Casa Virtual Cloud & Software (or simply Casa Virtual) is a Colombian hosting provider that sells a wide range of hosting solutions including Windows and Linux shared hosting, VPS hosting, reseller hosting, dedicated servers, cloud hosting, and domain registration. It also offers ancillary products and services such as website builder, email services, and online security products such as SSL certificates and antivirus.
Casa Virtual’s well-organized, informative website is available in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, and you can choose to see prices displayed in U.S. dollars, Canadian dollars, Australian dollars, euros, pounds sterling, Russian rubles, Indian rupees, Chinese yuan, Colombian pesos, or Turkish lira.
Features and Ease of Use
Casa Virtual has three main server locations: the U.S.A, the U.K., and India. The Windows shared hosting plans are available at all locations whereas the Linux plans are only available on the U.S. servers.
Some of the shared hosting features are:
- Automatic backups every five days
- 99.9% uptime guarantee
- SSD and SATA storage
- cPanel control panel for Linux
- Plesk control panel for Windows
- Software installer
- Cron jobs
While the Linux hosting is managed via the cPanel control panel, the Windows hosting is managed via the Plesk control panel. Both user-friendly control panels give you complete control over your website. Plesk usually provides its own application installer, but cPanel integrates the Softaculous one-click installer for popular CMS and other apps such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, PrestaShop, TYPO3, and phpBB.
The good news is that Casa Virtual offers a website builder with more than 100 ready-made templates and a drag-and-drop interface for placing widgets on your web pages, so you don’t need to hire an expert web designer. The bad news is that you have to pay for the website builder.
Pricing and Support
While Windows hosting is usually more expensive than the Linux equivalent, Casa Virtual’s prices are around the average for the industry. You can choose to be billed quarterly, semi-annually, or annually, and you get a 30-day money-back guarantee that should make you feel better about paying for a whole year up front.
When it comes to support, I was disappointed to receive no responses to my email and ticket support approaches. On the plus side, this company has a pretty comprehensive knowledge base for self-support purposes.