How Bluehost Web Hosting Came Into Existence
Before we go into detail and bore you with all kinds of words, here’s a short video just over 3 minutes long that talks about Bluehost.
What do you think?
Did you like the video?
The information we’re about to go through I didn’t invent or come up with on my own being a grammatical genius (not sure what that means), but straight from the horse’s mouth – or Bluehost’s mouth. Courtesy of bluehost.com/about.
Bluehost dubs themselves as a leading web solutions provider since their founding in 2003 (Some 13 years ago). They’re based in good ‘ole Orem, Utah. Bluehost has continually come up with new ways to deliver to their mission.
Which is the following.
“To empower people to fully harness the web.”
Bluehost carries out this mission by providing comprehensive tools to millions of users throughout the world so anyone, beginner, or pro can get on the web and thrive.
Sounds good to me.
I can say that is 100% true as I am a Bluehost user and definitely not in the pro category by any means.
Here are important nuggets about Bluehost.
- Bluehost was founded in 2003 by Matt Heaton and Danny Ashworth in Provo, Utah.
- They power over 2 million plus websites worldwide and support thousands more each and every day.
- Bluehost’s team is made up of 750 people who’s sole purpose is to help you around the clock – 24/7.
Does Bluehost Support WordPress? Yes, it does much like does peanut butter go with jelly.
Bluehost believes in WordPress and their partnership has allowed them to support it for over 10 years. Their in-house team is made up of dedicated experts in WordPress who provide the ultimate support whenever you as a customer need answers. To further demonstrate their commitment to WordPress Bluehost has a specific group of engineers who work with WordPress core development full-time. As stated by Bluehost no one understands or powers WordPress better than they do.
Sounds like it?
What do you think?
I would tend to agree with them.
More on Bluehost’s commitment to WordPress here is a short video about it as well. In case you don’t want to read all of this text.
You still with me?
See, reading this review on Bluehost is not boring, it’s entertaining.
Bluehoest contributes to open source.
Well, what does that mean?
Open source or open source software as defined by Wikipedia is computer software with it’s source code made available with a license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change, or distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose.
Now, back to bluehhost and contributing to open source.
Everything Bluehost does relies on open source. From their servers, to internal tools, to scripts that their customers depend on are all built on open source. In order to give back to the community Bluehost works hand-in-hand with developers to leverage their resources and expertise to helping their software thrive. Bluehost has a development team who are experienced in optimizing some 80 open source platforms, which makes Bluehost the leading solution for open source implementation and development in the entire world.
Impressive not to say the least.
What do you think?
Here’s a video discussing Bluehost’s commitment to open source.
How we doing?
Are your eyes glazing over yet?
I hope not.
I have to say some of the nuts and bolts are hard to make as entertaining as I would like, so work with me here.
I am not sure if you’re aware of this, but Bluehost is part of a huge and I mean huge family.
What do you mean by that?
Since 2010 Bluehost has been a part of the Endurance International Group’s family of brands. What’s the significance of this for Bluehost?
It’s allowed Bluehost to speed up their mission in every way possible with their support and backing. We talked about Bluehost’s mission earlier.
Here it is again to jog your memory.
“To empower people to fully harness the web”
So, that’s the benefit of being part of Endurance International Group.
So, let’s move on to our next topic which will give you a visual [Infographic] on the history or timeline of Bluehost.
Sound like a plan?
Timeline of Bluehost Web and Domain Hosting Services
What’s your biggest takeaway after going through that timeline?
I’ll give you my two cents if you will.
It basically illustrates what type of company Bluehost is and the foundation they’re built on.
What foundation is that? People!
And it’s because of it’s team of people that contributed to the rapid growth of this company. As a matter of fact every successful company that has a strong foundation is strictly due to the people whom lead it and those who work for it.
What do you think?
Now let’s expound on what is blue host or more specifically what do they do?
- It’s not just about web hosting for Bluehost, but rather making a better, safer, internet for all. How do they do this? By combating spam, blocking pornography, not to mention the endless investment in open source projects that will get the interwebs to reach their ultimate potential. In summation more of what you want and less of what you don’t want. Also, they want to create an environment where everyone can thrive regardless of your skill level to accomplish your goals on the web.
- Bluehost provides top of the line web solutions on the web hosting market designed to meet the needs of all of their customers, not just a select few. How nice of them. They provide your business with tools that allow you to easily increase it’s size no matter if you’re using traditional or cloud-based hosting. This is something I look for in a web hosting company.
