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Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
Web Hosting Expert

HostingSource provides feature-packed hosting plans with unlimited resources, but customer service is slow, and prices can creep up at the checkout.

Overview

HostingSourceHostingSource is a small hosting company that simply isn’t a match for big brands like Hostinger. The bigger hosting companies simply offer a better price for similar configuration.

HostingSource has been providing website hosting services since 2006. This U.S. company has two data centers, in New York and New Jersey, and a website in American English.

Features and Ease of Use

HostingSource

HostingSource is a full-service host offering shared hosting, VPS packages, dedicated servers, and cloud hosting. As standard, you can expect to find the following core features:

  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • Daily automatic backups
  • A free domain name
  • Unlimited add-on domains
  • Unlimited disk space and bandwidth

Beginners get a free website building tool with hundreds of templates, plus a one-click installer for 60 programs, including the usual suspects such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, and Magento.

Developers also get plenty of features, including phpMyAdmin access, FTP access, MySQL databases, and Cron jobs. Advanced programming language support is provided for Python, PHP (the slower version 5), and Ruby on Rails.

In addition to good features, you also get great resource allocations: unlimited disk space, bandwidth, domains, email accounts, and MySQL databases. This is a boon if you don’t want to worry about exceeding your quotas.

Pricing and Support

At first glance, HostingSource’s prices seem really cheap, especially when you consider the unlimited resources. One caveat is that you have to sign up to a three-year term to get the best prices, but the 30- or 45-day money-back guarantee (it depends which part of the vendor’s website you believe) should make you feel better about making such a major commitment.

Another caveat is the fact that the price increases as you progress through the checkout process because many of the apparent inclusions actually turn out to be optional paid extrasDaily automatic backups cost extra every year, SSL certificates come with a one-off cost, and “Advanced Site Protection and Performance Accelerator” (whatever this is) also bumps up the price.

When you’re done, the final price could be twice what you were expecting to pay.

24/7 customer service can be accessed via telephone, ticket, email, or live chat, and there is a small knowledge base containing about ten articles. Since this vendor’s website put a few questions into my mind, I tried to get them answered via live chat. Despite being number 1 in the queue, no one ever answered:

HostingSource

How much does HostingSource cost?
HostingSource offers plans from $1.99 to $39.99. The price depends on which type of hosting plan you choose. You can see the updated pricing table (updated weekly) below.
Which HostingSource plan should I get?
My recommendation is to start with a cheaper plan. You can always upgrade later on. HostingSource can help you with the migration to a more expensive plan. The increase in visitors many times takes longer than expected and you shouldn’t pay a lot of money until the need arises. Of course, your needs may vary, and you can consult with a hosting expert from HostingSource here.
How good is HostingSource’s customer support?
HostingSource is not ranked as one of our top web hosts. But that can also be a result of HostingSource being a small, under the radar, hosting provider. There are advantages to a small hosting company – as a customer, you are more important to them. You can also check out our comparison of the most popular web hosting services here.

Pricing

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A Free Domain is included when purchasing any hosting service from HostingSource

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Mike Clouser
Spain
5.0
I like their service - they know what they do

The servers are incredibly fast, uptime is near perfect, and my favorite part of Hostingsource is knowledgeable support. You can click Live Chat and have a straightforward answer/fix to your problem in a few minutes tops. Think it will work fine for any website.

April 06, 2020
Palmer Mcbath
Germany
5.0
They offer really perfect One Click Installer

It is far and away from the best hosting service I have ever had the pleasure to use. I host two different sites with HostingSource provider. They are prompt with their customer service and tech support, and always send out greatly appreciated notices of maintenance well in advance. The price speaks for itself, very cheap.

March 23, 2020
Tomas Garney
Italy
5.0
They've been very easy to work with

Overall, a good host, and enjoyable to use. is really good host I must say. I've had support tickets answered promptly at all hours of the night. As long as hostingsource stick to their guns on not overselling their servers, I don't think I'll ever be looking for a new web host. I have been in touch with support department constantly, because one day I needed full rebut, another day I need help with installation needed stuff etc. They have always been fast to respond.

March 11, 2020
Dee Cogley
Ireland
5.0
Definitely recommended!

I have been with Hosting Source hosting for a while now and have to say their reliability is great. They never point you in a direction on your own but see the issue closed by staing with it and putting their time in selflessly. The response times are lightning fast. The techs contact me checking to see if I have any issues just to be on the safe side. For someone looking to host a few things this is definitely the best inexpensive way to go.

March 05, 2020
Ricardo D.
Honduras
5.0
The provider keep improving their plans

Hosting Source is one of the best web hosting providers I've been with. Their support is excellent and best compared to others I've been with. Their uptime is arguably the best, and I am glad to have found them. I'll be with them for years to come.

February 07, 2020
Lupe Hulet
Ukraine
5.0
I have had no problems at all

I'm very pleased with SSD VPS hosting service provided by Hosting Source. Our site is functional, easy to navigate and allows customers to access products easily. As I upgrade graphics for the site I know they'll be done in a timely manner. All in all it has been a great experience and value. All changes are done quickly and efficiently, they said all changes would be done within a 24 hour period, all changes I've requested have been done within a two hour window. Extremely fast and efficient.

February 04, 2020
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Bottom line on HostingSource

HostingSource owns two U.S.-based data centers and offers an excellent range of beginner- and developer-friendly features. You have to make a long-term commitment to get the best prices, and you might be waiting a while for live chat support.

HostingSource might offer a good service at a reasonable price, but does it match up with the top web hosting companies? We find it hard to say “yes.”

Pros

  • Lots of developer-friendly features
  • Website building tool and one-click installer
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • Two U.S. data centers

Cons

  • Slightly misleading pricing
  • A long wait for live chat
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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