Openhost is a small hosting company that simply isn’t a match for big brands like Hostinger. The bigger hosting companies simply offer a better price for similar configuration.
According to its LinkedIn page, Openhost was founded in 2010. This company provides more than the average web hosting, VPS, and servers. It’s focused on cloud technology, IT security, business IT infrastructure, electronic document management, and more.
Its servers are located in Paris and Nantes, France. Its website is only available in French.
Features and Ease of Use
Amongst Openhost’s many services is Virtual Private Servers (VPS) which I’ll concentrate on for the sake of this review. Openhost has special offers for SaaS hosting and VPS plans for websites and hosting other files.
Customers on any of its 16 VPS plans get the following:
- 99.95% uptime
- Automatic daily backups
- Anywhere from 20GB to 800GB SSD
- From one to 16 vCPUs, depending on the plan
Its daily backups have three-day retention. You can increase how long the backups are retained if you contact the company and make arrangements for that. The backups are kept in two offsite data centers for better reliability and you can create a restore point of your server with snapshots.
Being online leaves you open to malicious traffic and all sorts of attacks. Openhost has an Intrusion Detection System (IDS) in its VPS to inform its personnel when a network intrusion may be taking place. This will help them know where it’s coming from and directed to, and possibly the type of attack it is and ensures that there’s a fast response to attacks.
Openhost’s security measures extend to firewalls with pfSense, which is a firewall that also handles threat management and load balancing.
This web hosting company supports all Windows operating system versions in its VPS. You can also deploy Linux and FreeBSD distributions such as Ubuntu, Debian, RedHat, CentOS, and SUSE.
Pricing and Support
Openhost’s VPS is divided into two categories – Premium and Basic VPS. There are eight plans in each category, each offering different levels/sizes of disk space, RAM, and vCPUs. It provides great performance for medium to large websites.
The prices offered on these plans are reasonable for the high-level service that is included. Customers can pay for the plans month-to-month, but you’ll have to contact customer support to make an order.
Also, if your needs exceed what it offers on the plans, you can contact customer support to build a custom VPS and quote for you, and you can also take any of the plans and scale up your server resources as needed.
The company provides support throughout all seven days of the week and its promised response time ranges from 15 minutes to less than six hours, depending on the severity of your issue. You can send an email, call the phone number listed, or submit a ticket. There’s also a knowledge base with some tutorials.
I sent an email and received a response with answers to all of my questions.