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Summary of the BlueHost Basic Hosting Plan

BlueHost offers shared web hosting, pro web hosting, cloud hosting, virtual private server hosting, dedicated hosting, WooCommerce hosting and optimized hosting for WordPress. It also registers domain names. There are three shared web hosting plans to choose from. These are Basic, Plus and Prime, which is the same as Choice Plus. There is a Pro package that is also basically shared web hosting but closer to dedicated web hosting. The BlueHost Basic hosting plan is for starters. The entry level plan is the most affordable and it is suitable for anyone using WordPress.

There is a special offer for individuals or businesses using WordPress websites. The BlueHost Basic hosting plan comes with a free domain, automatic installation of WordPress and free SSL. There is round the clock support and a thirty days money back guarantee. The Basic hosting plan is usually priced at $7.99 per month but the introductory offer for new clients using WordPress is $2.95 per month.

Features of Basic Hosting Plan of BlueHost

There is a one click installation of WordPress. The ease with which you can get started with your WordPress website or migrate one from another host to BlueHost is almost unmatched. BlueHost has been rated as the best web hosting solution by WordPress.org. The money back guarantee assures full refund. The plan comes with automatic updates so you would always have the most stable and latest WordPress version. There is a free domain and it can be handy for those starting a new website. Those who have websites already can still use a free domain for any purpose they like. The free SSL certificate assures reliable encryption to protect the data on the website and the transmission between users and the servers.

The Basic plan is for only one website with a storage capacity of 50GB. The bandwidth is unmetered. If you need a standard website to perform reliably then this plan is affordable and relevant. You can host one domain and have five parked domains. The plan facilitates twenty five sub domains. You can create and use five email accounts, each with a storage capacity of 100 MB.

Promotional vs. Regular Basic Hosting Plan

Neither the promotional nor the regular basic plan has free domain privacy or free dedicated IP. MySQL databases are limited to twenty in both. There is no SpamExperts. You cannot host an additional domain with the plan. The basic plan comes with three terms. You may choose a twelve months, twenty four months or thirty six months term. The basic hosting plan of BlueHost, without the promotional offer, costs $8.99 per month for a twelve months term, $8.49 for a twenty four months term and $7.99 for a thirty six months term. You would be paying $2.95 per month for the first term using the promotional offer but the renewal of the term would be at regular prices, unless there is some discount available at the time.

There are some add-ons you can consider with all shared web hosting plans. You can host additional domains at the cost of $15.99 per year of registration. You can get dedicated IP for $5.99 per month. Additional SSL certificates are priced at $49.99 per year. You can add SpamExperts to your Basic hosting account for mail filtering at $2.99 per month per domain. The yearly cost of domain privacy per name is $14.88. SiteLock has an annual cost of $23.88 per domain. You can choose Site Backup and Restore Pro for $35.88 a year. Expired accounts can be reactivated for $30.00.

The Basic web hosting plan needs to be paid for at the time of signing up. Setup fees are not refunded but the monthly cost is refunded in full for accounts canceled in thirty days from the commencement of the service. There are other terms and conditions that are relevant for refunds and pertaining to data storage limitations. While there is a limit of fifty thousand inodes, BlueHost does not alter the available resources by any way of capping or throttling till an account has surpasses two hundred thousand inodes. The cost of the BlueHost Basic hosting plan can be higher than the figures mentioned here, both promotional offer and the regular monthly rate for different terms, in some countries depending on local taxes.

Which BlueHost Plan is Right for You?

BlueHost has a plethora of plans. There are four shared webhosting plans, three dedicated webhosting plans, three cloud hosting plans and three virtual private server hosting plans. The dedicated hosting plans are Standard, Enhanced and Premium. The shared hosting plans are Basic, Plus, Choice Plus or Prime and Pro, sometimes also referred to as Pro Package.

