Have you had enough of all those glowing Bluehost reviews, with all perfect five-star ratings? Me too. Imagine reading an honest review without all the perfect ratings, the bias, and the fluff. Here I'll tell you if Bluehost is as good as they say!
You are probably thinking that this here is just another one of those Bluehost review sites that rank them as numero uno!
No siree, uh-uh, you're wrong about that. This is not another one of those. Because this here is my personal, unbiased, and brutally honest review.
Bluehost isn't perfect – but Bluehost is one of the best web hosts for WordPress beginners offering automatic WordPress installation and solid features including a free domain name.
If you don’t have time to read this Bluehost review, just watch this short video I put together for you:
Pros and Cons
- 30-day money-back guarantee
- Free domain name for 1 year
- Free SSD drives on all shared hosting plans
- PHP7, HTTP/2, NGINX Caching
- Unlimited web traffic & storage space
- Easy WordPress 1-click installation and officially recommended by WordPress.org
- Free Let's Encrypt SSL certificate & Cloudflare CDN
- New Bluerock control panel, built in NGINX caching
- No free website migration
- No free daily website backups & restore
Sure, it's an all-around, cheap, and overall good web hosting company for when starting your first site but people do tend to either love 'em or hate 'em.
If you are thinking about signing up with them, then give me ten minutes of your time and I will give you all the must-know facts and answer questions.
- How much does Bluehost plans cost?
- Are they any good, or should I choose another web host?
- If I sign up with them, will I get my money back if I'm unhappy?
- What are the pros and cons of using them?
- Which is the best shared hosting plan to get?
- What is (and is not) included in the hosting packages?
- Does Bluehost come with SSD storage? Unlimited GB SSD disk space & unmetered bandwidth?
- Can I host multiple websites on them?
- Are there any extras that are included for free?
When you have finished reading this Bluehost review (2021 update), you will know if they are the right (or wrong) web hosting for you to sign up with.
Here is how our web hosting review process works:
1. We sign up for the web hosting plan & install a blank WordPress site.
2. We monitor the site's performance, uptime, & page load time speed.
3. We analyze the good/bad features, pricing, & customer support.
4. We publish the review (and update it throughout the year).
Before I jump into the review here is a quick summary.
- Bluehost was founded in 2003 by Matt Heaton and its headquarters is in Provo, Utah.
- Plans come with unlimited disk space and unmetered bandwidth.
- A free domain name for one year is included with most plans.
- Bluerock is their new and (speed & security) improved control panel (cPanel).
- Free SSD drives come included in every shared hosting plan.
- Servers are powered by PHP7, HTTP/2 and NGINX caching
- Bluehost offers free SSL certificates (Let's Encrypt) and Cloudflare CDN.
- Bluehost offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
- Is an official partner of WordPress.org
- Website: www.bluehost.com
Now let's dive into the review…
Bluehost Pros and Cons
Let's find out what the positives and negatives are. Because you should never put all your eggs in one basket and this also applies to buying web hosting.
I have lost many eggs over the years due to the fact that I didn't do the initial research of a web host and check all the facts.
So when you are getting web hosting make sure you do your research before you buy. You should weigh the pros and cons of using them and let the facts speak for themselves.
What does stand out about this company is that they’ve been around since 2003 and host over 2 million websites. They're one of the most popular, inexpensive, shared hosting options available.
But are they any good?
Originally they just offered shared plans, but they now provide a variety of services including domains, cloud hosting, and a variety of hosting options including hosting for WordPress and WooCommerce.
Like every company, they come with both pros and cons. And, being one of the largest hosting providers in the world, it proves many have faith in them. According to the Consumer Rankings, they are ranked at 9.7 out of 10 by users.
But I'm afraid it's not all roses and sunshine. There are some major downsides too.
So below are more of the good, the bad, and the ugly of using their web hosting services.
They have a couple of really good things going for them.
Really cheap web hosting
They have some of the cheapest hosting plans in the industry. Plans start at $2.95/month at the time of this writing.
It's a really cheap web host. However, and it's a bit shady, you have to pay 36 months upfront to get that price.
Good for WordPress sites
Bluehost is a good option for WordPress because its new Bluerock platform is a WordPress focused control panel offering an integrated experience with WordPress websites.
Installing WordPress is a breeze, you can either go through the 1-click automatic WordPress installation process, or you can get WordPress installed on an account set up when you sign up.
