Web Hosting Canada was founded in 2003 and provides more than 25,000 Canadian companies with web hosting, cloud servers, and WordPress management solutions. Their Canadian-based infrastructure has hosted more than 120,000 websites over the course of their many years in business. Speakers of English and French can get native language support.
Features and Ease of Use
All of Web Hosting Canada’s plans, including the lower-tier options, offer value-added extensions from some of the most popular platforms including Joomla, Drupal, and Magento — more than 300 in total. They also offer managed WordPress hosting plans.
When it comes to speed, packages have anywhere from 512MB to 2048MB of RAM and achieve speeds ranging from 2MB/sec all the way up to 8MB/sec. Bandwidth is also multi-tiered. You can use multiple PHP versions, unlimited MySQL databases, and fast-track your streaming audio and video content.
All plans also come with unlimited space and traffic as well as a 99.9% uptime guarantee and free SSL certificates. Plus, you’ll get the Weebly website builder to help you design and launch a beautiful website in no time at all. Higher-tier plans offer additional functionality including:
- Gmail-compatible email marketing tools
- SSL certificates
- Daily backups
- One-click restores
- Google Ads credits
- SSH access
- Ruby & Python support
Security features include firewalls, brute force protection, 24/7 proactive server monitoring, and free rollbacks.
Pricing and Support
Generally speaking, the amount of speed and functionality you get from Web Hosting Canada is worth the price. However, it bears mentioning that it’s roughly 20% more expensive on average to go with a managed WordPress plan than with a shared hosting plan — something that smacks of taking advantage of WordPress webmasters whose potential lack of technical prowess may make them susceptible to paying more for nothing other than convenience. This is compounded by the fact that their shared hosting plans contain considerably more features than their WordPress plans.
In addition, the large amount of added functionality in the higher-tier plans at such a modest price incentivizes you to upgrade. But the functionality in the entry-level plan is already enough for new companies and beginning webmasters — making the pricing feel more like a clever way to induce you to spend three times more than you really need to.
Support is powered by Canada’s world-class friendliness and available in both English and French. 24/7 phone and live chat support is available, and will put you in touch with a real human being who’ll answer your individual questions in under a minute. Email responses are also robust and take 48 hours or less to arrive. There is also an extensive knowledge base that is helpfully organized by topic (Account/Dedicated Servers/WordPress/etc.) and should be able to answer many of your questions without having to speak with anyone.