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Hostmonster vs. Reliacloud

HostMonster vs. Reliacloud

Hostmonster delivers reliable and quality hosting services currently to 750,000 domains. Established in 1996, the web hosting provider offers a plethora of features at affordable price. ReliaCloud is also a dependable cloud hosting provider meeting the needs for over 10,000 customers. The company, with over 15 years of experience, employs highly-qualified cloud and managed hosting professionals with the objective of keeping customers on-line 24/7/265. Both hosting providers offer a variety of services from unlimited web hosting to cloud computing platforms.

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The following comparison will help you to narrow down your choices.

Pricing

HostMonster’s professional web hosting plan is available for only $5.95/month. The package includes unlimited space, bandwidth, domains, e-mail accounts as well as a free domain for one year, convenient site builder and 1-click script installations.

ReliaCloud’s pricing structure is a bit more complicated as a cloud host you only pay for the service hours utilized. For 1 CPU, 0.5GB memory and 50GB disk size costs are $0.025/hour; 1GB memory and 100GB disk space is $0.08/hour. For 2CPUs, 2GB memory and 200GB of disk space is $.16/hour; 4 CPUs with 4GB memory and 400GB of disk size is $0.32/hour, and for 8 CPUs with 8GB of memory and 800GB disk size is $0.64/hour. There’s also a nominal extra fee for cloud server software templates, cloud transfer (outbound $0.12/GB; inbound free), and public IP addresses (first free, additional IPs $1.00/month).

When ranking which web host is offers the best price value, it depends on your hosting needs. You should consider whether you want to pay a little extra for unlimited features or opt for a scalable host that you only pay for the services utilized. Both are considered money well-spent hinging on your personal preferences.

Products and Services

In addition to offering a huge selection of free and unlimited features, HostMonster also delivers access to quality equipment, a maximum guaranteed uptime of 99.9%, enhanced administration tools, secure backups and outstanding customer service. Also, customers receive $75 worth of free Google credits and website submission, SimpleScripts including blogs, shopping carts, forums and galleries, and may cancel at anytime with no impending cancellation fees

ReliaCloud offers customers high availability, dynamically scalability options, robust API’s, persistent servers and storage, load balancing, guaranteed location of data, NAT routing and SAS 70 compliant. ReliaCloud also offers storage services starting at $0.15/GB with no set-up fees and two copies of data.
Although both offer a variety of services, HostMonster delivers more while still being an affordable option.

Web Hosting Features

HostMonster is definitely the hands-down winner when it comes to offering enhanced hosting features. In addition to the free and unlimited features already mentioned, other perks include: international domain support, unlimited auto-responders, add-on domains, parked domains, sub-domains, MySQL and PostgreSQL databases, CGI library, FrontPage extensions, Ruby on Rails, Python, PHP 5, Perl 5, SSL Secure, OS Commerce/Agora shopping cart, and extensive multimedia support.
ReliaCloud offers cloud hosting, which in itself is attractive to many customers. Additional features include load balancing, high availability, unlimited transfer of inbound data, and 24/7 live professional tech support.

Customer Service

HostMonster offers customers all the bells and whistles when providing customer service. The helpdesk provides links to opening a ticket, knowledgebase, getting started guide, user forum, server status, video tutorials, cPanel instructions, and the host’s terms of service. For assistance 24/7 tech support is available via live chat, e-mail, and phone with an average wait time of 1-2 minutes.

ReliaCloud claims to offer 5-star support to customers trying to resolve troubleshooting issues, however, only grants customers access to online support. Video tutorials and a knowledge base of related articles are also available for customers. While qualified techs may be responsible for managing the infrastructure of the data center, physical hosts, cloud portal, and virtualization layer, the host’s overall customer service would benefit from improvements.

Recommendation

Without a doubt, our nod goes to HostMonster. The hosting provider delivers a ton of free and unlimited features at an affordable price, plus offers excellent customer service options when compared to ReliaCloud.

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