Features and Ease of Use
Five shared hosting plans are available on HostCycle’s website and a practice plan is also available during purchase. Through them, you can enjoy the following features:
- 99.9% uptime guarantee
- From 2GB to 50GB disk space
- From 50GB to 500GB bandwidth
You can get as little as five and as much as an unlimited number of MySQL databases, email addresses, and subdomains, depending on the plan you choose. The plans are suitable for websites coded with PHP. It also supports Ruby on Rails, CGI, Python, Perl, mcrypt, and cURL.
It uses Litespeed technology, which is capable of serving thousands of clients concurrently without consuming so many resources like bandwidth. It also serves content faster than any other web server.
To help you manage your account and carry out certain functions like setting up emails and databases, HostCycle offers the cPanel control panel on its plans. Through it, you’ll get access to Softaculous with which you can automatically install web scripts ranging from popular E-commerce applications like AbanteCart and Prestashop to popular CMS like WordPress and Joomla.
It provides antivirus and antispam protection. There is also a free SSL certificate on its highest plan.
HostCycle’s shared plans are actually called SSD hosting due to the fact that it uses SSD drives from data storage on its servers. These drives are capable of keeping data for a longer time and also improving the speed of your website.
One disadvantage of using HostCycle’s services is that it offers only shared hosting plans. For clients whose websites have grown beyond what a shared plan can offer, upgrading to a VPS or dedicated server plan would mean migrating to another hosting provider.
Pricing and Support
HostCycle’s prices are listed in dollars and Indian rupees. These prices are cheap. It offers a practice/demo plan for a small fee, bringing it to a total of six plans. However, only four plans are available when purchasing with dollars while five plans are available when purchasing with Indian rupees. The smallest plan is only available on the website and not in the shopping cart.
Its billing cycle is annual only and billing methods include PayPal and debit/credit cards. HostCycle offers free domain registration for a few extensions and on three of its highest plans only.
Support is available in both English and Hindi. You can reach its support staff through live chat, WhatsApp, contact form, and ticketing system. Its knowledge base is empty and the only self-support channel available is its FAQ. I submitted the contact form but only got an automated response that my message had been received and nothing since then.