Canadian company Canhost has more than fifteen years of hosting industry experience, and according to its Facebook page, this was one of the first registrars to provide customers with .ca domain names.
Today, Canhost can offer you shared hosting, email hosting, virtual and dedicated servers, and WHM reseller plans. It also offers domain name registration, SSL certificates, customized colocation services, remote backups, remote system monitoring, and various platforms for blogs, CMSes, forums, and e-commerce solutions.
Unlike many other hosting service providers that outsource their services, all Canhost’s services are provided, maintained, and delivered by the company’s in-house staff based in its Canadian facilities. Canhost’s website is in English.
Features and Ease of Use
Canhost offers three Linux shared hosting plans (with cPanel), and three Windows shared hosting plans (with Plesk). It also offers reseller hosting plans, dedicated servers, email hosting plans, and VPS hosting plans for Linux and Windows. The shared hosting plans provide these features:
- Dynamic disk space and site traffic
- 10 to unlimited email accounts
- 10 to unlimited MySQL database
Canhost supports both MySQL and MSSQL database-driven websites with PHP support. Its control panels allow you to create multiple FTP user accounts, and you can use Microsoft FrontPage or FTP to upload your site content. You can even upload a single ZIP file containing all your site’s content.
If you don’t have enough technical knowledge to create your website, you can use Canhost’s free and paid Weebly website builder plans. The user-friendly drag-and-drop interface helps you create a website, online store, or blog within minutes with ease. Alternatively, you can run more than 280 popular scripts for CMS and other applications including WordPress, Mambo, Drupal, Magento, or Joomla.
At the more expert end of the spectrum, you can request SSH access so that you can use SVN and GIT command line tools.
All shared hosting plans provide 99.999% uptime.
Pricing and Support
Canhost’s shared hosting plans are pricey, with even the entry-level Linux hosting plan being more than double the industry average.
You can pay for plans in CAD, USD, or GBP currencies via check, credit card, PayPal, or wire transfer on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual basis. You get a free domain for one year when you opt for annual billing on all shared Linux hosting plans.
For self-support, Canhost provides an extensive knowledge base that answers many common questions and includes several useful short tutorials. Canhost’s 24/7 customer support can be accessed via telephone, ticket, email, live chat, or online contact form. All my questions were answered satisfactorily when I tried the live chat: