Founded in 2016, HostGai has served over 5,000 customers with 2,600 hosted domains. It has offices in India, the United States, and the United Kingdom, but its servers are only located in the U.S.
HostGai offers a variety of hosting packages under web hosting, CMS-focused hosting, VPS, cloud hosting, and dedicated servers. It also offers security services such as malware protection and SSL. Its website is available in English only.
Features and Ease of Use
HostGai offers many value-added benefits along with optimized features that make hosting with it seamless. To start with, customers on its shared hosting plans get these features and resources:
- 99.9% uptime
- Free domain registration
- Free SSL certificate
- Weekly or monthly automatic backups
- Two to unlimited websites on one plan
- Unlimited SSD space
- Unlimited bandwidth
Not only is HostGai helping clients save by providing some free add-ons, but it also pays attention to website speed and security. Using SSD already puts its customers at an advantage because of SSD’s faster speed and longevity.
It then allows customers to use CloudFlare CDN straight from the control panel. This caches site content and distributes that cache content to Cloudflare’s hundreds of servers all over the world. As a result, your website loads quickly, regardless of the location of your audience.
DDoS is a serious issue for any website on the internet, and you don’t have to be popular before you’re targeted. As such, it’s important to have provisions for that which is why HostGai offers DDoS protection.
Beginners should have less reason to fret because HostGai provides a software auto-installer in cPanel to allow customers to easily and quickly install the applications that they want. It also provides SitePad website builder for building your website without having to write any code.
If you’re considering using a CMS, then you should take a CMS plan fitting for the application you want to use. It offers optimized hosting for WordPress, Magento, OpenCart, Drupal, and Joomla!. These are faster than basic web hosting and some plans under these provide a free domain for life.
Pricing and Support
HostGai offers low-cost prices for top-notch features and for what it offers, I expected to see higher prices. Don’t forget that it offers free SSL and domain name registration. Also, on some plans, you have your free domain for life, meaning that you’ll never have to pay for renewal as long as you remain with it.
It offers various payment durations, from monthly to triennially. Another plus is that its advertised prices are the monthly prices (not the long term ones), unlike most hosting companies that advertise the 36-month price. To make it even better, its prices remain the same when you renew; there’s no big surprise change in price. There’s also a 30-day money-back guarantee; you get a refund after you cancel your account within the first 30 days.
HostGai didn’t make provisions for a knowledge base so that customers can use self-support. However, it provides 24/7 support to customers through email and ticket. It also has a phone number and fax that you can reach out through. I sent an email but unfortunately, I never got a response, even after more than two weeks of waiting.