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Hostmonster vs. Superb Web Hosting

HostMonster vs. Superb

Hostmonster, a product of BlueHost, offers the same reliability and excellent service supporting over 750,000 current domains. The web hosting company was founded in 1996 and remains the only unlimited hosting provider that offers services for as cheap as $3.95/month. Superb Web Hosting, established in 1996, is another prominent hosting provider. It has over a decade of experience in delivering cutting-edge hosting services. While both have earned their own bragging rights, deciding between the two isn’t an easy choice. The following comparison highlights the features of each.

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Pricing

Hostmonster offers a single hosting plan for an affordable $5.95/month that accommodates both individual and professional needs. The plan is loaded with free and unlimited features including bandwidth, unlimited space, domains, FTP accounts, and e-mail accounts. Hostmonster is the best deal when compared to Superb Web Hosting.

Superb Web Hosting offers three various plans. The GridLite plan starts at $4.99 for a 2-year plan includes 20GB space, unlimited traffic, 1000 e-mails, 5 MySQL databases, 11 available multiple sites and 30+one-click applications. The GridPro plan is $6.99 for a 2-year package that includes 200GB space, unlimited traffic, 2000 e-mails, 25 MySQL databases and 50 multiple sites and 30+ one-click applications. The high-end GridMax starts at $14.95/month for a 2-year plan that includes unlimited space and traffic, 4000 e-mails, unlimited MySQL databases and sites, and 30+ one-click applications.
The pricing structure is a bit misleading. The monthly rates are based on the plan duration. For example, the $4.99 plan is based on a 2-year contract; however, if you purchase the same plan per month it costs $8.99/month. Also, the company is advertises a special 6-month free promotion, however, you must be a customer for one year in order to be eligible.

Products and Services

The variety of services Hostmonster provides customers includes offers a guaranteed maximum 99.9% uptime, secure backups and protection of valuable data, access to state-of-the-art technology, and flexible administrator options. Network hardware includes Quad Processor Performance servers, customized Apache Web Server, Linux OS support, 24/7 monitoring, courtesy back-ups and an OC-48 Backbone Connection. Customers also receive $75 worth of free Google credits and search engine website submission. Hostmonster offers customers the ability to cancel at anytime with no obligations.
Superb Web Hosting also provides customers with services that deliver reliable server performance including 100% network and platform uptime guarantee, daily back-ups, firewall protection, fully redundant network, load-balanced clusters and three cutting-edge data centers. The host offers a 30-day money back guarantee. Superb Web Hosting ranks a bit higher when compared to Hostmonster based on the 100% uptime guarantee and offering customers access to more reliable and dependable network servers and services.

Web Hosting Features

Other highlights of Hostmonster’s hosting plan includes: support for the following languages: PHP 5, Ruby, Perl 5, Python, Moodle, Joomla, Drupal and FrontPage extensions, CGI library, access to cPanel, international domain support, free drag and drop site builder, 1-Click Simple Scripts, unlimited auto-responders, add-on, parked and sub domains, MySQL and PostgreSQL databases, and e-commerce tools such as Agora/OS Commerce shopping cart.
Superb Web Hosting, although doesn’t offer nearly as many features, plans do come with various features including MyCP Control Panel, domain manager, reseller and affiliate options, SSH access, site stats, server monitoring, Zen Cart, e-mail features, PHP 5, Perl 5and Python support.
Hostmonster far exceeds Superb Web Hosting when delivering web hosting features, especially since more options are available at a more affordable price.

Customer Service

While it’s debatable, many would argue Hostmonster offers the ultimate customer service in the industry. Technical support is available 24/7/365 via live chat, phone (average wait time 1-2 minutes), and e-mail options. Customers have access to a convenient helpdesk with links to open troubleshooting tickets, search the knowledgebase, read a beginners guide, check server status, participate in the user forum, watch video tutorials, refer to cPanel documentation, and review terms of service.

Superb Web Hosting provides customers 24/7/365 phone support, troubleshooting ticket system, and a resourceful knowledge base to attempt to resolve technical issues on your own. Customers may also follow company updates via Twitter and FaceBook.

Recommendation

Our pick goes to Hostmonster. Not only is the web host very affordable, but customers are bequeathed a vast array of free and unlimited features that meets a wide range of hosting needs. It’s definitely a winner!

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