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BlueHost Hosting Review

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

So I finally found a host (knocking on wood) that so far has really fast servers and databases. I have tried MochaHost, GoDaddy, Website Source, IX Hosting, Hostgator, TDM Hosting, and the list goes on. (these are NOT affiliate links).

Some really bad hosts in that list, but I would rather focus on the best hosting companies in that list.

The best hosting company I have ever used up to about three months ago was Hostgator, and the reason has been their lack of downtime, ease of Cpanel use, and speed of servers. All my blogs loaded faster on Hostgator servers than any before. GoDaddy was pretty bad and had way too much downtime.

Enter BlueHost – The Review

So I have seen many webmasters on forums saying that they are happy with their BlueHost account(s), and my opinion was,

“Sure….happy today, and web site down or loading like a tractor tomorrow.”

Well I finally got frustrated with an important domain that was having yet another black-out for a WHOLE day, and we lost around $70 dollars in income thanks to the downtime. I was really annoyed, and had enough of GoDaddy already, but I didn’t want to do all the hosting transfer hassle (which I have done TOO many times). Got transferring WordPress blogs from one host to another down tight now, but I just didn’t want the hassle – rather be writing more content.

ANYWAY – I tried BlueHost and the speed of the servers and my page loads doubled! I thought that maybe it was just because I was accessing my blog at the right time of the week and the right time of the day. I’ve seen other hosts perform wonderfully one day and then the next day horribly. So the jury was still out.

So it’s been three months now since I’ve been hosting that domain on BlueHost and the speed has held strong. Not only that, my unique visitors and page loads went up about 15% to 20% – that is huge for this site, and now it is earning more money each and every day. THAT is how important a good host is.

So that is my review on BlueHost – worthy.

Slow Page Load Speeds at IXHosting, Hostgator, Godaddy, Blue Host – Cloud Hosting Solutions

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Ironically, I got an email from a friend and business associate (best damn content writer I know) who asked if I was still happy with our web hosting plans we had. Currently we use these hosting companies;

  • Godaddy
  • IXHosting
  • Blue Host
  • Hostgator
  • Mocha Host

During this American thanksgiving week and weekend we experienced some seriously slow page loads on all of our sites. Why? Because they are all on shared hosting accounts, and the shopping traffic this Black Friday and Cyber Monday (today) were record breaking.

It showed us one painful reality – we ARE NOT HAPPY with our servers, hosting companies, page loading speeds. So I tested all of our sites using this handy web page load speed tester – results = dismal.

Cloud Hosting for Newbies

So I did a good 7 hours of dicking around on the computer today researching cloud hosting – what it is, how it works, and who I should pay to host my domain(s).

After noticing that many of the biggest and most powerful blogs are using Amazon’s Elastic Cloud Hosting product, I was almost ready to bite….glad I kept researching, because Amazon’s Elastic Cloud is VERY powerful and reliable, but customer service is non-existent. I can’t have that. I need help because I am dumber than some.

So I researched hosting companies that had the good old fashion Cpanel AND were cloud hosting providers. There are a few, but not many. Then I found SiteCloud – here comes the AFF LINK!

Enter SiteCloud

SiteCloud runs on the Amazon Elastic Cloud which means we get the rock solid servers, the high speed, and the redundancy – PLUS we get customer support, a normal c-panel, and Bob IS your Uncle. Problem solved.

Update: so far the speed is REALLY good, and I like the c-panel and back end. To the clouds matey….

Update December 1/2010 Evening – I had the SiteCloud Migration tech move my site properly this time, and the speed of the domain load is WAY faster. On Godaddy it was clocking in between 14 – 20 seconds – with SiteCloud hosting the domain my speed just clocked in at 2.1 seconds – we’ll see how fast it is during the day when their servers are being accessed more. I’ll update this post after a full week day of service.

Hosting Server Response Times – Q & A

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Had a good friend ask me this morning about hosting server speeds and response times, because he is not pleased with the response times he is getting on some of his domains. So I made it a Q & A regarding hosting services.

Hosting Speed and Response Time Question – What Hosting Company is the Best


Hi Brent, are you still using these guys. I have been finding that their response time is not great for page loads etc. Here are some comments on their hosting service. I think I am going to switch everything over to GoDaddy. However when you look at feedback for GoDaddy, it is not great either.  Who are you using these days?


It’s all very subjective and response time on servers completely depends on the design of the site. Some webmasters add too much Java script, rolling images, big images, complicated designs, are just “too  much stuff” – etc. etc.
Our main sites that we rely on for income are on Godaddy because over the years I’ve had less downtime with them.
That said though, I have sites that are with different hosts in case Godaddy has a big shut down, we will still make money from that site. We also use IXhosting and Mocha Host for redundancy purposes as well.
One thing that applies no matter what hosting service you use is how you setup your site and pages. If you are using the WordPress platform try to use fast loading themes with allot of white space, and images that are light in color and size.
There is no real FOR SURE option with hosting, because we are talking about machines, and machines break down sometimes – it’s guaranteed. You know……..like humans – 😉

Cheap Reliable Web Hosting – Oh Really?

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

UPDATE: I’m using SiteCloud for my higher traffic blogs now. You will some day need a REAL hosting company too, so you might as well start with the right one. WHY? – because SiteCloud uses cloud hosting AND the normal C-Panel for ease of use. 

Cheap and reliable web hosting, you would think, is easily available with some simple searches in Google, MSN, Yahoo, etc. – oh really?

I have used over a dozen different hosting companies for my web sites and blogs for over 5 years now, and I have been burned badly by some of them, and some of these companies are in the so-called “top ten”. (more…)

Review Hosting With Host Gator

Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

I’ve been using Host Gator (and moving old Startlogic and Website Source sites to them too) for all my hosting services.


1) Host Gator servers are faster.

2) Host Gator customer service is better.

3) Host Gator cron jobs are easier to setup.

4) Host Gator will let me run ANY kind of site I want. (do you understand).

5) Host Gator mysql databases are running smoother.

The list is getting larger too. Logging in is way faster too. Some of these hosting companies sites load like tractors!


Website Source Hosting

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

This is not really a review for Website Source hosting as it is a place to put my affliate link for their commissions. As most of my readers and friends know, I use Website source for over 30 of my web sites and blogs.

They charge me $4.95 per month for hosting on 4 seperate domains. These are not sub-domains – they’re seperate domains. Their servers are fast, their online chat customer service has bailed me out many times, and their downtime is almost never.

So use this link and make me a nice little commission……or………..don’t.

Affordable Website Hosting Services



Setting Up Your Database Using Startlogic Hosting

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

Had the odd question on how to setup a database using Startlogic hosting. I answer that here:

Once you have your database setup, you need:

– the database name
– your created database username (I make it the same as the database name for ease)
– your created password

Just leave the localhost as is if you’re using Startlogic hosting.

With the above information you open your WordPress “wp-config.php” file and amend the above information. Then upload the file to your hosting server where your “index.php” file is (WordPress root folder)

Then all you need to do is go to:

…..and follow the WordPress online install guide.

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