Bluehost Dedicated Hosting Review

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Cosmo

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Sep 23 - 2014

Bluehost

Dedicated Server Hosting Review

Bluehostis one of the big boys of the web hosting industry and also one of the oldest. Started in 1996 in Provo, Utah, Bluehost has expanded and thrived into one of the largest web hosting companies in the world today with a1.5% market share.

Dedicated Hosting Plans

If VPS hosting solutions no longer offer adequate performance to power your site, Bluehost offers 3 robust dedicated server plans -Standard, Enhanced & Premium- with the following specifications :

Plans Standard Enhanced Premium

Good For

Smaller businesses

that are expanding quickly & need extra power to accommodate that growth over time. Ideal for sites that have outgrown shared servers & don't want to be affected by others on their server.

Established businesses

that are ready to take their online presence to the next level by taking advantage of the flexibility that comes with dedicated resources & using that to expand their website capabilities.

Thriving businesses

with high-volume traffic, frequent data transactions and/or extensive website functionalities. Ideal for businesses whose performance and response time are critical for online success.

CPU

Dual Core

2.3 Ghz Intel® Xeon Processor

3 MB Cache

Quad Core

2.5 Ghz Intel® Xeon Processor

8 MB Cache

Quad Core

3.3 Ghz Intel® Xeon Processor

8 MB Cache

RAM

4 GB

8 GB

16 GB

Disk Space

2 x 500 GB

RAID 1

2 x 1 TB

RAID 1

2 x 1 TB

RAID 1

Bandwidth

5 TB

monthly

10 TB

monthly

15 TB

monthly

IP Addresses

3

4

5

Operating System

CentOS 6.4 (64-bit)

CentOS 6.4 (64-bit)

CentOS 6.4 (64-bit)

Pricing

Plans Standard Enhanced Premium

Price

For first month

$74.99

$99.99

$124.99

12 Month Term

1 year plan

$124.99

monthly

$169.99

monthly

$209.99

monthly

6 Month Term

Half year plan

$134.99

monthly

$179.99

monthly

$224.99

monthly

3 Month Term

Quarterly plan

$144.99

monthly

$189.99

monthly

$239.99

monthly

Monthly Term

1 month plan

$149.99

monthly

$199.99

monthly

$249.99

monthly

Automatic Renewal of Plans

Under Bluehost'sUser Agreement, it is entitled to make an automatic renewal of its customers' plans as a courtesy upon expiry of their intiial registered hosting terms.


This is a standard web hosting industry practice but one that potential customers may be unaware of. Bluehost will send customers a notification of this renewal a month before it will automatically renew their plans.


We have reproduced the relevant parts of Just Host's User Agreement below :


4.   Automatic Renewal of Hosting Account

As a courtesy and not as an obligation (contractual or otherwise), fifteen (15) days prior to the expiration of Subscriber's Hosting Account or Domain(s) Bluehost will automatically renew Subscriber's Hosting Account by charging the applicable fee for the non-promotional rate to Subscriber's current method of payment on file.


6.   Notification of Automatic Renewals

Subscriber will be notified of pricing for EACH successive period (or renewal period) no later than thirty (30) days prior to the payment date of SUCH successive period (or renewal period) for all products and services with a successive or renewal period of twelve (12) months or greater. This notification will be sent to the contact email address on file for the Account.


To disable the automatic renewal of your account, simply notify Bluehost at least 15 days before the account expiration date by emailing [email protected].


Cancellation / Refund Policy

All Bluehost plans come with aanytime money back guaranteethat entitle subscribers to the following refund schemes upon cancellation of their accounts :

  • Cancellation within 30 days of registration :full refund.

  • Cancelling anytime after 30 days of registration :prorated refundfor the remainder of the current hosting term.

All refunds exclude certain non-refundable fees like domain registration, setup fees and non web hosting services. You can check out other non-refundable fees under section 4.1 of Bluehost'sUser Agreement here.


Uptime

Bluehost does not offer a explicit uptime guarantee with any of its plans which is peculiar for such a large web hosting provider.


The only reference to any of Bluehost’s uptime statistics can be found in one of itshelpdesk articlesthat seem to indicate the presence of a server uptime agreement. The relevant parts have been reproduced below :


Network / Server Uptime Agreement

We at Bluehost strive to offer the best in the industry for Network and Server uptime. Like all shared hosting companies from time to time, we experience downtime.


Server and Network uptime are dependent on a variety of issues, ranging from the activity by our clients, traffic to other sites, hardware failure, to issues like hard-drive failure and file corruption. Most issues are resolved in approximately 15 minutes. However, on extreme issues, it may take more than 15 minutes to resolve.


In these extremely rare circumstances, the server may require additional time to resolve the issue. This can take several hours and in very rare cases as much as a day to get your server back up and running.


Dedicated servers offer the best uptime of all web hosting solutions and are generally unaffected by server downtime arising from excessive consumption of shared server resources by other users on the same server (e.g in shared hosting environments).


However, customers may still experience downtime in cases such as unexpected hardware failure or power blackouts that neither can be foreseen nor is under the control of the web hosting company.


For example, in 2013, EIG-controlled companies such as Bluehost experienced anextended service outagewhen its Utah data center suffered an unexpected networking outage.


An independent third-party uptime monitoring website records Bluehost's uptime at99.9%since 2005.


Plan Features & Add-Ons

Bluehost offers numerous value added services on top of their web hosting plans including enhanced website security, important backup tools and others that we list below. Click on the links below to find out more.

Green Hosting

Bluehost does not have any explicit green hosting initiatives. However, we did come across an interview with James Grierso, VP of Business Development at Bluehost’s position on green hosting :


While green web hosting can be viewed more as a marketing strategy than an ecological effort, why Bluehost and HostMonster haven’t got down this path yet ?

James: Our owner believes that purchasing carbon credits to offset power consumption is not true to the spirit of going green. If you look into all of the “green” hosting platforms out there they are all purchasing credits. We believe in making real world changes to help reduce our consumption. Our new resource protection software actually reduces our power consumption by 8-10% per server.


That is a real difference in power consumption. We also pipe in cold outside air for 6 months of the year into our data centers which reduces the amount of power needed for cooling. During the winter months, we use the hot air returns from the servers to heat our building rather than use power and gas to heat our offices.

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Special offers

Bluehost periodically offers discounts on its web hosting plans. Do check out ourBluehost Promotionspage for the latest available promotions.


Conclusion

Bluehostis one of the largest web hosting companies today and offers a comprehensive range of web hosting solutions that are fairly priced.


Although bogged by a number of recent power outages, it remains a good web hosting choice that is able to cater all types of websites. It also offers a nice anytime money-back guarantee on all of its plans.



In a

nutshell

* For web hosting company in general and not to specific plans.

Pros

1.

Big Web Hosting Provider

Bluehost is one of the biggest web hosts today and has or uses state of the art equipment and technology.

2.

Robust Plans At Affordable Prices

Bluehost offers a complete range of robust web hosting solutions from shared to dedicated server hosting at affordable prices.

3.

Long Refund Periods

Bluehost offers an anytime money back guarantee that entitles customers to a full refund upon cancellation of an account within 30 days and a prorated refund after.

Cons

1.

No Uptime Guarantee

Bluehost does not provide any uptime guarantees or offers refunds for excessive downtime experienced.

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