After 2 Years of testing, let’s package up all the Bluehost Test Results and find out how they’ve performed so far…
Bluehost Review – Testing Method
- Prior to testing, I have setup identical content on all 8 Live Test Sites
- Each week over 80,000 speed & uptime tests are run using independent tools, GTmetrix & Pingdom
- Test results below are from 04 Apr 2016 to 30 Dec 2017
Test #1: Speed
The GTmetrix Speed Test checks how long it takes for a website to fully load using a desktop internet browser. This test is then repeated every hour throughout the week (1,340 times).
- Bluehost’s average speed has been poor, consistently finishing in the bottom 3 hosts. When you ignore the results of the 2 hosts that have been removed due to unacceptable performance (A2 Hosting & DreamHost), Bluehost has been the slowest throughout the 2 years of testing.
- Bluehost is currently ranked in 8th place in our Speed Rankings.
H2 2017 Results
H1 2017 Results
View the Weekly Speed Tests
Test #2: Uptime
The Pingdom Uptime Test confirms that the website is actually accessible to visitors. This test is then repeated every minute throughout the week (80,640 times).
- Bluehost have performed poorly when it comes to Uptime. This was especially evident in Week 1, where downtime was 56 minutes; Week 55, where downtime was 63 minutes; and Week 57, where downtime was 65 minutes. In a promising sign, from Week 63 through to Week 89, Bluehost has restricted downtime to just 14 minutes total, which is the 2nd best performance across all hosts during this timeframe.
- Bluehost is currently ranked 7th in our Uptime Rankings.
View the Weekly Uptime Tests
Bluehost Review – Overall Test Results
The Overall Ranking accumulates the results from the speed & uptime tests to determine the #1 Host.
- Bluehost has been consistently the slowest of our active hosts. Combined with a less than stellar uptime has kept Bluehost towards the bottom of the table. The hope going forward is the improved uptime in the second half of 2017 continues into 2018.
- Bluehost is currently 8th in our Overall Rankings.