Reviews and expert opinion AlfaHoster

Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
Web Hosting Expert

Although its hosting plans look plausible on paper (or on screen), I have some serious concerns about this company. The plans can’t be purchased, support resources can’t be reached, and my pre-sales support approaches were met with silence.


Overview

AlfaHoster Overview

AlfaHoster seems to have very little to say about itself, because it’s “About” page is blank. However, I can deduce from its Russian-language website — which mentions “Moscow time” on the contact page — that this hosting provider is… Russian.

With no apparent social media profiles, there’s not much more I can say about the company itself, except that its hosting plans can’t be bought, so it might not be in business at all.

Features and Ease of Use

AlfaHoster’s website advertises six cloud hosting plans (including a free plan) and six VPS plans. The six shared hosting plans provide:

  • CloudLinux OS
  • Five to unlimited hosted websites
  • 500 MB to 24 GB SSD storage
  • Two to unlimited MySQL databases
  • 128 MB to 2048 MB RAM
  • Free SSL certificate
  • Cron jobs
  • Backups

Supposedly, several CMS systems are supported, such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, PrestaShop, OpenCart, and phpBB. Performance improvements come courtesy of the LiteSpeed web server sitting on SSD storage. You can control your server remotely and securely via SSH, and CageFS isolates you from other hosted users.

VPS plans allow root access for complete server control, and you can install your choice of operating system.

Pricing and Support

Although you can’t actually purchase them at the time of this review, because the buy buttons time out, AlfaHoster’s hosting plans look cheap. You can secure discounts of up to 20% by committing to annual billing rather than quarterly or half-yearly, and you can pay — or, can you? — using euros, U.S. dollars, Russian rubles, or Ukrainian hryvnia.

Since I’m not confident about this company, it’s good to see a five-day test period (to try before you buy) and a 14-day refund window (subject to certain conditions).

The “Support” link on the website leads to an error page, so self-support resources (if any) are unreachable. The support team also seems to be unreachable by email or ticket.

AlfaHoster Support

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Bottom line on AlfaHoster

Taken at face value, AlfaHoster appears to provide a plausible set of low-price shared hosting and VPS plans. This is purely academic, though, because you can’t purchase plans or access support.

Pros

  • Free hosting
  • Low-cost hosting
  • Discounts for annual commitments
  • 5-day free test period and 14-day refund window

Cons

  • Buy buttons don’t work
  • Support team doesn’t respond

For hosting plans that look good but you probably can’t purchase, visit AlfaHoster.

Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
Gwen is a web developer and software engineer who loves to get lost in JavaScript (and a good book). She spends her free time teaching girls how to be coders, and doing yoga on her balcony in the sunshine.

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