Hosting a website involves carefully weighing a great number of disparate factors, such as search engine optimization (SEO) and security, in addition to the amount of expected visitors per month, the type of content hosted on the website, etc.
More importantly, a website is more than just a collection of data. It’s an amalgamation of many different but essential components that help you provide a cohesive and professional experience to all visitors. There’s the database, which is home to all your data. An email service to help you communicate with your clients. A properly configured web server that ensures visitors to your website have a seamless and smooth experience when accessing the different parts of your website. Even apart from that, there’s a whole other piece of analytical information that can help you get a better understanding of your visitors.
A control panel, such as cPanel provides an intuitive user interface that helps you manage all these different yet intricate components of your website, without overwhelming you. Whether it’s creating or managing email accounts, installing software, managing backups, checking visitor stats, or otherwise performing administrative tasks, cPanel can be used to easily manage all these different operations from the comfort of a web browser.
You can gauge the popularity of cPanel from the fact that just about all hosting providers offer it as the default control panel to manage their services. Not only that, many times, hosting providers receive poor reviews for featuring non-standard control panels, by which we mean a control panel that’s quite different from cPanel.
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There are two fundamental methodologies for deploying a website. The first is to host it by yourself. This is a far more complicated and involved process, and involves not just hunting after the right hardware to deploy your server, but also ensuring its maintenance and upkeep. You’ll also have to bear the responsibility of applying security patches, updating and securing essential components such as PHP, etc. Even after all that, you are also responsible for the operating system as well as all the other software that’s installed on the server, and have to ensure the safety and security of your data.
The alternative is to opt for a web hosting solution, so that the task of setting up and maintaining the server is handled by professionals.
Apart from various configurations of storage space, RAM, choice of shared hosting, dedicated hosting or VPS hosting, many hosting providers also let you choose the underlying operating system, be it Linux or Windows.
As cPanel is only available for managing Linux powered servers, Linux hosting is often referred to as cPanel hosting.
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Bluehost (opens in new tab) offers the choice of shared, VPS and dedicated hosting. It also has special plans if you wish to host a WordPress website or a WooCommerce powered online store.
Unlike many other hosting providers, Bluehost’s cheapest offerings are still rather impressive, and include 50GB storage space, free SSL certificate, free domain name (for the first year) and even free CDN, which most of its peers reserve for their premium plans. Bluehost provides very limited information about each of the shared hosting plans on the main page, but you can view the complete list of its offerings by clicking the ‘Auto renews at regular rates’ link. This will reveal that at $2.95/month, the Basic plan limits you to five email accounts, and caps the storage size for each to only 100 MB.
Also, while the shared hosting plans are cheapest when you purchase a three year subscription, future renewals are far more expensive.
The Choice Plus plan supports unlimited email accounts and can be used with as many domains as you need. It also includes site backup, domain privacy and protection but will cost you $5.45 a month over 36 months. While this might sound tempting, keep in mind that renewals, after 36 months, will set you back by $14.99.
Bluehost’s Standard VPS plans starts at $18.99, if you purchase a 36 month subscription, and includes 2 CPU cores and 2GB RAM, along with 30 GB SSD storage and 1 TB bandwidth. but come with rather decent specs.
If the RAM seems insufficient, you could opt for the far more expensive Enhanced and Ultimate VPS plans, which will cost you $29.99/month and $59.99/month.
- Read the full Bluehost review