Bluehost is one of the three web hosting companies which are recommended by WordPress.org, which is a very big endorsement in itself.
Summary: The experience of using WordPress with Bluehost is quite good, considering they are one of the hosting companies that are recommended by WordPress themselves. While the regular hosting has plans and features that are similar to the regular shared hosting offered by the company, the dedicated WP Pro and Ecommerce solutions are tailored to specifically fit a WordPress setup.
Features such as video compression and PayPal integration are available with WP Pro. Bluehost’s servers are equipped with some of the most cutting edge technologies out there that ensure optimal performance and uptime.
Bluehost WordPress Hosting Expert Review
We have tried Bluehost’s WordPress hosting for some of our own WordPress projects and we were quite satisfied with the service that we got.
Bluehost is a big hosting company and is well-known within the WordPress community, given that it is one of the officially recommended hosts. They offer excellent performance and exceptional customer support which is something that is quite important when it comes to hosting providers.
Unlike some other host review websites, the goal of our reviews is to not attract sales but to rather provide a transparent, authentic and detailed review of the services offered by Bluehost.
|Hosting Rank||# Out of 35|
|Hosting Plans||Shared, WordPress, VPS and Dedicated|
|Pricing||Starting at $2.95 (Renewal @ $7.99)|
|Time to First Byte - TTFB||625.25ms|
|First Contentful Paint||2.73s|
|First Meaningful Paint||3.20s|
|First CPU Idle||3.20s|
|Time to Interactive||3.20s|
|Estimated Input Latency||10ms|
|Support||Instant Live Chat 24/7|
|Applications||WordPress, Joomla, Drupal plus some additional website builders|
|Website Transfers||No free transfers|
Bluehost WordPress Plans
The basic WordPress hosting plans offered by Bluehost are the same as those offered in the shared hosting tier. The three plans are Basic, Plus and Choice Plus which we have already discussed in our shared hosting review for Bluehost. However, things change here when moving to the pro plan. The pro plans for WordPress offered by Bluehost are a separate category and priced quite differently. There are also ecommerce options offered separately for those looking to set up online stores. We will be discussing all of these here.
WP Pro Hosting
The WP Pro hosting is offered for people who are specifically looking to boost their WordPress performance and features that are tailored to their websites. The plans offered with WP Pro are as follows,
This plan is a good option for those who are looking to build a fresh WordPress website but do not expect to manage the small aspects of it such as setting up analytics or marketing. Starting at $19.95/mo, the plan includes basic Jetpack analytics, access to a marketing center and more than 100 WordPress themes. Daily backups are also there along with malware detection and removal. This plan renews at $29.99/mo.
The grow plan is more focused towards those who are looking to build an audience by making use of marketing tools and search engine optimization. This plan starts at $29.95/mo and includes the premium version of Jetpack along with integration for Jetpack ads and Bluehost SEO tools. 10 GB of video compression is offered as well and you get access to the Blue Sky Ticket Support system, which allows you to get 24/7 feedback on design and technical elements from real WordPress experts. Renewal is at $39.99/mo for the grow plan.
With the scale plan, users are given the option to set up ecommerce features with. Starting at $49.95/mo, Jetpack pro is included with this plan along with unlimited backups. For the ecommerce side of things, PayPal integration is included. The scale plan renews at $59.99/mo.
Dedicated WooCommerce Plans
Bluehost also offers separate plans that are tailored specifically for ecommerce needs such as setting up and managing an online store by making use of WooCommerce. We will be discussing them here,
The starter plan costs $6.95/mo and allows you to set up a single store using WooCommerce. The plan comes with 100 GB of SSD storage and the Storefront theme installed to get you started. An additional feature with all of the ecommerce plans is that free setup call, which is where someone at Bluehost will help you out on call with setting up your store. The starter plan renews at $13.99/mo.
The plus plan has all of the features offered by the starter plan with the option of setting up an unlimited number of online stores and unmetered SSD storage as well. Basic version of CodeGuard Backup is also included. This plan renews at $17.99/mo.
Starting at $12.95/mo, the pro plan has everything offered by the other two plans with the addition of Bluehost SEO tools. These will help configure the optimal SEO setting for your store. The pro plan will renew at $31.99/mo.
