Reviews and expert opinion Area IT

Ranked 727th from 3360 Web Hosting
4.3
Features
4.3
Ease of Use
4.3
Support
4.3
Pricing
4.3
Server locations
Netherlands
Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
Web Hosting Expert
Area IT is a high-performance, low-cost Latvian hosting provider that offers e-commerce and CMS-optimized hosting plans.

Overview

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Area IT is a small hosting company that simply isn’t a match for big brands like Hostinger. The bigger hosting companies simply offer a better price for similar configuration.

Area IT’s website suggests that it has been working in the Latvian internet services market since 2009, and it claims that its services are some of the most competitive in Latvia. Area IT has paid a lot of attention to process automation and making improvements in the area for technical support.

The high-performance hosting plans — which are optimized for Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, OpenCart, PrestaShop, Magento, and more — should meet the needs of business portals and personal websites alike. This provider also offers domain registration, SSL certificates (free for 90 days), and web development services.

Area IT’s website can be switched between the Latvian, Russian, and English languages.

Features and Ease of Use

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Area IT offers four shared hosting plans (Micro, Mini, Basic, and Business) plus three high-performance shared hosting plans (Business Plus, Business Advanced, and Business Pro). Note that the high-performance plans are not listed on the English translation of the vendor’s website.

The four shared hosting plans, which are optimized for popular CMS and e-commerce systems, provide you with:

  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • cPanel control panel
  • 1 GB to 200 GB SSD storage
  • Two to unlimited domains
  • Unlimited email and FTP accounts
  • Support for PHP 5.2 to 7.3
  • Cron to schedule your tasks
  • Antivirus protection and SpamAssassin
  • Daily R1Soft backups

If you’re not comfortable creating a website from scratch, you can use the free website builder that includes 1,000+ templates. Alternatively, the Softaculous installer will allow you to CMS or other software to manage your website’s content.

The AWStats, Logaholic, and Webalizer tools will provide you with useful insights into how your website is performing, and the performance should be improved thanks to the use of super-fast SSD storage rather than traditional HDD storage. As if this wasn’t enough, the Cloudflare CDN improves your website security and improves page loading speeds by caching content close to your website visitors.

Pricing and Support

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Area IT’s standard shared hosting plans are priced very low. Understandably, the high-performance plans cost more, although (as already stated) you won’t find these on the vendor’s English language website. You can pay for plans in euros using PayPal, a credit card, or Swedbank, on billing cycles from semi-annual to triennial. You pay less on longer billing cycles, and you get 14 days to change your mind (which is a little less than with some other hosts).

Area IT has a 24/7 technical support team, whereas the sales and administration department works during 9-to-5 office hours. Customer support can be summoned by support ticket or email, and I’m pleased to say that I received a rapid response (within 15 minutes) to my initial pre-sales queries.

For self-support, you can refer to Area IT’s well-stocked knowledge base and blog.

Bottom line on Area IT

For a wide variety of Linux shared hosting plans, including some high-performance ones that are comparable to VPS plans (but much easier to manage) it’s worth looking at what Area IT has to offer. However, you’ll have to look elsewhere if you want Windows hosting, VPS, or dedicated servers.

Area IT might offer a good service at a reasonable price, but does it match up with the top web hosting companies? We find it hard to say “yes.”

Pros

  • A leading Latvian hosting service provider
  • Cost-effective pricing
  • 14-day money-back guarantee
  • Extremely prompt customer support

Cons

  • Only 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • Plans only payable in euros
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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