In the 10+ years I’ve been in internet marketing, I’ve hosted my websites with well over a dozen different hosting companies. Some experiences were good, some were bad, but if nothing else, they taught me what customers deserve to get from their hosting providers.
I am an affiliate for Bluehost – all links to their site in this review are affiliate links, which means I receive a commission from Bluehost if you purchase using one of the links.
But I do NOT recommend Bluehost for everyone, which I’ll explain further in the review below. If you’re looking to build a website or replace your old host, read on. You’ll have a really good idea if Bluehost is the right place for you by the end of this review.
One of the groups that I don’t recommend Bluehost to are people that:
Bluehost has streamlined the process pretty well, but there are still faster, easier options. If that’s what you’re looking for, the absolute easiest way to setup a website is by starting by entering the desired name of your website here >>
You’ll be taken through a very simple process and could be playing around on your website literally two minutes from now. Not only that, but you can play in this “sandbox” to learn how to build a website 100% for free, as opposed to well over $100 you’d have to spend getting setup with Bluehost.
If you’ve decided that option isn’t for you, or you’d like to go the longer, manual route with Bluehost, read on through the rest of the Bluehost review below.
Is Bluehost the best fit for everyone looking to launch a website? Absolutely not. But are they the best, major hosting provider out there, and a really good fit for the majority of people reading this review? Definitely – and I go into details as to why in the review below.
Long story short: If you receive a few thousand visitors to your sites a day, Bluehost probably isn’t the best fit for you. You’d be better off with a VPS (virtual private server) or dedicated server with a specialized company like KnownHost, whom I’ve also hosted with and had incredible experiences.
Also, if you run specialized apps or software on your server, Bluehost’s shared hosting isn’t my top recommendation. Again, I’d recommend KnownHost over Bluehost hands-down if you fit into either of these two categories.
But, if your websites receive a few hundred visitors daily or less and you use your server like most of us do, Bluehost’s value, service, and reliability are unmatched.
You could try Hostgator, 1&1, or any number of other companies competing at this price point and you’re going to have a MUCH worse experience than you’d have at Bluehost. I’ve tried them all over the years, and Bluehost stands head-and-shoulders above the rest.
And for the sake of full disclosure, unfortunately I’m no longer able to host my websites with Bluehost. That’s because I fall into both of the categories mentioned above: I get way too many visitors to be on any shared hosting plan, and I run specialized apps that require more resources than shared hosting provides.
I seriously miss the days that I was hosting with Bluehost. The prices were low, the service was great, and they remain my #1 hosting recommendation for aspiring internet business owners to this day, thanks to years of providing me with a great customer experience.
If you’re not receiving thousands of visitors to your sites per day, and you’re not running specialized apps or software on your websites (you’d know if you were), then yes – you should be hosting with Bluehost. Your sites will run faster, you’ll get better service, and you’ll be happier overall than if you host with any other shared hosting provider.
If you don’t already have hosting and will be starting fresh with new sites, it’s extremely quick and easy using Bluehost (another reason I enjoyed hosting there – things like this are very, very simple). It takes three steps, which I’ve outlined below.
If you’ve ever wanted a website to launch an affiliate marketing business, sell a product or service, promote your local business, etc… This walkthrough will get you up and running very, very quickly.
I’m going to walk you through the setup process from creating an account to setting up your first website. The entire process from start to finish should take 5-10 minutes depending on how quickly you can type.
Go to Bluehost’s website (affiliate link) and click the “get started now” button you see in the banner above. That will take you to this page:
Whether you choose the “starter” or “plus” plan really comes down to one factor: how many websites you’re planning to host. If you’re only going to host one website for the foreseeable future, pick the “starter” option. If you know you’re going to build more than one site now or in the future, choose the slightly higher priced “plus” plan.
After selecting your plan, you’ll be taken to this screen:
You can either register a completely new domain for your website, or you can setup your account using an existing domain. After making your selection, you’ll be taken to the checkout page:
Complete all of the required fields, then continue to the next step:
This is where you’ll select your billing cycle (the more you pay for up-front, the more money you’ll save) and select any additional features. You’re not required to purchase any of these additional add-ons – your site will function perfectly without any of them. But if they’re important to you, make sure to add them here.
You’ll also fill out your billing information, which will be used not only for initial checkout but all future invoices as well. After filling all of this out and clicking continue, you’re taken to one more page:
Odds are, you don’t need to buy any of these additional domain names. So just click the “Want to pass on these products for the time being?” link to get on with the process.
If you’ve made it this far, congratulations! You’ve officially signed up with Bluehost, and if you did everything correctly you should see the welcome message above. There’s just one more quick step:
Input whatever password you wish to use with your account and voila! Step 1 of 3 complete – you’re now ready to login to your Bluehost account.
This step is even more straightforward than the first step.
Login to your Bluehost account with the password you just set, and select the “I can do it” option.
This will take you into cPanel, which is the administrative software program that your server runs on. It’s what you’ll use to manage your server, setup email addresses, etc… But you can do that later. For now, we’re just going to take a couple more minutes to build your first website.
Click the “WordPress” option under the “Website Builders” section toward the middle of the screenshot above, and you’ll be taken to this screen:
Click the “Start” button, and you’ll be taken to this screen:
Choose the domain name that you want to install WordPress on, then…
WordPress will begin to install. You’ll then setup your login information for WordPress (this is different than your login information for your Bluehost account):
And you’ll receive a confirmation message that looks something like this, confirming that your installation was completed successfully!
From here, you can choose the layout and design of your website pretty easily (again, this is unique to Bluehost – it’s not always this easy):
You now have a hosting account, your server is setup, your website has been created, and you’ve chosen your design. That takes us to the last step!
Navigating to your WordPress administrative login is really easy. Just go to http://YourSite.com/wp-admin/ and you’ll see the screen above. Once you login, you’ll be taken to your administrative dashboard:
Congratulations, you’re now the proud new owner of a website and can get to work making some money! For setting up your site from here, you have one of two options:
Either way, you’re well on your way to having a professional, established internet presence – all in less than 5-10 minutes. There aren’t many huge changes you can make in life that quickly, but if you take action and work hard, you’ll be the proud new owner of a website within a few minutes from now.
If you don’t fall into one of the first two categories I described at the beginning of this post, Bluehost is an awesome place to begin building your internet business. It’s not perfect, but it’s the best option I’ve found for aspiring internet marketers and business owners to begin building their online presence.
Do you have any lingering questions about Bluehost after reading this review? I’m more than happy to help any way that I can! They took great care of me for many, many years so I should be able to help with pretty much any questions you have – ask away in the comments section below!
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