HostMonster Review Guide + $3.95/mo Special Info

InMotion ReviewBefore you sign up with the first hosting company that you see in Google, think about the real perks it can deliver to your service. For example, if you are an online retail shop selling kiddie sneakers, then you must prioritize support for a shopping cart that is easy to use, on top of support for CMS’ like WordPress. This will make a great difference in how you manage your site on a daily basis. The hosting company may not be the cheapest but that $1 that you add to your budget every month, may mean a lot less headaches.In this HostMonster review, we hope that you find the basic and important information to help you make a good decision of whether or not this is the hosting package for you.

The Good Stuff

To be honest, HostMonster is NOT the cheapest package around. Pegged at just less than $5 a month, it is very affordable but not the most affordable in the block. But what they lack in price, they make up for:

In-house customer support staff for faster transactions of trouble tickets and inquiries

Lots of marketing credits for Google, Facebook and Bing

Support for WordPress and shopping carts

Use of cPanel for control panel, great for those already familiar with it

Unlimited email accounts support

Free domain with every sign up

There are a lot of freebies and perks but just keep in mind – do you need these in your site?

The Bad Stuff

Now on to the bad stuff. What are the things that you should know about HostMonster? What are their limitations?

You can’t find enterprise-level support here, both in their actual packages and in after-sales support. Don’t expect too much knowledge from their staff, although they are pretty good in covering the basics.

The free domain only covers your first year with them. After that, you need to renew and pay for it yourself.

Operates on Linux. You don’t have a choice when it comes to the operating system.

 No load balancers here and no dynamic, co-located servers. It is really just a shared platform.

The Hosting Package

What is in every HostMonster package? You have:

Multimedia support such as support for Flash, your own MIME types and Shockwave

Support for streaming of audio and video files

 Submission to search engine directories

The ability to customize your apache web server (now this is an uncommon feature at this level)

Your 24/7 customer support team

Spam assassin

Custom cron kobs

Customized error pages

Unlimited hosting space

Unlimited hosted domains

Unlimited data traffic

You get all these for just $4.95 per month while on a promo. But if you get it on a regular rate, its $6.95 per month. Don’t worry – there are no hidden ballooning of fees here.

The Features and Specifications

Apart from the features above, you will get:

Email autoresponders

Support for POP3 and IMAP mails

MySQL databases

Support for Drupal and Joomla

Additional project management tools

Support for Ruby on Rails

The Ease of Use

InMotion ReviewHostMonster is quite easy to use especially with the imglots of tools (mostly drag and drop) that will allow you to create your site in minutes. Even a first time user will find it not too difficult to navigate and you can get your act together in a few minutes.

The Customer Support

InMotion ReviewYou get fast customer support replies with quite meaty answers so this is one of the best things about them. Just remember that their target is the beginners to small businesses so enterprise level questions are out of the scenario.

The Verdict

Good value for your money, not the cheapest but packs a lot of punch.

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