Bluerock delivers WordPress pages 2-3 times faster than the prior technical stack, and it comes with built-in NGINX page caching.
Every WordPress website will benefit from the latest security and performance features such as:
- Free SSL certificate
- WordPress staging
- Unlimited GB SSD storage
- NGINX caching
- Free Cloudflare CDN
Endorsed by WordPress
One of the largest hosting platforms, WordPress, recommends them. FYI SiteGround is also a WordPress.org endorsed web hosting provider.
These are, of course, paid endorsements (at least indirectly as both Bluehost and SiteGround sponsor lots of the WP conferences around the world), but nonetheless, it's still an official endorsement.
Generous money back guarantee
Contrary to negative user reviews, they are sticking behind their products and services by offering a 30-day full refund policy.
Even after 30 days, you receive a prorated refund of your hosting package. If you do decide to leave you also won’t find any pesky penalties or hidden fees.
Apart from page load times, it’s also important that your website is “up” and available to your visitors. I monitor uptime for a test site hosted on Bluehost to see how often they experience outages.
The above screenshot only shows the past 30 days, you can view historical uptime data and server response time at this uptime monitor page.
Security is a priority
Bluehost offers good protection for your website. They provide secure shell access (SSH) so web devs and admins can access config files securely. SpamExperts, Apache SpamAssassin, and Spam Hammer are their anti-spam tools of choice.
Bluehost offers other security features such as an IP address blacklist, password protected directories, email account and user account filters, and access to manage digital certificates and private keys.
Helpful user support portal
They provide 24/7 technical support. In addition to that, they have a knowledge database where users can check out video tutorials, review supportive documentation, and more.
Honestly a lot of people hate on @bluehost. It’s sad they had a bad experience. Ours was great. 2+ years of awesome service on their basic shared hosting package. We did not even consider changing hosting companies until we topped 100,000 page views in a single month.
— The Savvy Couple (@TheSavvyCouple) November 25, 2018
The knowledge database works well for those who don’t want to wait around for phone or live chat customer service. Also their YouTube channel contains tons of helpful tutorial videos.
Bluehost is among one of the most sought after web hosting affiliate programs. $11 million in commissions was paid in 2018 to affiliates.
It’s easy and free to sign up; no requirements are necessary to meet. There is no cap on commissions, and they pay you $65 per referral.
A variety of hosting options
If you’re looking to stick with just one hosting company as your business grows, Bluehost has an answer for that. They provide four plans, so you don’t have to switch for server upgrades as your site grows: shared hosting, cloud hosting, WordPress hosting VPS, dedicated server, and reseller hosting plans are available.
Quick Start Plan
For those that have no clue where to begin, they have a Quick Start Plan for $79.99. This 45-minute session gives you 1-on-1 training with a company expert.
You’ll learn how to use all the tools in the account such as a cPanel guided tour, site builder recommendation, theme and plugin installation assistance, page creation tips, email account guidance, and other general advice you may have.
Many hosting providers offer free training, so some could consider paying for the Quick Start Plan as a bad feature. But if you don’t have time to wait around and need all of this training in one sitting, it could be a plus for you.
As a part of their hosting package, you get a free domain name for the first year. Also, for those looking to boost their business marketing, Bluehost offers advertising credits on Google’s AdWords, Bing, and other leading sites.
Bluehost WordPress Pro
WordPress Pro is Bluehost's newly launched managed WordPress hosting platform that is optimized for WordPress websites to load fast and to be secure. WordPress Pro comes with an all-in-one marketing center and dashboard, where SEO, email marketing, and social media tools all come included.
WordPress Pro is more expensive than Bluehost's other plans and prices start at $19.95 per month. Speed and security are the main features but it also comes with geeky features such as automatic WordPress core and plugin updates, and regular backups and a staging environment.
Go and check out the WordPress Pro page to see what is included. It’s worth noting that you get live customer support with Grow and Scale, and for these plans Bluehost also gives you hands-on assistance with design, functionality, or general questions from real WordPress experts 24/7.
They got loads of positives, but they do have their drawbacks as well.
As cheap as $2.95/mo may sound, users often do not read the fine print to notice this is an introductory price based on a term of 36 months. You do have options to select 12 or 24-month plans, but those monthly prices are more.
