5 Things You Should Know About Bluehost

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An interesting collection of facts even if you are not currently Bluehosting

What if I told you there was a company out there that registered 2% of the Internet’s domains, was run by a guy who has done missionary work in Taiwan, and even played a role in the 2008 Presidential campaign?  You’d be interested to know which company it was, right?

Sometimes, some of the most interesting companies aren’t the ones with the Googleplex’s – they can be found everywhere.  That is, if you know where to look – like if you’re looking at Bluehost, for example.

If you’re an avid fan and reader of Web Hosting Craze – you’ve already come across our Review of Bluehost:  you’ve read about the functionality, the pricing structure, and the glory of its “top-of-the-line control panel.”  You’re already aware of the features, but what about the behind-the-scenes action that seems to be driving this company and its founder, Intern-entrepreneur Matt Heaton?

Let’s dig a little deeper into this Web hosting provider known as Bluehost and see what else we can dig up.
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#1:  Bluehost Does Not Host Porn

I know I’ve already lost the pervs with this one, which is actually a great reason to start with the BlueHost dirt – or lack thereof.  This is in direct contrast to HostGator which, as we noted previously  (for more comparisons between the two, check out the post, Bluehost vs HostGator).

What’s the relevance of not hosting porn?  Well, if you’re like the reader known as Jon (you can see his comment at the top of the “Bluehost vs HostGator” comments section), you’ve lost international contacts in China because China blocks domain hosting companies that host pornography like HostGator.  Not good if you’re doing a lot of business in China – but good if you’re interested in Bluehost.

Bluehost is actually strict enough about this rule that it might suspend your site for a little while if a little porn finds its way onto your forum or blog comments – so be careful about what you let seep through.

Said Bluehost founder and entrepreneur Matt Heaton on his blog:

Bluehost does not and will not tolerate adult material of any kind on our servers. Sometimes profit comes second and personal responsibility and ethics come first. I am not telling other hosts to not provide adult hosting services, but I wish that they would come to that conclusion on their own.

Well said.

#2: Bluehost is Not Matt Heaton’s First Success

The aforementioned man in charge of Bluehost, founder and President Matt Heaton, is no stranger to cyberspace.  The thirty-something businessman describes himself as a “serial entrepreneur” and the claim stands up to the toughest of scrutiny.  Heaton opened Computer Warehouse when he was 21, which became a bit of a computer chain, added “Free50” later on, founded HostMonster, and then, in 2003, added Bluehost to his resume – though I’m guessing he doesn’t exactly need to use it often.

By the way, he also speaks Mandarin, has five children, and has been a nationally-ranked ping pong player.  Maybe he’s preparing for a run for Dos Equis’ next “Most Interesting Man in the World” campaign.

Hey, speaking of running for things…

#3: Bluehost Played a Part in the 2008 Presidential Campaigns

Heaton donated $500 to the Mitt Romney 2008 Presidential campaign, which in and of itself isn’t a controversial thing.  The move, however, raised a few eyebrows when an anti-Fred Thompson Web site known as “phoneyfred.org” showed up – and had been registered with Bluehost.

Said Politico:

The owner of the web-host provider used to launch an anti-Fred Thompson website is a donor to Mitt Romney’s campaign.

Matt Heaton, President and CEO of Utah-based bluehost.com, gave $500 to Romney in June.

Until earlier today, his company hosted the domain “phoneyfred.org” that included a trove of personal and political opposition research on Thompson.   But after I disclosed the anti-Thompson site just after Noon, the site came down.

Heaton declined to reveal who purchased the domain name.

“I can’t give out any information about site ownership,” he wrote in an e-mail.  “I don’t know why it was taken down either. That isn’t something I deal with and is also information we wouldn’t be providing to anyone but the site owner.”

Maybe this didn’t have a big impact on the campaign, but you have to admit it was interesting to see a Web hosting company walk into the fray.

#4: Bluehost is Hosting Over 1.5 Million Domains

…at least, according to Matt Heaton’s blog.

