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Bluehost claims to have unbeatable technology, optimized hosting for wordpress, and genuine support. They have been around since 2003 and hosts over 2 million websites worldwide. Their data centers are located in Provo, Utah.

**I have purchased a hosting plan on Bluehost and set up a typical web site**. I use that example website to run these tests. Learn more about how I test.

Here's the plan information I chose:

Plan Name | Basic Shared |

Cost | $9.99/month |

Disk Space | 50 GB |

Bandwidth | Unlimited |

Uptime Guarantee | None |

Money-Back Guarantee | 30 days |

Notes | Site was ready within minutes after I purchased. Although when I signed up I was under the impression it was a monthly plan, but it was billed annually (at $83.40). They have called and left me several messages to 'verify' my account, but when I call back I'm placed on hold (so I hang up). I'm assuming they're just trying to upsell me, or my account will forever be in 'unverified' status. |

This test measures the total time it takes to load a standard web page. Lower is better.

This test is performed by submitting a typical web page served on the host to WebPageTest and recording how long it takes to load. This test web page is 56 KB of HTML, 287 KB of JavaScript, 51 KB of CSS, and 1,128 KB of images (these are typical according to the HTTP Archive). WebPageTest (a 3rd-party, vendor-neutral organization) uses servers located in Virgina and California to measure the page load waterfall in the latest version of Chrome, on a very fast internet connection. The test is ran 5 times each, and the middle (median) result is what is counted from each location. Then the east coast and west coast times are averaged, which should eliminate any bias due to server location. We're interested in first page load, not the repeat/cached view.

If you're really interested, I use the 'Load Time' measurement that's returned from WebPageTest for ranking page speed. I still collect other metrics such as TTFB
(time to first byte), fully loaded time, and the speed index, in addition to server setting scores which are translated to grades. You can see these detailed values in the "Raw Results."

This test is important if your site resembles a typical website and you're concerned about speed (which you should be!)

In September 2014 I updated this test to be more accurate, and you'll notice page speeds were a bit higher before then. The test used to be run only 3 times from one location using a simulated cable internet connection on Internet Explorer 11. The new method provides much more consistent results.

**Bluehost (full benchmark) performs above average** in the Page Speed test, with an average result of **3.09 seconds**. Its best run was 0.30 s, but has been as bad as 9.17 s. Bluehost's most recent result on Jan 18 was 3.19 seconds. Bluehost is usually pretty inconsistent with its page speeds - sometimes quicker than other hosts, sometimes slower. Its slowest times are usually when accessed from the east coast. While they do optimize connections and compress images, they fail to set caching properly for repeat views.

Let's see if Bluehost is consistent in its page speed stats:

Date | Location | Load time | TTFB | Fully loaded | Speed index | Keep-alive Score | Compress Score | Caching Score |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

3.8s | 0.3s | 3.9s | 1.5s | A | A | F | ||

2.6s | 0.2s | 2.7s | 1.1s | A | A | F | ||

3.9s | 0.3s | 4.0s | 1.0s | A | A | F | ||

2.8s | 0.2s | 2.9s | 1.1s | A | A | F | ||

3.4s | 0.5s | 3.5s | 1.2s | A | A | F | ||

4.1s | 0.3s | 4.5s | 2.8s | A | A | F | ||

3.4s | 0.4s | 3.5s | 1.7s | A | A | F | ||

2.7s | 0.2s | 2.7s | 1.0s | A | A | F | ||

3.0s | 0.3s | 3.1s | 1.2s | A | A | F | ||

2.5s | 0.4s | 2.5s | 1.4s | A | A | F | ||

3.4s | 0.5s | 3.6s | 1.4s | A | A | F | ||

3.1s | 0.5s | 3.1s | 1.3s | A | A | F | ||

3.8s | 0.3s | 4.2s | 2.0s | A | A | F | ||

2.5s | 0.4s | 2.6s | 1.3s | A | A | F | ||

3.7s | 0.4s | 3.8s | 2.1s | A | A | F | ||

2.5s | 0.3s | 2.6s | 1.0s | A | A | F | ||

3.7s | 0.3s | 3.8s | 1.1s | A | A | F | ||

3.2s | 0.2s | 3.2s | 1.0s | A | A | F | ||

3.4s | 0.7s | 3.5s | 2.0s | A | A | F | ||

2.4s | 0.4s | 2.5s | 1.3s | A | A | F | ||

4.0s | 0.4s | 4.2s | 1.2s | A | A | F | ||

2.3s | 0.3s | 2.3s | 1.2s | A | A | F | ||

5.4s | 0.4s | 5.6s | 1.4s | A | A | F | ||

2.6s | 0.5s | 3.6s | 1.4s | A | A | F | ||

3.8s | 0.4s | 4.0s | 1.1s | A | A | F | ||

2.7s | 0.2s | 2.7s | 1.1s | A | A | F | ||

3.4s | 0.5s | 3.5s | 1.4s | A | A | F | ||

3.8s | 0.3s | 3.8s | 3.6s | A | A | F | ||

3.7s | 0.4s | 3.9s | 1.4s | A | A | F | ||

3.2s | 0.8s | 3.2s | 1.5s | A | A | F | ||

3.1s | 0.3s | 3.2s | 1.5s | A | A | F | ||

2.8s | 0.2s | 2.9s | 1.4s | A | A | F | ||

4.7s | 0.4s | 5.7s | 1.2s | A | A | F | ||

2.3s | 0.3s | 2.4s | 1.2s | A | A | F | ||

3.6s | 0.3s | 3.8s | 1.4s | A | A | F | ||

2.3s | 0.3s | 2.4s | 1.1s | A | A | F | ||

3.3s | 0.7s | 3.4s | 1.6s | A | A | F | ||

2.7s | 0.3s | 2.7s | 1.1s | A | A | F | ||

3.9s | 0.4s | 4.1s | 1.6s | A | A | F | ||

2.5s | 0.4s | 2.5s | 1.2s | A | A | F | ||

2.9s | 0.4s | 3.0s | 1.3s | A | A | F | ||

2.3s | 0.2s | 2.3s | 1.2s | A | A | F | ||

2.8s | 0.5s | 3.0s | 1.3s | A | A | F | ||

2.8s | 0.3s | 2.9s | 1.0s | A | A | F | ||

3.2s | 0.5s | 3.4s | 1.4s | A | A | F | ||

2.3s | 0.3s | 2.3s | 1.2s | A | A | F | ||

4.5s | 0.3s | 4.7s | 1.4s | A | A | F | ||

2.4s | 0.4s | 2.4s | 1.2s | A | A | F | ||

3.9s | 0.3s | 4.2s | 1.3s | A | A | F | ||

3.0s | 0.2s | 3.0s | 1.1s | A | A | F | ||

3.9s | 1.2s | 4.1s | 2.2s | A | A | F | ||

2.6s | 0.6s | 2.6s | 1.3s | A | A | F | ||

3.4s | 0.4s | 3.5s | 1.6s | A | A | F | ||

2.7s | 0.7s | 2.7s | 1.7s | A | A | F | ||

3.5s | 0.4s | 3.6s | 1.3s | A | A | F | ||

3.0s | 0.2s | 3.1s | 1.0s | A | A | F | ||

8.0s | 0.6s | 8.3s | 1.8s | A | A | F | ||

2.7s | 0.2s | 2.7s | 1.7s | A | A | F | ||

5.7s | 0.4s | 6.0s | 1.5s | A | A | F | ||

2.8s | 0.2s | 2.8s | 1.0s | A | A | F |

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