For example, you can select the most popular Plus plan at $4.45 for 36 months. However, for 24 months or 12 months, the price increases to $5.45 and $6.45 respectively. There are no three and six-month deals to choose from.
No free automatic backups
While they do offer backups, the backups are considered a courtesy. This means you can’t depend on your data to be backed up daily – so no guarantees here. You must set up and run your own backup via the cPanel and to your own local device.
Another bad feature here is that any data they back up within the past 30 days is overwritten. Their Terms clearly state that they will hold no responsibility for this.
In other words, you can only access the most recent backup they have, even if it's not the one you need to restore your site.
Site Backup Pro is a paid add-on. It creates regular and automated backups of your site. But, it's a premium feature you have to invest in.
‘Unlimited' really means ‘limited'
The Plus, Choice Plus, and Business Pro plan boast of their unlimited number of websites, and “unmetered” storage, email accounts, and subdomains given to clients.
However, their User Agreement, Clause 7 Usage Policies and Definitions explain otherwise. It’s only unlimited up to a certain level.
Their unlimited plan is comparable to most providers (i.e. Bluehost isn't the only web host that promises “unlimited” web hosting).
Draconian CPU throttling / protection
They rolled this out in 2009 and had a few customers bewildered. You may not have heard of CPU throttling beforehand either. You can find your CPU throttling when you log into the cPanel.
Simply put, if they think your website is taking up too many resources, they might decide to preserve the server resources by freezing your CPU usage.
However, this isn't unique to just this web hosting. In fact all shared web hosts restrict over-usage of resources.
No Windows hosting
They only offer Linux-based servers. In other words, you can't get Windows hosting. This isn't a huge concern as Linux is the most used and popular operating system for web servers.
But for those that prefer Windows hosting, this is a problem.
No uptime guarantee
They do not offer an uptime guarantee. When selecting a hosting provider, you want an uptime of as close to 100% as possible. They do not give you a guarantee, but their Network/Server Uptime Agreement states that “most issues are resolved in approximately 15 minutes”.
They average about a 99.94% uptime. This .05% outage means that over a full year your site is down for 4.4 hours. Overall Bluehost uptime is reliable, but again, there is no guarantee that your site will be up and running most of the time.
Load times can be slow
Their load times are not always the fastest either. According to a Kissmetrics study, 47% of consumers believe a site should load in less than 2 seconds. And 40% of consumers will leave the site if it takes longer than 3 seconds to load.
If your web hosting service provider cannot provide you fast loading times, and you aren't optimizing your website for speed and performance, you risk losing out on a lot of site traffic.
A study from Google found that a one-second delay in mobile page load times can impact conversion rates by up to 20%.
Up-selling is a business model
Their up-selling practices are designed to make you purchase them. In other words, there will be annoying popups and alerts appearing trying to convince you to buy more.
For example, they have upsells to select before you check out and finish signing up with them. Also, there are install add-ons you’ll have to purchase that are normally included with other hosting providers as built-in features.
Slow support response times
Although they do have 24 7 technical customer service, they aren’t always easily accessible. Customer service response times can vary from ten minutes up to an hour. The initial response is auto-generated in some instances.
The good news is that they have made significant investments in their support channel with an emphasis on customer experience and success. The customer service team's voice support channel has grown customer satisfaction scores to a historic high at 4.86 (out of 5) for 2018.
Expensive renewal rates
Like other hosting companies, their introductory pricing is to lure customers in. It’s also quite misleading. So, when it’s time for renewal, you’ll be shocked to discover the pricing increases by nearly 90%!
If you decide to sign up you are better off signing up for a 24/36 month period on the discounted introductory pricing.
Free site migration is not included
If you’re looking to switch web hosts keep in mind they do offer site migrations, however for a fee.
They will transfer up to 5 sites and 20 email accounts for the price of $149.99. Comparing this to other web hosting providers, this is a rip-off as most do not charge anything at all for migrating your site.
Bluehost's hosting packages reviewed
Now I'll explain a bit of what you can expect in each of Bluehost's shared hosting pricing plans. There are four plans: Basic (or their starter plan), Plus, Choice Plus, and Business Pro.
Many reviews do not even mention Bluehost as having four plans; typically they cover just three.
If you only intend to run a small business website or personal website, then you really shouldn't need the more expensive package.