 

The Available Shared and Dedicated Hosting Plans of BlueHost

 

The Standard plan costs $119.99 but you can get a discount and pay $79.99 per month for 4 Cores and 8 Threads speed, 500GB mirrored storage space, 4GB RAM, 5TB bandwidth, 1 included domain, 3 IP addresses, free SSL, 24/7 support and thirty days money back guarantee. The Enhanced plan costs $159.99 but you can get a discount and pay $99.99 per month for 4 Cores and 8 Threads speed, 1TB mirrored storage space, 8GB RAM, 10TB bandwidth, 1 included domain, 4 IP addresses, free SSL, 24/7 support and thirty days money back guarantee. The Premium plan costs $209.99 per month, discounted to $119.99 per month for 4 Cores and 8 Threads speed, 1TB mirrored storage space, 16GB RAM, 15TB bandwidth, 1 included domain, 5 IP addresses, free SSL, 24/7 support and the same money back guarantee. All the three are dedicated webhosting plans.

 

The Basic shared webhosting plan is for one domain, it could be a WordPress website. The plan offers five email accounts, 50GB storage space for website, unmetered bandwidth, registration of one domain, twenty five sub domains, free SSL and up to 20 MySQL databases. There is no domain privacy, dedicated IP or SpamExperts support for free. These are payable add-ons. The Basic plan costs $8.99 per month for a yearly contract, $8.49 per month for a two years contract and $7.99 for a three years contract.

 

The Plus plan hosts unlimited websites, there are unlimited email accounts and unmetered storage space, unmetered bandwidth and unlimited sub domains. Domain registration for one website is included. There is no domain privacy, dedicated IP or SSL certificate. However, a promotional offer does include SSL certificate for one site in the price. You can have SpamExperts support for one website and unlimited MySQL databases. The cost of Plus plan is $12.99, $11.99 and $10.99 for one year, two years and three years terms respectively.

 

The Choice Plus or Prime plan includes everything in the Plus plan and in addition there is domain privacy included in the cost. SpamExperts support is available for one website. The Choice Plus or Prime plan costs $16.99, $15.99 and $14.99 for one year, two years and three years contracts respectively. The Pro plan or package has everything that Choice Plus of Prime plan offers but assures high performance. Additionally, SpamExperts support is available for two domains and there is a dedicated IP included in the price. There is a free SSL certificate, regardless of the availability of promotional offers. The Pro plan costs $25.99, $24.99 and $23.99 for one year, two year and three year contracts.

 

A promotional offer is available right now that reduces the cost of Basic plan from $7.99 per month to $2.95 per month, Plus plan from $10.99 per month to $5.45 per month, Choice Plus or Prime plan from $14.99 per month to $5.45 per month and Pro plan from $23.99 per month to $13.95 month. The pro plan uses a high performance server. There are marketing offers worth $200 in each of the three plans other than Basic.

 

The Best BlueHost Plan for You

 

All shared webhosting plans of BlueHost have inclusive features and add-ons. You can go for registration and hosting of additional domains, dedicated IP for one or more websites and the same applies to SSL certificates, SpamExperts, domain privacy, SiteLock, Site Backup, Restore Pro and other features. It is easy to compare different plans based on your requisites and budget. If you have only one website then the Basic plan is all you need to consider. It is unnecessary to consider Plus and Choice Plus or Prime as you would not be hosting multiple websites and the servers these two plans use are the same as Basic. You would not witness any major change in performance of the website. The two plans, Plus and Prime, do not have many add-ons such as dedicated IP, domain privacy or supporting software and applications such as Spam Experts and SiteLock for multiple or unlimited websites. If you have one site or one domain, go for Basic.

 

If you have two or more websites, you must consider Plus or Choice Plus. The latter, also known as Prime, is a better proposition since there are more features and you would be paying the same every month given the promotional offer at your disposal. You would have to pay more with the Prime plan compared to the Plus plan when you have to renew the term but then you can choose to downgrade and save money if you do not need the additional features. If there is a promotional offer available at that point in time, leading both plans to have the same price, then you can continue with the Prime plan.

 

Should you need your websites to perform much better than the average sites, your default choice should be Pro and that is unless you go for dedicated webhosting. There is no better plan than Pro in the spectrum of shared webhosting plans of BlueHost. The Pro plan still has some elusive features that can be always accessed by paying more. The add-ons are not relevant or necessary for every website, webmaster or company. Assess your needs and plan accordingly. Those who have websites dealing with lots of traffic or if their sites are heavier than usual and hence more demanding of resources should go for the Pro plan. Companies or individuals who are concerned about security, dedicated address and better backup & restore should also go for the Pro plan. Others can choose Basic for one site and Choice Plus or Plus for multiple websites.