Bulk Buy Hosting Review

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About

Bulk Buy Hosting entered the market in 2016 and is one of the commonly mentioned options in the popular Facebook groups about PBNs and SEO. Their homepage doesn't really inspire confidence since it reminds us of the web from 15 years ago. But let's dive deeper.

Hosting

The feeling from the homepage unfortunately continues into the dashboard with a really cumbersome account setup. Every cPanel is opened manually and you need to wait for support to do it. After a while, you'll get the cPanel login credentials and nameserver addresses. You need to repeat this for every domain.

Unfortunately they don't advertise who they host with and when asked, this is their answer:

"We use over ten different well known hosting providers, obviously we cannot give you specific numbers or names, but we have enough of a variety."

They use "over ten well known providers" but they're not giving names or specific numbers, adding "obviously".

The only thing obvious is that they're hiding their providers and don't want you to know where they host and how many hosts they use. A big red flag.

Their plans start at $26 per month for 10 domains.

Footprints

When we analyzed 10 of our sites hosted with BBH, only 2 out of 10 IPs had a well known hosting provider attached to the IP (Arvixe and InMotion). This might give a clue on why they don't want to reveal their exact numbers or names - because they have very little to show. The only consolation is that those IPs are US-based and well diversified.

Everything else is setup properly and without footprints, so no comments there.

A common note on open ports: while well diversified there's space for security issues.

Security and Ease of Use

BBH is really bare with their support. They don't offer free transfer from existing hosts. They don't have any kind of automation in place for maintenance, updates or backups nor do they have a 1-click WordPress setup or 1-click logins after install.

They also don't do anything for your sites' security (DDoS, hacking etc.) - it's all on you.

All in all, you really just get (literally) plain old hosting.

Verdict

Bulk Buy Hosting is a basic provider, with manual setup and few known hosting providers. Using them is a drag and their lack of transparency and customer support, be it automated or not, is obvious from the first email when they hide who they host with.

Since they do not have a setup that leaves footprints and because their IPs are diversified, we can recommend them if you need cPanel or ran out of space on other providers. That is of course if you don't mind doing everything on your own.

Analysis

BulkBuyHosting
   
Hosting  
Hosting Providers Cheap Hosts
DNS Providers Host DNS
IP locations 100% EN-lang
   
Footprints  
Hosting
IPs
Nameservers
Server Headers
X-Powered By
Default Page
PHP Version
MySQL Version
Apache Version
Open Ports
SOA records
MX records
   
Security  
Automatic WordPress updates
Daily backups
Security and performance setup
HTTPS support
Automatic removal of deindexed blogs
   
Ease of Use  
1-Click WordPress Setup
1-Click Login
Automatically set email mailbox
Automatic nameserver configuration
Tools for deindexation prevention
Dashboard with SEO metrics
Free transfer service