Bluehost Shared Hosting Registration Package Offer
Bluehost is one of the popular hosting companies recommended by WordPress from 2005 and offers variety of hosting services to site owners. Bluehost shared hosting plan is one of the popular package mostly preferred by bloggers due to the nominal price range. Since bloggers may not afford high hosting cost during the initial phase of site building they tend to choose shared hosting servers from companies like Bluehost. When you are registering with Bluehost for a new hosting account they offer a bundled package including two additional add-on services.
Generally Bluehost shared hosting registration package is offered with add-ons consists of the following two services (in addition to the basic hosting plan with cPanel access):
- SiteLock security
- Site Backup Pro
One may get confused with these additional two add-ons offer and in this article we will discuss whether you need those add-ons or ignore them and go for only the hosting plan.
Site Backup Pro
Site Backup Pro backups your WordPress site on yearly, monthly and daily basis and stores the files on the same Bluehost shared server where your live site content is also stored. It costs $1.99 per month when you want to buy it as an additional add-on service and backup databases, emails site files and the whole cPanel on daily basis.
Now that it may look attractive compared with the similar backup services available on market but the fact is really NOT! After using a while we found the following problems with Site Backup Pro offered with Bluehost shared hosting services:
- The backup file can’t be extracted both in Mac and Windows based PCs with always showing errors like below. This is definitely not an issue with archive utility, but the file is corrupted may be with the long unsupported file names.
- We also noticed the media files though in the backup never get downloaded to local PC.
- In case of any issues on server, the backup files will also get affected since they are also stored on the same server.
- There is no automatic cloud backup or sending files to Dropbox or any other cloud based storages for local using. The only possibility is to manually download the files from cPanel.
In our opinion it is not worth of taking such a risk on site backup files after spending money for this service. We use FTP to download database and site files which is a free and best manual way to download files to local storage.
The second add-on is the SiteLock security to protect your site from vulnerabilities. The plan offered with shared hosting pack is called “Basic Protection” which is the lowest level of all premium plans. It has very limited features and you need to upgrade to get additional features.
With the very limited features, we do not see the need of buying SiteLock security along with Bluehost shared hosting plan.