Bluehost offers shared hosting, WordPress hosting, VPS Hosting and Dedicated hosting. For all these offerings, Bluehost offers Cpanel control panel. You can access Cpanel on the regular ports 2082 and 2083. Or, you can manage your web hosting space through the login URL of Bluehost at https://login.bluehost.com.
Bluehost, additionally, offer managed WordPress hosting. On the managed WordPress hosting offering, the focus is clearly on delivering faster WordPress websites. To achieve the desired level of performance, speed and security, the managed WordPress hosting does not Cpanel control panel. These WordPress servers are hardened and offer better performance for all the hosted websites.
Where are Bluehost servers?
Bluehost does not provide its datacenter locations on its website. From the data that is available over the Internet, we were able to assimilate the following server locations for Bluehost:
- Provo, Utah
- Orem, Utah
- Mumbai, India
- London, UK
For Chinese subscribers, Bluehost offers hosting in:
- Hong Kong, China
Apart from this, there is no additional datacenter information that is available for Bluehost. Remember, that Bluehost is controlled and managed by the ‘Endurance International Group’ or EIG.
Does Bluehost offer Reseller hosting?
Bluehost does not offer Reseller hosting directly. It actually redirects you to ResellerClub for reseller hosting. ResellerClub is another EIG brand. ResellerClub is based in India and is one of the biggest domain registrars of the world.
Does Bluehost have CDN?
- CDN improves performance of your website as visitors get the content from edge location that is closest to you location. A Mumbai user gets content from Mumbai edge location. And, a Seattle based user gets content from Seattle based edge location.
- CDN reduces server load of the origin server.
- CDN also conserves origin server’s bandwidth. When content is served from the edge location datacenter, we make use of the bandwidth of the CDN network provider.
Bluehost offers CDN through SiteLock offering. SiteLock is a paid offering that can be ordered separately. SiteLock contains access to the TrueSpeed CDN network.
SiteLock Prevent and Prevent Plus plans come with TrueSpeed CDN offering. SiteLock is a completely different security product. It protects your website from malicious content and also detects vulnerabilities for automatic resolution. Both plans cost around $200 a year.
In our opinion, you will gain more by integrating a third-party CDN network like Cloudflare or Stackpath. Cloudflare has nearly 275 edge locations and can be considered as the biggest CDN network of the world. You can integrate any CDN network of your choice. This would save your costs and also help in improving speed and performance of your website.
Does Bluehost have Caching?
Bluehost offers page level caching through its ‘Bluehost plugin’. For WordPress sites, you can use the Bluehost plugin to store static assets of your website in the cache. You can also configure the cache and manage static assets through the Bluehost control panel.
For the server cache, Bluehost does not support Litespeed Server for shared hosting. It offers Litespeed servers as part of VPS and Dedicated hosting. On a similar basis, Memcache is offered as part of dedicated hosting and VPS hosting.
In terms of caching, you are limited to page level caching through Bluehost plugin. You can also integrate a CDN to ensure CDN caching improves website performance.
It is, however, amply clear that Bluehost could do well in improving it’s caching at the server level and database level for shared hosting and WordPress hosting.
Does Bluehost have automatic backups?
Bluehost does take automatic backups for all accounts on a complimentary basis. So, you cannot tie Bluehost to any service level commitments for backups. This is the precise reason that Bluehost suggests taking periodic backups and storing them at offsite locations. Essentially, a Bluehost customer is responsible for the site’s backups. Here is what Bluehost has to state in respect of its backup policy:
Bluehost does not offer redundant or mirrored backups. Bluehost will run courtesy backups at our discretion. Any backups that Bluehost runs are in addition to our Terms of Service and are not guaranteed. Customers are encouraged to run periodic backups through the provided cPanel. Bluehost recommends that you store such backups off-site on your local system. Backups are kept for a maximum of 30 days. Backups older than 30 days will be overwritten with a newer backup. The customer’s responsibility is to download a backup before it is overwritten if the customer wishes to keep that copy of their data.From Bluehost website
The onus of taking backups, storing backups and validating the veracity of the backup file rests on the Bluehost customer.
Bluehost is a budget-friendly web host. It allows you to host at multiple datacenters in US, Europe, Asia and South America. However, when it comes to CDN and Caching, there is scope of improvement. On a similar basis, the backup policy of Bluehost suggests that automated backups are taken on a complimentary basis. Bluehost customers must be responsible for their own site’s backups.
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