BlueHost Review : Shared Hosting for WordPress

There are many Web hosting companies out there, and each one has its pros and cons. I mostly deal with web hosting for WordPress, and when it comes to shared hosting, there are many companies which offer top notch hosting for a WordPress blog.  Bluehost is one such hosting company.

Bluehost has created a name for itself with outstanding server performance. Today I will be sharing a complete review of Bluehost hosting, and why you should opt for this particular hosting service.

Bluehost Review

Being a blogger, I know that some of the things we look for in a web hosting service are:

  • Reliability
  • Affordability
  • Support

Review of Bluehost Shared Hosting:

Bluehost offers various hosting packages including shared hosting, VPS hosting, WordPress managed hosting and dedicated hosting. Their shared hosting package is perfect for your new blog, but if you have an existing WordPress blog with good traffic, I suggest you use their managed WordPress hosting.

Before I get into detail regarding Bluehost, let me start with the basics. As a WordPress blogger, whenever I evaluate a hosting company I measure its value based on several parameters:

  • Hosting optimized for WordPress
  • Pricing
  • Resources
  • Ease of use
  • Custom Support

I will further explain all this below, allowing you to evaluate whether Bluehost is right for your blog.

Bluehost as WordPress hosting:

Bluehost review of Hosting

My first interaction with Bluehost occurred in 2009 (and I’m still using it in 2015!), when I transitioned one of my clients from BlogSpot to WordPress. Bluehost’s easy installation and nice, simple interface allowed me to install WordPress in less than five minutes! You can read more in this guide on how to install WordPress on Bluehost.

The best thing about Bluehost is that their servers are well optimized for a WordPress blog, and this is one of the reasons they are a top recommended hosting service on the official WordPress hosting resource page (see the above screenshot).

For a reliable WordPress host, apart  from running the latest version of PHP and MYSQL, servers should be configured to handle the extra load that typically occurs  with WordPress.  I can verify that Bluehost handles it all very well.  In fact, I have seen traffic up to 20000/day without any downtime at all. (I was using W3 total cache and Cloudflare to speed up my blog, and recommend the same to you.)

Pricing:

Bluehost Hosting Packages

Bluehost shared hosting comes in three different packages, and you can choose the one that is right for you according to your unique needs.

  • If you want to create only one website, you should buy the starter package.
  • If you plan to host multiple sites, go with the “plus” package.
  • If your needs include using HTTPS, you should go for the business pro package which comes with one dedicated I.P and SSL.

My recommendation for most users would be the “plus” package as it offers everything you need (unless you are a business user in need of the dedicated IP and SSL).

With this discount link, you can get Bluehost for $4.95/month. You will also be getting one free domain, which will help you to save even more money. There are also many free goodies like AdWords credits, which will help you to get the best value for your money. You can pay via PayPal or credit card.

Hosting resources:

Bluehost offers unlimited hosting resources. This means that you can host unlimited files, and use unlimited bandwidth. Remember, however, that they have certain fair usage policies (Bluehost limit). But the fair usage policy limit is so high that you will probably find it to be the same as “unlimited”. For example, they allow MySql size of 3Gb, and here at ShoutMeLoud we have used only 200 MB of database after 5 and half years of usage!

Unless you are running an auto-script, or auto-blogging, you are very unlikely to reach that limit. They have a CPU limit, but again that’s high compared to other hosting services, and in most cases Bluehost will transfer you to a more powerful server if necessary. You can read about their unlimited policies and other terms here.

Ease Of Use:

Bluehost uses cPanel, which is so far one of the easiest hosting panels that I have come across. Most of the shared hosting companies use the standard cPanel, and you will not find it hard to use. In fact, cPanel makes managing your hosting account easier.  Also, Bluehost is one of very few shared Web hosting companies which will allow you to access SSH.

Customer support:

Compared to other hosting services, I would rate Bluehost’s customer support as 4/5. You can get in touch with them via live chat, email or telephone. In most cases, resolution time is 5-30 minutes, which is an average support time for any shared hosting.

Since Bluehost servers are optimized for WordPress hosting, you will find that you have very few issues with them. Moreover, they have been in the hosting business for almost 17 years, which is remarkable longevity for any web-hosting company.

In a nutshell, for a cost of $4.95/month, Bluehost is a reliable hosting company that is perfect for hosting a small or mid-sized WordPress blog.

Bluehost also offers a 30-day money back guarantee, so if you are not happy with their hosting, you can cancel your account within the first 30 days and get a full refund!
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I hope this Bluehost review will help you to assess your options for a reliable hosting service.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a professional blogger. He loves to read & write about Blogging, SEO, WordPress, Make money online & technology. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives more than half a million PV in a month, and is an award winning blog.

