BlueHost has been doing web hosting for 13 years now. So don’t be surprised if they are now hosting a million domains. Well, they do have some good points, but like all other web hosts, they too have their weaknesses. So this too is worth a review.
WHAT IS GOOD ABOUT BLUEHOST?
1. Shared Hosting Protection Through VPS
Low-cost hosting providers usually do shared hosting since it can save them a great deal of money, one reason why price is quite cheap for you too. With shared-hosting, a number of users are using one same server so do not expect 100% uptime ever. And not only that, if you happen to be using the same server with a bad website, the damages this incident can cause to your site may be inevitable. Basically these are the down sides of shared hosting. BlueHost, although a budget web host, came up with a hosting solution to solve this shared-hosting issue. Through a VPS or dedicated hosting protection, Bluehost is able to protect your hosting resources for a price that is quite the same with a low-cost hosting provider. You also get better uptime because they provide CPU and Memory Protection.
2. Better Version Of Cpanel.
cPanel is now the most preferred controlled panel in web hosting since it makes web management so easy that you can have a decent site in less than 30 minutes. Not only does BlueHost support cPanel, it actually has a better version of it.
3. 1 Click Installs Of Web Scripts
Installing WordPress, ZenCart, phpBB and other web scripts is very easy with BlueHosts’s SimpleScripts Installer. So there is no need to worry about these things with BlueHost.
4. Ruby on Rails is supported
Developers will surely like the advantage of having Ruby on Rails web framework. Not all web hosts have this so it is a total advantage.
BLUEHOST – WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE?
Although it is quite common for budget web hosts to offer one single plan, many customers still find it inconvenient. Apparently BlueHost is one of those who doesn’t accept monthly payments.
BlueHost requires a yearly upfront payment. And this is quite a turn off since there are web hosts out there that accept monthly payments, or if not at least 3 months or 6 months initial contract. It is quite hard to commit right away to a web host especially since the industry players are very competitive and you can really hop from one host to another.
It is not smart at all to commit to a web host that doesn’t satisfy your needs. So paying for 1 whole year is not really that appealing as long as you are already sure that you are happy with a web host company.
Well, like most web hosts, BlueHost offers Money Back Guarantee to make you feel more secure with the yearly upfront payment. But of course, this too has limitations.
Limitations of Money Back Guarantee
1. 30 days of money back guarantee means 30 calendar days and not 30 working days.
2. Refund only covers the hosting fee. So do not expect to get back the payments made for SSL certificates and domain names.
3. No full refund shall apply for accounts active more than 30 days
4. The free domain name that comes with the hosting package will no longer be free once account is cancelled. And this is going to cost you $10.00.