Congratulations to us!  Our organization is now hosting more than 1.5 million domain names and nearly 2% of all domain names in use on the whole internet.  I think that is amazing.  Thanks to everyone that uses and recommends our services.  Hope to post when we reach 2 million real soon!

2% of a market might sound like a small number, but how would you like to handle 2% of the domains registered on the internet?

According to Heaton, the initial goals of Bluehost were actually to reach only approximately 20,000 domains.  You don’t need a calculator to tell you they’ve already well surpassed that goal, now getting something in the neighborhood of 850 signups per day – perhaps much more.

#5: Bluehost Is Built on a Foundation of Success

As already noted, Bluehost is not the first successful brain-child of founder Matt Heaton – in fact, it’s only the more recent in what appears to be a very successful timeline of events in the young business leader’s life.

Some of the other ventures Heaton has pursued include Computer Warehouse, Free50, HostMonster, and even other non-business pursuits like missionary work in Taiwan.

But that’s not all.  Heaton has also written software to track Web traffic stats (“freestats.com”), improved it (“sitetracker.com”), started FreeServers.com, and started 50Megs.com.  How’s that for real-world experience?

Dan Kenitz is a former professional search marketing specialist based in Wisconsin and current freelance writer, commentator, and all-around entrepreneur.


  1. Kaye says:

    I really enjoyed this article. I have been using BlueHost for almost a year and overall am very happy with them. I had read elsewhere about their stance on porn sites and that was one of the top three reasons I ended up selecting their services. I have really appreciated all their help! The staff has all been wonderful and patient when I’ve had problems I needed to figure out, as well as when I was hacked!

  2. Denny says:

    I used BlueHost for one site in particular that was hacked from one shared account to another. I’m not quite sure how this happened but, this particular shell attack that was found on my BlueHost account (I was told by several hosting experts who read my server logs) could only have happened via an attack from another account (other than mine). Once I found this information, I dropped the account like a bad habit as this was one of the most frustrating experiences I have ever had with a hosting company in my decade of web programming. I will say this, BlueHost has an awesome c-panel and tons of features for the newbie or pro. I guess I’m just a little gun shy?

  3. Emory Rowland says:

    Denny, A friend brought this type of attack to my attention when I first started doing shared reseller hosting. He was actually able to simulate a successful attack on my account. My host put the open_basedir restriction in place to prevent this from happening. It is supposed to limit where PHP scripts can go and restrict any PHP script looking in or tampering with another users home directory. I am not sure if BlueHost uses anything like this or not. I would have thought so. It would be a good question to ask any shared host before signing on.

  4. paul says:

    yes very interesting! i hope he still looking after the company as well as hes playing ping pong!

  5. Scott Dennis says:

    Hey where can I get such a script as you are referring to Paul?

  6. Emory Rowland says:

    Scott, you may want to start here:

  7. IT Buzz says:

    Its really an awesome post. I am also Bluehost fan but i wasn’t knowing many of the things mentioned in this post. Thanks for sharing valuable knowledge.

  8. G.N.R.S.U says:

    i think bluehost is the best now

  9. 2/22/2010

    WE will change our hosting company to blue host within next few days.

  10. Razbet says:

    I’m still contemplating to move all my stuff to Bluehost, but I’m not really sure if they can help me to transfer my sites ….

  11. Nick Fury says:

    I have used Blue host for well over 5 years, The greatest feature I believe is Simple scripts under the “software and service” section of cpanel; The Free services are top notch and simple to install, Blogs, forums etc etc. I highly recommend blue host for there price, unlimited domain hosting, unlimited hosting space etc etc, I the 5+ years my sites I have had no problems as in down time or any technical issues.

  12. Nathan Reynolds says:

    Bluehost is a good hosting site and includes many forums.

  13. John Smithson says:

    Bluehost has enjoyed a well deserved reputation for decency. However it
    now seems that they are allowing websites to openly flaunt their terms
    of service and post Pornography, nudity and profanity openly. Along with
    defamation,and racial vilification as well as allowing the staff on the
    site to impersonate people to defame them.

