Iran-based AtenaHost was launched in 2010 to provide a diverse range of web-related services for Iranian customers. AtenaHost sells shared hosting, VPS, colocation services, and dedicated servers. These are complemented by SSL certificates, domain registration, and infrastructure solutions.
AtenaHost’s Persian-language website looks messy, especially when translated into English. The WHMCS-powered client site can be switched into many different languages, but this seems to affect only the menus and not the content.
Features and Ease of Use
AtenaHost sells an array of Linux (CentOS) and Windows (2012 R2) shared hosting packages that provide you with:
- PHP support
- MySQL and MS SQL support
- Unlimited email accounts
- Up to four hosted websites
- DirectAdmin control panel (for Linux)
- .NET support (for Windows)
The six Linux hosting plans and six Windows hosting plans differ by disk space, monthly traffic, and the number of databases and hosted websites. Whether Windows or Linux, the smallest package provides you with 100 MB web space, 5 GB monthly traffic, and one hosted website. At the other end of the scale, the highest subscription affords you 10,000 MB disk space, 100 GB monthly traffic, and four hosted websites.
You can manage your Linux hosting account using the DirectAdmin control panel rather than the more popular cPanel, but you can do all the same things. Use it to monitor your system usage, select your desired PHP version, create/modify/delete DNS records, backup your data, and restore it if you need to.
If shared hosting isn’t sufficient for your needs, you can scale up to one of the six VPS hosting plans that provide 15 GB to 100 GB disk space, 50 GB to 300 GB bandwidth, 256 MB to 4,096 MB RAM. You get full root access and the freedom to install any software you want.
All servers are housed in the AtenaHost data center in Tehran where this vendor performs daily database backups that are kept for seven days.
Pricing and Support
Although it isn’t the cheapest host in the world, AtenaHost’s prices are reasonable compared with other Iranian hosts. You get a 7-day money-back guarantee, which doesn’t give you much time to decide if this host is right for you, and which excludes the costs of domain services, SSL certificates, and software licenses.
The available contact channels for customer support are telephone, ticket, and email, but my exploratory email went unanswered. If you have to resort to self-support, you can refer to the “training center” knowledge base.