American website hosting provider SEO Hosting was founded in 2003. They provide shared hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated hosting, and domain registration. Their website and support are available only in English, but they serve more than 1000 customers worldwide.
Features and Ease of Use
SEO Hosting offers all the same features provided by most website hosting providers, including shared, VPS and dedicated hosting, plus domain registration and SSL certificates. Somewhat uniquely, they also offer SEO hosting (sometimes called multiple IP hosting) for those who are serious about search engine optimization.
As standard, SEO Hosting plans come with the following features:
- 99.9% uptime, not guaranteed
- Automatic daily backups
- Website traffic statistics
- SSL certificates available for purchase
- Unlimited MySQL databases, subdomains and FTP accounts
The main benefit you get with SEO Hosting is multiple Class C type IP addresses. Unlike other hosting companies which assign accounts to a shared IP, SEO Hosting gives you different IP addresses for the different cPanel accounts you create for different domains. For example; in the 3C class plan you can create three cPanel accounts with three different IP addresses. This means your website is hosted across multiple Class C IPs, in multiple geographic locations, so that search engines see a multiplication of incoming links to your website.
As well as their SEO features, the plans also come with some nice features for beginners. Automatic script installers allow you to add applications – such as WordPress and e-commerce applications – to your website with just a few clicks.
Setting up with SEO Hosting is really easy since their website is simple to navigate. So my online-purchased plan was set up within minutes. One slight negative is that I needed to contact support to answer a few questions that could easily have been answered with a little more information on their website.
Pricing and Support
Unfortunately, the prices for SEO Hosting are very high when compared to the competition in the American market. But you get what you pay for, and with this company you get the extra SEO capabilities.
SEO Hosting offers monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, annual and biennial plans. There are no discounts for committing to longer-term contracts, but you do get a discount for purchasing more IPs. You can choose shared hosting packages from 5 IPs all the way up to 100.
There is no free trial or free version, but you do get a 45-day money-back guarantee. This is better than the industry average of 30 days, and it does help you trial the product properly. It is possible to upgrade and downgrade within the same type of plan, but not between plans. So you can upgrade or downgrade your shared hosting package, but you can’t move between shared and VPS hosting.
What I really loved was their excellent customer service. While considering a potential purchase, I contacted SEO Hosting via live chat several times a day. Each time, a helpful, polite and knowledgeable person picked up almost immediately. Live chat and email support in English is available all day, every day, but they do not offer phone support. I don’t much mind this, but I know that some people prefer to call.