Features and Ease of Use
HostRiver.ro offers four WordPress hosting plans and four Magento hosting plans that have features tailored to each platform. These are in addition to the four “vanilla” shared hosting plans that provide you with:
- 99.99% uptime guarantee
- Free SSL certificate
- Daily automatic backups
- 3 GB to 25 GB storage
- 2+ hosted domains
- Unlimited traffic
Since shared servers run the risk of some hosted users encroaching on the resources of other hosted users, HostRiver.ro uses the CloudLinux operating system that isolates you from the adverse effects of other hosted users.
From a performance perspective, this host uses SSD storage (which is far faster and more reliable than HDD storage), the LiteSpeed webserver (which is far faster than standard Apache), and the Cloudflare CDN with Railgun (which caches content close to your customers and protects you from some kinds of cyberattacks).
Servers in a Tier III data center have redundant components that safeguard against disk data (and other) disasters. In the unlikely event of the worst-case scenario, you’ll appreciate having R1Soft backups as a fallback option.
Pricing and Support
HostRiver’s shared hosting is offered at affordable prices, but be prepared to pay more for Magento or WordPress hosting. You don’t get a free domain, but you do get free SSL.
You can pay for plans by only two methods (bank transfer or credit/debit card) on terms from one month to two years. If you’re tempted to take a two-year term, you’ll be pleased to see that 45-day money-back guarantee that should get you out early if anything goes wrong.
HostRiver.ro provides a knowledge base for self-support, or you can summon one-to-one support via telephone, ticket, email, or live chat. I was pleased to receive rapid replies via the live chat channel: