Reviews and expert opinion HostingNet

Ranked 504th from 2647 Web Hosting
4.4
Ease of Use
4.4
Features
4.4
Pricing
4.4
Support
4.3
James Guill
James Guill
Web Hosting Expert
HostingNet offers above-average shared hosting services with free SSL certificates, unlimited bandwidth, and both a website builder and the Softaculous auto-installer. Their packages are remarkably affordable considering how all-inclusive they are.

Overview

HostingNet

HostingNet is based in Chile and has been in business since 2008. They offer shared hosting, reseller hosting, and VPS hosting appropriate for many websites. Their shared hosting offers fantastic features including SSD storage, unlimited bandwidth, and free SSL certificates.

Features and Ease of Use

HostingNet offers an excellent variety of features for their shared hosting plans that include decent SSD storage and unlimited bandwidth. Here are a few of their basic features:

  • PHP 5.4 – 7.2 support
  • cPanel
  • Unlimited email accounts
  • Unlimited subdomains
  • Unlimited databases on most plans
  • Website builder
  • Softaculous auto-installer

They also offer a nice variety of value-added features including free SSL certificates:

  • Free SSL certificate for every domain
  • Firewall and antivirus protection
  • CloudLinux OS
  • Python support

HostingNet even offers a Micro Enterprise Hosting package, which doesn’t come with any add-on domains but features unlimited databases, emails, and monthly transfer. Clearly, this is the lightweight version of their packages streamlined for small businesses with only a single website; the rest of their packages offer at least one add-on domain. Apparently they didn’t think these small businesses required SSD storage though: the 5GB storage included in the Micro Enterprise plan isn’t SSD, but the rest of their shared hosting plans include this by default.

One noteworthy aspect is that they offer firewall and antivirus protection. Sadly, many providers don’t provide this standard.

I was slightly disappointed to see that they don’t offer full website backups. They presently only offer weekly backups of emails and databases on all plans.

If you’re a beginner, put this host on your shortlist as they do offer both a website builder and the Softaculous auto-installer. Their website builder offers nearly 200 different templates. Those with experience building websites can use cPanel and FTP to build a website.

Pricing and Support

HostingNet offers seven plans for shared website hosting. Plans have the same features listed above with only the following differences:

Micro EnterpriseEconomicWebProfessionalSMECompanyCorporate
Storage5GB1GB SSD2GB SSD3.5GB SSD6GB SSD12GB SSD30GB SSD
DatabasesUnlimited510UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
EmailsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Add-on Domains0123456

On the surface, you’d think that the Micro Enterprise plan would be the way to go for a single domain, but there’s a catch. It only allows you to host up to three web pages. This is especially odd when you consider that they give you 5GB of storage under this plan. Personally, I’d go with the Professional plan or above as they offer unlimited databases.

Pricing is slightly better than the average provider and gets cheaper if you pay for two or three years’ worth of service in advance. You also get free SSL certificates, which saves you money over many providers. Sadly, none of these plans give you a free domain, so you may save money on SSL certificates but you’ll pay up to register a domain.

Technical support is average with phone support, online ticket support, and live chat support. It doesn’t appear that live chat is 24/7 as I was unable to reach them via this channel. They do offer a FAQ section, but this is somewhat limited in scope.

Pricing

4.4

Web Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Number of Sites
Price
1 GB
100 TB
Unlimited
$27.35
5 GB
100 TB
Unlimited
$72.84
10 GB
100 TB
Unlimited
$80.27
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Number of Sites
Price
1 GB
100 TB
Unlimited
$27.35
5 GB
100 TB
Unlimited
$72.84
10 GB
100 TB
Unlimited
$80.27
More Details

VPS Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
CPU
RAM
Price
30 GB
-
1 GB
$56.34
70 GB
-
2 GB
$93.35
90 GB
-
3.02 GB
$142.56
Plan Name
Storage
CPU
RAM
Price
30 GB
-
1 GB
$56.34
70 GB
-
2 GB
$93.35
90 GB
-
3.02 GB
$142.56
More Details

Bottom line on HostingNet

HostingNet offers above-average shared hosting services that are great for beginners and suitable for most advanced webmasters. The lack of free domain registration makes them less affordable than their competition, however.

Pros

  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Website builder
  • Softaculous auto-installer
  • Free SSL certificates

Cons

  • No free domain
  • Live chat not 24/7
James Guill
James Guill
James Guill is a veteran writer with a background in IT support. He’s worked for some of the world’s largest companies including Ericsson, Compaq, GE, Bank of America and Dell.

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