NiceVPS offers offshore hosting predicated on privacy. This provider is primarily concerned with keeping its clients’ data safe, and it plays its own cards pretty close to its chest when it comes to the website saying anything about the company itself.
What I can say for sure is that the NiceVPS website can be switched between the English, Spanish, French, Italian, Vietnamese, Russian, Persian, and Chinese languages via a translation plugin.
Features and Ease of Use
NiceVPS sells shared hosting, VPS packages, VPN services, and domain name registration. Its shared hosting plans come with these features:
- 99.99% uptime guarantee
- Automatic backup service
- Anonymous domain registration
- Up to unlimited add-on domains
- Free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate
- Up to unlimited monthly bandwidth
Clearly, the most notable characteristic of NiceVPS its commitment to confidentiality and privacy. Data centers are located in offshore locations such as the Netherlands, so you’re not subject to the privacy laws of your home country. Disks are fully encrypted to protect your data, you only have to provide minimal information to sign up, and your anonymity is further assured by TOR.
With this host, you also get PHP, basic DDoS protection, and a one-click installer for popular CMS programs.
Thanks in part to its redundant, hot-swappable hardware, NiceVPS can offer an above-par 99.99% uptime guarantee. The only downside is that I couldn’t find any information about what compensation would be payable in the event of excessive downtime.
Pricing and Support
The prices are in line with other shared hosting providers, which is pretty good for the extra privacy and the free SSL certificate you get. However, you have to pay extra for a domain name.
The only contract lengths are one or two years, with a 15% discount for the two-year commitment. Unfortunately, there is no money-back guarantee, and (in fact) no refunds will be processed. So, you’re out of luck if you wanted to try NiceVPS risk-free.
To maintain your privacy, you can pay with various cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin or Ethereum, and also by some more conventional methods such as WebMoney (for a fee).
While customers can log in to a ticket submission system, you might not be surprised to hear that pre-sales support is very limited. At your disposal are an online contact form and a simple set of frequently asked questions.