Web Hosting Hub Review | Tech Radar

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Driven by a desire to provide easy to set up and cost effective web hosting solutions, Web Hosting Hub was founded in 2010. The head office is located in Virginia Beach (USA) with one of their data centers. Since then, the business has expanded to another, this time to Los Angeles (USA) and the business is said to have grown since then. In addition to web hosting services, they provide domain names, free and open source web applications, and professional web design services for all kinds of businesses.

Currently, Web Hosting Hub provides website hosting and hosting-related services to over 40,000 customers worldwide, with the majority of their customer base originating from the United States, Canada, from the UK, Germany and India. However, Web Hosting Hub’s main website is only available in English.

As green hosting grows in popularity, Web Hosting Hub has decided to jump on the bandwagon and try to be part of the solution to at least one of the most important global issues of the times in which we live. live. With this in mind, they are taking steps to minimize their impact on the environment by deploying data centers with more efficient servers which should (therefore) minimize their carbon footprint.

Although Web Hosting Hub has an official blog, it shows all the symptoms of being left to rot and suffers from a lack of articles, with the most recent being almost three years old by now. Those looking for relevant and resourceful hosting information will likely find something useful here, however, it would be nice if Web Hosting Hub decided to blast the cobwebs and make the blog more presentable. As their social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube) seem cut from the same cloth, so are these too.

Pricing

Web Hosting Hub’s shared hosting plans aren’t the cheapest we’ve seen and there’s no monthly payment option (Image credit: Web Hosting Hub)

Packages and prices

In addition to shared hosting, Web Hosting Hub offers a few attractive WordPress solutions designed to be as beginner-friendly as possible. Three hosting packages are shown for each type of hosting and labeled as “Spark”, “Nitro” and “Dynamo” (we’re sure you can guess which one is the cheapest).

“Spark” starts at $5.99 (since it’s currently 50% off) and imposes no limitations on storage, bandwidth, or the number of email accounts. If you opt for a plan above (or two), you will have the possibility to host the desired number of websites and databases. On top of all that, all plans come with free domain registration, free SSL certificate, 400+ one-click apps, and a comprehensive and commendable 90-day money-back guarantee.

In contrast, the billing cycle lacks the flexibility of a monthly option (which is generally attractive to newcomers) and you can decide if you want to be billed on an annual, biannual or triennial basis only.

Another aspect of hosting with Web Hosting Hub that lacks flexibility has to do with payment methods, since only payments made through credit cards and PayPal are considered acceptable.

Ease of use

If you’ve been dreaming of starting your own online store, you’ll be pleased to know that Web Hosting Hub’s plans come with a variety of e-commerce features (including an automatically installed shopping cart) and 150 credit. $ to use on Bing and Yahoo! .

Whatever you have in mind, buying a hosting plan from Web Hosting Hub should be an easy experience for a variety of reasons. First of all, all plans (well, all six) are presented in a simple style, which means that all of their features are listed and can be easily compared and contrasted with each other. Here you can change the billing cycle for each plan and see how much each one costs and how much money you can save by extending the period.

After choosing the right one for you, you will have to settle all the details of your plan (choosing a data center location, one-click installations, if you want some add-ons or have your website pre-designed by experts ). One such add-on is Automated Backup, which will back up everything in your hosting account (up to 10GB) every 24-36 hours, but for the price of $1 per month (so $12 per year, which is a minimum). Although it’s as cheap as chips, we wonder why backups aren’t included for free like with most web hosting providers today, as they’re something any respectable website shouldn’t get away with. pass.

Only when you are done with all this will you be asked what you want to do with your domain name, and besides the expected options (register a new one or use an old one), you can decide to postpone your decision. final for a more convenient time in the future. After that, you will provide a list of personal details required for account creation (nothing unexpected here), make a payment, wait for verification, and look forward to your new website.

cPanel

Managing your site is quite easy since you can use the industry standard cPanel to do it (Image credit: Web Hosting Hub)

Since Web Hosting Hub uses a standard, easy-to-use cPanel that includes over 400 apps, scripts, free tools, and BoldGrid’s decent website builder, your website should be booming in no time.