- It’s important to take notice that every Bluehost account comes with an expansive number of add-on products and resources (included in all plans) that help you build your piece of online real estate. How cool is that? Pretty cool if I say so myself! What do these tools provide? Great question. They provide additional security, power, and best of all speed. Usually these products are offered on a one-off basis or are part of the various plans that Bluehost offers.
- Bluehost customer support is second to none! They’re available around the clock – 24/7 to help you with any technical questions you have and/or meet any customer service related issue you have head on. What more could you ask for in a company?
How’re we doing?
Still with me here?
We’ve talked about when/how Bluehost began, history, timeline, etc.
Essentially a lot of blah, blah, blah! Very important though as you want to know as much about a company as you can before you do business with them.
I and everyone else tend to think so.
Moving on to….
Shared Web Hosting Review Of All Available Plans Offered By Bluehost
Now we’re on to the good stuff!
It’s what you’ve been waiting for.
Here is a snap shot of the 3 shared Bluehost web hosting plans.
But first. All plans come with the following.
- FREE domain
- FREE site builders
- 1-click WordPress Install
- 24/7 support from blue host
- 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
I have the Plus plan and that suits my needs just fine. It’s easy to see why it’s the most popular as it gives you the best bang for your buck. The only difference between the Plus and Prime plans is that the Prime plan has more Marketing offers as is indicated in the image above.
As you can see at the bottom here you can GO PRO for only $13.95 per month which gives you the following in addition to everything in the plans talked about above.
- Dedicated IP address
- SSL Certificate
- Domain Privacy
- Site Backup Pro
Do you need all of those things?
I don’t know.
Well. Why don’t you know?
Because your needs are different from mine and everyone else’s. Now if I could read your mind, I probably wouldn’t be writing this review.
So, which one of these Bluehost hosting plans (shared) are for you?
Well let’s dive into that.
The Bluehost Basic or Starter Plan
This plan is right for you if all you want to do is create 1 WordPress site for your place of business. It will allow you to provide a web presence for your business and the ability for potential customers to find you by way of the Google machine.
Also, you will not have that much content on this site as you can see there is a maximum of 50GB of website space available with this plan.
Further, if it is not important for you to have more than 5 email accounts with a maximum of 100MB for those accounts, and the ability to park only 5 domains and have just 25 sub domains then this is the plan for you.
What does it mean to park a domain?
Here’s the definition of parking a domain per Godaddy.
When you park a domain all you’re doing is putting it on hold until you create your website, sell it, or find a hosting provider if need be. So, when someone enters your domain name into their web browser they will see a temporary web page.
Well, what the heck is a subdomain?
According to the Subdomain Wikipedia page a subdomain is a domain that is part of a larger domain.
Okay, so what.
Here’s the example that’s given by Wikipedia for a subdomain.
west.example.com, and east.example.com are both examples of subdomains of the domain example.com.
Are you picking up what I am putting down here?
Now, that we’ve covered all of that. If you need the ability to park more than 5 domains, or have more than 25 subdomains and have a need for over 5 email accounts, then this this plan is not for you. You may want to use the Plus or Prime plans.
The Bluehost Plus Plan
The Plus plan is the most popular of the bluehost plans and the one that I use myself. This will meet the majority of your web hosting needs. As you can see there is no comparison between the starter vs plus plans. By starter I mean basic.
Virtually everything is unlimited/unmetered in this blue host hosting plan. What do you mean by that? I’ll explain.
- You can host unlimited websites. That’s a great benefit don’t you think? One hosting account for all of your internet properties. Such a money saver. Also, all of your information is in one place.
- Web site space is unmetered. It does not matter how large your website is or gets. You’ll still have plenty of room as there is not a limit on how big it can get. Or all of your websites for that matter. Winner, winner chicken dinner!
- The number of domains you can park is unlimited. This is great news if you happen to buy a domain for a cheap price and either want to hold on to it and build a website on it or turn around and sell it. Sweet Georgia brown! That can save you a lot of time and money. What say you?
- Unlimited number of subdomains. We already talked about subdomains, so if you need an unlimited amount then this is another feather in the cap for this hosting plan.
- Email accounts you can have are unlimited. This is huge and makes sense given that you can host an unlimited number of websites and each website typically has multiple email addresses. It’s a win-win!
- The email storage is unlimited. Again this kind of goes hand-in-hand with the ability to host an infinite amount of websites and respective email accounts.
So, that wraps up the unlimited/unmetered benefits of the Bluehost Plus hosting plan.
Moving on to the Marketing Offers.
You receive $200 in marketing offers with this plan as well.
What do you mean by marketing offers?
We’ll go over that right now.
