BlueHost

Rating: (4.8 / 5)

ine you will need an excellent web hosting service – preferably one that offers a good mix of features and price, not just for beginners but also for experienced administrators. Try to check out Bluehost which offers considerable benefits even though it does not have some of the features provided by the leading hosting services.

While Bluehost does not provide monthly shared hosting options, it offers annual plans.

If you opt for a two or three-year plan, you can avail of discounted rates. A shared hosting Starter package at $599/month for a year gets you a free domain name transfer, unlimited monthly data transfers, 100GB of storage and the capabilities to host a single website provided you continue to use Bluehost. The Plus package at $9.99/month for a one-year contract provides unlimited storage, mailboxes, websites, and an anti-spam tool. The Business Pro package at $19.99/month for a one-year contract offers the best of Bluehost‘s shared hosting plans and includes an SSL certificate, site backup, a dedicated IP address, and two anti-spam applications.

You can also check out Bluehost’s virtual private server (VPS) if you envisage high volumes of traffic, or specific compliance requirements that may hinder the use of shared servers, or if you think you may require more power. However, Bluehost does not provide Windows-based VPS.

If a WordPress-powered website is what you require, Bluehost offers four Linux-based packages which are of the managed WordPress variety. Hence, Bluehost uses WordPress-specific security to protect your installation and performs automatic site backups.

The content management system is pre-installed hence you are not required by Bluehost to install it. After logging into WordPress, you are free to create pages, posts and galleries the same as you would with any other self-hosted WordPress site.

You are also allowed to set up non-managed WordPress sites. On clicking the control panel’s WordPress icon, you will be taken to the Mojo Marketplace, which will allow you to install the WordPress app. Similar to iPage, Bluehost will let you directly import an existing WordPress installation or set up a fresh one. Installation is fairly simple, and you can access additional themes and applications in the marketplace.

Bluehost does impose a ceiling on your site’s traffic depending on the number of visitors, but the ceiling is removed if you avail of the high-end Enterprise plan. The storage facility you get begins at 30GB and peaks at 250GB.

In the area of site creation, you can access a number of tools for filtering spam, building sites, collecting site statistics, managing email, building sites and managing domains, all offered by Bluehost.

Basically, Bluehost makes it easy to set up email accounts; it supports PostgreSQL as well as the more popular MySQL; it has great security features; and has stable website uptime.