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Over the past two years I have come to know and understand the BlueHost system, having used it to manage several different websites. And hence I’ve decided to do a Bluehost review here and share my experiences below.
It is easy to understand why Bluehost is a popular web hosting company.
Bluehost uses the Linux servers known for its stability that delivers all that you need in one hosting plan. They pride themselves as one of the pioneers to simplify and repackage everything needed for launching a new website into a single plan.
They don’t just stop there and also provide a multitude of step-by-step guide and tools to ensure that novices are able to achieve what they set out for.
Thus, many non-techies can simply sign up and get to work.
Overall I rate the service pretty well, though it has a few minor annoyances….or it could be just me.
Bluehost Review: The Good
- Bluehost offers an easy to use and popular C-Panel system almost anyone can use it. With cPanel, you can easily manage your domains, databases, emails and other things needed to run a website smoothly on a single platform.
- The ease of use doesn’t stop there, the one click installs are not limited to WordPress, and there are about 60 useful cloud software tools you can install on your site. Some of which are very useful, including CMS solutions, Concrete, Joomla, and Drupal. These one click installs are also supported with an easy one click upgrade feature, to ensure your software is always up to date.
- For webmasters planning to build an ecommerce store, it is good to know that Bluehost includes shopping cart software and SSL certificates required to perform transaction online. For some web hosting companies, you would have to pay an extra fee to get the SSL certificates, but this feature is included right into its hosting plan.
Now, you’ve noticed I haven’t talked about the features so far in this Bluehost review. And that’s because the features are pretty standard. Unlimited domains, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited storage, unlimited emails…the list goes on.
If you’ll like more details on Bluehost’s features and offers as well as how these match up to other web hosts, check out my article on the Best 5 Web Hosting Companies.
Some Minor Issues
- While the one-click installations are great, the Webmail/Email system leaves a lot to be desired. Its “Postini” spam filtering is great at filtering out legitimate emails, and not very good at filtering out spam, and instead of putting them in the “spam” folder where you can easily access them, it holds onto them for a day before giving you access.
- Unlike HostGator, Bluehost do not offer hosting plans such as Dedicated servers and Virtual Private Systems (VPS).If you want to upgrade to switch to dedicated servers in future, it would mean having to switch to another web hosting company – something you may want to factor in to avoid future hassle, if your online business plan is an ambitious one.
- Another issue I dislike about Bluehost is its billing system. Unless you go into the system and turn off auto renew, it will automatically bill you 6-8 weeks before the expiry of your account for another year. I prefer to be charged just before the expiry and not 1-2 months before expiry. That’s just a personal preference.
On the whole, I would still recommend the service for its reliability and ease of use.
The good far outweighs the bad, though I will put one asterisk on the recommendation – I would investigate other services. In short Bluehost is good, but could do better.
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