Hostwinds Reviews and Expert Opinion

Based on 437 user review in 8 languages
9.2
SUPERB!

Customer score for Hostwinds

  • Reliability
    9.3 / 10
  • Pricing
    9.1 / 10
  • User Friendly
    9.2 / 10
  • Support
    9.3 / 10
  • Features
    9.1 / 10

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Gareth Smile
El Salvador
  • Reliability10
  • Pricing10
  • User Friendly10
  • Support10
  • Features10
10

Tech customer center is quick and perfect

Service used: Shared - Advanced
I was looking for a hosting provider offering high amount of traffic for a reasonable price. Googling and reading several forums, including this one, I have chosen Hostwinds. Can add that tech customer center is quick and perfect,...Read More
Scott Trester
United States
  • Reliability2
  • Pricing2
  • User Friendly2
  • Support2
  • Features2
2.0

scammers RUN!

Service used: Shared - Advanced
Poor service. Poor communications. When they say you get 4 domains. What they mean is you only get one, but they service up to 4 if you buy additional. Bluehost and others service as many domains as you have. FOR FREE! So its a ma...Read More
 
Gustaaf Laagland
Netherlands
  • Reliability10
  • Pricing10
  • User Friendly10
  • Support10
  • Features10
10

Fast and reliable hosting provider.

Service used: VPS - Budget VPS Tier 3
My hosting speed is quite fast and traffic is good using Hostwinds services. There is no problem in running my website and servers have no downtime.
Evgenii Churbanov
Russia
  • Reliability2
  • Pricing8
  • User Friendly2
  • Support2
  • Features2
3.2

Refund? Not really

Service used: VPS - SSD VPS Tier 1
On the front page they have "60 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE", I never ordered hosting from them before, so I was like "ok, if something goes wrong I can return my money, that's good" and then I ordered a VPS server from them (vps,lin...Read More
Jai Grimstone
Peru
  • Reliability10
  • Pricing10
  • User Friendly10
  • Support10
  • Features10
10

Better then my last provider.

Service used: VPS - Budget VPS Tier 3
Better then my last provider, and that's all I wanted. I have had some pretty terrible experiences in my past with other company. I am pleased with the support and features Hostwinds provides. My business is simple and very small so all my needs are met with this company.
Raul Gaylord
Bahamas
  • Reliability10
  • Pricing10
  • User Friendly10
  • Support10
  • Features10
10

Really nice web host

Service used: Shared - Advanced
In an age where there is so much competition, there is one sure way to retain your customers and get new ones – keep them happy so they spread the word, and Hostwinds delivers on every front! Thank you guys, for the last four years of incredible service, and I look forward to many many more to come!
Lui Mavin
Monaco
  • Reliability10
  • Pricing10
  • User Friendly10
  • Support10
  • Features10
10

Reasonable price with maximum number of features.

Service used: VPS - Budget VPS Tier 2
I went for their package and getting every support from them regularly. Reasonable price with maximum number of features makes Hostwinds as one of the best hosting provider available in online!...
Miras Vistarikis
Republic of Korea
  • Reliability10
  • Pricing10
  • User Friendly10
  • Support10
  • Features10
10

Cheap hosting from professionals

Service used: Shared - Advanced
Hostwinds is cheaper in comparison with other hosts, they look after their clients, and they are experienced companies working from many years. I have noticed that their support team is well equipped with latest customer managemen...Read More
Fred Sturtevant
United States
  • Reliability10
  • Pricing10
  • User Friendly10
  • Support10
  • Features10
10

Good tech support. Happy with Hostwinds

Service used: VPS - SSD VPS Tier 1
When i made my order, it was manually approved for security. I am happy running my site with Hostwinds ssd hosting provider - recommend them to others. So i called tech support (only web host i have found with actual Skype support...Read More

Typical Hostwinds Prices

Service Monthly Price Range
Shared Hosting £3.40 - £4.92 3 plans
VPS £5.67 - £97.98 32 plans
Dedicated Server £74.91 1 plans
Cloud Hosting £10.21 1 plans
Resellers £2.49 - £3.91 3 plans
SSL £56.75 - £151.33 3 plans
The Services & Prices are taken from www.hostwinds.com

Hostwinds Expert Review 2019

Written by: Angela Olaru

Hostwinds Rating

  • Reliability
    9 / 10
  • Pricing
    10 / 10
  • User Friendly
    8 / 10
  • Support
    9 / 10
  • Features
    9 / 10
9
Rated by Angela Olaru

HostGator Expert Review

Launched in 2002, HostGator has become synonymous with affordable and reliable hosting to over 1.3 million websites. As HostGator’s economy packages are very competitively priced, our expert review was focused on how many features their basic and mid-range plans provide, and how it performs.

