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BlueHost Review : Shared Hosting for WordPress

BlueHost Review : Shared Hosting for WordPress

Review of Bluehost Shared HostingThere are many Webhosting companies out there, and everyone have their pros and cons. I mostly deal with Webhosting for WordPress, and when it comes to shared hosting, there are many companies which offers top notch hosting for WordPress blog. Bluehost is one of those hosting companies, that have created a name for themselves with outstanding server performance. Today, I will be sharing a complete review of Bluehost hosting, and why you should opt for this particular hosting.

Being a blogger I know, one of the thing which we look in a webhosting is:

  • Reliability
  • Affordability
  • Support

Review of Bluehost Shared hosting:

Bluehost offers various hosting packages like shared hosting, VPS hosting, WordPress managed hosting and dedicated hosting. Their shared hosting package is perfect for your new blog, and if you have an existing WordPress blog with good traffic, I suggest you to use their managed WordPress hosting. Before I share review of Bluehost, let me start with the basics. As a WordPress blogger, when ever I evaluate a hosting company, I measure it on few parameters:

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

I will explain all this below, which will let you evaluate how good or bad Bluehost hosting is.

Bluehost as WordPress hosting:

Bluehost review of Hosting

My first interaction with Bluehost happened in 2009 (I’m using it in 2014 too), when I shifted one of my client from BlogSpot to WordPress. With one click WordPress installation, and nice interface it took me not more than 5 minutes to install WordPress. You can read this guide on how to install WordPress on Bluehost. The best thing about them is, Bluehost servers are well optimized for WordPress blog, and this is one reason they are marked as top recommended hosting in official WordPress hosting resource page (See above screenshot).

For a reliable WordPress host, apart  from running latest version of PHP and MYSQL, server should be configured to handle extra load, which usually happens on WordPress, and Bluehost takes care of it very well. I have seen traffic up to 20000/day without any downtime. ( I was using W3 total cache and Clouflare to speed up my blog, and recommend the same to you).

Pricing:

Bluehost Hosting Packages

Bluehost shared hosting comes in 3 different packages and you can pick the one according to your need. If you want to create only one Website, you should buy starter package. If you plan to host multiple sites, go with plus package. If your need include using HTTPS, you should go for business pro package which comes with 1 dedicated I.P and SSL.

My recommendation would be plus package as it offers everything you need.With this discount link you can get it for $4.95/month. You will also be getting one free domain, which will help you to save extra. There are many free goodies like AdWords credit, which will help you to get best value for money. You can make payment via PayPal or credit card.

Hosting Resources:

Bluehost offers unlimited hosting resources. That means, you can host unlimited files, and use unlimited bandwidth. Do remember, they have certain fair usage policies (Bluehost limit). Though the fair usage policy limit is so high, that you will find it unlimited. For example, they allow MySql size of 3Gb, and here at ShoutMeLoud, it’s only 200 MB after 4 year of usage. Until unless, you are not running an auto-script, or auto-blogging, you will hardly reach that limit. They have a CPU limit, but again that’s high compare to other hosting, and in most of cases Bluehost will transfer you to more powerful server, if required. You can read about their unlimited policies and other terms here.

EaseOfUse:

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

Customer support:

Compare to other hosting, I would rate Bluehost customer support as 4/5, but their customer support is very prompt. You can always get in touch with them via live chat,  Email or via Telephonic support. In most of the 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 very little problem with them. More over, they are in hosting business for almost 17 years, which is a remarkable time-frame for any Webhosting company.

I could go on, and keep adding more details about Bouehost to finish my review, but in nut-shell, at the cost of $4.95/month, Bluehost is reliable hosting company for your WordPress, and perfect for hosting a small or medium size WordPress blog. Bluehost also offers 30 days money-back, so if you are not happy with their hosting, you can cancel your account within first 30 days and get full refund.

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I hope this Bluehost review will help you to decide about pros and cons of their hosting, and help you to make a buying decision.  You can also subscribe to my Email newsletter for more such reviews and updates.

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  • Hamdani Saad

    Nice share.
    I also like bluehost.
    It is best wordpress hosting.

    Reply
  • Akhil

    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.

    Reply
  • kapil

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

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  • Raj Mahinder

    What do you suggest blue host or hostgator which one is best?

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  • Mahendra

    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.

    Reply
  • Enstine Muki

    BlueHost is no doubt one of the best for Wordpress hosting today. I might be giving them a try soon.

    thanks for the review

    Reply
  • Justin Germino

    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.

    Reply
  • pushkaar

    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.

    Reply
  • Shyam Sunder

    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.

    Reply
  • Pavan Somu

    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.

    Reply
  • Sushain

    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.

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      @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

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  • Sahith

    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…

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      @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 ….

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      • Sahith

        @Harsh: Thank you so much Harsh…You are my real inspiration(seriously)..;)

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  • King

    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..

    PS: count me in

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  • Kashyap Joshi

    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.

    Reply
  • Jason

    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.

    Reply
  • Olalavui

    Good contest! I never use bluehost before. I hope win and have reviews of Bluehost after

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  • Sai Kumar

    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!!

    Reply
  • Nizam Khan

    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 :)

    Reply

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