Reviews and expert opinion GoogieHost

Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
Web Hosting Expert
GoogieHost seems to work hard to provide you with an excellent service for free (apart from one major issue), or at a very low cost if you use the premium service. In my opinion, the features, if you can access them, are above and beyond what you’d expect with a free host.

Overview

Free Hosting—but What’s the Catch?

While GoogieHost isn’t bad for a free hosting service, we recommend you don’t waste your time with free hosting, even if you’re just starting out. You’ll have to deal with slow loading speeds, lots of downtime and no customer support, and migrating your site to a different host later can be a real pain. You can get high-quality hosting for an amazing price with InterServer, for instance.

Established in India, GoogieHost was born to meet a need in the market—to provide affordable hosting to the average user. GoogieHost has since become a nonprofit organization that offers most of its services for free—or at a low price, if you opt for the paid plans offered in partnership with InterServer.

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GoogieHost is host to more than 100,000 users across the globe. Technically a reseller of InterServer.net, its servers are in the U.K., U.S., and New Zealand, and it supports English, Hindi, Spanish, Indonesian, and Italian.

With no ads, free website hosting, free business email, and unlimited bandwidth, GoogieHost’s offer is generous, for sure. But, we all know there’s no such thing as “free.” What’s the catch (there is one!) with all of this generosity, and is it a compromise worth making?

Read on to find out.

Features

4.5

Free Features Galore

GoogieHost’s free plans include lots of features that you don’t usually get for free—like a website builder, design templates, and spam protection, as well as an SSL certificate. Plus, with unlimited bandwidth, you have peace of mind that if your traffic increases, your expenses won’t. However, if you need extra security features, that’s when you’ll need to consider using the premium services offered by its partner, InterServer.

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Unlimited Subdomains and FTP Accounts

GoogieHost is a free host, so you won’t get a free domain name, but you do get unlimited free subdomains. This means you can build multiple websites on various subdomains, for no additional monthly fee.

Free Email Accounts

GoogieHost offers free professional email addresses. That’s a great feature, perfect for those starting out and not ready to pay for a professional email with Google (or a similar provider)—especially when you want to keep your expenses down.

No Ads on Your Website

When you opt for a free hosting provider, you’re often forced to place advertising on your website. Refreshingly, GoogieHost doesn’t expect or even try to put up ads on your site, which means that your website will only ever display the content you put on it.

Unlimited Hosting of Website Files

GoogieHost claims you can host unlimited website files, but you’re really capped at 1000 MB of SSD storage. Yes, it’s a little misleading, but 1000 MB is more than enough for most websites, and SSD means it should perform up to ten times faster than traditional HDD.See full list of features

Ease of use

4.5

Beginner-Friendly Features

As GoogieHost’s target market is new website owners, as you’d expect, most features are simple to use. This is largely due to the proven combo of cPanel and Softaculous, rather than anything groundbreaking provided by GoogieHost.

cPanel

cPanel, if you’re not familiar with it, is an online control panel for managing your website. The panel is designed to assist and support your user experience and it’s widely trusted in the hosting industry. It’s where you’ll create new email accounts and sub-domains, install scripts, and so on. Basically, it will make your life easier, once you understand the interface.

Free Website Builder

GoogieHost has a great website building feature that allows you to build your website professionally—no need to hire a developer or learn to code. You’ll also have access to around 100 web templates, making it possible to create a website in minutes.

Create an Account

In order to test the account creation process, I tried to sign up for a free account with GoogieHost. Unfortunately, every time I went through the process I got an error message stating that only one free account is allowed per customer.

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I didn’t have an existing account with GoogieHost, so it was very strange. I tried with multiple email addresses, using a VPN, and in incognito mode—and received the same error message every time.

Whatever I did, I was unable to sign up for the free account. Of course, this was disappointing and meant I wasn’t able to set up a test WordPress website, test the speed, or do any of the usual tests I would normally do.

Performance

3.5

Few Complaints from Users

If I were cynical, I might think the 99.9% uptime guarantee was more of a marketing ploy than a bona fide service-level agreement (SLA). I mean, if your plan’s free, you’re not going to get any compensation in the event of excessive downtime, are you?

However, considering it’s a free host, it’s great to see a 99.9% uptime guarantee, and aside from scheduled downtime, GoogieHosts’ reliability is good, and this seems to be the consensus from most users.