Our tests, conducted over a period of months, showed that HostGator’s affordability goes hand in hand with plentiful features including a well-stocked cPanel and unmetered disk space and bandwidth. We were also happy to note that the service’s performance was consistent across plans as well, with very reliable uptimes and extremely quick load times to keep your website relevant. Keep reading to see if HostGator is right for you:

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Explore HostGator’s various offerings to find a plan that perfectly suits your needs.
  • Take advantage of reliable uptimes and blazing load times to keep customers engaged and buying.
  • Leverage even the most basic plans to design innovative website thanks to HostGator’s generous feature options.
  • Free SSL certificates keep users happy with your website’s security standards.
  • Take advantage of HostGator’s simple plan-switching process to scale your website with ease.
  • Contact HostGator’s knowledgeable customer support staff by phone, live chat, or ticketing 24/7/365 to solve problems.
  • An intuitive cPanel makes the setup and maintenance of your back-end simple.

Cons:

  • Though customer agents are helpful, getting ahold of them can take time.
  • The company’s website builder is less intuitive than other versions on the market.
  • To take advantage of the hosting service’s best deals users need to commit to three-year contracts.
  • Users need to check carefully to make sure they haven’t been signed up for additional services before purchasing a plan.

Pricing and Payment Methods

We were thoroughly impressed with how many features come with HostGator’s basic packages. You can tart with the basic shared hosting plan at $2.75 a month and receive 1 domain, unmetered bandwidth and a free SSL certificate. You can also use 1-click installations to adapt your back-end including CMS, shopping carts, and forums. For WordPress lovers, HostGator’s most basic plan starts at $5.95 and includes CDN and low-density servers to keep your WordPress site loading quickly.

If you need hosting with fewer websites per server can opt for the service’s VPS or Dedicated hosting alternatives. VPS hosting starts at $29.95 a month, which gives you 120GB disk space and 1.5TB of bandwidth. In contrast, the top Dedicated hosting package starts at $149 monthly and provides you with full root access, DDoS Protection and more. Though HostGator’s more expensive plans are priced similarly to other company’s premium plans, the basic and mid-range plans are very affordable hosting options.

A bonus of HostGator’s pricing system is its lack of contracts. In almost all cases (aside from dedicated server subscription) customers can cancel whenever they want for no extra fees.

Ease of Use

Especially when hosting services offer a lot of customization options, one of the criteria we’re most concerned about is ease of use. In the case of HostGator, the variety of features didn’t stop us from easily navigating the service and making changes with the utmost ease. Though we know our way around a cPanel and programming languages, even first-time website owners can take advantage of tools like HostGator’s website builder and many 1-click installations to get their site up quickly. However, from our experience reviewing other hosting platforms HostGator’s website building service isn’t quite as intuitive as other web-building tools we’ve tested.

If you need deeper access to your hosting, HostGator offers several great developer tools. Easy access to numerous scripting languages such as Python and Perl as well as unlimited MySQL databases let us play around with configurations and make the back-end we wanted.

Load Times and Reliability

HostGator promises 99.9% uptime or your money back, and after months of testing under different conditions we can confirm that the hosting service’s uptime was as reliable as advertised. On average we recorded very little downtime or service outages during or testing period. Moreover, throughout this period HostGator uptimes were often closer to 99.99%, making them one of the most dependable hosting platforms available.

Our months of testing also showed that with consistent load times of under a second, HostGator websites are in the top 10 percentile for website loading speed. We were also pleased to see that HostGator’s website offers specific tips on how users can speed up their website, from image optimization to checking for plugin redundancy and more.

Features

Overall, we were extremely pleased with the range of features HostGator offers, and we were especially impressed with how much is included in economy plans. SMBs can take advantage of tools like a built-in website builder, unlimited email accounts, robust webmail services and two shopping cart options to quickly grow their business presence and sales. That said, we found that their backup services weren’t particularly impressive. HostGator does backups once a week and only keeps one version of a backup at a time, though you can still restore your website as needed.

