Wondering which Bluehost hosting plan is best for you?
If your answer is yes, then read on to learn everything about Bluehost plan and packages. Also look at the FAQ’s at the end before purchasing your desired plan.
Until last year, Bluehost has only one shared hosting plan & recently Bluehost added 3 different shared hosting plan which gives us more options to pick from and also save our money.
In this guide, I have shared which shared hosting plan from Bluehost you should choose.
To start with, head over to Bluehost site and check out their existing shared hosting plans.
In 2019, Bluehost offers Basic; Plus and Choice plus shared hosting packages. Plus is the most popular one because it’s completely valued for money. However, you should pick the Bluehost plan according to your need.
If you don’t need the details,
Here is my suggestion for you to quickly pick the right package for you.
- Running only one site: Pick Basic Package
- Running more than one site: Pick Plus package
- Need SSL and dedicated I.P: Pick Prime/Choice plus package
While selecting the right package here, make sure you think about your future plans as well, as if you land with Starter now and want to upgrade to Plus package later, you will end up paying more than you should.
Before I share the difference between Bluehost Basic, Plus and Choice plus plan, have a look at below image. The below screenshot will give an overview of all the three packages, 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 $2.95/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. Basic Bluehost 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 a great extent. You should choose Basic package only when you are planning to host only one website and have no plans for adding more sites in the 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).
Prime package: (Also known as Choice plus)
This package is targeted to those 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 now a search engine ranking factor and if you are running an E-commerce website you should have an 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:
If you are planning to buy the starter Bluehost package, I would recommend grabbing the Prime package as the price difference is minimal and in the future, if you want to host more than one website, you don’t have to spend money on web hosting.
Can you upgrade your Bluehost Plan?
Yes, you can always upgrade your plan at any time from your Bluehost dashboard or you can ask the customer support. However, it would be better if you pick the right plan from day one as when you upgrade Bluehost plan, you will not get the discounted pricing.
You will be charged regular pricing which adds up a lot of costs. If you are not sure which bluehost plan to buy, then simply pick Plus plan which is idle for hosting unlimited websites.
Can you change your hosting plan?
Yes, you can anytime upgrade or even downgrade your Bluehost hosting plan.
How long will it take to get my website online with Bluehost?
Bluehost instantly setup your hosting account as you finish the purchase. They also install WordPress on your primary domain which you can also remove if you wish to use any other platform.
Does Bluehost charge monthly or all at once?
Bluehost currently doesn’t let us pay monthly. They do offer option to buy hosting for 1,2,3 and 5 years term.
What is the difference between Bluehost basic vs plus?
The major difference between Basic and plus package is; basic let you host only one website and Plus let you host multiple websites. Another significant difference is, Basic package offers only 50GB of space whereas Plus package offers unlimited space.
How much does a Bluehost domain cost?
The first domain name is free and if you wish to buy domain name from Bluehost, it will cost $11.99.
What is marketing offers in Bluehost? (Bluehost marketing credits)
You will get $25 promotional code for AdWords at the time of signup. Once you have spent it, you will get an additional $100 promotional code for marketing your website.
Apart from AdWords, you will also get marketing credits of:
- $25 in Yahoo Search credits
- $25 Bing Search credits
- Free search engine submission
Which is the best Bluehost plan for WordPress?
All the plans on Bluehost are optimized for WordPress. As Plus package offers unlimited domain hosting and space, and only $2 costlier than the base plan, it’s better to get this for 2 or 3 years term.
Just so you know, every plan offers:
- Free SSL
- WordPress tools
- Instant WordPress installation (Free)
- One domain name
If you have never before purchased hosting, here is the guide to help you buy web hosting from Bluehost.
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