Echo-Host was founded in 2009 with a clear vision to provide cheap hosting to customers in the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) region. Soon after its establishment, in 2010, Echo-Host was acquired by an American company Web-Leader, which expanded its services.
Echo-Host’s website is in Russian.
Features and Ease of Use
Echo-Host offers a small range of hosting plans plus domain registration. You can expect the following core features with Echo-Host’s hosting:
- Automatic weekly backups
- A free domain name
- Up to 100 add-on domains
- Free SSL certificates
- Up to 20 GB disk space
- Unlimited traffic allowance
Developer features include PHP (up to version 7.1), Cron jobs to schedule regular scripts, MySQL databases, and FTP accounts. The situation is less clear regarding support for advanced coding languages, and I couldn’t confirm this with support, which was offline at the time.
Since Echo-Host is partnered with a U.S. company, it makes sent that its servers are located in Pennsylvania. However, this may not be ideal for its Russian and European target customers who may want to be hosted on servers closer to their home countries. Since there is no advertised uptime guarantee, it’s hard to know what to expect in terms of downtime. And while you do get free automatic backups, you should note that these are only performed weekly.
Echo-Host can upgrade you from a shared hosting plan to a VPS plan or even a dedicated server as your online presence grows, and you won’t need to stress about migrating your data.
Pricing and Support
The shared hosting plans are cheap, which is usually the case with Russian hosts. Even with one of the top tier plans, you’ll benefit from an affordable monthly rate plus a free domain and a free SSL certificate. The only slight downside is that the minimum sign-up is six months, and you only get a 7-day money-back guarantee to mitigate your risk. But with such cheap hosting, you might not mind.
You can contact Echo-Host’s support team via ticket or live chat. However, I found the live chat to be offline when I tried, and I couldn’t even leave a message. On the plus side, there’s a reasonably comprehensive knowledge base that should help you find your own answers to support issues.