Bluehost Review – 99.98% Uptime Proven

Bluehost is a most popular and cheap web hosting platform known for its low costs and speedy loading times of its web pages . It boasts about Uptime guarantee of 99.98 faster than any other domain which translates one hour and 45 minutes of downtime over a year. Since the beginning, they have continually innovated new ways to deliver their mission : to empower people to fully harness the web . Bluehost is providing services from 2003 and since then, they have been on an epic ride. The idea of Bluehost is to allow people create a website with hassle free experience. It offers a zero cost domain to certain first time users when they sign up for a 1-year plan or more. But, that benefit does not include any domain registration fee , which you’ll still have to pay .There’s a drag and drop site builder is those who have an idea of what they want to create, but don’t have sufficient knowledge about HTML and CSS skills. It offers CPU protection on all of its plans. However, Bluehost also provides free SSL and CDN. Bluehost uses the “cPanel” Control Panel, which is a famous content management system(CMS).

The company also offers free backups so if you accidentally lose any key site files, one can easily retrieve those files. Depending on the plan you use, Bluehost offers anything from 50GB data up to unlimited data storage space for your website files. If all you plan to do is run a solo WordPress blog with words and images, then the 50GB plan will be enough for you to use.

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Performance

According to the studies, one-second outrage can drop the website speed and hence, decrease the website conversion by 7%. And this kind of outrage can cost you 50% of your traffic. So, Before choosing a hosting do check the uptime of the hosting servers. No hosting provider in the market offer 100% uptime guarantee. But here Bluehost guarantees a super-fast website speed of uptime upto 99.98%. Here, Bluehost performs better than other hosting providers by assuring 99.98% uptime guarantee.

Security

Security of the website and its data is the important thing for a blogger. Websites such as e-commerce websites and websites where put their sensitive informations such as usernames, passwords, card details and many more are vulnerable for attack. To keep the storage secure premium SSL certificates comes handy. Now, the question arises. What is SSL? SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) acts as a security guard for the website. It protects a website from every kind of attacks. One can easily identify a secure website by noticing a padlock icon and “HTTPS” at the beginning of website links.

So, availability of SSL certificates is the best indication of a secure website. However, Bluehost provides a free SSL certificate with the starter plan, therefore no “insecure” warning for the visitors. But sites which deals with storage of public data must ensure overall security of the websites. For them advanced security plans come handy. Here, the subscribers have to purchase a premium SSL certificate at a very low cost upon their needs.

Bluehost offers some free security features also which includes Secure shell access, Spam assassin protection, protected hotlink and many more. And for newbies Bluehost provides enough security features. But for someone who wants to scale up the websites to new heights, they can opt for advanced security features by paying some additional cost.

Bluehost Customer Support-

It tops the list of our analysis for customer care, getting a perfect 5 out of 5. It has a number of options, including live chat, email support tickets, & 24*7 phone support which was very pleasant. We got all the answers for our queries very quickly, and the support executive was very knowledgeable. Sure, some of the responses were bit more copy pasted, but the follow-up questions were improvised and helpful answers at the other end.

Particularly, we analyzed the ease-of-use and responsiveness of two most important features: one is Bluehost knowledge base, and other is Bluehost live chat. Overall, all these features exceeded our expectations and we were impressed by the services. However, we are also galvanized in both areas, we are also more impressed by the Bluehost’s limitless and searchable knowledge center than its live chat capabilities..

Services offering –

  1. Hosting – Shared / VPS / WordPress / Dedicated Hosting
  2. Domain Names
  3. Website Builder

Plans-

Shared Hosting Plans( ClickHere to Get More Details)

BASIC

$3.95/mo*
PLUS

$5.95/mo*


CHOICEPLUS

$4.95/mo*


PRO

$13.95/mo*
Top Features
1 Website
50 GB SSD Storage
Custom Themes
24/7 Customer Support





Also Includes
Free Domain – 1 year
Free CDN Included
Free SSL Certificate
Top Features
Unlimited Websites
Unlimited SSD Storage
Custom Themes
24/7 Customer Support



Also Includes
Free Domain – 1 year
Free CDN Included
Free SSL Certificate – 30 days
Free Office 365 – 30 days
Top Features
Unlimited Websites
Unlimited 
SSD Storage
Custom Themes
24/7 Customer Support.


