Reviews and expert opinion HostingSource

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. Before you make any final decisions, you should check out Hostinger’s cheap plans.


Overview

HostingSource

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.

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5.0
Colton Strouth
Bahamas
August 03, 2020
Good price, performance, and features

Very strong side of hosting - tech support. I'm purchasing Hostingsource services over 2 years for me and for all my customers. Their support is responding rapidly and competently, people are very polite. I must say I've never experienced as good services as they offer - high uptime, qualified support even for an out-of-competence questions, flexible price policy - these are just a few words from the huge list of benefits they're offering to their customers.

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5.0
Charlie V.
Czech Republic
July 08, 2020
stable webhost with reliability, friendly support

Fantastic features, extremely fast, very reliable and constantly boosting my quotas! Amazing webhost! I signed up for Hostingsource basic shared hosting professional package when it first came out. It had some problems at first (down, lost websites, backups not run properly). However, since then the service got very good. I have since upgraded to their Vps hosting Package (the middle one) and am very happy with their service.

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5.0
Lamont Judon
Canada
June 30, 2020
Willing to work with customers

Have received excellent technical support from HostingSource web host, I have received quick and reliable service and support. The website was down due to running out of space (so completely our fault). Their support took me through all the step required to reset password, access webmail and advise on clearing the email that was taking up too much space. I am happy running my website with them.

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5.0
Kim Arneson
Tunisia
52jiggs.xyz
May 26, 2020
The best WP host!

Great customer service so far. Hostingsource called me immediately to verify my order, and when I had some basic unresolved problems, they investigated and got back to me in a few days. Uptime on the hosting has been flawless, as far as I know.

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5.0
August Estepp
United Arab Emirates
May 19, 2020
No headache!

I have to say that I have used you for years now and by far you have the best customer support response of any provider in any capacity that I have used. It is appreciated. Hostingsource service is fast, efficient, easy and helpful. Such good value for money as well. So far, I am extremely satisfied with your service.

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5.0
Kenneth F.
Uganda
April 28, 2020
These guys are the best i have ever found

I have been with HostingSource for over a year now and they have been nothing but great. They stayed with me till my setup was complete and went out of their way with phone support even as their shift was ending this morning to make sure I was able to access my files. Excellent pricing for a lot of room and features, nice control panel with a load of features.

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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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