Reviews and expert opinion Hostnet

Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
Web Hosting Expert

Serving more than 1000 customers worldwide, Hostnet is a leading Latvian web host and domain registrar that provides personalized solutions and powers more than 2,000 domains and websites. Before you make any final decisions, you should check out Hostinger’s cheap plans.


Overview

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Latvian company Hostnet was founded in 2006 with the aim of providing customers with individualized web hosting solutions. Through years of continually improving its services and infrastructure, Hostnet has become a reliable and secure web host for some of the biggest names in Latvia. Its servers are housed in secure facilities in Riga, Moscow, London, and Berlin, and its website is available in six languages.

Features and Ease of Use

The Hostnet website lists the following features alongside its WordPress hosting, SSD hosting, and Cloud hosting plans:

  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • Free site builder
  • cPanel
  • MySQL/PostgreSQL databases
  • Unmetered monthly bandwidth
  • cURL/Perl/CGI
  • FTP accounts
  • Daily backups
  • Cron jobs
  • Webmail
  • Virus protection

Hostnet gives users access to the powerful and user-friendly cPanel and Plesk control panels. Using the free site builder, it should only take a day or two for a rookie webmaster to create a website complemented by databases and personalized emails. Hostnet’s e-commerce-ready plans make it equally easy to set up an e-store with a product inventory, shopping cart, and secure payment gateway.

Everyone dreads data loss, as I know only too well, so it’s nice to see Hostnet’s continuous data backup and fast recovery options. But prevention is better than cure, so Hostnet’s servers are housed in a secure facility with 24/7 monitoring. SSL certificates are provided for customers who want an extra layer of security for their websites and web applications, and I also encourage you to password-protect your directories and enable anti-spam protection on your webmails.

Pricing and Support

Hostnet offers its customers a number of hosting options with four billing cycles: one month,  six months, and annual subscriptions. Prices are not far off those of the key players in the hosting market, and you also get a 30-day money-back guarantee that can get you out quick if it all goes wrong.

Scaling up is as easy as paying the difference between your previous plan and your new plan, and it’s all automated, so you probably won’t need to ask for assistance.

If you do want assistance with anything, you can ask the technical support team, just like I did. I wanted to know if they could help me with a WordPress site migration, and one of their live chat operators told me they would be able to assist me once I signed up for service:

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Before asking for help, you might first refer to Hostnet’s FAQs.

How much does Hostnet cost?
Hostnet offers plans from $1 to $7. The price depends on which type of hosting plan you choose. You can see the updated pricing table (updated weekly) below.
Which Hostnet plan should I get?
My recommendation is to start with a cheaper plan. You can always upgrade later on. Hostnet can help you with the migration to a more expensive plan. The increase in visitors many times takes longer than expected and you shouldn’t pay a lot of money until the need arises. Of course, your needs may vary, and you can consult with a hosting expert from Hostnet here.
How good is Hostnet’s customer support?
Hostnet is not ranked as one of our top web hosts. But that can also be a result of Hostnet being a small, under the radar, hosting provider. There are advantages to a small hosting company – as a customer, you are more important to them. You can also check out our comparison of the most popular web hosting services here.

Comparison

How does Hostnet match up to the competition?

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Pricing

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Bottom line on Hostnet

Hostnet comes across as a company that has the knowledge, experience, and facilities to cater to the diverse needs of all users; from the beginner who wants simple hosting to enterprises that want dedicated servers.

Hostnet might offer a good service at a reasonable price, but does it match up with the top web hosting companies? We find it hard to say “yes.”

Pros

  • Super-fast setup
  • Risk-free hosting packages
  • High availability servers
  • CloudFlare with DDoS protection

Cons

  • No dedicated servers
  • Limited support options
Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
Gwen is a web developer and software engineer who loves to get lost in JavaScript (and a good book). She spends her free time teaching girls how to be coders, and doing yoga on her balcony in the sunshine.

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