Confused in selecting the best shared hosting plan from Bluehost for yourself? In this guide, I will share which shared hosting plan from Bluehost you should choose. Until last year, Bluehost has only one shared hosting plan & in the last quarter of 2014, Bluehost added 3 shared hosting plan which is useful for end users like you and me to save our money and get what we need.
To start with, head over to Bluehost site and check out their existing shared hosting plans. Right now, Bluehost offers Starter; Plus and Business Pro shared hosting packages. Plus is the most popular one because it’s completely valued for money. But, you should pick the one according to your need. While selecting the plan here, make sure you think about your future plans also, as if you land with Starter now and want to upgrade to Plus package later, you will end up paying more than you should.
A Definite Guide to Bluehost Shared hosting packages
Before I share the difference between Bluehost Starter, Plus and Business Pro plan, have a look at below image. This image will give you an overview of what all packages have to offer, and later I will explain every package in detail.
This is the smallest and cheapest shared hosting package you can buy from Bluehost. This is indeed a good package which is a feature rich and cost only $3.29/month for 3 years package with this special sign-up link. This package allows you to host one website, and this is one reason I recommend my readers to opt for Plus package, as they allow to host multiple websites.
Starter package offers 50Gb bandwidth/month that is more than enough for you to run your website on shared hosting. Starter package doesn’t come with Cloudflare CDN offered by Bluehost, but you can always directly signup for CloudFlare and integrate free CDN. This will help you to reduce the bandwidth of your hosting account by great extent. You should choose starter package only when you are planning to host only one website and have no plans for adding more sites in future. In case if you have more plans, check out the next package.
Plus package (Most popular one):
This is my favourite and most popular package on Bluehost. Pro package is feature rich and offers everything that starter package offers + up tp 10 website hosting + free marketing coupons worth $150+ free CDN. These marketing coupons are usually free AdWords Coupon, Facebook Ads Coupon that you can use to market your website. This package also comes with 1 free domain which will save extra money for you.
Price for this package is $5.95/month with this discount link (Usually $9.99/month). If you are looking for one recommendation from me, I will recommend the plus package for you. As this is value for money and you should consider buying it for minimum 2 or 3 years term to save a lot on your hosting bill. (Bluehost coupon is valid only on the first bill, there is no discount on renewals).
Business Pro package:
This package is targeted to businesses who are hosting their site on shared hosting and looking for extra features. This hosting package is recommended for those who need dedicated I.P and SSL certificate. Do remember SSL is not a search engine ranking factor and if you are running an E-commerce website you should have SSL certificate on your website (HTTPS). Along with free domain, you will also get free who.is guard which will hide your domain contact details to the world. You should watch below video to learn what Who.is guard is:
Conclusion: Which Bluehost Shared Hosting Package is best for you:
Here is my suggestion for you to quickly pick the right package for you.
- Running only one site: Pick Starter Package
- Running more than one site: Pick Plus package
- Need SSL and dedicated I.P: Pick Business Pro package
If you are planning to buy the starter Bluehost package, I would recommend grab Plus package as price difference is minimal and in future if you want to host more than one website, you don’t have to spend money on web hosting.
If you have never before purchased hosting, here is the guide to help you buy web hosting from Bluehost. Do you have any question? Feel free to ask via comments. Don’t forget to share this tutorial with others on Facebook and Google Plus.
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