Hostens Review Summary
Web hosting prices have gotten extremely competitive. Hostens throws all of that out of the window and has gone for killer pricing. Despite that, however, it has maintained an impressive edge in performance that makes it a pretty unique solution.https://www.hostens.com/
- Stable uptime and generally fast performance
- Shockingly low cost of entry
- Choice of data center in either Europe, USA, or Asia
- Free website builder, domain name, and Let’s Encrypt SSL
- Shared plans support Python, Ruby, and Git
- Easy application installation with Installatron.
- Fully SSD-configured servers
- Instant account creation and provisioning
- Prices increase significantly upon renewal
- All plans are bandwidth-limited, even on shared hosting
- No Managed VPS plans
Editor's Review & Recommendation
Hostens comes across as a very solid service provider with excellent prices. Prices start at an astonishing $0.90 on their shared hosting plans. Unless you’re looking at a free host, not many others will clock in at these prices.
Despite that, they still offer some freebies such as free domain name, Let’s Encrypt SSL, and daily/weekly backups. Impressively, they haven’t even skimped on hardware, with even the cheapest plans being hosted on full-SSD servers.
If you’re thinking where the catch might be, so far there are few to really complain about. The biggest challenge to hosting with them will be the bandwidth limitation imposed on all plans.
For Newbies and Individual Bloggers
There are many reasons to recommend Hostens for newbies. The first is of course their exceptional cheap pricing. More than that however is that their system is extremely user-friendly. Application installation or SSL deployment is extremely easy.
All shared hosting plans on Hostens come with the inclusion of a website builder and even a free domain name. This makes them a convenient one-stop hosting shop for newbies or in fact, even other smaller sites with lower volumes of traffic.
I would say that newbies will need to pay attention to the bandwidth limitation, especially on lower-tier plans. If possible I advise building your site offline and then uploading it to Hostens, simply to save on bandwidth.
For Freelancers & Small Business Owners
The fact that Hostens includes a website builder is good for small business owners since they won’t need to pay to develop a site. Freelancers can also quickly build and deploy with that, so it’s a win in either case here.
Businesses which expect to see a more significant amount of web traffic need to exercise caution though. The limited bandwidth availability could end up killing your reputation if you exceed it without knowing.
For Online Shops
eCommerce stores are supported on Hostens and there are a large number of applications available. Some examples include PrestaShop and CubeCart. You can also opt for WordPress, of course, and use it with an eCommerce plugin.
One drawback is that unlike specialized eCommerce website builders, Hostens doesn’t have any native payment support. You will need to sign up for and integrate one on your own. While this isn’t very difficult to do it does represent a slight added inconvenience.
For Agencies and Developers
Although I consider Hostens as ‘developer friendly’ this does come with a caveat. There are some features like support for Python, Node.js, Ruby, and Git. However, shared hosting plans are mostly limited to just that.
The good news is that their unmanaged VPS hosting plans are just as cheap. Starting from as little as $1.80/mo you can have your own little developer sandbox. Interestingly, Hostens is one of the few hosts I’ve seen who differentiate their VPS environments. It’s important to note that if you need the use of a control panel like Plesk or cPanel, prices shoot up.
You can choose between standard VPS plans or more specialized environments such as for containers or storage. Windows environments are available too - for a more premium price, of course.
Hostens is straightforward and fast to deploy with. Choose your plan, pay for it, and you’ll be good to. Credentials will be provided to you within minutes and you can start using your account very quickly.
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