Reviews and expert opinion SastaHost

Ranked 305th from 1974 Web Hosting
4.4
Ease of Use
4.4
Features
4.4
Pricing
4.4
Support
4.4
James Guill
James Guill
Web Hosting Expert
SastaHost is cheaper than your average provider, but even with their affordability they haven’t compromised on quality. This Indian web hosting company is a solid choice for those looking for a more reliable web host than their local counterparts.

Overview

SastaHost

SastaHost is an India-based web hosting company offering shared hosting, managed and unmanaged VPS, cloud hosting, and dedicated server solutions. Their shared hosting plans are cheaper than those of many other providers, even packing in a decent array of features. Their shared servers are located in India and the U.S. at present. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in New Delhi, India.

Features and Ease of Use

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SastaHost offers shared hosting services with scalable plans and a 99.9% uptime guarantee. Here’s what you get with their shared hosting:

  • Unlimited email accounts, databases, subdomains, and add-on domains with most plans
  • Unlimited storage and bandwidth with certain plans
  • Softaculous auto-installer with 50+ apps
  • Your choice of Windows or Linux OS
  • Hosting on India or U.S.-based servers
  • WordPress hosting available
  • Antivirus and antispam protection

One obvious downside here is that you only get a little over 50 applications with their limited version of Softaculous, whereas other providers would offer at least a couple hundred. Furthermore, while they do provide the Weebly and Impress.ly website builders for free, the free versions offered are limited in either the number of webpages you can create or in functionality — notably, the free Impress.ly builder doesn’t allow you to publish your website, tantalizing you with a beautifully-designed responsive website but forcing you to upgrade in order to make it live.

That said, while SastaHost may be rather unkind to beginners, their standard shared plans are good enough for most intermediate users. With support for a multitude of scripting languages such as PHP 5.2 to 7.1.x, Perl, Python, Ruby on Rails, CGI, and mcrypt along with above-average performance provided by SSD RAID 1 storage configurations, this Indian web host seems to have invested quite a bit into refining their feature set.

They’ve also got Windows shared hosting available for those interested in Microsoft-specific features, in addition to Linux KVM VPS, reseller hosting, and dedicated servers.

Pricing and Support

SastaHost’s target market seems to focus on Indian entrepreneurs and companies wishing to reach an American market, and their prices reflect that. Below is a breakdown of their U.S.-based Linux plans:

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Storage1GB2GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Bandwidth5GB10GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Email Accounts55UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Subdomains55UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Databases22UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Websites1112Unlimited

Each of these plans offers excellent value for money as they’ve been priced for their local market. Given that they’re all extremely affordable, the primary factor to consider here is how many websites you intend to host. From there, you can determine how much storage and bandwidth you’re likely to need, which will make the decision much clearer.

Note, however, that they don’t offer free domain names or SSL certificates. Also, if you need to transfer your domain to them, they charge a fee for that as well.

SastaHost also offers shared hosting plans based on India servers and WordPress hosting. You can find more details on the website. For those wanting to use WordPress, I’d recommend installing it with Softaculous over using their pre-configured WordPress plans as these are much more expensive than their standard hosting. All plans come with a short ten-day money back guarantee, which is far shorter than the industry average but better than nothing considering the extreme affordability of this vendor.

SastaHost claims to offer 24/7 live support, but this was difficult to verify. When I attempted to contact them, I didn’t get a response. Support is purportedly available via telephone, email, Google Hangouts, Yahoo! chat, and a contact form on their website. They also have a knowledge base with a satisfactory number of help articles posted.

Pricing

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Web Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Number of Sites
Price
1000 MB
5000 MB
1
$0.51
2000 MB
10000 MB
1
$0.72
Unlimited
Unlimited
1
$1.08
Unlimited
Unlimited
2
$1.45
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
$5.78
500 MB
5000 MB
Unlimited
$1.2
2500 MB
10000 MB
Unlimited
$2.17
5000 MB
Unlimited
Unlimited
$4.82
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Number of Sites
Price
1000 MB
5000 MB
1
$0.51
2000 MB
10000 MB
1
$0.72
Unlimited
Unlimited
1
$1.08
Unlimited
Unlimited
2
$1.45
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
$5.78
500 MB
5000 MB
Unlimited
$1.2
2500 MB
10000 MB
Unlimited
$2.17
5000 MB
Unlimited
Unlimited
$4.82
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WordPress Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Backup
Price
1 GB
20 GB
-
$1.99
5 GB
50 GB
-
$3.49
10 GB
100 GB
-
$6.49
20 GB
250 GB
-
$8.99
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Backup
Price
1 GB
20 GB
$1.99
5 GB
50 GB
$3.49
10 GB
100 GB
$6.49
20 GB
250 GB
$8.99
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Reseller Plan

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Panel
Price
2 GB
10 GB
cPanel
$2.89
5 GB
20 GB
cPanel
$7.23
10 GB
40 GB
cPanel
$13.01
20 GB
80 GB
cPanel
$23.13
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Panel
Price
2 GB
10 GB
cPanel
$2.89
5 GB
20 GB
cPanel
$7.23
10 GB
40 GB
cPanel
$13.01
20 GB
80 GB
cPanel
$23.13
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Cloud Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
Unlimited
Unlimited
2 CORES
2 GB
$12.27
Unlimited
Unlimited
4 CORES
4 GB
$18.79
Unlimited
Unlimited
6 CORES
6 GB
$24.58
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
Unlimited
Unlimited
2 CORES
2 GB
$12.27
Unlimited
Unlimited
4 CORES
4 GB
$18.79
Unlimited
Unlimited
6 CORES
6 GB
$24.58
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Bottom line on SastaHost

If your only concern is paying a low monthly hosting rate, than SastaHost may be for you. They pack an above-average level of functionality into their extremely affordable packages, though support is inconsistent at best.

Pros

  • Softaculous auto-installer
  • Windows and Linux shared hosting available
  • Cron job access
  • Support for Ruby on Rails, ASP.NET, cURL, CGI, mcrypt

Cons

  • No free domain registration
  • Spotty customer support

Check out SastaHost’s web hosting options today!

James Guill
James Guill
James Guill is a veteran writer with a background in IT support. He’s worked for some of the world’s largest companies including Ericsson, Compaq, GE, Bank of America and Dell.

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