This plan includes up to 50 GB of storage, 100 MB of email space, five email accounts, 25 sub-domains, and a basic site backup.
Their renewal rate is then at $7.99 per month for a 24-month term (instead of the initial 36-month term).
Choice Plus plan
This plan has more resource usage and is priced at $6.95 per month. This plan isn’t as popular with customers because there are better hosting deals out there.
You’ll get the same features as with the Plus Plan (see below), as well as $80/year in extras, domain name privacy, and Site Backup Pro. Their renewal pricing is $14.99 per month.
This plan includes unlimited websites, SSD storage, email accounts, email space, add-on domains, and subdomains.
Keep in mind their unlimited terms, though. You also get $24/year in extra’s and Spam Experts on one domain.
There are marketing offers of up to $200. Their renewal rate is $10.99 per month after that.
Business pro plan
The Business Pro plan costs $13.95 and gives you everything the Choice Plus Plan offers, however, with this plan you also have an included dedicated IP, up to 300,000 inodes, and Spam Experts for two domains.
There is also an SSL certificate, complimentary subscription to their Site Backup Pro service, and other service perks. Their renewal pricing is $23.99 per month.
Out of these four plans, most people find that the Basic Plan suits them best. Most people don't intend to host multiple websites, so your needs should be met with this plan.
If you do find yourself growing (or if you intend to host multiple websites), then the Choice Plus or Pro Plan would be your best bet.
|Plan||Term||Regular Price||Special Price|
|Basic||12 months||$8.99 per month||$5.45 per month (39% off)|
|Basic||24 months||$8.49 per month||$4.95 per month (41% off)|
|Basic||36 months||$7.99 per month||$2.95 per month (50% off)|
|Plus||12 months||$12.99 per month||$8.95 per month (31% off)|
|Plus||24 months||$11.99 per month||$7.45 per month (37% off)|
|Plus||36 months||$10.99 per month||$5.95 per month (45% off)|
|Choice Plus||12 months||$16.99 per month||$8.95 per month (47% off)|
|Choice Plus||24 months||$15.99 per month||$7.45 per month (53% off)|
|Choice Plus||36 months||$14.99 per month||$5.95 per month (60% off)|
|Business Pro||12 months||$25.99 per month||$18.95 per month (27% off)|
|Business Pro||24 months||$24.99 per month||$15.95 per month (36% off)|
|Business Pro||36 months||$23.99 per month||$13.95 per month (41% off)|
|Additional Domains:||$15.99 per year of registration|
|Dedicated IP Address:||$5.99 per month|
|SSL Certificates:||$49.99 / year|
|SpamExperts Mail Filtering:||$2.99 a month per domain|
|Whois Domain Privacy:||$11.88 Domain Privacy per domain / year|
|SiteLock:||$1.99 per month (Billed annually at $23.88 / year)|
|Site Backup and Restore Pro:||$2.99 per month (Billed annually at $35.88 / year)|
|Expired Account Reactivations:||$30.00|
|Search Engine Jumpstart:||$2.99 per month (Billed annually at $35.88 per year)|
Bluehost's hosting plan comparison review
Which plan should I get? That is what this section aims to help you find out …
So what are the differences between the Basic, Plus, Choice Plus and Pro hosting packages? Here is a comparison of Basic vs. Plus plan, Plus vs. Choice Plus plan, and Choice Plus vs. Pro plan.
Bluehost Basic vs Plus Review
Their Basic plan is their cheapest plan so it comes with the least resources and features The main difference between the Basic and Plus plan is that with the Basic plan you are only allowed to host one website, but with the Plus plan you can host unlimited websites. If you intend to run multiple websites then you should choose the Plus plan.
Another main difference between these two plans is the amount of web space you are allowed to store on the server. The Basic plan only comes with 50 GB of web space, whereas the Plus plan comes with unlimited storage space. 50 GB is quite a lot of space and should be enough in most cases but if you store lots of images and videos then it can quickly add up.
Finally the number of email accounts and amount of email storage on the Basic plan is quite limited. Perhaps not so much the number of emails as most users never use more than 5 emails, but having only 100MB of email space is quite low and you can quickly run out of space.