    Despite HUNDREDS of complaints, from multiple sources, being lied to by
    the site owner, Three warnings and two suspensions, bluehost now seem
    to have changed tack and defends this site.

    Many links to the clear TOS violations have been sent to the TOS team.
    Some have been removed, but now action seems to have stopped.

    Bluehost proudly boasts about how many new sign ups they get each month
    yet seem to be afraid of losing the income from one account and are
    supporting a hate website that is in violation of MANY of the bluehost
    terms of service. The support staff have been very polite but seem
    unable to take action against this website that is violating their TOS
    daily. John.

    • Emory Rowland says:

      I would really like to know for sure if Bluehost has dropped the no porn rule since being bought out by Endurance International Group. It seems likely that a large holding company of many hosting brands might not be inclined to keep that policy.

  14. John Smithson says:

    It is very weird. After MANY abuse reports they have removed SOME of the pornography, yet they are allowing others to remain.

    To my amazement the tos support team have actually said that open images of porn like lesbians performing cunnilingus and male anal sex are NOT in violation of their tos? so there is nothing they can do?????

    The tos team have said that there has been no change in policy, but their actions seem to prove otherwise.

    They are tending to either ignore genuine complaints now or reply with a standard “thank you for your report” type answer, but cannot give me any answers as to why they are allowing a website to constantly and continuously violate there TOS, despite admitting to receiving HUNDREDS of complaints.

    I must say the tos staff have been polite and I thank them for this, but the lack of proper ethical action is worrying.

    • Emory Rowland says:

      John, on the terms of service page at bluehost.com/terms I see this. I wonder if Matt Heaton got any assurances from EIG that this would remain in the TOS after the sale. My thinking is that if they do remove it and it becomes publicized, they risk losing a number of the early Bluehost brand supporters.

      03.Prohibited Offerings. No Subscriber may utilize the Services to provide, sell or offer to sell the following: controlled substances; illegal drugs and drug contraband; weapons; pirated materials; instructions on making, assembling or obtaining illegal goods or weapons to attack others; information used to violate the copyright(s) of, violate the trademark(s) of or to destroy others’ intellectual property or information; information used to illegally harm any people or animals; pornography, nudity, sexual products, programs or services; escort services or other content deemed adult related.

      04.Profanity. Profanity or profane subject matter in the site content and in the domain name are prohibited.

  15. John Smithson says:

    Thank you Emory. A lot of what you say makes sense. I too wonder if the policy has changed, despite being informed by the tos team that it has not, their actions denote otherwise.

    Below is part of a chat with bluehost support staff. After being informed that they had received literally HUNDREDS of complaints from multiple sources they then try to defend the rogue website by telling me what can only be assumed to be lies.

    (16:23) [Rxxxx.] Please don’t persist in this. The only complaints we are getting are coming from you.
    (16:23) [John Smithson] Lets ask why you are allowing the Fxxxx word as well as the motherfxxx word
    (16:24) [John Smithson] Again please do not lie to me. tos support have said that you have received HUNDREDS of complaints from multiple sources
    (16:25) [John Smithson] I am probably the most persistent but there have been HUNDREDS of complaints
    (16:26) [John Smithson] I am very disappointed that you would openly lie to me. This only reinforces the thought that for some reason you are protecting this rouge website
    (16:27) [Rxxxx We have received complaints,

    In the past under the old regime, many sites were suspended for single violations, yet now we see a website posting multiple violations constantly and yet not only are they allowed to violate the terms of service but the support staff even seem to lie to protect them from being stopped.

    I think that bluehost has a lot of potential, but are destroying their hard earned good reputation by defending a hate website in this manner.

    It is almost unbelievable that the bluehost staff should act in such a manner but unfortunately they are.

    It is unethical and immoral for bluehost as a responsible host to act in this unprofessional manner and allow such massive TOS violations to continue.

  16. John Smithson says:

    More misleading comments by bluehost staff. To avoid enforcing their own TOS.

    I have no idea why they allow such things to destroy their good name built up over a long time.

