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Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
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Indian web hosting provider HostR offers cloud hosting, managed WordPress and OpenCart hosting, VPS, and dedicated server plans plus domain registration and transfer services. Its plans are slightly pricey, and you have to sign up for a year to get the best prices, with no money-back guarantee to fall back on.

Overview

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HostR is a small hosting company that simply isn’t a match for big brands like Hostinger. The bigger hosting companies simply offer a better price for similar configuration.

HostR started its journey in 2016, and it claims to be one of the most reliable web hosting startups in India.  Based in Patna, Bihar, this business was previously known as Cool Free Host. It might not be free, but hopefully, it’s still cool, and its website is available in English plus 25 additional languages.

Features and Ease of Use

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HostR offers seven shared cloud hosting plans (four for Linux and three for Windows) plus three managed WordPress hosting plans, one managed OpenCart hosting plan, one OVZ VPS plan, and one dedicated server plan.

The Linux shared hosting plans include the following features:

  • 10 GB to 50 GB SSD storage
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • Unlimited mailboxes and databases
  • One  to unlimited websites
  • Instant deployment

All packages apart from VPS and dedicated servers include a script auto-installer service that you can use to install and run several popular scripts for WordPress, OpenCart, CakePHP, Drupal, Magento, and more. HostR also offers a custom website builder (similar to Wix), which you can use to build your website without coding skills.

Since all services are scalable (and its managed services are auto-scalable), you won’t need to look elsewhere when your business wants to expand, or when your website requires additional resources.

HostR uses SSD storage rather than HDD storage for better performance, and its OVZ VPS uses 2048MB vSwap to hold temporarily inactive memory pages. You get a minimum of 99.9% network uptime and 100% power uptime, with SLAs available that will compensate you for falling below the specified levels.

Pricing and Support

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HostR’s shared hosting plans are priced slightly higher than the industry average. You can pay by PayPal or bank transfer in U.S. dollars or Indian rupees on monthly or yearly billing cycles. An annual commitment affords you two free months of service.

You can contact the company’s customer support team via telephone, ticket, email, or live chat. The live chat was inaccessible when I wanted to try it, and my attempt to raise a ticket resulted in an error message. Fortunately, I received a response to my exploratory email in less than an hour.

Those seeking self-help will be disappointed to learn that the link to HostR’s knowledge base loads to a “page not found.”

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Bottom line on HostR

HostR’s hosting plans might appeal to you if you don’t mind paying a bit more for shared cloud hosting. You can get a discount for committing to an annual plan, but (as confirmed with customer support) this provider no longer offers a money-back guarantee.

HostR 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

  • Various hosting plans for different needs
  • Scalable plans
  • Multilingual website
  • Prompt email support

Cons

  • Only three years of industry experience
  • SLA-backed 99.9% network uptime
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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