Founded in 2008, Iwrahost is a subsidiary of the IWRA Group. It’s a budget hosting provider with a range of shared, reseller, and dedicated hosting packages. The company doesn’t specify the exact locations of its data centers, though it offers web hosting from both the United States and United Kingdom.
Features and Ease of Use
Judging by its offerings, it appears that Iwrahost is indeed focused on making web hosting more accessible to its customer base. The shared hosting plans are packed with features such as:
- 99.99% server uptime
- Softaculous one-click installer with 200+ apps available
- cPanel installation
- SSH access
- Free SSL certificates
While it’s not the most beginner-friendly host due to the lack of a website installer, if you don’t mind the learning curve, this provider does include a number of features that you can grow into. For instance, scripting language support includes Ruby on Rails, Perl, Python, GD, cURL, CGI, and more, while built-in PHP caching and hot data caching makes sure your website loads speedily.
Security measures include automatic brute force protection as well as real-time security scanning, though unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a CDN or any anti-DDoS attack mitigation. As a reactionary measure, however, you can always recover backups from the secondary hard drive that’s been allocated to your account.
Pricing and Support
True to its word, Iwrahost does have extremely wallet-friendly prices. Of course, with the price tag also comes a compromise: the entry-level Basic hosting plan only gives you 200MB storage and 2GB monthly data transfer.
That said, it does include all the features mentioned above, so if you’re only looking to host a mostly-static website with minimal media content, the entry-level plan holds excellent value. The caveat is that you’ll have to register for at least an annual contract, though given that the total cost of a year’s worth of hosting amounts to the monthly cost at a different provider, I’d say there’s not much to complain about.
Domain registration is an additional cost, but this is to be expected given how little you’re paying for the hosting. SSL certificates are free, and there’s even a 30-day money back guarantee if you change your mind after paying that paltry fee.
One thing, though: you’ll be charged 15% service tax for your web hosting, so factor that into your final costs.
Support is above average, though not spectacular. You can reach support staff via tickets, email, a U.S.-based phone number, or the contact form on the Iwrahost website. There’s also live chat, though this doesn’t appear to be available 24/7: I tried it in the early morning U.S. time and it was offline. There’s also a knowledge base, though it holds too few articles to be of much use.