    (0:1) [John Smithson] thank you. as EIG now owns bluehost has the TOS changed?
    (0:2) [John Smithson] bluehost had a rep for being strict on pornography and nudity yet they now seem to allow it?
    (0:3) [John Smithson] has the policy changed?
    (0:5) [Sxxxxx.] No our policy on bluehosts end haven’t changed.
    (0:6) [John Smithson] Despite bluehost receiving hundreds of complaints and many links to porn and nudity they seem reluctant to act
    (0:6) [Sxxxx.] Yes, but these are the policies put in place. To be honest I don’t think those will change either.
    (0:7) [John Smithson] the policies?
    (0:7) [John Smithson] the violation of many TOS is clear
    (0:8) [John Smithson] I cannot see why bluehost is not enforcing their TOS
    (0:9) [Sxxxx.] As soon as we are aware of the situation we enforce it.
    (0:9) [John Smithson] there is still currently pornography and nudity as well as sex acts being shown?
    (0:10) [Sxxxxx.] If we find someone with those on their site. It’s taken down.
    (0:10) [John Smithson] unfortunately this is not true bluehost has ample proof but will not act.

    • Emory Rowland says:

      @John, It sounds like they intended on keeping it in their TOS. This may be a case of losing the zeal to enforce it. I’m assuming you reported specific sites that were in violation?

  17. John Smithson says:

    @Emory. There is one website in particular that is doing this and I have reported many many tos violations with valid links to the posts.

    The website has now made itself a members only site, a good thing as the public including including children could see the nudity and pornography as well as gross “goetse” type posts, as well as a post that seems to contain an underage boy engaged in homosexual acts that the tos team said was not a violation??? This does not affect the obligations by the site owner regarding the tos.

    I have given the tos team my username and password so they can check
    the validity of the abuse reports. So there is no excuse for not acting.

    You may be right in that the tos team do not now appear to have the zeal or interest to do the right thing and enforce their OWN TOS.

    If the tos states the rules as it does and is not enforced then Bluehost is in fact breaching the trust of their customers and misleading them, as they have to agree to abide by the Tos.

    I believe that Bluehost is in many ways a good organization and this is quite unbelievable how they are acting to defend one bad site.
    One does wonder why.

    It may be that they have been conned by the owner and the staff on the site, as some of them are liars,hackers and scammers (self confessed)

    In a nut shell, there is more than enough examples and clear proof that the website is violating many of the terms of service, so there is really no excuse for not enforcing the rules .

    You have my email and I am quite prepared to send you many links to the violations of the TOS so you can see for yourself.

    I bear Bluehost no ill will but I do wish for them to actually enforce their own Terms of service.

  18. John Smithson says:

    Said BlueHost President Matt Heaton on his blog:

    ” Bluehost does not and will not tolerate adult material of any kind on our servers. Sometimes profit comes second and personal responsibility and ethics come first. I am not telling other hosts to not provide adult hosting services, but I wish that they would come to that conclusion on their own.”

    This I think is fantastic and got me interested in looking at Bluehost as a replacement for my website host.
    It certainly used to differentiate blue host from the rest in a positive way.

    Unfortunately, after the take over, it now seems that Bluehost has stopped this and will allow pornography and defamation etc to be posted at will.

    This is very sad, as the internet needs hosts of integrity and morals but alas it seems the mighty dollar has prevailed after all.

    I would much prefer to be singing the praises of an organization that stuck to its word, but in the case of Bluehost now it seems this is not the case.

    A very retrograde step Bluehost. IMHO

    • Emory Rowland says:

      Most hosts wouldn’t even put that in the TOS, so at least I do give them credit for having it in there. Who knows if they will leave it in or enforce it in the future. I know of one host reviewed on Clickfire that does not allow porn to be hosted and that is ClickHOST, in case you want to look into them.

  19. John Smithson says:

    It is indeed good that this is in their TOS. I applaud the sentiments expressed therein.