This screen shot is directly from inside my account. You won’t be able to find this on Bluehost.com. As you can see within the red rectangle are the marketing offers you receive as part of the Plus and Prime Bluehost packages. The prime hosting package will have some different options for you.
I’ll go through each one.
SoloSEO – affords you the ability to get your site indexed faster by good ‘ole Google, helps with reputation management and some other things. There are 3 different options for SoloSEO and pricing that goes with each. I am not going to go into detail as you do not receive any discounts, or special pricing. Also, you don’t need to pay for a service such as this. It’s basic SEO stuff that you can learn in 5 minutes.
Not sure why this is included as a marketing offer, but it is.
Constant Contact – is an email marketing service where you get $10.00 off per month for the first 6 months. Plans usually start at $20.00, but for this promotion they start at $10.00. This could be of benefit to you if you’re just starting out with building a website and incorporating email marketing. I do not have any experience with Constant Contact, but they must be doing something right as I hear them advertising all over God’s green earth on all different types of media outlets. If you can do that, then it means you got plenty of dough!
Google Adwords $100 – This is a credit for Google Adwords pay-per-click advertising and you receive the $100 when you spend $25 up front. Sign up for a Bluehost plus, pro, or prime package and you’ll be eligible to receive that $100 credit when you open a Google Adwords account and spend $25.
$100 Bing Ads Credit – You receive this credit toward getting started with advertising your new website on Bing. What better way to get the traffic flowing to your business.
WooThemes $50 – You’ll receive a coupon code for $50 off your purchase from WooThemes. Use that coupon code at checkout over at WooThemes and you can use it toward your purchase of a WordPress theme or WordPress plugin of your choice. This will allow you to get a real nice looking theme for your website. You only get one chance to make a first impression. Why not make it a good one! WooThemes helps you with this.
So, that is what you get for marketing offers with the plus package.
Send me an email directly through the contact page.
Let’s keep trucking along. Shall we.
The Bluehost Prime Plan
Bluehost monthly pricing starts to climb with this plan. This plan is over $2 higher on a monthly basis than the Plus plan that we just went over.
What kind of bells and whistles do you get for that extra scratch you have to pay every month?
- SiteBackup Pro
- 1 Domain Privacy
- 1 SpamExperts
In addition you get the $200 in marketing offers that we discussed above in the Plus plan. See above for details as we went through them in their entirety. No need to be a broken record and keep repeating ourselves.
The SiteBackup Pro is valuable in that it will ensure that your site is always backed up. In the event something goes haywire and your site implodes you won’t lose everything. Definitely worth it from that standpoint.
Domain privacy is not necessary, but does prevent all kinds of people getting your contact information – email, phone number, etc. and spamming the crap out of you. For the most part there is not a lot of this, but if you don’t want any, then this would be a way to go.
As for SpamExperts I have no clue what this is. My guess is it can somehow detect and deter spam. Can’t speak on this intelligently. I really don’t know. Your guess is as good as mine.
That’s a wrap on the additional benefits to the prime plan.
This should go without saying, but I will repeat here what else is part of this hosting package.
- Unlimited websites
- Unmetered website space
- Unlimited parked domains
- Unlimited subdomains
- Unlimited email accounts
- Unlimited email storage
The Bluehost Pro Package
Now we’re stepping up to the big time. This plan is almost twice as much as the one we just discussed – the Prime plan. This is the most expensive of the Bluehost hosting options, checking in at $13.95 per month. The Prime plan only costs $6.95.
Why so much more?
What do you get?
You get everything that’s included in their normal package(s), a high performance server and a host of other things including.
- A dedicated IP Address
- SSL security certificate
- Domain Privacy
- Site Backup Pro
Depending on your needs a high performance server may be a need. The same can be said for a dedicated IP address and SSL security certificate.
I am not Nostradamus or anything, but a majority of you probably are not going to fall into this last category of needing the business Pro package.
Plus and Prime will more than likely meet your hosting needs.
That’s my two cents on the options at your disposal when it comes to Bluehost.
Now, let’s pull out the big guns and give you some testimonials from some heavy hitting business people who are Bluehost customers.
Why do this?
To provide some validity or add some credence to what has already been discussed. And let’s be honest you want more than one person’s opinion on a company before deciding whether it’s a fit for you.
Bluehost Web Hosting Testimonials Of Current Customers
Wait until you see who we have for you regarding testimonials.
Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income has been using Bluehost for a very long time.
Simply, because he trusts them and he’s never had to deal with any of the potential business destroying problems due to hosting companies you hear about from the competition.
If Pat trusts them then, that is saying something if you ask me.
