Ukrainian host, HOSTiQ, was founded in 2013 to offer shared hosting, CMS hosting (WordPress, Joomla, PrestaShop, Drupal, Magento, OpenCart), cloud hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated servers, and domain registration.
Its servers sit in Ukraine, the Netherlands, the U.S.A., and France, and its website can be switched between the Ukrainian and Russian languages. Prices can be displayed in U.S. dollars, Russian rubles, or Ukrainian hryvnia.
Features and Ease of Use
HOSTiQ offers two types of shared hosting: regular and VIP. While regular hosting is suitable for personal websites and small to medium-sized businesses, the VIP hosting (as its name suggests) is applicable to larger corporations with higher resource requirements.
The shared hosting subscriptions come with these features as standard:
- SSD storage
- Free SSL certificate
- Free domain
- Regular backups
- 99.5% uptime guarantee
- SSH access
- Cloudflare CDN
- SitePro website builder
- cPanel control panel
- Softaculous installer
The cPanel control panel allows you to manage all aspects of your hosting, including website files, FTP accounts, email accounts, domains, and backup intervals. It includes the Softaculous one-click installer for hundreds of content management and other applications such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, PrestaShop, Typo3, and phpBB.
As an alternative to setting up a CMS-backed website, you can use the supplied Site Pro website builder. It includes hundreds of website templates which you can customize via a simple drag-and-drop interface.
The SSD storage is far faster and much more reliable than traditional HDD storage, but it’s a pity you can only expect below-average 99.5% uptime.
Pricing and Support
HOSTiQ’s prices are acceptable, but I have seen cheaper providers with higher resource allocations.
You can choose to be billed on terms from monthly to triennially, but first, you can take advantage of a 30-day free trial to try before you buy.
For self-support, HOSTiQ’s wiki contains lots of “instruction sets” on most major topics, plus video tutorials. If these don’t answer all your questions, you can call on customer support via telephone, ticket, email, or live chat. The downside is that help is only available in Russian, so you might be stuck if you don’t speak the language, but I was able to get pre-sales assistance in English via the live chat channel:
How much does HOSTiQ cost?HOSTiQ offers plans from $5 to $16. The price depends on which type of hosting plan you choose. You can see the updated pricing table (updated weekly) below.
Which HOSTiQ plan should I get?My recommendation is to start with a cheaper plan. You can always upgrade later on. HOSTiQ 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 HOSTiQ here.
How good is HOSTiQ’s customer support?HOSTiQ is not ranked as one of our top web hosts. But that can also be a result of HOSTiQ 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.