Reviews and expert opinion Hostada

Ranked 622nd from 1980 Web Hosting
4.3
Ease of Use
4.3
Features
4.3
Pricing
4.3
Support
4.1
Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Web Hosting Expert
Hostada is a Canadian-based business providing a no-frills selection of website hosting plans. The packages are not overly feature-packed, but the prices are affordable.

Overview

Hostada

Canadian-based Hostada is a website hosting company with an English and French language website. There’s minimal information about the business itself on the website and there aren’t any social profiles, which is quite unusual.

Features and Ease of Use

Hostada sells a range of hosting services which come with the following core features as standard:

  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • Free domain registration
  • Up to unlimited add-on domains
  • Up to unlimited disk space and traffic
  • Linux operating system

Hostada sells three shared hosting plans which all run on Linux operating systems. It wasn’t clear from the website whether the plans use SSD storage or slower HDD, however once I got through the ordering process, I was able to confirm the use of SSD.

In terms of value-added features, there aren’t masses. There are the normal ones like MySQL databases, phpMyAdmin, and support for PHP versions 5 to 7, as well as Cron jobs to schedule repetitive tasks.

It’s not particularly unique, but the plans are compatible with popular CMS programs like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Magento, as well as having Installatron one-click installer. Plus, there’s cPanel, which is a well-thought of and easy to use control panel.

The uptime is guaranteed at 99.9%, although there isn’t an SLA on the website.

Pricing and Support

The plans aren’t particularly cheap, nor are they overly expensive. You can only buy them on an annual plan, so there’s no option to benefit from a long term discount. There is a 30-day money-back guarantee to help you get started.

The add-ons are a mixed bag. You do get a free domain name in the upper tier plans, but the SSL certificates are a large extra yearly cost. In fact, the price of the SSL is almost as much as the hosting for one year, so it’s a large cost to consider.

Customer support is available via email, telephone, ticket, or live chat with a knowledge base as well. Apparently, it’s available 24/7. However, in my experience, despite the website clearly stating the live chat operator was online, I was only given the option to send an email, which I did. I didn’t, however, get a response.

Bottom line on Hostada

Hostada claims its hosting is fast, reliable, and affordable. The plans do include most of the standard features you need, however, the situation regarding performance-enhancing features is less clear, and without input from customer service it’s hard to know how fast and reliable it is.

Pros

  • Plans are not overly expensive
  • Customer service is reportedly 24/7
  • Support for PHP versions 5 through 7
  • Compatibility with popular CMS programs

Cons

  • Live chat operator did not pick up
  • Uptime is not backed by an SLA

Buy affordable hosting at Hostada!

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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