Reviews and expert opinion CloudHost

Ranked 668th from 3434 Web Hosting
4.3
Features
4.3
Ease of Use
4.3
Support
4.0
Pricing
4.3
Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Web Hosting Expert
CloudHost's website promises "top quality web hosting made easy and affordable." This provider's name and tagline ("It's a cloud thing!") suggest that this is a cloud-only company, but it's a little bit more than that.

Overview

CloudHost

If you are in a hurry, and just want the bottom line: for the same price as CloudHost you can get much better servers with 24/7 support with Hostinger, so why even bother?!

According to its Facebook page, South African hosting firm CloudHost was founded in 2018. As its name and tagline (“It’s a cloud thing!”) suggest, this host is very cloud-centric, and it aims to make top-quality hosting easy and affordable.

CloudHost’s website is in English but can be switched in many other languages, presumably via automatic translation. This website sells Web Hosting, VPS Hosting, and Dedicated Hosting.

Features and Ease of Use

Setup is pretty fast with CloudHost, and your cPanel-based account is activated as soon as your payment has been processed. You get access to the following features:

  • DNS manager
  • Subdomains
  • FTP access
  • Webmail with antispam
  • Website statistics tools
  • phpMyAdmin
  • Unlimited bandwidth

While website creation can take time, with the free website builder, you could create your website in less than an hour. This website builder comes with hundreds of customizable templates, so you just have to populate your chosen template with text and other media, then publish. Alternatively, the integrated one-click script installer helps you install CMS and other apps such as WordPress, Joomla, and PrestaShop. Specialized hosting is also available for some of these CMS systems.

Tools to improve your website’s performance include the Cloudflare CDN (to improve page loading speeds and protect you against some kinds of cyberattacks) and the Attracta SEO Tools (to increase your visibility on Google and Bing).

It’s nice to know that you can create daily backups of my websites, files, and emails. Backups are stored on remote servers, and you can restore them yourself via the control panel.

In terms of availability, you get a guaranteed a 99.9% network uptime, which is around the industry average, and which ensures your website should be available almost all the time.

Pricing and Support

With CloudHost, you get low-cost hosting plans with some nice features and superior services, and you get a free .co.za domain if you sign up for at least a year. You also get 30 days to request a refund, so (in a sense) you can try before you buy, subject to certain terms and conditions. Any refunds exclude domain fees and third-party charges.

Support can be summoned by email or ticket. The additional live chat channel seems to be tailored to pre-sales inquiries rather than customer technical support, and self-support resources seem to be entirely absent since I couldn’t find a knowledge base, FAQ page, or even a blog.

CloudHost

A Free Domain is included when purchasing any hosting service from CloudHost

Bottom line on CloudHost

As well as providing customers with a reliable shared hosting platform with SSD storage, CloudHost also offers specialized hosting environments.

Before you make a decision, we highly recommend you check out some alternative hosting companies, which we highly recommend.

Pros

  • Intuitive control panel
  • Hundreds of free web apps
  • Instant account activation
  • A fast and stable hosting platform

Cons

  • Partial refunds for hosting
  • Some 404 (not found) error pages
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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