Reviews and expert opinion Host1.no

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4.0
Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Web Hosting Expert
Host1 is a Norwegian website hosting company. It has servers located in Norway and is “regulated by strong privacy-conscious Norwegian laws” which might appeal to customers concerned about privacy.

Overview

Host1 is a Norwegian website hosting company that was founded in 2009. They provide shared website hosting, cloud hosting, and virtual private servers to customers who put a premium on privacy. This company describes itself as one of the biggest hosts in Norway, with a large number of clients at home and abroad including WikiLeaks and Sensorlink. In addition to Oslo, they have offices (but no infrastructure) in Mexico City and Cebu (Philippines). Their website can be switched between the Norwegian and English languages. 

 Host1.no features

Features and Ease of Use  

Host1 offers a good selection of hosting services. As standard, their shared hosting plans include the following core features:

  • 99.9% uptime guarantee 
  • Backups to an off-site server every night 
  • Free domain registration with every plan 
  • Unlimited add-on domains 
  • SSL certificates available at additional cost 
  • From 1000 MB to 10,000 MB disk space 

Host1 has IPv6-ready servers with full redundancy colocated in two Norwegian data centers. Since they don’t own their own data center, this could mean slower response times to technical issues and slower website load speeds. They advertise a 99.9% uptime guarantee, but this doesn’t seem to be backed by a service level agreement.

Beginners might be attracted by Host1’s Softaculous one-click installer, although the company doesn’t say how many apps you can install with it. In terms of value-adds for expertsHost1 supports the slower PHP 5 rather than the faster PHP 7.2 that is supported by many other website hosts. There is no support for other advanced coding languages like Ruby, Rails, or Python.

It’s interesting that Host1 counts WikiLeaks among its customers, and its primary selling point may well be its assertion to being “regulated by strong privacy-conscious Norwegian laws.” 

Pricing and Support  

Whilst I was expecting expensive Scandinavian pricing, I was pleasantly surprised by Host1’s prices that seem to be in line with other local and international competitors. So for someone looking for servers located in Norway, these are fairly priced plans. Domain registration is included whereas SSL certificates cost extra.

Plans are sold on three, six, twelve and twenty-four-month terms, but there is no discount for purchasing a longer-term plan. Sadly, there is no free trial, but there is a “14-day no-questions-asked cool-off period” during which you can effectively take them for a test drive. 

Host1 has a support email address, and when you click their website’s ‘Support’ button you are invited to log in, which suggests that some kind of ticket system lies behind. Their support is advertised as being 24/7/365, and they have responded quickly and helpfully whenever I have contacted them.  

Pricing

Web Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Number of Sites
1000MB
100GB/month
Unlimited
2000MB
200GB/month
Unlimited
5000MB
500GB/month
Unlimited
10 000MB
1000GB/month
Unlimited
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Number of Sites
1000MB
100GB/month
Unlimited
2000MB
200GB/month
Unlimited
5000MB
500GB/month
Unlimited
10 000MB
1000GB/month
Unlimited
More Details

VPS Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
15GB
1TB/month
1 Core
512MB
20GB
1TB/month
1 Core
1024MB
30GB
1TB/month
1 Core
2048MB
50GB
3TB/month
2 Core
4GB
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
15GB
1TB/month
1 Core
512MB
20GB
1TB/month
1 Core
1024MB
30GB
1TB/month
1 Core
2048MB
50GB
3TB/month
2 Core
4GB
More Details
A Free Domain is included when purchasing any hosting service from Host1.no

Bottom line on Host1.no

Host1 is a website hosting company with a focus on privacy. Founded in 2009, they now have customers around the world and offices in Oslo (Norway), Mexico City (Mexico), and Cebu (Philippines).  

Pros:

  • Servers located in Norway 
  • 99.9% uptime  
  • Affordable pricing  
  • Domains included in all plans 

Cons:

  • No live chat on their website 
  • No uptime service level agreement 
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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