    However it becomes totally meaningless, unless it is enforced and applies to websites that violate its rules. And to everyone equally.
    To allow a website to openly flaunt their TOS is not right and needs to be addressed responsibly.

    It does unfortunately put a question mark on the ethics and morals of Bluehost when it allows its own rules to be violated on such a massive scale.
    It poses the question of how trustworthy they are when the chips are down and how reliable they would be if a customer needed assistance, would they also mislead them as they have done so clearly in this case?

    When an organization goes against its own rules in such a blatant manner it calls into question the integrity of that organization.

    Many large organizations start to lose income and suffer a loss to their shareholders when they lose their integrity and the trust of their customers. Take some of the large organizations recently whose shares have fallen dramatically, when their customers become disillusioned with them.

    Thank you very much for informing me about clickHOST I will check it out.

  20. Carel says:

    Thanks for thinking of us Emory. I’ve always held bluehost up as an example of a host, not allowing porn. ClickHOST is smaller and we can grow much faster if we allow porn, but we will never allow it. You can see our ToS here: http://www.clickhost.com/terms-of-service/.

    Hi John, feel free to contact us if you need more info on ClickHOST.

    Cheers, Carel

    • Emory Rowland says:

      Carel, I admire that position. I’ve always thought that taking the straight and narrow path regarding this issue could even be something of a selling point.

  21. John Smithson says:

    Thank you Carel It is gratifying to see that some hosts will do the ethical thing and consider their customers.

    If anyone asks about a new host I will certainly pass along the name of clickHOST to them.

    I have done some searching and found this post by Bluehost.

    This was posted by Bluehost:

    Bluehost does not allow the following:

    Pornographic sites – Pornography is defined by Bluehost to be sexually
    explicit pictures, writing, or other material whose primary purpose is
    to cause sexual arousal.

    Nudity (including photography and art sites) – Women must be wearing a
    top and bottom (not see through). Men must be wearing clothing on the

    Escort services – Even if your intent is to just have escorts for social
    occasions. (Dating services are allowed as long as they are kept clean.)

    Adult toy sites – Adult toys are any toys that are designed to be used
    in a sexual act.

    Sale of adult materials – such as magazines, and just about any other
    adult item.

    An exception is lingerie sites but these cannot show nudity or sell
    adult toys. If you have see through lingerie on your site then you must
    edit the pictures so that nudity is not shown”

    While many comments are made by the Bluehost staff saying they will immediately remove violations and take action against the site involved , unfortunately reality portrays a different picture.

    This comment was dated Tuesday, April 14, 2009.
    “You don’t even get that much customer support either for you to have. Most people feel that the Bluehost hosting customer support falls far below the bar of tolerance. It’s been known for Bluehost to just claim that issues are none of their business and not their problem.”

    WOW!! I am now getting EXACTLY the same types of response from Bluehost staff. who are now saying I have to report THEIR tos violations to the moderators of the website.
    Strange, as many of the worse violations are posted BY the MODS on the website. Although this is clear, as they are posted under their names.
    They are conning Bluehost and saying they are posted by trolls. DUH.
    It is of course the obligation of Bluehost to enforce their own rules.

    I would like to thank the admin here who is kindly showing a lot of patience and IMPARTIALITY and allowing me to post the facts about how Bluehost is really behaving.

    Some of the other so called “Independent” review sites do not seem to allow any genuine criticism of a host who they support, while claiming to be independent, so thank you it is greatly appreciated. John Smithson.

    • Emory Rowland says:

      Thanks for the clarifying comment, John, and also for the vote of confidence. Clickfire earns advertising revenue from hosting companies but that doesn’t stop us from allowing an open discussion to inform visitors in their decisions. Just for reference, it looks like the quote originated from this post: https://my.bluehost.com/cgi/help/234.

    • Carel says:

      Thanks John.

  22. John Smithson says:

    Thank you Carel.

    One of the things that greatly concerns me about how Bluehost is allowing massive violations of their Tos to go unchecked, is the danger to their customers.

    I have reported a couple of links to malware, one to a phishing virus in order to have them removed as they are in violation of the TOS and people need to be protected from malware posted by staff members of the rogue site who are self confessed hackers.

