Features and Ease of Use
Chiroro-Net offers shared website hosting, dedicated servers, and VPS packages. Its shared hosting plans provide these core features:
- 99.99% uptime record
- Domain registration available
- Linux operating system
- Unlimited subdomains
- Up to 50 GB disk space
- Unlimited monthly data transfer
Chiroro-Net, which is not always the case with web hosts, owns and operates its own data center. It should mean faster response times to technical issues and less chance of resources being oversold. This host recorded 99.99% uptime during the period 2002-2008, but this was some time ago, and there is no indication of how it has performed since.
Developers get the usual MySQL databases (on the top tier plan) and PHP support (limited to version 5.x). You’ll need a top-tier plan if you plan to host a blog, and you’ll be out of luck if you want a Windows platform because all the hosting packages run on Linux.
Pricing and Support
Prices are higher than American or European competitors, but this is not unusual for a Japanese host. You can commit monthly, six-monthly, or annually, with discounts when you commit to more than a month. However, you should beware the initial hefty setup fees.
24/7 customer service can be summoned by telephone, email, or old-fashioned fax. Alternatively, for self-support, you can turn to the frequently asked questions or the (dated) online help manuals: