Important Update: Bluehost is currently running a special $3.49 promo which you can only get from a few select places and we were lucky enough to be chosen! If you've been wanting to go with one of the fastest growing, best featured host out there this is the time. We like these guys so much we host this site on their servers!
Bluehost is an inexpensive, reliable hosting solution with lots of options and quality customer support. Of all the hosts we've tried out they seem to be constantly pushing their service with new features. We also found that their techs were very knowledgeable and able to resolve our concerns quickly. Bluehost also has a record of doing their best to try and improve in any area that they are not leading the web hosting industry.
Cost/Value: With their special promo price of $3.49 Bluehost is now our top deal again. With a solid lineup of features, awesome tech support, and a constant drive to make things better you can't really beat Bluehost.
Storage/Bandwidth: You can't get much more than unlimited. In our tests Bluehost really allowed us to move a lot of data. If there is a hidden cap of sorts it seems you have to do a lot of data transfer to hit it.
Features: Bluehost remains one of the more feature-rich hosts that we've used. Everything they don't have there seems to be a plan to add in the future.
Reliability: We didn't experience any outages during our tests with Bluehost. There were a few times where it seemed more responsive than others but this is to be expected with shared hosting. Overall performance was good.
Support: We really like the support team for Bluehost. Each of our test calls was promptly answered and the techs were knowledgeable. It is always nice when the support team can answer your questions promptly and you know they aren't having to refer to some sort of manual or script for the answers you need. We also found their web chat to be a really nice option though it appeared to be a bit slower than over the phone. This is probably due to the web help managing more than one person at a time.
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General Impression: 98%
Web Space: Unlimited
Monthly Bandwidth: Unlimited
Max Domains: Unlimited
POP3 Email: 2,500
FTP Accounts: Yes
MySQL Databases: Yes
Yahoo Marketing Credit: $50
Site Builder: Yes
Money Back: 30 Days
Support: 24/7 toll free
Free Domain Name: Yes
Add-on Domains: Unlimited
Parked Domains: Unlimited
Max Domains: Unlimited
Support International Domain Names: Yes
Site Builder: Yes
Web File Manager: Yes
Additional FTP Accounts: 1,000
Anonymous FTP: Yes
Shell Access (SSH): Yes
Account "Control Panel": Cpanel
MySQL Databases: 100
PostgreSQL Databases: 100
CGI Library: Yes
Custom Cronjobs: Yes
Hotlink Protection: Yes
Fantastico Script Support: Yes
Scripting: CGI, PHP 5, Perl 5, Python, Ruby/Ruby on Rails, Support For Custom PHP.INI Files
Databases: MySQL 5 Database Server, PostgreSQL Database Server
Log Files + Site Stats: Yes
Customizable Error Pages: Yes
Override .htaccess Support: Yes
Server Side Includes: Yes
Frontpage 2000/2002 Extensions: Yes
POP3/POP3 Secure Email Support: 2,500
IMAP/Secure IMAP Email Support: 2,500
Webmail Solutions: 3
Forwarding Email Accounts: Unlimited
Email Autoresponder: Unlimited
Spam Assassin Protection: Yes
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Reliability and Uptime: 4
Customer Support: 5
Tech Support: 5
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