Founded in 2008, Hostdns claims to be one of the oldest and most stable web hosting companies in France and worldwide. It attributes its longevity (not that long, in my opinion) to its philosophy of guaranteed performance and the loyalty of its satisfied customers. On January 5, 2008, this provider had 59 active customers, which had increased to 6,876 active customers on the same date five years later.
Hostdns’s servers are in France, and its website is in French.
Features and Ease of Use
Starting with its infrastructure, Hostdns uses top-of-the-line servers with powerful Intel processors to power your websites and backups. Its servers are housed in secure facilities with redundant power, network, and cooling facilities. This means you get a 99.9% uptime guarantee, which is around the industry average.
With the hosting plans themselves, you benefit from features such as:
- Unlimited emails
- Unlimited databases
- Free antivirus protection
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Secure FTP access
- Software auto-installer
Hosting services are easy to use and configure thanks to the popular cPanel and Plesk control panels that also provide a plethora of installation scripts for applications such as WordPress and Joomla.
You don’t need to be a coder to create your first website. The free website creation tool comes with easy-to-customize templates for building anything from a simple responsive website to an online store. If you have an existing website with another host, you can take advantage of the free cPanel migration service that will move your domains and databases.
Once your website is up-and-running, you can secure it with the free Let’s Encrypt SSL that will increase your visitors’ confidence. And don’t forget to take advantage of the weekly website backups.
If shared hosting isn’t suitable for you, you might instead look at a Linux KVM VPS or a dedicated server with more storage space. You can choose from a set of entry-level servers, high-performance servers, and dedicated servers with full root access and unmetered bandwidth. Install your preferred operating system and top it off with the cPanel control panel.
Pricing and Support
When moving to a new host, we all want to get quality services at fair prices, with unlimited resources and free goodies on top. This is where Hostdns seems to excel with its affordable web hosting packages that provide a decent set of features backed by timely customer support. You shouldn’t have to scale up for more resources for at least a couple of years unless your usage is particularly intensive.
It’s cheaper to pay for a year upfront than to sign up on a monthly basis, and you needn’t worry about making an annual commitment because the generous 45-day money-back guarantee should get you out if anything goes wrong in the early days. You can pay via PayPal or credit/debit card, and you needn’t worry about confidentiality since Hostdns uses powerful encryption to process your credit card information.
I like the fact that the Hostdns 24/7 technical support team assures you fast response times via telephone, ticket, email, or live chat. You can also hook up via Facebook and Twitter. However, self-support resources seem to be limited to a short set of FAQs: