The large web hosting company BlueHost launched reseller hosting service in 2011. For this newly launched service with only 2 years' history, many webmasters hesitate and wonder whether it is as good as the company's shared hosting.
To get rid of the confusion, we have carried out a comprehensive review on BlueHost reseller hosting price, features, control panels, performance and technical support. On the basis of that, we have made careful ratings on several important aspects. Details are as following.
BlueHost has 3 web hosting packages designed for resellers, which are named Sky Blue, Electric Blue and True Blue. Coming with different amounts of disk space and transfer speed, the 3 packages are available from $19.95/mo, $49.95/mo and $99.95/mo respectively. All reseller hosting accounts have access to 1 free domain name.
Read detailed information of the packages in the following table.
|Sky Blue||Electric Blue||True Blue|
|Disk Space||100 GB||250 GB||500 GB|
|Transfer Speed||15 Mbps||25 Mbps||35 Mbps|
According to the table above, the Sky Blue is a proper choice for a new reseller hosting business, and True Blue is suitable for resellers who have a fairly large business and run a large number of client accounts and websites.
BlueHost offers rich features in all of the 3 reseller hosting packages. The company allows resellers to set unlimited client accounts, add unlimited domains and subdomains, build unlimited MySQL databases, and set up an unlimited number of FTP accounts. Some other highlighted features are as listed and explained below.
- full email functionality, including unlimited email accounts, free spam protection, webmail interface, autoresponders, email forwarding, and unlimited email aliases.
- private name servers, which help resellers look more professional. besides, they have no need to contact all clients when moving to another server.
- multiple language support, which gives resellers the possibility to set the native languages for different regions to increase sales.
- free access to simplescripts, with which resellers can offer their customers with auto installation service for most of the popular cms.
- free website builder, which makes it a drag-and-drop process to build a new website.
- free billing system, which enables resellers to easily manage customers' billing information.
BlueHost reseller hosting packages include an intuitive and flexible admin panel which gives resellers full control over WHM (WebHost Manager), cPanel, billing information and the support for WHM clients. The admin panel also comes with advanced client management features and billing software.
The client control panel that resellers can offer their own clients is a customized cPanel. With the ability for easy automated point-and-click website management, cPanel has been a leader in the market of web hosting control panel. Using this control panel, clients are able to quickly manage website files, server administration, email settings, domain names, website statistics, and more.
BlueHost owns and operates 3 US based data centers to ensure that all the hosted websites are well backed by the company itself. The company builds its own high performance dual quad processor servers and equips all the data centers with UPS power, diesel generators and 24×7 server monitoring.
As we have monitored in the past few years, the company have achieved a good uptime – even more than 99.9%. Below is the monitored uptime of BlueHost in the past 30 days.
The technical support from BlueHost is available 24×7 for customers to contact the support team for help at any time they are stuck on technical problems. Resellers can choose any one of 3 ways – phone, live chat, and email – to send their support requests which are guaranteed to be responded in an average of 30 seconds.
In addition, BlueHost has a getting-started wizard to guide new resellers through all the necessary steps including setting up their accounts and configuring name servers. The automated helpdesk also includes free video tutorials and a knowledgebase.
Is It Worth Purchasing?
Yes. According to our review, BlueHost reseller hosting service is affordable, rich-featured and reliable, which makes it a good platform for web hosting reselling. Personally, we recommend business starters going with the Sky Blue package to build a brand with ease.