Nexwave was born in 2010 after a merger between a tech startup and a Montreal-based web hosting company. For Nexwave, the shift to include web hosting as part of their internet marketing services for small businesses was the natural next step in their company’s evolution. They also offer website management and website advertising services on top of their other two core business functions. With servers in Montreal, Nexwave is still very much invested in the success of local businesses located in Québec.
Features and Ease of Use
Nexwave wants to provide a pure and simple hosting service. As such, they don’t provide all the bells and whistles such as custom SSL certificates and so on. However, they still have a decent offering with all of the following:
- Free domain registration with all hosting products
- Unlimited emails
- Unlimited FTP accounts
- Unlimited databases
- Unlimited add-on domains
- Unlimited subdomains
- cPanel control panel
- WHMCS for reselling features
- HTTPS support
More tech-savvy Canadian customers will also be happy to learn that Nexwave supports the most popular scripting languages, such as PHP, MySQL, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Perl, and Python. However, they don’t offer much more than that in the way of special features or services.
It’s true that with cPanel and their pre-packaged CMS support, you don’t really need much else to start setting up and managing your website. However, beginners without a lot of website building experience might want a more tailored setup. On the other hand, some people, like me, enjoy the freedom of a clean slate when it comes to your hosting without any bloatware or unwanted software. It all comes down to taste. If you really need help managing a server, their VPS plan with an add-on No-Hassle hosting service is your best way forward.
WHMCS is also a must-have tool for resellers to help you set up a ticket system, bill clients, and fulfill new orders.
Pricing and Support
I found it refreshing to come across a no-hassle hosting provider in Nexwave. With just shared and VPS hosting, their pricing structures are very straightforward. All their plans come with a free domain name (.ca, .biz, .co, .com, .org, .net, .info, or .us). They don’t offer any money back guarantees or free trial periods though.
That said, the prices at Nexwave are a bit expensive considering the relatively low resource limits. While they offer unlimited add-on domains with all their packages, you likely won’t be able to host more than a couple websites on all but their highest-tier Corporate Web Hosting plan.
It’s a shame that Nexwave only provides support via a ticket system. This will feel unnecessarily restrictive to users who like the immediacy of a phone call or live chat. Their knowledge base also seems to be empty, which means you’ll need to search elsewhere if you’re stuck and want to solve the web hosting problems yourself. However, it’s good news that VPS customers that need it can purchase a fully-managed service for a hands-off hosting solution.