Performance

We used GTmetrix to measure Web Hosting Hub main site uptime and response time (Image credit: GTmetrix)

Speed ​​and experience

Among the many reasons to launch your website with Web Hosting Hub, they highlight “fast website speed” as one of their biggest strengths. Since they supply all of their users with “high end” Dell SSDs and servers, your website speed (as they claim) should be “up to 20 times faster than it would be on standard rotating discs”.

After putting this to the test with GTmetrix (a speed test tool), we got a decent, though not quite perfect, speed performance. The majority of vital metrics were a bit above average, prompting GTmetrix to rate Web Hosting Hub’s main website speed performance with a respectable B (87%).

When it comes to uptime, Web Hosting Hub guarantees 99%, which is a bit lower than we expected, even lower when we compare it to the average score of other web hosts. Nonetheless, according to UptimeRobot (a tool we used to monitor Web Hosting Hub’s main website uptime over the month), Web Hosting Hub is moving forward. Throughout this period, not a single second of downtime has been recorded, promising that your website should be up and running all the time.

Database

You can find answers to common web hosting questions in Web Hosting Hub’s knowledge base (Image credit: Web Hosting Hub)

Support

If you’re willing to search for answers on your own, the main destination should be Web Hosting Hub’s “Help Center” where you’ll find solutions to most common problems. There’s a separate (and rather simple) section for those who are totally new to all of this. Here you will find answers to a few FAQs as well as questions from various users (in the comments section), all of which have (to our knowledge) been answered by staff members in a helpful and polite manner. Essentially, it works like a community forum would.

Along with featuring a photo of the only person who doesn’t smile like the Cheshire Cat on the site, their knowledge base is full of articles and good ones to boot.

Web Hosting Hub’s support team consists of over 200 staff members and you can reach them via phone, live chat, support ticket, email and Skype (a nice addition that we don’t see as often than we should). All of these should be available around the clock, and according to many user accounts (as well as ours), you should be in safe hands.

The competition

WebHostingPad and Web Hosting Hub share (besides a similarity in name) a product line where they both cover shared and WordPress hosting types, with several great features including email accounts, storage and unlimited bandwidth. However, if you are in a tight mood, you better go with WebHostingPad as their hosting solutions will give you more bang for your buck.

Compared to Web Hosting Hub’s plans, Bluehost’s are a little cheaper, although with both hosts the minimum billing cycle only covers one year, so price spikes after the promotional period may surprise you, not pleasant. That being said, when it comes to the most basic entry-level plan, we would go with Web Hosting Hub, as they are less restrictive in their features. With everything else, Bluehost will go above and below to have you covered.

HostGator and Web Hosting Hub are similar in terms of features and both offer affordable plans that are perfect for a startup. However, HostGator offers a wider range of hosting types and hosting-related services, while with Web Hosting Hub, you’ll have to settle for shared, WordPress-oriented hosting options. Additionally, HostGator’s (free) website builder has drag-and-drop functionality and is more suitable for newcomers than the one provided by Web Hosting Hub.

Both KnownHost and Web Hosting Hub are US based hosts and both are quite well known in the web hosting industry, and for the best reasons. They offer a full list of attractive features for beginners, but KnownHost goes a step further and backs all of their plans 100%. Either way, since both hosts offer money-back guarantees, you’ll have plenty of time to try everything out before making a final decision.

final verdict

Web Hosting Hub’s hosting solutions seem well thought out and capable of covering everything needed for a personal blog or a simple website. So, if you are launching your very first website and are looking for a cheap and reliable web host with polite and knowledgeable support staff, give them a chance. However, keep in mind that backups will cost you more and some of the work you might take for granted will have to be done on your own. However, if you’re looking to upgrade a server for your fast-growing website, you’ll be better off with hosts that offer more advanced hosting options, such as HostGator and Bluehost.

If you still want to try Web Hosting Hub, since they offer a 90-day money back guarantee, you’ll have more than enough time to check it all out for yourself.

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