Website Hosting – Advice on Choosing a Service

Read the Terms of a Web Host concerning Bandwidth and Disk Space

People who are looking for shared web hosting seldom pay attention to the bandwidth and disk space. Consider asking yourself if you will pay a big amount for the transfer of huge data if your website suddenly becomes very popular and draws in millions of visitors.

Certainly, a lot of websites will not go beyond their bandwidth allocation by mere high traffic, but it can possibly happen when you present a number of files to download in your site.

Search and Discover More about Them

To do this, include the phrase “web company review” and you might be surprised with the results that return. Many consumers are not happy with their web host, and have many complaints.

Take a look at the following list, which you should not take for granted:

Unfair count

Big companies have a tendency to upset more people since they have more unhappy clients. However, this might only be a very small fraction of their overall client base.

Verdicts that are partial and subjective

At times, the statements written on personal blogs can be partial and subjective. It is possible for site owners to delete any negation to provide a misleading impression.

Common complaints

It is a lot easier for some people to complain than praise. To them web host companies that perform well are just doing their job, but when they don’t, they are worthy of all the bad comments and feedback.

Make a Purchase and Save with Coupons and Rebates

In online businesses such as web hosting services, there are companies that are willing to pay substantial amounts for customer acquisition, so it would be wise to pay and save with coupons and commission rebates. Though there are hosts that do not give away coupons or have an affiliation program, this does not necessarily mean that they are not good and efficient.

Have your Own Backup

You may be wondering if you could totally trust and depend on your web host to backup your files. Certainly not – it is the duty of the web host to carry out regular backups, but it would be wiser to do your own off-site backups.

Use PayPal or a Credit Card for One-Time Transaction

If you are not from the US, it is safer to use PayPal for any transaction. It may not be the most convenient way, since it takes time and entails some fees for your local bank to perform the conversion. If there is no other choice but to use a credit card, choose a reputable company to avoid winding up in an unfavorable situation.

Do not go for Long-Term Contracts Except if You Trust the Company

Many companies give unbelievable discounts if you pay for two years. It is best to think twice except if the web host has a good reputation and an outstanding track record.

Bluehost Review (Website Hosting Provider)

Based in Utah, Bluehost is one of the top providers of shared website hosting. It was founded in 1996 and the very fact that it is still going strong and is placed in most web hosting provider top ten lists means that should be considered if you are looking for hosting.

Package offered

The first thing a Bluehost review needs to look at is the packages on offer. Actually this is not necessary as Bluehost keep it simple and only offer one package. This is a linux shared hosting package which (at the time of writing) is priced at $6.95 per month and you can sign-up and pay for 12, 24 or 36 months. The prices on the sign-up page are for new customers so on renewal the charge will be $8.95 for 12 months, $7.95 for 24 months and $6.95 for 36 months.

During the first 30 days there is a money back guarantee, which means you can request a full refund, after this you can cancel and get a pro-rata refund at any time.

You can include a domain name in the package free and it continues to be free as long as you stay with Bluehost. If you take up this option you need to be aware that there is a $10 charge against any refund, to cover the cost of the domain name which you will continue to own.

The package includes, bandwidth, storage, domains and email addresses on an “unlimited” basis. It is worth reading the Terms to understand what “unlimited” means.

The package is comprehensive and provides support for every technology most users will need including multimedia and ecommerce features. One click installs are provided for many popular software packages (including WordPress). A site builder is included as is cPanel to help manage everything.

There are a few optional extras which you can pay for including additional domain names, a dedicated IP address, SSL Certificates, Mail Filtering and Domain Privacy.

Technical Service

Bluehost has a reputation for providing a fast reliable service and many people are very happy with it. It does seem though that recently (late 2010) there has been an increase in user comments about downtime.

Support Service

Support is provided 24/7 by phone, chat and a help desk system. Bluehost reviews from their users are generally favourable reporting that it is easy to make contact with support staff. A few said that support staff could have been more helpful but no company will ever satisfy everybody.

Other Customer Comments

I saw a few negative comments about renewals and sites being taken down but the company seemed to be working within its terms and conditions. It is a good idea to read these to understand what is acceptable what isn’t.

Conclusion

Apart from there being no Windows hosting, the only drawback with Bluehost is the lack of any upgrade path if your site was to outgrow shared hosting. If that is a risk you would be better going elsewhere to begin with.

A hosting provider that has been in the business for so long is clearly doing something right and if you are in the market for linux shared hosting the conclusion of this Bluehost review is that Bluehost is a good choice.