BlueHost Hosting Review (2016) : Features, Uptime, Speed, Prices & More
Bluehost was founded by Matt Heaton and Danny Ashworth in the year of 2003. Now Bluehost powering over 2 million websites worldwide and it is one of the most popular,inexpensive, shared hosting company. In this article I am happy to share BlueHost hosting review(2016), and it’s features, uptime, speed, support and price.
As Bluehost claims No.1 hosting company. So we used their service for 1 year and giving Bluehost hosting review according their quality, support and other some useful features. I faced some of minor issue, but I hope they will fix that soon.(Maintaining over 2 million website is not easy) . Here are the Bluehost Hosting Review:
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BlueHost Hosting Review
Overview on Bluehost Hosting Plans:
Bluehost are currently providing 6 types of hosting: Shared, WordPress, Woocommerce, Cloud, VPS and Dedicated.
They provide 3 shared hosting options to choose from. Please note that the advertised pricing below is a low introductory rate for a 3 years term. If you choose 1 year, the price will increase.
- Basic Plan: For $2.95 per month, you can host max 1 website, 50 GB storage, unmetered bandwidth, 5 park domains, 25 sub domains, 5 email accounts(100 MB per account).
- Plus Plan: For $4.45 per month, you can host unlimited websites, and storage, bandwidth, park domains, email account unmeterd. With this package you are getting worth $200 marketing offers for AdWords & Bing Ads.
- Prime Plan: For $6.95 per month, you can host unlimited websites and same features as Plus Plan. But Prime Plan gives you more power and some extra features like: automatic backups, spam experts, domain privacy etc.
PROS(+) of Using BlueHost
All of web hosting reviews are based on research. So we do. We found some great things of Bluehost and pointed in PROS category.
Here are the details:
#1 Strong Uptime of 99.94%(above average 99.90%)
When it comes about site uptime, then Bluehost took the 1st place. Bluehost’s uptime comes in at industry average (99.94%) over the prior twelve months.
But site owners sometime faced the site downtime problem, Bluehost claimed that they had various DDos attack towards their servers. Although its good and they have the average which is somewhere at 99.90%.
See 2016 average uptimes:
- January uptime: 99.99%
- February uptime: 99.68%
- March uptime: 99.91%
- April uptime: 99.95%
- May uptime: 99.96%
- June uptime: 100%
- July uptime: 99.95%
- August uptime: 99.95%
#2 Good Security Options
Bluehost provides good security options. Besides you can upgrade your security level as your need.
For example, you can prevent spam with tools like SpamAssassin, Spam Experts, and Spam Hammer. They support CloudFlare, which helps prevent pesky DDoS attacks that can bring a site down with an overwhelming amount of traffic from different sources. See, how to add CloudFlare in your website.
You can also add more security options for your website such as: hot link protection, sitelock etc.
#3 Official WordPress.org Recommended
If you go to official WordPress.org site, and under hosting category you can see Bluehost is listed at 1st position. On that page, they’ve listed 3 hosting providers, including SiteGround, Dreamhost, FlyWheel and Bluehost.
#4 Many Features and Apps
Bluehost comes with a lot of features and apps. You can integrate to Google Apps, SEO Gears, Bing ads etc. You can also add CloudFlare CDN to prevent DDoS attack and increase page speed.
See, Best 5 CDN Providers to Make Your Website More Faster.
CONS(-) of Using BlueHost
#1 Page Load Speed Slow
The biggest problem of Bluehost is that their page load speed slow. Their dismal 1,275ms load times came in below the average 850ms.
Does slow page load speed matter?
Yes, it matters. Because every second counts online. Google experienced a 20% traffic drop years ago with just a half second delay. And 74% – or nearly 3/4ths of your traffic – will bounce if pages fail to load within 5 seconds.
2016 average load times:
- January speed: 1,039ms
- February speed: 1,306ms
- March speed: 1,170ms
- April speed: 1,357ms
- May speed: 1,235ms
- June speed: 1,155ms
- July speed: 1,140ms
- August speed: 1,863ms
#2 Site Migration is Costly
Most of hosting providers offer free site migration, where Bluehost charges $149.99. And they will not transfer more than 5 sites and 20 email accounts.
#3 Customer Support is not Quick as Expected
Bluehost’s customer support is good but not as fast as expected. It tooks 50 minutes to get reply from support ticket and online chat takes 2-5 minutes to get an agent. Although its understandable because they maintain over 2 million websites.
#4 QuickStart Training isn’t free
Most of web hosting company provides free Quick Start guide as they can be their long time customer. But Bluehost takes $79.99 for 45 minute expert training session.
#5 Not Really Cheap
Well, price is another major face for many customers. As the shared hosting starting price is $2.95 only , if you buy total 3 year subscription. If you buy only for 1 year, price will increase to $5.95. So it is better if you buy total 3 year plan and get more cheaper.
Another thing is that you can’t buy hosting for only 1 or 3 month.
So, the question is “Does BlueHost service worth buying“?
Ans: It all depends on you. As i reviewed here about “BlueHost Hosting Review“, so all data are collected by many tests and getting many reviews. Some uses say ” BlueHost service is very bad” and some says ” I am happy with their service”. So if you want to get bluehost services, you have to spend more money or use “SiteGround“. This hosting company comes with some good reports and some bad.
Do I recommend it?
Ans: NO. They need some thing to fix like loading speed and other minor issues. So if you are tight on budget, use one of my favorite host- SiteGround. You 100% love their service, support and price also cheap. 🙂