Reviews and expert opinion ATW.hu

Ranked 1571st from 2641 Web Hosting
4.2
Ease of Use
4.2
Features
4.2
Pricing
4.2
Support
4.1
Server locations
Hungary
James Guill
James Guill
Web Hosting Expert
ATW offers inexpensive shared hosting with average features. Their strongest selling point is separate email and database storage. Unfortunately, they don't offer beginner-friendly tools, so this host is best suited for experienced webmasters.

Overview

ATW first began their operations in 2003 as a free web host. While they still offer free web hosting as a service, over the years, they’ve evolved to offer premium shared hosting along with VPS and rental servers. Their shared hosting plans offer unlimited bandwidth and nice extras such as separate email and database storage.

Features and Ease of Use

ATW offers solid shared web hosting plans with unlimited bandwidth and 99.9% availability. Their paid plans offer the following features:

  • SSD storage
  • Separate email and database storage
  • Unlimited subdomains
  • Unlimited databases
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Unlimited email addresses

These plans don’t offer a ton of advanced features, but there are a few bright spots:

  • Daily backups of websites and databases
  • Supports cron jobs
  • Redundant server architecture
  • phpMyAdmin support
  • Customizable plans available

ATW’s plans and feature set are about average for the market, though the 99.9% availability guarantee means better uptime than most hosts (which tend to only offer 99.9% uptime guarantee, if that). Plus, with redundant server architecture, the odds that you’ll experience a server outage are significantly reduced compared to a standard shared server.

The bad news here is that beginners are going to have a learning curve. ATW doesn’t offer an auto-installer or a website builder, so you’ll have to learn to build a website the old-fashioned way – or you can learn how to install WordPress manually.

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Pricing and Support

ATW offers four shared web hosting plans, including one free plan and three paid plans. Below is a breakdown of each plan.

Free WebMinimal WebOptimal WebMaximal Web
Free Domain?NoYes, 2 years .huYes, 2 years .huYes, 2 years .hu
Domains01510
Storage500MB HDD2GB SSD4GB SSD10GB SSD
Database Storage50MB500MB1GB2GB
Email Storage100MB2.5GB5GB10GB
Databases1UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Subdomains0UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
FTP Accounts02550100

The free plan is really only usable for small personal websites like blogs and resume websites, but that’s to be expected. I like how you get separate database and email storage for these plans. Most hosts combine your email and database storage into your primary storage, which means if you get a ton of emails and tend not to delete them, it’ll eat into your file space for your website. However, overall database storage is lacking so those needing large databases will need to look elsewhere — or upgrade to one of their VPS or dedicated server rentals.

These plans are dirt cheap with the Maximal plan costing the same as entry-level plans from many other hosts. As such, I’d go with Maximal from the start to max out your resources.

Note that your free domain is a .HU domain, so if you want a .com, you’ll have to pay for it. On the plus side, you get this .hu domain registration for two years free rather than the more typical one year from other hosts. Also, SSL certificates are not free, but they come at a reasonable annual fee.

If you don’t like the above pre-made packages, you can use their “Custom Web Host Configurator” (yes, it’s actually called that) to customize your plan. You can select the number of domains, your storage, database storage, email storage, and the number of FTP accounts needed.

ATW support is somewhat lacking. Your only options for support are phone support and email support. Support is not 24/7, only operating from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hungary time. They also don’t offer a knowledge base, so you’ll have to rely entirely on their limited support during regular business hours for any assistance.

Pricing

4.2

Web Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Free SSL
Price
2000 MB
500 MB
+
$2.88
4000 MB
1000 MB
+
$3.88
10000 MB
2000 MB
+
$5.29
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Free SSL
Price
2000 MB
500 MB
+
$2.88
4000 MB
1000 MB
+
$3.88
10000 MB
2000 MB
+
$5.29
More Details
A Free Domain is included when purchasing any hosting service from ATW.hu

Bottom line on ATW.hu

ATW is a decent provider, but the lack of beginner tools and support hurts them. If you’re looking for inexpensive website hosting with average features, this will work. Otherwise, there are other providers that offer better features and are far more beginner-friendly.

Pros

  • Separate email and database storage
  • Unlimited subdomains, databases, and bandwidth
  • Supports cron jobs and phpMyAdmin
  • Customizable plans available

Cons

  • Free domain is .HU
  • Not beginner-friendly
James Guill
James Guill
James Guill is a veteran writer with a background in IT support. He’s worked for some of the world’s largest companies including Ericsson, Compaq, GE, Bank of America and Dell.

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