Expert Hostwinds Review 2019

Overview

Hostwinds provides hosting solutions for users with a variety of needs. A lot of their plans are customizable, and they offer hosting across multiple platforms. As well as providing domain, email, and website hosting, the company gives users the tools that they need to build their own sites. If you already have a site, they provide free transfers and promise limited disruption in your site’s uptime. If you experience any issues while using Hostwinds’ services, they offer 24/7/365 technical support as well as many helpful online guides so that you can troubleshoot.

Ease of Use

Hostwinds has offerings for people with all different levels of experience when it comes to their products and services. For VPS hosting, you can choose the level of involvement you have in your site's hosting. If you're knowledgeable, you can select their unmanaged service and do everything yourself. If you need a little help, they're there for your with their managed VPS hosting service. 

When it comes to website creation, the Weebly site builder is intuitive and easy to use. Knowledge of coding is not needed as the builder does all of this work for you. You can select from design templates and customize them to your needs. If unsure about any of the products or services offered by Hostwinds, they provide convenient step-by-step guides that can walk you through everything from navigating their email client to creating a website.

Bandwidth & Disk Space

Hostwinds provides unlimited bandwidth and disk space under all of the tiers of their shared hosting and business hosting plans. When it comes to VPS hosting, their plans range according to the amount of disk space and bandwidth you can have. Each plan offers customization so you can add more power if you need it. For example, with managed Windows hosting, plans range from 30 GB of disk space to 100 GB of disk space. 

For bandwidth, you can get either 1 TB / 1 Gbps Port or 2 TB / 1 Gbps Port. However, you can also customize your plan and get up to 750 GB of disk space and 9 TB / 1 Gbps. For cloud hosting, the lowest tier plan has 30 GB of disk space and 1 TB / 1 Gbps Port while the highest tier plan has 100 GB of disk space and 2 TB / 1 Gbps Port. As with the VPS hosting, both the disk space and bandwidth can be upgraded for an additional cost.

Hosting Plans

Hostwinds provides many different types of hosting and a variety of hosting plans. Hostwinds offers shared hosting, business hosting, re-seller hosting, re-seller white label hosting, cloud hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated hosting, and WordPress hosting. Most of their hosting plans come in multiple tiers so that you can select the plan the works best for you and your hosting needs. 

For example, their shared hosting comes in three different tiers: basic, advanced, and ultimate. The basic plan starts at $3.29 a month while the ultimate plan will cost you a little more at $5.17 month. The major difference between the plans for shared hosting is the number of domains that the company will host for you. All of Hostwinds’ shared and business plans come with a lot of great features. These include free website transfers, a free SSL certificate, and a free dedicated IP address. Additionally, you can unlimited email accounts and access to the Weebly website builder. 

If looking for VPS hosting, Hostwinds offers managed and unmanaged hosting for both Linux and Windows. Both managed and unmanaged plans for both operating systems have four different tiers that you can choose from. The main differences in the tiers are speed and the amount of storage space you get. All of the VPS are customizable as you're able to purchase add-ons based on your needs.

Website Creation

Hostwinds allows users to use many different applications and systems in order to create a website on their hosting platform. The type of hosting and the tier of that type of hosting determine the freedom that you have when it comes to website creation. Users can install content management systems like Drupal and Joomla in order to build their site. Some of the more well-known systems that Hostwinds allows you to use for website creation are WordPress and Weebly. All of Hostwinds’ shared and business hosting plans include the Weebly website builder. Weebly allows a great deal of customization on sites and is relatively easy to use. Using Weebly, you can create a site that looks great, is responsive, and is mobile ready.

WordPress Hosting

Hostwinds offers shared hosting, business hosting, reseller hosting, reseller white label hosting, cloud hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated hosting, and WordPress hosting. Hostwinds allows users to use WordPress on their regular servers. Their specialty optimized servers offer three tiers of service for WordPress.

Technical Support

Along with providing customers with extensive and detailed guides on their website, Hostwinds offers 24/7 support via phone, chat, and a system where you can submit tickets to receive service. Their comprehensive online guides cover everything from how to install all of the CMSs that the host supports to how to make your website mobile friendly. The website also contains troubleshooting guides on how to deal with common issues like 404 errors. If you’re unable to find the answers you need in the guides provided on the website, technical support is available 24/7. Representatives respond quickly to customer inquiries and are always happy to help.

Shared HostingLinux VPSBusinessWindows VPSDedicated
Price $3.29 per month $4.49 per month $5.64 per month $9.89 per month $79.50 per month
Site builder
Blog setup
Drag & drop builder
Free domain
Free email
Free SEO tools
Security suite
Disk Space Unlimited 30GB Unlimited 30GB Unlimited
Bandwidth Unlimited 1TB Unlimited 1TB Unlimited

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Pros
  • Excellent customer service
  • Reliable, consistent uptime
  • Variety of plans
  • 60-day money-back guarantee
Cons
  • Only two data centers
  • No managed Wordpress plan
Bottom Line
Hostwinds provides a variety of hosting solutions for everything from small personal websites and large e-commerce websites to email hosting.
Server OS
Linux, Unix, Windows
Top 5
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9.8
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9.3
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9.0
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