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Bluehost Review 2018: Does Bluehost Live Up To It’s High Praise?

Oct 4, 2018 | Blogging | 0 comments

If you’re apart of the blogging world – or are looking to join this awesome club – I’m sure you’ve heard of Bluehost.

They sure were the only company I could find people talking about when I started doing research on how to start a blog.

So, after reading tons of blog posts about how to start a blog – most of which were recommending Bluehost , I went with them for my WordPress host.

And then I attempted to start my blog – but wouldn’t get very far because my site was constantly crashing.

I very quickly started wondering why on earth so many people were recommending Bluehost…and then even more quickly switched to a better hosting company.

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I seriously thought it was a joke when I started experiencing problems with my website.

I mean, you know – starting a blog is hard.  And then, like, running into a million technical issues that you have no clue how to fix is hard!

So naturally, I took to Google to fix my problems.

And Google told me to talk to my website’s hosting company.

Easy enough, right?

Merp, I wish it had been easy (but I’m gonna give you the low-down on that in a little).

First, I’m gonna present you with some cold, hard facts so you have some [somewhat] non-biased information about Bluehost.

So, what does Bluehost have to offer?
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Bluehost, like most hosting companies, offer a variety of hosting options depending on your websites needs.

Among these options are:

*prices may vary

**hell nah,  those aren’t affiliate links….just helpful links.

As you can see, their hosting prices greatly vary depending on which plan you choose (and how much storage you need).

If you’re starting a blog, you likely won’t need anything above Cloud hosting.

So that’s cool, Bluehost has multiple hosting plans that will obviously fulfill the needs of many people – but what do you get with purchase?

Each hosting plan comes with a variety of features, most notable including:

  • their money back guarantee (30 days)
  • automatic updates
  • 24/7 expert support (which sounds nice but we’ll talk about this later)
  • free domain and
  • free email account

I mean what’s not to like, right?

You read a bunch of bloggers tips on ‘how to start a blog‘ and all of them tell you to get started by signing up with Bluehost.

Then, you visit their website and see reasonable prices and great features.

So, you purchase and you’re so excited to start blogging!

But, you quickly realize Bluehost is not everything it is cracked up to be.

Womp.

My (not-so-great) experience with Bluehost
Having had no prior experience creating and running a blog, me and Matt had to do a lot of research on our own on how to start a blog and ultimately followed the recommended steps and services that other bloggers provided us.

You know, the usual – pick a domain name, signup with WordPress, choose a WordPress hosting company, etc.

We followed all of the recommended steps – along with recommended services – and seemingly were all set to start our blog.

Then we ran into some issues…nay, LOTS of issues.

The main issue is that our website was constantly crashing.  Or our site frequently experienced glitches.  Or we would try to visit our website on our phones and would be amazed (in a bad way) at how slow our website was.

And the most frustrating part?  We had no idea why our website was acting this way.

After some research, we learned that our hosting company would be the people needed to address these issues, so to Bluehost we went.

But, when we would attempt to contact Bluehost to figure out why our site was not operating correctly, we would always walk away feeling even more confused.

Getting in touch with their support team was awful.  Every single time I tried to chat with somebody, it would take 10-30 minutes to connect and if it ever did connect, I would almost always get disconnected mid-conversation.

Submitting tickets & emailing was no better.

Finally, we had had enough and began researching other hosting services – and were surprised that with a little more digging, not everybody and their blogging momma used and loved Bluehost.

Ultimately, our search efforts connected us with TMDHosting, and dang, are we thankful for that.

So, who do we recommend?  TMDHosting.
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I’ll save you some time and get right into the juicy info (the boring information will follow) – TMDHosting’s customer service and technical support is amazing!!!!!!

Upon arriving on their website, you are instantly connected with a customer service agent via live chat that is ready to take care of all of your needs.  They walk you through the entire purchasing process to make sure your questions are answered and to ensure that the plan you are purchasing is the best choice for your business.

Seriously, they rock.  And it doesn’t end there.

Once you’re using TMDHosting as your hosting service for your WordPress blog (or website), their team of technical support is on call 24/7/365. 

Yes, you read that right.  They are always available to help you.  And I can vouch for them.

I’m quite technically challenged and thus have had to submit many a ticket to their technical support crew to help me through some site issues.  Each time, they have gotten back to me within the first half hour, kept me up-to-date with what they were doing to fix my site’s issue, and then updated me when the issue was fixed. Some things were fixed within minutes, while others took longer due to the extent of the issue – but nonetheless, my issues were fixed promptly and professionally.

This was an incredibly different (better) experience than the one I had with Bluehost in regards to fixing technical issues on my website and I instantly knew I was in good hands.

TMDHosting takes your ticket and FIXES the problem themselves – Bluehost on the other hand tells you a million technical steps to follow to fix the issue but like, I ain’t no IT wizard.

Regardless of the issue at hand, every single time I’ve dealt with TMD’s customer service or technical support, they have been wonderful and have honestly made my blogging experience so much better.

Anyway, I was instantly impressed with TMDHosting and honestly, I just don’t understand why everybody recommends Bluehost.

If you’re looking for an affordable and reliable WordPress hosting company, I’d go with TMDHosting (or literally anybody besides Bluehost, lol).

What else does TMDHosting have to offer?
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TMD has a lot more than great customer and technical support to offer.

They, too, have great prices and awesome features that come with the purchasing of one of their hosting plans.

The hosting plans that TMD has are:

*prices may vary

I’m gonna be honest with you – I only really know what the first three of those do – but if you’re starting a blog or small business one of those first three options should work just fine for your needs.

I started with WordPress hosting and upgraded to Cloud Hosting as my blog continued to grow – a process that was quick and simple with the help of TMD.

With the purchase of any of their hosting plans, you also receive:

  • application installation (like WordPress)
  • components installations
  • free templates with installation (to easily design your website)
  • automatic updates
  • free domain
  • 60 days money back guarantee
  • 24/7/365 live support – THAT RESPOND.

I’ve been operating my blog via TMDHosting for over two years and I’ve never – I mean, NEVER – had a negative experience.

What are you waiting for? You could have your blog or business up and running by the end of today!

All the steps you need to launch your blog
I had a negative experience with Bluehost and want to save you – and others – from making the same mistake.

I mean, nobody has time to sign up with a crappy (sorry not sorry) hosting company only to find themselves switching to another one two weeks later.

Because the blogging process is stressful enough – and I enjoy knowing that my website is always going to be operating properly.  And if it’s not?  I know TMD has my back.

(BTW – TMD makes switching from one website host to another super easy with zero website downtime if you’re into that kind of thang.)  Learn more about that, here.

But ultimately, you gotta do your own research and make your own educated decision – I just hope I could help a little bit 😉

And if you’re in the early stages of planning and creating your blog, I wish you the best of luck on your blogging endeavors!  To make the process a little less stressful, download our “how to start a blog” checklist!

If you’ve had an experience with Bluehost – good or bad – leave it in the comments below!  I’d love to hear others’ thoughts!
Happy Blogging!
xx Michelle
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