There are many website hosting services available. I consider myself fortunate for getting started with Bluehost. Many sites I publish is hosted with Bluehost. I also use HostGator for other sites.
This is an account of my personal experience with Bluehost.
My Personal Bluehost Customer Support Example #1
When I started building websites, I had no idea what I was doing. I just wrote and wrote and wrote. As time went on, I discovered techniques for improving my SEO, conversion, and website design.
I remember distinctly having two websites with about 50 to 60 pages of content I spent months writing. Then I decided I wanted a different domain name for one of my sites. My problem was I had no idea how to migrate a website to a new domain.
I had nowhere to go except my web host service which was and is Bluehost. I called them up, was on hold for 10 seconds or so, and was politely introduced to a technical support representative. I explained my situation. He responded with a “no problem” and asked if I had about 20 minutes to take care of the operation. I had all the time in the world if he could help.
This Bluehost customer support rep took the reins and within 20 minutes or so had migrated my entire website to my new domain name without a hitch.
My Personal Bluehost Customer Support Example #2
I've done some stupid technical stuff with my websites as I've learned to build websites. One day I absent-mindedly re-installed WordPress on an established website with a lot of content. When you re-install WordPress over a site, you lose the entire site. That's what happened to me. Months of effort vanished in seconds.
I decided to call Bluehost to see what could be done. Fortunately, Bluehost had automatically backed up that site about a week before. Long story short, the kind Bluehost technical support rep was able to restore my entire site I had lost. This operation took about 50 minutes (I was told not to count on Bluehost to have a recent backup – but in this case they helped me tremendously).
Bluehost's Prompt Customer Service
Not all hosting companies are equal when it comes to customer support. I know, because before I signed up with Bluehost, I had some domain names registered with another very popular hosting service. Now, in the website hosting business, one goal is to get customers to register domain names with their service because the chances that customer will then open a hosting account with them is high.
But, this previous hosting service completely dropped the ball in two ways with me.
First, I needed a little help with managing my domain names registered with their service. I called them and was on hold for 20 minutes. This was a real drag.
Second, their user interface was pretty complicated. In fact, I could never figure out what I needed to do.
At the time I called this hosting service for help with my domain names registered with them, I was looking for a hosting company to open an account to host my websites. Because I was frustrated with being on hold and the poorly designed user interface, I started researching other hosting services.
I read a blog post by a blogger who seemed to know his stuff. He didn't go on and on about all the features Bluehost offered (after all most hosting services offer pretty much the same features). Instead, this blogger went on and on about how Bluehost's customers service was so great. He specifically commented about rarely being on hold for telephone support longer than a minute.
I was practically sold at that moment. I did a little more research and learned that WordPress recommends Bluehost for hosting WordPress websites and blogs. That did it – I was sold – but was going to give Bluehost a test call about their customer service.
I called their sales department and wasn't on hold longer than a few seconds. I asked some questions; they answered my questions politely. I signed up with Bluehost that day.
Since then, I've called Bluehost many times for help. If they are able to help, they roll up their sleeves, dig into my account, and help out. I also use their live chat support often, which often quickly resolves minor issues or questions I have. At the end of the day, their customers support has a “can-do” attitude and they are sufficiently staffed to provide prompt service and support.