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Below is the email I got after more than a day of outage on my brand new account with BlueHost. It is still not functioning correctly, in fact they disabled core functions and left me with broken pages and told me I have to just wait for an undermined amount of time. I have had both dedicated and shared plans with Hostgator, trust me, don't use BlueHost. DONT.
"Unfortunately your server is still under a DDoS attack and will respond extremely slowly (if at all). As soon as the attack discontinues or is otherwise resolved the server will function normally again.
A DDoS attack is essentially a highly distributed attack on the server. It's usually done by a hacker getting viruses in thousands of computers and having them send as many connections as possible, as quickly as possible, to the box.
We are working to reduce the effect of the attack and find out which account is being targeted. Unfortunately, we can't know which account is being attacked without extensive steps, as the IP Address on the server is shared.
DDoS attacks can last anywhere from hours to days.
Your data is safe. Just currently inaccessible."
Biggest Pro: cheap
Biggest Con: server non-responsive for more than a day within my first month.
No security. They don't care if your site is hacked
Our web site got hacked through a flaw in a PHP script I wrote. Like any complex system, the hack would not have been possible if other common security measures had been in place. I couldn't imagine that a commercial web host would:
keep error logs and .ini files in the public root directory and not deny access by default
write PHP errors to the browser
not write PHP error logs
allow all PHP functions such as shell access and low level file operations
allow URLs to be treated as files (allow_url_fopen = On and allow_url_include = On). Setting these to off would have prevented the hack.
access and error logs were turned off
Default security should be strong. Anybody who needs less security will know how to configure it.
As soon as I discovered the hack, I opened a support ticket and was told that I was responsible for security. They e-mailed me some links to decent articles on security after I bugged them for several days. They really did not act concerned at all. The security articles on their site were rather general and did not tell the user what specifically needed to be done on their site for security.
Biggest Pro: None. They are a little more expensive than other sites.
Biggest Con: Lack of security and lack of concern about it.
I've used Bluehost for a few years. Uptime has been pretty decent, but there have been some random outages that nobody at BlueHost seemed to know anything about. It can be difficult to get through to support, and even when I do, they aren't particularly knowledgeable. The cPanel interface is pretty good, and I love that they use SimpleScripts, which makes installing and updating WordPress and PHPbb quick and easy.
The #1 reason I am moving from Bluehost is that they changed their Acceptable Use Policy, and now any type of "profanity or profane subject matter in the site content" is cause for immediate termination. Come on now, people - have we suddenly time-traveled back to the Victorian era? I run six blog sites and a forum, and don't have the time nor the inclination to moderate all posts and comments for the f-word. Customer support claims they don't enforce this policy often, but it's a lame way to do business, so I'm moving on to a less restrictive host.
Biggest Pro: SimpleScripts rocks!
Biggest Con: Ridiculously restrictive Acceptable Use Policy
Good overall hosting
I used bluehost services for about one and a half years and I was extremely pleased with their services.
I run a web forum about sports on vBulletin with about 15,000 members and sometimes 1000 online at the same time (When running competitions) and I've never had an issue.
The only reason I left Bluehost is that I needed a dedicated server for my website with Xeon processors, and I'm still gonna extend my bluehost account for using it as a uploading image database for the forums.
Do not select Blue Host
My website went down often. When I called technical support many of their service reps were not very knowledgable or they played "dumb" in trying to explain why the site was going down. After getting the run around so many times I got upset and the service rep I got upset with found 1 mp3 on the server I had and suspended my account. I thought that was really petty as that mp3 had bee on their for well over a year and I know it was suspended because that rep went looking for a reason to "get me back" for being rightfully angry.
I also emailed the owner shortly after he started his blog on Blue Host and he did not care about the problems I was having with his company. The response I received did not include an apology or explanation.
I would not recommend their company based on my experience. It also seems as if I am not the only person that received their shotty service.
Great for hosting personal websites
I've used Bluehost for about 4 years now and haven't had any problems (save when my wiki got hacked because I hadn't updated the wiki software). I don't use them for an commercial purposes but I host a family album, a wiki, a forum, and a general personal website. I have a friend who has used them for a few years as well and neither of us have had any problems. Like I said, I can't speak to using them for running a business website, but if you want to host a wiki, forums, etc. I think they are a pretty good deal. They include a lot of tools to help build website; I'm no expert but I was able to set a forum, family photo album, and wiki with the free tools that they provided.
Biggest Pro: unlimited bandwidth and storage space
On the beggining they seemed to be fine but they started make a problems with time. They say everything is unlimited but they limited EVERYTHING. They suspended my web site and actually never expleined WHY? Only what they did was offering other plans of course more expensive! They never give me a chance to received all my files back so I lost everything i kept there, all my files. They in very rude way told me THERE IS NO BACKUP on your file! Overall BLUEHOST is sucks!KEEP AWAY!
Good customer wiped out by Bluehost
I was a good customer of bluehost, never a late payment and had been there quite a while without putting much of a strain on their helpdesk or systems. But then some hacker (hacked my system then wanted to get paid to fix it -- a bluehost employee?) got through their software and overlayed a few files in 2 of my websites. Day 1 they told me about it and told me 3 strikes and i was out. Day 2 with no other communications they shut my 5 websites down without warning. They don't follow their own rules and are totally unreasonable if a problem occurs. Not a good place for websites that are important to you.
Biggest Pro: connection speed
Biggest Con: unreasonable policies and implementation of them
No Nightly Backups on BlueHost
I discovered the hard way that BlueHost does not do nightly backups. Their marketing site says "Courtesy Site Backups" but after they had a software or hardware glitch and had to restore my "/home" folder, the backup was dated from 30 days ago so a lot of my IMAP mail customers lost a month's worth of email.
Of course, as a developer, I have all the original site files, but email account additions and other settings that were made in the last month are gone.
When inquiring about this with Tech Support, they directed me to "Terms of Agreement" page on their site which he admitted was not even accessible from their main marketing site! Of course this hidden page indicated they only do monthly backups.
Aside from this recent blow-up, where the server was down for several hours, the server has had other shorter periods of downtime but probably not more than a typical B or C rated shared host.
As for my rating, this host is a "D" at best because of their backup policy and the length they go to in order to hide this fact from new customers who would expect that "backups" are industry standard, meaning "nightly".
Biggest Pro: 24/7 Phone support.
Biggest Con: No nightly backups.
On the first day I couldn't get into my account because they were "upgrading" the server where my website was hosting.
On the second day, my Ticket History had been wiped out due to another Upgrade in the Ticket management system.
I asked for hep about "a" and the next day I got an answer about "b"
Tired of their poor service and support I canceled my account and asked for a full refund on the second 2 day.
According to their Terms & Conditions I was entitled to a full refund.
Then, I got replies about fixing the technical problems that I had previously reported. But no words about my cancellation request.
I asked, again, but no replies.
After telling them that I was going to file complaints against them, I got some more questions about what was my email, my account name etc.
I answered those questions. And I got more delaying questions that I answered.
I filed a complaint.
After a few daysI was told that my BlueHost account had been canceled and that a full refund had been granted.