Our Bluehost Review Updated for 2015:
Welcome to our Bluehost review! As you know, we set up a network of several domains on Bluehost’s network to test out their service in 2015. We only have one domain registered at Bluehost (which this year we had to renew at full price). We kept costs down by using a godaddy renewal coupon on our other domain names, which we then point to Bluehost’s nameservers (we’ll explain how to do that at the bottom of this review).
Living Up To Last Year’s Performance.
Our 2017 had Bluehost killing it with numbers that clearly set it apart as the #1 most reliable web host (with Arvixe coming in a distant second). While our numbers aren’t completely reflective of a web host’s capabilities, it is largest measurement test currently around.
Our Testing Method:
We set up a network of website with varying levels of content on them. Some were mainly blog style articles with text and images, while others have streaming and download capabilities. We wanted to test out how Bluehost could handle both light-bandwidth and heavy-bandwidth websites.
Putting up light-bandwidth sites for testing might seem redundant, but there are many high-end web hosts that specialize in heavy-bandwidth websites. And when you add low-bandwidth sites, the servers aren’t used to them and it can cause problems in performance.
Bluehost is actually really great about customer service. They have an instant online chat service that, for the most part, connects you with a representative right away. Every question we threw out at them, from common problems to oddball questions, was handled in a professional way. They representatives have access to a lot of testing software, so they can analyze and make changes to your account without having to connect you with someone hire up (a pet peeve of mine).
Speed and Uptime:
We loaded up a few websites with 4k video, which eats up a lot of bandwidth fast. We also added some Flash games for people to use on the website, as well as a ‘sound effects’ download website. There was some network slowdown at peak periods during the day, but besides that there was absolutely no problems with high end performance.
Despite using all that bandwidth, Bluehost held true to their unlimited bandwidth promise and never bugged us.
The light-bandwidth websites also did amazingly well. But that is expected, since Bluehost is an entry-level host that handles lots of light-content websites.
How We Pointed Our GoDaddy Domains to Bluehost’s nameservers:
A lot of people have been asking about this, so we decided to add a quick tutorial for those interested. It’s a common misconception that you have to register your domain and host your website with the same company.
What You Need To Do With Godaddy:
When your domain is registered, you can change the nameservers like this:
- Click on “Domains“, and then click on “Manage My Domains“
- You’ll see a list of your registered domains (or just one, if you only have one). To the right of the domain name, click on the little grey button with a downward pointing arrow.
- A drop down menu will appear. Click on “Set Nameservers“.
- There’s two options: Standard (in which your domain points to Godaddy’s nameservers), and ‘Custom’. Click on “Custom“.
- It will now say “You are currently using default nameservers. Enter custom nameservers”. Click on on that, and then enter Bluehost’s nameservers.
What You Need To Do With Bluehost:
Here are Bluehost’s Nameservers:
When you login to Bluehost, click on “addon domains”.
Type the domain name’s address in, and then click ‘add this domain”.
Bluehost will create a new database for your new website.
But do this step after changing nameservers. If your website doesn’t point to Bluehost, it may not let you add this domain name.