Bashoo Zmmarraii BlueHost Review - Most In-depth Review of the Hosting on the internet [2014]

BlueHost Review – Most In-depth Review of the Hosting on the internet [2014]

Bluehost has been the kind of hosting providers on the internet is it good enough wanna know check out our indepth bluehost review.

Bluehost is in hosting business since 1996 making it the oldest Hosting Providers in the world, history apart does living so many years on the internet as hosting providers makes them a good hosting company which you can host your sites with ? Bluehost have successfully lived over 16+ Years in Web-hosting world, the CEO Matt Heaton has also launched another hosting provider after success of Bluehost, so one thing is for sure the hosting company is owned by a person who is a champ :) when it comes to running a hosting company

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Bluehost Overview

Website : https://www.bluehost.com/ (opens in new tab)

Creator:  Matt Heaton

Focus :     Hosting Provider For Websites

History : Since 1996 (in Market for over 16 Years)

Bluehost Quick Stats

New Customers : 20,000 Every Month

Domains : Millions of Domain Being Hosted on Bluehost

Since : 1996 (Providing hosting for millions of sites for 16+ Years Now)

 

 

Bluehost Features

      • Free Domain
      • UNLIMITED Domain Hosting
      • UNLIMITED GB Hosting Space
      • UNLIMITED GB File Transfer
      • UNLIMITED Email Accounts
      • FREE Site Builder w/ templates
      • Secure Shell, SSL, FTP, Stats
      • CGI, Ruby (RoR), Perl, PHP, MySQL
      • $100 Google Advertising Offer
      • 24/7 Phone, Chat & Email Support

Bluehost Indepth Review Starts Here

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Before we jump in into let me tell you how i will review the blue-host, i will start with explaining features and then move to Pro’s and Con’s

Free Domain

Bluehost offers free domain for the first year when you sign up to host your site with Bluehost, you can get free domain for one year while hosting your site with Bluehost, Free domain can save you upto $12 extra which you will get for free with bluehost which is pretty intresting deal though it should be kept in mind the Free domain will be valid for one year, bluehost will charge domain charges for the next year even though this is one crack-a of a deal

UNLIMITED Disk Storage

Do you want unlimited space for your site content, bluehost provides unlimited hosting packages, it has no set limits on the disk space or data transfer (bandwidth) that they provide in hosting plans, in rare cases the customer can exceed the limit of using the resources for every plan bluehost has to offer it is because the customer is using bluehost store his files for download so avoid using any hosting provider space for storing and sharing your files for download Note: Never store files on your hosting space for download this can exceed the resources the hosting provider provides you though there is no limit of space or bandwidth bluehost provides but you can avoid over using there resources if you are in dire need go for VPS hosting package

UNLIMITED Domain Hosting

Bluehost offers Unlimited domains (and sub-domains) hosting facility under one account, You can host as many domain in one hosting packages, to most people they assume they can only host one domain per package of bluehost but that is not the case, with blue-host you can host unlimited domains in one hosting packages that is one *sweet little surpise ;)

UNLIMITED Bandwidth

Bandwidth is the amount of data downloaded per month from hosting provider, to make your  understand i put a example here Lets say a hosting provider has bandwidth limitation of 5 GB per month so based on this your site can only transfer 5 GB data from server to show it for the visitor if you exceed the 5 GB transfer then your account will be suspended because of exceeding the bandwidth, sometime your site content may get viral which can result in huge number of visitors visiting your site which can lead to exceeding bandwidth that month so to avoid this mishap you need to have a hosting provider which provides unlimited bandwidth, Luckily Bluehost has no bandwidth limitation most of the hosting companies has bandwidth limitation

UNLIMITED Email Accounts

An email account allows you to send and receive electronic messages, you can make email account that has a specific login (user@example.com) and a password for your website, you can make unlimited Email accounts

FREE Site Builder With Free Templates

bluehost simple scripts

bluehost simple scripts

Bluehost has inbuilt free builder for custom theme development drag and drop though apart from that it offers several content management scripts installation in one click example like WordPress, joomla, drupal and more See the full list

here : https://login.bluehost.com/frontend/bluehost/index.html

Secure Shell FTP, Stats

SSH uses public-key cryptography to authenticate the remote computer and allow it to authenticate the user, if necessary.[1] There are several ways to use SSH; one is to use automatically generated public-private key pairs to simply encrypt a network connection, and then use password authentication to log on, you will get free Secure Shell with every plan of bluehost

