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  1. bluestocking
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    If anyone has some good or bad experience with Bluehost, plz share it.
    Does it really offers 1 click installation of wordpress.org?

  2. MichaelH
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    BlueHost is okay and offers Fantastico to install WordPress.

  3. rouademunte
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    This is the first time I’ve commented here and I must say you give genuine, and quality information for bloggers! Great job.

  4. salenco
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I use Hostgator but BlueHost is very good too.

  5. a_johnson
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Bluehost is good technically but has a few drawbacks.

    They are based in Utah so they have some rather strict rules regarding content. Your site cannot contain any skin, as in anything that would offend a mormon. No boobs, butts, bare backs, sexy legs, nothing. They label it as porn and kill your site. I spoke to their abuse dept. to get this first hand. Several colleagues have had this happen to them.

    Also, I have heard several people saying they had to delete profanity on their site or face deletion too.

  6. brevityness
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hmmm. One time, something went wrong with my blog and I couldn't access both my site or dashboard. Unfortunately, it happened the night before Christmas and Bluehost went on vacation. Sigh. So much for 24/7 service. Other than that, everything is swell. :)

  7. Durgan
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I used Bluehost for three years with about 30 gig of pictures on my site.
    I used their database to make my own short URL, and one day they removed it and told me this was not allowed. This after about three years of use.

    I lost all my links on many sites.

    I was not a happy traveler. They would not listen to reason and restore my database.

    I moved to midphase with about a weeks work just to get my website up again.

    Of course all the links posted were dead

    Do I have a kind word about Bluehost--NO.

  8. sarcasteak
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I've had my site with blue host for awhile and they are pretty good. Response times are nice and they do indeed have one click installs. Here is my site so you can get an idea of reaction time:

    http://www.bloodylexicon.com

  9. neodan
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    The problem with hosts like bluehost is that their servers are often times slow due the the overcrowding.

  10. Gabe Young
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Although all my sites use GoDaddy for hosting, I was an affiliate of BlueHost and I've never heard a bad thing about them.

  11. richimages
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I've had excellent support from bluehost. Also, when I reached their site through a Google Search, then front page prices were cheaper than going straight to their site ... I secured rates at $3.65 / month ... prepaid for 5 years at that rate.

    Good Luck with your selection.

  12. neodan
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Rich, was it necessary to spam your link?

    Bluehost lies about your actual diskspace and bandwidth. Read their TOS there is no such thing as unlimited storage. Does your computer have unlimited storage? I think not.

  13. richimages
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Neodan,

    Sorry if I really did "spam my link" ... I certainly did not mean to spam.

    This link is to my personal site; it has very little traffic ... and has nothing to do with selling anything at all

    ~~~

    Aside from that, I am grateful for the information that it's not unlimited storage space ... As a photographer, I have uploaded lots of original sized Nikon D1 images ... and have had no complaints or warnings .... but then again, I've only been with them since October of last year.

    kind regards,

  14. ben.blodgett
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Bluehost is good for small sites, I prefer using rackspace or media temple for commercial sites.

  15. nv1962
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I have two non-profit orgs with their sites hosted on a BH shared plan and I'm not looking back. But I also think results vary according to needs:

    • There's the content enforcement issue - already mentioned.
    • If the big chunk of your audience is in the left half of the US, their location helps in low response time.
    • If your traffic is moderate, you'll be fine with their traffic limits. If you're picking up consistently above that, start looking for an upgrade.
    • The more you do on your end to make the site efficient (good caching settings, streamlined consolidated CSS and JS, etc.) the less trouble you'll have.
    • You can even use a CDN to offload, to postpone the upgrade jump.
    • Another thing BH has a zero tolerance policy for is filesharing. Just don't do it.
    • I like to speak to real human beings, preferably sharing the same language as I do, as that makes interaction all the more efficient; BH does that, and I've never ran into an impolite or arrogant engineer to help me out.
    • Price-wise I think they're in the very decent category.
    • Most important of all though: it really depends on what you want. In "my" two cases they're more a serious, business-like CMS than a flashy hot stuff blog; streamlining for performance is much easier to do in my cases.
    • They do offer a lot of storage space, but if your game is a massive repository of video files with lots of simultaneous streams, look for a CDN or look simply elsewhere.
    • If you're into mass-mailing your thousands of subscribers, look elsewhere. They're allergic to mass email sent from their own servers. You have to have a stellar track record with them - and a demonstrably legit case - to get a more flexible email sending regime. Oddly enough I see this as a plus.
    • The more you do on your end to keep spammers and bots out and tighten traffic (good caching, again...) the more they'll accommodate you, too. But: content restrictions and filesharing and generally "risque" applications remain cut off.

