Reviews and expert opinion CastHost

Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Web Hosting Expert

As its name suggests, Canadian company CastHost specialises in streaming hosting services such as SHOUTcast and Icecast. However, it also offers simple cPanel shared hosting plans backed by efficient live chat support.


Overview

CastHost OverviewCanada-based CastHost started out relatively recently in 2014 as provider of mainly inernet radio streaming services. However, it also offers a small range of cPanel hosting, SEO, and domain registration services.

CastHost’s servers sit in two U.S. data centers, and its easy-to-browse English-language website displays prices in U.S. dollars.

Features and Ease of Use

Despite CastHost’s bias towards streaming hosting services, in this review I focus on its four cPanel hosting plans — Starter, Medium, Large, and XL — which include these features:

  • 99% network uptime
  • cPanel control panel
  • Softaculous installer
  • Unlimited subdomains and FTP accounts
  • PHP and phpMyAdmin
  • Cron jobs

Although CastHost covers the hosting essentials, I would have liked to have seen some more features such as SSD storage, a CDN, offsite backups, SSL certificates, and a website builder.

I am happy to see the industry-standard cPanel control panel and Softaculous installer combo. cPanel allows you to manage all aspects of your hosting, and Softaculous helps you install popular content management and other apps, including WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and phpBB.

The smallest hosting plan provides sufficient resources for light hosting requirements: 1,000 MB disk space, 10 GB monthly bandwidth, 4 MySQL databases, and 10 email accounts. At the other end of the scale, the largest hosting plan provides 10 GB disk space, 50 GB bandwidth, unlimited MySQL databases, and unlimited email accounts, for more demanding webmasters.

Pricing and Support

Compared with international competitors, CastHost’s prices are pretty low for basic cPanel hosting. You can pay by credit card or PayPal, but unfortunately — and unlike the streaming services that have a 15-day free trial — there is no free trial and there are no refunds for cPanel hosting. However, a live chat agent suggested that a free trial could be discussed.

Besides live chat, you can contact CastHost by submitting a support ticket (24/7) or sending a Facebook Messenger message; also, remote assistance is available via TeamViewer.

I found that the support staff were very responsive and helpful via the live chat channel:

CastHost Support

For self-support, there is an adequate (but not extensive) knowledge base.

Comparison

How does CastHost match up to the competition?

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InterServer Compare 4.8 Compare
CastHost Compare 4.1 Compare
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Pricing

4.1

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Bottom line on CastHost

While CastHost covers the hosting basics at low prices, I would have liked to have seen more features and more hosting options (i.e., virtual and dedicated servers) to complement its primary offering of stream hosting services.

Pros

  • Low prices
  • Responses live chat support
  • American servers
  • 15-day free trial (with streaming hosting)

Cons

  • No money-back guarantee
  • Low 99% network uptime

Visit CastHost for cheap cPanel hosting, and especially for streaming hosting plans.

Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Mark is a full stack web developer specializing in HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, MySQL, and PHP. When he's not busy building websites or geeking out over the latest addition to his ever-growing gadget collection, he enjoys playing drums for his progressive rock band. He can also make a mean Spanish omelet.

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