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Availability
  • United States
  • Canada
Guarantee
Yes
Cancel within 30 days you receive a full refund on your hosting service.
Better Business Bureau
A+

Subscription

Subscription Type
Paid Option(s)
Price Per Month
$3.95 (min cost)
For a 1 year basic shared hosting plan. No hidden fees.
Shortest Plan Available
3 months

Internet Services

Web Hosting

Features
  • Free Domain Name
  • Advertising Credits
  • SSL Certificate
  • Dedicated IP
  • Site Backup
  • Wordpress Hosting
Control Panel
cPanel

Customer Resources

Help & Support
  • 24-hour Support
  • Chat
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Support Tickets
  • Knowledge Base
  • Articles
Expert Advice
  • Articles
  • Videos
Community Support
  • Success Stories / Testimonials
  • Social Media

BlueHost is based in Utah and has been in operation since 2003. With over 700 employees this web hosting provider goal is to provide a quality service at a low cost to its customers. This includes high-end servers and networking equipment, industry leading set of features, a secure infrastructure, and excellent customer service. BlueHost is part of Endurance International Group which also own other web hosts like HostMonster.

Shared Web Hosting

Bluehost is best known for their low-cost shared Linux hosting plans. These plans are ideal for the small business owner and the individual who desires full functionality on a small budget. This includes everything from a domain and email management, to automatically installing content management systems in a single mouse click. As matter of fact, WordPress.org endorses Bluehost as the web hosting provider of choice.

Plan NameBasicPlusBusiness Pro
Sale Price* $3.95 / month $6.95 / month $14.95 / month
Regular Price $7.99 / month $10.99 / month $23.99 / month
Subscription Lengths 12, 24, and 36 months 12, 24, and 36 months 12, 24, and 36 months
Websites 1 10 Unlimited
Bandwidth Unmetered Unmetered Unmetered
Storage 50 GB 150 GB Unlimited
Databases 20 Unlimited Unlimited
Email Accounts 5 x 100 MB 100 x 500 MB Unlimited
Extras Free Domain Same as Basic plan, plus Global CDN Same as Plus plan, plus high performance server, 1 SSL, 1 Dedicated IP, 1 Domain Privacy, and SiteBackup Pro

* Prices based on 1 year subscription which will renew at the regular price. Prices can increase/decrease depending on subscription length. All prices in USD unless specified other wise. Costs and features offered last checked January 29, 2016.

While the Pro Package is 3 times the price of the Basic package it has 80% less accounts per server which allows the use of more resources per account (more CPU usage, disk usage, bandwidth). The Pro package offers more speed, more power, with less users and could be well worth the price if your website has an above average amount of internet traffic.

Cloud Hosting

Storing your website on the cloud makes it more reliable as your data at Bluehost is automatically mirrored across 3 different servers. This means if a hardware issue happens with one device the others will continue on as normal. Load times are also extremely fast with Cloud Hosting at Bluehost due to high end hardware and a varnish caching layer along with a global CDN to ensure the server resources are used where needed. If you are already using Bluehost Shared Hosting and wish to upgrade to Cloud Hosting this can be done easily with the automatic migration tool, with a seamless transition in minutes.

The Cloud Hosting dashboard makes tracking your site's performance simple. At a glance find out page download speeds, usage trends, and global reach, and many other statistics. As your website grows instant resource management allows you to increase your cloud usage with just a click of a button by either upgrading your plan, or by adding CPU resources and RAM as needed without reboots or downtime.

Plan NameStarterPerformanceBusiness Pro
Price* $5.95 / month $8.95 / month $15.95 / month
Subscription Lengths 12, 24, and 36 months 12, 24, and 36 months 12, 24, and 36 months
Websites 1 Unlimited Unlimited
Bandwidth Unmetered Unmetered Unmetered
Storage 100 GB Unmetered Unmetered
Speed 2 CPU Cores + 2 GB Memory 4 CPU Cores + 4 GB Memory 6 CPU Cores + 6 GB Memory
Extras Free Domain Same as Starter plan, plus SpamExperts Same as Performance plan, plus 1 SSL, 1 Dedicated IP, 1 Domain Privacy, and SiteBackup Pro

* All prices in USD unless specified other wise. Costs and features offered last checked January 29, 2016.

Virtual Private Server Hosting

Bluehosts virtual private servers are built from the ground up on cloud technology with the latest state-of-the-art hardware and open source technologies like OpenStack and KVM hypervisor. With Bluehost VPS hosting you don't have to wait when you activate your subscriptions since with instant provisioning, your Bluehost VPS servers will be ready almost immediately.

