Stream101 was founded as Internet Radio Pros in 2002. However in 2007, after a restructure of the business model, it was rebranded Stream101 and subsequently began offering web hosting services in 2008. Its servers are located in New Jersey and Los Angeles and the website is available in English only.
Features and Ease of Use
Along with its main product – Shoutcast hosting – it offers shared hosting and optimized WordPress hosting. Some of the features you will enjoy with a Stream101 shared hosting include:
- 99.99% uptime guarantee
- Automated daily and weekly backups
- Up to 30GB SSD storage
- Free SSL certificate
- Up to 300GB bandwidth
All shared hosting accounts on Stream101 come with cPanel for easy managing of websites. It also provides Softaculous application installer that comes with over 425 scripts available. You can install WordPress, Joomla!, phpBB, and more in a few clicks. However, there’s no website builder, so you’ll have to write your own code or hire a developer.
Stream101 uses the CloudLinux operating system. This provisions shared hosting accounts in such a way that each user is limited to only the resources they pay for. As such, security issues are kept to a minimum. This vendor also has DDoS protection integrated into its redundant servers which reduces your security risk.
The use of SSD and its redundant uplinks assures good performance. That and the downtime guarantee in its SLA give less cause for concern. Also, its data center is LEED Gold Certified which means that your use of resources produces less waste and negative environmental impact.
Pricing and Support
Stream101’s shared hosting prices are low, but you only get the best deal (its advertised price) when you pay for 36 months at once. Doing that saves you more than 60% in hosting costs. Alternatively, you can pay month-to-month with a short-term contract.
There’s no free domain registration with this host; the cost of the domain is added at checkout. However, the free SSL might make up for that. Also, if you want to migrate to this host, it is handled for free.
Stream101 offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. This is even better than what you’ll get from most hosts because it gives you back your money regardless of your reason for wanting a refund.
Technical customer support is available 24/7. You can reach them through email, phone, and support ticket. I submitted a ticket and received a relevant response in a timely manner.
There’s also a knowledge base on the website with technical text tutorials and a few video tutorials that can help you take care of issues on your own.