BlueHost, the hosting company was founded back in 1996, one of the earliest shared hosting providers that still exists today and is hosting more than two million domains on their two datacenters. The company is very popular due to its inexpensive shared hosting plan, premium support and many upgrade options. BlueHost is operating in Utah, employing over 700 persons that are committed to create the best hosting experience for their clients.
Visiting their official website you will notice right away that, there are various hosting plans available at BlueHost: basic and pro shared hosting, virtual server and dedicated plans, and because BlueHost is the official hosting firm of the popular content management system: WordPress, they have an optimized and dedicated plan to host your Word Press site/blog.
In the next section I will be focusing on the basic shared plan and will give you useful tips on how to get started with your hosting account and what is included.
Features & Value
If you are operating a small website or just want to create a new site for your company, the basic shared hosting plan is the best choice for you. You will get a domain name for free, unlimited disk space and data transfer, you can host more than one domain on your account, create as many email addresses you need, included site building tool and more, all these for only $4.95 per month if you sing up right now. In my opinion this is a very good deal as the regular price for this plan is $7.99/mo.
Reliability & Performance
However BlueHost does not have an official uptime report and do not guarantee with any percentage I’m very confident to say that the company is doing very well in matters of server uptime. From my personal test and website monitoring concludes that the uptime is above 99.55%, which I think is pretty good.
The non-stop server and network monitoring is topped with automatic backups, so they make sure that no data is lost in case of any technical problems. Every service is backed with a 24/7 North American support that can give you the right answers to your custom questions whatever you are contacting the company via email, by chat or by phone call.
If it may happen that you don’t like their service or just change your mind and don’t need hosting anymore, you can get back your money within 30 days after signup. It worth looking into their terms to see in more details how this Money Back Guarantee works.
It does not matter if you used or not the cPanel control panel before, I can tell you it is very easy to use. This interface allows you to manage your domains, emails, files, install scripts, create FTP accounts and databases, and manage your billings in one place. It is very organized and categorized; no prior experience is needed to use the control panel. Click here to check out the demo control panel.
Help & Support
BlueHost’s engineers are always there for you to help with any questions and problems you may have. The company guarantees the non-stop US based support; the phone calls are usually answered in less than one minute, emails can have a 30 minutes answer time and chat is almost instant. For the geeks there is a knowledge base available where you will find lots of useful info and tutorials.
BlueHost is a bit more expensive than iPage, but I think it worth the extra investment. I’m not saying iPage is bad or BlueHost is better, but if you want to use advanced programming languages on your hosting account like Pearl, Ruby on Rails, Python, I would recommend BlueHost.