This article, sort of a review, is about my personal experience of using Bluehost for hosting my WordPress websites and blogs. We will also look into Bluehost webmail (that is using Bluehost email), Bluehost customer care support, its Cpanel, and walk you briefly through login through my.bluehost.com.
Brief History of Bluehost: The founders
Bluehost was founded in 2003 by Matt Heaton and Danny Ashworth. It hosts over 2 million websites globally. It offers shared hosting, cloud hosting, WordPress hosting, VPS hosting, and Dedicated hosting. Its servers are powered by PHP, NGINX, and HPPT/2
I have used Bluehost for the last four years and haven’t really had any bad experiences but of course, I want to be transparent with the company. Bluehost shared hosting is not ideal for content-heavy websites like image hosting, video hosting, file sharing, forum sites, etc. However, you can opt for BlueHost dedicated hosting if your website falls in that category.
Shared hosting sites on Bluehost run on an Nginx server which improves load speed for websites that are not resource-intensive. A new WordPress site with about 15 lightweights installed plugins will load for an average of about 1.5 seconds.
Most bloggers or companies are really concerned about uptime when selecting a hosting company. Bluehost has some of the best uptime when you compare them to other big hosts like Godaddy. I have only had one of my websites hosted on blue host go down for 30 minutes. It was on a shared server and they explained to me what went wrong. That was reasonable.
This is huge. You obviously want someone who’s going to give you good attention. I have some websites hosted on Godaddy and their customer support is terrible. Just check these consumer affairs reviews.
With Bluehost. You don’t have to be worried about customer support. Just click the live chat button, someone will pop up in minutes and handle your issues. They’re available 24/7 and will hold your hand until you know how to do something which is very nice of them.
The prices below are for shared hosting plans and are subject to change. Let us know in the comment section if you notice any discrepancies.
|Basic||$9.99||50 GB SSD||Unmetered||1|
|Choice Plus||$18.99||Unlimited SSD||Unmetered||Unlimited|
NOTE: The above prices are without any offers. We are using normal prices because we want you to know how much you will pay after your discount period is over.
Discounted prices for new customers for the first year are as follows;
- Basic: $2.95/mo
- Plus: $5.45/mo
- Choice Plus: $5.45/mo
- Pro: $13.95
When you pay for your Bluehost hosting package you do get a free domain, a free site Builder and you can easily install WordPress with one click through their cPanel and as you can see in the Cpanel image below. They actually are the number one recommended hosting website by WordPress itself which is a big deal.You will also get a free SSL certificate that you can install with a click of a mouse.
Most hosting companies use WHM/ Cpanel so does Bluehost. And a lot of things are pretty self-explanatory. You click this to get to your email account. To build a website click on WordPress and install. You can read a number of articles online on installing WordPress, getting started with it, customizing the theme, and the design of your website.
Below is an image of what their Cpanel looks like. After paying for your Bluehost package. Login through my.bluehost.com. Click Cpanel to access it.
There are two ways to access your webmail.
- The first approach is through typing into the browser address bar your domain, slash then webmail for instance; example.com/webmail.
- The second approach is through sign-in through your cPanel. To access email through cpanel click email in the submenu. Locate the email address that you want to use. Click more to access you webmail. You can either use horde, roundcube or squirrel webmail clients.
The first approach is ideal if you want to create staff emails with your domain name but you don’t want them to access the Cpanel.
No webhosting service provider is 100% perfect. Each has its good and bad side. If you search for BlueHost reviews online, you will find some customers praising it while others condemning it in equal measure. Having used BlueHost for years, I would say that if you have reached a point where BlueHost cannot meet your website traffic needs then it means your website has become too big and therefore no traditional web hosting company can meet your needs. The alternative is to consider cloud hosting service providers like AWS, Azure, DigitalOcean, Google Cloud, Oracle, etc where you will have to manage your own servers.
- Facebook: @Bluehost
- Twitter: @Bluehost
- Office Location: 10 Corporate Drive, Suite #300
- Phone contacts: +1 (855) 803-8156 or +1 (855) 803-8158 or +1 (855) 803-8155 or +1 (855) 803-8157
- Official Website: www.bluehost.com.
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