Indian-based HostingSpell was founded in 2015 under the brand name WebRevol: Web Revolution. In 2017, it rebranded to HostingSpell.
Today, HostingSpell specializes in shared hosting, cloud hosting (powered by DigitalOcean), VPS hosting, reseller hosting, dedicated servers, and domain registration. It also sells premium SSL certificates.
HostingSpell has servers in India, France, the U.S.A., and Germany. The English website is straightforward, elegant, and easy to browse. However, some of the prices are displayed in Indian rupees while others are in U.S. dollars.
Features and Ease of Use
HostingSpell offers three different categories of shared hosting plans – Starter, Premium, and Premium Dedicated. The Starter plans are suitable for small websites, while the Premium and Premium Dedicated hosting plans are more suitable for large websites that require a lot of resources.
Each category has three packages that vary in some specifications. However, all plans come with the following features as standard:
- SSD storage
- Softaculous installer
- Free SSL certificates
- 99.9% uptime guarantee
- CloudLinux OS
- Free automatic daily backups
- Immunity 360 AI Anti Virus
The shared hosting plans use SSD storage. SSD performs much faster in terms of website data processing than traditional HDD storage. This impacts your website’s loading speed, stability, and overall performance. My main concern is that the Starter plan only includes 1 GB of storage, which is sufficient for a very small website but limiting otherwise.
HostingSpell uses CloudLinux OS with all its Linux-based shared servers. CloudLinux OS securely isolates each account on the same server, protecting you from threats targeting other users and ensuring fair allocation of server resources.
The industry-standard cPanel control panel comes with all the shared hosting plans. It’s known for its user-friendly management interface and several useful built-in plugins. With cPanel, you can easily manage your website’s files, domains, backups, FTP accounts, and more.
You also get access to Softaculous one-click application installer. Softaculous is known for its ease of use and for the hundreds of popular applications it supports. These include WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, OpenCart, phpBB, Typo3, and much more.
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Pricing and Support
With the Starter and Premium plans, you are billed annually, but you can choose monthly or annual billing with the Premium Dedicated plans. HostingSpell’s prices are considered quite budget-friendly.
A 7-day money-back guarantee backs all plans, and you can pay via Razorpay, Stripe, PayPal, Instamojo, credit/debit card, or Bitcoin.
The HostingSpell website has a useful knowledgebase that contains articles and tutorials covering several major topics. It also has a small FAQ section for each of its services, in addition to an interesting blog.
If you don’t find the information you’re looking for there, you can always contact support via live chat, phone, support ticket, and email. The technical support team is available 24/7, but the sales team is only available during working hours (Mon-Fri: 10 AM – 6 PM).
I had a few questions myself, so I chose the live chat to connect to an agent instantly. The agent answered all my questions promptly, with no time gaps between questions and answers. The support team seems knowledgeable and are very helpful.