Reviews and expert opinion HostZone

Ranked 3386th from 3627 Web Hosting
4.0
  • Features
    4.0
  • Ease of Use
    3.9
  • Support
    3.7
  • Pricing
    4.4
Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Web Hosting Expert
Greece-based HostZone gives a good initial impression, but this soon fades when you start to dig a little deeper. It's a pity because, otherwise, this host offers affordable hosting plans.

Overview

HostZone

HostZone is a small hosting company that simply isn’t a match for big brands like Hostinger. The bigger hosting companies simply offer a better price for similar configuration.

Greek web hosting provider HostZone has been in the market for almost ten years. It specializes in shared hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated servers, and radio hosting.

Although this provider is based in Greece, its servers are all based in Germany. Its old-style website, which is in Greek, doesn’t look like it has been updated (at least design-wise) since the year 2011 as indicated by the copyright notice.

Features and Ease of Use

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HostZone’s four web hosting plans – Basic, Standard, Advanced, and Master –  have the following features in common:

  • Unlimited storage
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • cPanel control panel
  • Weekly backups
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • Free domain

To make it easier for you to create your website, HostZone provides free CMS installation (for WordPress, Joomla, Magento, PrestaShop, Drupal, and several others) but no website builder as far as I can see. They do offer to design your website for you, for a fee, but I have to confess to not being impressed with this provider’s own website design.

The bundled industry-standard cPanel control panel provides you with a user-friendly interface through which you can control all aspects of your website hosting without any prior technical or programming knowledge.

Expert webmasters may be interested in the support for Cron jobs that allow you to schedule scripts to run at specified times.

Pricing and Support

HostZone

The four web hosting packages differ in terms of the number of addon domains, FTP accounts, and MySQL databases. Compared to the European market, and taking into consideration the included features, I judge that the prices are relatively affordable, though this may be because the advertised prices are stuck at the 2011 levels.

There is no advertised refund policy, and no apparent terms and conditions page for me to double-check. There is also no knowledge base or FAQ section as far as I can see, so for self-support, you may be somewhat stranded. And several of the website links don’t work at all.

There are two ways to contact this company’s supposedly 24/7 support team. Unfortunately, the live chat window displays an error message, and I received no reponse to my support ticket submission. So, I judge the support to be substandard, but I do also wonder whether this vendor is still in business at all.

Pricing

4.4

Dedicated Server

Moe Details
A Free Domain is included when purchasing any hosting service from HostZone

Bottom line on HostZone

At first glance, HostZone gives the impression that it is a reliable hosting provider, but this initial impression fades as soon as you start to dig deeper. Some essential information is missing from the website, some links are broken, and it seems all but impossible to contact the company for technical support. Proceed with caution.

HostZone might offer a good service at a reasonable price, but does it match up with the top web hosting companies? We find it hard to say “yes.”

Pros

  • Affordable prices
  • Free domain
  • Unlimited storage and bandwidth
  • cPanel control panel

Cons

  • Limited website
  • Unresponsive customer support
Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Mark is a full stack web developer specializing in HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, MySQL, and PHP. When he's not busy building websites or geeking out over the latest addition to his ever-growing gadget collection, he enjoys playing drums for his progressive rock band. He can also make a mean Spanish omelet.

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