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4.1
  • Features
    4.2
  • Ease of Use
    4.1
  • Support
    4.0
  • Pricing
    4.1
Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
Web Hosting Expert
HOSTING-FREE is a French web service provider that offers cPanel and Plesk hosting plans sitting on HDD or SSD storage. Apart from some issues accessing its site, and the fact that the company logo appears to be the default one for the WordPress theme it uses, it looks like HOSTING-FREE could have a lot to offer.

Overview

HOSTING-FREE

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
  • SSL
  • 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

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.

Pricing

4.1
A Free Domain is included when purchasing any hosting service from HOSTING-FREE

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Bottom line on HOSTING-FREE

HOSTING-FREE might not be free, but it does offer SSD and HDD hosting plans that should sit within your budget. The red flags for me are the fact that I received no response from the support team, and at the time of publishing this review, the vendor’s website was down.

Pros

  • HDD and SSD hosting
  • Cheap pricing
  • Several user-friendly features
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

Cons

  • No pre-sales support response
  • The website was down when publishing this review

See HOSTING-FREE for website hosting on SSD or HDD.

Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
Gwen is a web developer and software engineer who loves to get lost in JavaScript (and a good book). She spends her free time teaching girls how to be coders, and doing yoga on her balcony in the sunshine.

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