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.
Here's the plan information I chose:
|Plan Name||Basic Shared|
|Disk Space||50 GB|
|Money-Back Guarantee||30 days|
|Notes||Site 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.|
This test measures the total time it takes to load a standard web page. Lower is better.
If you're really interested, I use the 'Load Time' measurement that's returned from WebPageTest for ranking page speed. I still collect other metrics such as TTFB (time to first byte), fully loaded time, and the speed index, in addition to server setting scores which are translated to grades. You can see these detailed values in the "Raw Results."
This test is important if your site resembles a typical website and you're concerned about speed (which you should be!)
Bluehost (full benchmark) performs incredibly 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 Apr 27 was 4.01 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:
|Date||Location||Load time||TTFB||Fully loaded||Speed index||Keep-alive Score||Compress Score||Caching Score|
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