Don’t know who Pat Flynn is?
Well, then you’ve been living under a rock, or do not pay attention to your surroundings as he is a very successful entrepreneur whom you can learn a lot from.
So, get out from under your rock and go visit Pat and see his work by clicking the following link.
In case Pat is not enough to convince you to be using Bluehost for your hosting needs, we have more.
Harsh Agrawal of shoutmeloud.com utilizes Bluehost for his web hosting needs.
If you’re not familiar with Harsh you should be.
He’s an award winning blogger who writes about WordPress, SEO, Social Media, Making Money Online, Starting and Managing a blog.
Really a must read for any online entrepreneur.
So, go learn from Harsh a well-known and well-respected entrepreneur.
After consuming all of this world-class information is Bluehost the right company for your hosting needs?
If so, click here to sign up today.
Let’s shift our attention to WordPress.
Because we’re going to give you a thorough tutorial on how to install WordPress on your Bluehost account.
So, that begs the question.
Is Bluehost good for WordPress?
Ah yeah. We’ve already discussed why you should use Bluehost for WordPress.
Need a reminder?
They’ve had a long standing working relationship with WordPress spanning 10 years and have a dedicated team of WordPress experts in-house to provide customer support.
There you have it. Of course Bluehost is a good fit for WordPress.
WordPress is simply the content management system that you use to build your website. WordPress is allowing me to write this very sentence.
Okay. Let’s get to it.
A Comprehensive Tutorial For The Installation of WordPress On Bluehost
Here is a series or playlist of Bluehost videos on how to install WordPress on Bluehost.
Why didn’t I make my own?
Why re-invent the wheel, I am not a professional videographer, and it always make sense to have the professionals tell you what to do, then some schlep like myself.
Wouldn’t you agree?
There are 10 videos in this playlist. Here are the names of all 10 videos.
*Now to be clear how this works is when the 1st video is over, the 2nd video will start playing, then the 3rd, 4th, 5th yadda, yadda, yadda. You get the point.
- Overview and Installation
- Login & Admin Area
- Creating Pages
- Creating Blog Pages
- Categories and Tags
- Using Plugins
- Customizing Themes
- Menu & Widgets
- Creating & Managing Users
- Marketing Your Website
So, what if you don’t want to watch videos?
It just so happens that I have a solution for you.
I will utilize text and screenshots for you!
Sound like a plan?
Basically here is how you set up WordPress in one-click.
***very important you need to purchase a hosting account before you can follow along with me.
First, you need to go to Bluehost.com and login to your Bluehost account.
Click on login and you’ll be brought to this screen where you enter your account name and password. Usually your account name will be your domain name. Obviously, your password is whatever you want to make it. Easy enough?
After you enter your account name and password click on submit. My information will be blurred out as I don’t want to let you know what it is, so you can go mess up my website. That would suck. You would do the same.
Piece of cake right?
Are you having fun yet?
I am having a blast.
Once you’re logged in you’ll be taken to your account dashboard. You’ll need to scroll down to the section that is labeled website, then click on Install WordPress.
Once you’ve clicked on Install WordPress you’ll be taken to the following screen. Click on Get Started.
How’re we doing?
Still hanging in there?
After clicking on Get Started, you will be instructed to pick the domain name you want to install WordPress on from the drop down menu. As part of this exercise I will be installing WordPress on a new domain. When the green box pops up saying “Your install is ready to begin. Click next to continue your install” You click the green Next box.
When you arrive at this screen after clicking the green next button you’ll want to give your site a name or title. I just labeled mine New Website. This can be changed later on, so you don’t have to sit there for hours on end trying to come up with the perfect name for your site.
Input an Admin Username that you will use to log-in to your site. I am going to use my first initial, last name.
The Admin Password is already populated with a strong password that you should keep. No need to change that.
One more thing. Make sure to check all 3 Gray boxes.
Once you’ve done all that the only thing left to do is click the green install button.
After you have clicked on the green install button, it will take about a minute for WordPress to finish its installation. It will say Installation Complete. Also, you’ll see the following – Continue browsing the Marketplace or view credentials here. Click on view credentials here.
Upon clicking here you’ll be brought to a screen that tells you that your installation was successful. And that’s it your done! You have just installed WordPress on your domain and are ready to rock-n-roll.
See how easy that was. I think my 2-year could figure that out.
In the upper right hand corner your installation details are there for you to log-in to your WordPress site and start setting everything up.
One thing you’ll see that says Overall Website Progress at 65% that’s crap. Your all done. They just want you to buy a theme from them. You do not need to do so.
