- Price $3.95
- Disk Space Unlimited
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- Support 24/7
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Since way back in 1996 Bluehost has been providing web hosting solutions to thousands of businesses and personal websites across the world. They’re still going strong today, in fact stronger than ever. These guys are one of our top web hosts, and have been for several years.
Starter plans help small businesses and individuals get their websites up and running smoothly at a very reasonable price indeed. They are also known for providing some of the best hosting for personal and business blogs.
We know that most people who need web hosting need it for their small business, and that’s why we like what BlueHost offers and their approach to hosting.
Our rankings of the best web hosting services puts BlueHost hosting within our top hosting choices. Through BlueHost.com, you pretty much get all the disk space, bandwidth, and domain hosting you need. They also give you a domain at no charge. All of this for just $3.95 each month.
However our research and analysis of the BlueHost reviews shows some customers are complaining lately of down time and having to pay more for additional bandwidth beyond 1GB. Of course, we don’t like hearing those complaints, but it’s our duty to report them. This company has had a difficult period in the last quarter of 2010 when a lot of these complaints started to crop up.
(*Update 2011: We’ve been hearing from new hosting reviews that BlueHost has definitely cleaned up their act as far as their support and bandwidth. Here’s the real insider scoop on bandwidth — every hosting company claims unlimited bandwidth, in reality that’s just not possible. The larger your site is and the more power you need, and the more you’re going to pay in hosting fees, eventually. Don’t let anyone tell you different.)
Prices as of Today:
$3.95 each month for two years with our BlueHost Coupon
$4.95 each month for one year
BlueHost Makes it on Our Top Blog Hosting Page
BlueHost remains in our top ten hosting choices because of their great service and the awesome blog hosting they offer. This is a great website hosting service overall and is one where you will get good customer service, good hosting products, and very attractive prices.
In addition, BlueHost just hosted its one millionth website, which is an amazing feat for any website hosting business. So, yes, they are one of the big boys. We believe that they may be experiencing some growing pains right now and that they will get their act together in 2011. (Our reviews have definitely been better in the last few months, so we do feel like they have addressed concerns brought up by reviewers at the end of 2010).
(*Update 2012: As of right now, May of 2012, BlueHost is completely out of the woods and back to offering amazing service at a very low price. They went through some growing pains and with the addition of new servers and staff members, they have climbed back to the top. We rate them as the top choice for blog hosting and give them two thumbs up overall)
Every hosting company goes through some growing pains and drops the ball from time to time, what matters is to they improve and fix the situation quickly. We can honestly say that these guys are always working on their game and that is what we like to see. No hosting company is perfect, no matter what you might read, but handling complaints and ugly situations with class is the right way to do business.
Bigger Not Always Better
When compared to other website hosting companies BlueHost may be a bit more expensive than the competing companies. Many of the user opinions seem to think they are very similar to HostMonster, and we agree that their business models are similar. This is not surprising since they are owned by the same parent company.
You will want to watch this hosting website closely, as they might earn a higher spot on our list very soon. **Thanks to its high customer satisfaction level, BlueHost.com just jumped onto on our list of top 10 web hosting websites. We hope to hear much better things in the future about their up time and leveling with new customers about the web hosting packages.
The Small Business Site Builder Offered at BlueHost
Bluehost’s site builder seems to be a good one, not any better than any of the other web hosts in our top 10 but certainly serviceable. If you need a site builder to put a few quick sites without buying any additional software then you can certainly do that with their application.
Sure it won’t come close to a DreamWeaver site but we realize that many people, especially small business folks, don’t really need anything too slick. They just need to put their cyber shingle up and service existing customers. Well, this site builder is definitely good for that. The site builder that Bluehost has is perfect for a new small business, and we know there are a lot of folks looking for something like this, if that’s what you’re looking for, this could very well be your host.
Customer Reviews about BlueHost
“Bluehost could be better…
The servers have been sort of up and down lately, which scares me. I’ve been with the company for a few months (since Oct. 2010) and I have noticed that the customer service is great, they are very responsible and responsive…but I’m worried about performance. I have been adding new domains lately and everything is fine, no bandwidth problems on anything like that at all. I’m a patient person, and I hope that these outages are just a minor glitch, I believe that they probably are, this is a very old and respected company. But, I can’t in good conscious give them a 5 start review at this point.”
“Sites Have Been Down A Bit Lately.
Ok, so my sites on Bluehost load fast, and that’s great because as we know site load time is important in rankings now, at least for Google…are there any other search engines that really matter? LOL. But, here’s the deal my sites have been going down for an hour or two a day for last several days. Sure, I’ve got the shared hosting packages so I realize that it’s not going to be perfect, but I expected a little bit more than this. When I contacted customer service they were pretty helpful and patient, however their suggestion was that if I wanted perfect uptime that I upgrade to a dedicated server. I’d love to, but I just don’t have the money right now. Maybe this is how it is at every web host, but I’m a bit disappointed.”
“Bluehost Under attack??
Is this some sort of wiki leaks conspiracy to bring down the internet or something more? I’m a web developer so I need good hosting for my client’s. I’ve got a fairly large reseller account and a lot of websites up with Bluehost…but lately I’ve been experiencing more down time problems. It seems to me that they are ungoing maintenance during regular business hours — that is a big no-no in my book. They have been a solid business partner for me for many years, and I appreciate that, but lately they have been dropping the ball. I’m going to stick with them for another month or two and see what happens!