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HostMonster Review

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Winner of numerous awards HostMonster has clearly shown itself to be the best in class for web hosting companies. Starting in 1996, the company has grown to an amazing 600,000+ domains hosted from all over the world. Backed by high quality and redundant systems, HostMonster clearly shows that reliability is core to their business ethics.

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Main Features Language Compatibility Email Features
Disk Storage
Bandwidth
Free Domain Name
Add-On Domains
Sub Domains
Parked Domains
Unlimited
Unlimited
Yes
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
PHP
PHP5
ASP
Perl
CGI-BIN
Python
Ruby/Ruby On Rails
SSI
Shell Access
Cold Fusion
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
POP3
SMTP
IMAP
Webmail
Email Forwards
Mailbox Aliases
Auto-Responders
Mailing List
Spam Protection
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Database e-Commerce Features Multimedia Features
MYSQL
Microsoft SQL
PostgreSQL
MS Access
ODBC/DSN
phpMyAdmin
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
SSL Secure Server
OS Commerce Shopping Cart
Cube Shopping Cart
Zen Cart Shopping Cart
Password Protected
OpenPGP Encryption
Shared SSL Certificate
Agora Shopping Cart
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
MS Silverlight
Flash Support
Streaming Video
Streaming Audio
Shockwave
MIDI File Support
Add own MIME Types
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Scripting Features Highlight Features Overall Rating
Fantastico
Blogs/Wordpress
b2evolution
Moodle
Mambo/Joomla
SMF Forum
Wiki
PHPAdsNew
PHPAuction
PHP Form
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
  • $50 FreeGoogle Adwords Credit
  • Free Site Submission
  • Support For Custom PHP.INI Files
  • Spam Assassin Protection
Uptime
Service
Bonus
Editor Rating
User Rating

Reliability (5/5)

★★★★★

HostMonster pledges a 99.9% uptime guarantee. They are able to do so by operating their servers inside of a highly developed data center. Their Quad Opterons servers are fully backed up with generators should a power drop occur. To ensure all HostMonster clients experience the highest level of performance, the company’s network is connected to an OC-48 backbone system. All servers are installed with Apache ensuring stability. Security is a high priority as well – their data center is monitored 24×7 and data is constantly backed up securely and reliably. When it comes to stability and reliability, HostMonster can’t be beat.

Price Value (5/5)

★★★★★

Every hosting account with HostMonster includes a free domain, unlimited web space, unlimited bandwidth and unlimited e-mail accounts. Some of the fantastic bonus features they offer with all their accounts include WordPress, Drupal, social networking programs, PHP 5 and Perl 5 support. Combine all this with some really great e-commerce and multimedia features, you’ve got yourself a fantastic web hosting account with room to grow for a very small monthly cost. HostMonster will even submit your site to major search engines and give their clients $50 in Google credits. $5.95 a month (special promo this month) is an offer that can be beat!

Control Panel (5/5)

★★★★★

HostMonster equips all of their hosting accounts with cPanel. This well-known control panel software makes administering to your web site a breeze. Incredibly simple to use, cPanel categorizes all tasks and features into corresponding panels on the admin screen. You’ll have access to all your e-mail features, your site files, statistics and more. Setting up a new database is a very easy task and can be accomplished in just a few clicks. The control panel also offers advanced features – Apache handlers, an image manager, FrontPage extensions and network tools are just a few. cPanel is designed for both the novice and the expert when it comes to web host management.

Customer Support (5/5)

★★★★★

The HostMonster Help Desk allows easy access to a support ticket system, knowledge base, many video tutorials to help you get started and a user forum to “pick the brains” of your fellow hosting customers. Other avenues for support include an online cPanel documentation area and live chat. No matter what, HostMonster has you covered for support issues.

Overall Value (5/5)

★★★★★

Reliability, the strength of a well-known and established web hosting company and a lot of great features all rolled up into one very nice hosting package is what makes HostMonster a company so many have come to rely upon. With their affordable price, you can host and create a great website that will have the assurance of 99.9% uptime. Clearly HostMonster is a company to seriously consider when choosing your new host.

Unlimited disk space, bandwidth, e-mail accounts and a free domain – all for $5.95 a month. Check out HostMonster today for this great deal.

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9th December 2007
Posted by Web Hosting Consultant in Web Hosting Reviews

70 Responses to “HostMonster Review”

  1. Jay Z 'n Geek says:

    Hostmonster is an average hosting company and not that best as someone claimed. You should aware that there is no 100% perfect hosting and hostmonster is the one. They are reliable but the support sometimes annoying. They kept asked me like I am a dumb even I already answered all questions.

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  2. Pedro says:

    All 4 from me. A good hosting but not that best. Delay in support via email and sometime phone call doesn’t work.

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  3. Kelvin says:

    I am not a customer of them, because i was pissed off by their support when I ask them to clarify things that is not clear in ther advertisement. The guy quit my chat MANY times. The price is good, that’s why i almost signed up to their package, but luckily I didn’t because with the kind of support i get before I purchase, I can’t imagine what will it be like once I’ve paid for it.

    Worst, when I went to their support forum, few people there are so stuck up that they just scold me back for making such remark. (hostmonsterforum.com). I hope they will improve their support in the near future. No comment on other stuffs as I was treated like shit when I almost sign up for their package

    note: i wasn’t asking for anythign extra, just clarify their terms about domain stuffs.

