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Reviews and expert opinion KingHost

Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
Web Hosting Expert

With their extensive range of hosting packages and value-added services, KingHost can help with pretty much everything you need to set up and run an effective website. They’re one of Brazil’s top web hosting providers, having hosted over 300,000 websites and gained significant market share since their launch in 2006. Before you make any final decisions, you should check out Hostinger’s cheap plans.

Overview

With their extensive range of hosting packages and value-added services, KingHost can help with pretty much everything you need to set up and run an effective website. They’re one of Brazil’s top web hosting providers, having hosted over 300,000 websites and gained significant market share since their launch in 2006.

Features and Ease of Use

KingHost offers a huge range of hosting and value-added website services. Their most popular offerings, however, are their shared hosting packages, which also happen to be the first service they offered when they launched in 2006. The most basic shared hosting plan comes with these features:

  • One hosted website
  • 10GB SSD storage
  • 256MB memory
  • Unlimited email accounts with 50GB space
  • Unlimited MySQL databases with 5GB space
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • A Let’s Encrypt SSL Certificate
  • Free access to KingHost’s own website builder
  • Daily backups

Going for a higher-tier plan affords you more websites on your account, double the memory for every level up, more storage space, and a greater number of value-added features like Varnish Cache and AntiSpam Free email protection.

One of the unique perks of KingHost is that they reward you for being a good customer. Whenever you pay your shared hosting monthly bill on time, you accrue weekly data and email storage bonuses – which can easily add up to an extra 1.27 GB per year. This policy also applies to their reseller hosting plans, although the bonuses credited are given in percentage increases rather than a fixed amount.

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KingHost scored an average uptime of 99.91%, which is not spectacular but definitely above average for a web host. Server performance was excellent when I pinged them from a Brazilian location, but this may drop off from other locations given that their data centers are located solely in Brazil.

KingHost employs their own control panel for users to manage their accounts. This was easy on the eyes, well-organized, and fairly comprehensive; I could do everything from checking my resource usage to setting up SSL certification and accessing databases.

Pricing and Support

KingHost’s listed rates are similar and reasonable compared to those of their competitors. Overall, I did find KingHost more generous than most of the competition in the features and resources they give their customers, especially considering their KingBonus reward scheme.

However, I should point out that KingHost’s initial pricing is discounted for new customers; the fees for subsequent renewals will increase significantly after the first year, and are likely to shock those who don’t bother to read the fine print. Honestly, I wasn’t a fan of how they did this, especially given that prices more than double after the first year. If you factor in this increase in price, KingHost’s plans are no longer that affordable compared to the competition.

KingHost offers 24/7 support via live chat, email, and a Brazilian telephone hotline. Live chat was responsive enough, though it did take a few minutes to get connected to an agent. Foreign customers should note that their telephone hotline isn’t a toll-free number, so calling from outside Brazil may incur international phone charges.

How much does KINGHOST cost?
KINGHOST offers plans from $4 to $8. The price depends on which type of hosting plan you choose. You can see the updated pricing table (updated weekly) below.
Which KINGHOST plan should I get?
My recommendation is to start with a cheaper plan. You can always upgrade later on. KINGHOST can help you with the migration to a more expensive plan. The increase in visitors many times takes longer than expected and you shouldn’t pay a lot of money until the need arises. Of course, your needs may vary, and you can consult with a hosting expert from KINGHOST here.
How good is KINGHOST’s customer support?
KINGHOST is not ranked as one of our top web hosts. But that can also be a result of KINGHOST being a small, under the radar, hosting provider. There are advantages to a small hosting company – as a customer, you are more important to them. You can also check out our comparison of the most popular web hosting services here.

Pricing

4.4

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Anonymous
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naosouloucodecolocarmeusitepraretalharem.com
August 11, 2020
Já foi boa

Depois que a Locaweb a comprou, o suporte e atendimento caíram absurdamente, serviços que antes eram muito bons perderam totalmente a qualidade, quanto ao suporte, lastimável, a maioria das respostas é ctrl c + ctrl v, atendentes não estão nem aí para seu problema, escutam sua explicação, dizem que o problema está em seu código e encerram o chamado. Realmente lamentável o que aconteceu com a King Host.

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anonymus
Brazil
January 15, 2020
Site fora do ar

Estou com o meu site fora do ar e eles estão pedindo um senha de acesso para poder corrigir o erro, o atendente do suporte, viu que realmente não estava funcionando mas só vai resolver se eu falar esta tal senha de acesso. Acho um absurdo, você liga pra informar um problema e eles vem com um monte de burocracia para resolver. só quero o meu site no ar

Sonia
April 25, 2020

É para sua própria segurança que eles pedem a senha.Vc deve ter sido comunicado disso, quando recebeu o primeiro e-mail deles - KingHost.

Bottom line on KingHost

KingHost is a strong choice for Brazilian websites catering to a local audience. However, users should be aware of their price hikes after the first year.

KingHost might offer a good service at a reasonable price, but does it match up with the top web hosting companies? We find it hard to say “yes.”

Pros

  • Data and email storage bonuses weekly
  • Above-average uptime
  • Their servers amongst the fastest in Brazil
  • Loads of value-added services

Cons

  • Discount on plans only valid for first year
  • Datacenters and support staff only in Brazil
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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