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Product Owner: Matt Heaton
$5.99 $3.49 per month for Starter, $9.99 $3.95 per month for Pro, $19.99 $13.49 per month for Business Pro
Buyer Experience: 100/100
User Experience: 97/100
Overall Rating: 98.3/100
“Bluehost is widely regarded as the best hosting service around and has been since 1996. People are promoting cheap-o services like iPage but it’s not for everyone. HostGator is the only competition out there but the speed, uptime and features just don’t compare, and that’s why HostGator is a bit cheaper.” -Victor Musch
I was really confused by places like Top Ten Reviews. I had always felt they were non-biased until recently. When I was using them to look for a hosting company I wondered how services that lacked the features and uptime that Bluehost offered could possibly rank higher. The Bluehost review, unlimited web hosting, for real features and awesome uptime… what was the deal? Oh, they were promoting certain ones for moolah!
I saw through the facade and noticed that there was no competition. Most other reviews show Bluehost the clear winner. That’s why I look at more than one review before I make my decision. My first impression was feeling like I found a diamond in the rough. I may not be going to Top Ten Reviews as often, but sorting through their hoo-haa I found Bluehost. They clearly should have been the top choice.
Bluehost has a range of options to choose from. No matter what your needs, there is a plan for you. They offer Shared, VPN, and Dedicated Servers.
The Starter plan comes with 1 website, unlimited website space, unlimited bandwidth, 1 included domain, 5 parked domains, 25 sub domains, 100 email accounts, 500 MB per account, and $50 worth of marketing offers to get you going. The Starter plan is $5.99 per month.
The Plus plan is the most popular one. It offers unlimited websites, unlimited website space, unlimited bandwidth, 1 included domain (you can purchase more to take advantage of the unlimited websites), unlimited parked domains, unlimited sub domains, unlimited email accounts, unlimited email storage, $200 worth of marketing offers to get you rolling, Global CDN, and SpamExperts. The Plus plan is $9.99 per month.
The Business Pro plan is the one I use. It comes with everything in the Plus plan and more. You get 1 SSL, 1 Dedicated IP, 1 Domain Privacy, SiteBackup Pro, and High Performance hosting. The Business Pro plan is $19.99 per month.
(To see a full list of the features click here.)
I was very excited to see that I could get everything I needed from Bluehost. I recommend the Business Pro plan to anyone who would like to have an SSL certificate and a fast loading website. I give Matt a 100/100 for the Buyer Experience. It was very straightforward.
From Home you can access your Getting Started module, Help Center, Passwords, and Settings. You can also access your Email, Website, Files, and Domains sub categories here.
From the cPanel you can get into more features than Home. In cPanel you can access all Email, Website Builder, Mojo Marketplace, File Management, Domain Management, Upgrade, Professional Service, Promotional, Statistics, Security, Database Tools, Software/Services, Preferences, and Advanced features and settings.
You can install WordPress with just a few clicks. You can use Weebly for drag and drop website building. You can also FTP your hand coded stuff of course.
All of the Addons and Statistics are easy to manage. Just click and you’re there, right inside your Bluehost cPanel. I’ve used several different hosts but nothing compares to Bluehost.
I did have one hangup. For a moment I thought I was going to have to buy all the different features that came with the Business Pro plan. When I tried to manage those services I was taken to a shopping cart page and I didn’t notice that the price was $0.00.
I feel sill because I called them and they had to talk me off the ledge and then we got it all squared away. Maybe they could make it more clear because one screen says $19.99 per month, yet inside the actual shopping cart it rings up $0.00.
However, everything else went smooth as butter. Because of the industry leading performance and ease of use I give Matt a 97/100 for the User Experience
When it comes to lightning fast server response and full featured web hosting suites, nobody does it like Bluehost. From top to bottom, Bluehost is complete. Bluehost is widely regarded as the best hosting service around and has been since 1996. People are promoting cheap-o services like iPage but it’s not for everyone. HostGator is the only competition out there but the speed, uptime and features just don’t compare, and that’s why HostGator is a bit cheaper.
When it comes to value, either of the three plans are at the top of the industry. Whether you go Starter, Plus or Business Pro, you will find incredible value.
If you’re not satisfied with your Bluehost account, cancel within 30 days for a full refund. And, as every Bluehost account is non-contractual, you can also cancel at any time and receive a prorated refund for the remainder of your current hosting term.
You can’t get locked in. Many web hosting companies advertise their discounts as a means of getting you in the door and locking you into their multi-year contracts. At Bluehost they feel you should not be locked in and their money-back guarantee proves you’re not stuck with anything. None of their hosting terms are contracts and they have no hidden penalties or gimmicky cancellation fees.
There is one thing though. The anytime money-back guarantee applies to Bluehost stuff, but does not apply to most add-on services, such as domains.
If you register a domain through Bluehost, that’s non-refundable. This not only covers their non-recoverable costs, but ensures that if you’re dissatisfied with your experience at Bluehost, you won’t lose your domain. You can transfer it or simply point it elsewhere if you want. You’ll retain ownership of your domain until the end of its registration period, unless you extend it.
With all that being said, you can see why I use Bluehost myself. I give Matt a 98/100 for the Value.
To do hosting right, Bluehost designs and maintains their own servers in house and develops their own software to control the entire enterprise. That’s why I give Matt a 98.3/100 for the Overall Rating.
You can’t go wrong with Bluehost. If you are even partially serious about starting a website, go with Bluehost. You can save a couple pennies a month by using another service but that’s just like cutting yourself in the hell to start a foot in front of another racer. Well, nice job dummie, you can’t run as fast with that huge gash in the back of your leg. Try Bluehost. I highly recommend that you use them for all of your hosting needs.