’s American network which tests load speed from 11 locations throughout North and South America. The speed test results for Bluehost are summarized in the table and image below:

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.
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.   
After deciding, and picking my option it took around 2 minutes and I was connected with Zach (or Zack). He was an American guy who did his best to help me. However, my question” “What’s the best service to pick if I plan to send 50GB worth of files through an FTP server every week and keep at least 300GB of files at the same time?” was not answered entirely, with the representative admitting it’s probably a dedicated server and he has no expertise in those.
They have their own "intrusion detection/prevention system" which stops their service from getting hacked, but I found out it doesn't actually protect my website. I reluctantly let the student fix my site after giving him my account details and he managed to find all kinds of flaws from the inside as well. He fixed most of them within a couple of days, from bad configuration, bad plugins, and hiding my personal email/account.
Navigation: Like HostGator, Bluehost also uses the cPanel interface — again this is fairly standard for most web hosts. What makes it different is that the design is more intuitive and modern. Unlike HostGator’s classic cPanel design of menu sidebars and icons, Bluehost has  a more minimalist approach. The service implemented a cleaner look mostly composed of text and almost no clunky icons or clipart can be seen.
I especially find it unacceptable when my friend didn’t get the support from Bluehost to fix anything. He has been paying almost double the price of what other hosting companies would charge for a similar package, and he’s not getting what he deserves to have out of this deal at all. Bottom line is, there’re better service providers out there who are more responsible and would cost less.

Bluehost’s Plus plan pricing is $10.99/mo for unlimited everything – unlimited databases (important because that’s how many WordPress sites you’ll be able to install), and unlimited storage, and domain mapping. They will often discount it to $2.95/mo or less if you register for a longer time period (here are their current plans with promotional pricing).
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.
“With Bluehost, new site owners have the drag-and-drop simplicity of Weebly (website builder) and goMobi (mobile site builder) at their fingertips. This makes launching a new online brand, store, or personal site from scratch relatively painless. Sure, site building has its headaches for newbies, but the Bluehost team is ready and willing to assist you every step of the way.

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.
“When comparing the performance versus price of VPS plans, Bluehost brings supreme value to the table. In addition to competitive pricing, they offer premium support and excellent uptime compared to other VPS options in the industry. If you’ve outgrown shared hosting, or need the flexibility and security of a VPS, Bluehost is a great choice for you.
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.
Overall, the SiteGround experience is definitely minimal when compared with what’s available from the Bluehost and GoDaddy plans. The SiteGround WordPress installation is the closest to a manually installed version of WordPress, with just their caching plugin added. New WordPress users may miss the extra features of Bluehost and GoDaddy, but those who are more experienced may appreciate the cleaner experience provided by SiteGround.
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.
The company got bonus points for its policy of performing regular daily backups, even on the lowest-priced shared hosting accounts. It lost points because its promotional price on the low-cost shared hosting does go up after the promotional period. That said, Bluehost also gained points for offering 24-7 phone support and SSH access for certain plans.

GoDaddy is exceptionally well-known in the hosting space — deemed the World's #1 Domain Name Registrar. They make it incredibly easy and affordable for folks to choose a domain name, sign up for hosting, and start building their online business or personal web property. While known for their domain, email, and shared hosting services, GoDaddy offers options for virtual and dedicated servers as well. They make the upgrade process as seamless as possible, so you shouldn't shy away from scaling your site as your business needs grow.
Do I recommend Bluehost? Well yes and no because it depends what you're after. It's a good web hosting option for personal and small business websites and blogs (i.e. for creating your own first website) because Bluehost is cheap (very cheap), reliable, secure and comes with a free domain name. However for high traffic websites it (or any other shared host for that matter) isn't a very good choice. Other major letdowns are that automatic backups and site migrations only come as paid upgrades.
Eventhough their technical support representative is friendly. I contacted them about what seems to be complicated/advanced problem. six of their representative was either unable to present solution or had made assumption solutions which did not fix the problem. 8 hour of email/telephone marathon ensued, escalating all the way to manager. Turns out the manager knew the solution.
Navigation: Like HostGator, Bluehost also uses the cPanel interface — again this is fairly standard for most web hosts. What makes it different is that the design is more intuitive and modern. Unlike HostGator’s classic cPanel design of menu sidebars and icons, Bluehost has  a more minimalist approach. The service implemented a cleaner look mostly composed of text and almost no clunky icons or clipart can be seen.
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having used bluehost for some time and now looking for a new host, I agree with almost every point in the review. the renewal prices are bananas, it’s not worth staying for long, especially with the providers fighting for your money 🙂 🙂 :). only thing that hinders me is that WordPress+SSL thing. a free certificate is just as good as that one and if you do serious ecommerce, you wouldn’t want a shared hosting plan anyway. the support, yeah, it isn’t good but it sure as hell isn’t the worst. overall, i thought it was good but it seriously needs to lower the prices to keep its customers
I literally can't state just how happy Blue Host makes me. Everytime I call in, they are super friendly and knowledgeable. I don't have to wait 30 minutes for someone to answer the phone either. Anytime I have an issue, they literally are HAPPY to resolve it. I have yet to speak with someone at Bluehost that was rude or not helpful. THEY ARE GREAT and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND using them. Awesome job blue host!
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