HostMonster Review

HostMonster has put together an amazing package - a singular web hosting plan that suits almost all individual and small business web hosting needs. With HostMonster you'll enjoy the benefits of over a decade of experience in the industry and a firm commitment to customer service above all else. All the varied and sundry features that this exceptional team has managed to pour into a single package is truly unparalleled. Host Monster proves that one web host can fit (almost) all web hosting needs, and at $5.95/mo the value is unmatched.

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Hosting Ratings:
Price Value 9.5 / 10
Performance 9 / 10
Reliability 9 / 10
Customer Support 9 / 10
Control Panel 8 / 10
User Feedback 8.5 / 10
Overall Grade: 88%
 

Price Value
HostMonster's impressively comprehensive one-size-fits-all plan is a particularly suitable choice for smaller websites and businesses, as the unlimited allocation of disk space and bandwidth allows for wide and rapid expansion. Web hosting with HostMonster includes free site promotion, a SiteBuilder with tons of templates, shopping cart scripts, and a domain name.

As with many competing web host's more expensive plans, you get unlimited domains (domestic and international), add-on domains, parked domains, and subdomains. Likewise you get unlimited email support, autoresponders, forwarding accounts, and FTP accounts.

Reliability
HostMonster backs up their 99% uptime guarantee with customized and high-performance Apache and Quad Opteron web servers on an OC-48 backbone connection with UPS power backups, a backup generator, and mirrored storage backups. The Host Monster data center is monitored 24/7 365 by a professional security staff. All user accounts benefit from SSL security and a shared SSL certificate.

Control Panel
HostMonster supplies its clients with the reputable cPanel control panel, an icon-based interface that is so intuitive and easy to utilize, it's like it's own tutorial. In fact, it provides helpful Wizards and assistants for employing many of Host Monster's numerous features (like the Shopping Cart Guru, PageWizard, and Search Engine Submit Assistant).

All functions are neatly broken down into the following categories:Account & Domain Management, Mail Management, Site Menu functions - like FTP (for publishing your site to the web), Advanced Menu functions (like backups, cronjobs, and databases).

On a separate, customizable MyCPanel page, you'll store all your personal notes, settings, ToolTips and StartUp Tips. This is also where you can publish your traffic stats on your website and read and manage all your incoming emails.

Customer Support
This is one of HostMonster's strongest areas (and in fact one in which they excel far beyond most of the competition). With over 10 years experience in the industry, their response times are lightning fast and the level of courtesy and personal attention is unsurpassed - and they know how to keep it that way as they grow. There are a number of convenient ways you can reach their numerous category-specific help departments, including toll-free telephone and an email support ticket system. And for the do-it-yourselfers among us, there's a thorough self-service center which includes a fully-searchable knowledgebase.

Hosting Plans
Linux/Unix Hosting Plan: Unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth @ $5.95/month (host unlimited domains on one account)