Bluehost has been in the web hosting business since 1996. As of July 2010, Bluehost has over 2.2 million domains hosted on their servers. They are the 10th largest hosting company in the world and are one of the fastest growing web hosting companies.
Bluehost Web Hosting Plans
Bluehost only offers a single shared hosting plan, and it requires a yearly upfront payment at a rate of $6.95/mo. There is no setup fee, and they offer a FREE domain name when you sign-up with them. The Bluehost webhost plan offers unlimited diskspace, unlimited domains and unlimited bandwidth.
Bluehost uses the popular cPanel control panel for managing your website. Here’s a look at their branded cPanel from my own account.
I like the version of cPanel that they are using because you can drag around the different panels and organize it in a way that works best for you. Bluehost offers simple 1 click installs of many popular web scripts including WordPress, ZenCart, phpBB using the SimpleScripts installer. For developers, Bluehost also supports the popular Ruby on Rails web framework.
BlueHost Resource Protection
The main big issue with shared hosting is that one bad site or application on your shared server can cause problems for your own sites. That’s why Bluehost has developed its own proprietary solution for protecting your hosting resources that gives you VPS/dedicated hosting protection for a shared hosting price.
- CPU and Memory Protection – Protects your site from other sites on your server that may be hogging CPU time or memory on your server. This means better uptime and performance for your own sites.
- Bandwidth Compression – Customers should see a 10-25% decrease on their site load times.
- Completely transparent and FREE – Works automatically for all Bluehost customers.
BlueHost does have a 50,000 inode (file) limit on your account. This should be fine for people with only a few sites, but something to keep in mind if you are planning on hosting many sites on your Bluehost account.
Bluehost offers 24/7 support via email, live chat and phone. You can easily find the Bluehost support number on the front page. You can also get your questions answered over at the Bluehost Forum.