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I still remember when I stumbled on a post by Personal Christian Finance via Google. I originally had a website called KJRock.com (thankfully, that’s nowhere to be found), but this whole blogging idea – it was streamlined and it was perfect for someone like me. As in, a writer, a dreamer, someone who wanted to build her own platform to reach other people. This blog post on Personal Christian Finance had mounds of information. I even remember printing it out for easy access (who does that anymore?). It was over 20 pages of information on starting a blog, and I lived by the blogger’s information in that post. I wanted a guaranteed place to write and to access more people, and he seemed to know everything about building a platform.
One thing the post stressed was paying for unlimited storage on a server. At the time, I didn’t know the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. I didn’t even know what a server did. I only knew it cost money. But the guy said I should pay for it. So I was willing to. He gave a couple options for low-cost servers, one of them being HostGator, and the other was Bluehost. I think I took weeks to make the decision. And honestly, I went with the cheaper option, because we had no money. At the time that was Bluehost, because they were running a special.
That was over four years ago now, and I’ve never considered switching. For the first couple years I didn’t really appreciate Bluehost for what it was, so I never took advantage of all its merit. With switching everything over to Wordsonpaper.me from savvywifey.com (that’s quite the story, by the way), I had to rely heavily on the hosting company.
What I’ve really loved about Bluehost
First of all, I am not technical. I don’t have a good understanding of coding besides what I’ve Googled, and it blows my mind that a server somewhere holds all the content to various websites and online services. So I didn’t want a learning curve. Bluehost promised a one-click installation of WordPress, which is exactly what happened. Thank you, Lord. Here, to go through the components I love about this company, I’ll put it in list form. It’s the trendy thing to do.
- One-Click Installation. Like I said above: I am not technical. I needed ease.
- Great Customer Support. I can’t stress how important this is if you are the least bit forgetful. Several times throughout my subscription to Bluehost I forgot to cancel an old domain or a high-priced monthly service, and without question they would refund the entire amount to me. I mean, don’t be mean-spirited and take advantage of them (and ruin it for the rest of us). But for such a large company, they sure cared enough about me to work within my financial constraints and take the hit when it was MY fault for not canceling in time.
- Unlimited Hosting. While the ultimate options hit hundreds of dollars a month, the cheapest options are perfect for beginning bloggers, writers, small businesses. Even for the current price of 3.95 a month, I don’t have to worry about running out of space for pictures. That’s the difference from the free sites like Blogger and WordPress.com. You have a limit on how much you can upload. And us people, we’re visual.
- A Lot of Features. Bluehost partners with SSL security companies, Woocommerce, website builders. You can basically create whatever you want to with Bluehost as your foundation.
- Constant Updates. On their end, at least, my site won’t lag behind everyone else. No, if it lags, that’s my fault.
- Tech Support. I’ve saved the best for last, because tech support is ultimately what will keep me as a Bluehost customer for the foreseeable future. If one day you can afford a developer, I suggest you do so, but until then, tech support can run a lot of the problems for you. When I wanted to switch over my domain, who did it? Tech support. When I wanted to integrate Woocommerce into my blog, who set the parameters without charging me for
- a higher hosting package? Tech support. Who saved my website when faulty plug-ins kept suppressing my blog and not even letting me log in? Tech support. There was a period of time when I was online with them every couple days.
The parts I’ve not loved
No company is exactly what an individual needs it to be. And of COURSE I want to be completely honest with you so you know exactly what you’re getting when you sign on with Bluehost.
- Maybe there’s no learning curve with setting up Bluehost, but the dashboard takes getting used to. I still don’t know where everything is, and there isn’t a search bar to just take me to there. There is a nice help page, though.
- There may be features I haven’t tried that don’t work as well. I just want to put that out there.
- Lately they changed the tech and customer support. They still provide great service, but it takes longer to connect with someone. Several times I completely missed when someone popped on, because they took away the bell notification sound, and I was doing other things on the computer (ain’t nobody got time to just sit around). So I had to reconnect and try again.
- I’m still having trouble with my SSL. As you can probably tell from visiting my site. Until the day comes when I can pay for a better certificate, the ones I’ve tried to use don’t work well with Bluehost or WordPress or something. But really, I should just pay for it. (Oh Google, why?)
So, to Bluehost or to not Bluehost
I hope this gives you a better indication of whether you should go with this hosting service. Even with the issues I do have, I love that I have a dedicated space for my writing, for selling products if I wish to, and for pointing people somewhere from the unpredictable social media.
I’m excited that I am now an affiliate for Bluehost, and that you can sign up for a complete package at $3.95 a month. That includes a domain.
If you have any more questions about hosting and why you should invest in it, please comment below.
Any technical questions, however, please direct straight to Bluehost.
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