Reviews and expert opinion HostCentric

Ranked 1606th from 2195 Web Hosting
4.1
Ease of Use
4.1
Features
4.1
Pricing
4.1
Support
4.1
Server locations
Waltham
Solomon Ndung'u
Solomon Ndung'u
Web Hosting Expert
As part of the Endurance International Group, HostCentric is one of the oldest and most stable hosting providers in the United States. The only problem is its plans are a bit pricey.

Overview

HostCentric

HostCentric is part of the Endurance International group, one of the largest and oldest hosting companies in America. In 2005, HostCentric was relaunched as a shared-only hosting platform to “deliver outstanding, reliable and innovative hosting services to customers who are best served by a unified, shared platform and access to simple-to-use, robust tool sets.”

Features and Ease of Use

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HostCentric’s single web hosting solution offers an easy way for customers to launch and maintain a website. The “One Plan” package (which is actually two plans if you count the Unix and Windows variants separately) is an all-in-one shared hosting solution that offers unlimited MySQL databases or one MSSQL database (depending on the operating system) plus the following features:

  • Free domain (with at least an annual commitment)
  • Unlimited disk space
  • Scalable bandwidth (that satisfies more than 99.5% of customers’ bandwidth demands)
  • Free domain
  • DNS management
  • Unlimited email mailboxes with webmail
  • 24/7 customer support
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Advertising credits

Although automated daily backups are included, so you can restore your entire website in the event of a disaster, this host also allows you to buy website backup and restore services as an additional package.

HostCentric’s stable, secure, and redundant hosting environment is built on state-of-the-art technologies, including the Apache web server and optical carrier transmission (OC3) internet connections.

Pricing and Support

HostCentric’s hosting plans are extremely expensive and come with an outrageously high setup fee If you commit to less than a year. You can pay for plans in U.S. dollars on billing cycles from monthly to triennially, with lower prices for longer commitments. You get a 30-day money-back guarantee and a 99% uptime guarantee.

For self-support, the HostCentric website includes a knowledge base, and for remote support, you can use the Glance screen-sharing feature.

The 24/7 customer service desk can be contacted via its toll-free telephone number, email, or live chat. I have found the staff to respond rapidly, and I enjoyed a fruitful conversation with a support agent via the live chat channel:

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Pricing

4.1

Web Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Price
Unlimited
Unlimited
$7.95
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Price
Unlimited
Unlimited
$7.95
More Details
A Free Domain is included when purchasing any hosting service from HostCentric

Bottom line on HostCentric

HostCentric has invested in state-of-the-art hosting infrastructure to meet the needs of most businesses in the United States and beyond. The downsides are its high hosting prices and the equally-high setup fee that you suffer if you sign up for less than a year.

Pros

  • State-of-the-art hosting infrastructure
  • Unix servers use the Apache web server
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • 30-days money-back guarantee

Cons

  • Expensive hosting plans with a high setup fee
  • No VPS or dedicated server solutions

Get the all-in-one “One Plan” for Unix or Windows from HostCentric.

Solomon Ndung'u
Solomon Ndung'u
Solomon Ndung'u is a writer, author, and SEO specialist. When he's not working, you will find him singing his favorite tunes. He is also a confessed avid reader of The New York Times.

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