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Elijah Charbonneau
Elijah Charbonneau
Web Hosting Expert

HostSo offers low-cost hosting solutions with a very “homely” feel. It might not have the most modern website by today’s standards, but it has pretty much everything you’ll need for a happy hosting experience. Before you make any final decisions, you should check out Hostinger’s cheap plans.

Overview

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HostSo offers hosting services from its data center in Orlando, Florida, although its owning company Hostfast is based in London, England, and its website is in English. It boasts about having served more than 60,000 customers.

Features and Ease of Use

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HostSo’s four web hosting tiers are Aspire, Achieve, Elite, and Ultra. The Aspire plan includes 200 GB of web space, 10 MySQL databases, and hosting for one website. The Elite level gives you a free domain, 900 GB of web space, 50 MySQL databases, and hosting for 20 websites.

All hosting plans include unlimited bandwidth and the following:

  • Free domain with some plans
  • 24/7 customer service
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • RVsitebuilder
  • Fantastico script installer
  • 90-day money-back guarantee

All hosting plans provide RVsitebuilder for free, which allows you to create a website in less than 30 minutes via a drag-and-drop interface. The only downside is that the 600+ templates look pretty dated by today’s standards.

HostSo’s Florida data center is connected to eight individual internet backbones. Redundant power is provided by multiple power grid connections, UPS battery backups, and dual power generators. Fire suppression includes Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA). Security includes more than 100 motion-detection security cameras. Taken together, these characteristics help HostSo ensure 99.9% uptime.

Pricing and Support

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Website hosting starts with the very-affordable entry-level plan that costs about the same as a cup of fast food chain coffee per month, which is quite a bit below what the majority of North American and European providers charge. I do wonder what website loading speeds we can expect at this price point.

The entry-level Aspire hosting plan can be bought on one- or two-year billing cycles, but the higher tier plans can also be paid for semi-annually. You get a discount of about 10% for committing to two years rather than one. The Elite and Ultra plans also include a free domain.

You can contact HostSo via telephone, live chat, ticket system, Skype, and postal mail. However, only ticket support is available on the entry-level Aspire plan. I was able to summon some pre-sales support straightaway via live chat.

For self-support, HostSo provides a satisfactory knowledge base.

Pricing

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Jon W
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October 08, 2019
Hostso is a horrible host

I was hosted with Hostso for a long time. Primarily due to cost. In the last month my website was full of viruses, there was an issue with their server that was preventing google from crawling my site, and they deleted ten years of emails from my account. They refuse to acknowledge any fault ever for any situation. Do not host with Hostso

Bottom line on HostSo

One of HostSo’s web pages describes this provider and its offerings as being so reliable, so honest, so feature-packed, so supported, so risk-free, so trusted, so hassle-free, so spam-free, so secure, and so affordable. So, is it? Probably.

I do have some concerns about this company’s dated-looking website which seems to have some inconsistencies (concerning the money-back guarantee) and some broken pages, but the instantaneous live chat proves that this provider is very much alive and kicking.

Still not sure if this is the right web host for you? Check out our top recommended web hosts to learn more.

Pros

  • 24/7 customer support
  • Free domain with some plans
  • 99.9% server uptime guarantee
  • 90-day money-back guarantee

Cons

  • Dated-looking website
  • Some inconsistencies and broken pages
Elijah Charbonneau
Elijah Charbonneau
Elijah is a freelancer writer, marketer, and technology enthusiast based in SE Asia. He enjoys staying on top of new technologies and learning ways that they can make life better. On his days off, you can find him traveling or digging into a new work of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

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