Real Web Hosting Stats

I'm disgusted with fake hosting "reviews." Here are the results of real performance tests I run regularly on top shared hosts.

Is Bluehost reliable? Bluehost Uptime 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.

Uptime Test

This test is performed by measuring the % uptime of a host. Higher is better.

I use Pingdom to report website uptime. Pingdom is configured to make an HTTP request to the host every minute, and report if it is unreachable. It'll also report an error if the host takes longer than 30 seconds to respond (Yes, that's not actually down, but if your site takes that long to respond it is unusable in my opinion). Pingdom performs this test from at least 3 servers worldwide, and reports a problem if 2/3 servers do no respond.

This test is important if you are concerned about the reliability of your web host (this is important!)

Measuring uptime with Pingdom

Bluehost Uptime Test Results

Bluehost (full benchmark) performs mediocre in the Uptime test, with an average result of 99.92 percent. Its best run was 100.00 %, but has been as bad as 84.93 %. Bluehost's most recent result on Jan 18 was 100.00 percent. Bluehost had a terrible day back in August that's bringing their average uptime way down. Other than that they're usually pretty reliable.

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

Recent Raw Results for Bluehost

Date Uptime Downtime Outages Avg Response Time
2017-01-18100.000 %0 mins0733 ms
2017-01-17100.000 %0 mins0778 ms
2017-01-16100.000 %0 mins0763 ms
2017-01-15100.000 %0 mins0784 ms
2017-01-14100.000 %0 mins0738 ms
2017-01-13100.000 %0 mins0810 ms
2017-01-12100.000 %0 mins0822 ms
2017-01-1199.514 %7 mins2867 ms
2017-01-1098.542 %21 mins6828 ms
2017-01-09100.000 %0 mins0762 ms
2017-01-08100.000 %0 mins0677 ms
2017-01-07100.000 %0 mins0702 ms
2017-01-06100.000 %0 mins0715 ms
2017-01-05100.000 %0 mins0743 ms
2017-01-04100.000 %0 mins0779 ms
2017-01-03100.000 %0 mins0758 ms
2017-01-02100.000 %0 mins0685 ms
2017-01-01100.000 %0 mins0662 ms
2016-12-31100.000 %0 mins0656 ms
2016-12-30100.000 %0 mins0635 ms
2016-12-29100.000 %0 mins0654 ms
2016-12-28100.000 %0 mins0730 ms
2016-12-27100.000 %0 mins0728 ms
2016-12-26100.000 %0 mins0746 ms
2016-12-25100.000 %0 mins0749 ms
2016-12-24100.000 %0 mins0763 ms
2016-12-23100.000 %0 mins0768 ms
2016-12-22100.000 %0 mins0794 ms
2016-12-21100.000 %0 mins0710 ms
2016-12-20100.000 %0 mins0701 ms
2016-12-19100.000 %0 mins0769 ms
2016-12-1899.722 %4 mins1635 ms
2016-12-17100.000 %0 mins0701 ms
2016-12-1698.750 %18 mins3810 ms
2016-12-15100.000 %0 mins0694 ms
2016-12-1499.861 %2 mins1638 ms
2016-12-1399.306 %10 mins1633 ms
2016-12-12100.000 %0 mins0690 ms
2016-12-11100.000 %0 mins0572 ms
2016-12-10100.000 %0 mins0589 ms
2016-12-09100.000 %0 mins0583 ms
2016-12-08100.000 %0 mins0621 ms
2016-12-07100.000 %0 mins0595 ms
2016-12-06100.000 %0 mins0590 ms
2016-12-05100.000 %0 mins0578 ms
2016-12-04100.000 %0 mins0594 ms
2016-12-03100.000 %0 mins0602 ms
2016-12-02100.000 %0 mins0592 ms
2016-12-01100.000 %0 mins0585 ms
2016-11-30100.000 %0 mins0416 ms
2016-11-29100.000 %0 mins0406 ms
2016-11-28100.000 %0 mins0415 ms
2016-11-27100.000 %0 mins0398 ms
2016-11-26100.000 %0 mins0413 ms
2016-11-25100.000 %0 mins0388 ms
2016-11-24100.000 %0 mins0415 ms
2016-11-23100.000 %0 mins0412 ms
2016-11-2299.167 %12 mins3444 ms
2016-11-21100.000 %0 mins0416 ms
2016-11-20100.000 %0 mins0449 ms
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