The Bluehost line of products includes shared hosting, VPS, dedicated server hosting, cloud hosted sites, as well as optimized hosting for WordPress. If you are familiar with cPanel, you would be very much at home with Bluehost. Unlike most other web hosting services, the Bluehost user has the option to go straight to their cPanel page and manage their website.
The core set of services are divided between the Bluehost shared hosting service, VPS hosting, and dedicated hosting. The differences in price matters for new users, while the feature sets are the differentiators which experienced and large users are looking for.
Shared hosting is the cheapest hosting service available from any web hosting company. A website is hosted on a machine and runs alongside about a hundred other websites. The web server software handles serving the user or browser request for a website. When a website misbehaves, the web server is turned off and on. When the operating system needs to be restarted, all the websites residing on it will need to be shutdown. Bluehost has an affordable set of packages for shared hosting. The most basic package starts at $3.95 per month.
This includes a 50GB space for 1 website, and includes 1 domain, 5 parked domains, and 25 sub domains. It also has 5 email accounts each with 100MB space. For a beginner or a personal website or even an entrepreneur, this is more than enough to get started.
If the basic shared hosting package is not enough, the shared hosting plus package is priced at $6.95.
The package includes 150GB space for 10 websites, and includes 1 domain, with 20 parked domains and 50 subdomains. It also has 100 email accounts included with 500MB space per account. For a larger business, the business pro shared hosting package allows unlimited expansion with an unlimited number of websites, using an unlimited amount of space. It also includes 1 domain, with an unlimited number of parked domains, and subdomains. For this price, the main selling point is the inclusion of 1 SSL certificate and 1 dedicated IP. This is a steal at $14.95 a month.
A virtual private server (VPS) is a webserver service which runs on a virtual machine. Each website has its own VM in the server. For each physical server, there are several other Vms running. An advantage of this service is that the user can tweak their machine and run any service, on the VM. If there is any problem, the VM can be rebooted without affecting the computer it resides in. This service allows the owner the flexibility of having their own space or computer without having to buy a dedicated server.
Bluehost VPS web hosting plans start at $14.99 for the first month for the basic VPS. There are three other better plans, and the range goes up to 59.99 for the first month. One major advantage of the VPS hosting is that the files are in an SAN configuration, and this gives the user a safer environment for the website.
In a dedicated hosting service, the website no longer resides in a virtual machine. Instead, for each plan a single machine is used for the website service. This affords the user a very high level of security because only the website admin can access the server. Also, the website can run very fast, as there are no other websites being served from the same computer.
The Bluehost standard dedicated hosting is priced at $74.99 for the first month. The two other plans are priced at $99.99 and $124.99 for the first month. Effectively there is a 50 percent discount during the first month.
The servers used may sound like standard specifications. However, the real selling point for the service is the bandwidth. The standard plan has a bandwidth of 5TB, the enhanced plan has 10TB, and the premium plan has 15TB. These are rated service level bandwidth and not to be confused with the “unlimited” bandwidth of shared hosting sites. In all cases, the guaranteed bandwidth on a dedicated hosting plan is faster than the “unlimited” bandwidth that a shared hosting plan can provide. For most companies, this is the reason for signing up with a Bluehost. They can only achieve this bandwidth with a server on site.
Nowadays, a lot of companies have standardized their use of software and routinely share files across desktops, departments, and regions. Putting these files on the cloud makes perfect business sense. Bluehost offers a cloud hosting site which also adds another level of security. With the data mirrored across different servers located in different regions, there is assurance that the data will not get corrupted, and the service will continue even in times of emergencies.
Not every website hosting company offers WordPress hosting. This type of hosting is optimized for the WordPress installed website. Bluehost has optimized their service to run WordPress, and to provide the best user experience for WordPress run websites. WordPress is no longer limited or defined as a blogging platform. As a full-blown content management system (CMS), WordPress is a robust solution with a wide range of themes and plugins. This can be a compelling argument to sign up. Bluehost has also taken efforts to make sure that they are the best host for WordPress sites.
Bluehost has differentiated itself from the competition and has provided compelling reasons as a web hosting service of choice. They have staked a claim based on the quality of service and ease of use.