SSL

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, SSL  provide security for your website by encrypting communications between the server and the person visiting the website. The first and most common reason is because you want to accept credit card payments on your website.  The second reason is that you may have confidential information that you want to keep secure while it is being accessed via the web.  SSL Certificates also help to protect your passwords from being intercepted, when typed into a secure login page. If you are accepting credit card payments online via a merchant account, the credit card associations and networks require that you use SSL whenever you transmit credit card information, such as the card number, cardholder’s name, expiration date, CVV code, etc. (such as when a customer enters their credit card on your shopping cart order form or payment page).  This is an important part of making your website PCI compliant (a set of rules that must be followed in order to accept credit card payments).

FTP

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a method through which you can easily transfer or upload, edit, rename, move a file to your server from back-end, blue host provides unlimited FTP accounts creation with unlimited quota most of the blue-host features are unlimited

Stats Tools

Inside bluehost cpanel you can easily check your site statistical data, blue-host, the following are tools that it provides for stats of your website

  • Latest Visitors
  • Bandwidth
  • Awstats
  • Webalizer
  • Webalizer FTP
  • Access Logs
  • Error Logs
  • CPU Throttling

One handy tool is the Bandwidth tool, you can measure how much your site data is downloaded per month, this tool also measure in terms of days, 7 days, a month and one year the state below is based on 30 days that is a month bandwidth usage graph in bluehost website control panel

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bluehost bandwidth

CGI

CGI scripts are executable that will execute on the server to produce dynamic and interactive web pages. Most ISPs offer some kind of CGI capabilities. ISPs often offer pre installed, ready to run, guest-books, page-counters, and chat-forums solutions in CGI, Bluehost offer CGI features in its hosting solution CGI is most common on Unix or Linux servers.

Hosting Support of Ruby on Rail

Bluehost supports Ruby on Rail framework, also called ROR in short form, you can deploythe Rails application with hosting services provided by Blue-host, it supports framework Ruby on Rail thus if you are looking for hosting then you might have a look at Bluehost, plus it has support desk on how to setup Ruby on Rails with BlueHost

BlueHost Features With Respect To Ruby on Rails:

  • Shell Access
  • Easy to Create new Apps
  • Lots of Installed Gems for Rails…
  • Tons of Bandwidth/Diskspace and Good Server Uptime

Perl Support

PERL stands for Practical Extraction and Reporting Language, Perl is a free cross platform stable programming language, You can host your Perl Modules, Web Applications, Scripts there is no extra charge of any sort for Perl script hosting, Perl developers need to quickly and easily add new functionality to their Perl scripts anything from database access to creation of Excel spreadsheets

PHP

PHP is the most prominent and dominate scripting language used online for making dynamic websites, modules like Joomla, WordPress, and others content management system depend on it, PHP is open source which works extremely quick on server techonolgy thus produces epic fast internet experience to the end user, PHP is also one secure web programming language almost eighty percentage of the Web is built on PHP, With Bluehost PHP hosting you can effectively include various PHP modules and PHP versions, Bluehost PHP hosting provides updated version of PHP so they are compatible and some of PHP modules are PHP Modules Include:  bcmath, bz2, bz2_filter, calendar, cgi-fcgi, Core, ctype, curl, date, dba, dom, enchant, ereg, exif, fileinfo, filter, ftp, gd, gettext, hash, http, imap, iconv, intl, ionCube Loader, json, ldap, libxml, mailparse, mbstring, mcrypt, memcache, mhash, mysql, mysqli, openssl, pcntl, pcre, PDO, Phar, pdo_mysql, pdo_pgsql, pdo_sqlite, pgsql, posix, pspell, readline, Reflection, session, shmop, SimpleXML, soap, SourceGuardian, SPL, stats, sockets, SQLite, sqlite3, standard, tidy, tokenizer, wddx, xattr, xml, xmlreader, xmlrpc, xmlwriter, xsl, Zend Guard Loader, zip, zlib

MySQL Hosting

MySQL is very effective way of storing data in the form of database, It is very flexible, comprehensive, PHP and MySQL can be related to each other as PHP uses MySQL databases to store and execute anything on the websites with its scripts, PHP fetches and assembles data in the storage fields of MySQL, Bluehost offer crafted MySQL Hosting with its package as well capability with different scripts

