Reviews and expert opinion Khimaira

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4.1
Server locations
USA
Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
Web Hosting Expert
American company Khimaira-GreenEarthHost has been in the environmentally-friendly hosting business since 1998. The pre-sales support is poor, and this host doesn't do dedicated or virtual servers.

Overview

KhimairaKhimaira-GreenEarthHost (or simply, Khimaira) is an environmentally-friendly hosting business based in Virginia, U.S.A. It has been around since 1998, and its servers sit in a private data center facility in Michigan.

Khimaira’s English-language website advertises shared hosting and domain services.

Features and Ease of Use

Khimaira’s five shared hosting plans (including an an e-commerce plan) provide you with:

  • cPanel control panel
  • 600 MB to 6,000 MB disk space
  • 1 GB to 15 GB bandwidth
  • 50 to unlimited email accounts
  • 5 to 20 mailing lists
  • 5 to 15 MySQL databases

The cPanel control panel lets you managed all aspects of your hosting, including backups (which Khimaira performs daily). The incorporated Softaculous installer helps you install a plethora of content management and other programs such as WordPress, Drupal, Mambo, Joomla, phpBB, osCommerce, and Zen Cart. Other features include spam filters such as SpamAssassin and BoxTrapper.

Khimaira offers an SLA-backed 100% uptime guarantee, but its standout characteristic is its encironmental credentials. Its servers sit in a network operations center that participates in “the Green Grid”, and the company also participates in the Virginia Green program. It plants a tree for every new signup, and it sends all invoices electronically to save paper (but so do most companies these days).

Pricing and Support

Khimaira’s shared hosting plans are pricey, with the starter plan costing almost four times the average industry price. You can pay for plans in U.S. dollars by PayPal, credit card, or check/money order via postal mail. Available billing cycles are monthly and annual, and you get one month free (plus a free domain) with an annual subscription.

The 30-day money-back guarantee refunds your money, minus domain fees, if you find yourself dissatisfied within the first month.

Although you can contact the customer support team via telephone, ticket, email, fax, or online contact form, I have to tell you that my support ticket submission went unanswered.

Self-support resources include a Business Manual (to help you set up your own business) and a set of “cheat sheets” for popular applications. Since I’m not sure how much help these will be for hosting advice, I’m pleased to see a nicely populated knowledge base:

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Bottom line on Khimaira

If you’re looking for environmentally-friendly all-American hosting from a company with a long pedigree, Khimaira could be worth a look. However, you’ll be disappointed if you’re hoping to find cloud hosting, VPS, or dedicated servers.

Pros

  • Green business with 20+ years of industry experience
  • SLA-backed 100% uptime guarantee
  • Free domain with annual billing
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

Cons

  • Pricey plans payable in only one currency
  • Unresponsive pre-sales support

For environmentally-friendly American hosting, visit Khimaira.

Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
Gwen is a web developer and software engineer who loves to get lost in JavaScript (and a good book). She spends her free time teaching girls how to be coders, and doing yoga on her balcony in the sunshine.

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