Bulgaria-based web hosting company Hostway was founded back in 1998. It now has offices in Europe and the United States, and it operates data centers in Europe, the U.S.A., and Canada.
This host’s professionally designed English-language website offers shared hosting, cloud hosting, VPS hosting, domain registration, and related products and services. All prices are displayed in U.S. dollars.
Features and Ease of Use
Unlike many, if not most hosting providers, Hostway offers only one shared hosting plan — Website Starter — which comes with almost everything you need to run a small to medium-sized website. And if you ever need to scale up, you could switch to a VPS or cloud solution.
The principal shared hosting features are:
- Free website builder
- Custom control panel
- 100% uptime guarantee
- EasyScripts installer
- SSH access-ready
- Cron jobs-ready
- SSL support
Like the popular control panels such as cPanel and Plesk, this host’s SiteControl control panel provides a very user-friendly interface for managing your website files, FTP accounts, email accounts, domains, and more.
The EasyScripts installer lets you install a plethora of popular programs — such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, phpBB, and more — with just a few clicks. The only downside is that the installed versions are old versions, but you can update them yourself or ask the support team to do so.
If you don’t want a CMS-backed website, and you’re not comfortable with coding, you can use the Website Builder to create a professional-looking web presence. Although you get several site templates, which you can customize via a drag-and-drop interface, the supplied version is a little limited. Therefore, you might need to call on the support team or turn to WordPress instead.
Pricing and Support
Compared with international competitors, Hostway’s hosting prices are reasonable, and you can pay using a major debit/credit card. Available billing cycles (for shared hosting and VPS plans) are monthly, annual, biennial, or triennial, and the 30-day money-back guarantee should make to feel better about making a major commitment (because you can get out early if anything goes wrong).
For self-support, the comprehensive knowledge base and frequently asked questions cover most major topics. If those don’t answer all your questions, you can contact the customer support team via telephone, ticket, or live chat. I got quick answers to my questions via the email and live chat channels: