Reviews and expert opinion FirstHost

Ranked 606th from 3627 Web Hosting
4.3
  • Features
    4.3
  • Ease of Use
    4.3
  • Support
    4.3
  • Pricing
    4.2
Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
Web Hosting Expert
FirstHost has been serving customers since 2005. It offers user-friendly, feature-packed hosting plans backed by superior support.

Overview

FirstHost

Latvian host FirstHost brings 14 years of experience to the hosting market. To date, it has accumulated over 7,000 clients, whom it serves from its data center in Riga. FirstHost’s website supports the Estonian, English, Russian, and Latvian languages.

Features and Ease of Use

FirstHost offers five shared hosting plans, five SSD VPS plans, seven colocation plans, and 43 dedicated servers. Its five shared hosting plans provide you with:

  • 2 to 30 hosted domains
  • cPanel control panel
  • Latvian data center
  • 5 GB to 200 GB disk space
  • Unlimited traffic
  • 2 to unlimited FTP users
  • Unlimited MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQLite databases
  • Daily backups

The cPanel control panel’s Softaculous installer makes it easy for you to install popular applications such as WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. Alternatively, you can create your website and its content using the website builder that includes plenty of templates and an easy-to-use interface.

SSD storage provides improved performance and reliability compared with HDD storage, and the Cloudflare CDN improves page loading performance even more, while also helping protect you against some kinds of cyberattacks. You get a 99.9% uptime SLA, which is around the industry average.

If shared hosting is not sufficient for your needs, you can get a VPS or dedicated server with full root access for complete control of your server.

Pricing and Support

FirstHost’s shared hosting plans are competitively priced, but you do have to pay extra for a domain. You can pay for plans in Russian rubles, U.S. dollars, or euros via various methods (PayPal, cash, bank transfer, WebMoney, Yandex.Money, or Bitcoin) on billing terms from monthly to triennial. Committing to a year could save you an additional 20%, and also afford you a free domain.

Shared hosting plans provide a 30-day money-back guarantee (which should get you out early if anything goes wrong) and a 14-day free test account (so you can try before you buy).

For self-support, FirstHost offers an acceptable (but not exceptional) knowledge base. If this doesn’t answer all your questions — and it probably won’t — then you can call on the 24/7 customer support team via telephone, email, or live chat. I was pleased to receive quick answers to my questions via the live chat channel:

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Pricing

4.2

Dedicated Server

Moe Details
A Free Domain is included when purchasing any hosting service from FirstHost

Bottom line on FirstHost

For competitively priced Latvian hosting with several user-friendly features and efficient customer support, FirstHost could be a good choice. It’s a pity, then, that the uptime is no higher than the industry average.

Pros

  • 14+ years of IT experience
  • Competitively priced plans
  • Free domain
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

Cons

  • Only 99.9% uptime SLA
  • No free SSL

Visit FirstHost for competitively priced Latvian hosting.

Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
Gwen is a web developer and software engineer who loves to get lost in JavaScript (and a good book). She spends her free time teaching girls how to be coders, and doing yoga on her balcony in the sunshine.

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