Reviews and expert opinion Host Tornado

Ranked 2057th from 2891 Web Hosting
4.1
Ease of Use
4.2
Features
4.3
Pricing
4.1
Support
4.0
Server locations
Orlando
Tony Loton
Tony Loton
Web Hosting Expert
Host Tornado's website has a temporary or transitional feel that reduced my confidence in this company. It's a pity because its advertised shared hosting plans have some pretty good features and unlimited resources.

Overview

Host Tornado

Florida-based Host Tornado sells shared hosting, web design, and graphic design services. Its home page is what, for other hosts, would be their WHMCS-powered shopping cart and client support site. It lists the available plans, and includes a knowledge base, but doesn’t tell us much about the company itself. However, the “Terms and Policies” link at the bottom of the page leads to this provider’s legacy site that provides a lot more information, albeit possibly obsolete.

Features and Ease of Use

Host Tornado

Although Host Tornado’s legacy site advertises various shared hosting, reseller hosting, VPS, and dedicated server solutions, many of them turn out to be “out of stock” or otherwise unavailable, so it’s safer to assume that the only shared web hosting plans are the ones presented on the WHMCS-powered home page.

The two available shared hosting plans — named EF3 Unlimited and EF5 Unlimited — provide the following features:

  • Unlimited disk space
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Unlimited email accounts
  • Unlimited subdomains
  • NVMe SSD storage
  • Free SSL certificates
  • Unlimited Node.js apps
  • 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2 PHP selector
  • Git and WordPress Manager
  • CloudLinux, Cloudflare, and Railgun
  • Malware scanning
  • Three auto backups
  • Whitelabel nameservers

The main difference between the two plans seems to be that the EF5 plan allows unlimited addon domains, with the proviso that these are not intended for reseller purposes. This provider also makes the point that its “unlimited” disk space can’t be used to store large files or backups.

Pricing and Support

The two advertised plans are not the cheapest I’ve seen in absolute terms, although they do provide a plethora of features and include unlimited resources. You can pay on billing cycles from 1 to 24 months, with lower prices for longer commitments. While Cloudflare is included for free at the checkout, you have to pay extra for the Dedicated IP and WordPress Management options.

Although this provider’s legacy website provides an email address and telephone number, the current live site seems to limit the contact options to only an online form. Unfortunately, my test form submission elicited no response. This wouldn’t be so bad if there were decent self-support resources, but the knowledge base contains only six entries:

Pricing

4.1

Web Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Price
Unlimited
Unlimited
$7.92
Unlimited
Unlimited
$12.50
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Price
Unlimited
Unlimited
$7.92
Unlimited
Unlimited
$12.50
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Bottom line on Host Tornado

Host Tornado is unusual in having its principal web address URL pointing directly to its WHMCS-powered shopping cart and client support site. Its more traditional marketing-style “legacy” website is hidden away but can be found if you look hard enough. However, I couldn’t be sure that we can trust any of the information on the legacy site.

Pros

  • Unlimited resources
  • Free features such as the Cloudflare CDN
  • Automatic backups
  • Addon domains with the higher plan

Cons

  • Website needs improvement
  • Substandard support resources

Find a choice of two shared hosting plans at Host Tornado

Tony Loton
Tony Loton
Tony Loton has been a prolific writer and editor of business, technology and finance books, magazine articles, and corporate content for longer than he cares to say. It's a vocation, not a job!

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