Bluehost hosts approx. 3% of all websites on the web (close to 300.000 sites) and is therefore one of the go-to hosting provider for a lot of people. Especially people who're using WordPress as their CMS. But what about people who don't want to use WordPress? Can they use Bluehost without using WordPress?
Yes, you can use Bluehost without using WordPress. Bluehost offers various hosting options that lets you manually upload your HTML, CSS, and Javscript files which lets you bypass WordPress completely.
Let's take a closer look at how it can be achieved and what its advantages are – plus a few other hosting providers you might consider without using WordPress.
How To Use Bluehost Without Using WordPress?
Chances are you think that Bluehost only offers WordPress hosting. That's not the case. Bluehost is a hosting company just like all other companies. You're not bound to WordPress in any way. There are lots of other CMS (Content Management Systems) such as Drupal or Joomla.
This site is hosted through Ghost and I'm very happy with it. There has been no issues with it whatsoever. If you want to take a look at what Ghost is, give my Start a Ghost Blog Guide a read.
What Bluehost does is they host your website files on their servers. That's all they pretty much do. Then it's up to you what you load onto your server (within reason). However, Bluehost promotes using WordPress allover their websites and they'll likely try to talk you into using WordPress.
Let's take a look at how you can use Bluehost without using WordPress:
- Choose a hosting plan. Bluehost offers a few different hosting plans but I'd suggest you start out with the Shared Hosting plan. It's much cheaper and will most likely suit your needs.
- Choose a domain name. When you've selected the hosting plan, find an awesome domain name for your blog. I've written an in-depth guide to choosing a domain name – give it a look.
- Fill out the account info. Bluehost will take you through a bunch of account information that you'll need to fill. Just go through the steps one by one until you reach the cPanel.
- Upload your files or choose a CMS. Select any other CMS but Bluehost or head over to your file manager and upload your website files. That's pretty much it. You've now used Bluehost without using WordPress.
Let's quickly run over some of the benefits of using Bluehost without using WordPress to figure out if it's even worth bypassing WordPress at all.
What are Some of the Bluehost Benefits?
Mkay, so we've run through how to bypass WordPress while still using Bluehost. Why go through all the trouble of using Bluehost and trying to bypass WordPress? Because Bluehost is amazing. Here are some of the benefits and features that comes with using Bluehost:
Great Customer Service Team
Bluehost's support team is amazing. If you don't believe me, head over to their live chat and try to connect with a support rep. They'll be in touch with you within 5 seconds. I'm not even kidding.
Very Cheap Prices
If you haven't used Bluehost before, you'll be in for a treat. Bluehost's hosting plans are starting from $2.95/mo and that's even including a free domain for the first year and an SSL certificate (although they're always free when using LetsEncrypt).
Scalable Hosting Plans
What's great about using Bluehost is that their hosting plans are highly scalable. It'll save you a lot of money when you're growing out of your current hosting plan if you're getting too much traffic (yeah, that's a thing).
3 Alternative Hosting Providers That Bypasses WordPress Completely
Chances are you've been discouraged from using Bluehost by this blog post. In that case, here are 5 other hosting providers that'll fit your needs better.
Like I previously mentioned, I'm using Ghost to host this website. It's been my go-to hosting provider for quite a while. If you're interested in using Ghost as well, here's my guide to starting a ghost blog. Ghost comes with lightning fast speeds and an amazing CMS that I really can't live without.
2. GitHub Pages
Both Bluehost and Ghost won't be free. It's very rare that anything in life is free. Well, apart from GitHub Pages. It's a completely free hosting service that lets you upload files to a file manager and host it online using your own domain.
The only drawback is that your website files will be public. If you want to hide them, you'll need to pay a mere $4/mo.
I haven't tried Netlify myself but I have quite a lot of friends that are using Netlify on a daily basis to launch their web apps. It connects with GitHub so you can upload your files to GitHub and make them public through Netlify.
That's basically it for using Bluehost without using WordPress. It's really simple and can be done in four easy steps:
- Choose a hosting plan
- Choose a domain name
- Fill out the account info
- Upload your files or choose a CMS
It's possible to bypass WordPress completely using Bluehost but what if you don't want to use Bluehost? Well, then your best bet would probably be to go with either Ghost, GitHub Pages, or Netlify.
I truly hope this post helped you out a tad. If you've got any questions about how to use Bluehost without using WordPress, then head over to my contact page and hit me up with your question. I'll be in touch!