COMMENTs ( 22 )

  1. Vijay says

    To be honest. I had very bad experience. Few plugins are not supported to me. Support response is very slow.

  2. Akhil says

    I have used bluehost earlier and it scores on ease of use. However, the CPU throttling is a disappointing factor that I noticed even for 800 uniques per day. Sometimes it’s because of other’s accounts on same server.

  3. kapil says

    Very Nice article, It provides valuable information regarding WordPress Hosting.
    I Would love to visit again.
    Kapil

  4. Mahendra says

    very informative review.Hosting is very must for almost every blogger.The points you shared about BlueHost are easy to conclude.what I get from here is Bluehost is great for my blog hosting .Thanks for this nice review.

  5. Justin Germino says

    I love Bluehost, been using them for 3+ years for most of my blogs and I was one of the beta invites to upgrade to a dedicated server for $1 for my first month, but don’t have the $129 per month scratch right now for committed dedicated hosting. I am curious about upgrading to their VPS hosting though and may look into that once it is publicly available.

  6. says

    Nice Article. For wordpress hosting bluehost is king at least for starters. Harsh can you guide some thing about cpannel as it will be real help special for new users.

  7. Shyam Sunder says

    I have heard a lot about bluehost and looks like all the big guns in blogging are using bluehost.I really want to try them.

  8. Pavan Somu says

    I agree BlueHost is more reliable for WordPress platform. Even multiple domains can be hosted within a single account and BlueHost definitely provides the best customer support. I personally recommend BlueHost service with my friends and readers.

  9. Sushain says

    So far i have been using Hostgator and pretty much satisfied with their services. One thing that i would like to consult you is, what’s the maximum number of simultaneous users can Bluehost support ?
    And yes, good luck to the participants.

    • says

      @Sushain
      That all depends upon what software you are running. For example, if you are running WordPress with proper cache plugin and optimization, 300-400 visitors at a time will not be an issue. but with an unoptimized version, even handling 30-40 visitors at a time will make your server go down. This rule applies to almost all the shared hosting….

      If you are running WordPress, here are few things you could do to optimize:

      Run a Cache plugin (W3tc is my favorite, and Wp Super cache is a good alternative)
      Optimize your Dataabse
      Get rid of orphan tables. (Clean options is a good plugin for the same)
      Use CSS sprites
      Use CDN
      Don’t use heavy images.
      Keep an eye on your error.log file

  10. Sahith says

    Hey Harsh: Can you tell me which one is the best Bluehost? or Hostgator? I am totally confused. Currently my site is hosted on Hostgator, however I want to know if it is better to move to Bluehost or stay with Hostgator. Just curious…

    • says

      @Sahith
      Both are equally good.. There are + and -, but by the end when you are hosted on any of them, they will take good care of you. I have worked on both the hosting, and apart from few technical issues (Which can happen on any webhosting), these hosting offers great resource, support, and for WordPress perfect environment. For you, I would recommend to stay with Hostgator, and when your renewal time comes, you can get a Bluehost hosting for discounted price, and move there.. This will help you to save money.. If money is not an issue, then stay where you are ….

  11. King says

    I use Bluehost and I can term them as the best in the market.. I will follow and agree with you word by word on your review which is not only true but stands valid for BlueHost absolutely.. and for the giveaway thanks for hosting this and I really hope that I will win this contest..

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  12. Kashyap Joshi says

    Hello Sir,
    Nice Review. And Cool Giveaway. Thanks. At this time I am using blogger as my blogging platform but soon I will create my blog on wordpress. Your blog is cool and your blog’s theme is really awesome. I love to read cool articles on your blog.
    Thanks.

  13. says

    I’ve been using WP for several years but I never try Bluehost hosting yet. But for some reason I think WordPress and Bluehost are a great combination.

  14. says

    Hi Harsh, Awesome Giveaway bro. BlueHost is really the best and the most popular web hosting provider where most of the users trust it. Just Fingers crossed!! Hope to Win this Giveaway!! Thanks a lot for the Great Giveaway bro!!

  15. Nizam Khan says

    Excellent and much useful review. No doubt BlueHost is one of the best and reliable web hosting service. Indeed, pricing and customer support does matters a lot. Well, it’s good to know that BlueHost is going to launch VPS and dedicated hosting packages too. By the way Harsh where is the widget to enter this contest, I can’t see it here? Thanks for sharing and tweeted :)

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