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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Jake Layers
Canada
  • Reliability10
  • Pricing10
  • User Friendly10
  • Support10
  • Features10
10

no troubles

Service used: Shared
No words can express how happy I am after I have found them. Since I am using hostwinds.com I have no troubles at all. Their service allows me to feel free and confident that my websites won't go down and my clients would get cons...Read More
Elisa Wilt
Germany
  • Reliability10
  • Pricing10
  • User Friendly10
  • Support10
  • Features10
10

No downtime

Service used: Shared
For the time I am using hostwinds I have never monitored unexpected server outage. Every recorded instance when my website was down was due to scheduled server maintenance. This obstacle leads us to main reason I am still their cu...Read More
Adam Nemet
Hungary
  • Reliability10
  • Pricing8
  • User Friendly8
  • Support10
  • Features10
9.2

totally worth it!

Service used: VPS
Using their VPS plan and can say it is totally worth it! All features has been extremely reliable on the service side of things. Support staff has been second to none: quick, efficient and polite. The most important to me is the p...Read More
Bravis Savikunis
United States
  • Reliability10
  • Pricing10
  • User Friendly10
  • Support10
  • Features10
10

Windows VPS review.

Service used: VPS
Windows VPS service from Hostwinds is superb. There are several things I like them and love their services:
- price
- customer service
- tech support
- network and server uptime.

I do not know how long they have been provid...Read More
Patrick Mour
Netherlands
  • Reliability10
  • Pricing10
  • User Friendly10
  • Support10
  • Features10
10

I am amazed

Service used: Shared
Need a hosting with top-notch customer care? Seek no more! Hostwinds.com would be your best pick! The ticket inquiring as to why my e-mail are not delivered was answered within 2 minutes after I sent it. 15 minutes later the ticke...Read More
Yeremmy Gerrus
Estonia
  • Reliability10
  • Pricing10
  • User Friendly10
  • Support10
  • Features10
10

I'm getting perfect service for $4.5 per month.

Service used: Shared
I paid in advance for 3 years 1 year ago for their service for ADVANCED plan to host 3 domain names of mine and as result I got $4.5 per month price. That is cool. I would like to say that their support works pretty good and alway...Read More
Enriko Dadolo
Spain
  • Reliability10
  • Pricing8
  • User Friendly10
  • Support10
  • Features8
9.2

Recommend them to everyone

Service used: Shared
I'd start from some negative points. Hostwinds prices are a bit high and plans are provided with small number of included features. From the other side everything other is provided with best reliability. I have experienced only po...Read More
Henry Rohas
United States
  • Reliability10
  • Pricing10
  • User Friendly10
  • Support10
  • Features10
10

100% best host for VPS

Service used: VPS
Hostwinds rocks because the level of services I get is really high and the prices are affordable.
No need more.
Recommended.
Samantha Koleman
United States
  • Reliability10
  • Pricing8
  • User Friendly8
  • Support10
  • Features10
9.2

Impressive hosting service

Service used: Shared
Most of all I like the quality of their customer care such as technical support and stability of servers where my websites are hosted on. I can ensure you that my uptime is at highest level, like 99.96% last month according to mon...Read More
Rikki Johnson
United States
  • Reliability10
  • Pricing10
  • User Friendly10
  • Support10
  • Features8
9.6

6 month review.

Service used: Shared
I like Hostwinds because they provide fast hosting for me, do not charge a lot and have good customer service.
I want them to have Perfect Money as payment option. So far they don't have. After 6 months being with them I can say ...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
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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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