HostUpon Review

HostUpon Review Summary

On the surface, HostUpon seems very similar to most common web hosts today. It offers a strong product range at very reasonable prices. In fact, it seems to check so many of the right boxes until you run across a few small, buried details. Like the lack of free SSL or even the absence of an automation process to install one.

https://hostupon.com/
HostScore
75.33%
Response Time
116.29ms
Uptime
95.83%

HostUpon Pros

  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • Email included with all plans
  • Website builder included
  • Sitebuilder included
  • Multiple developer tools
  • Free site migration
  • Root access on all VPS plans
  • FFmpeg supported on the shared server

HostUpon Cons

  • Low memory limits on shared plans
  • Not easy to install/renew free SSL
  • High cost for domain privacy

Editor's Review & Recommendation

HostUpon is a Canada-based web hosting service provider that’s been in the business for more than a decade now. It touts itself as being a web host for all kinds of websites, from personal to business of all sizes. It’s wide product range certainly adds weight to this.

On the surface, HostUpon starts off well with standard shared hosting paired with a WordPress-specific option. The decision to focus on these two areas here does help reduce potential user information overload and keeps the product offering more streamlined.

The bright side of their shared hosting and WordPress plans is that you get access to a rich host of developer tools. There’s almost everything you could need here from Perl and Python to Ruby on Rails.

What is a major letdown is that HostUpon seems to be doing what GoDaddy has done with its SSL. Since they want to sell their own SSL certificates to users, they do not offer support for free third-party SSL like Let’s Encrypt. 

Not only do you need to install them manually, but renewal is manual as well. That is a major headache to be putting on users of shared hosting just for SSL. In contrast, most other web hosting providers today happily offer free SSL integration.

Moving up the scale, HostUpon also seems to have kept its Virtual Private Server (VPS) and Cloud plans separate and distinct. This seems in contrast to the now-common practice of web hosts offering Cloud-based VPS. While this is technically correct, I’m not sure if it’s really worth maintaining separate SKUs for.

On a more strategic level, HostUpon seems to be very traditional in its pricing structure. Prices scale-up in very notable increments as you move between the various types of hosting available. In honesty, I find this preferable to those that try to muddy the waters to boost sales in specific categories.

Shared hosting starts off at a relatively low price of $2.95/mo for the entry level plan, while VPS starts at a more significant $49.95/mo. Yet entry-level VPS plans here offer the same (even if dedicated) memory allowance as the cheapest shared hosting they have - a mere 512MB for a cost that’s over 16 times higher.

As a whole I feel that users should approach HostUpon plans with caution. Certainly, there are some highlights such as an extensive developer tool library and low cost of entry. However, basic issues such as manual free SSL installation might serve as a deterrent for those really new to web hosting.



HostUpon Performance

HostUpon Shared Hosting Uptime

Shared hosting uptime for HostUpon is tracked from the US, with seven backup locations. Average uptime for the past 30 days has been 95.83%.

HostUpon Shared Hosting Response Time

Average aggregate response speed for HostUpon is 116.29ms. HostUpon shared hosting response time is checked every four hours from ten locations.

HostUpon Plans & Pricing

HostUpon Shared Hosting
Starter Plan
$2.95
/per month
1 website
Free domain name
10 email accounts
Unmetered storage / data transfer
Standard performance
-
Standard backup
Business Plan
$5.95
/per month
Unlimited websites
Free domain name
Unmetered email accounts
Unmetered storage / data transfer
2x performance boost
-
Standard backup
Premium Plan
$12.95
/per month
Unlimited websites
Free domain name
Unmetered email accounts
Unmetered storage / data transfer
4x performance boost
Private SSL
Premium backup

HostUpon VPS/Cloud Hosting
VPS-20
$49.95
/per month
20 GB storage
100 GB data transfer
512 MB memory
2 dedicated IPs
cPanel / WHM

VPS-50
$69.95
/per month
50 GB storage
Unmetered data transfer
1 GB memory
2 dedicated IPs
cPanel / WHM

VPS-75
$89.95
/per month
75 GB storage
Unmetered data transfer
1.5 GB memory
2 dedicated IPs
cPanel / WHM

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