Reviews and expert opinion HostBuddy

Ranked 1354th from 2643 Web Hosting
4.2
Ease of Use
4.2
Features
4.2
Pricing
4.2
Support
4.2
Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Web Hosting Expert
HostBuddy is an experienced U.S. hosting provider with a global presence. Its feature-rich hosting plans are provided at very competitive prices, but its own website needs some work.

Overview

HostBuddy

Established back in 1999, HostBuddy is an American hosting provider with servers also in the Netherlands. It specializes in Linux and Windows shared hosting, semi-dedicated hosting, and reseller hosting.

HostBuddy’s English-language website isn’t the best design I’ve seen, but it’s well-organized and informative.

Features and Ease of Use

HostBuddy’s shared hosting plans are divided into two categories: ASP.NET hosting (for Windows) and Linux hosting. Regardless of the underlying operating system, the hosting plans have the following features in common:

  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • SSD storage
  • Unlimited storage (except the free trial plan)
  • Unlimited bandwidth (except the free trial plan)
  • Automatic regular backups
  • Antivirus
  • Anti-spam

The cPanel control panel comes with all Linux plans by default whereas Windows plans have a different web-based control panel. Both panels provide full control over all aspects of your hosted website, and both include a one-click installer (Fantastico for Linux) that helps you install CMS apps such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, PrestaShop, and Magento.

There is no website builder, as far as I know, but there is a team of professional programmers who can help you get your website up-and-running.

Pricing and Support

There are four Windows hosting packages and four Linux hosting packages, both including a free trial plan for 60 days. You also get a 60-day money-back guarantee with the paid plans if you opt for annual billing. Compared with the American market, HostBuddy’s prices are very affordable, and you can pay by bank transfer or PayPal.

HostBuddy’s support is superb. The F.A.Q. section is complemented by a comprehensive knowledge base that covers all major hosting topics. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, you can contact the 24/7 support team via telephone, ticket, email, or live chat. The live chat support agent I spoke with was very knowledgeable and responsive, and he answered all my questions:

HostBuddy

Remote support is also available via TeamViewer.

Pricing

4.2

Web Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Free SSL
Number of Sites
Price
Unlimited
Unlimited
-
1
$2.95
Unlimited
Unlimited
+
6
$4.95
Unlimited
Unlimited
+
Unlimited
$7.95
Unlimited
Unlimited
+
Unlimited
$2.00
Unlimited
Unlimited
+
Unlimited
$4.00
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Free SSL
Number of Sites
Price
Unlimited
Unlimited
1
$2.95
Unlimited
Unlimited
+
6
$4.95
Unlimited
Unlimited
+
Unlimited
$7.95
Unlimited
Unlimited
+
Unlimited
$2.00
Unlimited
Unlimited
+
Unlimited
$4.00
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VPS Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
30 GB
8 TB
Intel Xeon 2 Core
2 GB
$99.95
40 GB
16 TB
Intel Xeon 2 Core
4 GB
$139.95
60 GB
32 TB
Intel Xeon 4 Core
8 GB
$199.95
120 GB
64 TB
Intel Xeon 8 Core
16 GB
$399.95
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
30 GB
8 TB
Intel Xeon 2 Core
2 GB
$99.95
40 GB
16 TB
Intel Xeon 2 Core
4 GB
$139.95
60 GB
32 TB
Intel Xeon 4 Core
8 GB
$199.95
120 GB
64 TB
Intel Xeon 8 Core
16 GB
$399.95
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Reseller Plan

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Panel
Number of Sites
Price
50 GB
500 GB
Custom Control Panel
Unlimited
$30
80 GB
800 GB
Custom Control Panel
Unlimited
$40
120 GB
1200 GB
Custom Control Panel
Unlimited
$50
180 GB
1800 GB
Custom Control Panel
Unlimited
$60
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Panel
Number of Sites
Price
50 GB
500 GB
Custom Control Panel
Unlimited
$30
80 GB
800 GB
Custom Control Panel
Unlimited
$40
120 GB
1200 GB
Custom Control Panel
Unlimited
$50
180 GB
1800 GB
Custom Control Panel
Unlimited
$60
More Details

Bottom line on HostBuddy

HostBuddy’s features, low prices, high specifications, and reliable customer support are all music to my ears. This vendor has just a few more steps to climb to reach the top of the hosting ladder. With a more attractive website to entice you in, and with the addition of a website builder so you can create your attractive web presence, HostBuddy would be very hard to beat.

Pros

  • Windows and Linux support
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • 60-day money-back guarantee
  • Affordable prices

Cons

  • No website builder
  • Vendor website design needs improvement

Check out HostBuddy’s almost unbeatable hosting plans.

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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