Reviews and expert opinion DollarHost

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4.0
  • Features
    4.0
  • Ease of Use
    4.0
  • Support
    4.0
  • Pricing
    4.0
Server locations
Beaconsfield
Elijah Charbonneau
Elijah Charbonneau
Web Hosting Expert
Canadian web host DollarHost’s website and services have a distinctly retro feel to them. The shared web hosting plans provide limited features, and the majority of plans don’t support SSL or allow subdomains.

Overview

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DollarHost is a web hosting brand of In2net Network Inc. It was founded in 1999, and its English-language website doesn’t seem to have evolved stylistically since then.

This host provides Linux and Windows web hosting, domain registration, and web address forwarding services from a data center based in British Columbia, Canada.

Features and Ease of Use

DollarHost offers five web hosting plans, plus domain registration and forwarding. It also helps customers migrate their existing websites to its servers.

The three Linux hosting plans are Starter, Starter Advantage, and UltraWeb. The entry-level Starter plan includes 500 MB of disk space, 10 GB of data transfer, and 10 email mailboxes. The Starter Advantage plan provides 1 GB of disk space, 25 GB of monthly data transfer, and 50 email mailboxes.

The two Windows plans are Windows Advantage (500 MB disk space, 10 GB monthly data transfer) and Windows Pro (2 GB disk space, 50 GB monthly data transfer).

Depending on the plan you pick, you will also benefit from some or all of:

  • cPanel control panel
  • PHP
  • MySQL databases
  • Subdomains
  • SSL support
  • ASP
  • ColdFusion

DollarHost uses the data centers of its In2net parent company, which is based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Pricing and Support

DollarHost’s shared hosting plans are somewhat pricey for the features you get compared with similar-priced plans from other providers. For example, another host might offer unlimited SSD storage, unlimited bandwidth, free SSL, and a CDN for the same price. To make matters worse, you have to pay a setup fee equal to about six weeks worth of hosting at the entry-level plan’s prices.

For support, you can contact DollarHost by telephone or by using the online contact form. I received a reply the next day when I filled out the contact form:

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For self-support, this provider’s website includes a limited set of tutorials, including one for working with “Macromedia” Dreamweaver, which makes this article at least 14 years old since Dreamweaver was acquired by Adobe in 2005. Continuing the same theme, customers can also read all about setting up the somewhat old Netscape Mail.

Pricing

4.0

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Bottom line on DollarHost

Since DollarHost’s apparently unsecured website seems to be stuck in the first decade of this century (if not earlier), I was slightly surprised to find that this host is still in business, but the response to my contact form submission shows that it is. However, DollarHost’s plans are not the most competitively priced, and they lack many modern features.

Pros

  • cPanel included with some plans
  • PHP supported with most plans
  • Subdomains allowed with one plan
  • Some plans support SSL

Cons

  • The website has a very dated appearance
  • Hosting plans lack modern features

For retro hosting plans sold from a retro website, see DollarHost.

Elijah Charbonneau
Elijah Charbonneau
Elijah is a freelancer writer, marketer, and technology enthusiast based in SE Asia. He enjoys staying on top of new technologies and learning ways that they can make life better. On his days off, you can find him traveling or digging into a new work of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

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