BlueHost is one of the 20th largest web hosting companies and serves over 2 million websites. They are owned by EIG “Endurance International Group”, which also owns various other hosting companies including Hostgator.
Bluehost offers several different types of services, but from the perspective of shared hosting, I will cover BlueHost for WordPress installations. This isn’t meant to be a full review of every feature, but important reasons one might want to use BlueHost. I will also add a Bluehost vs Siteground comparison since most people tend to compare the two.
BlueHost for WordPress
Easy WordPress Install
BlueHost integrated the traditional CPanel backend in favor of an administration panel that makes installing software, plugins, adding email and FTP accounts, and setting up databases much more straightforward. All of the normal features of CPanel are there but integrated in such a way that it isn’t intimidating to first time users.
When I covered SiteGround for WordPress, I mentioned how quick and easy it is to install a WordPress site. The same is true for Bluehost, as they have a setup wizard that takes you through the installation process. A simple look at the Bluehost admin panel shows that they intend for you to install WordPress, although you can install many other pieces of software manually.
First, navigate to the My Sites tab and click on the create site button. From there, fill in the necessary information and click next. After that, the Bluehost for WordPress setup will ask you to choose a domain and offer some recommended plugins to go along with your install.
It’s important to note that Bluehost offers free domain registrations when you purchase hosting. However, if you haven’t decided on a domain name and want to get set up anyway, BlueHost will give you a temporary address. They also offer a free LetsEncrypt SSL certificate.
In addition to the streamlined WordPress installation, Bluehost has a marketplace that offers various plugins, themes, and professional services. It’s certainly one of the easiest platforms to use.
Remember, we are talking about BlueHost shared hosting so you will share resources with other websites unless you opt for a VPS or Dedicated Server. In any case, except for adding Cloudflare, and some basic caching rules, Bluehost doesn’t offer much in terms of tweaks and performance boosts. This is apparent when we compare Bluehost vs Siteground below.
The pictures above show the different optimization settings between BlueHost and SiteGround. While it isn’t my purpose to turn this into a full BlueHost vs SiteGround comparison, most people compare the two as if they are equal. In my view, using BlueHost for WordPress would best suit those who intend on running a PHP Script, minimal blog, portfolio, or a very light WordPress theme.
If you plan on running an e-commerce store, affiliate store, or a site like PriceNab that does dynamic comparisons, automatic price updates, etc., you should consider SiteGround or a VPS server. However, there are some actions that you can take to increase the performance on BlueHost sites such as using a proper CDN like KeyCDN along with Cloudflare and various optimization plugins.
Just because BlueHost hasn’t taken additional optimization steps shouldn’t stop you from using them. They serve over 2 million websites, and that means they are doing something right. They are very inexpensive (initially), easy to use, and their team engages with their customers more than any other web host I’ve used.
It common to get newsletters and invitations to webinars from Bluehost that cover building attractive websites, finding niches, and additional valuable information. They also have dedicated teams to help you with Website Design, SEO, and Pay Per Click Services.
In conclusion, Bluehost is a terrific hosting company. Bluehost is stable, inexpensive, easy to use, and helpful. However, if you’re using Bluehost for WordPress, you’ll more than likely grow out of it and look for something a little more robust, depending on your goals.
BlueHost vs SiteGround
In this Bluehost vs Siteground comparison, we see that they have similar core features but SiteGround has the edge when it comes to speed and optimization. On the other hand, Bluehost has a lot of professional services and are very engaged with their audience.
Do you already have a grasp on what you need to do and just want a fast and reliable server? Maybe Siteground is the best option for you. Do you need help with Design, SEO, and PPC services? It is possible that Bluehost may be the better option for you.