Worldnet is a New Zealand based telecommunications company that specializes in landlines and broadband services for both individuals and businesses. It also offers a range of hosting solutions, including shared hosting, VPS hosting, colocation, IT support, and domain registration.
Wordnet’s website is in English and displays prices New Zealand dollars.
Features and Ease of Use
Worldnet offers four shared hosting packages: Basic, Standard, Premium, and Enterprise. Other than the prices, these packages vary in storage, monthly bandwidth, email accounts, and a few more things. What they all have in common is:
- Free domain (excluding the Basic plan)
- SSL support (certificates setup separately)
- ISPConfig control panel
- PHP support
- Free website transfer
- Cron jobs ready
- SSH access ready
While I usually prefer the more popular cPanel or Plesk control panels, the provided ISPConfig control panel does the job of letting you manage your hosting via a user-friendly interface. The downside is that it doesn’t include an application installer, so you might need to call on the support team for assistance installing CMS or other applications like WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Magento, PrestaShop, or Typo3.
While not supported out of the box, the control panel can be configured by the support team to allow Cron jobs (for scheduling scripts to run regularly) and SSH access (to control your server remotely).
Pricing and Support
Wordnet’s prices are pretty high for the fairly limited features compared to peer providers. Available billing cycles are monthly, semi-annual, and annual, with even the discounted yearly plan still being expensive. You can pay with a credit or debit card, and (unfortunately) there is no money-back guarantee.
Although this host’s website includes a knowledge base, its few tutorials and frequently asked questions are skewed towards Worldnet’s other telecommunications products and services.
You can contact Worldnet’s customer support team via telephone, ticket, email, or live chat. I found the live chat agent to be particularly professional and patient.