What is Bluehost? & why we need it?
Bluehost web hosting is an important part of your Word Press blog setup strategy. You need this service to “host” your blog. What does that means, once you have registered your blog / business blog domain, you need somewhere to “host” it. That’s what makes it ‘live”, so everyone can view it.
Matt Heaton first conceived Bluehost in 1996. However, he first created two other web hosts, 50megs.com and 0catch.com, before finally settling on Bluehost in 2003.
In 2009, Bluehost introduced feature called CPU Throttling. CPU throttling refers to the process of reducing user’s CPU usage when the particular user is pulling “too much” server resources at same time. At that particular time, Bluehost will freeze client sites’ CPU usage considerably. This successfully shut down clients’ websites hosted on the Bluehost server for several hours throughout the day.
In 2010, Bluehost was acquired by Endurance International Group. On June 2011, Matt Heaton announced on his blog that he was stepping down as CEO to focus on the company hosting platform’s design and technical structure, while COO Dan Handy took over as CEO.
In 2013, Bluehost introduced VPS and dedicated server hosting.
In January 2015, Endurance International Group appointed Mike Olson as CEO of Bluehost, while Dan Handy moved to enterprise-wide mobile development for small businesses. In the same month, the company announced that it will lay off 440 Bluehost employees at Utah, in an effort to fuse its business to improve customer support.
In March 2015, Bluehost was hacked by Syrian Electronic Army. Host Monster and Fast domain, all owned by Endurance International Group, SEA claimed that these services were hosting terrorist websites. SEA posted the screenshots of the attack on the Twitter.
Why do I recommend Bluehost?
I should use Blue Host for these good reasons:
#1.) Cost – Rates start at $3.95 per month.
#2.) Ease of Setup
Setting up Hosting Account
Go to the Bluehost homepage, and click “get started now”. Then it will take you to a page with 3 options for setting up your hosting. Review that you believe you will be suitable to your needs, and then click the “select” button.
There are 3 options for Hosting
- Basic : 1 website, 1 included domain, and $3.95 per month
- Plus : 10 websites, 1 included domain and $6.95 per month
- Pro : unlimited websites, 1 included domain and $14.95 per month
After selecting click the hosting option you would prefer and you will be prompted to select either a free domain option or if you already have a domain, you will be prompted to include it.
The final step after you have chosen your domain is to sign up and get your website or blog hosted. This is the page where you would do this.
Customer service : After I set up my hosting for my blog.
I contacted Bluehost 3 times over the following month. Primarily to ensure everything was setup correctly and if I needed to do anything else to make my blog more professional. Which I am happy to state, I had no issues. I didn’t contact them by telephone, which is certainly an option, but via their online chat service. Each time, on average it took around 2 minute to connect to a customer service rep. Each time, they were professional and answered my questions thoroughly. At the end of the chat, there was a quick survey asking how you rank the service and if you would recommend their service to others. I think this is great, this allows Bluehost to stay on top of what is being asked of them, and it allows them to work on areas for improvement.
One last point, and I believe it is pretty important, is that Bluehost regularly backups your blog. There is no need for you to set up additional services like Dropbox or other WordPress plugins to do backups. You can have peace of mind that if things went sideways for whatever reason on your blog, there is a backup of your site on Bluehost. With a few keyboard button clicks, you will have your site restored and ready to roll again. To me, that is very important. You will have put much effort into setting up your blog, with features and plugins that are unique and valuable to your site. You DO NOT want to lose this information. The hours it would take to restore your site would be great, to say the very least.
If you are serious about setting up a WordPress blog, and have it professional hosted, I would strongly recommend you for Bluehost.