Reviews and expert opinion Defende

Ranked 2571st from 3623 Web Hosting
4.1
Features
4.2
Ease of Use
4.0
Support
4.2
Pricing
4.1
Server locations
Italy
Onajite Omare
Onajite Omare
Web Hosting Expert
Defende offers hosting plans that are slightly higher-priced for the features on offer. However, it provides some perks that you might find worthwhile, including a free SSL certificate, free domain, and web server choices.

Overview

Defende

Founded in October 2003, Defende is a spin-off of another hosting provider: Business Network Service. Defende offers a range of web hosting and IT services, including software development, IT consulting, cloud VPS, shared hosting, email hosting, and dedicated servers. Its servers are located in Italy. The company’s website is available in Italian only.

Features and Ease of Use

Defende offers four shared hosting plans with varying features. It supports both Linux and Windows operating systems and you can choose your preferred operating system before you checkout. These are some of the features that the company offers:

  • 99% uptime
  • Daily and weekly automatic backups
  • Free SSL certificate
  • Free domain for a few extensions
  • Anywhere from 1GB to 15GB storage space
  • Unlimited bandwidth

Defende provides web hosting management tools that allow customers to manage databases, FTP, emails, and more. You can also use it to view the statistics of your website, traffic, and how much resources you have left.

Defende supports PHP, but not much else; though you can switch between multiple versions of PHP.  If your plan is to use Python, you’ll have to look elsewhere,  because it’s not supported. Databases are MySQL with PHPMyAdmin management tool, and MSSQL, too.

Another feature that you might like is the ability to choose your web server. You can choose Apache, Nginx, or IIS. Apache or Nginx are a better choice if you are looking to use an open-source OS like Linux and other open-source applications. IIS is for the Windows OS environment.

The company doesn’t provide premium/advanced web hosting features. That’s likely because it doesn’t specialize in hosting and provides design and development services, as well.

Pricing and Support

Defende has some affordable prices on the base plans. However, in the general sense, its prices are high for the features on offer. You pay more for features that you’d get for a lower price from Defende’s competitors.

Despite the listed monthly prices, Defende doesn’t provide a one-month hosting subscription. It’s lowest and only offered subscription period is one year. That’s a long time, especially given that it doesn’t provide a chance to test it with a free trial. Furthermore, there’s no money-back guarantee.

Defende provides customer support through phone and email. Its office is open from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, and 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Monday – Friday. It doesn’t have a knowledge base nor a live chat option that customer can easily use for contact.

I sent an email to Defende’s customer support and received a response less than two hours later.

Defende

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

Bottom line on Defende

For people looking to choose their web server and operating system, Defende might be for you. It allows customers to choose the exact configuration they want, but its features are better suited to those who understand server management and web development. It doesn’t provide a knowledge base, an automatic installer, or a website builder. On the plus side, you get a free SSL certificate and domain registration.

Pros

  • Allows customers to choose their web server
  • Linux and Windows OS choices on offer
  • Supports PHP programming
  • Provides MySQL and MSSQL

Cons

  • Prices are a bit high compared to features
  • No live chat support

Opt for a hosting plan with Defende.

Onajite Omare
Onajite Omare
Onajite is a content writer and Website developer that is focused on helping businesses attract, engage, and convert customers on the internet. When she's not writing content, crafting designs, or codes, she enjoys a good book.

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