Founded in 2015, IO Zoom is an American web hosting company that specializes in WordPress hosting and SSD cloud hosting. It offers Linux and Windows VPS, as well as WordPress and WordPress VPS hosting, with a 30-day money-back guarantee and (in the case of WordPress hosting) a free three-day trial.
IO Zoom operates out of six data centers, located in Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Miami, New Jersey, and Amsterdam. The company itself is based in Houston, Texas, and its website is in English.
Features and Ease of Use
IO Zoom offers several Cloud VPS, Linux VPS, Windows VPS, and WordPress VPS hosting plans that run on cloud infrastructure.
Four levels of WordPress hosting are offered: Personal, Professional, Premium, and Platinum. The entry-level Personal plan includes hosting for two websites, 10 GB of SSD storage, and 512 MB of RAM. The Professional plan provides users with hosting for unlimited websites, 20 GB of SSD storage, and 1024 MB of RAM.
All of WordPress plans include unmetered bandwidth, a three-day free trial, and the following features:
- 100% uptime guarantee SLA
- DDoS protection
- Free website migration assistance
- Cloudflare CDN
- Daily website backups
- Free Let’s Encrypt SSL
- Automatic failover
The WordPress hosting plans feature a WordPress-optimized setup that includes swapping out Apache for the LiteSpeed web server with server-side cache. You can also clone your WordPress site, and stage it in another environment such as a subdomain, to try out features or designs before syncing them with the live site.
Since security is so essential, IO Zoom’s WordPress hosting allows you to harden security with one click. This means that databases, files, permissions, and the administrator user are checked and then hardened. DDoS protection and web application firewalls are also included with WordPress hosting.
Pricing and Support
IO Zoom’s hosting prices are affordable and competitive for the features and data you get. Both the WordPress and Cloud VPS plans start at less than the price of a fast food meal per month, for which you get 1000 GB of bandwidth, SSD storage, and DDoS protection.
While other top North American providers may offer lower first-year prices, it’s important to note that these prices tend to increase in the second and subsequent years. So, keep an eye out for those sneaky price hikes down the road!
IO Zoom’s hosting plans can be purchased on a monthly, semi-annual, annual, or biennial basis, but the WordPress hosting can’t be bought month-to-month. Commitments of less than a year usually incur an additional setup fee, and longer-term plans often have discounts.
24/7 customer support can be accessed via live chat, ticket, and helpdesk, and I was able to interact with an agent immediately via live chat. For self-support, IO Zoom provides a pretty impressive knowledge base and a comprehensive set of video tutorials.