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Tony Loton Tony Loton Web Hosting Expert

Russian web host Hostronaut simply hands you off to other providers of free and pay-for hosting plans. It makes me wonder, “What’s the point?”, especially since it seems impossible to summon a pre-sales support response from this host.

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Overview

Screenshot 2019 12 11 at 11.59.41Russian host Hostronaut has two websites: an English-language one at hostronaut.net and a Russian-language one at hostronavt.ru (note the “v”). The Anglicised “Hostronaut” (rather than “Hostronavt”) chimes with the websites’ astronaut logos.

Either way, Hostronaut appears to be simply a reseller or referrer for hosting services provided by other hosts: iFastNet and TimeWeb.

Features and Ease of Use

Whichever vendor website you visit, you will find a free hosting plan provided by iFastNet. Once you’ve registered for this free plan, the control panel provides several user-friendly features, including:

  • IP blocking
  • SSL/TLS
  • Cloudflare CDN
  • Site builder
  • Softaculous installer
  • SEO tools
  • PHP version selector

The English-language website also advertises two pay-for hosting plans provided by iFastNet whereas the Russian-language website also advertises two pay-for hosting plans and three VDS plans provided by TimeWeb.

Pricing and Support

When translated into U.S. dollars, the Russian ruble prices on the Russian-language website appear to be lower than the U.S. dollar prices on the English-language website. But remember that the pay-for plans have different underlying providers on the two websites. In both cases, the free plan is obviously free.

All this talk about the differences between the two vendor websites may be merely academic, because I’d be inclined simply to visit the websites of the underlying providers — iFastNet and TimeWeb — themselves. This view is further backed up by the fact that Hostronaut’s support team doesn’t respond (at least to me), and the only self-support resources are available via the third-party providers, for example:

Screenshot 2019 12 10 at 19.12.57

Pricing

4.2

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Hostronaut REVIEW: BOTTOM LINE

Hostronaut seems to resell or simply refer to other hosts’ free and pay-for hosting plans via its very minimal website(s). Since I couldn’t summon any pre-sales support response, it makes me wonder why potential customers wouldn’t simply go to the underlying providers’ web sites in the first place.

Pros

  • Free shared hosting plan (from iFastNet)
  • Paid plans available (from iFastNet or TimeWeb)
  • Free domain available
  • Many user-friendly features

Cons

  • Vendor website(s) redirect to other hosts
  • No pre-sales support response

Look at Hostronaut’s links to third-party hosting plans.

Tony Loton Tony Loton
Tony Loton has been a prolific writer and editor of business, technology and finance books, magazine articles, and corporate content for longer than he cares to say. It’s a vocation, not a job!

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