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Reviews and expert opinion Zone Media

Ranked 842nd from 1916 Web Hosting
4.3
Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Web Hosting Expert
Zone Media is an Estonian web hosting and domain registration service that’s been in operation since 1999. They provide reasonably-priced hosting solutions that cater to the diverse needs of businesses and individuals.

Pricing

Web Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Number of Sites
Price
50 GB
1000 TB
Unlimited
$5.95
75 GB
1.95 TB
Unlimited
$12.02
100 GB
Unlimited
Unlimited
$21.07
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Number of Sites
Price
50 GB
1000 TB
Unlimited
$5.95
75 GB
1.95 TB
Unlimited
$12.02
100 GB
Unlimited
Unlimited
$21.07
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Dedicated Server

Plan Name
Storage
CPU
RAM
Price
600 GB
4 x 3.40GHz
32 GB
$266.44
584 GB
6 x 2.60GHz
32 GB
$380.00
Plan Name
Storage
CPU
RAM
Price
600 GB
4 x 3.40GHz
32 GB
$266.44
584 GB
6 x 2.60GHz
32 GB
$380.00
More Details

Cloud Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
30 GB
300 TB
1 core
256 MB
$12.05
50 GB
500 TB
1 core
1 GB
$24.15
100 GB
750 TB
2 cores
2 GB
$48.35
150 GB
1000 TB
2 cores
3 GB
$98.95
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
CPU
RAM
Price
30 GB
300 TB
1 core
256 MB
$12.05
50 GB
500 TB
1 core
1 GB
$24.15
100 GB
750 TB
2 cores
2 GB
$48.35
150 GB
1000 TB
2 cores
3 GB
$98.95
More Details

Bottom line on Zone Media

Introduction

With over 30,000 virtual servers in Tallinn and Amsterdam, Zone Media is one of the few Estonian companies that have established themselves as a web hosting powerhouse. The services they offer include domain registration, shared and cloud hosting, security solutions, and internet services among others. While their clients are mostly businesses, they also cater to individuals who need hosting.

Features and Ease of Use

Zone Media gives you access to a number of tools and features that allow you to create and manage your website, emails, and databases effectively. Notable features include:

  • Unlimited data transfer
  • Unlimited mailboxes
  • Node.js and MongoDB support
  • Zone+ easy app installer
  • Free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates
  • MySQL databases
  • SSD storage
  • Daily backups retained for two weeks

Zone Media’s hosting packages enable you to easily create a website or blog. You can deploy a range of applications such as WordPress, Joomla, Magento, osCommerce, Drupal, and SugarCRM with just a few clicks. They automatically update your scripts as well, so you won’t have to worry about using obsolete software.

If you need a bit of help designing your website, Zone Media has their own website builder named Stream. This, however, isn’t included for free: you’ll have to pay extra on top of your web hosting package.

Zone Media isn’t the most developer-friendly web host. It appears that they only support MySQL, PHP, and CGI scripts at this point, so you may not be able to code in more advanced scripting languages such as Ruby or Python while on their platform.

Pricing and Support

Zone Media’s web hosting prices fall well within the market range; in fact, I found them pretty generous with the amount of storage and bandwidth they provide. Unfortunately, they charge VAT on all their products, and their range of pre-installed applications and value-added features isn’t the most impressive. You can either pay monthly or yearly, though you do get a discount if you go for an annual package. One thing to note is that there are no money back guarantees.

Support-wise, they have a friendly technical team that’s available 24/7. You can easily reach them through phone, email, or support tickets. However, if you do get technical assistance from them, be prepared for a service fee that can amount to quite a bit, particularly if you contact them outside of regular office hours. This was a huge downside, considering most web hosts provide technical support for free.

Summary

Zone Media is able to provide you stable hosting packages with a dedicated customer support team. Be aware that technical assistance may come with a hefty fee, unfortunately.

Pros:

  • Daily backups
  • Estonian-based servers
  • Free SSL certificates
  • Multi-language support (Estonian, Russian, English)

Cons:

  • No uptime guarantees
  • No money back policy
Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Mark is a full stack web developer specializing in HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, MySQL, and PHP. When he's not busy building websites or geeking out over the latest addition to his ever-growing gadget collection, he enjoys playing drums for his progressive rock band. He can also make a mean Spanish omelet.

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