Founded in 2014, BlackHOST is a Switzerland-based web host offering secure and high availability shared web hosting, virtual server, and dedicated server hosting as well as domain and storage services. Its focus is data security, reliability, and speed with a mission to protect internet freedom.
Features and Ease of Use
Shared hosting plans include unlimited subdomains, email accounts, MySQL databases, and FTP accounts, as well as these features:
- Unmetered traffic
- 99.9% server uptime
- Money-back guarantee
- SSD storage
- SSH access
- Free SSL certificate
- CloudFlare CDN
BlackHOST offers unmetered shared hosting and WordPress hosting plans with 10GB-50GB of SSD storage. Its entry-level SneakPeak shared plan features 10GB storage, 1GB RAM, one add-on domain, and five parked domains. Stepping up two tiers, the GrowBIG plan features 30GB storage, two CPU cores, 4GB RAM, and 6GB virtual RAM, with unlimited parked and add-on domains.
WordPress hosting options feature similar data allowances, however, some highlights of the WordPress service include SFTP access, premium support, CloudLinux operating system, one-click software installations, and automatic data backups.
Customers needing professional email may have interest in BlackHOST’s email hosting. Plans range from 10GB to 50GB of storage and include features like anti-spam protection, unlimited email addresses, large 100MB message size, email forwarding, secure SSL encryption, autoresponders, and regular data backups. Email hosting plans can be purchased by the year.
BlackHOST is committed to its “No Matter What” up and running policy. This states that it will protect your servers during natural disasters and nuclear bombs. It will also protect your servers and data from others, such as competitors, governments, terrorists, burglars, and the DMCA. BlackHOST runs on a 100% anonymous policy, where it doesn’t know who or where customers are.
Pricing and Support
BlackHOST shared website hosting plans are competitively priced and more affordable than many top international hosting providers. Its entry-level plan costs around the price of a cup of coffee per month and includes unmetered traffic and SSD storage. Its highest tier shared plan includes four CPU cores and 8GB virtual RAM, along with a dedicated IP address. This costs around the same as a fast food meal per month, making it a value worth considering.
Pricing for its WordPress plans is a little higher on average and closer to that of top international providers, though its entry-level WP plan is priced a little over half of the rate commonly seen for SSD shared plans with unmetered traffic.
Shared hosting can be purchased in monthly and annual terms, with two months given free when the annual option is chosen. WordPress hosting plans have a smaller annual discount closer to 4% off the monthly price at the time of writing this review.
Customer support is available 24 hours a day via online contact form and ticketing. BlackHOST responds to all support requests within 12 hours. I reached out to support via the contact form and heard back within a couple of hours.