You should consider choosing the Plus plan if:
- You want to host unlimited websites on your hosting account
- You want unlimited storage instead of the 50 GB that comes with the Basic plan
- You need unlimited email accounts with unlimited email storage space
- You want SpamExperts which is their spam protection tool
Bluehost Plus vs Choice Plus Review
There are very few differences between the Plus and Choice Plus hosting packages. In fact there are only things that set these plans apart. That is with the Choice Plus plan you get free domain privacy (also known as whois privacy) for your domain, and the Choice Plus plan also comes SiteBackup Pro which is their website backup and restore service.
If you are tossing up between these two plans then you are way better off choosing the Choice Plus plan.
You should consider choosing the Choice Plus plan if:
- You want free domain whois privacy
- You want SiteBackup Pro which is their website backup and restore service
Bluehost Choice Plus vs Pro Review
There are a couple of differences between the Choice Plus and Pro hosting plan that are worth knowing about. The first one, and an important one if you intend to run an ecommerce or more resource-intense WordPress website is that sites on the Pro plan will be hosted on high-performance servers.
High-performance servers on the Pro plan have 80% fewer accounts per server which allow the use of more resources per account (more CPU usage, disk usage, bandwidth). It offers more speed, more power, with fewer users.
The Pro plan also gives you a dedicated IP address and a private (non-shared) SSL certificate.
You should consider choosing the Pro plan if:
- You want high performance servers (i.e. a fast loading website) and fewer users that share the server resources
- You want a free dedicated IP and a private (non-shared) SSL certificate
Which hosting plan is best for you?
Their new Bluerock platform is a WordPress focused control panel offering an integrated experience with WordPress websites. Bluerock delivers WordPress pages 2-3 times faster than the prior technical stack. Every site hosted on Bluehost.com will benefit from the latest security and performance features such as:
- Free Let's Encrypt SSL certificate
- PHP7, HTTP/2 and NGINX caching
- WordPress staging environments
- SSD drives
- Free Cloudflare CDN
- Free domain for the first year
Now you know what plans they have to offer and you are in a better position to pick the best shared hosting package for your needs. Remember you can always upgrade to a higher plan if you require more resources and features.
Based on my experience, here is my recommendation for you:
- I recommend that you sign up with the Basic plan if you intend to run a basic single website.
- I recommend that you sign up with the Plus plan if you intend to run more than just one site or a WordPress site.
- I recommend that you sign up with the Choice Plus plan if you intend to run a WordPress or other CMS site, and want security and spam prevention features.
- I recommend that you sign up with the Pro plan if you intend to run an ecommerce site or a WordPress site, and want a dedicated IP address plus security and spam prevention features.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here you will find answers to some of the most common questions asked. Think of it as the unofficial FAQ.
- What is Bluehost.com?
- What is Bluehost login to.. ?
- When was Bluehost founded and where is their HQ?
- Are Bluehost and HostGator the same company?
- Can I host multiple domains?
- What customer service and support do they offer?
- What languages do their customer support speak?
- How do I know if Bluehost is down?
- Do they have a website builder?
- Do they offer SSL certificates?
- Do they come with a content delivery network (CDN)?
- What is “Business On Tapp”?
- What is “Search Engine Jumpstart”?
- Do they offer WHOIS domain privacy?
- What is “SiteLock”?
- What is “Postini”?
- What is “Site Backup Pro”?
- Can they handle high traffic?
- How to add email to iPhone and Android?
- What is their uptime guarantee?
- What is their CPU throttling / performance protection?
- What is the money back guarantee?
- What payment options do they offer?
- How can I cancel my plan?
- How do I transfer a domain to (or from) Bluehost?
- What are Bluehost name servers?
- What software do their servers use?
- What programming languages do they support?
- Does Bluehost come with Solid State Drives (SSDs)?
- What are their email settings?
- What is my Bluehost cPanel login?
- Do they provide SSH/Shell access?
- How do I verify my account?
- Do they let me edit configuration files?
- Are they good for ecommerce websites?
- Any other sites where I can find unbiased Bluehost reviews?
- What is the Mojo marketplace?
- Do they have an affiliate program?
- Where can I find Bluehost coupons?
- What is the best Bluehost alternative?
- What is WP Pro?
- What is Bluerock?
What is Bluehost?
What is Bluehost login to …?
When was Bluehost founded and where is their HQ?
Are Bluehost and HostGator the same company?
Can I host multiple domains on Bluehost?
