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Is Bluehost fast? Bluehost Page Speed Stats

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 NameBasic Shared
Cost$9.99/month
Disk Space50 GB
BandwidthUnlimited
Uptime GuaranteeNone
Money-Back Guarantee30 days
NotesSite 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.

Page Speed Test

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!)

Measuring page speed with WebPageTest.org


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 Page Speed Test Results

Bluehost (full benchmark) performs great in the Page Speed test, with an average result of 3.10 seconds. Its best run was 0.30 s, but has been as bad as 9.17 s. Bluehost's most recent result on Feb 20 was 2.97 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:

Recent Raw Results for Bluehost

Date Location Load time TTFB Fully loaded Speed index Keep-alive Score Compress Score Caching Score
2017-02-20Dulles, VA3.3s0.4s3.4s1.3sAAF
2017-02-20San Jose, CA2.6s0.3s2.7s1.1sAAF
2017-02-19Dulles, VA2.9s0.3s3.1s1.3sAAF
2017-02-19San Jose, CA2.9s0.2s2.9s1.1sAAF
2017-02-18Dulles, VA3.9s0.4s4.1s1.5sAAF
2017-02-18San Jose, CA2.8s0.2s2.9s1.1sAAF
2017-02-17Dulles, VA3.5s0.3s3.6s1.3sAAF
2017-02-17San Jose, CA2.9s0.8s3.0s1.6sAAF
2017-02-16Dulles, VA3.5s0.6s3.6s1.3sAAF
2017-02-16San Jose, CA2.3s0.2s2.4s1.1sAAF
2017-02-15Dulles, VA3.7s1.3s3.9s2.1sAAF
2017-02-15San Jose, CA2.8s0.3s2.8s1.2sAAF
2017-02-14Dulles, VA3.2s0.3s3.4s1.5sAAF
2017-02-14San Jose, CA2.8s0.4s2.8s1.4sAAF
2017-02-13Dulles, VA3.6s0.3s3.8s1.3sAAF
2017-02-13San Jose, CA2.5s0.5s2.6s1.4sAAF
2017-02-12Dulles, VA3.3s0.7s3.5s1.5sAAF
2017-02-12San Jose, CA2.3s0.3s3.1s1.1sAAF
2017-02-11Dulles, VA7.2s2.7s7.4s3.8sAAF
2017-02-11San Jose, CA2.8s0.3s2.8s1.1sAAF
2017-02-10Dulles, VA5.0s1.1s5.1s2.3sAAF
2017-02-10San Jose, CA3.1s0.5s3.1s1.3sAAF
2017-02-09Dulles, VA3.5s0.7s3.7s1.7sAAF
2017-02-09San Jose, CA2.3s0.3s2.4s1.2sAAF
2017-02-08Dulles, VA4.6s0.7s4.7s2.0sAAF
2017-02-08San Jose, CA2.9s0.7s2.9s1.4sAAF
2017-02-07Dulles, VA4.1s0.3s4.2s1.7sAAF
2017-02-07San Jose, CA3.1s1.1s3.1s1.9sAAF
2017-02-06Dulles, VA3.2s0.5s3.6s1.5sAAF
2017-02-06San Jose, CA2.6s0.5s2.7s1.3sAAF
2017-02-05Dulles, VA2.8s0.3s2.9s1.0sAAF
2017-02-05San Jose, CA2.9s0.8s3.0s1.6sAAF
2017-02-04Dulles, VA3.3s0.4s3.4s0.0sAAF
2017-02-04San Jose, CA2.4s0.4s2.5s1.2sAAF
2017-02-03Dulles, VA3.6s0.3s3.8s1.4sAAF
2017-02-03San Jose, CA2.9s0.2s2.9s1.5sAAF
2017-02-02Dulles, VA3.6s0.3s3.8s1.5sAAF
2017-02-02San Jose, CA3.1s0.2s3.2s1.2sAAF
2017-02-01Dulles, VA3.4s0.3s3.6s1.3sAAF
2017-02-01San Jose, CA2.7s0.2s2.7s1.1sAAF
2017-01-31Dulles, VA4.1s0.4s4.2s1.6sAAF
2017-01-31San Jose, CA2.8s0.2s2.8s0.9sAAF
2017-01-30Dulles, VA2.9s0.3s3.0s1.2sAAF
2017-01-30San Jose, CA2.6s0.2s2.6s0.9sAAF
2017-01-29Dulles, VA3.6s0.3s3.8s1.2sAAF
2017-01-29San Jose, CA2.7s0.3s2.8s0.9sAAF
2017-01-28Dulles, VA3.3s0.8s3.6s1.8sAAF
2017-01-28San Jose, CA2.9s0.3s3.0s1.1sAAF
2017-01-27Dulles, VA4.0s0.4s4.1s1.1sAAF
2017-01-27San Jose, CA3.3s0.3s3.3s1.2sAAF
2017-01-26Dulles, VA3.4s0.3s3.5s1.3sAAF
2017-01-26San Jose, CA2.6s0.2s2.6s1.1sAAF
2017-01-25Dulles, VA3.6s0.3s3.7s1.1sAAF
2017-01-25San Jose, CA2.4s0.3s2.4s1.1sAAF
2017-01-24Dulles, VA2.8s0.6s2.9s1.5sAAF
2017-01-24San Jose, CA2.6s0.5s2.7s1.4sAAF
2017-01-23Dulles, VA3.3s0.4s3.4s1.3sAAF
2017-01-23San Jose, CA2.7s0.3s2.8s1.1sAAF
2017-01-22Dulles, VA3.0s0.8s3.8s1.7sAAF
2017-01-22San Jose, CA2.4s0.3s2.4s1.1sAAF
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