    I eagerly awaited the reply from the Bluehost tos team, their reply?

    “It is not a violation”

    I really shake my head in disbelief! The links are STILL there!

    It may be wise to look at another host if you are in the market, one that enforces its own Tos and will help protect you as a customer. Clearly Bluehost will not do so.

    I am removing the link as I do not want anyone to be exposed to a virus unlike the Bluehost TOS team who do not seem to care.

    If anyone wants to confirm this is true, I will email them the link, provided they are aware that it is viral and they know how to protect themselves.

    The viral link is posted by a supermod on the website.

    A copy of my report is below.

    I am sending you another link that shows malware openly being posted, again in violation of your terms of service, especially the PHISHING link that the FBI have been mandated to look at.

    For your necessary action. Thank you.

    http:// www. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (link to the violating website hosted by Bluehost, removed for safety)

    Report: Rescan | 24-12-2012, 09:12:26 GMT (13 hours ago)
    Domain: bit.ly (More Options ?) (Free Network Tools)
    Length: 6 characters
    MD5 Hash: 39812e6b66c899101c384e456ebfdfcf
    Zone: ly
    ISP: VeriSign Infrastructure & Operations
    Organization: VeriSign Infrastructure & Operations
    IP Address: (Scan with IPVoid)
    IP Hostname:
    IP Country: United States United States (US)
    Google Page Rank: 7
    Alexa Rank: 4636
    Domain Created: 2008-05-18 (5 years ago)
    Detections 3/30 (10.00%)
    Status detected DETECTED

    Engine Status Link
    SpamhausDBL DETECTED More Details
    PhishTank DETECTED More Details

  23. John Smithson says:

    I am very happy to say that the website has been suspended for a third time. (and hopefully the last time)
    It seems that some one at Bluehost is doing the right thing and acted and is to be commended.

    As Bluehost say they have a three strike policy, and the website now has had three official warnings and three suspensions as well as at least three cases of them lying to Bluehost.

    I hope that the website will be closed permanently and so stop all the Tos violations from occurring and hurting Bluehosts (until now) good reputation.

    I would much prefer to pat Bluehost on the back for doing the right thing than have to keep posting to get them to enforce their own rules.

    I look forward to Bluehost finally closing the bad site down permanently as I am sure we all have better things to do than spend time with an errant website. John Smithson.

    • Emory Rowland says:

      Thanks for staying on this and giving us an update John. If you hear any additional news, please let us know, thanks!

  24. John Smithson says:

    The bad website is offline as shown below. It says ” temporarily unavailable.” I hope that it will become permanent, but we will have to wait and see. They have made an encouraging start by suspending the website for a third time.

    There are still hundreds of violations I can report, so hopefully Bluehost will realize that the website needs stopping on a permanent basis.
    I will keep you informed of any developments I see. Thank you for your comments. John Smithson.

    “The website you were trying to reach is temporarily unavailable.
    Please check back soon.

    If you are the owner of this website, please log in for additional
    information or contact us as soon as possible.”

    On a side note, an unsuccessful attempt was made to hack into my PC that leads back to India, where the supermod on the site lives. This is the guy that has admitted to hacking.
    At least two links to malware including Phishing malware have also been reported to Bluehost from this rogue website.

    Their response? ” it is not a violation” Unbelievable response from a reputable host!

    I hope that Bluehost gets its act together and does the ethical thing and closes down this hate site.

  25. John Smithson says:

    So far the bad website is still suspended.
    I have not been informed officially by Bluehost that the site is closed permanently but it seems there is a good chance that it is.

    I would like to thank the Staff at Bluehost for taking action to stop the rogue website from posting more violations, although it did take a lot of effort they seem to have done the ethical thing and are to be commended for this.

    I would like to thank the owner of Clickfire for his patience and allowing me to post the facts of what has been going on. It is greatly appreciated. John Smithson.

    • 3/20/2013

      John, thanks for the kind words. I am thinking of doing some research and writing a post about this topic so you’re more than welcome to post back here if you find out anything further!

