HOSTING-FREE is a web hosting service provider based in Saint-Ouen (France). The company’s high-performance servers are located in French datacenters. HOSTING-FREE’s specialty services are cPanel web hosting along with private VPS server, which it has been offering to its clients for the last ten years. Apart from these, it also offers email hosting plans, storage and backup solutions, and domain registration services. The company boasts of over 50,000 customers, both professional and private. It takes pride in hosting more than 80,000 websites, which include showcase websites, online stores, etc. HOSTING-FREE’s website supports French.
Features and Ease of Use
HOSTING-FREE offers 12 shared hosting plans – 3 each for cPanel SSD, cPanel HDD, Plesk SSD, and Plesk HDD. The company also offers 6 private VPS servers (3 each for SSD and HDD), 3 VPS email hosting plans, 3 WHM/cPanel reseller hosting plans, and 6 storage and backup plans (3 each for SSD and HDD). With the cPanel shared SSD hosting plans, you’ll get
- 10GB SSD-60GB SSD disk space
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Hosting for 1-10 websites
- 1-10 MySQL databases and FTP accounts
- Cron jobs
- SSH access (for the two higher plans)
- AntiDDoS service
These plans come with MultiPHP Manager Interface, which you can use to manage your hosting account’s PHP configuration easily. You’ll also get support for gd2, cURL, and PDO.
Shared hosting plans of HOSTING-FREE bring you a one-click app installer, which you can use to install 350 CMS such as WordPress, Joomla, PrestaShop, etc. In case you don’t have any coding skills and struggle while creating your website, HOSTING-FREE makes the process easier by offering you SitePad, which is a user-friendly, drag-and-drop website builder.
Since most hosting plans of the company are available in HDD and SSD range, you get the flexibility to take your pick. You should remember that SSDs offer better reliability and performance compared to HDDs.
Pricing and Support
Both cPanel and Plesk shared hosting plans of HOSTING-FREE are cheap, though the former is slightly cheaper than the latter. You can pay for these hosting plans in EUR via PayPal, Visa, and bank transfer. A wide range of billing cycles – from monthly to triennial, is available for these plans.
HOSTING-FREE offers a thirty-day money-back guarantee on its shared and reseller hosting plans.
You can reach the company’s customer support seven days a week (from 9 am to 8 pm) via phone, live chat, email, and an online contact form. Though their live chat was unavailable a couple of times when I tried, I was able to submit my queries. However, they elicited no response.
Since HOSTING-FREE has a blog that plays home to several informative articles and tutorial-style posts, those seeking self-help can head there right away.