Bluehost is fairly younger than the first wave of web hosting companies from the 90s, but it still has a lot of years of experience in this industry. It is always mentioned in top hosting provider lists along with the bigger and older hosts. This company’s popularity stems from an unlikely source. Unlike other companies that attract customers due to their intense advertising campaigns, Bluehost gets its steady stream of customers from the positive reviews and comments that they receive from their current customer base.
Bluehost offers shared hosting plus VPS and Dedicated options as well. Since this site is about budget hosting, we’ll focus on their budget (shared hosting) plan here.
Not the cheapest, not the most expensive.
Prices for shared hosting range from $2 to about $5 a month. With coupons, you can get hosting from Bluehost for approximately $3.50 every month. Of course, after the first year with the company, the price goes up. Their regular monthly rate is $4.95. For that very practical amount, you get the following:
- server resources for hosting multiple websites
- over 2,000 email accounts
- guaranteed 99.8% uptime or better
- marketing credits
- round-the-clock customer support
If you are interested in making websites and selling them for a living, you can opt to avail of their reseller account. For only $19.95 every month, you can host about a hundred moderately sized websites that you can pass on to your clients.
BlueHost seems to have a reputation for reliability
When you have shared hosting, you expect your website to suffer when the site visitors start pouring in. This is because, despite all the promises of unlimited resources like disk space or bandwidth, there is actually a ceiling to what your website can use. If you are experiencing around 50,000 hits a month on your website, your loading time will be okay.
However, when you start seeing about ten thousand visits a day, the performance may start slowing down. Bluehost prevents overuse of resources by temporarily suspending accounts that go beyond their limit. With normal traffic, the service is fairly reliable. Customers rarely complain of any downtime with BlueHost, which is honestly unusual in the shared hosting space.
Plus, should there be any problems, the company is quick in explaining why it occurred and how long it will take. So you need to anticipate how much traffic your website will see in a day so that you can decide whether Bluehost is for you.
They use cPanel, which is my favorite, and the industry standard.
cPanel is the control panel of choice of most companies that offer shared hosting. This control panel boasts of a Simple Script installer that enables users to install top scripts easily and quickly. Examples of the popular scripts that you can use are:
If you own a reseller account, you will also have the WHM hosting manager. This will enable you to configure your account to set the limits for the server resources such as number of domains housed, databases, bandwidth, etc. This may sound complicated, but Bluehost made sure that the manager uses a simple interface that does not require any programming.
If you like their service, you can earn income by referring friends or clients.
Did you know that if you help market Bluehost’s services, you can earn $65.00 for every successful referral. This seems low, when other companies offer as much as $125 in their referral programs, however, with Bluehost, you won’t suffer from the scorn of unhappy customers who may blame you for referring lousy hosting service. Additionally, if the user asks for a refund, you will automatically lose your commission.