Reviews and expert opinion TheStack

Ranked 1674th from 3361 Web Hosting
4.2
Features
4.1
Ease of Use
4.1
Support
4.3
Pricing
4.3
Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
Web Hosting Expert
TheStack states its intention to be a one-stop shop for your hosting needs. In this review, we look at how it stacks up against that promise.

Overview

TheStack

TheStack is a small hosting company that simply isn’t a match for big brands like Hostinger. The bigger hosting companies simply offer a better price for similar configuration.

TheStack’s specialty services include shared hosting, KVM-based virtual private servers, dedicated servers, and colocation. Since it’s not simply a reseller, and it owns its own hardware and network IP addresses, it exercises complete control over its entire operations including support that is not outsourced.

The company has offices in both the U.S. (Silicon Valley) and Hong Kong (Wan Chai). Its servers are located in its tier 3 data center at the heart of Silicon Valley, and its website is in English (with the client area supporting 25 additional languages).

Features and Ease of Use

TheStack

TheStack offers three (cloud) shared hosting plans, four VPS hosting plans, three hybrid smart servers (VPS with dedicated resources), six dedicated servers, and four colocation plans. Some of the standard features of the shared hosting plans are:

  • cPanel/WHM control panel
  • 5 GB to unlimited SSD storage
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • 5 to unlimited website domains
  • Free SSL certificate
  • Support for multiple PHP versions
  • One-click backup and restore
  • Cron jobs to schedule your tasks

Hosting plans also come with real-time visitor statistics that give you useful insights into your web traffic and allow you to spot trends.

TheStack states that it can offer you a one-stop solution for all your hosting needs providing it knows your requirements clearly. It can offer additional software and features such as the Softaculous installer, RVsitebuilder, and e-commerce features, but not necessarily for free.

RAID-10 SSD storage provides a good degree of data redundancy (against drive failure) as well as improved performance. You get a 99.9% uptime guarantee, although this is lower than the industry average.

VPS plans provide the reliable SolusVM control panel that gives you complete control of your server environment.

Pricing and Support

TheStack’s shared hosting plans are cheap. You can pay for these plans in U.S. dollars via PayPal, bank transfer, credit card, or Alipay on a monthly or yearly basis, and you get a two-month discount if you decide on an annual plan.

Aside from providing just two informative blog posts, TheStack doesn’t really stack up when it comes to self-support. Its knowledge base is empty. On the plus side, you can contact the technical support team via various methods: telephone, support ticket, live chat, and email. My questions were answered promptly when I tried the live chat channel:

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Pricing

4.3

Bottom line on TheStack

Whether you’re getting started with shared web hosting, or you want more advanced custom features for your hosting, TheStack promises to meet them all to become the one-stop shop for all your hosting requirements.

TheStack might offer a good service at a reasonable price, but does it match up with the top web hosting companies? We find it hard to say “yes.”

Pros

  • Vendor-owned servers in a tier 3 data center
  • A wide variety of hosting plans
  • Cheap pricing
  • Fast and efficient customer support

Cons

  • Only 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • Plans payable only in USD
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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