Features and Ease of Use
Café Hosting offers two categories of shared servers – Initial Hosting and Elite Hosting. Initial hosting plans are suitable for small websites and a few medium websites. The Elite Hosting provides more resources and is more suited for medium-sized E-commerce brands and those in need of more resources than what Initial hosting can handle.
Shared hosting customers enjoy the following features:
- 99.98% uptime
- Free SSL certificate
- Free .com, .com.net, and .org domain
- Daily automatic backups
- Anywhere from 1GB to 5GB SSD
I like that this web host gives an SSL certificate free for a full year. The benefits of SSL are numerous, but one that websites need it for most, is showing Google that you’re credible – it’s an important factor in hosting. Most web hosts that provide free certificates work with Let’s Encrypt, which stipulates that you have to renew every 90 days. Not here though; you won’t need to deal with your SSL certificate until a year later.
If you’re going to use WordPress to create your website or blog, there’s no need to go through the long journey of creating databases, uploading application files, connecting a database to the application, etc, as is expected for manual installation. That’s because Café Hosting offers Softaculous, which makes installing a CMS a breeze.
Café Hosting offers cPanel for website management. It’s popular, intuitive, and has many tutorials, and from one Google search, you can get all the help you need in navigating through the panel to manage your hosting.
This web host also pays attention to server security and reliability. In this case, it uses SSD to ensure that servers are redundant, reliable, and have faster performance. It also constantly updates its systems to avoid security vulnerabilities.
Pricing and Support
Café Hosting offers many plans that fit different needs and pockets. The Initial hosting category is reasonably priced and affordable, but as we move towards the Elite hosting, it starts to ramp up and become slightly expensive for the features on offer, especially when compared with other web hosts offering similar features.
The free domain and SSL certificate do offset the general hosting cost, so the prices might be worthwhile for you.
It doesn’t offer a free trial and the subscription periods are more on the long term – 12 months at least for shared hosting. Though, for VPS, it offers a one-month subscription.
If you are looking to move from your current host and think that this web host is worthwhile, but are worried about the technical details involved in transferring, don’t be. Café Hosting offers migration at no cost to move all your website information to its servers.
If you need to discuss it with customer support, you can use the live chat, send an email, or open a support ticket. Its support agents are supposedly ready to help 24/7. In my experience, I didn’t get a reply when I sent an email, nor did I get connected to an agent through the live chat.