    As I said: I'm a happy customer of BH, but I think my sites fit very well in their "target" market.

    Oh, about one-click installations: yeah, they have it. I've tried it and it works. The thing is, with their server permission settings there's never been a plugin or theme or upgrade that went wrong. It's the one hosting provider for WP where I least have trouble with permissions and still have a safe default setup (i.e. with 755/644 perms) while updates and new themes / plugins / installs work like a charm.

    I recommend them as a solid option - but then again, several of them on the WP hosting page that are up there, as far as I'm concerned, for the lower-to-midrange traffic WP sites.

  16. dannys42
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Just to add my two cents...

    I'm a user of BlueHost and overall I'm quite happy with them. Their one-click install (now using simplescripts) is quite nice.. handles updates pretty well too. They're also one of the few top webhosting services that offer Postgres databases.

    Probably my biggest problem with bluehost though is if you violate their terms of service in anyway, they immediately shutdown all your sites. It'd be nice if they gave you a grace period, even if just 24hours.

    For example, I had stored some files on there as a backup, not realize (though I admittedly I should have) that it violated there ToS. Well when they found it, they just shut me out. I had to call them up for them to give me ssh access to clear the problem.

    If I was doing something more severe, I guess I could understand it. But I thought this was rather extreme. Especially since I was hosting about 5 websites through them and they just disabled all of them without any notice whatsoever.

  17. frih
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    It is good and i am using it. Support is good too.

  18. E Anderson
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    @RichImages - thanks for posting your link, I'm considering using BlueHost and integrating the DM Albums plugin which I see you use on your site. The reaction times seemed a little slow flipping through the photos, but I'm not sure if that's BlueHost or something else.

    Right now I'm with 1and1 and it's been terrible trying to upload full-res photos - it just doesn't work with 1and1's limitations on uploading.

    My question: Have you ever had any problems at all with uploading FULL-RESOLUTION photos using DM Albums on BlueHost?

    Thanks much!

  19. nv1962
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I regularly (not routinely) upload fairly large media files, and the only practical limit I run into there is my own upstream bandwidth.

    Again: if you have smart cache settings (I have Super Cache and the new W3 used on different sites, and Gzip / deflating works nicely) and also apply sound compacting and optimization (e.g. consolidating local CSS and JS files, minify where possible, and keep external loads / DNS lookups to a minimum) your bottleneck is mostly downstream. I know that's obvious but I've had a few complaints from people who I later discovered were on... dial-up. Yeah.

    Just keep your expectations on a realistic level: it's still shared hosting, and if you're running a massive CPU resource hog you are going to be throttled.

  20. nv1962
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Well, this is unexpected...

    This weekend (!) Bluehost unilaterally changed access policy to the control panel as well as changed all passwords. Without prior warning, they reset all passwords for all their hosting accounts, and emailed a new one via plain text (!) email (!) to the "administrative" email they have on file.

    This is particularly lousy in the case of sites of organizations, where the "technical" admin and the "executive" admin are in separate hands - as is highly recommendable - because the unilaterally changed password won't be available until... next Monday, when everybody is back in office.

    How they can unilaterally just change passwords without any advance warning, without checking to ensure that the email address on file is current or appropriate, and in the middle of a weekend, is just beyond me.

    The issue with the unexpectedly (no prior warning) control panel redirection is similarly boneheaded: while in principle, it is understandable that they want to enforce single session access (meaning, you can't be simultaneously logged into several control panels of several sites) what they have done is to blindly redirect you to the "current" session site control panel, even when you type in a different domain name!

    Say, you're working on a site via http://www.example.com/cpanel and then move on to the next site, by typing in http://www.domain.com/cpanel (which is how you typically access control panels with shared hosters) you're STILL redirected to the control panel of http://www.example.com - because typically people don't bother logging out, that means that you could do all sorts of damage without realizing it. The only clue you have is looking at the title bar of the browser, where it (at the very end) gives the domain name. And this, of course, affects site admins who have more than one hosting account with Bluehost; if you have just one smaller site, you're none the wiser.

