Features and Ease of Use
Hostingas.in sells a variety of hosting services. Their shared hosting plans come with the following core features:
- A dedicated backup server for disaster recovery
- Free domain registration (some plans)
- Unlimited domains and subdomains
- SSL certificates
- From 5GB data flow to unlimited
- From 300MB to 15,000MB disk space
The five shared hosting plans are called 1, 2, 3, “Don’t Stop” and VIP. Data transfer ranges from 5GB/month to unlimited, disk space ranges from 300MB to 15,000MB, and all plans come with unlimited domains, subdomains, FTP users, email boxes, and MySQL databases. All plans also support PHP versions 5.2-5.5 (sadly not the far faster version 7.2) and include the Installatron one-click installer with approximately 90 programs. Finally, they offer some good security features such as burglar protection, virus protection, and (coming soon) DDoS protection.
Hostingas’s SSD-based servers are located in Lithuania, and they use a Lithuanian-language DirectAdmin control panel. It’s just a pity there is no advertised uptime guarantee.
Pricing and Support
Whilst this provider’s plans are quite high in resource quotas, they are lacking in beginner or expert features. Therefore, although the prices are pretty low, they do seem fair for what you get. Since you get unlimited domains with all packages, many new or small website owners will be absolutely fine with the lower packages that have really affordable monthly prices. All plans except the base package come with a free .it, .com, .net, .org, .name, .info, .biz, or .us domain name.
My experience is that it’s quite tricky to sign up for a plan with Hostingas.in. Their website feels quite buggy and crashes from time to time, and you cannot purchase and pay for hosting on the website. You have to first create an account, and then send your payment by bank transfer or SMS.
The amount of help you get depends on your plan. Counterintuitively, customers on the lowest Plan 1 get six hours of help whereas customers on the highest VIP plan get one hour of help. I must admit to being slightly suspicious of restricted support, and in this case, I don’t understand the rationale behind offering less support to higher paying customers. However, you get what you pay for in life, and in this case, the plans are so cheap that there isn’t really much to complain about. Existing customers can summon support via the control panel, prospective purchasers can fill out an online form, and self-helpers can access the small help center.