I wrote this post, because almost everyday I’m asked the same questions. Do you host you’re own site? How do you do that? And, who do you use? Are they any good, do you like them? It wasn’t until 2011 that I actually became an affiliate of Bluehost, but even before then I would always rave about Bluehost. I hope that this post will explain a little why I love them so much.
1. Amazing customer service.
I’ve been with Bluehost for around 5 years, so I’ve called their technical service center a few times (to say the least). It was always for something I couldn’t figure out, but their service center always seemed to help. I live in Utah, so it does help a bit knowing that when I call it’s technically a local call 🙂
2. Unlimited addon sites.
This is probably one of the features that blew my mind the first time I found out. With my one Bluehost account I can host unlimited domains. Um ya, unlimited. Right now I have close to 10 sites on this one account. I host a site for my mom, my dad, my little sister, my little bro and a bunch of friends. They love it because I don’t charge them anything.
3. Unlimited email addresses.
Along with getting unlimited domain hosting. For each of the domains you host you can have unlimited emails. For example, my site, I could have an email that says firstname.lastname@example.org (which is my email), I could have email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and so on. If you were setting up a site for multiple artists, each artist could have their very own email. Pretty cool, huh?
4. Unlimited hosting space.
Just like the other unlimited features, this one is amazing too. There is one small caveat, they may let you store as many GB as you want but there’s a file count limit. It’s really not that big of a deterrent though, because all they do is stop giving you their complimentary backup service. So in a nutshell if you’re only hosting one site, you’d probably never hit the file count for a while. If you’re planning to host several sites, and they’re each WordPress installs, you’ll probably hit this file count fast. No worries, stay tuned, because I’ll show you how to backup a site by yourself.
5. One free domain.
Come on this can’t be for real? That’s what I said. If you haven’t registered a domain yet, you can do it while you’re signing up for your Bluehost account. If you already have one registered, you’ll still get a free domain after setting up your account.
6. One click WordPress install.
Ok, this may not be a reason why I won’t leave Bluehost, but it is why I chose to host with them. I’m becoming more and more tech savvy, but when I first signed up for Bluhost I didn’t know how to install WordPress on my hosting account. Well, with Bluehost I didn’t need to know, they have a simple one click system that installs WordPress for you. You click one button, and a minute later your blog is live. I seriously loved this, it takes all the hard stuff out of setting up a self-host WordPress blog.
7. Easy control panel.
When I log into my account, I really like how everything is laid out. All the icons are easy to understand, and they’re all grouped into categories. Also each category can be closed, so you can collapse any groupings that you don’t use or go to often. This makes your control panel even easier to navigate.
8. Extra affiliates.
It seems like Bluehost is always offering new deals with other companies. Right now they’re offering a free SEO (Search Engine Optimization) service including link building (The more people link to your website, the more Google will rank your site as important).
9. Video tutorials.
If you’re like me, when I was starting out, I didn’t know anything when it came to website hosting. Never fear, Bluehost has one of the best video libraries I’ve seen. It’s not flashy, it’s just straight to the point…instructional. So when I needed help setting up my email accounts, I watched a simple video and then did it myself…no phone call to tech support needed.
10. Can’t beat their price.
Well out of all the features this one by itself was reason enough for me to signup. Right now I pay $5.95 a month. Are you kidding? I love how cheap it is per month. Unlimited addon domains, unlimited email addresses, unlimited hosting…I haven’t left Bluehost for this reason only. Bluehost does charge a year at a time though, so when they do ding my credit card it is once a year. It works out to be around $75 each time. I’m ok with that, since I have 8 to 10 sites on one hosting account. That works out to be $1.60-something per site, per month! Nice!
Again, I hope this post helps answer a lot questions you may have about hosting, and who to go with. I understand as an artist, one of the last things you want to worry about is hosting a website. That’s ok I felt that way too.
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