  26. John Smith says:

    Thank you Emory. I have a lot of data that I have not posted about this subject. I can send information to you via email if you wish.

    What has been so disturbing about this whole matter is that after sending links to very explicit pornography and nudity, I was told that these were not a violation of their TOS, when it is obvious by any reasonable standards they were.

    One of the disappointing aspects of dealing with Hosts and registrars etc is the fact of having to PROVE that the other party is violating the rules.

    Why these people would believe that abuse reports are made without just cause is beyond me.

    It is sad that anyone can post very bad things about others without any proof and have them published, yet the defending party has to jump through hoops to have the matter corrected. If there is any doubt, then the offending post should be removed until the issue is resolved. If not, then it is grossly unfair to the injured party to have the injurious post remain in view.

    Some one of bad intent can post derogatory comments with ease and in most cases impunity, yet the injured party has to PROVE that they are in the right or have been defamed. Why does the evil one not have to prove that what they say is true?

    Perhaps you may be interested in commenting about how unfair this is to the injured party? I think this is an issue that needs to be addressed by any responsible host, server or registrar. It is not until decent people agitate about this unfair practice that it will be corrected.

    Unfortunately quite a few administrators are not as ethical as they seem and will allow defamatory posts to remain for their own benefit, even though they know they are wrong. In the issue at hand the mods, admins and even the owner are guilty of publishing derogatory, unfair and totally untrue posts.
    What chance would a plain member who is the victim of such attacks have of defending themselves and stopping them, without the backing of ethical hosts etc.

  27. John Smithson says:

    “This Account Has Been Suspended”

    Thank you to all involved. it is good to see a bad website be closed down.

    • 3/21/2013

      Do keep us posted, John, especially if you hear any big news. Thanks.

  28. John Smithson says:

    Links do not go to Bluehost any more. The rogue website may be setting up with Hostgator now?


    Oops! Looks like the page you’re looking for was moved or never existed.
    Make sure you typed the correct URL or followed a valid link.
    This site is hosted by HostGator!
    Build your website today for 1 cent! Coupon code: “404PAGE”

    • Emory Rowland says:

      Ironically, these two hosts are owned by the same company.

  29. Tauseef Alam says:


    Bluehost, Hostgator, iPage and many other are part of the same web hosting group. That means not matter what web host you choose. You’ll get the same kind of experience.

  30. Ahmed Elgameel says:

    Thanks Emory for nice info!
    Bluehost is my favorite hosting provider and one of the things I loved about Bluehost is that they’re not hosting porn sites.

  31. Paulo says:

    Bluehost is my favorite hosting provider and nowadays they have servers in Hongkong.If your target market is from mainland China then i would advise you to host your web sites in Hongkong servers using Bluehost China branch.

    But unfortunately the Bluehost China company interface is in Chinese but once you get around the account and domain registration phase,you can switch the Cpanel language to English.There is a visual tutorial to get around that so don’t worry. Tutorial: ebizpursuits.com/web-hosting-china-create-wordpress-website/

  32. Mackman says:

    I am a daily user of Bluehost hosting, But there is problem that occurred in the cpanel. I wanna transfer My domain name in the other web hosting. how to transfer this. I know My question is very difficult but please suggest me its urgent.

  33. Katie says:


    After a failed attempt to cancel my renewal (due to some unknown issue) Bluehost have failed to honour their money back guarantee, stating yet more technical issues. They could neither explain the problem nor give even an estimated time frame for my refund, refusing to narrow it down to days, months or (shockingly) even years!

    Their customer support could barely understand what I was saying half the time, and the wait times for live chat were upwards of 10 minutes. When I asked simple questions they would ignore my question and simply rattle a scripted nonsense that had nothing to do with my query! If they didn’t like my question they would simply stop responding.

    I cancelled my hosting renewal because not only had the price increased 3 fold but their website was impossible to use. I had to ask a friend who builds websites for a living to help install wordpress as their one-click install didn’t work.

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