As I have started to build up a portfolio of online websites, I have become more familiar with Bluehost, my current web host for most of my sites. When I first started blogging, I chose Bluehost because of its reputation. I knew that many bloggers preferred Bluehost because of it’s reliability. While I can say I did my research, I was really taking a shot in the dark. After all, you never really know something until you have experienced it first hand.
As I have interacted with Bluehost more frequently now, I know from personal experience that they are my preferred web host. I have purchased a couple of other sites that were formerly hosted on other well known web hosts and I can say without a question that bluehost is the easiest to work with.
In this post, there are a couple affiliate links that will allow you to sign up with Bluehost. This means I get a small commission if you sign up, but I only promote products I strongly believe in. In fact, if you look on my site, Bluehost is the only web host company that I endorse because I believe in the quality of their services THAT much.
I know that many of you will want to know the benefits of bluehost over others, so I wanted to break it down for you. Here’s the advantages of Bluehost in my opinion:
- Online Support Chat – If you ever want to be a serious website owner, the best feature to have in a web host, in my opinion, is online support chat. I don’t know about you, but I hate being forced to call companies and be on hold for a long time. Bluehost offers online chat to its users. Even when I was trying to transfer a site from another company to Bluehost, they were able to offer me great advice within minutes. The best part is that I was able to have these conversations while doing other things. I often wonder how long it will be until other major web hosts offer this same feature.
- Reliability: I have never had any major problems with Bluehost. I originally purchased a plan with Bluehost instead of many other companies because I heard they were reliable. It was slightly more expensive, but it has been well worth the extra couple of dollars. If you are managing a website or blog, the last thing you want to happen is to have your site down while your web host is “trying” to fix it.
- Easy to Use Interface: As I mentioned, I have had to interact with other major companies. I can easily say that Bluehost has the easiest to use interface. Other companies have different places to log in. One place to access your account information and another to access the control panel, where you can manage the files that support your site. Bluehost though, keeps it all in one easy-to-understand place. There are never any questions about where you should go. Simple go to their main page and log in where you always log in. The only time you will need to access this is when you want to add another site or fix something that has been broken. Either way, the last thing I want to do is to struggle to gain access to my files.
If you are looking to start your own website, you need to have a web host company to manage all of your files. If you want to create your own blog, like I have here, Bluehost also offers an easy-to-install WordPress option. WordPress is the system that I use to actively manage this and all of my other sites. I would hesitate to create a site without it and having this one-click installation option is a great reassurance for new bloggers. There are many other things to learn about when starting your first blog – there’s no reason why you should let this hold you up.
If you decide to start your own blog and have Bluehost as your web host, feel free to email me if you have any questions. I know how difficult it was for me when I first started out and if I can help any of you avoid the same hurdles, I would be glad to help