I’ve spent 10 years working with hundreds of different hosting companies. Which one(s) are the best?
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Hi, David from My Best Hosting Review here. This video is all about Bluehost hosting overview and review. Now, I’ve actually used them for a very, very long time, about 10 years. I’ve used a ton of other hosting accounts, as well, so I think I’m well qualified to speak on the quality of Bluehost and its features and its pricing and its support.
One thing to note is that there was a big change that occurred. It’s different from when I started 10 years ago to now. I’m gonna go over that in a little bit, but let’s talk about the features. To me, one of the most important features is the cPanel. It definitely needs to involve one-click WordPress install, so that’s good that they have that. But let’s take a look in here.
But they don’t have the classic cPanel. I don’t know why companies do this. This is a big pet peeve of mine when they make their own cPanel. They don’t use the cPanel. I suspect it is to keep more control over the relationship, but it does look like it has most of all of what is needed in a cPanel despite it being different. I like the classic cPanel so much more and a lot of times when companies make their own “cPanel,” it’s not really a cPanel. I hate to see that.
They lose a little bit, but it does look like it has the most important thing, which is installing WordPress. Okay, their pricing. They do have $295 per month. Let’s go ahead and see what happens. Then it reverts to $799, which is kind of expensive. This is actually not a bad deal. Let’s see when we actually go in here.
Let’s just do one website. If you want multiple websites, it’s $8.00 a month. That’s pretty good. Let’s say you wanna get your free domains. I’m just gonna do this with the pricing. Obviously, in almost every case you’re gonna want monthly. They’re gonna want you to pay- Ah! That’s a 36-month price, which is pretty ridiculous. Let’s see. Yes, we want privacy. We don’t need this. We don’t need this. Total, $71.
I’d say that’s not really expensive, but it’s also definitely not inexpensive. There’s a lot of good hosting companies you can get out there for under $50. I don’t think this is a particularly good price. Now, if I thought that their product and service was superior, then I would definitely consider paying this. That’s something to keep in mind.
Okay, actually, I covered the cPanel. Let me talk about EIG before I go into their support. It’s gonna make a whole lot of sense. Endurance International Group, there’s Bluehost right there, they buy successful hosting companies but they are terrible. What they do is, and you can look more about it. Let’s see, there’s a Wikipedia post about this.
What they do is they buy successful hosting companies. They strip their support funding and keep the profits and keep the prices the same and, actually, I think tweak the prices to where they make a little bit more with lower costs. I think that’s their whole business model and it’s very profitable for them. If I own them in my stock portfolio, I might be happy with that.
I think it’s a little bit unethical. Bluehost used to have really great support. But now, their support is terrible. I used to use them. I had a lot of accounts with them and I had several websites on them, and they actually hurt me with a client when they switched over because their support went really bad and it became very difficult to get a good answer quickly on things when, before, it was really awesome support.
They’re still taking advantage of that reputation, but a lot of people, especially people in the know in my industry, are aware of this. If any hosting company that is owned by EIG, I do not recommend. I just completely recommend you stay away from any of these hosts, all of these. I remember when HostGator got bought by them, it was a big deal because a lot of people were using HostGator, a lot of people I know, and it was highly recommended.
Then, boom. They’re constantly swooping up and picking up companies. My actual recommendation is no, an emphatic no. I don’t think it’s necessarily terrible, it’s not like it went from the best support ever. It went from really good support to poor support. You will get support. They do have some support but it’s just not what it used to be. It’s a shadow of its former self.
I definitely don’t recommend. I think there’s a lot of other, better hosting. Less expensive and better hosting out there. If you wanna see my favorite hosting, I’ll put a link below the video and then if you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks for watching. Please like this video. Have a great day, bye.
BlueHost sports an average online review of about 3.5 out of 5 stars. That’s certainly above average in the Web hosting world. Let’s take a look at some of the things that we like about BlueHost:
- Low Pricing — starting from $3.49/month
- Good Security Options — offers tools that combat some of the most common website risks. ( For example: you can prevent spam with tools like SpamAssassin, Spam Experts, and Spam Hammer);
- Many Integrations and Apps — BlueHost comes with a dashboard full of applications, like Google Apps or CloudFlare.
- One free domain
- Easy-to-use — a great option for beginners.
- 24/7 technical support
- Generous 30-day money back guarantee
- WordPress integration
BlueHost makes it easy to create attractive, functional, and stable pages for your business. However, it does have its drawbacks. For one, BlueHost does not offer a month-to-month shared hosting option. Therefore, if you plan on getting a shared hosting plan, you would need to sign up for at least a year.
Also, BlueHost lacks Windows-based servers. Instead, it is a Linux-based Web host.
After reading reviews online, you’ll find that many loyal BlueHost customers are claiming that the Web host has gotten worse over time. The main complaint is that the support team is no longer as attentive or helpful as they once were. Also, BlueHost has been known for upselling and, at times, for having misleading prices. However, it’s important to note that everyone’s experience with a Web host is different; some may be treated very well and have no issues, while others may have a terrible experience.
All in all, we consider BlueHost an below average option due to its low prices, reliable uptime, and its simplicity. While it is not without problems, no Web host is. For more information on BlueHost hosting, check out the videos below: