Web Hosting Reviews Driven by Data, Not Dollars

I'm disgusted with fake webhosting "reviews." Since 2014, I've been tracking the results of real-life performance tests for downtime, speed & support at the world's most popular web hosting companies. You'll be shocked by the results...

Bluehost Performance Review

Bluehost claims to have unbeatable technology, optimized hosting for wordpress, and genuine support. They have been around since 2003 and hosts over 2 million websites worldwide. Their data centers are located in Provo, Utah.

I have purchased a hosting plan on Bluehost and set up a typical web site. I use that example website to run these tests. Learn more about how I test.

Here's the plan information I chose:

Plan NameBasic Shared
Cost$9.99/month
Disk Space50 GB
BandwidthUnlimited
Uptime GuaranteeNone
Money-Back Guarantee30 days
NotesSite was ready within minutes after I purchased. Although when I signed up I was under the impression it was a monthly plan, but it was billed annually (at $83.40). They have called and left me several messages to 'verify' my account, but when I call back I'm placed on hold (so I hang up). I'm assuming they're just trying to upsell me, or my account will forever be in 'unverified' status.

Page Speed Test Results

This test measures the total time it takes to load a standard web page. Lower is better. Learn more about the Page Speed Test.

Bluehost (full benchmark) performs impressively in the Page Speed test, with an average result of 3.10 seconds. Its best run was 0.30 s, but has been as bad as 9.17 s. Bluehost's most recent result on Jun 28 was 3.36 seconds. Bluehost is usually pretty inconsistent with its page speeds - sometimes quicker than other hosts, sometimes slower. Its slowest times are usually when accessed from the east coast. While they do optimize connections and compress images, they fail to set caching properly for repeat views.

Let's see if Bluehost is consistent in its page speed stats:

Uptime Test Results

This test is performed by measuring the % uptime of a host. Higher is better. Learn more about the Uptime Test.

Bluehost (full benchmark) performs alright in the Uptime test, with an average result of 99.92 percent. Its best run was 100.00 %, but has been as bad as 84.93 %. Bluehost's most recent result on Jun 28 was 100.00 percent. Bluehost had a terrible day back in August that's bringing their average uptime way down. Other than that they're usually pretty reliable.

Let's see if Bluehost is consistent in its uptime stats:

Support Response Test Results

This test measures how quickly the host's support team responds to your request. Lower is better. Learn more about the Support Response Test.

Bluehost (full benchmark) performs under par in the Support Response test, with an average result of 34.7 hours. Its best run was 0.1 h, but has been as bad as 168.0 h. Bluehost's most recent result on Mar 2016 was 168.0 hours. Bluehost is pretty inconsistent in its response times. I've seen instances where they get back to you in minutes, and other times I've had to wait days.

Let's see if Bluehost is consistent in its support response stats:


Bluehost Versus Other Hosts

If you're trying to decide between Bluehost and another host, here's are some specific comparisons that will show you the differences in detail:


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