Hostware is a company that offers website design services, domain registration, and hosting. According to its Facebook page, it was founded in September 2010. Hostware serves businesses with shared hosting plans. Its website is available in Polish only.
Features and Ease of Use
As mentioned above, the company offers shared hosting only. You wouldn’t get Virtual Private Servers (VPS) or dedicated servers from it. As such, large businesses will have to look elsewhere for their sophisticated needs. The shared hosting that Hostware provides comes in four plans with the following features:
- Either 10 or unlimited domains per account
- Up to 80GB storage space
- Anywhere from 600GB to unlimited bandwidth
If you’re on the base plan, you’ll get only 10 emails. That works for organizations with less than eight or nine people. The storage space and bandwidth provided are more than enough for small business websites though.
Spam can get really bad, especially if you have a contact form on your website. Hostware knows that and offers antivirus and antispam protection for each email account that’s hosted on its servers.
The management panel provided is cPanel. The company supports PHP. You can use it to program your website. If you don’t know to code, you can install WordPress or any other easy-to-use website development tool/CMS with the Script Installer. It also provides a page creator that you can use to design your website in a few minutes.
Having your website rank high on search engine result pages is essential but no everyone knows how to or can hire someone to do it. Hostware’s provided SEO tools take the hassle off handling the basic SEO actions to get your website indexed and give you a good start.
Pricing and Support
Hostware offers cheap prices for its hosting plans. The company promises that you wouldn’t get a sudden increase when you want to renew your hosting. Also, there are no hidden charges. Its subscription periods on offer include one month, three months, six months, and one year.
There’s no money-back guarantee so going for the lowest duration might be better for a start. However, if you’re willing to pay for a year or more, you’ll get a discount of 10%-30% depending on the duration that you choose.
Hostware doesn’t provide a free domain registration or a free SSL certificate with any of the sting plans. You’ll have to spend extra for those.
Although there’s a knowledge base section, it doesn’t contain much. You’ll need customer support. You can reach the agents through email and phone only. Unfortunately, there’s no live chat. I sent an email but never got a reply despite waiting for more than three weeks.