Is Bluehost Web Hosting Slow? An Expert's Perspective

Are you considering Bluehost for your web hosting needs? You may have heard that Bluehost servers are slow, but is this really the case? In this article, we'll take a look at the facts and provide an expert's perspective on the matter. Bluehost is a low to mid-range server owned by Endurance International Group (EIG). It's known for its very cheap but slow and poor quality hosting. If you're on their cheap shared hosting, you may experience slower speeds due to lack of server resources.

The ideal loading time for a website is less than one second in the country where it's hosted. However, depending on what you're running on the site, this may not be possible. On a high-quality server, we can easily make the core of the site load in 600 to 800 milliseconds. But if you have a lot of third-party tools installed, such as Facebook Ad Pixel, Activecampaign or some other CRM, Hotjar or Visual tracking software Web Optimizer or any third-party tool or code, it may be difficult to obtain loading times of less than one second.

In general, around 1.5 seconds will be quite achievable and that is what we would say is acceptable in terms of speed. The page size is also important; smaller is always better. A site with a lot of images usually takes between 1 and 2 MB. In this case, our page size is 502 kb (half a megabyte).

It's common to see page sizes of 5, 10, or even 15 MB, which means that the site will be SLOW on a standard Internet connection. The fastest sites support between 50 and 100 requests. Once you have more than 200 requests, the site will start to look slow, especially on mobile devices, where there is less CPU power to process all the requests.There are several ways to improve your website's loading speed if you're using Bluehost. W3 Total Cache is free and by far the fastest caching add-on, but it's very technical to configure so it's probably not ideal for DIY enthusiasts.

Cloudflare has a network of more than 150 locations around the world, making it one of the largest CDNs and also one of the fastest. Most of the images on your website can be compressed to a certain extent without loss of quality; in many cases they end up being between 20 and 50% smaller, which can make a big difference in charging speeds, especially on a slow connection.The other advantage of using HTTPS is that it allows web browser software to use a newer, faster protocol for downloading assets from your website - HTTP/2 protocol. However, the server you're on in Bluehost must be compatible with the newer protocol (older plans may not), but enabling Cloudflare will enable this compatibility (since Cloudflare supports HTTP2).PHP is the underlying programming language in which Wordpress runs and comes in several versions. Usually, you'll see version 5.6 (or lower) and versions 7.0, 7.1, and 7.2.Version 7.0 is approximately 30% faster than v5.6 and is easily supported by most sites created in the last 2 years; versions 7.1 and 7.2 are another 10% faster than 7.0 so if your site is compatible with the latest 7.2 version, you should definitely switch to that version.WP Rocket is a good plugin for WordPress users who are less tech-savvy or for those who are more DIY-oriented; it's an easy to use add-on and will definitely give you an excellent performance boost - although it's a paid add-on, it's very cheap and currently one of the easiest to use on the market.In conclusion, Bluehost servers can be slow compared to many other servers - especially if you're on their cheap shared hosting that lacks server resources - but there are ways to improve your website's loading speed if you're using Bluehost.

Briana Amster
Briana Amster

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