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Bluehost Review 2020: Best WordPress Web Host?5 min read

April 4, 2020 4 min read


Bluehost Review 2020: Best WordPress Web Host?5 min read

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Bluehost first started in 2003 and was founded by Matt Heaton and Danny Ashworth in Provo, Utah. Bluehost is well known in the web hosting industry for its large user base and reliable uptime.

Bluehost powers more than 200 million websites across the world and utilizes their own in house development to optimize WordPress to its full potential, Bluehost are known for being the best WordPress web hosting provider.

In this review of Bluehost, we will follow our standardized review process, like looking at important factors, such as the average page load speed from around the world, before summarizing our end result, and giving an experts opinion on the matter.

Quick Overview

Speed405 ms Page load time
Technical SpecsUnmetered Bandwidth, 50 GB SSD Storage
Website TransferCost
Hosting PlansShared, Cloud, VPS and Dedicated
AppsWordPress, Joomla, drupal, builders
Support24/7 Live Chat, Email and Tickets
PricingStarting at $3.95/mo (renews at $7.99/mo)

Page Load Time

Fast page load times are essential for any website really, especially business ones. We have all noticed how some websites are just really, really slow and how annoying that can be.

On top of that, Page speed has been a ranking factor on google ever since 2010 and according to Sean Work, 40% of people abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load.

It is simply devastating for your ranking, traffic, not to talk about the user experience if you have slow load times.

We have gone ahead and tested the speed of Bluehost’s website hosting plan from 6 different locations, across the globe:

Note: We used the Bluehost shared plan, with Europe as a server location.

Date UptimeResponse Time
December 2019100%582 ms
January 202099.98% 519 ms
February 2020 99.98% 537 ms
March 2020 100% 431 ms

Uptime: 99.99%

Uptime is among the most important merit when choosing and rating a web host.

Due to its importance, we have gone ahead and monitored their uptime during the span of 4 whole months. Bluehost seems to perform among

Bluehost 4-month average statistical uptime:

  • March 2020 average uptime: 100%
  • February 2020 average uptime: 99.98%
  • January 2020 average uptime: 99.98%
  • December 2019 average uptime 100%

To calculate this percentage into more understandable means, 99.99% uptime means that your website is down on average about 8 seconds per day or 56 seconds per week.

30-Day Money-back Guarantee

Obtaining the best deal possibly for web hosting can be difficult and normally means prepaying for a few months or even years at a time.

According to Bluehosts refund policy, they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee on all of their available hosting plans.

This is what doesn’t fall under that guarantee:

  • You can only get refunds on the web hosting cost, not any other products like domains or other add-ons.
  • A $15.99 fee will be deducted if you received a free domain name in your plan.
  • Any requests after 30 days will not be refunded.

Before investing in any hosting plans from any provider ensure you are OK with the terms before signing your account up.

Customer Support

Bluehost offers 24/7 support via livechat, email and a ticket system. We tested their support by trying out their live chat on their website.

Overall they were slight delays between each reply, but overall, Sam was quite friendly and tried to answer our direct questions regarding a website builder and their DDOS protection. It was quite painful trying to gain information regarding their DDOS protection, I think because they are very secure regarding their server information they don’t reveal any of this.

I have also found we get the same result regarding server locations, they do not offer exact locations or IP addresses of their current servers.

Bluehost also has a huge archive of self-help articles, both short and comprehensive.

You can find the articles on their knowledgebase.

Plans & Features

A quick overview of Bluehosts 4 different web hosting plans and features:

Bluehost has 4 different web hosting plans: Basic, Plus, Choice Plus, and Pro.

Basic Hosting – $3.95/mo*:

  • 1 Website
  • Unmetered Bandwidth
  • 50GB SSD Storage
  • Standard Performance
  • 25 Subdomains

Plus Hosting – $5.95/mo*:

  • Unlimited Website(s)
  • Free SSL Cert
  • Unmetered Bandwidth
  • Unlimited SSD Storage
  • Standard Performance
  • Unlimited Domains

Choice Hosting –  $6.95/mo*:

  • Unlimited Website(s)
  • Free SSL Cert
  • Unmetered Bandwidth
  • Unlimited SSD Storage
  • Standard Performance
  • Unlimited Domains
  • Site Backup – CodeGuard Basic
  • Domain Privacy + Protection

Pro Hosting –  $13.95/mo*:

  • Unlimited Website(s)
  • Free SSL Cert
  • Unmetered Bandwidth
  • Unlimited SSD Storage
  • Standard Performance
  • Unlimited Domains
  • Site Backup – CodeGuard Basic
  • Domain Privacy + Protection
  • Dedicated IP

More Plan Details

Be aware that the renewal pricing is different from what the advertised price on each of the plans as follows:

  • Basic: $7.99
  • Plus: $10.99
  • Choice Plus: $14.99
  • Pro: $23.99

Summary & Do we recommend Bluehost?

Yes, we recommend Bluehost.

Bluehost Summary
+ Uptime over 12 months (99,98%)
+ Average page-load (405 ms)
+ Datacenters in US, EU & Asia
+ 24/7 Live Chat Support
+ Free SSL-Certificate
+ Free CDN
Higher Renewal price

Bluehost comes with great speed and amazing uptime. Furthermore their entry-level plan, Basic hosting starts at just $3.95/mo. Although it comes with limited resources and only allows for one website (you can still add websites using your 25 sub domains), it’s perfect for any personal website, blog or corporation website.

Above all, they also have a 30-day money-back guarantee on all their web hosting plans, so if they don’t meet your expectations you can simply get your money back.

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