Based in the U.S., HostDodge started its operations back in 2011, but stopped briefly for few years due to lack of business. However, this vendor came back strong in 2016 with a fast growing client base. HostDodge offers Linux-based hosting solutions such as shared hosting, VPS hosting, reseller hosting, and dedicated server hosting. It has one data center in Kansas City and all its servers are SSD-powered. The company is located in Florida and has a simple website in English.
Features and Ease of Use
HostDodge offers three shared hosting tiers that fit the needs of both individuals and businesses. Some of its shared hosting core features are pretty standard such as:
- Guaranteed 99.9% uptime
- Up to unlimited disk space
- Free SSL certificates
- Free .com domains
- Free website migration service
- Up to unlimited bandwidth
- CGI, Fast CGI, PHP 5, Ruby on Rails, Perl, and Python
- Curl, CPAN, GD Library, and ImageMagick
- SSH access and Cron Job scheduling
Starting with the goodies, at first look at HostDodge’s shared hosting page, you’ll notice the word “free” repeated multiple times with the packages offered such as 118+ free scripts installations, free DV SSL certificates, free website transfer, and free .com domains. That’s a good deal of freebies to get you started with HostDodge.
The higher the package, the more unlimited resources you get such as unlimited MySQL Databases with phpMyAdmin Access, unlimited web space, unlimited traffic, and unlimited email accounts which is ideal for anyone who wants to host multiple websites that require high uptime.
On the user-friendly side, all shared hosting packages include the latest version of cPanel accompanied by Cloudflare CDN for faster page load times and more stability as well as a free site builder.
While other vendors offer 300+ scripts installations, HostDodge’s one-click installer allows you to install more than 75 open-source scripts and applications including WordPress, Joomla, and Magento. It isn’t much, but gives you plenty of options from personal blogs and professional CMS solutions to a fully-functional e-commerce platform.
Pricing and Support
Given the good selection of features and high uptime, HostDodge offers highly competitive prices and gives your the option to choose the length of your contract whether monthly, semi-annually, or annually.
You also get a 30-day risk-free money-back guarantee to test and evaluate the service you opt for. Different payment options are also available such as credit or debit cards, PayPal, and Bitcoin.
Moving onto support, HostDodge offers 24/7/365 premium support via live chat, phone, and ticket. I fired several basic questions at the live chat team and their response came within a couple of minutes with everything I needed to know. I’m only disappointed at the Knowledgebase which is almost empty. I was happy, however, to be able to view the company’s network status and uptime.