Reviews and expert opinion HostZone

Ranked 1960th from 2193 Web Hosting
4.0
Ease of Use
3.7
Features
4.0
Pricing
4.3
Support
2.0
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

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

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

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

4.3

Web Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Price
Unlimited
Unlimited
$4.49
Unlimited
Unlimited
$8.98
Unlimited
Unlimited
$13.47
Unlimited
Unlimited
$16.83
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Price
Unlimited
Unlimited
$4.49
Unlimited
Unlimited
$8.98
Unlimited
Unlimited
$13.47
Unlimited
Unlimited
$16.83
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VPS Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
20 GB
Unlimited
Single Core
512 MB
$28.06
40 GB
Unlimited
Single Core
1024 MB
$33.67
80 GB
Unlimited
Single Core
2048 MB
$39.28
20 GB
Unlimited
Single Core
512 MB
$56.12
40 GB
Unlimited
Single Core
1024 MB
$67.34
80 GB
Unlimited
Single Core
2048 MB
$78.56
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
20 GB
Unlimited
Single Core
512 MB
$28.06
40 GB
Unlimited
Single Core
1024 MB
$33.67
80 GB
Unlimited
Single Core
2048 MB
$39.28
20 GB
Unlimited
Single Core
512 MB
$56.12
40 GB
Unlimited
Single Core
1024 MB
$67.34
80 GB
Unlimited
Single Core
2048 MB
$78.56
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Dedicated Server

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
2 x 160 GB SATA HDD (Software-RAID 1)
Unlimited
AMD Athlon 64 3700+
1024 MB DDR400
$50.50
2 x 300 GB SATA HDD (Software RAID 1)
Unlimited
AMD Athlon 64 4200+
2GB (2x 1024 MB DDR400)
$66.22
2 x 3 TB SATA 6 Gb / s HDD 7200 rpm (Software RAID 1)
Unlimited
Intel Core i7-2600 Quadcore Hyper-Threading (4 cores)
16 GB of DDR3 RAM
$84.17
2 x 750 GB SATA 3 Gbps HDD (Software RAID 1)
Unlimited
Intel® Core ™ i7-920 Quadcore Hyper-Threading (4 cores)
24 GB of DDR3 RAM
$99.89
2 x 3 TB SATA 6 Gb / s HDD SATA-II HDD (Software RAID 1)
Unlimited
Intel® Xeon® E3-1245 Quadcore Hyper Thread (4 cores)
12 GB of DDR3 RAM
$111.11
2 x 160 GB SATA HDD (Software-RAID 1)
Unlimited
AMD Athlon 64 3700+
1024 MB DDR400
$101.01
2 x 300 GB SATA HDD (Software RAID 1)
Unlimited
AMD Athlon 64 4200+
2GB (2x 1024 MB DDR400)
$132.43
2 x 3 TB SATA 6 Gb / s HDD 7200 rpm (Software RAID 1)
Unlimited
Intel Core i7-2600 Quadcore Hyper-Threading (4 cores)
16 GB of DDR3 RAM
$154.88
2 x 750 GB SATA 3 Gbps HDD (Software RAID 1)
Unlimited
Intel® Core ™ i7-920 Quadcore Hyper-Threading (4 cores)
24 GB of DDR3 RAM
$213.24
2 x 3 TB SATA 6 Gb / s HDD SATA-II HDD (Software RAID 1)
Unlimited
Intel® Xeon® E3-1245 Quadcore Hyper Thread (4 cores)
12 GB of DDR3 RAM
$223.34
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
2 x 160 GB SATA HDD (Software-RAID 1)
Unlimited
AMD Athlon 64 3700+
1024 MB DDR400
$50.50
2 x 300 GB SATA HDD (Software RAID 1)
Unlimited
AMD Athlon 64 4200+
2GB (2x 1024 MB DDR400)
$66.22
2 x 3 TB SATA 6 Gb / s HDD 7200 rpm (Software RAID 1)
Unlimited
Intel Core i7-2600 Quadcore Hyper-Threading (4 cores)
16 GB of DDR3 RAM
$84.17
2 x 750 GB SATA 3 Gbps HDD (Software RAID 1)
Unlimited
Intel® Core ™ i7-920 Quadcore Hyper-Threading (4 cores)
24 GB of DDR3 RAM
$99.89
2 x 3 TB SATA 6 Gb / s HDD SATA-II HDD (Software RAID 1)
Unlimited
Intel® Xeon® E3-1245 Quadcore Hyper Thread (4 cores)
12 GB of DDR3 RAM
$111.11
2 x 160 GB SATA HDD (Software-RAID 1)
Unlimited
AMD Athlon 64 3700+
1024 MB DDR400
$101.01
2 x 300 GB SATA HDD (Software RAID 1)
Unlimited
AMD Athlon 64 4200+
2GB (2x 1024 MB DDR400)
$132.43
2 x 3 TB SATA 6 Gb / s HDD 7200 rpm (Software RAID 1)
Unlimited
Intel Core i7-2600 Quadcore Hyper-Threading (4 cores)
16 GB of DDR3 RAM
$154.88
2 x 750 GB SATA 3 Gbps HDD (Software RAID 1)
Unlimited
Intel® Core ™ i7-920 Quadcore Hyper-Threading (4 cores)
24 GB of DDR3 RAM
$213.24
2 x 3 TB SATA 6 Gb / s HDD SATA-II HDD (Software RAID 1)
Unlimited
Intel® Xeon® E3-1245 Quadcore Hyper Thread (4 cores)
12 GB of DDR3 RAM
$223.34
More 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.

Pros

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

Cons

  • Limited website
  • Unresponsive customer support

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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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