PROS / Bluehost has a full set of security features.
CONS / The disk space and bandwidth in the basic packages limit your options.
VERDICT / Bluehost is a reliable cloud hosting service for small business owners and individuals. While the basic packages are limited, there is room to upgrade and expand.
Bluehost is a web services company that has been providing web solutions, including cloud hosting, for small business owners and individuals since 2003. Bluehost provides a variety of cloud hosting plans to a variety of industries. These company resources allow your website to grow as your business needs expand.
The hosting packages provided by Bluehost provide a decent amount of flexibility, falling right in the middle of the lineup when compared to other services we reviewed. With this cloud server, you can create an unlimited amount of email addresses and attach them to your account. The company does not mandate a limit for MySQL databases, domains or subdomains that you can create. Limits are established by the amount of disk space included with your cloud hosting package. Bluehost provides an average amount of disk space and bandwidth with hosting packages. With the most basic package, you have 30GB of disk space and 1TB of bandwidth. Keep in mind that while most sites will not exceed these limits, you may have to look for upgraded plans when your site begins to expand.
The help and support provided by Bluehost is average. You can contact a U.S.-based representative 24 hours a day, seven days week, but wait times are much longer than average. When we tested the live chat feature, the waiting screen told us a customer service representative would assist us in about two minutes, when in actuality we waited for nearly an hour before being helped. Once connected with a representative, we found the service to be friendly and reliable. All of our questions were answered and the representative guided us to helpful sections on the company website. Also available on the company website is a blog, which covers basic topics about best cloud hosting practice as well as other topics, such as marketing your website and creating your brand.
The secure cloud hosting platform is easy to use and fully optimized for WordPress compatibility. You also have the option of creating customized 404 error pages, which give your site a personalized feeling. If you already have a website, you can transfer your domain name to Bluehost's cloud server at no additional cost. eCommerce solutions are another feature that you can easily add and manage through this online cloud hosting platform.
With Bluehost, we found all of the top features we looked for in secure cloud hosting. Site backup and restoration are included as part of your package, providing you with the peace of mind that your data will not be lost if a server crashes. Also included, as part of the hosting package, are anti-spam software and an SSL certificate.
Bluehost's cloud hosting services offer great features for individuals and small businesses looking for a reputable service to host their sites. The company's help and support was slow to respond but still knowledgeable and friendly. While this service does not offer a lot in disk space or bandwidth, it includes all of the security features we looked for.