There are some pros and cons to going with Bluehost’s WordPress hosting solutions. On one hand, their introductory prices are reasonable and will help anyone to get started but ther renewal rates can be much higher.
With a number of different plans, Bluehost ensures that there is always something for everyone. Whether you are looking to set up a simple website or an extensive online store, they have you covered. Here we will be looking at some of the pros of going with Bluehost’s WordPress hosting plans.
Excellent WordPress Performance
These dedicated plans make sure that you are getting the best performance out of your WordPress website. This is one of the reasons why Bluehost is on the list of recommended hosting providers by WordPress themselves.
Similar to the shared hosting plans, we had set up some WordPress websites of our own and used the metrics gathered from them to see how the hosting performed. As expected, we got some excellent results. By using cutting edge technologies, Bluehost ensures that you are getting the best performance for your money.
Uptime is a very important metric. It ensures that your website is accessible to users. Everytime a website is down, you miss out on some crucial traffic which would have easily converted to leads or sales.
With an uptime of 99.99%, Bluehost ensures that your website is available whenever your visitors or customer access it. We gathered this metric by monitoring the uptime of Bluehost over the period of a year. This pretty much ensures that you will not be facing any unexpected downtimes whatsoever.
Stellar Customer Support
Bluehost prides itself on the stellar customer support that they offer and it makes sense. With some of their plans, they go the extra mile to ensure that everything is working for you as it should.
Especially with their Woocommerce plans, Bluehost offers a free setup call with each of them. Experts get on call with you and help you set up your online store for the most optimal performance. Additionally, you can always reach out to the customer support in case of any issues and they will promptly help you out.
Good Time To First Byte
|Frankfurt||200||4.4 ms||10.7 ms||44 ms||247 ms|
|New York||200||7 ms||72.5 ms||174.6 ms||492.5 ms|
|Miami||200||255.9 ms||103.3 ms||226.2 ms||599.2 ms|
|Dallas||200||256 ms||116.7 ms||259.6 ms||651.5 ms|
|San Francisco||200||256.7 ms||143 ms||319.9 ms||769.2 ms|
|Seattle||200||15.5 ms||155 ms||331.5 ms||802 ms|
|Totonto||200||127.8 ms||87.6 ms||195.8 ms||548.9 ms|
|London||200||256.4 ms||6.7 ms||156.3 ms||332.4 ms|
|Paris||200||31.4 ms||15.9 ms||52.6 ms||256.8 ms|
|Amsterdam||200||3.5 ms||1.8 ms||29 ms||219.5 ms|
|Singapore||200||512.9 ms||239 ms||513.1 ms||1.2 s|
|Sydney||200||6.9 ms||276.7 ms||575.5 ms||1.3 s|
|Tokyo||200||1.5 s||241.6 ms||505.2 ms||1.2 s|
|Bangalore||200||7.6 ms||157.9 ms||344.5 ms||809.7 ms|
While the hosting service for WordPress offered by Bluehost is really good, there are a couple of cons as well.
Confusing for Newbies
For those who do not know much about setting up websites, the different plans offered by Bluehost can be very confusing. The first three tiers of shared hosting and WordPress hosting are pretty much the same thing. However, then you also have a set of plans that comes under their WP Pro offering. There are three different plans under WP Pro.
That is not all, as ecommerce plans powered by WooCommerce are once again separate. There are three plans under this category as well. All in all, there are nine different plans under the WordPress hosting option. They are all priced differently and offer multiple options which can easily become confusing for someone who is new to all this. In our opinion, these plans should be simplified.
Higher Renewal Rates
This is a complaint that we have with many hosting providers. The introductory rates are quite low while renewal rates can be very high. Once again, for those who aren’t familiar with this can easily be confused and buy a plan thinking that they’re getting a cheap deal. However, once the renewal comes around, they are confused by the high rate.
For example, in the case of Bluehost, if you purchase a pro WooCommerce plan then it will only cost you $12.95/mo on the introductory price but at the time on renewal it will increase to $31.99/mo.
We definitely recommend Bluehost’s dedicated WordPress hosting solution if you are planning to get the best performance for your WordPress website. It is one of the reason why WordPress lists Bluehost as one of their three officially recommended hosting providers. While some of the plans of shared and WordPress hosting can be a bit confusing for newcomers, our detailed review should help clear up any confusions between the two services and what they offer.