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  4. best host rating says:

    hostmonster should got 5/5 from me if their support were not sometimes retarded. hostmonster has a much less downtime than I expected, plus a great price value with a easy-to-use cpanel.

    but….their support pissed me off!! really shameful!! He did move my site to another server without my acknowledge. It could not pose any serious problem is one of my sites not ruined by the lost of database. Completely lost!!!

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  5. Choji says:

    Quite good, This host is good if you are not a script mania or sometime you would pissed of by non supported on your own made script. 4/5 is reasonable score.

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  6. sophino says:

    Hmm….If I am hostmonster manager then some retard support staff would be fired of course!! HM offering a great uptime and easy-to-use cp but some support staff is quite frankly. Slow response and know nothing but only excuse again and again. I do not assume all support staffs are suck but some of them does. Please please improve on this. I do believe you have a large scale but keep the current customer is much easier than finding a new one, isn’t?

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  7. William Smith says:

    A wonderful web hosting company with a very reasonable pricing. I don’t find anything to complain and there back up support is really one of the best in the industry. Every other features are also good enough to mention.

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  8. Steward Bill says:

    One of the best webhosting service provider without any glitches and long serving company. Never got bothered by any service glitches and the backup support and available features are all par excellence.

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  9. Max says:

    Simply: STAY AWAY!
    People who are giving HM five stars have no idea what kind of a**holes they are! Yet…
    They closed my account after about 3 months, without a clear reason. They said it cannot be opened again, and promised me a refund for remaining 9 months. After 2 months I saw no refunds whatsoever. I contacted them, they said they’ll give me refund shortly. Again, 3 months passed, no refund. They even started to avoid me.
    And when there was only 1 month (of 12) left, they gave me 6 USD! This is outrageous! 8 months wasted! Someone should hack their servers for good! Their attitude sucks…

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  10. NeTTEx says:

    I guess these guys do okay. I can’t really give them a ringing endorsement but they seem to work hard to resolve any issues that you have. Customer support and control panel were okay compared to whats available.

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  11. Dennis Terry says:

    I really enjoyed setting things up with HostMonster. I feel that there staff knows what they are doing and provides a great service with great support. There was nothing disappointing at all.

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  12. Tony Beardsly says:

    HostMonster is a really great web hosting service. I’m trying to think of a time when I had an issue with down time but I can’t really think of one. A little bit pricey, but the overall service is really good in my opinion.

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  13. roderick says:

    Hostmonster.com is really great in value and everything. But they are prone to hacking alot more. For some reason people just target sites hosted by hostmonster its best to keep all your scripts uptodate if you do host. Just in case!

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  14. seobaglyak says:

    Their price is not cheapest but reasonable compared to quality. They offer a quality support and some delay in reply but overall is acceptable. The seobaglyak are recommending them.

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  15. vikas says:

    worst service in past 2 days. my websites are down from past 2 days and they are not at all helping in any manner.

    very disappointing.

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  16. John David says:

    Hostmonster is misleading clients, it says unlimited space, but it is not. They give you a limit on how many files you can post, limit on videos, and the wost thing is they give you a limit of 1100 Tables, Hostmonster is only for someone who is looking to create a basic HTML website. Trust me I found out the hard way, hostmonster suck!

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  17. simon says:

    We are web design company based in Singapore and have several separated accounts with Hostmonster for our customers. The uptime used to be good to excellent but dropped lately. We found many of our customer’s website has very slow loading and sometime even completly down during our daytime. Until this hosting company can recover a good faith from me I have to say just stay away from them.

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  18. Matthew Volodin says:

    Hostmonster is running many of my Drupal websites for over 5 years now and I have not had a single issue with them until now. I did not notice any down time as their servers responded well and there were no email issues either. One of the requests I made was for SSL and it was taken seriously and was dealt with professionally and quickly. I know there has been a lot of flak on HostMonster for providing bad support recently. But I will not mix with the guys because they have really been nice in my case. Their support is not as bad as the reviews on internet seem to suggest.

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  19. Emu Lee says:

    I am with this company when I started my professional career in the internet marketing. At present, I have various clients’ websites and all are hosted on the HostMonster. Their chat support and tech support both are excellent. You will never disappoint with the automated reply and response. Every time you will be attended by a human and not alien who repeats the same line. All of my websites are saved and secure on their server.
    One of the most adorable items in their cpanel is Fantastico. I used it for installing various CMS on my domains and sub-domains. The cpanel loads very fast and it is very easy to use. I am also very thankful to their tech supports that provide me great support while installing software manually. They all are very expert.
    At last, I will say that if you want to have a good web hosting partner, follow the HostMonster. They have various plans whatever your budget is.

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  20. Henri Lamontagne says:

    It may be a terrible thing to say but frequent downtime has come to be associated with HostMonster. This was not the case in the past. I have been using HostMonster for over 4 years now but never really experienced any down times. But in last 6 months their standards have slipped. My sites are down all the time and as a result I am losing money. It has become incredibly difficult to reach the support as they have become completely unavailable. Although when you do get across, they are pretty cordial and helping. The hardware they use is terrible though. Overall, nothing to write home about.

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