Founded in 2003, and based in São Paulo, Brazilian hosting provider TargetHost offers Linux and Windows web hosting, cloud KVM VPS hosting, cloud dedicated server hosting, domain registration, cloud drive storage, and SSL certificates.
TargetHost uses a North American data center with content distribution in Brazil. Its website is in Portuguese.
Features and Ease of Use
TargetHost’s shared hosting plans are provided on Linux or Windows/ASP.NET platforms.
Of the three Linux plans – Lite, Select, and Premium – the entry-level Lite plan includes 10 email accounts, 5 GB of mailbox space, and hosting for one domain. Stepping up to the Select plan increases the email accounts to 40, the storage to 10 GB, and the number of hosted domains to three. The Premium hosting plan provides 90 email accounts, 30 GB of email storage, and hosting for four domains.
The Linux web hosting plans also include unlimited disk space, unlimited monthly bandwidth, unlimited databases, and the following features:
- Free domain with most plans
- Free SSL certificate
- LiteSpeed Web Server
- Global CDN
- E-commerce capabilities
- cPanel control panel
- MagicSpam anti-spam
- Softaculous application installer
- Website builder
The MagicSpam anti-spam system provides email protection by blocking spam in the SMTP layer before it gets to users’ inboxes. Up to 97% of inbound mail attacks are identified and stopped thanks to advanced mail server profiling that recognizes when automated spam engines are responsible for incoming email.
LiteSpeed Web Server is used as a faster alternative to the traditional Apache web server. LiteSpeed includes anti-DDoS features and integrates with cPanel, Plesk, and DirectAdmin control panels.
Pricing and Support
TargetHost’s web hosting starts at around the price of two coffeeshop coffees per month, even after the initial discount period has elapsed. This places it among the lowest priced international providers of unlimited hosting.
You can purchase plans on billing cycles from three months to three years, with no apparent discounts for longer term lengths. You get a free domain from a limited list of top-level domains.
24/7 customer service can be accessed via support ticket or Skype. I heard back the following day when I submitted a support ticket: