Hostire is an Indian-based business with servers located in the Netherlands, the U.S., France, and Germany. Since this host is outside the U.S.A., it can offer you DCMA ignored hosting, which means it will ignore any official requests to take down your content.
Although its social media accounts seem to have been inactive for at least a year, Hostire’s English-language website continues to advertise its hosting services.
Features and Ease of Use
Hostire offers all the usual services, from shared hosting to virtual and dedicated servers. The plans come with these core features:
- 99.5% to 99.99% uptime guarantee
- Daily and weekly offsite backups
- Domain registration available
- Up to four add-on domains
- Free SSL certificates
- Up to 200 GB SSD storage
- Unlimited bandwidth
The shared hosting plans use SSD storage (for disk read/write speeds up to ten times faster than traditional HDD), and they include all usual features such as MySQL databases, cPanel control panel, Softaculous installer, and a free SSL certificate.
Hostire offers a selection of server locations, so you can choose the server location that is closest to your visitor base. Dedicated servers are available in Paris (France), the U.S., or the Netherlands, whereas VPS solutions sit on German servers. When it comes to uptime, you might choose a VPS over a shared hosting plan since virtual servers come with a 99.99% uptime guarantee (compared with 99.5% for shared hosting).
Pricing and Support
Hostfire’s premium plan prices are quite high for the features on offer (which are comparable to, but not greater than other hosts). These plans are also not much different from the lower packages, apart from more disk space and parked domains. At the other end of the scale, the base plan is very affordable if you can be content with 5 GB SSD storage, one domain, and unlimited bandwidth.
It’s refreshing to see monthly plans available, but there are no long-term packages at discounted rates. You can pay by PayPal, credit/debit card, or bank transfer, and there is a 10-day money-back guarantee.
So far, so good, but there’s a problem. All shared hosting plans appear to be out of stock when you try to buy them, so you’re out of luck unless you want to purchase a VPS or dedicated server instead.
24/7 customer service can be accessed via email, live chat, or (potentially) Facebook. Unfortunately, live chat was offline when I wanted to try it, and I was advised to “please be patient while waiting for a response.” If you have to resort to self-support, you’ll be disappointed because the knowledge base appears to be empty.