Established in 2001 under a different name, HostPresto provides hosting services from its own U.K. data center. The exclamation mark in “HostPresto!” is part of the name (usually) but I’ll drop it for punctuation purposes. This provider hosts more than 170,000 websites for almost 60,000 customers, and its own modern-looking website is in English.
Features and Ease of Use
HostPresto sells a comprehensive range of hosting services, including shared hosting plans that come as standard with the following core features:
- 9% uptime guarantee
- Daily backups retained for four months
- Domain registration available
- From two to unlimited add-on domains
- SSL certificates available
- Up to 25 GB disk space
- Unlimited bandwidth
HostPresto’s shared hosting plans are pretty comprehensive when it comes to features. They all enjoy the popular cPanel control panel and an SLA-backed 99.9% uptime guarantee (but beware that you actively have to claim your compensation). Backups are retained for four months (which is much longer than with most hosts), and you can restore yourself with one click.
For more advanced users, there are the usual inclusions, such as unlimited FTP accounts, PHP version 5 through 7, unlimited MySQL databases, and phpMyAdmin. Added extras include compatibility with design software (e.g., Adobe Dreamweaver, Apple iWeb, Microsoft Expression) and free Attracta SEO tools. To top it all off, there is also a free Cloudflare CDN.
An added-cost drag-and-drop website building tool comes with hundreds of ready-made templates, integrated maps, PayPal, slideshows, and more. And if the shared hosting plans don’t give you what you need, you can opt instead for one of the specific WordPress, Magento, Joomla!, PrestaShop, PHP, or Django plans.
Pricing and Support
Despite advertising “Cheap Web Hosting from the UK’s Leading Hosting Provider” on its home page, I think that HostPresto’s plans are pricey, but they offer good value given the resource levels and features. You can purchase the plans on one-month to three-year terms, with the price reducing for the longer-term commitments. If you’re concerned about committing for a full three years, you might take comfort from the 30-day money-back guarantee that will get you out within the first month if it all goes wrong. There is no free trial, but there is a coupon that cuts the cost for the first month.
Just like its hosting plans, HostPresto’s support is second-to-none. You can contact the 24/7 support team by email (for pre-sales questions) or control panel ticket (for current customers). I contacted the company by email on a Saturday, and – Hey Presto! – I received a response from HostPresto within an hour:
If you prefer to solve your own support issues, you can refer to the extensive help section and comprehensive community pages on the HostPresto website.
How much does HostPresto cost?HostPresto offers plans from $4 to $23. The price depends on which type of hosting plan you choose. You can see the updated pricing table (updated weekly) below.
Which HostPresto plan should I get?My recommendation is to start with a cheaper plan. You can always upgrade later on. HostPresto 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 HostPresto here.
How good is HostPresto’s customer support?HostPresto is not ranked as one of our top web hosts. But that can also be a result of HostPresto 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.