Is Bluehost a Slow Host? A Comprehensive Guide to Optimizing Your Website Speed

Are you wondering if Bluehost is a slow host? The answer is yes, Bluehost is slower than many other servers, especially if you're on their cheap shared hosting that lacks server resources. That said, it's important to note that Bluehost (like other servers owned by the Endurance International Group) is a low to mid-range server. The parent company EIG is known for its very cheap but slow and poor quality hosting. It's possible that there aren't enough resources for your site, but most cheap hosts should be able to manage at least 1,000 to 2,000 visits a day without breaking a sweat.

The problem with upgrading to a better plan is that you're still with Bluehost. In an ideal world, we want the site to load in less than 1 second in the country where it's hosted. A second is the turning point where website loading starts to be instantaneous. Depending on what you're running on the site, that may not be possible: on a high-quality server, we can easily make the core of the site load in 600 to 800 ms, but if you have a lot of third-party tools installed, such as Facebook Ad Pixel, Activecampaign or some other CRM, Hotjar or Visual tracking software Web Optimizer or any third-party tool or code, it may be difficult to get it loaded in less than 1 second.

In general, around 1.5 seconds will be quite achievable and that is what we would say is acceptable in terms of speed. Charging time: This is the most important metric. Our goal is less than 1 second and when the page load starts to appear instantaneous, the page size is the total size of the page. Smaller is always better: a site with a lot of images usually takes between 1 and 2 MB.

In this case, our page size is 502 kb (half a megabyte). It's common to see page sizes of 5, 10, or even 15 MB, which means that the site will be SLOW on a standard Internet connection.The fastest sites support between 50 and 100 requests. Once you have more than 200 requests, the site will start to look slow, especially on mobile devices, where there is less CPU power to process all the requests. To optimize your website speed and performance, there are several things you can do:

1.Use Caching

W3 Total Cache is free and by far the fastest caching add-on, but it's very technical to configure so it's probably not ideal for DIY enthusiasts (**IF you choose this path, ONLY use the browser and page caching; the database and caching of (Objects are not for use on Bluehost) Cloudflare has a network of more than 150 locations around the world, making it one of the largest CDNs and also one of the fastest.

2.Compress Images

Most of the images on your website can be compressed to a certain extent without loss of quality.

In many cases, they end up being between 20 and 50% smaller, which can make a big difference in charging speeds, especially on a slow connection.


The other advantage of using HTTPS is that it allows web browser software to use a newer, faster protocol for downloading assets from your website - HTTP/2 protocol. Check out this video that compares HTTP 1.1 with HTTP v2.However, the server you're on in Bluehost must be compatible with the newer protocol (older plans may not), but enabling Cloudflare will enable this compatibility (since Cloudflare supports HTTP2).

4.Upgrade PHP Version

PHP is the underlying programming language in which Wordpress runs and comes in several versions. Usually, you'll see version 5.6 (or lower) and versions 7.0, 7.1, and 7.2.Version 7.0 is approximately 30% faster than v5.6 and is easily supported by most sites created in the last 2 years. Versions 7.1 and 7.2 are another 10% faster than 7.0 so if your site is compatible with the latest 7.2 version you should definitely switch to that version.

5.Use WP Rocket

WP Rocket is a good plugin for WordPress users who are less tech-savvy or for those who are more DIY-oriented.

It's an easy to use add-on and will definitely give you an excellent performance boost - although it's a paid add-on it's very cheap and currently one of the easiest to use on the market.

6.Use W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache is a free add-on and one of the fastest out there - but it's definitely more technical and not that easy to set up so it's not ideal for DIYers.

7.Use Cloudflare

Cloudflare has a network of more than 150 locations around the world making it one of the largest CDNs and also one of the fastest.So if you're looking for ways to optimize your website speed and performance then these tips should help you get started! With these tips in mind you should be able to get your website loading times down significantly - even if you're using Bluehost as your hosting provider.

Faye Wakita
Faye Wakita

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