It depends on whether you have a Basic, Plus, Choice Plus or business Pro account. You can add-on multiple domains and host multiple websites on the plus, choice+ and business pro plans. You are only allowed to host one addon domain/website on the basic plan. It is also helpful to understand the different types of domains.
Primary domain: This is the domain that is considered to be your account’s main domain. It is the domain you use to log into your account and the domain you use when dealing with representatives. There can only be one primary domain per account.
Parked Domain: Parked domains are domains that redirect to the content and the website that your main domain does. So, if your main domain is bakingstore.com, you may also want to have similar names like bakingstore.net, bakingstore.org, etc., as parked domains, because they are so similar. You get 5 of these with a basic shared hosting package, and unlimited with plus, choice+ or business pro packages.
Subdomain: These are domains that are created when you add a prefix to your main domain. So, if your website has a forum section, and you make it so that people can get to the forums by typing mywebsite.forum.com, then that is known as a “sub-domain.” You get 25 of these under a basic shared hosting package, and unlimited under plus, choice+ and business pro packages.
Add-on domain: These are domains that link to a completely separate website from your main domain. Separate websites with their own domains are considered add-on domains. You get unlimited amounts of these regardless of package.
What customer support do they offer?
What languages does Bluehost support speak?
How do I know if Bluehost is down?
Does Bluehost have a website builder?
No, they do not have an in-house site builder. Instead, it encourages its users to use either Weebly or WordPress, which can be installed very easily. Both Weebly and WordPress are great website builders and are especially helpful for beginners.
Does Bluehost offer SSL certificates?
Yes, buying or renewing SSL certificates is very easy; just follow these simple steps:
- Log into your account and go to your control panel
- Click the add-ons header, then search for “SSL” in the search box
- Click “add to cart” on the SSL certificate that best fits your website’s needs
- You will be sent a verification email to the email address chosen in the drop-down menu, simply follow the instructions in the email and your SSL certificate will be activated
Does Bluehost come with a content delivery network (CDN)?
What is “Business On Tapp”?
Business on Tapp is a mobile app launched by their parent company, Endurance International Group. The free app gives medium-sized to small businesses the ability to directly interact with potential customers and like-minded entrepreneurs. Some of the features on the app include:
Business card swapping: Create your own custom business card and use it to interact with small businesses.
Expert Q&A: Ask a question and have it answered by the community of experts who also use the app.
Polls and market research: Conduct quick sample polls using Business on Tapp users. Get info about the latest trends in business fields.
Experience informative editorial content: Read the unique and interesting pieces written by the experts of the Business on Tapp community that are not available anywhere else.
What is Bluehost “Search Engine Jumpstart”?
Do they offer WHOIS domain privacy?
What is Bluehost “SiteLock”?
This is an add-on users can get for $1.99 a month, Bluehost provides standard website protection, such as:
- Protection from DDoS attacks
- Malware scanning
- Malware removal
- Protection against spam
Bluehost “Postini”, what's this?
What is Bluehost “Site Backup Pro”?
Can Bluehost handle high traffic?
They are capable of handling high traffic, however, their shared hosting plans aren't suitable for high traffic websites. You are better off going with their VPS or dedicated server plans. Every Bluehost user has access to Cloudflare, a content delivery network that helps sites with high traffic keep their servers functioning and keep their website running fast. Activating Cloudflare is easy:
- Login and go to your control panel
- Go to the domains section and find the Cloudflare icon
- Click activate
How to add Bluehost email to iPhone and Android?
Setting up email on your iOS or Android is easy.
- Go to “mail, contacts, and calendar” which you will see when you click the “settings” button.
- Click the “add mail account” button.
- Click “other” and then “add mail account.”
- Add the relevant information and click “next.”
- Open the Gmail app and then go to the settings section.
- Click the “add mail account” button.
- Enter your email address, and then specify what type of email address you want to use (either POP3 or IMAP).
- Enter the password and then hit “next.”
What is Bluehost uptime guarantee?
What is Bluehost CPU throttling / performance protection?
What is Bluehost's money back guarantee?
Their money-back guarantee only applies to the first term of a hosting agreement. The guarantee is as follows.
- Users who cancel within 30 days will receive a full refund.
- Users who cancel after the thirty day period receive a partial refund.
- The money back guarantee only applies to hosting plans, money spent on domains or add-ons is nonrefundable.
