Features and Ease of Use
Dynamic Hosting offers coast-to-coast Canadian servers. Not only does this ensure excellent speed-to-market if you’re targeting a Canadian readership, but it offers proximity to the American market without subjecting webmasters to American law.
All shared hosting packages are Linux-based and come with automatic nightly data backups retained for 90 days along with free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates. In addition, there are also disaster recovery backups with off-site data storage along with over 150 one-click application installation options including WordPress, Magento, and Drupal.
Uptime is guaranteed at an industry-leading 99.99%. Unfortunately, there is no specific mention of MySQL capabilities.
Here are some of the features available:
- SSD storage
- PHP 7
- FTP access
- Cloudflare CDN
- Automatic malware scans and removals
For advanced webmasters, Dynamic Hosting also offers unmanaged and managed VPS hosting plans with full root access. Here are some of the features they come with:
- RAID 10 storage
- SSD storage (as an add-on)
- Plesk control panel (as an add-on)
- Management services
- RAM and storage upgrades
- Daily backups
- Offsite data backups (as an add-on)
There’s also a managed WordPress plan available featuring Dynamic Hosting’s “Never Get Hacked” guarantee. The feature list for this includes:
- SSD storage
- PHP 7
- Nightly backups with 90+ day data storage
- Free restores from backups
- Automatic WordPress updates
- Managed firewall
- DDoS attack protection
Pricing and Support
Dynamic Hosting’s entry-level price relative to competitors is good, and upgrading to the “Ultimate 3 Year Plan” gets you unlimited storage, add-on domains, and databases for just a twofold increase in price.
On the negative side, while there’s a 99.99% uptime guarantee, Dynamic Hosting’s failure to mention its specific MySQL capabilities makes it hard for webmasters to know what kind of speeds you’ll get until you start using the service.
The managed WordPress plan costs about twice as much as the “Ultimate 3 Year Plan” pricing for similar functionality and additional security features. If you’re running a sophisticated website prone to hacking attempts, you may find the peace of mind to be worth the additional cost, however.
Dynamic Hosting offers a 30-day free shared hosting trial with no upfront payment required, so you can also try out its service risk-free.
They offer a total of five VPS hosting plans with identical feature lists. The only variations among the plans are in terms of storage, traffic, and processing speeds. You can choose from plans that include 2-12 vCPU cores, 50-500GB of RAID 10 disk space, 5-30TB of bandwidth, and 2-12GB of RAM.
Unfortunately, SSD must be purchased as an add-on for all of these plans. The price-to-value ratio is okay — about 1:1. However, the value relative to competitors is good, especially for Canada-based hosting.
Support is available in English and French, but the website is English-only. Technical phone and live chat support is available 24/7 and I found them to be friendly and helpful. There’s also an on-site ticketing system through which I got a reply within 24 hours. A self-help knowledge base can answer some basic technical questions.