Reviews and expert opinion HostMaze

Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Web Hosting Expert

Romanian provider HostMaze brings more than ten years of experience to the hosting table. It’s a pity its affordable hosting plans are not backed by sufficient self-support resources or one-to-one pre-sales support.


Overview

HostMaze OverviewRomania-based hosting company HostMaze was founded in 2006. Its professionally designed English-language website sells shared hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated servers, and domain registration services, and all prices are presented in U.S. dollars. Servers sit in Romania.

Features and Ease of Use

HostMaze’s four hosting packages — Hosting Star, Hosting Master, Hosting Hero, and Hosting Legend — provide you with unlimited databases and unlimited monthly bandwidth, but they vary in disk space and the number of hosted domains. The lowest Hosting Star package provides 3 GB of disk space for up to two hosted domains, whereas the highest Hosting Legend package includes 20 GB of disk space to host up to unlimited domains.

The hosting packages have these key features in common:

  • SSD storage
  • cPanel control panel
  • Softaculous installer
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • Free SSL certificate
  • Daily backups
  • DDoS protection

This feature list shows that HostMaze’s feature set is just above average. Hosted websites sit on super-fast and reliable SSD storage, and they are protected by SSL and DDoS protection. The daily backups guard against data loss.

You can manage all aspects of your hosting via the user-friendly (and very popular) cPanel control panel. It incorporates the Softaculous one-click application installer for popular content management and other programs such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, PrestaShop, OpenCart, phpBB, and Typo3.

Pricing and Support

Although HostMaze doesn’t offer lots of hosting options, its hosting plans are reasonably priced. You can pay via PayPal or credit/debit card, or with Bitcoins, on monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual billing cycles. A somewhat short 7-day money-back guarantee gives you a week to change your mind.

Contact channels include support ticket and email, but I have to tell you that I was unable to summon a pre-sales support response. It wouldn’t be so bad if there were sufficient self-support resources, but the knowledge base is bare and the frequently asked questions are relatively few:

HostMaze FAQ

Comparison

How does HostMaze match up to the competition?

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Pricing

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Bottom line on HostMaze

HostMaze provides the essential parts for setting up a professional web presence. However, it is let down by poor pre-sales support and a somewhat short 7-day refund window.

Pros

  • Free SSL certificate
  • SSD storage
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • Affordable prices

Cons

  • The knowledgebase is bare
  • Unresponsive pre-sales support

Check out HostMaze for affordable Romanian SSD hosting.

Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Mark is a full stack web developer specializing in HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, MySQL, and PHP. When he's not busy building websites or geeking out over the latest addition to his ever-growing gadget collection, he enjoys playing drums for his progressive rock band. He can also make a mean Spanish omelet.

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