$100 Google Advertising Offer

bluehost google adword $100 credit

bluehost google adword $100 credit

Google AdWords is one of the most popular advertising network on the Internet to promote your business online with ads lately BlueHost has upgraded Google Adverting Offer on 20 April 2012, Bluehost used to provide free Google AdWords credit of $75 now it offers credit of $100 with its professional hosting packages

Bluehost Support

Bluehost provides pretty decent support for its customer, on its official page they provide live support for people some have even got back answer within 30 second of their query well thats a surprise for me too but got to believe it i guess its bluehost off course, Blue Host offers help 24/7 through via phone, email and live chat

 Bluehost Server Technology

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Bluehost-hosting-technology

Bluehost provides Dual Quad Processor Performance Servers with UPS Powered data center with facility of Diesel Generators and with support of 10 Gigabit Fiber Connections which are spread all around the world

Bluehost E-Commerce

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Bluehost-ecommerce-server technology

Bluehost offers E-Commerce support easy way to make extra money with E-Commerce Store  the ability to set up your own e-commerce store, Bluehost hosting plans has Opn GPG and PGP Encryption on it some of the other E-Commerce related features of blue-host are the four accessible shopping carts like OS Commerce Procuring Cart, Cube Cart, Agora Buying Cart and Cube Cart on the other side Bluehost also has another function installed for you when you sign up for its hosting that is called password-protected directories this gives clients to the option to control the privacy of their personal files on the hosting server plus it is very easy to set up and install and run your E-Commerce site powered with SSL secure servers this builds a secure connection between the client and the server

Yellow Pages Listings

With bluehost you can list your site and business in directory of Yellow Pages in less than 10 minutes, Yellow Pages is listing directory for business owners and other check their site, apart from yellow pages bluehost also provides listing in the business directory of yext two very high PR powerful directories

Site Backup Pro

Bluehost Site Backup and Restore feature performs automatic daily backups, weekly backups and monthly backups, Some users might wanna restore it to most oldest version that they made changes too, You can download a full copy of your site in one click with bluehost site backup pro though you should remember bluehost has two versions of site backup pro one is paid and one is free the paid version is Site Backup Pro which has more feature than the free version which will cost you about $19/year

Bluehost provides two types of site backup features

1) Free

2) $19 Per year

Free Site Backup :

With free version of Site Backup feature you can back up cpanel, your website files that is stored on the server, MySQL databases you can also backup individual MySQL databases, here is the list of the free version of bluehost backup facility

  • Full cPanel
  • Website Files
  • All MySQL Databases
  • Individual MySQL Databases

Paid Site Restore and Backup : 

The paid version of facility is for $19 per year

Domain WHOIS Privacy

ICANN is goverining body on the internet thats handle how domains are offered and registered, ICANN requires every domain owner to publicly list their personal information on WHOIS database, the owner has to list his personal information like Phone numbers, Emails, Home Addresses it is noted that listing fake number or names can get your domain suspended, lastly it makes it very easier for somebody to search out the owner of the domain if he is intrested in the domain buying it or intrested in dealing with him about the domain, WHOIS privacy is off on pretty much every domain hosting company on the internet.

Domain Privacy helps in protecting from:

  1. Spammy Emails
  2. Unwanted Phone Calls & Postal Mail
  3. Identity Theft
  4. Fraudulent Domain Transfers
  5. Competitors spying on which domains you are owner off
  6. and much more

Bluehost used to offer free WHOIS Privacy with its free domain but now they are charging customers for WHOIS Privacy :(

Check out the Bluehost WHOIS Domain Privacy Charges : https://my.bluehost.com/cgi/help/129#privacy (opens in new tab)

Unlimited Forwarding E-mail Addresses

Email forwarding generically refers to the operation of re-sending an email message delivered to one email address on to a possibly different email address. Bluehost offers Unlimited Forwarding Email Addresses

Spam-Assassin E-mail Filtering

SpamAssassin is a computer program released under the Apache License 2.0 it is free open source software it is is used for e-mail spam filtering based on content-matching rules.

Spam Assassin Email Filter can filter all mains for a site when integrated and configured for a site on its mail server, Spam Assassin is pretty much flexible too it can also be integrated in other mail programs,  Linux New Media Awarded Spam-Assassin Email filter as the best Linux Anti-Spam Solution, SpamAssassin is highly configurable too, Bluehost provides this award wining Spam-Assassin with their hosting packages

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