All you need to do is take your installation details, sign-in, and get going. Nothing more.
Here’s the fun part, take your information and go login to your WordPress Admin panel.
Now, this is the screen you’ll be taken to after you type in where your site is located. To give you an example I will type mine here in a second.
Click on the green box labeled Admin Login to access your website’s dashboard.
After you’ve clicked on the Admin Login the WordPress dashboard will appear.
Click on I don’t need help as we’ll go through how to get going.
Sound like a plan?
Creating a Post and creating a Page in WordPress is the exact same process, so I don’t sound like a
broken record and repeat the same thing over and over again causing you to click away, we’ll just talk about how to add a Page. The screenshot for this is self-explanatory as you’ll see here in a second.
After you click on Add New, you’ll be brought to this screen.
Now you have 2 choices after putting your page together.
You can Save Draft to work on later until you’re finished or click on the blue Publish button for the whole world to see and for Google to know you exist.
Both of these buttons are on your right hand side as you can see from the previous screenshot.
Pretty simple. Wahoo. You’ve created your first web page!
How does that feel?
So, let’s keep this train a moving shall we.
Any images that you want to use on a Page or in a Post you add in the Media tab.
How do you do that? By clicking on add new and then you will choose where to upload your image from. Here’s the accompanying screen for that.
Simple enough. I think so.
Plugins are next on our list of what we’ll walk you through on how to install. Go to the Plugins tab and click on add new.
Then type in the Plugin you’re looking for and it will show up. Here is a screen grab of what the heck I am talking about.
After the Plugin appears that you want to install. Click Install Now.
After you install the Plugin you’ll want to activate it by clicking on Activate.
If you happen to look at the menu below Plugins you’ll see Editor and Premium Plugins.
Ignore both of those.
Unless you’re a coding genesis and want to try and get fancy and tinker with your Plugins you should never use the Editor.
Also, the Premium Plugins will bring you to the MOJO Marketplace and all they want you to do is buy a theme.
Unless you need a theme don’t waste your time by clicking on Premium Plugins.
That’s all I have to say about that.
How we doing?
Still with me?
Want to change your WordPress Theme, follow these easy steps.
Go to Appearance >Themes and click on Themes. Once you do that you can click on add new to upload a new Theme that you may have purchased or any of the other pre-loaded Themes. See below for an illustration.
Next up we’re going to discuss Customize which is right below Themes on the left hand side of the WordPress dashboard. But first, here is what the screen looks like when you click on Customize.
On the right hand side this is what your website looks like currently if someone were to visit your website.
Customize allows you to change that. Most of this is pretty self-explanatory. Also, there is no better way to learn how to do something than by jumping in with both feet and playing around with each of the customization options until you get what you want. Don’t fret my friend you won’t break your website no matter what you do. I promise.
Menus, and Widgets we’ll talk about shortly. So hang tight for a minute or two.
Sound good to you?
Widgets give specific functionality to your website and allow you to customize it the way you want it. Your options will depend on the type of Theme you have.
Moving right along to Menus. Are you still with me?
Here is a screenshot of creating a Menu.
Now we’ve already gone over the Header back in the screen grab for Customize. So, we won’t be repeating that again. Same can be said for Background as well.
Premium Themes and Editor as shown in the screen shot below are two that you will not do anything with. In essence ignore them.
Let’s keep the train rolling.
Which brings us to Users.
How do you add a User? It’s a piece of cake.
First, click to add a User as shown in the image below.
Second, just fill out all of the required information in the red box as shown below and click Add New User.
That’s all there is to it.
We’re almost there. You can do it!
Last section to talk about.
The Site Title and Tagline should be customized to fit what your website is about. Remember you can change these whenever you feel necessary to do so. A little peak about this below.
The rest of the information is really self-explanatory.
The remainder of this screen is about to follow in the 2 screen grabs that follow.
In all honesty no explanation is required. These are very easy to figure out. You’ll see what I mean when you look at the screen of Writing Settings.
Now on to –
Only thing to know about these settings is to make sure that the last box is unchecked so the search engines know you exist.
Getting closer to the end. Hang in there.
There are 3 total parts which have been split up into 3 screens.
For the most part you can leave the default setting in place. Really no need to mess with them.
Makes it very easy for you. Don’t you think?
I think so.
Enough Said. No need to get into the details.
You can leave the default settings for the Permalinks Settings. No need to change.
Okay. That’s a wrap on Bluehost shared hosting review and step-by-step tutorial on how to install WordPress and step-by-step instructions on how to start building your new website.
So, what are you waiting for get going.