Bluehost Hosting Review 2021: A Complete Review With Pros & Cons

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There are a lot of web hosting companies out there each one one coming with it’s pros and cons and Bluehost hosting wouldn’t be an exception.

At SemaSEO, we mostly deal with web hosting for WordPress, and when it comes to shared hosting, there are many companies that offer top-notch hosting a WordPress blog.  Bluehost being one such hosting company.

Did you know that Bluehost is home to more than 2 million websites?

Bluehost is a very popular web hosting company run by Endurance International. The company runs its servers in-houses at a 50K square-foot office in Orem, Utah, USA. It has created a name for itself with outstanding server performance & in the past 16 years, they have contributed a lot to the WordPress eco-system. Today I will be sharing a detailed analysis & complete review of Bluehost hosting, and you can decide if this hosting is right for you or not.

Looking to start a blog and looking for hosting companies? These are what you should be looking for:

  • Reliability to keep site always running
  • Affordability so that it doesn’t screw up our budget
  • Support when we face technical issues.
  • Hardware offering to ensure we are using the best server quality

Bluehost Hosting Review: Shared Hosting review

bluehost hosting review

Before we get into details, lets look at the basics. As a WordPress blogger, whenever I evaluate a hosting company I measure its value based on several parameters:

  • Hosting optimized for WordPress
  • Pricing
  • Disk space
  • Email
  • Ease of use
  • Custom Support
SUPPORT:24/7 Live Chat
BANDWIDTH:Unlimited Bandwidth
SITE TRANSFER:Free Site Migration
MONEY BACK POLICY:30-day money back guarantee

Bluehost’s shared hosting package is perfect for your new blog & comes in 3 different packages and you can choose the one that is right for you according to your unique needs.

bluehost shared  hosting packages

Which Bluehost shared hosting package is best?

  • If you want to create only one website, you should buy the basic package.
  • If you plan to host multiple sites, go with the “plus” package.
  • If your needs guard & site backup pro, you should go for the choice plus package.

My recommendation for most users would be the “plus” package as it offers everything you need and is a complete value for money. (unless you are a business user in need of the dedicated IP and SSL).

Bluehost hosting features

1. Free SSL Certificate:

Security of NE citizens is key and thus Google takes it pretty seriously. This has made SSL certificate be among the ranking factors on Google search results.

Bluehost offers free SSL certificate to every new & existing user. For the new site, Bluehost will automatically install & configure SSL certificate.

One thing I like about Bluehost is that a user doesn’t have to be technical to use the SSL as everything is practically straight forward making it easier to offer a secure version of the site.

2. Ease of use

Bluehost uses a cPanel that has by far been the easiest panels that I’ve come across.

Just so you know, most of the shared hosting companies use the standard cPanel, and you will not find it hard to use. In fact, cPanel makes managing your hosting account easier.  Also, Bluehost is one of very few shared Web hosting companies which will allow you to access SSH.

3. In-built caching feature:

This is another cutting-edge feature of Bluehost is the inbuilt caching feature. With Bluehost hosting, you don’t need to use any 3rd party caching plugin like WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache. Also, depending on the kind of website that you have, you can configure the level of caching.

in-built caching

4. Customer support

bluehost customer support

Bluehost prides itself on helping all its clients. Since its inception, Bluehost is always ready and willing to help all its clients worldwide. Therefore, it is not surprising that it is the number one recommended web hosting by WordPress.

Compared to other hosting services, I would rate Bluehost’s customer support as 4/5. You can get in touch with them via live chat, email or telephone. In most cases, resolution time is 20-45 minutes, which is an average support time for any shared hosting.

Bluehost also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, so if you are not happy with their hosting, you can cancel your account within the first 30 days and get a full refund!

5. Guaranteed Reliability

You will never go wrong when you choose Bluehost, thanks to its reliability. Bluehost is the number one recommended hosting provider by WordPress. With over 2 million websites globally, you can rest assured knowing that your site is safe when you use Bluehost’s hosting plan. Above all, you are guaranteed 99.9% uptime with Bluehost. This is unlike other website hosting providers in the market

Here is a brief at Bluehost hosting plans;

  • Shared Hosting. Plans in this category suit people who are starting new websites with low traffic volume. Websites in shared hosting environment share server resources with others. Bluehost’s shared plans start at $2.75 a month (Basic Plan). There are other plans in this category; Plus- starts at $4.95/month, Choice Plus- starts at $5.45/month, Pro- starts at $13.95/month.
  • Cloud hosting. This is more reliable than the shared hosting plan as it allows you to use multiple cloud servers. With cloud hosting, your website can switch from one server to another in case of traffic surge or hardware failure
  • WordPress hosting. Bluehost, being one of the preferred choices for WordPress users, offers hosting plans dedicated to WordPress users. The plans are optimized to run WordPress to provide optimal speed, security, and ease of use. You can choose from Build, Grow, and Scale Bluehost WordPress hosting packages
  • Virtual Private Server Hosting. VPS hosting gives you dedicated resources in a shared environment. There are different plans in this category, such as a Linux-based VPS hosting plan that offers 30GB SSD storage, 2 CPU cores, 2GB memory, and monthly data transfer capped at 1TB
  • Dedicated Server Hosting. Here, you will have all the server resources to yourself, but you will need to manage the server yourself. There are different dedicated server plans, with the starter plan coming with 500GB SSD RAID storage, Linux operating system, 4 CPU core, 4GB RAM, 4TB of monthly data transfers

Cons of Using Bluehost Hosting

1. Higher Renewal Rates

The best way to get the lowest possible price for hosting is to prepay for one, two, or even three years upfront. The average monthly price decreases, but you’re also committing hundreds of dollars in advance.

Rest assured, you can use the 30-day money-back guarantee to get a refund if you don’t like their service. However, once the initial plan duration is over, you can expect a steep rise in the rates.

Let’s say you commit to the cheapest plan for three years, which is $2.75/month. After the initial period, the next period’s renewal price starts at $8.99/month with a three-year commitment.

In this case, the subsequent period is three times more expensive than the first.

2. Cheapest Plan Restrictions

Bluehost’s cheapest shared hosting plan comes with some heavy restrictions.

You can only have a single website, the storage space is limited and the only security feature you get is a free SSL certificate. So, if you have multiple sites or want more security, you have to go for at least the next pricing tier, which is twice as expensive.

Sadly, such restrictions on the cheapest plan are quite common in the web hosting industry. The companies compete over who can lure the customers in with the lowest price, only to upsell a decent hosting service at a higher price

Do we recommend Bluehost?

Overall, it can be said that Bluehost has everything that a small or medium-sized business needs. The hosting service provider is inexpensive with a reasonable uptime guarantee, and they have highly flexible plans that range from a small basic plan to a bigger complex one

So yes we do recommend!

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