Reviews and expert opinion Host Depot

Ranked 2266th from 2647 Web Hosting
4.1
Ease of Use
4.1
Features
4.1
Pricing
4.0
Support
4.3
Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Web Hosting Expert
Host Depot is a full-service host with a huge range of hosting services. Its premium-priced flexible plans allow customers to configure as needed.

Overview

Host Depot

Florida-based Host Depot was founded in 1997 and owns its own 22,000 square foot data center. It is a full-service host that has notched up many industry awards. The company website is in English, as is their support.

Features and Ease of Use

Host Depot offers a range of services for small, medium and large businesses. The core features of its shared hosting plans are:

  • 9% uptime guarantee
  • Daily disk backup
  • One free domain registration/transfer (not .com)
  • Five to twenty domain pointers
  • SSL secure server and shared SSL certificate
  • 10 GB to 100 GB disk space
  • Unlimited monthly data transfer

Let’s start by digging into the details of the data center that has redundant OC-12 internet connections, redundant UPS power backup, redundant generator power backup, and a redundant Liebert controlled environment. The robust Dell servers have dual quad-core processors, RAID-5 Ultra SCSI disk arrays, and redundant power supplies. These characteristics allow Host Depot to offer 99.9% uptime guarantee that is backed by a solid service-level agreement.

Now onto the shared hosting plans themselves, and the thing that strikes me most is the long list of included features. Whether you choose the Starter (10 GB disk space), Business (25 GB disk space), Corporate (50 GB disk space), or Enterprise (100 GB disk space) plan, you’ll get a lot of value-added features right out of the box.

For experts, all plans come with support for the .NET framework (ASP.NET), Perl, and PHP, as well as multiple MySQL databases and one Microsoft SQL database. Beginners have access to the SiteBuilder website creator, but not in the base package. Given the level of resources, I am surprised not to see a one-click installer too.

What’s really good about Host Depot is the flexibility. As well as giving customers the choice of Windows or Linux operating systems, you can select add-ons to configure your base package as needed (at additional cost, of course). The add-ons I’m talking about are increased disk space, domain pointers, email accounts, server space, DVD backups, and SSL certificates of various types. I like this flexibility, but it’s a pity you have to pay for it.

Pricing and Support

As already hinted, Host Depot’s flexible features are pitched at a premium price point. However, you can keep in mind that the price includes a free domain registration (not .com), a shared SSL certificate, and no setup fee.

Plans can be bought on one-month to three-year terms; the longer the term, the bigger the discount of between 5% and 15%. You also get a 30-day money-back guarantee which means you don’t need to worry quite so much about committing to a long term.

Host Depot

Existing customers can access 24/7 support by email and ticketing system. According to the Host Depot website, you can expect a response in less than 24 hours. Note that questions not directly related to Host Depot services will be billed. Prospective customers can contact the company during weekday business hours by phone, fax, email, or snail mail (letter).

Pricing

4.0

Web Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Free SSL
Number of Sites
Price
10 GB
Unlimited
-
1
$4.21
10 GB
Unlimited
+
1
$5.91
20 GB
Unlimited
+
1
$6.76
50 GB
Unlimited
+
1
$9.31
25 GB
Unlimited
+
1
$11.01
100 GB
Unlimited
+
1
$12.71
50 GB
Unlimited
+
1
$16.11
100 GB
Unlimited
-
1
$21.21
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Free SSL
Number of Sites
Price
10 GB
Unlimited
1
$4.21
10 GB
Unlimited
+
1
$5.91
20 GB
Unlimited
+
1
$6.76
50 GB
Unlimited
+
1
$9.31
25 GB
Unlimited
+
1
$11.01
100 GB
Unlimited
+
1
$12.71
50 GB
Unlimited
+
1
$16.11
100 GB
Unlimited
1
$21.21
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VPS Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
30 GB
1 x 2.66GHz
1 GB
$84.96
30 GB
1 x 2.66GHz
1 GB
$84.96
60 GB
2 x 2.66GHz
2 GB
$127.46
60 GB
2 x 2.66GHz
2 GB
$127.46
120 GB
4 x 2.66GHz
4 GB
$212.46
120 GB
4 x 2.66GHz
4 GB
$212.46
240 GB
8 x 2.66GHz
8 GB
$297.46
240 GB
8 x 2.66GHz
8 GB
$297.46
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
30 GB
1 x 2.66GHz
1 GB
$84.96
30 GB
1 x 2.66GHz
1 GB
$84.96
60 GB
2 x 2.66GHz
2 GB
$127.46
60 GB
2 x 2.66GHz
2 GB
$127.46
120 GB
4 x 2.66GHz
4 GB
$212.46
120 GB
4 x 2.66GHz
4 GB
$212.46
240 GB
8 x 2.66GHz
8 GB
$297.46
240 GB
8 x 2.66GHz
8 GB
$297.46
More Details

Dedicated Server

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
40 GB
1 x 3.00GHz
1 GB
$110.46
80 GB
2 x 3.00GHz
2 GB
$152.96
146 GB
4 x 3.00GHz
4 GB
$237.96
292 GB
8 x 3.00GHz
8 GB
$322.96
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
40 GB
1 x 3.00GHz
1 GB
$110.46
80 GB
2 x 3.00GHz
2 GB
$152.96
146 GB
4 x 3.00GHz
4 GB
$237.96
292 GB
8 x 3.00GHz
8 GB
$322.96
More Details
A Free Domain is included when purchasing any hosting service from Host Depot

Bottom line on Host Depot

From comprehensive plans to customer service, Host Depot ticks all the boxes. If you’re willing to pay a premium price for a solid host, do yourself a favor by checking out Host Depot.

Pros

  • 9% uptime SLA
  • 24/7 customer service
  • Owns its own U.S. data center
  • Comprehensive packages with lots of features

Cons

  • Slightly overpriced for a U.S. provider
  • Lots of add-ons which increase the cost
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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