BlueHost is one of the most recognized names in webhosting. It’s been in business since 1996, making it one of the older webhosting companies in the world. It’s undergone many changes since then, including a name change, and being bought out by a conglomerate of webhosting companies in 2010.
Started As a Free Hosting Provider
The founder of BlueHost, Matt Heaton, began the company as a free hosting service called 0catch.com. This free hosting service was popular, but it limited the amount of features the company could afford to offer to their customers. In 2003, the company was renamed BlueHost and began offering shared hosting plans. The company became quite successful by offering very affordable plans, and tying their hosting services to popular content management system support. Many users began using BlueHost because they offered one-click installation of the popular WordPress blogging software.
BlueHost offers shared hosting plans at different price points. No matter whether you’re an individual or a company, a blog or an ecommerce website, they have a plan that will suit your site. While many of their plans are marketed as unlimited, with unlimited storage space, bandwidth, and email accounts, in practice these services are limited. The company has determined unlimited to be defined as more than any conventional user could ever need for running a typical website.
Unlimited Plans, But Only Within Reason
For instance, a BlueHost shared hosting account has unlimited storage, but if you tried to use it for mass storage of data that had nothing to do with your website, BlueHost would place a limit on you. Using a conventional website account as a mass emailing device, or uploading or downloading an unusual amount of video or audio files will also subject the user to caps on their activity. BlueHost puts these soft caps in place to keep one user on a shared server from taking over all the bandwith and RAM from all the other users, and slowing traffic to a crawl.
In 2009, BlueHost made headlines by throttling the CPU usage of some users to make sure they didn’t unduly affect the ability of other users on their servers to get their pages loaded in a timely fashion. In almost every case, the throttled websites were uploading or downloading large amounts of data that shouldn’t be expected on a shared hosting account.
BlueHost Is Great for New Websites
BlueHost has always been a primary hosting provider for users that are not as technologically savvy as they might need to be if they use other hosting services. BlueHost offers users plug and play website templates that make getting a site up and running easier than with other providers. This has made them very popular at the low end of the market with users that don’t want to spend a lot of money on web design to get their site on the Internet.
Great Uptime Performance
BlueHost was also one of the first hosting providers to advertise their uptime record. While many shared hosting users don’t need to handle heavy Internet traffic on a daily basis, they do need to be assured that their website is online at all times. BlueHost gained a reputation as a reliable hosting provider with 24/7 customer support, and that made it one of the top 20 largest web hosts in the world.
Part of the Endurance International Group
In 2010, the Endurance International Group bought out BlueHost. Endurance International was founded in 1997, and has its headquarters in Burlington, Massachusetts. Like all the other acquisitions of Endurance, BlueHost continues to operate under its own name. That means that when you’re choosing between BlueHost and many other hosting companies, you may be choosing between companies with the same owners. Endurance now owns dozens of different hosting companies, many of them much smaller than BlueHost, however. Some of the larger hosting companies in their stable of providers include FatCow, Hostgator, HostMonster, Intuit Websites, iPage, JustHost, Mojo Marketplace, Typepad, and Xeran.
BlueHost Remains Independent
These and many more webhosting companies continue to operate independently of each other, and are simply administered globally by the Endurance Group, so the products and service that you’re offered at BlueHost will be unique to the company. BlueHost’s long track record, reliability, excellent customer service, and low prices will continue to make them a popular choice for shared hosting, Virtual Private Servers, and dedicated hosting.