- There are no fees if you decide to cancel your hosting agreement early.
What payment options do they offer?
In terms of payment they accept all major CC's (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover), PayPal payments, purchase orders, checks (only US residents can pay this way), and money orders (only in US dollars).
Credit Cards: Credit card payment is the default payment option when you create your account. You simply have to fill in your standard card information (expiration date, cardholder’s name, etc.) and it will be saved for future payments.
PayPal: PayPal is one of the accepted payment options. But, only instant payments are accepted. This means you have to have a bank account or CC linked to your PayPal account for it to be an accepted form of payment. Once you set PayPal as your main payment method, all auto-renewals will be taken from your PayPal account.
Money orders or Checks: Money orders and checks are accepted, but only in US money. The hosting term must also be for 12 months or longer. An invoice will need to be created before you send a check or money order, this is to ensure that the amount paid is correct. Services that require monthly renewal cannot be paid by check or money order; they require an active credit card or PayPal account. Checks and money orders can be sent to the following address:
Blue Host, Inc.
560 Timpanogos Pkwy.
Orem, UT 84097
They also accept purchase orders, which can be paid by check or money order. But, once you pay with a purchase order, you must always pay using purchase orders or create a new account.
How can I cancel my Bluehost plan?
You can cancel your account at any time for a partial refund. Before refunding, make sure you know:
- The last 4 digits of your password
- The email listed on your profile is still in use.
Once you have your password and have confirmed that the email listed on your profile is still in use, call the renewals department at: 844-853-6296. The department will send you an email with a link that will take you to your control panel, where you will be asked to confirm the following:
- That you have backed up all important data, including important files, emails, and databases
- That you understand that cancelling your account will delete all websites and files for every domain linked to your account
- Your renewal settings for domain names and domain add-ons
- Your personal information.
- The reason for leaving.
After that is done, hit “confirm” and you will be informed if the cancellation attempt was successful or not. Any refunds will be issued by credit card or PayPal.
How do I transfer a domain to (or from) Bluehost?
Here's how you transfer a domain to Bluehost.
- Login to your domain's control panel (where your domain is currently registered e.g. GoDaddy, Namecheap).
- Point the nameservers to them (using: ns1.bluehost.com and ns2.bluehost.com).
- Unlock the domain and turn off privacy (if enabled).
- Acquire your EPP code (also called auth code or transfer key).
- Visit the Domain Manager tab in your control panel. Select “Transfer a new domain to your account” and follow the steps provided.
- Here's a video showing you all the steps.
Transferring your domain from Bluehost follows a very similar approach.
What are Bluehost nameservers?
Nameservers are specialized servers that handle requests from computers about the exact location of a domain name’s services. In layman’s terms, think of it like a phone book. Before calling someone, you would take the time to look up their number in a phone book if you weren’t sure. That’s the logic used with nameservers.
- Their default nameservers are:
- ns1.bluehost.com (IP address 184.108.40.206)
- ns2.bluehost.com (IP address 220.127.116.11)
What software do Bluehost servers use?
What programming languages do they support?
Does Bluehost come with Solid State Drives (SSDs)?
What are Bluehost email settings?
- Username: Your email: e.g. [email protected]
- Password: The password for your email account.
- Incoming Server: mail.domain.com (where domain.com is your domain name).
- Incoming Port: 993 (IMAP) or 995 (POP3).
- Outgoing Server: mail.domain.com (where domain.com is your domain name).
- Outgoing Port: 465 (SMTP).
- Authentication: Password.
What is my Bluehost cPanel login?
Do they provide SSH/Shell access?
How do I verify my account?
Do they let me edit configuration files?
Is Bluehost good for ecommerce websites?
They offer Woocommerce hosting. WooCommerce is a plugin for WordPress that turns your site into a fully-fledged online store ecommerce site. Here are just a few of the features offered by the Woocommerce plugin:
- Sell products and accept payments.
- Manage orders and shipping.
- Integrate with social media and allow customer reviews.
- Extend the look and feel of your online store using free and premium extensions.
There are three different Woocommerce plans to choose from:
- 1 parked domain and 5 sub-domains.
- 100 GB of website space.
- 100 email accounts with 500 MB of storage for each.
- No extras included.
- Unlimited website space, emails, email storage.
- Unlimited parked domains and unlimited sub-domains.
- $200 worth of marketing offers.
