PingFiles is a new French web hosting company that’s only been in business since 2015. Since that time, they’ve built a client base of over 4,300. They offer both shared hosting and VPS services with impressive features. Their shared hosting has nearly unlimited access and is great for both beginners and experienced webmasters alike.
Features and Ease of Use
PingFiles offers shared hosting with an impressive set of features that includes near unlimited access. Here are a few of their basic features:
- Unlimited NVMe SSD storage
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Unlimited FTP accounts
- Softaculous auto-installer
Note that their unlimited bandwidth and storage is based on a “Fair Use policy,” but most average websites shouldn’t have to worry about this. The good times continue with some nice value-added features, including:
- Unlimited databases
- Supports Perl, Gems Ruby, PHP PEAR, and PHP 5.1 – 7.2
- cPanel, CloudLinux OS, and KernelCare setup
- Unlimited email accounts
- Unlimited subdomains
- Website builder
- Free SSL certificates
I’d like to see some support for Python here, but otherwise, you should be able to create almost any website you desire.
This service is excellent for beginners as it offers a website builder as well as the Softaculous auto-installer that will allow you to instantly install WordPress and hundreds of other scripts and CMSes. Experienced webmasters will have no problem with cPanel or FTP access to upload files. I particularly liked that they included support for IPv4 and a dedicated IPv6 address; this is rare with shared hosting services, and affords you far greater security and a higher email sending reputation.
Pricing and Support
PingFiles offers three forms of shared web hosting with unlimited bandwidth, storage, and features mentioned earlier. The differences in the plans are as follows:
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These shared hosting plans are great for those looking to host a single website or a small handful of websites. Their prices are very affordable and cheaper than most standard web hosting providers. Granted, you’re limited in the number of domains you can support on these plans, but PingFiles also has cloud-based VPS packages you can upgrade to in the event that you outgrow these shared hosting plans. One added perk to these plans are free SSL certificates which saves you even more over many providers that charge for certificates.
The one caveat is that you must pay for your domain if you don’t already own one. Given their affordability compared to the rest of the European market, however, I’m not complaining.
PingFiles also has a free hosting plan listed on the website with 1GB of storage and 10GB in monthly bandwidth. There isn’t a time limit on the free plan and it even comes with customer support, which is very rare in the industry. However, you must pay for both your domain and a small setup fee. In the event that you’d like to upgrade to a paid account after some time, you’ll have to contact their support staff regarding website migration, as free hosting accounts aren’t hosted on the same servers and don’t have the same features as paid hosting accounts.
Support for PingFiles is average with telephone, live chat, and email support. They also offer a knowledge base with an average selection of topics. Make sure you have Google Translate handy to decipher the knowledge base as it’s in French.