There 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:
Review of Bluehost Shared hosting:
The reason I mentioned shared hosting, because Bluehost is launching VPS and dedicated hosting packages soon, and it will no more be just a shared hosting company. 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
- 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:
My first interaction with Bluehost happened in 2009, 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.
As a new blogger or an existing blogger, you might not like to spend a fortune of money on a shared hosting. Specially, when there are so many good options available for as low as $10/month. Bluehost offers premium shared hosting for $6.95, and 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.
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.
Bluehost uses standard 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.
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.
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.