Dutch web hosting vendor Hostnet was established in 1999, so it has been in business for 20 years. It offers shared hosting, VPS, and managed server solutions plus associated services such as SSL certificates, e-commerce, email solutions, and domain name registration.
The Hostnet website is available in Dutch.
Features and Ease of Use
Hostnet’s hosting packages include the following standard features:
- PHP support
- MySQL databases
- Free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate
- One-click installation
- SSD storage
- Linux operating system
- 99.9% uptime guarantee
- Plesk control panel
Hostnet’s hosting plans are powered by robust SSD servers with clustering technology to ensure fast page loading speeds even at peak load. These servers use high-end Dell and Intel hardware. You get a 99.9% network uptime guarantee.
Free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates are provided to customers upon request. Alternatively, you can purchase more advanced SSL certificates including Wildcard SSL and EV SSL.
The VPS solutions allow you to choose Ubuntu, CentOS or Debian as your operating system, with full root access. These virtual servers are managed using the Plesk control panel, and they use Acronis backup services to store customer data in an external location. Hostnet also offers managed hosting services to clients who want to outsource their server management entirely.
Pricing and Support
Hostnet’s web hosting solutions are reasonably priced and require a minimum 3-month commitment, but you can get discounts of 17%-off (for a 6-month signup) and 34%-off (for a 12-month term). The 30-day money-back guarantee gives you a month to get out of your contract if you’re not entirely happy. VPS customers can cancel their contracts at any time by giving a month’s notice.
Hostnet provides a very comprehensive set of self-support resources. Alternatively, you can contact Hostnet’s customer service (not 24/7) via telephone, ticket system, email, live chat, WhatsApp or social media. I had a very fruitful conversation (in Dutch) with a live chat agent.