Every VPS configuration includes Bluehost improved cPanel interface. It features everything found in the shared solution, along with special tools for VPS management and WHM control. With the enhanced cPanel, server expansions are enabled without requiring admin assistance. You can also dynamically add additional storage on the fly with additional CPU and RAM coming soon. Plus you can add more VPS, or even shared and dedicated hosting services to your account and manage everything in one place.

With access control you can create passwords which grant access to specific aspects of your account. Issue one for ownership information, one for server administration, and/or one master password for everything. For advanced users who wish root access and complete control of the server, the Bluehost enhanced cPanel control panel offers full access to CentOS. Bluehost VPS servers are designed from the ground up to support everything an Admin needs, like server-side includes, Secure Shell (SSH) access, log file access and web-based managers for files, databases and email. You can also customize your own .htaccess files, cron jobs and php.ini files.

Plan NameStandardEnhancedPremium
Sale Price* $14.99 first month $29.99 first month $44.99 first month
Regular Price $29.99 / month $59.99 / month $89.99 / month
Subscription Lengths 3, 6, and 12 months 3, 6, and 12 months 3, 6, and 12 months
IP Addresses 1 2 2
Bandwidth 1 TB 2 TB 3 TB
Storage 30 GB 60 GB 120 GB
Speed 2 CPU Cores + 2 GB Memory 2 CPU Cores + 4 GB Memory 3 CPU Cores + 6 GB Memory

* Prices based on 1 year subscription which will renew at the regular price. Prices can increase/decrease depending on subscription length. All prices in USD unless specified other wise. Costs and features offered last checked January 29, 2016.

An Ultimate plan for $119.99 per month is also available but is not shown in the above chart.

Dedicated Server Hosting

With dedicated hosting you do not share the server with anyone else. You have your own machine that is provisioned within 5 minutes when you purchase a Bluehost dedicated hosting package. All Bluehost dedicated hosting servers come with RAID Level 1 storage which means your drive is mirrored. If one drive goes down you still have the other hard drive which will continue to function with all your data.

Bluehost dedicated servers operate on OpenStack which is a scalable cloud infrastructure software that is open sourced and supported by companies like Cisco, AT&T, and Intel (among many others). The Web Host Manager (WHM) used is an enhanced version of cPanel which allows you to manage your server resources along with giving you complete administrative access to CentOS.

Plan NameStandardEnhancedPremium
Sale Price* $74.99 first month $99.99 first month $124.99 first month
Regular Price $124.99 / month $169.99 / month $209.99 / month
Subscription Lengths 3, 6, and 12 months 3, 6, and 12 months 3, 6, and 12 months
IP Addresses 3 4 5
Bandwidth 5 TB 10 TB 15 TB
Storage 500 GB (Mirrored) 1 TB (Mirrored) 1 TB (Mirrored)
Speed 2 CPU Cores + 4 GB Memory 4 CPU Cores + 8 GB Memory 4 CPU Cores + 16 GB Memory

* Prices based on 1 year subscription which will renew at the regular price. Prices can increase/decrease depending on subscription length. All prices in USD unless specified other wise. Costs and features offered last checked January 29, 2016.

Additional Costs

Most hosting plans at Bluehost offer the following features below for at an additional cost (if they are not already included):

  • Domain Names for $15.99 / year (com, .net, .biz, .info, .org, and .us)
  • Domain Privacy for $0.99 / month
  • Dedicated IP for $3.99 / month
  • Site Backup Pro for $1.99 / month
  • SiteLock Security for $1.99 / month
  • Search Engine Jumpstart for $1.25 / month
  • SpamExperts Mail Filtering for $2.99 / month per domain name
  • Constant Contact (Email Newsletters Solution) for $20 / month
  • SSL Certificates for $59.88 / year
  • SAN Storage for Dedicated hosting ranges from $50 for 500 GB to $400 for 4 TB / month
  • Migration Services for $149.99 to help with moving your existing website to your new account
  • Quickstart for $79.99 to help get your new site up and running with training from a Bluehost expert

Guarantee

Bluehost offers a 30-day money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied. You can cancel anytime. If you cancel your hosting plan within 30 days you will receive a full refund. Cancelling after 30 days means you will receive a prorated refund based on the remainder of your hosting term. There are no hidden fees or penalties for ending your hosting subscription term early. Some add-on products like domains are not included in the 30 day money back guarantee due to how the pricing structure is setup. Domain names can only be cancelled and refunded within 3 days.

