Features and Ease of Use
Here’s a rundown of the available packages:
- Shared hosting (Linux and Windows): comes with everything you need to build and manage a website for the first time
- SSD VPS: An intermediate solution for customers who are looking for more security, privacy, and flexibility with customization options
- SSD dedicated servers: fully managed and a good choice for anyone looking for fast, safe, and reliable machines
With either Linux or Windows shared hosting packages, you get a number of powerful features that enable you to build and manage your website online effectively, such as:
- Unlimited disk space
- Unmetered monthly bandwidth
- Free website builder
- Free SSL certificates
- SEO tools
- Visitor and traffic monitors
- Unlimited email hosting
- Cloudflare CDN and LiteSpeed Web Server
- 99.9% uptime
- WordPress/Magento support
The fastest way to create a website or e-store at HostRIGS is to use the free website builder, which has a simple drag-and-drop editor and 100+ responsive templates. The Softaculous script installer is also available and is useful in creating WordPress websites or Magento stores with a shopping cart and payment gateway. Once your website is up, you can integrate it with CloudFlare CDN and secure it with a free SSL certificate.
I appreciate the fact that new customers enjoy a free website migration service from any cPanel-based hosting to its servers, which helps them move quickly. It’s also quite comforting to know that HostRIGs also provides free daily and weekly server backups, which lets users secure their files and roll back their websites to a previous instance.
Pricing and Support
Scrolling through the shared hosting page, I came across a comparison table that shows how the HostRIGS Linux/Windows shared hosting packages stack up with those of GoDaddy, Bluehost, or BigRock. While this chart is clearly biased in its favor, HostRIGS does have a lot to offer. I like the fact that it offers free website migration and a CloudFlare CDN in addition to free premium support. Setup is also instant and free.
Add-ons such as Google Analytics (setup and integration), a Positive SSL certificate, dedicated IP, and sitemap generation are available at a small fee. With a 60-day money back guarantee, you’ll also have more than enough time to explore the features and experience HostRIGS’ standards of service before you commit fully.
On the downside, for two whole days, I tried to get a hold of their chat support team without any success. For that reason, I feel it’s far-fetched for them to claim that chat responses are instant when they’re clearly not. If you require instant responses from support, HostRIGS may not be the best choice for you. Otherwise, however, it’s a provider with feature-rich plans and lots of value-added freebies.