Confirmed... Bluehost has reconfigured PHP and switched to Blue lock on all accounts less than Pro level
Yeh, budget hosters can turn from good to bad overnight.
You are not the only one complaining:
Did see on WHG some good reviews for webhostinghub.com
They (WHG) also link to a promo discount page:
Not bad specs. i did see.
Softaculous app installer.
Free SSL Cert.
Presumably they are paying to be listed on Portland Labs' site. Regardless, perhaps this arrangement needs to be re-evaluated.
Can you explain more about what this "Blue Lock" means, @barkingtuna?
Well they're not on our budget hosting page now. ;)
I do know that EIG was a major investor in WordPress's last round.
I know they bought up BlueHost along with so many others before that.
If you have an existing concrete5 site with them and they've somehow changed configuration to break it on you, please do yell at them till they fix it. If you're getting nowhere, pm me details.
I'm having a similar problem.
I've been with Iomart since the mid 90s who became Easyspace on the hosting side. For the last 12 months I've found that editing has been really hit and miss.
I changed to C5 a year ago because my JS wasn't showing up. It took them 12 months to agree it was their fault and recommended C5.
They now tell me that all their security locks are keeping me out as they " think " I'm a hacker. They now recommend a VPS but more money to push on a client.
When I do the rounds of the low budget hosting companies and there are hundreds of them, they all say you need a VPS with C5.
I strongly believe it's just a way of getting more money. After all, it wasn't a problem when I first started.
Thanks for listening.
@frz, maybe add them to your list?
Although I've not directly taken out hosting myself with Bluehost, I've had to administer quite a lot of accounts for clients. I've seen:
- cPanels that error randomly for days
- A server that has crashed completely and wasn't brought back online for 3-4 days
- customised cPanel setups that have talked about being 'old/deprecated' for years
- non-standard cPanel features, that appear to then encourage unnecessary plan upgrades
- PHP versions that are old and/or not working
So although they are cheap and can be quite reliable if you are lucky, I've personally encountered lots of problems. The SSL policy just seems backwards too.. I believe they offer free SSL certs for Wordpress installs, but not if you plan to use anything else.. you still need a static IP address and can't install the certs yourself.
We run 4 different reseller accounts through 4 different providers here in Australia, but regularly work with all sorts of setups across the world.
I tell you what works really well for us - a _standard_ cPanel setup on a regular Linux server (CentOS or CloudLinux or similar). I don't mind if servers want to brand their cPanel/WHM headers/footers, but as soon as they create their own heavily customised panel and want to lock common features, it's always ended up a mess.
- standard PHP setups
- the ability to log into WHM and cPanel and it just be a vanilla setup.
- SSD drives, or equivalent speeds
- the ability to write normal .htaccess rules
- a quality server backup integration (like R1Soft) installed
- support that I can ring and get someone within a few minutes, or at least will respond to email tickets within half an hour or less (and then be able to talk tech straight away)
One other recommendation for a US based hosting could be:
I have one client using them and it's been very standard and reliable hosting so far. I found them through Reddit recommendations.
EDIT: 5 months later and they still don't get it :l