Customer Support

Bluehost customer service is available 24/7 for general support questions and for those hard to troubleshoot problems you might have that can range from account issues to problems with your Wordpress installation. You can contact Bluehost via online chat and a toll free phone number. You can also use Bluehost's in-depth knowledge base to search for answers to more common questions. The knowledge base contains both detailed articles and videos on a variety of topics. Customer support tickets can also be submitted.

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Features 
 
4.5
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5.0
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4.0

Bluehost

I use Bluehost for a blog I have about my comic collection. It is a Wordpress blog using their cloud service. Bluehost is in a nutshell a good web hosting service. My website is always fast and I have never noticed it being down in the past year or so I have been with Bluehost.

I have had a few issues one being with Apache mod_security which was being a little aggressive and disabling one of my Wordpress plugins from working. It took a while to get Bluehost to respond to my request to why my plugin wasn't working and even longer for them to fix the problem. The other time I dealt with customer service was also slow as well and took a few days to fix the issue. 

Pros
Easy setup. Excellent speed and uptime
Cons
Support is slow.
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Web Hosting Information

Web Hosting Type
Cloud
Length of Time Used
6 - 12 Months

About Me

Location
Milky Way :-)
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Overall rating 
 
4.5
Features 
 
4.0
Reliability 
 
5.0
Performance 
 
4.5
Value 
 
4.5

BlueHost is good with Wordpress

I have been using BlueHost for my Wordpress site now for about 6 months. I switched from Hostpapa after having horrible issues with their server being extremely slow most of the time. I haven't had this issue at all with Bluehost. Right now I am using the Basic Sharded hosting plan. I had excellent customer support switching from HostPapa to Bluehost and  the server I am on now supports HTTP2 which makes it even quicker. I am now looking into integrating Cloudfare which should really boost the speed of my site. It looks like Bluehosts control panel allows you add this easily to your website.

So far I have been extremely happy with the service from Bluehost and would recommend them to any small business or bloggers.

Pros
Great for Wordpress. Fast. Server is always up.
Cons
None yet.
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Web Hosting Information

Web Hosting Type
Shared
Length of Time Used
3 - 6 Months
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Overall rating 
 
4.1
Features 
 
4.0
Reliability 
 
5.0
Performance 
 
4.0
Customer Service 
 
3.0
Value 
 
4.5

My Blue Host Experience

This is my first hosting provider I have ever used and I was pretty nervous being a newbie to the whole thing of hosting a Wordpress website.

I have Apache setup on my Windows 10 machine as a test and was able to get everything working, I was hoping it would be as easy on Blue Host using their Control Panel and it was. I already had my .com domain name so I signed up for a shared hosting account and within literally a few minutes I had my account created and I was looking around control panel. Things seem easy enough. I uploaded via FTP my WordPress website I was working on and didn't quite get things working right. I chatted with Blue Host customer service and was told I needed to point my domain to my server. Of course I had forgotten this. After a quick chat they told me what I needed to do (my domain was with Namecheap) and voila everything was working.

It was much easier than I thought at the time and in the 4 months my site has been online I have had zero problems with Blue Host itself. I 've had lots of issues with Wordpress but that is a CMS issue and not a hosting one.

Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Web Hosting Information

Web Hosting Type
Shared
Length of Time Used
3 - 6 Months
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Overall rating 
 
4.5
Features 
 
4.0
Reliability 
 
5.0
Performance 
 
5.0
Value 
 
4.0

No complaints

Blue Host is pretty good.  I really haven't had any issues with them.  I haven't been hacked or had any real spam threats so their security must be pretty good. 

Prices are fair for what they offer in their packages.

Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Web Hosting Information

Web Hosting Type
Shared
Length of Time Used
1 - 2 Years
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Overall rating 
 
4.5
Features 
 
4.0
Reliability 
 
4.5
Performance 
 
5.0
Value 
 
4.5

Good Speed at Blue Host

I switched hosts over 2 years ago and I have not looked back. Blue Host is very fast and offers free SSL and the shared servers now support HTTP/2 which makes my Wordpress site even faster with its concurrent downloading of files. Pingdom Website Speed Test tool gives my site a Grade of "A" in performance and they say it is 91% faster than other sites.

Reliability is really up there to. I use Alertra website monitoring service which checks my website homepage every 10 minutes to see if it is up and if a certain text is present. Well in the past year it shows my site has been up and accessible 99.996% of the time which is really good.

My site gets over 2000 unique visitors a day now so speed and reliability is very important to me in a web host. Price is decent as well so I give it 5 stars. 

Pros
Good speed and almost zero downtime in 2 years
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Web Hosting Information

Web Hosting Type
Shared
Length of Time Used
More than 2 Years
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