|Website hosting nowsadays is very competitive. Many web hosting
companies offer tonnes of features at very competitive prices.
With so many choices in mind, how do you choose the right host?
I have tried many hosts over the years and finally landed on one
that I feel has the most complete features that I need at the
best possible price, ie BlueHost. Features BlueHost provides
hosting features that surpass the needs of any large commercial
10 Gigabyte Hosting Space Host 6 Domains on 1 Account!!! 2,500
POP/Imap Email Accounts 250 GIGS of Transfer SSL, FTP, Stats
CGI, PHP, MySQL 2000/2002/2003 Front Page Extensions Free Domain
Forever! Superb/Responsive Support Engineers
They also provide SSH (Secure Shell) service which is a feature
lacking in most host because it might post a security threat if
not managed properly. If you need advance services such as
unzipping files in the server, you will need to use SSH. SSH
access is not terribly important but good to have in a long run.
Reliability and Performance They have been providing hosting
solutions to thousands of business and personal web sites since
1996. Many new hosting companies just come and go, but this one
is able to withstand the test of time. So far, I have no
problems with the speed and reliability of the server. Most of
my sites hosted by them were never down. If you have google
toolbar installed, just take a look at their page rank.
Bluehost.com has a page rank of 8 which is rare for a web
hosting company. The alexa ranking is about 2000 at the time of
writing, indicating the amount of traffic they are getting for
their website. This just shows how popular they are in the web.
If you look at their awards page, you will see that they have a
long history of awards. This is a plus point because it shows
that they care about their customers and more importantly, their
performance is consistent.
Support One important criteria that I use to judge a good host
is their refund policy. Hosting can be cheap but many company
refuse to refund to unsatisfied customers because what they care
is only about money. Bluehost rates their customer service
higher than sales. Though the setup fees is unrefundable, they
are quick to refund the hosting fee if you are unsatisfied
within 30 days.
They have a good support section in the website. Based on my
experience, most of their emails are answered within 2 working
days. It is not the fastest around but their replies are honest
and professional. Some hosts will answer you in such a way that
you need to pay them more money to get your problems solved.
My research in many forums and friends shows that Bluehost has
an extremely high percentage of happy customers.
Conclusion In conclusion, BlueHost offers quality and reliable
hosting for $6.95 a month with no hidden charges. With generous
disk space and bandwidth, it is unlikely that you will exceed
the quota every month. The many good reviews of bluehost in the
web speaks for itself. If you are starting a new website or
looking for a new host, I strongly recommend bluehost.
Visit bluehost at http://www.bluehost.com/track/sitecrit/CODE17
About the author:
Mark Wilson is a freelance writer and one of the core members of
Sitecritic.net. He is a
network engineer and Redhat Certified Technician. One of his
favourite hobby is to test the limit of web servers.
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