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If you want to take your business online or you want to come up with a personal website, whatever is the case you need to have a solid web hosting provider, as web hosting is the foundation for the success of your website. There are a plethora of web hosting providers in the market and every day a number of new providers are coming up. It is quite difficult to select your web hosting provider. We recently came across Host1Plus while searching for our next web host and we decided to try out their services, after 3 months of using their services we can proudly say they are the best. Since we are satisfied with their services we are writing this review so that our readers will be benefited and can easily select their next web host without wandering here and there.
A brief introduction of Host1Plus
Host1Plus was started in the year 2008 with their first data center in London, UK and since then they have been adding new data centers and have been on a continuous growth path. They have their data centers spread across the globe via London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Chicago and Los Angeles. After some time they started adding new services like cloud hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated hosting.
Currently Host1Plus offer shared hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting, cloud hosting and dedicated hosting. Apart from that you can register a domain via them as well as purchase SSL certificates.
Plans and Pricing
Host1 Plus offers 4 types of Shared hosting e.g. Starter, Personal, Business and Business Pro. The plans are customized in such a way that any kind of requirement will be easily fitted into one of these. The cheapest Shared hosting plan starts at just USD 0.83 per month if you sign up for a year. But this plan is as good as nothing. It has bare minimum specs and can host only a static website as it does not offer any database.
However if you are looking for a decent hosting experience and have an important site you can either opt for their Business or Business Pro plan. The Business Pro plan at $14.99 per month is though at a higher side for a shared hosting plan you will get value for every penny spent and you will pat yourself for the right decision. You will get dedicated physical memory of 512MB and dedicated IP as well as unlimited domains can be hosted.
If you are an agency or a developer, sometimes your requirements are high and that is when you need to go for a Virtual Private Server (VPS). Me, being a developer, I have to host websites of my clients which helps me with easier maintenance, so I signed up for a VPS plan with them. Their Bronze VPS plan at USD 2.5 per month is priced lower than a normal shared hosting plan though the specs are too bad at just 0.5 CPU cores and 256 MB RAM. I would suggest signing up for a shared hosting rather than this Bronze VPS, if you do not know how to control your server. If you want a server entirely for yourself then go for VPS Bronze plan.
On the other hand, the rest VPS plans like Silver, Gold and Platinum are quite competitively priced. As I run many WordPress based sites and WordPress Multisite is quite resource hogging, I decided to go with Platinum plan. In Platinum plan just for $40 you will get 4 CPU cores, 4 Gigs of RAM and 70GB Storage. All the specs offered in this plan meet my requirements fully and trust me this is a value for money plan.
You have loads of option to customize any VPS plan you select in the checkout process via a very intuitive interface. You can select server location, add/reduce permissible hardware, add application and server module etc. I have never seen such an offering with any other VPS provider and I give a plus 1 to Host1Plus for that.
Once you are done with the Payment, your VPS will be ready in no time and you will get the login details. They accept Paypal, Skrill, Web money as well as CC payment.
If you are going for a VPS with Host1Plus and you are quite not sure about how a server works and not a webmaster yourself, always go for Cpanel and Extra Care support which are chargeable. At least it will let you concentrate on your business and let you do what you are good at while the support team will take care of the server.
Pros and Cons of Host1Plus:
1. 24X7 Live chat support
2. Competitive pricing for an amazing specs
3. Various payment option
4. Very friendly staff
5. Globally located Data center
They charge slightly higher price if you add cPanel and Extra Care support.
I am quite happy at my decision to choose Host1Plus as my hosting partner and recommend them if you want to be tension free and have a sound sleep without worrying about your server.