Reviews and expert opinion HOSTENS

Ranked 961st from 3626 Web Hosting
4.3
  • Features
    4.3
  • Ease of Use
    4.2
  • Support
    4.3
  • Pricing
    4.3
Server locations
Vilnius
Washington
Singapore
Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Web Hosting Expert
Hostens is a long-standing hosting provider with its own Tier III data center in Lithuania. There’s no website building tool, but there is everything else you need, including superior customer service.

Overview

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Hostens is fine, but fine is not good enough. While Hostens is a decent web host, you can get better quality hosting at a cheaper price with Hostinger, for example.

Founded in 2003, Hostens is a website hosting company based in Lithuania. It’s part of the much larger Interneto Vizija, which has more than 100,000 customers across Europe. Hostens owns and operates its own Tier III data center, and its modern website is available in English, Estonian, Latvian, Russian, Ukrainian, Indonesian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Chinese.

Features and Ease of Use

Hostens is a full service hosting provider that offers shared hosting, reseller hosting, VPS plans, and domain registration. The shared hosting plans come with the following features:

  • 99.95% uptime guarantee
  • Daily and weekly automatic backups
  • Domain registration available
  • Up to 100 websites
  • Free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate
  • Up to 60 GB disk space
  • Up to 4 TB monthly bandwidth

Hostens owns and operates its own data center, which is located in Vilnius, Lithuania. The center looks immaculate, and it is built to Tier III specifications, meaning less than 1.6 hours of downtime per year. Note, however, that this vendor’s 99.95% uptime guarantee falls short of the Tier III 99.982% target.

Since Hosten’s own website is so easy to use, I’m surprised there is no website builder that would allow this company’s customers to easily achieve the same thing, but customer services confirmed to me that this feature would be “coming soon.” But beginners will be happy to see the Installatron one-click installer that helps you install popular programs with no technical expertise.

There are plenty of features for experts since all plans come with the PHP, Python and Ruby programming languages. You also get MySQL databases with remote connections and the phpMyAdmin management tool. Unusually for shared plans, you can even schedule Cron jobs and get SSH access.

Hosting plans use SSD storage (for faster read/write speeds) and CloudLinux (which isolates you from noisy neighbors in a shared hosting environment).

Pricing and Support

Hosten’s hosting plans are good value for money, especially for a provider with its own Tier III data center. Domain names cost extra, but – hey! – you can’t have everything, and you do get a Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate for free.

Hosting plans can be purchased on three, six, twelve, and twenty-four-month terms, with a deep discount when you purchase a longer term up front. There’s also a generous 30-day free trial that allows you to try before you buy.

You can access 24/7 support via live chat, email, or ticket, and there’s also a substantial knowledge base on the Hostens website. When I contacted the support team early one weekday morning, the operator picked up immediately and answered my questions politely in English.

Pricing

4.3

Bottom line on HOSTENS

Hostens enjoys more than 100 positive reviews on Trustpilot. Its SSD-based shared hosting plans with a 99.95% uptime guarantee could only be improved by the addition of a website building tool (which is on the way).

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Pros

  • The plans are good value for money
  • Customer service by live chat was excellent
  • 99.95% uptime guarantee on all plans
  • An owned Tier III data center

Cons

  • No website building tool
  • A few negative online reviews
Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Mark is a full stack web developer specializing in HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, MySQL, and PHP. When he's not busy building websites or geeking out over the latest addition to his ever-growing gadget collection, he enjoys playing drums for his progressive rock band. He can also make a mean Spanish omelet.

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