HostRound is a relatively new hosting company that started its journey in 2016. Although popular for its WordPress hosting solutions, its range of services also includes web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting, cloud servers, and dedicated servers. It also offers domain registration and transfer solutions, SSL certificates, and software licenses (for Softaculous VPS and Softaculous Dedicated).
HostRound has five data centers: four in the U.S. (Dallas, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco) and one in The Netherlands (Haarlem).
HostRound’s website is in English.
Features and Ease of Use
HostRound offers 3 SSD shared web hosting plans, 3 WordPress hosting plans, 2 reseller hosting plans, 6 cloud servers, 13 dedicated servers, and 6 VPS hosting plans.
While the Basic web hosting plan is suitable for websites with 10,000 visitors per month, the medium-performance Pro and high-performance Ultimate plans are better for websites with 25,000 and 100,000 monthly visitors respectively. These three plans differ in terms of SSD disk space (7 GB to unlimited), bandwidth (250 GB to unlimited), and the number of domains/websites (5 to unlimited).
With all three SSD-based hosting plans, you get:
- An isolated, secure hosting environment with CloudLinux OS
- Intel Xeon CPUs (with multiple cores)
- PHP version and modules selector
- MySQL and MariaDB databases
- Free malware scan and DDoS protection
- Free Comodo SSL certificate
- Hack recovery assistance
- Daily database and website backup
- Free CDN service
Beginner webmasters will benefit from an advanced drag-and-drop website builder that allows you to create a professional, responsive website without any design or programming skills. And the one-click app installer can be used to install WordPress and 300+ other apps.
For e-commerce features, you can use the website builder’s shopping cart module that supports PayPal payments by default but which lets you use alternatives like Authorize.net or 2Checkout.
HostRound’s data centers provide impressive uptime of 99.999% (Dallas) or 99.99% (all other centers).
Pricing and Support
HostRound’s shared web hosting plans are pricey, especially on the monthly billing cycle that also incurs a setup fee. However, you can get a substantial discount of up to 45% (and possibly a free domain) by choosing a 12-, 24-, or 36-month term instead. If you’re not sure about making such a long commitment, the 30-day money-back guarantee on all shared hosting and WordPress hosting plans should give you the confidence that you can get out within the first month if you’re not entirely satisfied.
All plans can be paid for in U.S. dollars via PayPal, Alipay, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Apple Pay, or credit/debit card.
You can reach out to HostRound’s customer support by telephone, ticket, email, or live chat. Since the live chat wasn’t available when I wanted to try it, I used the ticket system instead and received a rapid response:
You can get self-support assistance from the provider’s knowledge base, and existing customers can also to check the network status. Finally, the company’s announcements page tells you what’s new.