HostMantis was previously known as Plexihost, but it changed its name/branding to the current name in 2010. This hosting provider is based in Livonia, Michigan, and its simple mission is to make reliable hosting affordable for the masses. It provides a variety of low-cost shared and VPS hosting plans with money-back guarantees and uptime guarantees from data centers located in North America, Europe, and Asia.
HostMantis operates its website English.
Features and Ease of Use
HostMantis provides everything you need for successful Linux or Windows hosting, including:
- 99.9% uptime guarantee
- Domain registration (no free domains)
- Multidomain hosting with up to unlimited subdomains and addon domains
- Free SSL certificates
- Email hosting with unlimited accounts
- Up to 100 GB of SSD storage
- Unlimited data transfer with all plans
ALthough HostMantis offers both Linux and Windows options for all its shared hosting packages, the Windows hosting is not available at all data centers. Also, the Linux servers are optimized with features like LiteSpeed, LSCache, and CloudLinux. As for control panels, you get cPanel with Linux plans and Plesk with Windows plans.
Although backups are not done automatically, all plans come with the JetBackup tool that allows you to schedule your own backups easily. You also get all the essentials for successful web hosting, including domain registration, webmail, an SSL certificate, and even premium security by buying SiteLock or SpamExperts as extras. None of the plans limits the number of domains, databases, or FTP accounts.
All of the seven data centers around the world make use of the latest Intel technology and SSD storage for higher performance.
Pricing and Support
When it comes to its hosting packages and prices, HostMantis has kept things simple and affordable with four entry-level shared hosting plans and four enterprise shared hosting plans. The latter plans cost a bit more but give you access to dedicated CPU and RAM resources for your more intensive hosting needs. Although HostMantis offers less storage than most other hosts, its unlimited bandwidth on all packages makes its prices super-affordable.
HostMantis also offers four reseller plans with Linux and slightly more expensive Windows options.
With the hosting plans, you get a cPanel license for free, an SSL certificate for free, and one year’s DNS management for free, but you have to purchase your domain separately. There are some upsells at the checkout, such as SpamExperts, SiteLock, and WHMCS licenses for resellers. The good news is that none of these extras are selected by default.
You can choose from monthly to biennial billing cycles, with up to 40% discount for annual billing, which is a commitment you might be comfortable with because all packages come with a 30-day money-back guarantee that gives you a little time to change your mind.
The HostMantis 24/7 support team can only be contacted via a ticketing system, which is obviously not as immediately useful as live chat or phone support. However, the several times I have tried, I have received replies to my emails in under an hour (even at weekends).
For self-support, you will find a pretty thorough knowledge base that covers more than 100 topics, plus additional documentation and step-by-step guides.