Hostpad is a trading name of Mechbit Internet Services, which started its journey in 2015. This Indian company has an office in Hooghly, West Bengal, and an English-language website (although its client area can be translated into 25 additional languages).
Hostpad offers shared hosting, reseller hosting, Linux and Windows OpenVZ and KVM virtual servers, bare metal servers, and cloud servers, plus domain registration and transfer services.
Features and Ease of Use
Hostpad’s website lists three shared hosting plans (SSD Basic, SSD Web, and SSD Enterprise) but the shopping cart page shows three “limited” shared Linux plans (SSD Basic, SSD Standard, and SSD Advanced) and two “unlimited” shared Linux plans (SSD Web and SSD Enterprise). Some of the notable features of the limited shared Linux plans are:
- CloudLinux OS
- 99.99% server uptime guarantee
- 2 to 10 websites
- 2048 MB to 2 GB SSD storage
- 40 GB to 100 GB bandwidth
- cPanel control panel
- Free SSL
- Daily/weekly backups
Since the hosting plans sit on the LiteSpeed web server, your website will benefit from improved speed, security, and performance. The extra-cost Softaculous installer helps you install popular applications.
Hostpad uses Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) SSD storage for super-fast data access, and RAID 10 redundancy for enhanced data protection and performance.
Besides its shared hosting plans, Hostpad also offers three reseller hosting plans, five OpenVZ VPS plans, three KVM Linux VPS and three Windows VPS plans, four NVMe cloud plans, two cPanel managed VPS packages, and three storage servers.
For virtual servers, you can choose between OpenVZ (which may be better for the LAMP stack in a limited-resource environment) and KVM virtualization (for more flexibility and upgrade options).
Pricing and Support
Hostpad’s shared hosting plans are cheap. You can pay for them in U.S. dollars via many different methods on billing cycles from monthly to biennially. You get larger discounts for longer commitments, and you get a 30-day money-back guarantee (unless you paid with Bitcoin) that should make to feel better about making a major commitment. You won’t get the cost of your domain refunded, but you can carry the domain over to another host.
The 24/7 customer care team can be contacted via telephone, ticket system, email, live chat, or WhatsApp. I couldn’t make contact via live chat on weekdays (which defeats its purpose), but my test support ticket submission was answered the next day:
Hostpad’s knowledge base contains some useful articles and tutorial-style posts that may prove helpful to anyone looking for self-help. I can’t say the same about this provider’s blog, which contains only one post.