Bluehost charges for site migrations so is it worth signing up with them?

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If you currently have a website hosting company that you use and have been looking at other hosts to switch to, one of the ones you may have come across is Bluehost. After all, Bluehost is one of the top rated hosting companies in the United States, with a reported 250 million sites currently being hosted by them.

Before you switch your site’s hosting to Bluehost, however, you may want to look into what it means as far as your actual site migrations go.

Additional FeesĀ  — One big drawback is thatĀ Bluehost charges for site migrations to move your site from your old hosting company to them.

The problem with this is twofold. First, they charge $149.99 to move your sites. A charge that is very high for the few minutes of time it takes to do. Secondly, few other hosting companies charge for migrations so, if you go with Bluehost, you are paying for a service you could get for free elsewhere.

Bluehost charges for other things — On top of charging for site migrations, Bluehost also charges for backups, for site restorations should your site go down and for SSL certificates. When you factor in the cost of these, plus the cost site migrations, you could end up paying over $250 a year more for Bluehost than for other similar hosting companies.

Partial refunds — Bluehost is very fair with its refund policy, however. That means, even if you have signed up for their service, paid an annual fee, been with them for a couple of months and decided you do not like them, you can still get your money back.

In most cases, Bluehost pro-rates the amount of time you have spent with their company and then refunds you the money for the amount of time you will not spend with them.

Bluehost is recommended by WordPress — If you are running your site on the WordPress software program, you probably value the feedback of the people at WordPress themselves. That is one reason then why you should consider paying for Bluehost hosting.

After all, the company is not only recommended by the people at WordPress itself, but it is also recommended by many other people in the tech field.

Should you sign up for Bluehost even with site migration fee? — Before you make a decision about signing up for Bluehost, you should calculate how much it will cost you for the service you want with them. Then look for other similar hosting companies and calculate the cost with them as well.

Just be sure to include the cost of the site migration fee when you do so.