Web Hosting Hub Review | TechRadar

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Driven by the desire to provide easy to install and cost effective web hosting solutions, Web hosting center was founded in 2010. The head office is located in Virginia Beach (United States) with one of their data centers. The business has since spread to another, this time in Los Angeles (US) and the business has been said to be on the rise ever since. In addition to web hosting services, they provide domain names, free and open source web applications, and professional web design services for all kinds of businesses.

Currently, Web Hosting Hub provides accommodations for websites and hosting related services to over 40,000 customers worldwide, the majority of their customers from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom. United, Germany and India. However, the main Web Hosting Hub website is only available in English.

As green hosting grows in popularity, Web Hosting Hub has decided to jump on the bandwagon and try to be part of the solution to at least one of the most important global problems of the times in which we let’s live. With this in mind, they are taking steps to minimize their impact on the environment by deploying data centers with more efficient servers which should (as a result) minimize their carbon footprint.

Although Web Hosting Hub has an official blog, it shows all the symptoms of being left to rot and suffering from article deficiency, the most recent being almost three years old to date. Those looking for relevant and resourceful hosting related information will likely find something useful there, however, it would be great if Web Hosting Hub decided to blow the cobwebs and make the blog more presentable. As their social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) seem to be cut from the same fabric, the same would be advised for them too.

Price

Web Hosting Hub’s shared hosting plans aren’t the cheapest we’ve seen and there’s no monthly payment option. (Image credit: Web Hosting Hub)

Packages and prices

In addition to shared hosting, Web Hosting Hub offers some attractive WordPress solutions designed to be as beginner-friendly as possible. Three hosting packages are shown for each type of hosting and labeled as “Spark“”, “Nitro“and”Dynamo”(We’re sure you can guess which one is the cheapest).

“Spark” starts at $ 5.99 (since it’s currently at 50%) and doesn’t limit storage, bandwidth, or number of email accounts. If you go with one plan above (or two), you’ll have the flexibility to host any number of websites and databases you want. On top of all that, all plans come with free domain registration, free SSL certificate, over 400 one-click apps, and a comprehensive and commendable 90-day money back guarantee.

In contrast, the billing cycle doesn’t offer the flexibility of a monthly option (which is generally attractive to newcomers) and you can decide whether you want to be billed on an annual, biennial, or triennial basis only.

Another aspect of hosting with Web Hosting Hub that lacks flexibility relates to payment methods, since only payments made through credit cards and PayPal are considered acceptable.

Ease of use

If you have a dream of starting your own online store, you will be happy to hear that Web Hosting Hub’s packages include a variety of e-commerce features (including an automatically installed shopping cart) and $ 150 credit to use on Bing and Yahoo! .

Whatever you have in mind, purchasing a hosting plan from Web Hosting Hub should be an easy experience for a number of reasons. First of all, all plans (well, all six) are presented in a simple style, which means that all of their features are listed and can be easily compared and contrasted with each other. Here you can change the billing cycle for each plan and see how much each one costs and how much money you can save by extending the period.

After choosing the right one for you, you’ll sort out all the details of your plan (choose a data center location, one-click facilities, whether you want a few add-ons, or have your website pre-designed by experts. ). One of those add-ons is automated backups, which will save everything from your hosting account (up to 10 GB) every 24-36 hours, but for the price of $ 1 for each month (so, 12 $ for one year, which is a minimum). While it’s as cheap as chips, we wonder why backups aren’t included for free like with most web hosting providers today, because they’re something no respectable website should live without. .

It is only when you are done with all this that you will be asked what you want to do with your domain name, and in addition to the expected options (register a new one or use an old one), you can decide to postpone. your final decision for a more opportune time in the future. After that, you will provide a list of personal data required for account creation (nothing unexpected here), make a payment, wait for verification, and look forward to your new website.

cPanel

Managing your site is pretty straightforward as you can use the industry standard cPanel to do it. (Image credit: Web Hosting Hub)

Since Web Hosting Hub uses a standard, easy-to-use cPanel that comes with over 400 free apps, scripts, tools, and BoldGrid’s decent website builder, your website should be up and running without further ado.

