Best Bluehost alternatives 2019
In case you’re in a hurry, here are the highlights of our findings:
What’s wrong with Bluehost anyway?
For a long time, Bluehost was the only host that WordPress.org recommended to its visitors, and it’s easy to understand why. It’s one of the largest hosting providers worldwide, and has over a decade of history under its belt. Despite some past controversies, the company has maintained a good reputation among first-time users – as evidenced by our exhaustive 2016 WordPress hosting survey – but its ratings have been going downhill for a while now.
Let’s take a look at what the survey said concerning Bluehost:
- It was ranked as one of the worst hosts from among several options when it came to WordPress optimization, only managing to beat HostGator.
- Support was found to be lacking when it came to WordPress-specific knowledge.
- Bluehost obtained the worst rating from among all surveyed hosts when it came to customer satisfaction in relation to cost.
- The host came in dead last when it came to reliability, but managed to beat out DigitalOcean on user-friendliness.
Suffice to say, Bluehost took a beating in that survey, which brings up an interesting question: How does it remain so popular when so many of its users are dissatisfied? The answer may lie in its popular affiliate program, which paid out a hefty $5 million last year alone to its participants. At $65 per referral, that comes out to roughly 77,000 new customers who found their way to Bluehost by way of paid recommendations.
Furthermore, since the service is so popular among first-time users, it stands to reason that a good chunk of them aren’t familiar with what constitutes a good hosting provider. Even if they do, migrating a website can be a tiresome business, and it may discourage unsatisfied customers from actively looking for Bluehost alternatives.
However, despite its downfalls, Bluehost offers solid security options and plenty of integrations with third-party apps. With that in mind, let’s discuss the alternatives.