- Choice Plus
- Unlimited website space, emails, email storage.
- Unlimited parked domains and unlimited sub-domains.
- $200 worth of marketing offers.
- Includes domain privacy and site backup
- Business Pro
- Unlimited website space.
- Unlimited emails and email storage space.
- Unlimited parked domains and unlimited sub-domains.
- $200 worth of marketing offers.
- Extras like Site Backup Pro, spam protection, dedicated IP, SSL certificate and more.
Are there any other sites where I can find Bluehost reviews, like Reddit?
What is the Mojo Marketplace?
Mojo Marketplace is an online marketplace where you can install free apps that deal with building websites. For instance, you can download major website builders like WordPress and Drupal. You can also download website themes, eCommerce plugins, and more. Most of the apps offered on Mojo Marketplace are free elsewhere, but what makes Mojo Marketplace so special is the fact that users can download and install the apps with the click of a button. UPDATE: Mojo Marketplace has been replaced by Bluehost Premium Themes Marketplace.
Does Bluehost have an affiliate program?
Where can I find Bluehost coupon codes?
What's the best Bluehost alternative?
What is the Bluehost WP Pro?
What is Bluehost Bluerock?
Bluerock delivers a more integrated experience with WordPress websites. It delivers increased performance for WordPress by optimizing the installation and integrating NGINX page cache into the experience (including cache clearing). Cached WordPress pages load 2-3 times faster with the blazing-fast Bluerock technical stack!
Do I recommend Bluehost?
Yes and no.
Would I sign up with them to host this site? Probably not. Would I get web hosting from them for a new site I created? Probably.
The reason why I can't give you a straight-up “yes use them” or “no don't use them” answer is because it all depends on your situation, your website, and what you need hosting for.
Bluehost is cheap (really cheap), has a solid uptime track record and is very easy to use and get started with (especially for beginners and for WordPress sites).
On the flip side, there are three major reasons why I personally would think twice before signing up.
Firstly, if you have a website that will get high traffic (such as a commercial or ecommerce site), I suggest you go with an alternative that can accommodate a lot of site traffic.
Secondly, if you need to get a hold of someone in customer support, waiting for up to 10 minutes or longer in crucial situations is not worth the cheap pricing. But then again, their hosting is cheap so you do get what you pay for.
Thirdly, it's a letdown that website migrations and automatic daily backups only come as paid upgrades/addons. I know these are straightforward things you can do yourself but I think this should be included for free. Again, you get what you pay for.
If you're still sitting on the fence, know that their generous 30-day money-back guarantee lets you “try before you buy” and extras such as a free domain name and features such as a free SSL certificate and Cloudflare CDN are all solid features well worth signing up for.
Site Migration Issue
I have tried Bluehost for a year and love its service but when it comes to site migration it has an extra charge. Unlike my other hosting provider, it comes free of charge. But this is the only drawback I see so far.
Definitely Worth Even More
I'd like to give Bluehost a 5-star rating here because it's not only very affordable. It's definitely even more than what you pay for. With its free Google Ads credit worth $150, free SSL, free SSD drives, and free domain name for a year. It's recommended by WordPress, so this is highly reliable.
Bluehost is simple but not fit for me!
I'm not into WordPress and so I simply hate Bluehost because it's just can't simply fit into my business needs. However, concerning pricing, fair speed, and other freebies, I absolutely salute this provider.
WordPress' Recommended Hosting Provider
As officially recommended by WordPress, I have been more curious about Bluehost. That's why I tried paying up for a plan for 3 years. After spending many years online while on this hosting company, I have been satisfied with it and have found the reasons why this is best recommended by WordPress itself. Being affordable, fast, and reliable, its friendly customer support is 24/7 available for your queries and concerns.
Thinking it over…
I'm not quite sure if I will recommend Bluehost plans for your hosting needs. The customer support is terribly bad. I also have to deal with their constant upselling, letting me pay for charges a couple of times without updating my payment status and sometimes unapproved charges.
31/05/2021 – Google Ads credit for up to $100 (US customers only)
01/01/2021 – Bluehost pricing edit
25/11/2020 – Elementor WordPress page builder comes pre-installed
31/07/2020 – Bluehost Premium Themes Marketplace
01/08/2019 – Bluehost WP Pro plans
18/11/2018 – New Bluerock control panel