Web hosting provider HOSTING-FREE is based in Saint-Ouen (France) and its high-performance servers are located in French datacenters. This provider’s specialty services are cPanel web hosting and private VPS servers, which it has been offering to its customers for at least ten years. HOSTING-FREE boasts about more than 50,000 individual and professional customers, for whom it hosts 80,000 websites.
Although HOSTING-FREE’s logo reads “unlimhost,” this appears to be the name of the WordPress them on which this hosting provider’s website is based, and HOSTING-FREE is not the only provider to display this logo.
Features and Ease of Use
HOSTING-FREE offers 12 shared hosting plans: three each for cPanel SSD, cPanel HDD, Plesk SSD, and Plesk HDD. It also offers six private VPS servers (three each for SSD and HDD), three VPS email hosting plans, three WHM/cPanel reseller hosting plans, and six storage and backup plans (three each for SSD and HDD). With the cPanel shared SSD hosting plans, you get:
- 10 GB SSD to 60 GB SSD disk space
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Hosting for one to ten websites
- One to ten MySQL databases and FTP accounts
- Cron jobs
- SSH access (on the two higher plans)
- DDoS protection service
You can easily manage your hosting account’s PHP configuration via cPanel’s MultiPHP Manager interface, and the one-click installer helps you install 350+ CMS and other apps, including WordPress, Joomla, and PrestaShop. If you don’t have sufficient coding skill to create a website from scratch, you can also use the user-friendly drag-and-drop interface of the SitePad website builder.
Most of the hosting plans allow you to choose between HDD and the much faster (and more reliable) SSD storage.
Pricing and Support
HOSTING-FREE’s cPanel and Plesk shared hosting plans are cheap, with the former being slightly less expensive than the latter. You can pay for plans in euros via PayPal, credit card, or bank transfer on billing cycles ranging from monthly to triennial. Shared and reseller hosting plans come with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
You can contact this company’s 7-day support team via telephone, email, live chat, or online contact form. Live chat was unavailable when I wanted to try it, and my exploratory email elicited no response. If you have to resort to self-support, you can look for help in the blog that plays home to several informative articles and tutorial-style posts.