Archive for July, 2013

Bluehost Blog Hosting is the Perfect Match for WordPress

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

bluehost-blog-hostingIt is estimated that one in five newly active domains is attached to a website that is powered by WordPress. This ubiquitous blogging platform has become the industry standard application for designing and managing weblogs. Because so many people want to use this versatile software BlueHost have optimized their service to make it compatible with WordPress sites for their customers.

The shared hosting deal from BlueHost is a simple flat rate that provides unlimited services that you often have to pay extra for from other providers. There is no limit to the number of domains that you can host on your BlueHost account and so you can keep as many blog sites as you want to at no extra cost. You can also install a large number of instances of WordPress and can have as many as 100 WordPress sites on one single account. The application is installed with a single click via the Fantastico script installation application in cPanel, the website management system that comes as standard with all BlueHost web hosting accounts.

WordPress is a very user friendly blogging platform that makes it easy to create anything from a simple blog page right through to complicated Content Management Systems (CMS). Because it is an Open Source application there are a huge number of plug-ins that allow you to quickly and easily extend the functionality of your site. There are also thousands of widgets, many of them for free, that you can use to add images, text and or any of a wide array of applications to the sidebars of your website.

Installation is a simple process but if you intend to install multiple instances of WordPress to a single domain you will have to create a database and a sub domain address to use. Otherwise, for single installations it is a simple matter of choosing the right domain and the Fantastico installer will create your new blog in its root address. Following that you will be able to manage your new WordPress blog straight from your domain’s administration dashboard without ever having to visit your website manager again.

Of course if you do encounter problems with your WordPress installation BlueHost’s technical staff can provide the customer support and advice to help you to sort it out. BlueHost also makes any WordPress upgrades available through cPanel within 24 hours of their release so that your website will always be running the best version of the script that is available. Upgrading your WordPress script is easy to do straight through cPanel and in most cases it won’t take longer than a few minutes to have the new version powering your blog.

There are other options for blogging platforms but few of them provide the power and flexibility that WordPress does. Because there is a huge community of users there is a good level of online support to augment the technical advice that you can get from BlueHost’s customer support team. When you consider the variety of themes, the range of proprietary plug-ins and the thousands of free widgets available it all adds up to make hosting your WordPress blog on BlueHost a sensible choice.

The Differences in the Price and Features of BlueHost vs. iPage

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

bluehost-vs-ipageBoth BlueHost and iPage are operated by the Endurance International Group and both have been around for a long time in the web hosting business but they offer very different sorts of web hosting services. Apart from the website management systems that they use, their prices and available extras differ quite a lot. Both offer a very reliable service with a good reputation and while the BlueHost package provides a wider range of software options iPage provides a very user friendly, straightforward service.

The most obvious difference is the price with BlueHost’s standard rate being only $6.95 as compared to the iPage rate of $8.49 per month. At the same time, the discounted rate at iPage is an amazingly low $1.95 per month for the first year which is far lower than the usual discount rate of $4.95 at BlueHost. Another factor is the amount of added extras that come with iPage accounts including $175 in internet marketing credit from Google AdWords, Yahoo or Bing search ads and Facebook advertising. The other extras that make up the $500 value that is advertised at iPage is made up of free access to ShopSite e-commerce software and the SiteLock online security suite. There is also a website builder and a premium technical support suite and a free domain transfer service for all new customers. While this may look like a lot of extra value it is matched by the standard inclusions in BlueHost shared hosting accounts. These come with a free website builder, online security applications and world class, 24/7 technical support directly from their service center in Provo Utah.

A major difference between the two web hosting services is what you get behind the scenes. BlueHost supplies users with the popular cPanel website management system while iPage uses vDeck. While for many people this may be a matter of preference the cPanel manager offers slightly more control and flexibility and comes complete with a full array of over 50 scripts that are ready to install. The vDeck website management system is more intuitive to use but it has fewer scripts available for installation. Even so, all of the most popular ones like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are included so that you can still create a very wide variety of types of website.

BlueHost also offers a slightly wider range of choice when it comes to the available e-commerce features, e-mail application and database support. For most users the differences between the two services will be pretty minimal but if you want to have as much control over the technical aspects of webhosting then you will probably want to go with BlueHost. On the other hand, for smaller, simpler websites or hobby bloggers the service from iPage provides a lot of value early on with the cost of the first year’s webhosting being under $25. They also provide a lot more free marketing credits if you think that you will need to give your new website a bit more of a kick start at the beginning.