HostCron was established in 2017. Since then, the company has been growing exponentially. Today, it offers shared hosting, reseller hosting, and Windows VPS along with domain registration and transfer, SSL certificates, and email security solutions. But the problem with HostCron is that several of its pages redirect you to where you’ve started from (Knowledge Base, Forum on the support page) and some even point to incorrect pages (for instance, hyperlinks for Free Web hosting, Payment Methods, Free Hosting Policy, Unlimited Hosting Policy, etc. take you to the company’s support page). I also found certain anomalies in its plan pages (in terms of names and prices). All these raise doubts about how serious the company is with its business. HostCron’s website supports English.
Features and Ease of Use
HostCron offers 11 shared hosting plans (5 Linux – 3 SD and 2 MD plans, 3 Asp.Net and 3 WordPress), 9 reseller plans (5 Linux and 4 Windows), and 2 Windows VPS servers (displayed on the cart page). With the three SD Linux shared hosting plans (that are suitable for 10000, 25000, and unlimited visits respectively), you’ll get
- 1 cPanel control panel
- 1 x super cache to 5 x super cache
- 50-unlimited subdomains
- 50-unlimited email accounts
- Unlimited email storage
- Unlimited databases
- Support for PHP (5.2.x-5.6.x), Python, Perl, MySQL, Apache 2.2x, etc.
- Secure FTP access
- Cron Jobs for scheduled tasks
- Customizable error page
- Website Statistics with
Using the free one-click installer made available with these plans, you can install several popular applications like WordPress, Joomla, OpenCart, PrestaShop, Magento, etc. with just a click. You’ll also get several security features such as password-protected directories, IP blocking, anti-spam, virus protection, and hotlink and leech protection. With AWstats, you can get useful insights about your website visitors and even monitor the bandwidth you’re using.
HostCron’s WordPress plans use Lite Speed Web Server to deliver blazing fast speed for your website. These plans come with over 250,000+ SEO-optimized themes (both free and premium) and diversified plugins, which you can use to easily build anything – from a static website or a blog to an e-commerce shop. HostCron offers a 99.9% server uptime guarantee.
Though the company’s home page mentions a .in free domain with its Linux shared hosting plans (for as long as your hosting account with HostCron remains active), I found no mention of it in the plans’ page.
Pricing and Support
Shared hosting plans of HostCron are competitively priced. However, opting for SSL, SpamExperts email security, Google Webmaster tools, sitemap generation, etc. would make your payable amount go up significantly. To make the payment for these annual plans in USD or INR, you can use PayPal or PayUMoney (the latter being an India-based online payment gateway provider).
The company offers 100% guaranteed thirty-day refund.
You can reach HostCron’s 24/7 customer support via phone, live chat, email, and support tickets. Since its live chat was unavailable when I tried, I used the support ticket instead to seek answers to my queries. However, I failed to elicit any reply.
The company also encourages visitors to use Facebook Messenger to talk to its support staff in real-time though I found it a bummer.
The company offers no self-help tools. It has an empty knowledge base and though it mentions a forum, the link redirects you to the support page.