Reviews and expert opinion iHor

Ranked 2078th from 3425 Web Hosting
4.2
Features
4.2
Ease of Use
4.2
Support
4.1
Pricing
4.3
Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Web Hosting Expert
iHor has been the web hosting offshoot of MAROSNET since being purchased from another company in 2005. Although offering few beginner-friendly features, its hosting plans have high resource allocations and plenty of expert features.

Overview

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If you are in a hurry, and just want the bottom line: for the same price as iHor you can get much better servers with 24/7 support with Hostinger, so why even bother?!

iHor Hosting, or simply iHor, became the hosting division of MAROSNET when its eccentric CEO Ivan Lungov (read his company’s “about” page) purchased the ArtImpulsHost company. iHor provides a full suite of hosting services from its own Moscow-based data center, and it currently has more than 4000 hosting customers. The iHor website is available in Russian and English.

Features and Ease of Use

Here are the key features of iHor’s shared hosting plans:

  • 98% uptime guarantee on dedicated servers
  • Automatic data backups
  • Domain registration available
  • Unlimited add-on domains
  • SSL certificates available
  • 5, 10, or 15 GB disk space
  • Unlimited traffic

iHor is the proud owner of a Tier III data center located in Moscow. The Tier III status means you should expect less than 1.6 hours of downtime per year, and the fact that it is owned should ensure rapid responses to technical issues. Its servers use SSDs for greater reliability and read/write speeds up to ten times faster than HDD storage. With all this said, I’m slightly surprised that only this company’s dedicated servers (not the shared hosting plans) have an uptime guarantee.

The shared hosting plans are presented as “PHP hosting,” so it’s no surprise that they support PHP versions 5 through 7. That’s as far as it goes for programming language support, but you do get (unlimited) MySQL databases with phpMyAdmin, plus Cron jobs to schedule scripts. Unlimited resources include domains, emails, FTP, and traffic.

This provider also offers automatic CMS installation for Joomla, WordPress, Magento, Drupal, and other popular programs.

Pricing and Support

iHor’s prices are much lower than other Russian hosts and a little cheaper than large international competitors. You have to pay extra for domains and SSL certificates, but that’s only to be expected with such low base prices.

Plans can be purchased on various terms from one month to five years, but there’s no discount for purchasing a longer term up front. The checkout process is simple, and you get access to the control panel as soon as your account is created.

General enquiries can be made during standard business hours on Mondays through Fridays, but it’s good to know that technical support requests are dealt with 24/7. In addition to actively accessing support via email, telephone or ticket system, you can use the companies “Wiki” knowledge base to support yourself.

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The only disappointment for me is that I still hadn’t received a response from iHor’s customer support team three days after sending them an email.

Pricing

4.3

Bottom line on iHor

For simple, affordable PHP hosting plans with unlimited resources on Russian servers, iHor is a good place to go looking. I’d just feel a bit better about it if I could get a pre-sales response from customer services.

Before you make a decision, we highly recommend you check out some alternative hosting companies, which we highly recommend.

Pros

  • Competitively priced plans
  • Lots of features for expert users
  • 24/7 technical support is available
  • Owns its own Tier III data center

Cons

  • Limited beginner-friendly features
  • Only three shared hosting plans
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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