Web Hosting Reviews: BlueHost, Hostnine
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I am going to be reviewing a couple of web hosts today. I will look at BlueHost (who also owns Hostmonster) and Hostnine. We will look at the service, some user experiences, how quickly they respond to their users, and how easy it is to use and navigate around the control panel.
Most reviews of web hosts contain a section describing the web hosts' website. I will not mention anything about a hosts' website unless I either have trouble finding something or I find a particularly interesting feature. I am not reviewing their websites (most have pretty cookie cutter websites anyway). I will start off with BlueHost.
Why am I not reviewing each web host separately? Web hosting is fast becoming a commodity, and apart from tiny differences in features, most web hosts are pretty similar. The only one that has bothered to differentiate itself is Go Daddy; they are the only "brand name" web host. This article just reviews the rest of the pack.
If you like variety, BlueHost is not for you. If you like simplicity and ease in setting up your account (and love inflexibility), BlueHost is for you. They have one plan and one plan only: 300 GB of disk space, 3000 GB of bandwidth, and 2500 e-mail addresses. The price varies depending on how long you sign up for in the program.
3 Months: $9.95/month + $30.00 Setup + Domain ($10.00 if purchased from BlueHost)
6 Months: $8.95/month + $30.00 Setup + Domain ($10.00 if purchased from BlueHost)
12 Months: $7.95/month (no setup fee, free domain included)
24 Months: $6.95/month (no setup fee, free domain included)
Obviously, the package drops its monthly charges the longer you sign up with BlueHost. A lot of neat features are offered, such as an unlimited number of add-on domains, parked domains, and sub-domains. It supports FTP and databases (50 each for MySQL and PostgreSQL -- not much, but you can work with it). The strength of BlueHost has been their pushing of a single package at a competitive price. They had slightly more than 250,000 domain names under their control as of January 2007. This has made them a force to be reckoned with in the web hosting business.
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