User Web Host Ratings & Reviews
|Popularity||7 / 10|
|Cost||9 / 10|
|Features||10 / 10|
|Reliability||9 / 10|
|Performance||9 / 10|
|Customer Support||10 / 10|
Explanation of our Rating Criteria.
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Linux Web Hosting
United States Web Hosting
- Great price and large feature set for
advanced web site owners, plus you can
Host UNLIMITED Domains (web sites).
HostMonster has been in the hosting provider business since 1996, that's over 10 years of reliable service almost unheard of
for web hosting companies. With their excellent service record, hosting plans and customer service (as reflected in our ratings)
, HostMonster now has a huge client base and host over 130,000 domains.
Current Special Offer: $5.95 per month for 24 months, remember this is with unlimited domains.
Hosting Plans & Features
HostMonster plans come in intervals of 3, 6, 12 and 24 months and start as low as $5.95 per month. The only difference
between the hosting plans are the monthly costs, setup fees and domain registration charges, every other aspect is the same.
The 12 month and 24 month plans receive free setup and free domain registration forever while hosted with HostMonster.
All hosting packages are prepaid and renew automatically. Customers may cancel their services at any time and
receive a pro-rated refund for any remaining time on their contract.
* Chart last checked June 20, 2007. Always confirm pricing, etc. before you sign up.
|Hosting Plans||3 Month||6 Month||12 Month||24 Month|
|Phone & Email Support||24/7||24/7||24/7||24/7|
To just see how feature rich HostMonster is, just try their demo of the control panel (cPanel) used to access the properties
of a hosted web site. You will find a lot of features available to expert web masters that allows them to customize their web site
as they see fit. Most novice users will not use many of these features but it's good to know they are there when down the line
you upgrade your web site.
Scripting languages available include PHP (4 & 5), Perl 5, Python, Ruby/Ruby On Rails v1.1 and Python. Scripts available at HostMonster
include Message Forums, Mailing scripts, guest books, chat, poll/survey and Image Galleries. Content Management Software includes
PHP Nuke, Moodle, Mambo and Joomla. Of course you can install other scripts that you need but these ones are easily setup from within
the control panel. You also have the ability to modify the php.ini when needed. There is e-Commerce Features as well that allows
for shopping carts, SSL Secure Servers and open PGP/GPG encryption.
Other Related Services Offered
HostMonster also does domain registration which is free for the 12 and 24 month contract and costs $10 for the
3 and 6 month contract.
Cost & Value
HostMonster offers an excellent value for someone who is just starting out or a web expert looking for a hosting company that
offers all the advance features and perks one needs running a large site. This is especially true if your run multiple sites since
you can have unlimited domains pointing to your web server at no additional fee.
HostMonster makes it very easy to choose a hosting plan
since the only difference between the 4 available plans is price and duration. The 24 month plan is one of the cheapest prices on the internet.
If you are just starting your site and am not sure of things, then the 3 month plan maybe more to your liking (at $2 more per month + setup fee)
until you get your feet wet.
Reliability & Performance
As with all hosting companies reliability is important and HostMonster is no exception. Your web site at HostMonster will be hosted
on High Performance Quad Opteron Servers running Apache Web Server. This gives you, by most reports on the internet, the most reliable and secure
web server available. With an OC-48 Internet Backbone Connection HostMonster receives transmission speeds of up to 2488.32 Mbit/s.
OC-48 connections are some of the fastest data connections in use today. When you combine all this with UPS Power Back-up for the servers and
Back-up Generators for the server warehouses, HostMonster has over a 99.9% network uptime, and this is Guaranteed
HostMonster realizes customer support is very important to web site owners, especially new users. With this in mind
HostMonster has a large customer service department full of knowledgable staff. You can contact them by email, a toll-free
phone call and live chat support. Their Customer support is prompt and easy to understand for beginners. HostMonsters
Online Support Center contains an area for Support Tickets and a well organized knowledgebase.
To wrap up HostMonster offers a ton of features and their use of cPanel as the user interface makes it easy for
beginners and advance web site owners to moderate and run their site. This is an affordable, reliable and secure hosting solution.
I definitely recommend them for hosting web sites.
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