Features and Ease of Use
Although there is certainly nothing groundbreaking about SimpliQ’s offerings, they do provide all of the essentials as well as solid hosting products:
- 99.9% uptime guarantee with all plans
- Domain registration with free domains for annual plans
- Automatic daily backup to external servers
- Plans with unlimited domains
- Purchasable SSL certificates
- High storage limits with unlimited storage options for web hosting
- High monthly traffic limits with some unlimited options for web hosting
Although their website hosting is very straightforward, it is based on some good cloud technology. Servers have the CloudLinux OS with the cPanel control panel and come with LiteSpeed optimization. They also run on Oracle’s Ksplice server architecture. Server locations are protected from both physical threats and DDoS attacks.
With their VPS plans, you’ll have to add on your cPanel/WHM license at extra cost, but you can choose from multiple server locations in Cluj-Napoca, Amsterdam, and Dallas. You can also choose between a Linux or Windows machine and be connected to gigabit speed ports.
Dedicated servers run on Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors with up to eight cores, 12GB RAM, and 4000GB storage. You also get five IP addresses and can purchase more. You can upgrade your memory (maximum 16GB), storage, and backup storage as well as choose between Linux or Windows. Both dedicated servers and VPS products also feature redundant DNS across multiple global locations.
Pricing and Support
SimpliQ stays true to their name with a straightforward range of website hosting, VPS, and dedicated server products with three packages each. Incredibly, their Start plan comes free for the first six months, after which you’ll pay for the next year.
For the other plans, you can choose between monthly, semi-annual, annual, and biennial billing with longer periods discounted. You also get a free domain with an annual or longer billing period, but just for half a year.
VPS plans come with monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual billing at increasingly discounted rates. The same goes for dedicated servers, but without a yearly option. Both also don’t come with the free domain with annual billing.
While most features you need are included such as basic server management, a control panel, operating system, and support, you’ll need to purchase an SSL certificate separately. You can also customize your dedicated server with storage, RAM, and extra backup space. Other than dedicated server and collocation products, everything is backed by their 30-day money-back guarantee. However, it’s not exactly no-questions-asked.
SimpliQ also offers 24/7 technical support with all of their hosting products via email, ticket, and phone. Since available support with quick responses is one of the criteria for their money-back guarantee, they take it seriously and you never have to wait too long for a response or for your call to be answered. They also provide a knowledge base but it’s nowhere near complete with just the essentials covered.
How much does SimpliQ cost?SimpliQ offers plans from $1 to $9. The price depends on which type of hosting plan you choose. You can see the updated pricing table (updated weekly) below.
Which SimpliQ plan should I get?My recommendation is to start with a cheaper plan. You can always upgrade later on. SimpliQ can help you with the migration to a more expensive plan. The increase in visitors many times takes longer than expected and you shouldn’t pay a lot of money until the need arises. Of course, your needs may vary, and you can consult with a hosting expert from SimpliQ here.
How good is SimpliQ’s customer support?SimpliQ is not ranked as one of our top web hosts. But that can also be a result of SimpliQ being a small, under the radar, hosting provider. There are advantages to a small hosting company – as a customer, you are more important to them. You can also check out our comparison of the most popular web hosting services here.