HB.BY is fine, but fine is not good enough. While HB.BY is a decent web host, you can get better quality hosting at a cheaper price with Hostinger, for example.
HB.BY was the first Belarusian licensed Microsoft hosting provider, and since 2013 has been the official domain name registrar for the national BEL/BY domains. According to its Facebook page, HB.BY was founded in 2008. This Belarus-based business offers its services only to the local clientele comprised of more than 5,000 customers.
HB.BY’s servers are located in RUE Beltelecom’s Minsk data center, and its website is in Russian.
Features and Ease of Use
HB.BY offers five shared hosting plans plus several Linux and Windows VPS/VDS servers. Some of the notable features of the shared hosting plans are:
- 1 to 30 sites
- Parallels Plesk control panel (in Russian)
- Softaculous installer
- 0 to 94 databases
- 5 GB to 50 GB disk space
- Unlimited mailboxes
- 0 to 24 MSSQL databases
- 0 to 70 MySQL databases
- Discounted BY/BEL domains
- Let’s Encrypt SSL support
- Daily file and database backups
HB.BY takes several steps to ensure security and reliability: installing antivirus software on servers, configuring a firewall, and monitoring server status 24/7. Hard drives are combined into a RAID array to protect your data, and SSD storage is used for improved performance. Although this provider’s website mentions uptime in excess of 99.97%, a live chat operator told me about a lower 99.95% server uptime guarantee.
Pricing and Support
HB.BY’s shared hosting plans are cheap and, depending on the term you choose, you can get one or two months of free hosting as a gift. For example, signing up for the “Start” package for 12 months will get you one month’s free hosting. The 100% refund within fourteen days should give you some confidence about signing up for a full year.
You can contact this company’s customer service team via telephone, fax, email, live chat, or online contact form. I received a rapid response when I initiated a live chat:
Those seeking self-support resources will find a few useful articles in HB.BY’s knowledge base.