    Two great examples that show how Bluehost is applying a hamfisted, dumb approach to all its customers.

    These unthinking "changes" have led me to completely reconsider Bluehost. Actually, to decide to leave them. Which is a pity, because their tech support has always been quick to respond, personable and highly skilled. It's their upper management that sux big time.

    To top it off: when I called about an hour ago to complain, I was essentially told to go stuff myself.

    Well, there's a simple way I can accommodate that: by letting my wallet do the talking. They've lost my business; next Monday I'm moving my sites over to a more professionally managed hosting company that at least knows to treat its customers with respect.

    I now strongly recommend against hosting with Bluehost: since they're apparently so hard pressed by incompetent amateur customers - forcing them to change passwords - and treating customers like they're idiots, I'd rather be in better company.

    Bye bye Bluehost, don't let the draft of the revolving door of other leaving customers cause you to catch a bad cold.

    Amateur site owners who also are the admin of their single site with little interest in security: please go and host your business with Bluehost.

    Oh - and Bluehost: please don't even bother to try and get in touch with me. You're over and done with.

  21. moddtaco
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Never used them. Although I buy most of my domains through GoDaddy I host on Dreamhost. Not one problem so far. All my content is personal though so I would not have a business perspective on the company.

  22. johnny1313
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I recently signed up for my first blog using bluehost, I had another forum site using Mediatemple and they are great, just figured I would do the blog "on the cheap".

    Problem is I noticed that the TOS will not let me display my portfolio (nudes), of course I learned this AFTER I signed up.

    Being that this weekend has been my first real drive in traffic, I am noticing things are REALLY slowing down, even in the admin and editing pages.

    My question: I purchased a theme for my blog which entitled me to download to one site, if I change hosting will I lose all the theme work I have done, as well as content and will I be able to use my purchased theme?? I really don't want to pay another 170 for the theme and have to re-populate. Thanks much in advance

  23. xlindsaywx
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I use Bluehost and the instalation worked fine and their rates are good, but about two weeks ago, my account got hacked. It took about a week of constant emails to get it sorted out 100%. It is working fine now, but I wouldn't go through them again for any other blogs or hosting.

  24. kralik
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I have had Bluehost on and off for several years (along with a couple of other big hosts).

    Something has happened at Bluehost during the last year and their service, performance and quality is down the drain. IThe shared box I am on has 2300 domains on it. This is about 10X as much as most other big players. Security issues, spontaneous changes in directory permissions (not my doing), unproffessional support (they seem to have outsourced this to noobs/inexperienced staff lately).

    All in all - I do not suggest anyone go their way until they get their gig together again. They may be cheap but the hassle of moving your domains when leaving a sinking ship is not worth it. I have nothing good to say of them at this time of writing.

  25. bestofblogger
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I recommend Dreamhost, you can install wordpress, joomla and many others CMS platform with just one click install.

    I have Dreamhost, and i did not get any problem with dreamhost.

    And also Dreamhost has 7/24 online chat service that you can ask whatever you want.

  26. waloshin
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Bluehost has cpu quota so if your site gets busy don't expect it to be running long.

  27. AttorneyGary
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I have Bluehost. My only concern is for SEO purposes. I know that WordPress is highly rated, but hosting through Bluehost appears to not carry the same PR. Are there any solutions to this?

  28. tedchang
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I use godaddy deluxe to place my site and blog

  29. AttorneyGary
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I posted this concern in another forum but since I am self-hosting through BlueHost I think the folks here may be able to help also.

    I added a WordPress site (http://www.garycjohnsonlaw.com/Wordpress) using my cpanel and added a "Subscribe" widget. I have gotten several messages that people cannot subscribe. I then linked my site to feedburner (http://feeds.feedburner.com/garycjohnsonlaw/LwFh) and asked people to try again. They can subscribe to the feedburner site but still not to my site. Is this a problem with self-hosting WordPress?

    I am also new to WordPress forums. Is there a way you can email me any hints?

    Thanks in advance and apologize if this is bad internet protocol.

  30. AttorneyGary
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    tedchang, does that mean you do not actually HOST your site on BlueHost? I have thought of doing that but have not found any compelling reasons to do that. Why did you choose to host on a different server?

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