Reviews and expert opinion Star Network

Ranked 2529th from 3382 Web Hosting
4.1
Features
4.1
Ease of Use
4.1
Support
4.1
Pricing
4.0
Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
Web Hosting Expert
Israeli hosting provider Star Network doesn't do a good job of promoting its plans that are expensive and could incur additional costs. Only commit to this company if you can establish contact to address my concerns.

Overview

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If you are in a hurry, and just want the bottom line: for the same price as Star Network you can get much better servers with 24/7 support with Hostinger, so why even bother?!

Israel-based Star Network LTD offers a variety of hosting plans to power its clients’ online presences. From shared web hosting and reseller hosting to VPS and dedicated servers, you can get it all from this company. You can even start your own radio station using one of the streaming radio services. That’s the good news.

This vendor’s website appears to be entirely WHMCS-powered, with no separate site for marketing its wares. As such, you can switch this shopping cart and support site into the usual 25+ languages, although (as I discovered) you may still need to instruct your browser to translate some of the Hebrew content into English.

One initial concern is that this company’s “latest tweet” on its WHMCS home page is dated 2016, so it doesn’t seem especially active.

Features and Ease of Use

Star Network offers a total of 17 shared hosting plans: nine Linux, five Windows, and three e-commerce. These are complemented by 12 reseller plans (eight Linux and four Windows), two VPS, two cloud servers, and one dedicated server plan. With the Linux shared hosting plans, you’ll get:

  • Three to unlimited domains
  • 150 MB to 1000 MB disk space
  • 10 GB to 100 GB bandwidth
  • 10 to unlimited email accounts

It’s disappointing to see that it looks like you have to pay extra for some things you usually get for free with other hosts. I’m talking about the cPanel, Plesk, and DirectAdmin control panels as well as the Softaculous and Installatron installers.  Oh, and such extras as CloudLinux and Cloudflare. I might be wrong, and this might only apply to reseller plans, but — with only a “shopping cart” style website — it’s hard to tell exactly what is included with the regular hosting plans apart from the resource allocations.

As already hinted in my introduction, there is a streaming radio service (actually a reseller plan) for setting up a radio station, plus e-commerce hosting packages.

Pricing and Support

Star Network

Star Network’s shared hosting plans are pricey at almost twice the industry average. You can pay on billing cycles from monthly to triennial, with discounts kicking in only for 2+ year commitments. There is no money-back guarantee as far as I can see.

Star Network’s contact options seem to be limited to ticket submission and an online contact form. Unfortunately, I couldn’t summon any pre-sales support. So, with such a bare-bones web presence, it’s surprising to see that Star Network has such a well-stocked knowledge base for self-support.

Pricing

4.0

Dedicated Server

Bottom line on Star Network

Star Network doesn’t inspire confidence with its WHMCS website that is limited to a shopping cart and customer support. With no separate sales and marketing or corporate website, and its “latest tweet” being from 2016, this host doesn’t seem serious about selling its wares. Even if it did want to sell more hosting, its prices would have to be lower to attract me as a customer. And I’d want to establish contact before committing.

Before you make a decision, we highly recommend you check out some alternative hosting companies, which we highly recommend.

Pros

  • Plenty of hosting plans
  • Various billing cycles
  • Discounts on biennial and triennial billing cycles
  • Linux and Windows support

Cons

  • Pricey plans
  • Possible extra costs for control panels and installers
Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
Gwen is a web developer and software engineer who loves to get lost in JavaScript (and a good book). She spends her free time teaching girls how to be coders, and doing yoga on her balcony in the sunshine.

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