Also Includes
Free Domain – 1 year
Free CDN Included
Free SSL Certificate
Free Office 365 – 30 days
Free Domain Privacy
Free Automated Backup – 1 year
Top Features
Unlimited Websites
Unlimited SSD Storage
Custom Themes
24/7 Customer Support
Optimized CPU Resources
Also Includes
Free Domain – 1 year
Free CDN Included
Free SSL Certificate
Free Office 365 -30 days
Free Domain Privacy
Free Automated Backup -1 year
Free Dedicated IP

Hidden/Additional Costs

Most of the hosting providers try to lure their customers by offering additional services for a minimal charge. But some hosting providers unfortunately pile-up additional cost for the customers. Still, it’s all about the choice made by the customers, if a customer does not feel it as a need, he/she can uncheck them while purchasing the plan.

Whatsoever, some of these add-ons items also come handy and worth the money. But still it’s depend on one’s choice. Here are some add ons that worth every penny and every new bloggers should check them while purchasing –

1. SSL Certificates

2. Domains

3. Office 365

4. CodeGuard Backups

5. Extra Features & many more.

Migration

From April 23 2020 onwards , Bluehost started offering free website migrations for eligible WordPress websites within the first 30 days after signing up. The offer includes the transfer of a single WordPress website and the ability to overview the site before its available online. Many of you who are very unhappy and unsatisfied from their existing hosting provider can easily switch to Bluehost. Its very easy to move website to Bluehost. Follow instruction given below-

1.   How to move your site to Bluehost?

Migration process is very easy in case of bluehost. Very helpful and interactive. Standard cPanel is very interactive and one can follow all the instructions given by the interface for smooth processing. For people with zero technical knowledge it might be a hindrance but can thoroughly migrate the site by following given instructions.

2.   Payment for Migration !!!!

Bluehost guarantees less downtime and outrages in this process, and provides 24 X 7 live support throughout the migration process. Bluehost also provide free website migration offer for certain websites. But due to some reasons, such as large size of site, the migration process fails and to complete the migration one has to take paid migration way.

With a payment of  $149.99, Bluehost takes full control of complete process for migrating your site to its servers (For this amount one can move upto 5 websites and 20 email accounts to Bluehost).

Currently, Bluehost does not provides any migration support for VPS, Reseller and Dedicated Server Accounts. Transferring of domain name is also barred.

3.   Free Website Migration Offer

There are certain types of WordPress sites that are actually eligible for migration to Bluehost without any cost,free. Just signing up the form available on Bluehost’s Official Website after choosing  a hosting plan, Bluehost will migrate your website for free of charge. Below is steps to followed for free migration-

Process for the Free WordPress Site Migration

One can be easily able to claim free site migration offer through the official website at signup, these offer can only be avail within the first 30 days of opening account from the Marketplace.

  1. Sign in to the account which you want to migrate to.
  2. Click on Marketplace, then open Professional Services.
  3. Then, Click Pro Services from the sidebar navigation menu on the left, then go to the Site Migration option.
  4. Under the Free Site Migration option, agree all the terms and conditions for free migration, then click on Get Started.
  5. Enter your domain name into the entry field you wish to migrate, and check the compatibility. (This actually checks that your site is a WordPress site. If using a CDN (Content Delivery Network), it might slow down the process a bit.)
  6. After thorough verification of compatibility, sign in to your WordPress Dashboard and install and install the plugin “Bluehost Site Migrator”.

After completion of installation and activation, the WordPress site is being migrated. So, Be patient it can take some time. 

  • Once the plugin is activated, an option titled “Site Migrator” appears on the left side of the menu.  Click on Site Migrator. If the screen is totally blank, tap page down, and the content will appear.
  • Go to Check compatibility and Click on it.

Remember – If the site is too large, then compatibility check could FAIL. In this Case, opt for paid migration plan.

  • Follow the instructed process after checking compatibility. Sometimes this operation can fail occasionally. If generating backups fails, it’s most evident that there is lack of disk space.
  • You are gonna receive an email regarding the completion of migration. Generally it takes around 1-3 business days to complete the migration process.

Note – Process is not active on weekends.

Plan Cancellation

If someone is not satisfied by the services of Bluehost which is next to possible, can easily cancel their respective plans. Bluehost’s 30-days money back guarantee comes handy for all customers that means customer can spend some time i.e. 30-days on testing the platform and take their decision properly. But after 30-days Bluehost automatically revokes any refunds and cancellation. So, one has to take decision between the given stipulated periods. (30 days)

Verdict

If someone is very new to web hosting and don’t have a massive site to operate, then I suggest them to kickstart their journey with Shared Hosting Plans offered by Bluehost. When your website grows substantially, then try to upgrade your plan to better segments. Even if your site is small no worries as Bluehost provides very cheapest plans available in the market with loads of decent features which will definitely help you to grow your site. Also one thing you must keep in your mind to check the renewal prices of your domains and hosting as its offers cheapest plan for first year but renewal prices can be high. So, please do check all features.

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