HostKnox is fine, but fine is not good enough. While HostKnox is a decent web host, you can get better quality hosting at a cheaper price with Hostinger, for example.
Shared web hosting company HostKnox was established in 2011 and is based in Florida, U.S.A. This company is unusual insofar as it offers a single web hosting plan with the ability to install your own desired software (via the control panel) or ask HostKnox to do it for you.
The HostKnox website is in English.
Features and Ease of Use
With HostKnox’s one-size-fits-all single hosting plan you will benefit from the following features:
- Domain registration
- Free SSL certificates plus purchasable wildcard SSL certificates
- Email hosting with webmail
- 20 GB storage
- Unlimited data transfer
The 20 GB storage should be sufficient for even a large business website, in addition to which you get unlimited FTP accounts, mailboxes, and databases.
HostKnox will install almost any CMS of your choice, including (but not limited to) WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, or Magento. Alternatively, you can also do this yourself via the custom control panel, and you also have the ability to manage DNS records, run Cron jobs, and access your hosting via SSH.
Servers are kept on the latest stable branch of 64-bit Debian GNU/Linux. For increased security and stability, hosted customers are isolated from each other to stop the spread of any security breaches and guarantee stable resource access.
Pricing and Support
HostKnox’s sole hosting plan is imaginatively titled the “HostKnox Hosting Plan,” so this is what you’ll see in your cart.
The pricing is pretty standard for the storage, unlimited bandwidth and other features you get. Although you get an SSL certificate for free, you can choose an enhanced SSL certificate at extra cost at the checkout, but these are pretty pricey. You can also purchase a dedicated IP address.
Hosting can be bought on various billing cycles from monthly to triennially. You have to pay a setup fee for anything less than a year, but you get a free domain and a substantial discount with an annual commitment or longer. Your commitment risk is mitigated by the generous 50-day money-back guarantee that gives you a potential get-out if the going gets tough within the first few weeks.
Support options are limited to a contact form for pre-sales followed by a ticket system for subsequent 24/7 support. I have come to expect ticket responses within 30 minutes from the knowledgable and friendly staff.
For self-support, HostKnox provides a surprisingly comprehensive knowledge base and set of tutorials.