You’re wanting to start a blog or just host a website with bluehost, but you’re not really sure all the costs involved with it.
This article will take a close look at how much does bluehost cost per month and we’ll also cover some other things you need to consider.
I’m hosting this site and a couple of others with bluehost and have been with them for years, have chosen different hosting plans so no exactly what the monthly cost of bluehost is.
So let’s hop straight into this post, and answer your underlying question you have about bluehost monthly costs.
How much does bluehost cost per month?
The cost of bluehost hosting can start from $3.95/month, for their most basic plan when you sign up to a 36 month plan.
Although it is $3.95/month you’re expected to pay the full annual cost upfront. So if you do go for the special 36 month deal at $3.95/month, you’ll need to pay around $142.20 which is not that bad.
Besides the initial hosting cost, bluehost automatically upgrades you to domain privacy and protection for an additional 99cents per month, codeguard basic for $2.99 per month and also sitelock security for $2.99 per month. You only need domain privacy and protection in my opinion.
The domain registration is free when you sign up with bluehost, which is really good as domains can set you back an additional cost.If you opt for only a year of hosting, the basic plan can cost $5.95 per month, which will cost around $71.4 for a year. In my opinion it is more cost effective getting a plan over two or more years.
Does bluehost charge monthly?
Unfortunately when you sign up to Bluehost, you’ll need to pay the full annual upfront cost of the plan.
So, in short, Bluehost does not charge you on a monthly basis but expects you to pay the full annual costs for the period you wish to have hosting for.
So if you sign up for a 24 month plan, it means you’ll have to pay the full 24 months of the plan immediately before you get to use the hosting provider.
For example, if the monthly cost is $4.95 per month on a basic plan then you’ll be expected to pay at least $118.80 just for the hosting.
On top of this, there are other addons Bluehost recommends, which can increase this cost if you decide to add them.
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Which Bluehost plan should I get?
You need to pick a bluehost plan that will suit your needs! Bluehost offers a range of plans from basic, plus, choice plus and pro.
Each plan has different aspects to it that will suit an individual's needs. For example if you’re a beginner, looking to start your very own blog and you’re not sure how things will pan out, then I recommend getting the basic bluehost plan.
This plan allows you to build 1 wordpress hosted website and includes some cool other features listed below:
- 50GB SSD storage (huge for a text based website, embedding youtube videos and hosting your own images).
- Unmetered Bandwidth
- Free SSL Certificate
- Standard performance
- 1 Free Domain
- 5 Parked Domains
- 25 Subdomains
If you’re wanting to have more websites, then I recommend getting the plus plan which will allow you to create unlimited websites and includes pretty much the same features as the basic plan.
How much does a bluehost domain cost?
If you get a hosting plan with bluehost, they offer you a free domain as part of your purchase which is a really good incentive.
However, that only happens when you first sign up with Bluehost hosting. So I recommend you get at least 24 months worth of hosting, as after that when you renew your hosting you’ll be paying your hosting charges and your domain costs.
A typical .com domain costs around $12.99 per year with Bluehost if the domain is all you’re after, which is typical in my experience. They also offer .org, and .net extensions which is good if you’re not after a .com extension.
It’s definitely better to get hosting and then benefit from getting a free domain on top of this and that is what I did for a year worth of hosting.
After the initial year, I had to renew my hosting and had to pay for my domain as well (for each year I intended to have this website registered).
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Bluehost hosting renewal price?
So, what happens after your initial hosting is set to expire. Bluehost will automatically renew your hosting and domain for you, and they do this with the initial credit card you used to make your purchase.
They do this because they are under the impression that when you start a website, your intention is to keep it for as long as you say I don’t want it.
Bluehost hosting renewal price, will be at the regular price per month so if you chose the 36 month plan and paid $2.95 per month initially, your renewal cost will be $7.99 per month (which makes the renewal price around $287.64) which is about two times as much.
It can come as a major surprise to some bloggers, but just be aware that when you sign up initially you are paying the discounted special sign up rates.
Don’t forget to remove some of the add ons you don’t need, as that can easily make the cost skyrocket.
Can you cancel Bluehost at any time?
If you ended up getting hosting that you no longer need, then yes you can cancel your bluehost hosting at any time you wish.
It's really simple, all you need to do is contact bluehost email, phone or chat support during your hosting contract period to cancel.
You can do this near the end of your contract or immediately at the beginning. Luckily, if you wish to cancel your bluehost account within 30 days of your purchase you can be eligible for a full refund.
Another thing I want to add is that if you also end up having your hosting renewed and you were planning to cancel it. Then simply write to bluehost support and explain to them your situation.
I've found the bluehost support team really helpful and understanding, and often times I get assisted within 5 minutes or less through their online chat support.
I hope this article helped you understand the various bluehost pricing structure costs with the different associated plans they offer.
When I first signed up and started blogging, I probably should have looked deeper into how much bluehost costs (especially upon renewal).
If you have any questions about this feel free to pop it in the comments below.
But if you’re ready to start a blog with bluehost, then I recommend starting with the basic plan which is what I started on.
Also, I have a really cool detailed tutorial on how you can start your very own blog here: How to start a WordPress Blog on Bluehost.
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