HostMonster Hosting Review
Although HostMonster is relative new compare to other web hosting companies, I do however, had knew them for quite some times and have a few websites hosted with them (including this one).
Here’s what I think about HostMonster, based on my very own experience and personal preferences.
Important Update July 2011: This blog fell asleep year back when I decided to focus solely on my main blog Web Hosting Secret Revealed and frankly you won’t be seeing much updates here anymore. I’m still monitoring Hostmonster hosting closely and publish my latest updates on HostMonster here – WHSR is a lively blog where I write about web hosting reviews and other related web design/development guides.
What’s good about HostMonster:
Unlimited domain hosting, unlimited file storage plus bandwidth (aka, host unlimited website in one host), 99.9% server uptime.
What’s bad about HostMonster:
Ocassionally slow server load time, oversensitive scam alert.
So, is HostMonster recommended?
Basically yes – I do recommend HostMonster to most of my friends who are looking for a web hosting, unless they’re planning to start off a stunning 800lb gorilla website like YouTube or FaceBook. In fact, I believe HostMonster should be the right web host to go with especially if you’re new to the web hosting world; as they are quite affordable (
$6.95/mo Special promo: $5.95/mo now!) plus they have all the needed features for a personal website or a ecommerce/business website.
Hostmonster Features Review
Hostmonster offers only one single hosting plan – unlimited shared hosting plan. Users will be given unlimited storage and bandwidth capacity and can setup unlimited addon domains. In other words, you can host all your websites in just one single HostMonster hosting account. Hostmonster cost $5.95/mo (via this promo link) and there’s a 30 days full-refund trial for all new customers.
For your reference, list below are Hostmonster features highlights.
|Free Drag and Drop Site Builder||Yes|
|Support International Domain Names||Yes|
|POP3/POP3 Secure Email Support||Unlimited|
|IMAP/Secure IMAP Email Support||Unlimited|
|Forwarding Email Accounts||Unlimited|
|Webmail (Browser Based Email)||Yes|
|Spam Assassin Protection||Yes|
|IMAP/secure IMAP Email Support||Yes|
|2 Different Web Based Email Solutions||Yes|
|Free Domain Name||Yes|
|Website Management Features||Details|
|Additional FTP Accounts||Unlimited|
|Server Side Includes||Yes|
|Frontpage 2000/2002 Extensions||Yes|
|Account "Control Panel"||Yes|
|Shell Access (SSH)||Yes|
|Override .htaccess Support||Yes|
|Log Files + Site Stats||Yes|
|Customizable Error Pages||Yes|
|Web File Manager||Yes|
|Auto-Installation Web Scripts||Details|
|Fantastico Script Support||Yes|
|Simple Scripts Support||Yes|
|Bulletin Board (Message Forum)||Yes|
|Poll and Survey Software||Yes|
|Mambo and Joomla||Yes|
|Ruby/Ruby On Rails v1.1||Yes|
|Support For Custom PHP.INI Files||Yes|
|Help Center/Support Ticket||Yes|
|SSL Secure Server||Yes|
|OS Commerce Shopping Cart||Yes|
|Agora Shopping Cart||Yes|
|Free Generated Certificate||Yes|
|Password Protected Directories||Yes|
|Open PGP/GPG Encryption||Yes|
|Supports Streaming Video||Yes|
|Supports Streaming Audio||Yes|
|Real Audio & Video Support||Yes|
|MIDI File Support||Yes|
|Add own MIME Types||Yes|
Conclusion: Is Hostmonster hosting right for me?
HostMonster actaully pretty much covers all the necessary web hosting features – regardless that you’re running a mom&pop or business website. In case you are looking for a cheap hosting service with reliable server (and you’re okay with moderate customer supports), then yes, Hostmonster is your answer. One good thing about Hostmonster hosting is that you can always test them free for the first 30 days and ask for a full refund whenever you are unhappy with their service. So hey, you got nothing to lose! Go and check out the monster!