Support

4.5

Helpful Support with Fluctuating Response Times

The type of support available to you from GoogieHost depends on what service you have opted for. If you have the free service, you have limited options. You can head to GoogieHost’s forum to find assistance or you fill out the online contact form.

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The community forum was a bit of a flop in my experience—I submitted a question, but despite waiting 48 hours for the moderator to approve and publish it, as far as I’m aware, it never was.

If you purchase the premium service from InterServer.net, there are a few more options available to you. You have access to live chat, email, or the forum for help.

Pricing

4.7
GoogieHost doesn’t charge for its service—that’s part of its mission. As you’d expect from a cost-focused host, all of the add-on prices are reasonable and GoogieHost even offers a 99% discount on InterServer prices as an introductory offer.

If you’re ready to make a purchase (such as SSL certificate upgrades or domain names), GoogieHost only accepts PayPal, unless you’re based in India.

Cancellations & Refunds

As I wasn’t able to sign up for GoogieHost, I can’t comment on the cancellation process. However, canceling your account with both GoogieHost and InterServer can be done entirely from your control panel.

Of course, GoogieHost is free, but if you do choose to try InterServer’s premium hosting services, they do have a money-back guarantee.

How much does GoogieHost cost?
GoogieHost offers plans from $0 to $5. The price depends on which type of hosting plan you choose. You can see the updated pricing table (updated weekly) below.
Which GoogieHost plan should I get?
My recommendation is to start with a cheaper plan. You can always upgrade later on. GoogieHost can help you with the migration to a more expensive plan. The increase in visitors many times takes longer than expected and you shouldn’t pay a lot of money until the need arises. Of course, your needs may vary, and you can consult with a hosting expert from GoogieHost here.
How good is GoogieHost’s customer support?
GoogieHost is not ranked as one of our top web hosts. But that can also be a result of GoogieHost being a small, under the radar, hosting provider. There are advantages to a small hosting company – as a customer, you are more important to them. You can also check out our comparison of the most popular web hosting services here.

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anonymus
Ukraine

I touch is was not possible to have such a great service for free. I only believed it when my account was activated and i started using Googie host. It is just exceptional and even much helpful to student developer like me who try the project. Recommended to everyone.

April 01, 2020
Pankaj
India
5.0
i LIKE GOOGIEHOST

AMAZING HOSTING PROVIDER I USE THIS SERVICE FOR ALL MY DOMAIN NAMES AND I ALSO PREFER YOU TO USE THIS SERVICE THANKS JOIN GOOGIE HOST NOW IT PROVIDE FREE SSL ALSO AND LOTS OF OTHER FEATURES SO PURCHASE DOMAIN AND USE THIS FOR HOSTING IT IS TOO MUCH SECURE

March 31, 2020
anonymus
Italy
5.0
Oustanding service for free

If you compare with other hosting services providing free plans, you immeidately perceive as GoggieHost is the most complete and reliable today in the market. Lot of features are available and also very easy to drive to a full professional service. Well done GoogieHost!

March 30, 2020
anonymus
India
5.0
from boyapati creations

googihost is really really good and it was very help full for poor students who are really intrested to create a own website and by using this host i'm creating my first web site and hosting by using this googiehost thank you googie for our support to me

March 29, 2020
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Usman
Saudi Arabia
5.0
good service

I think if it actually provides the services offered for free, this will be the best site for hosting. GoogieHost seems to work hard to provide you with an excellent service for free (apart from one major issue), or at a very low cost if you use the premium service. In my opinion, the features, if you can access them, are above and beyond what you’d expect with a free host.

March 28, 2020
MANORANJAN S.
India
4.0
googie host hosting

I really happy to announce that googiehost helped me to build my website as I am really upset due to payment error I am unable to activate my domain since last 25days finally googiehost helped me for the same thanks a lot to do it more simple for me

March 28, 2020
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Bottom line on GoogieHost

GoogieHost seems to work hard to provide you with great service for free, or at a very low cost if you use the premium service. It’s a shame I wasn’t able to create a free account because, on paper, it looks like a high-quality service. GoogieHost has an impressive number of features available on the free plans that are not always available for free from other hosting providers.

Before you make a decision, we highly recommend you check out some alternative hosting companies, which we highly recommend.

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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