Bluehost History

Ever wondered how bluehost came to be? Well we found out.

Steven Johnson
by | Posted: July 24, 2012 | Updated: June 11, 2013

Bluehost has been a favorite in the hosting industry for many years. They have over 15 years in web hosting experience and have learned how to provide an excellent service. They offer a flat rate plan that includes all the features you need to host a website. Bluehost owns and operates their own data datacenters and builds their servers from scratch. They do everything from start to finish.

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Mission: Our goal is to provide outstanding services for the best possible price.

1958 South 950 East
Provo, UT 84606


  • Founded: 1996
  • Industry: Web Hosting
  • Employees: 200+
  • Current CEO: Dan Handy

Historical Timeline:


Bluehost is founded by Matt Heaton and starts on its web site hosting path.


First Signup:
Bluehost get's its first customer to sign up for hosting.


Vice President Interviewed:
Danny Ashworth, Vice President of talks about day-to-day happenings at the company, more for less philosophy, experience with web hosting, and the future of


First Blog Post:
Matt Heaton writes the introductory blog post his website, where he talks about the genesis of

New Features and People:
Bluehost announces they are hiring Senior Programmer and Systems Administrator to the staff. They also announce Ruby on Rails as part of the new features list.

No Outsourced Support:
Bluehost promises never to use outsourcing for "something as critical and as complex as web hosting".


Fastest Growing Company:
Bluehost reports being one of the fastest growing companies in the world. Adding 30,000 domains each month.

Ping Pong Challenge:
Matt Heaton takes on #1 ping pong player in Utah and is beaten.

Top Fastest Growing Company:
Between Bluehost, Hostmonster, and Fastdomain, they hosted 700,000 domains in 2007.


Bluehost Keeps Growing:
Bluehost announces that they have surpassed 850,000 domains hosted between Bluehost, Hostmonster, and Fastdomain.

CPU Usage Policy Updated:
Bluehost extends the CPU usage per user to double to current limit. CPU limits keep users on shared servers from taking advantage of the system.

More Growth:
Bluehost announces they have over 1 million domains between Bluehost, Hostmonster, and Fastdomain.


Largest Hosting Companies:
Bluehost makes it into the top 20 largest hosting companies in the world.


Bluehost's "Secret Numbers":
Bluehost CEO Matt Heaton reveals the numbers behind the company.

Bluehost Uses Mac's:
CEO Matt Heaton talks about being a long time Apple support and a fan of the MACH Kernel. He discusses the switch to a predominately mac environment at Bluehost.


New Data Center:
A new datacenter is announced to the public. Bluehost/Hostmonster only take up 25% of the capacity.

Blogger Reviews Bluehost:
Internet blogger, David Blane reviews Bluehost. Says they have worked well for him from 2008-2011.

Matt Heaton Resigns as CEO:
On his blog, Founder and CEO Matt Heaton announces resignation publicly on his blog.


Top Hosting Companies:
Ranked #3 of best hosting companies by

Bluehost and Weebly:
Bluehost partners with Weebly a drag-and-drop website builder that makes it easy to create websites from scratch.

CloudFlare and Bluehost:
Bluehost and CloudFlare partner in order to optimize site delivery speeds and improve visitor experience.

Bluehost To Add VPS And Dedicated Plans:
Bluehost announced that it will start offering VPS and Dedicated plans in the beginning of 2013. Source:

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Steven Johnson

Steven is a Joomla web developer and worked with Joomla since the Mambo days. He has built websites for startup businesses all the way to for Fortune 500 companies. A graduate of Georgia Tech in Chemical Engineering, he now happily spends his time building websites and reviewing all types of technology.