Reviews and expert opinion Hostmein

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4.0
Server locations
Greece
Nuremberg
Frankenthal
Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Web Hosting Expert
Hostmein is a Greece-based website hosting provider that serves primarily Greek and Cypriot customers with 100% cloud-based hosting.

Overview

Hostmein

Founded in 2011, Hostmein is a website hosting provider based in Greece. They currently host more than 3500 domains for more than 1200 clients, and they have 73 physical servers in 6 data centers. Their website is in Greek, which might be fine for their mostly Greek and Cypriot customers, but it can also easily be translated into English by your browser. And they provide support in English too.

Features and Ease of Use

Hostmein is a full-service website hosting provider offering shared cloud hosting, reseller hosting, virtual private servers, dedicated servers, colocation, domain registration, and SSL certificates.

Some of the core features included in Hostmein’s packages are as follows:

  • 95% network availability guarantee
  • Automatic backup with up to three months retention
  • Domain registration (at extra cost)
  • One to five domains, dependent on the plan
  • SSL certificates (at extra cost)
  • Unlimited bandwidth on all plans

 

Hostmein has its own servers with RAID 10 storage, but they are colocated in other companies’ data centers at six locations across Europe and America. While this is quite common, it might affect website speed and response times for technical issues. Their shared hosting is housed in the only Tier 3 data center in the Balkan area, which has also been awarded a LEED V4 Gold Award. But not all their data centers are Tier 3, as confirmed by a quick call to support. They also have no clearly advertised uptime guarantee.

Hostmein offers added value with its security features, some of which are included in the regular packages whilst others are optional add-ons. The regular packages include BitNinja software to protect your server against malicious attacks, denial of service (DOS) attack protection, antispam manager, antivirus protection, and the CageFS sandboxed file system. At additional cost, you can purchase monthly support services so that Hostmein will monitor your website for security and technical issues.

Pricing and Support

Hostmein is slightly more expensive than local or international providers, but I’d personally be happy to pay a little more for a Tier 3 data center (shared hosting only) and RAID 10 SSD storage.

Pricing is quite rigid and can only be purchased in one-year terms. There is no monthly contract, and no multi-year terms with discounted rates. There are also no free trials, no freemium plan, and no money-back guarantee.

You can contact technical support by telephone, email, Skype, and Facebook messaging. I have contacted them via Facebook several times during the daytime and I’ve always received a rapid and helpful response. The call center is open from 10 am to 6 pm, and the ticket support system is available 24/7/365.  I’d love to use live chat, but there is none.

Bottom line on Hostmein

Hostmein is a 100% cloud-based website hosting provider with data centers around the world. They have formed strategic partnerships with companies such as Cloud Linux, Parallels, and R1Soft, and they support the new IPv6 internet addressing protocol.

Pros

  • Tier 3 datacenters for shared hosting
  • RAID 10 SSD storage
  • 24/7/365 technical support ticketing system
  • Fast responses to Facebook messages

 

Cons

  • Relatively expensive
  • Rigid pricing terms

 

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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