DotBlock is owned by HostRocket.com, which is headquartered in New York and which has provided web hosting services to around 50,000 websites since its inception in 1999.
DotBlock primarily provides VPS and dedicated servers plus private cloud, colocation, and enterprise storage. The company also offers SSL certificates and other networking and security solutions along with server management.
Data centers are located in Clifton Park (New York), San Jose (California), Chicago (Illinois), and Amsterdam (The Netherlands). The DotBlock website is in English.
Features and Ease of Use
DotBlock offers 24 block-based, scalable SSD VPS plans that are available in both managed and unmanaged options at four hosting locations. The packages are as follows:
- The 1-Block package gives you a 1-core processor, 1 GB RAM, 20 GB storage, and 500 GB bandwidth.
- The 2-Block package comes with a 2-core processor, 2 GB RAM, 30 GB storage, and 1 TB bandwidth.
- The 24-Block plan (yes, I’ve skipped a few) provides a 12-core processor, 24 GB RAM, 250 GB storage, and unmetered bandwidth.
For even higher resources, you can choose the 28-Block to 60-Block packages.
In addition to the VPS plans, DotBlock also offers eight dedicated server hosting plans, three colocation services, and several block-based private cloud plans (with up to 960 cores to meet the needs of the most demanding server applications). You get at 99.9% uptime guarantee with the dedicated server and private cloud plans.
DotBlock’s redundant, blended connectivity, combined with its multiple datacenter locations (in the U.S. and Europe) make it your ideal partner for delivering a high-quality user experience around the world.
From e-commerce stores and government agency websites to online advertising systems that don’t slow down the website on which they run, DotBlock can do it all. Most importantly, the scalable plans and easy package upgrades allow you to expand as your business grows.
To set up your website in the first place, the Softaculous and Fantastico one-click installers are included in the cPanel control panel. And once your site is set up, you can rest assured that your data will be protected by SSD RAID storage as well as being backed up by the R1Soft Server Backup Manager that cuts the backup time down from hours to minutes.
From a compliance point of view, DotBlock’s hosting is HIPAA audited, PCI compliant, and SOC 2 certified.
Pricing and Support
DotBlock’s VPS plans are slightly pricey, and you can pay for them in USD via PayPal or credit card on monthly, half-yearly (5% off), or annual (10% off) billing cycles.
You can get a 30-day free trial of the Block-1 to Block-4 unmanaged VPS plans, but backup packages and cPanel/Windows licenses are excluded from this offer. Also, DotBlock provides a 50% pro rata refund if you make a cancellation request before your next billing date.
You can reach out to DotBlock’s 24/7 customer support team via telephone, ticket system, email or live chat. I received rapid responses to my questions via live chat.
For self-support, DotBlock provides a pretty extensive knowledge base and a network status page that lets you see the current status at its four data centers.