Wondering which Bluehost web hosting plan is best for you? If your answer is yes, then read on to learn everything about Bluehost plan and packages. Also look at the FAQ’s at the end before purchasing your desired plan. Until last year, Bluehost has only one shared hosting plan & recently Bluehost added 3 different shared web hosting plan which gives us more options to pick from and also save our money. In this guide, I have shared which shared hosting plan from Bluehost you should choose. To start with, head over to Bluehost site and check out their existing shared hosting plans.
In 2019, Bluehost offers Basic; Plus and Choice plus shared hosting packages. Plus is the most popular one because it’s completely valued for money. However, you should pick the Bluehost plan according to your need. Here is my suggestion for you to quickly pick the right package for you. While selecting the right package here, make sure you think about your future plans as well, as if you land with Starter now and want to upgrade to Plus package later, you will end up paying more than you should. Before I share the difference between Bluehost Basic, Plus and Choice plus plan, have a look at below image. The below screenshot will give an overview of all the three packages, and later I will explain every package in detail.
This is the smallest and cheapest shared web hosting package you can buy from Bluehost. 2.95/month for 3 years package with this special sign-up link. This package allows you to host one website, and this is one reason I recommend my readers to opt for Plus package, as they allow to host multiple websites. Basic Bluehost package offers 50Gb bandwidth/month that is more than enough for you to run your website on shared hosting. Starter package doesn’t come with Cloudflare CDN offered by Bluehost, but you can always directly signup for CloudFlare and integrate free CDN. This will help you to reduce the bandwidth of your hosting account by a great extent. You should choose Basic package only when you are planning to host only one website and have no plans for adding more sites in the future. In case if you have more plans, check out the next package.
This is my favourite and most popular package on Bluehost. CDN. These marketing coupons are usually free AdWords Coupon, Facebook Ads Coupon that you can use to market your website. This package also comes with 1 free domain which will save extra money for you. 9.99/month). If you are looking for one recommendation from me, I will recommend the plus package for you. As this is value for money and you should consider buying it for minimum 2 or 3 years term to save a lot on your hosting bill. This package is targeted to those who are web hosting their site on shared web hosting and looking for extra features.
This web hosting package is recommended for those who need dedicated I.P and SSL certificate. Do remember SSL is now a search engine ranking factor and if you are running an E-commerce website you should have an SSL certificate on your website (HTTPS). Can you upgrade your Bluehost Plan? Yes, you can always upgrade your plan at any time from your Bluehost dashboard or you can ask the customer support. However, it would be better if you pick the right plan from day one as when you upgrade Bluehost plan, you will not get the discounted pricing. You will be charged regular pricing which adds up a lot of costs.
If you are not sure which bluehost plan to buy, then simply pick Plus plan which is idle for web hosting unlimited websites. Can you change your web hosting plan? Yes, you can anytime upgrade or even downgrade your Bluehost hosting plan. How long will it take to get my website online with Bluehost? Bluehost instantly setup your web hosting account as you finish the purchase. They also install WordPress on your primary domain which you can also remove if you wish to use any other platform. Does Bluehost charge monthly or all at once? Bluehost currently doesn’t let us pay monthly. They do offer option to buy web hosting for 1,2,3 and 5 years term. What is the difference between Bluehost basic vs plus?
The major difference between Basic and plus package is; basic let you host only one website and Plus let you host multiple websites. Another significant difference is, Basic package offers only 50GB of space whereas Plus package offers unlimited space. How much does a Bluehost domain cost? What is marketing offers in Bluehost? 25 promotional code for AdWords at the time of signup. 100 promotional code for marketing your website. Which is the best Bluehost plan for WordPress? All the plans on Bluehost are optimized for WordPress. 2 costlier than the base plan, it’s better to get this for 2 or 3 years term. If you have never before purchased web hosting, here is the guide to help you buy web hosting from Bluehost. Do you have any question? Feel free to ask via comments. Don’t forget to share this tutorial with others on Facebook and LinkedIn.
There is only one pricing. If the price is right, you go with it. Today you have 3 shared web hosting plans to choose from. And on top of it, you have "cloud sites", wordpress hosing, VPS hosting and dedicated servers. Put it simple, a dedicated server is a whole cake. Many people cannot finish a whole cake, so they can choose for says a quarter (VPS) or they can choose a small slice (shared hosting). It is easy to understand. And 99% of the websites needed only shared web hosting, which is still true today. Cloud is a buzzword. There is no clear definition of what a cloud should be. So it is very difficult to says, "This is cloud" or, "This is not cloud".
Cloud hosting itself can be divided by the number of resoures (usually CPU and memory) you are getting. At the lower end of cloud, it is just like shared hosting. At the upper end of cloud, it will be like VPS or even dedicated server. And pump in more resources, it will be like multiple dedicated server combined. At the extreme, you canc combine thousands of servers and examples are super websites like Google, Amazon and Facebook. Of course, Bluehost doesn't offer cloud services that alows you to build another Facebook or Youtube. They mainly offer cloud services at the lower end. If you look at BlueHost cloud offerings, there are 3 plans - Starter, Performance and Business Pro. The "cheaper" Starter cloud will just be shared hosting with cloud features while the "expensive" Business Pro cloud will be just VPS hosting with cloud features.
BlueHost doesn't offer cloud that has higher spec. It stops at the lower end of VPS. BlueHost's cloud offers 3 extra features that you are not getting from shared hosting. First one is dedicated resources (CPU, memory and IP) which makes it a "poor man's VPS". Second is "local caching" and third is "scaling". You may think you can getting a lot extra but I can tell you right now that, there is really not much difference from the shared web hosting and the lower end of the cloud hosting, a.k.a. Dedicated resources is a good idea, but 2 CPUs and 2 GB of ram is not much to talk of, especially when you do not know the specification of the CPUs.
Fast CPUs and slow CPUs are not the same. And even my 3.5 year-old Samsung Galaxy Note II is running on 4 CPUs (cores). Caching can be implemented easily yourself on shared hosting. Most CMS has caching plugin available, for example, W3 Total Cache and my own choice of WP Super Cache for Wordpress. Varnish which is very aggresive and may give you lots of headaches if you are not savvy enough. You still need to do the it manually so it is not "real" scaling. A real scaling means automation where you don't need to decide up front how much resources you will need and you will be charged according to what you use.
That means not only your resources is scaled automatically, your bills too.