Performance

We used GTmetrix to measure the uptime and response time of the main Web Hosting Hub site (Image credit: GTmetrix)

Speed ​​and experience

Among the many reasons to launch your website with Web Hosting Hub, they highlight “fast website speed” as one of their strongest assets. Since they provide all their users with “high-end” SSDs and Dell servers, your website speed (as they claim) should be “up to 20 times faster than it is. would be on standard rotating discs. ”.

After testing this with GTmetrix (a speed testing tool), we got decent speed performance, although not quite perfect. The majority of vital metrics were a little above average, prompting GTmetrix to rate Web Hosting Hub’s main website speed performance with a respectable B (87%).

When it comes to uptime, Web Hosting Hub guarantees 99%, which is a bit lower than we would expect, even more when we compare it to the average score of other hosts. Still, according to UptimeRobot (a tool we used to monitor the uptime of the main Web Hosting Hub website for the month), Web Hosting Hub is moving. Throughout this time, not a single second of downtime was recorded, promising that your website should be up and running at all times.

Database

You can find answers to common web hosting questions in the Web Hosting Hub Knowledge Base. (Image credit: Web Hosting Hub)

Support

If you are ready to search for answers on your own, the primary destination should be the Web Hosting Hub “Help Center”, where you will find solutions for most common problems. There is a separate (and rather simple) section reserved for those who are totally new to all of this. Here you’ll find answers to a few FAQs as well as questions from various users (in the comments section), all of which were (as far as we can see) answered by staff members in a helpful and polite manner. Essentially, it works like a community forum.

As well as featuring a photo of the one person who doesn’t smile like the Cheshire Cat on the site, their knowledge base is full of articles and good stuff to get you started.

Web Hosting Hub’s support team consists of over 200 staff members and you can reach them by phone, live chat, support ticket, email, and Skype (a good addition that we don’t see as often than we should). All of these should be available around the clock, and according to many users’ accounts (as well as ours), you should be left in good hands.

The competition

WebHostingPad and Web Hosting Hub share (besides a similarity in name) a product line in which they both cover shared hosting and WordPress types, with several great features including unlimited email accounts, storage and bandwidth. However, if you are in a bad mood, you had better go with WebHostingPad as their hosting solutions will give you more bang for your buck.

Compared to Web Hosting Hub’s plans, Bluehost’s are a bit cheaper, although with both hosts the minimum billing cycle only covers one year, so the price spike after the promotional period may surprise you and not be pleasant. That being said, when it comes to the more basic entry-level plan, we would choose Web Hosting Hub because they are less restrictive on their functionality. With everything else, Bluehost will go above and below to cover you.

HostGator and Web Hosting Hub are similar in functionality and both offer affordable packages that are perfect for a startup. However, HostGator offers a wider range of hosting types and hosting related services, while with Web Hosting Hub you will have to settle for shared and WordPress oriented hosting options. Additionally, HostGator’s (free) website builder has drag and drop functionality and is better suited for newcomers than the one provided by Web Hosting Hub.

KnownHost and Web Hosting Hub are US based web hosts and both are quite well known in the web hosting industry, and for best of reasons. They offer a full list of features that are great for beginners, but KnownHost takes it one step further and manages all of its plans 100%. Either way, since both web hosts offer money-back guarantees, you’ll have plenty of time to try everything before making a final decision.

Final verdict

Web Hosting Hub’s hosting solutions seem well thought out and capable of covering everything that is needed for a personal blog or a simple website. Therefore, if you are launching your very first website and looking for a reliable, budget host with polite and knowledgeable support staff, give them a chance. However, keep in mind that backups will cost you more, and some of the work you might take for granted will have to be done on your own. However, if you are looking to update a server for your rapidly growing website, you will be better off with web hosts that offer more advanced hosting options, such as HostGator and Bluehost.

If you still want to give Web Hosting Hub a try, since they offer a 90-day money-back guarantee, you’ll have plenty of time to check it all out for yourself.


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