Based in Karachi, Pakistan, OBHost was founded in 2014 and provides shared website, VPS, dedicated server, and game server hosting as well as VOIP phone service, and domain registration. The data centers used are located in Germany, the U.S., Canada, Poland, and Pakistan and the company’s website is in English.
Features and Ease of Use
OBHost offers shared hosting plans based on its German or U.S. servers, both of which have the same basic features. Common features include:
- 99.99% uptime guarantee
- Free SSL certificate
- DDoS protection
- Free website migration
- Website builder
- Free trial
- LightSpeed optimization
- 10-day money-back guarantee
The entry-level offering includes hosting for one website, 300MB SSD storage, and 3GB monthly bandwidth. Stepping up to the next tier, customers will get hosting for two websites, 3GB SSD storage, and 100GB bandwidth. For more data, users may opt for the third-tier plan, which includes hosting for six websites, 8GB SSD storage, and 300GB monthly bandwidth.
Additionally, each shared hosting plan includes five sub domains, five databases, five email accounts, and five FTP accounts.
Shared hosting plans with OBHost include a free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate, however, customers also have the option to purchase an upgraded SSL. OBHost offers domain validation, business validation, and extended validation SSL certificates from these reputable providers: Comodo, Symantec, GeoTrust, and Thawte. SSL certificates may be purchased as one, two, or three-year subscriptions.
OBHost is also a provider of dedicated game server hosting powered by highly available DDoS-protected enterprise servers. Features include redundant hardware with automatic failover, redundant storage, and dedicated CPU and RAM. Some of the specific game servers include Counter Strike, Minecraft, Grand Theft Auto, and Team Fortress 2. Game servers are hosted in Frankfurt, Germany.
Pricing and Support
Pricing for OBHost shared hosting is fairly competitive. The entry-level plan costs less than a cup of coffee per month, however, the included data allowance may not be enough for more than the simplest of websites. The second and third tier plans have data levels more closely similar to top international providers’ entry-level plans, and OBHost’s pricing for these is on par with other SSD shared hosting plans.
Compared to other Pakistani web hosts, I found OBHost’s entry-level shared plans to be similarly priced, although some other competitors offer unlimited storage for less money per month than OBHost charges for 8GB storage. So, customers will want to compare prices, especially if they need large amounts of data.
Shared hosting plans can be purchased in short or long-term agreements. Term lengths are monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, annual, biennial, and triennial. There are no discounts given for longer term lengths, however, there was a 30% off promotion for first time customers at the time of this review. You can contact sales to receive a free hosting trial and a 10-day money-back guarantee is included as well.
For support, OBHost’s sales desk is open from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday through Saturday, while customer support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Support options include live Messenger chat, telephone, email ticketing, and Twitter. I reached out to sales via Messenger chat in the morning and heard back within an hour.