Bluehost Domain Registration Service Review

bluehost (opens in a new tab) is a popular domain registrar (opens in a new tab) and one of the leaders in its industry. The company currently hosts over 2 million domain names.

An entrepreneur by the name of Matt Heaton founded Bluehost in 2003. In 2010, Newfold Digital (formerly Endurance International Group) acquired Bluehost. Newfold is a web host (opens in a new tab) conglomerate that owns various web hosting services.

We tested Bluehost to give you a detailed and unbiased review. We rated the domain registrar based on specific criteria, including features, pricing, customer support, ease of use, and more.

Bluehost domain pricing

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Packages and rates

Bluehost charges variable fees for domain names, typically $10 to $200 per year. Domain names with generic extensions like .COM and .NET cost between $15 and $20 per year. These extensions are the most common that people buy, and Bluehost offers them at a relatively affordable price. However, some extensions can be expensive. Rare ones such as .CREDIT and .LOANS cost over $100 per year.

You need to pay $15 per year to enable privacy protection for your Bluehost domain. This protection blocks your contact information from the public WHOIS database.

Depending on your country of residence, Bluehost adds VAT (value added tax) to its base prices. This situation mainly concerns customers residing in the European Union (EU).

Domain registration fees are non-refundable on Bluehost.

Domain Features

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Features

A domain name is the first step in helping people find your website. It is therefore an essential consideration for any website owner. Bluehost allows you to register multiple domain names on one account. You can use multiple domains on different sites or direct them to a single website.

There are three classes of domain names available on Bluehost; original top level, country code and new generic top level.

Original top-level domains are the most common on the web; .com, .net, .biz, .info and .org.

Country code domains are those specific to a particular region or country, for example, .ca (Canada), .me (Montenegro), and .co.uk (United Kingdom).

New generic top-level domains refer to all other domain extensions except those listed above. This category is the broadest and most expensive on Bluehost. It mainly constitutes uncommon domains, such as .academy, .clinic, .clothing, .finance, etc.

After registering a domain on Bluehost, it will be wise to enable the auto-renewal feature so that it doesn’t expire even if you forget to renew manually. Any domain set to auto-renew on your account will automatically attempt to renew for another year (near its expiration date) using the card assigned to your Bluehost account.

If the auto-renewal charge is successful, you will receive an invoice via email as confirmation. If not, you will receive an email notifying you of the billing failure. If you fall into the latter case, you can always proceed with the manual payment in your Bluehost dashboard.

You should try as much as possible not to let your domain name expire as recovering it is a lot of work. If your domain expires, Bluehost will hold it for up to 30 days as a courtesy, pending renewal. After 30 days, it will be placed in what is called a redemption period. During this period, the domain name will be inaccessible to the public and cannot be registered elsewhere. You can still recover your domain at this point, but it requires a $70 fee on top of the renewal fees associated with it.

Bluehost does not offer refunds for domain registrations despite doing so for other services. Therefore, make sure you make the best choice beforehand. There is no going back once you have purchased the domain, which we consider a drawback of the platform. Many competing registrars offer refunds to their customers.

You can also transfer a domain name registered elsewhere to the Bluehost platform, but only for a few extensions; com, net, org, us, co, info and biz. Any domain you wish to transfer must be at least 60 days old with its registrar. The transfer process can take up to five days, so be patient.

Each domain name usually contains public information about its owner, and this information is accessible through the WHOIS database. However, you can prevent your information from being publicly available (for an annual fee) through Bluehost.

Interface and in use

Bluehost is pretty easy to use, starting from the signup process. Simply go to the official website and locate the registration form to create an account. You must select a product before doing this. Then you can buy multiple domain names from one Bluehost account.

Bluehost has a modern and easy-to-use interface that people without much technical know-how can easily navigate. It is therefore an excellent choice of accommodation for beginners.

Support

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Customer service

Bluehost offers customer support via live chat (opens in a new tab) and by phone 24/7 and via Twitter (@Bluehostsupport). There is also an official knowledge base with lots of details about navigating the platform.

The competition

Bluehost’s main competitors are Namecheap, GoDaddy, and Ionos. Bluehost offers comparable services to these competitors but offers more expensive plans, especially for low-volume users.

final verdict

Bluehost is a reliable domain registrar. Buying a domain name on the platform is simple and straightforward, as is transferring it from an external registrar. The company provides excellent customer support to its customers through live chat and full phone. However, we observed some drawbacks, such as the constant upselling to purchase additional services.

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