Based in Romania, Host23 was founded in 2016. It has data centers in both Romania and Italy. However, it’s planning for a third location in France. It offers shared hosting, WordPress hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting, and dedicated servers, among other services.
Host23’s website has a simple design but includes adequate information. The website is only available in Romanian, and all prices are in euros.
Features and Ease of Use
Host23 offers three different shared hosting packages – Host 20 GB, Host 40 GB, and Host 80 GB. It’s clear from the names that the plans vary in storage, but they also vary in the number of hosted websites and other minor specifications. The following features come as standard:
- Softaculous installer
- 99.9% uptime guarantee
- Free SSL certificate
- Free website migration
- SSD storage
- DDoS protection
Unlike most hosting providers, Host23 allows you to upscale your storage on demand without upgrading your entire package. This easy upscale is more common with cloud hosting. However, with Host23, you can upscale your storage directly from the dashboard.
The storage type used with all three plans is SSD which operates much faster than the traditional HDD storage. This processing speed reflects on your website’s page loading speed, stability, and overall performance.
All three plans come with the famous cPanel control panel and Softaculous one-click installer. cPanel has a highly user-friendly management interface and numerous built-in tools to facilitate control of your website. The Softaculous installer is also known for its ease of use and hundreds of supported CMS applications and scripts.
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Pricing and Support
Host23’s overall prices are quite attractive considering the features included in the plans and compared with other hosts in its tier. Unfortunately, Host23 doesn’t have a money-back guarantee, nor does it offer a free trial. The accepted payment methods are credit/debit cards, bank transfers, and Bitcoin.
Even though the Host23 website is relatively informative, its knowledgebase is empty, which left me with several questions. The support channels available are phone, email, and support ticket. There’s a live chat link on the website, but it doesn’t seem to work. I submitted a ticket with all my questions, but more than 24 hours have passed with no reply – not even an automated response.