Real Web Hosting Stats

I'm disgusted with fake hosting "reviews." Here are the results of real performance tests I run regularly on top shared hosts.

Is Bluehost reliable? Bluehost Uptime Stats

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
Disk Space50 GB
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.

Uptime Test

This test is performed by measuring the % uptime of a host. Higher is better.

I use Pingdom to report website uptime. Pingdom is configured to make an HTTP request to the host every minute, and report if it is unreachable. It'll also report an error if the host takes longer than 30 seconds to respond (Yes, that's not actually down, but if your site takes that long to respond it is unusable in my opinion). Pingdom performs this test from at least 3 servers worldwide, and reports a problem if 2/3 servers do no respond.

This test is important if you are concerned about the reliability of your web host (this is important!)

Measuring uptime with Pingdom

Bluehost Uptime Test Results

Bluehost (full benchmark) performs mediocre 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 Apr 26 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:

Recent Raw Results for Bluehost

Date Uptime Downtime Outages Avg Response Time
2017-04-26100.000 %0 mins0806 ms
2017-04-25100.000 %0 mins0839 ms
2017-04-2499.375 %9 mins2783 ms
2017-04-23100.000 %0 mins0653 ms
2017-04-2299.583 %6 mins1663 ms
2017-04-2199.236 %11 mins3744 ms
2017-04-2099.653 %5 mins3793 ms
2017-04-19100.000 %0 mins0709 ms
2017-04-1898.611 %20 mins5693 ms
2017-04-17100.000 %0 mins0664 ms
2017-04-16100.000 %0 mins0641 ms
2017-04-15100.000 %0 mins0686 ms
2017-04-14100.000 %0 mins0661 ms
2017-04-13100.000 %0 mins0673 ms
2017-04-1297.222 %40 mins4701 ms
2017-04-11100.000 %0 mins0679 ms
2017-04-10100.000 %0 mins0656 ms
2017-04-09100.000 %0 mins0647 ms
2017-04-08100.000 %0 mins0692 ms
2017-04-07100.000 %0 mins0693 ms
2017-04-0699.931 %1 mins1723 ms
2017-04-05100.000 %0 mins0671 ms
2017-04-04100.000 %0 mins0610 ms
2017-04-03100.000 %0 mins0644 ms
2017-04-02100.000 %0 mins0631 ms
2017-03-29100.000 %0 mins0594 ms
2017-03-28100.000 %0 mins0644 ms
2017-03-2797.639 %34 mins6693 ms
2017-03-2699.444 %8 mins2662 ms
2017-03-25100.000 %0 mins0660 ms
2017-03-24100.000 %0 mins0735 ms
2017-03-23100.000 %0 mins0753 ms
2017-03-22100.000 %0 mins0858 ms
2017-03-21100.000 %0 mins0766 ms
2017-03-20100.000 %0 mins0747 ms
2017-03-19100.000 %0 mins0729 ms
2017-03-18100.000 %0 mins0728 ms
2017-03-17100.000 %0 mins0755 ms
2017-03-16100.000 %0 mins0740 ms
2017-03-15100.000 %0 mins0742 ms
2017-03-1499.931 %1 mins1780 ms
2017-03-13100.000 %0 mins0776 ms
2017-03-12100.000 %0 mins0705 ms
2017-03-11100.000 %0 mins0750 ms
2017-03-10100.000 %0 mins0779 ms
2017-03-09100.000 %0 mins0776 ms
2017-03-08100.000 %0 mins0767 ms
2017-03-07100.000 %0 mins0815 ms
2017-03-06100.000 %0 mins0758 ms
2017-03-05100.000 %0 mins0710 ms
2017-03-04100.000 %0 mins0753 ms
2017-03-03100.000 %0 mins0694 ms
2017-03-0299.375 %9 mins2785 ms
2017-03-01100.000 %0 mins0815 ms
2017-02-28100.000 %0 mins0780 ms
2017-02-27100.000 %0 mins0811 ms
2017-02-26100.000 %0 mins0730 ms
2017-02-25100.000 %0 mins0754 ms
2017-02-24100.000 %0 mins0787 ms
2017-02-2399.444 %8 mins1815 ms
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