Features and Ease of Use
With Alfahost, there are shared hosting plans optimized for different CMS. So aside from the regular shared hosting plans, you can also choose from its WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, OpenCart, and Prestashop hosting plans. The features on them include:
- Free SSL certificates
- Daily automatic backups
- From 5GB to unlimited disk space
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Up to 20 add-on domains
Other unlimited features include FTP accounts, MySQL databases, subdomains, and email accounts. All shared plans are Linux based and give you the choice of choosing the PHP version that you require.
With PHP, you can create a dynamic website. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to support much else, so if you are looking to code in Python or Windows-based programming languages, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
For beginners, there’s the Softaculous available application installer. While you can install different applications on any of the shared plans, the six CMS plans it offers are specifically designed to run those applications. So, you might want to choose them if you plan on running any of the CMSes on offer in order to get better optimization.
Alfahost offers DirectAdmin control panel and its own custom-made management environment called My Alfahost. All functions found in DirectAdmin are also available in My Alfahost, such as cron job setup, domain and email management, and so on.
This company also provides a free SSL certificate to enable secure connections and encrypt visitors’ information used on your website. All plans also come with the SpamAssassin tool to filter spam from incoming emails.
Alfahost uses SSD based servers. This offers better speed for the websites it powers and provides durability for data stored on it.
Pricing and Support
Alfahost offers the same set of prices on all categories of shared plans it offers, and these prices are easily affordable. Although its prices are listed on the website at monthly rates, its shortest billing cycle is actually annual as seen from the store. You can subscribe for as long as ten years, if you wish to.
Its payment methods include PayPal, Bancontact, SOFORT banking, and iDEAL payment gateway. Alfahost offers a free domain registration on certain extensions. There is also a 30-day money-back guarantee window that you can utilize in case the plan you paid for wasn’t satisfactory.
Its support team can be reached on workdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM through email, which is quite limiting. Having a live chat, phone number even, and other fast real-time communication options would be best. In cases of emergency, this email support won’t suffice because in my case, I didn’t get a reply, even weeks later.