Reviews and expert opinion HandyHost

Ranked 1232nd from 1977 Web Hosting
4.2
Ease of Use
4.2
Features
4.3
Pricing
4.2
Support
4.1
Server locations
Germany
Russia
Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Web Hosting Expert
From its datacenters in Moscow and St. Petersburg, HandyHost aims to provide first class service to its individual and business customers.

Overview

HandyHost

HandyHost offers web hosting, VPS on Linux and Windows platforms, dedicated servers, domain name registration, and SSL certificates. It has been in the hosting market for nine years. In this time it has served over 25,000 customers and rendered over 40,000 services from servers in Russia and Germany. This Russian vendor’s website is in Russian.

Features and Ease of Use

Apart from universal web hosting (described next), HandyHost also offers WordPress hosting for Joomla, Drupal, MODX, and Bitrix. And with its website builder, you can get your site up and running in as little as five minutes.

HandyHost offers seven “Universal Hosting” plans (VHOST-0, VHOST-1, VHOST-5, VHOST-10, VHOST-25, VHOST-35, and VHOST-50) with the names roughly reflecting the resource allocations. The cheapest VHOST-0 plan comes with 1 GB space, one website, one MySQL database, and one FTP account.

All Universal Hosting plans include:

  • 99.99% uptime guarantee
  • ISPmanager 5 control panel
  • Round-the-clock server monitoring
  • Spam protection
  • DDoS protection
  • Hardware data duplication
  • Antivirus
  • Automatic daily backups
  • Free SSL certificate
  • A free domain in the .ru zone (if you buy a yearly hosting plan)
  • Free website transfer from another hosting company

In addition, you will get PHP (versions 5.2 to 7.2), PHP module management, phpMyAdmin to manage your MySQL database(s), DNS records management, 1-click installation for CMS software, FTP access, and domain mail (using POP3, IMAP, and SMTP protocols). If you need e-commerce features, you can benefit from the automatic installation of PrestaShop or OpenCart once your hosting has been activated.

Pricing and Support

HandyHost’s hosting services are competitively priced, and you can save quite a bit of money thanks to generous discounts on annual plans. The plans can be purchased using credit/debit cards, electronic money transfer services, internet banking, or mobile payment solutions.

HandyHost offers thirty days of full hosting for free together with a free domain in the .onhh.ru zone, which is a way for you to test the hosting services.

HandyHost offers several different support services. Existing clients can get 24/7 support by logging in a submitting a ticket. The support staff can also be reached by email, toll-free Russian telephone numbers, or (for pre-sales queries) via live chat during Moscow business hours. The first time I tried to initiate a live chat, I was told to either try later or send an email since there were no operators available. I did try another time, in Russian (thanks to Google Translate) and English, and I was answered immediately:

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HandyHost also provides a handy help section on its website, which is basically a set of FAQs complemented by useful articles.

Pricing

4.2

Web Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Number of Sites
Price
Plan Name
Storage
Number of Sites
Price
1 GB
1
$1.23
More Details
A Free Domain is included when purchasing any hosting service from HandyHost

Bottom line on HandyHost

With competitively priced plans plus bonuses and gifts (like free domains, free site transfers, and annual discounts), HandyHost offers good value all round.

Pros

  • User-friendly hosting
  • Friendly and fast customer service
  • Free SSL certificate
  • A free test period of 30 days

Cons

  • The website supports only Russian
  • Reputedly support responses during the night

CTA: Make HandyHost your affordable Russian handy host.

Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Mark is a full stack web developer specializing in HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, MySQL, and PHP. When he's not busy building websites or geeking out over the latest addition to his ever-growing gadget collection, he enjoys playing drums for his progressive rock band. He can also make a mean Spanish omelet.

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