Hostmonster was a joy to use and an experience I wish everyone could have. I have used several budget hosting companies that turned to be a nightmare but always seem to end up using Hostmonster for all my hosting needs. I have been using Hostmonster since 2000 and can say I really haven’t been more pleased with a hosting company. I will say that I did go to another hosting company to try them out and will say that I couldn’t switch that domain over to Hostmonster fast enough. If I were to choose any hosting company again other than Hostmonster I want you to take away my computer and lock me away in my room.
Hostmonster offers some of the main features that you find with other hosting companies. Unlimited Domain hosting, unlimited hosting space, Unlimited Data Transfer, Unlimited E-mail Accounts, and a free domain when you sign up for an account.
Hostmonster works on the latest version of cPanel which is the control panel that you will see on most other hosting companies. If you have never used a hosting account before you will love the ease of use that you get when it comes to managing the development of your site. If you have used cPanel before then you will be familiar with how cPanel works and will want to be using it again when you transfer to Hostmonster for your hosting needs.
Hostmonster offers all the latest PHP scripts such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Zen Cart, OsCommerce, Moodle, Password protected directories, Streaming Video Support, Streaming audio support, Unlimited MySQL Databases and I mean the list goes on and on. When you look at features for a web host you will find them all when you choose to use Hostmonster.
Reliability and Stability *
All my sites have been up and running since the day that I set them up. Setup is easy as well. After I setup my domain and crated the areas through the control panel my site was live and active within a minute. It is amazing. I develop web sites for a living and when I have an idea for a site that I want to create I don’t want to wait around hours for the site to become live and start driving traffic to it. I want to get my idea out of my head and out on the web and then move on to the next idea I have running through my noggin. With Hostmonster I can do that and I do it every single time.
Response Time ** We used the Pingdom website monitoring service to test the uptime and response time of a small HTML site hosted by HostMonster. Keep in mind that uptime and response time depend on the type of software used, server load and many other factors. Therefore, you cannot fully rely on raw data. The speed and reliability of your site can be worse or better by a fair margin.
Ease of Use
Hostmonster is so easy to use I will never go to anyone else again. All I have to do is log into my control panel which is real easy from their man web site. I just type in my domain name and my password and I am instantly taken to the control panel. No ads or hoops to jump through like the other companies. I just point, click and work. Amazing.
Then once I am in the control panel I can get my work done fast. I just go to the areas of the control panel I need, click the icon and bam I am there. I complete my work and then go on to my next project. For someone who is totally impatient and doesn’t like to wait it is a joy to use Hostmonster.
Pricing is great. I only pay $85.00 a year for my hosting plans. I received a free domain name when I signed up that I use to test new php scripts that I develop as well as my other sites.
Their basic 12 month plan starts at $6.95 a month and goes down to $4.95 a month if you commit to 36month term. They have also added some new hosting options that I am be looking at for my next project. They offer a pro hosting package for $19.95 a month, a virtual private server or VPS for $14.99 a month and a dedicated server option for $79.95 a month. Now these prices on the new plans they are offering must be an introductory price so if you are interested you might want to go and check them out before they go up to regular pricing.
Their refund policy is typical of what you will see with other hosting companies. They will give you a 100% no questions asked money back guarantee for all the time that you still have remaining on your hosting account but any additional services or domain names that you purchased will not be refunded. I have never had reason to want my money back so I can’t really attest to this policy since I am happy with them as a company.
Customer and Technical Support
Customer service and tech support are wonderful. When I have an issue which is hardly ever all I needed to do was click on the live chat button and I had a live person there to help me. What they would do was ask me for the domain name that I was having an issue with and then ask me a security question to verify my identity. After that it was smooth sailing. I would tell them my problem and then they would have me on hold for a few minutes while they looked into it.
Everyone that I have dealt with were polite and professional. They did their best to fix my problems as quickly as possible and allowed me to get back to what I needed to do which was create my sites and allow my creativity to flow. I don’t know what else I can say about a company that gives you all that except that when you are looking for a hosting company don’t be afraid of the monster. He is your friend.
Good luck and happy hosting!
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