Reviews and expert opinion HostUpon

Ranked 594th from 2147 Web Hosting
4.3
Ease of Use
4.2
Features
4.2
Pricing
4.3
Support
4.3
Jackie Goldstein
Jackie Goldstein
Web Hosting Expert
HostUpon offers almost all types of hosting with affordable prices and numerous built-in features. It also provides reliable customer support, placing it in a very competitive position in the market.

Overview

HostUpon

HostUpon is a Canadian web hosting company that has been competing in the market since 2007. Its services include shared hosting, WordPress hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting, cloud hosting, and dedicated servers. It serves a customer base of over 10,000 and more than 50,000 websites. The website is well-designed and quite informative. However, it’s only available in English.

Features and Ease of Use

HostUpon offers a range of different shared hosting plans that come packed with features. However, the plans differ quite a bit in their available feature sets: the lower-tier plans are rather restrictive compared to higher-tier plans. That said, all plans have these features in common:

  • Free domain registration or transfer
  • Unlimited disk space and bandwidth
  • Unlimited MySQL databases
  • cPanel
  • Website builder
  • SSD storage
  • Automatic backups
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee

The Softaculous auto-installer comes with all the plans and allows you to easily install CMSes such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, OpenCart, and PrestaShop. You’ll also have access to a free website builder, which has over 700 professionally-designed templates to choose from.

The downside is that unless you go for the highest-tier plan, you’ll have neither a free SSL certificate nor a premium backup service. Even then, though, this so-called “premium” backup service only goes back as far as five days. It does back up every four hours though, and you’ll have the ability to restore single files, multiple files, or your entire account — which is a rare perk.

Other than that, HostUpon also makes it a point to be environmentally-friendly. For instance, most of the company’s employees have the option of telecommuting, which has been proven to reduce energy consumption by up to 5,400 KWH per year. HostUpon has also invested heavily into energy-efficient hardware — most equipment, for instance, has been Energy Star-certified.

Pricing and Support

As previously mentioned, HostUpon’s shared hosting plans differ mainly in the value-added features. There are three plans, dubbed Starter Unlimited, Business Unlimited, and Premium Unlimited. So it should come as no surprise that these packages come with lots of “unlimited” resources, such as unlimited disk space, bandwidth, MySQL databases, email accounts, and add-on domains. Considering these generous allocations, the prices are hard to resist.

One thing though — with anything less than the highest-tier plan, you’ll have to purchase your SSL certificate separately. This isn’t a huge deal if you’re running a simple personal website. But if you’re running any sort of business or processing transactions online, this is a big omission given the importance of SSL certificates in today’s SEO landscape.

You can make payment using any major credit card or PayPal. You also get a full month to try out the service risk-free, since HostUpon has a 30-day money-back guarantee.

HostUpon provides various support channels including ticket support, phone, and live chat. Ticket and live chat support are 24/7, but phone support is limited to business hours only. There’s also a comprehensive knowledge base, several useful guides, and video tutorials.

You know that stereotype about Canadians being very polite? Well, it’s actually true. The live chat agent I spoke with was very helpful and answered all my questions in a professional and polite manner.

Pricing

4.3

Web Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Free SSL
Number of Sites
Price
Unlimited
Unlimited
-
Unlimited
$7.95
Unlimited
Unlimited
-
Unlimited
$15.95
Unlimited
Unlimited
+
Unlimited
$31.95
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Free SSL
Number of Sites
Price
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
$7.95
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
$15.95
Unlimited
Unlimited
+
Unlimited
$31.95
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WordPress Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Number of Sites
Backup
Price
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
+
$7.95
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
+
$15.95
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
+
$31.95
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Number of Sites
Backup
Price
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
+
$7.95
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
+
$15.95
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
+
$31.95
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Reseller Plan

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Panel
Price
15 GB
Unlimited
cPanel & WHM
$19.95
30 GB
Unlimited
cPanel & WHM
$29.95
50 GB
Unlimited
cPanel & WHM
$49.95
75 GB
Unlimited
cPanel & WHM
$69.95
100 GB
Unlimited
cPanel & WHM
$99.95
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Panel
Price
15 GB
Unlimited
cPanel & WHM
$19.95
30 GB
Unlimited
cPanel & WHM
$29.95
50 GB
Unlimited
cPanel & WHM
$49.95
75 GB
Unlimited
cPanel & WHM
$69.95
100 GB
Unlimited
cPanel & WHM
$99.95
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VPS Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
RAM
Price
20 GB
100 GB
512 MB
$49.95
50 GB
Unlimited
1 GB
$69.95
75 GB
Unlimited
1.5 GB
$89.95
100 GB
Unlimited
2 GB
$110.95
150 GB
Unlimited
3 GB
$149.95
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
RAM
Price
20 GB
100 GB
512 MB
$49.95
50 GB
Unlimited
1 GB
$69.95
75 GB
Unlimited
1.5 GB
$89.95
100 GB
Unlimited
2 GB
$110.95
150 GB
Unlimited
3 GB
$149.95
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Cloud Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Price
25 GB
100 GB
$49.95
50 GB
Unlimited
$79.95
100 GB
Unlimited
$149.95
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Price
25 GB
100 GB
$49.95
50 GB
Unlimited
$79.95
100 GB
Unlimited
$149.95
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Dedicated Server

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
75 GB
5 TB
2.3 GHz Single Core
2 GB
$175.00
150 GB
10 TB
2.8 GHz Dual Core
2 GB
$275.00
250 GB
Unlimited
2.8 GHz Dual Core
4 GB
$325.00
500 GB
Unlimited
2.8 GHz Dual Core
8 GB
$425.00
1 TB
Unlimited
3.5 GHz Quad Core
16 GB
$595.00
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
75 GB
5 TB
2.3 GHz Single Core
2 GB
$175.00
150 GB
10 TB
2.8 GHz Dual Core
2 GB
$275.00
250 GB
Unlimited
2.8 GHz Dual Core
4 GB
$325.00
500 GB
Unlimited
2.8 GHz Dual Core
8 GB
$425.00
1 TB
Unlimited
3.5 GHz Quad Core
16 GB
$595.00
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A Free Domain is included when purchasing any hosting service from HostUpon

Bottom line on HostUpon

Whether it’s the features or the prices, it’s hard to find a clear disadvantage for HostUpon. One of the very few points of improvement is that if you’re running a business, you have to make sure you purchase the highest-tier plan for the SSL certificate. Other than that, HostUpon’s services are suitable for all types of users, individuals and corporations alike.

Pros

  • Free domain with one, two, or three-year contracts
  • Unlimited bandwidth and storage
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Website builder included free

Cons

  • SSL certificates not included with most plans
  • Backups only go back five days

Find reliable and affordable hosting packages at HostUpon.

Jackie Goldstein
Jackie Goldstein
Jackie is the Site Manager for Website Planet. He is responsible for the overall development and operation of the website, that serves the website development community. His experience includes both software development and online marketing.

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