More advanced options are also plentifully available in basic packages. From real-time AWStats to Image Magick and Ruby on Rails, developers are given the freedom to customize every corner of their back-end. In terms of security, free SSL certificates, DDoS protection, an extensive firewall and more make up HostGator protection services.

As with load times, the HostGator website has a specific help page explaining what steps the user can take to make their website more secure in conjunction with HostGator’s own measures. However, customers that want more robust security can subscribe to the SiteLock add-on.

Customer Support

Our experience of HostGator’s customer support was overwhelmingly positive. The hosting service offers the standard 24/7 live chat, phone ticketing system and even a mailing address. However, these formal channels are bolstered by an active user forum, over 500 video tutorials and nearly 700 help articles that enable customers to resolve problems on their own easily.

When we did need to escalate to an agent, we were helped by friendly experts who were able to fix any problems we brought them in a reasonable amount of time. One area where we did find some room for improvement was the time it took to reach an agent and response times in general were slower than we would have liked.

HostGator User Reviews

This expert review is based on our web hosting expertise, and we examine specific metrics to how companies rate. For a comprehensive view of the company, explore our HostGator user reviews to discover what regular users are saying about the company.

Conclusion

HostGator exceeded our expectations and is an example of how even budget-friendly plans can provide extraordinary value. Beginners can utilize features like unmetered bandwidth, Free SSL and a huge knowledge base to construct websites that customers want to return to. However, HostGator also delivers on the more advanced functionalities that are non-negotiable for developers and IT teams.

Unlimited mySQL databases and a wide selection of programming languages and frameworks let tech experts fully customize their behind-the-scenes. With a robust support ecosystem rounding out its offering, HostGator is an above average option for web hosting.

Read the full expert review Visit Hostwinds See plans & pricing

Hostwinds Prices, Plans & Features - 2019

Shared Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space Bandwidth Price Score
Unlimited Unlimited £3.40 7.3
Unlimited Unlimited £4.16 9.2
Unlimited Unlimited £4.92 5.8

VPS Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space RAM OS Price Score
25 GB 1 GB £5.67 9.2
50 GB 1 GB £10.21 9.0
25 GB 1 GB £10.21 9.1
50 GB 2 GB £13.24 9.9
70 GB 2 GB £16.27 7.3
30 GB 2 GB £16.27 10
75 GB 3 GB £19.29 10
80 GB 3 GB £23.83 9.5
40 GB 3 GB £23.83 7.4
100 GB 4.5 GB £23.08 8.9
90 GB 4.5 GB £31.40 10
50 GB 4.5 GB £31.40 10
125 GB 5 GB £28.37 9.2
100 GB 5 GB £35.94 10
60 GB 5 GB £35.94 9.2
150 GB 6 GB £33.67 9.2
120 GB 6 GB £41.99 9.2
60 GB 6 GB £41.99 6.4
175 GB 8 GB £41.24 9.2
140 GB 8 GB £49.56 9.2
80 GB 8 GB £49.56 9.2
200 GB 9.5 GB £48.80 9.2
160 GB 9.5 GB £57.13 9.2
90 GB 9.5 GB £57.13 9.2
250 GB 10.25 GB £56.37 9.2
180 GB 11.5 GB £70.74 10
100 GB 11.5 GB £70.74 9.2
300 GB 12 GB £66.96 9.2
200 GB 15 GB £79.82 9.2
110 GB 15 GB £79.82 9.2
120 GB 16.5 GB £88.90 9.2
130 GB 18.5 GB £97.98 9.2

Dedicated Server Plans

Plan Name Space RAM OS Price Score
2 TB 16 GB £74.91 3.8

Cloud Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space RAM Bandwidth Price Score
50 GB 1 GB Unlimited £10.21 9.2

Resellers Plans

Plan Name Space Bandwidth Price Score
Basic Unlimited Unlimited £2.49 9.2
Advanced Unlimited Unlimited £3.20 9.2
Ultimate Unlimited Unlimited £3.91 9.2

SSL Plans

Plan Name Features Warranty Price Score
1 YEAR £0.00 £56.75 9.2
2 YEARS £0.00 £105.93 9.2
3 YEARS £0.00 £151.33 9.2
A Free Domain is included when purchasing any hosting service from Hostwinds
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A few words from Hostwinds

Hostwinds is one company in a sea of hosting providers - but our clients know why we stand apart from the rest. We provide great products. We provide great customer service. We go the extra miles for our clients. We are a company that not only provides, but one that truly serves.

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