Unbiased Hostmonster reviews & critics

Back in year 2007, we chosen to start reviewing Hostmonster.com and reveal their hidden secret. We want to know either their web hosting plan worth it or not and either they are serious in business or just another ripped off. From all these years of Hostmonster reviews and research on their customer, we have learned the truth about them. In here, we are not just having the latest Hostmonster coupons, we even have the secret discounts offering the biggest saving too. If you are already their customer, write us your review today.

Hostmonster HomepageHostmonster.com homepage website is clear and simple to understand and it provides sufficient information. We know their product advantages and what they are selling. We also know the trick on how to get their hosting service at discount price and how to keep the renewal price at lowest possible. There is no a purposely hidden fact or info that don’t want anyone to find out. We feel comfortable to signup with Hostmonster.com and using their products. And we share our though and finding at here for free.

Hostmonster is now offering two types of shared hosting plans and the basic plan is just $4.95 per month. Another pro plan is much more expensive and cost $19.95 a month. Here are the few things to know about their web hosting, this includes:

  1. Price start from $4.95 per month. Offer price can goes to $3.95/mo.
  2. Unlimited domains and hosting multiple websites.
  3. Unlimited resource includes email accounts, storage and network transfer.
  4. Unlimited MySQL database with up to 1000 table max.
  5. Free cPanel and one year free domain name.
  6. Free Simplescripts 1-click installer tool.
  7. Maximum file count is 50000 and pro plan allows up to 500000 files.
  8. Free instant setup and this mean no setup fee.
  9. Free 24/7 technical support.
  10. Hostmonster renewal price is $7.99 per month.

Getting startedThey are now offering with more than just shared hosting, they are now offering more hosting products and allow account upgrade to higher web hosting plan too. Here are the product range overviews:

  1. Unlimited shared hosting from $4.95 a month.
  2. VPS hosting from $29.99 a month and 4 plans available.
  3. Dedicated servers from $149.99 a month and 3 plans available.

Throughout the years, they are growing and become better. They are now more than just shared hosting company that offers budget website hosting solution; they are now upgraded to professional solution via their latest VPS and dedicated hosting.

Following is our Hostmonster rating for the pass 7 years:

Our rating

Hostmonster coupons and $1.68/mo discounts

We have monitored Hostmonster coupons and promotion since year 2007 and recorded down their entire various discounts price. In here, we provide the entire latest discount price and our own rebate money. All these will help you to get the best saving and discount price on your initial signup.

What is the best Hostmonster coupon price? For this year 2014, their regular price is $4.95 per month and most people are signing up with this pricing. However, on certain selected holiday and Hostmonster sales, their price can be discounted and getting one dollar cheaper. This kind of sales promotion is usually last for a day only. Activate Hostmonster Coupon $4.95/mo by clicking here!

Hostmonster coupon 2014

The question is not how to get the best discount but rather when to get it. Back in year 2006 to 2008, Hostmonster.com is giving us a secret discount link and it’s kind of exclusive offer and valid for us only. Later its getting more common and they start rewarding this to more and more people. It doesn’t last long and in less than two years they stop offering this type of rewards and end the secret link program. Guess the promotion already ended and they are no longer aiming for fast growth in customer base. We have tried to reach various people in charge and hoping to get some sort of offer price from them, but it didn’t return anything and we are really hopeless. If you are the lucky one and chosen to signup during that time, surely you are getting the best price and get to save the most. After all these, we started to offer our very own reward program and giving some small cash rebate to user that write us their Hostmonster user review. Some people really love this and sent us some great reviews and testimonial.

The biggest Hostmonster promotion is $3.95 per month. Anyone looking for a quality web hosting plan from good reputation company can now consider this budget plan. This Hostmonster coupon is valid during this Winter sale. Make use to use the below link and it will bring you to secret page as screenshot below. Here is the $3.95/mo promotion which is already expired.

$3.95/mo Hostmonster winter sale

This is something new for the year 2014, they are introducing $20.14 offer price exclusively for all existing customer. Users can now order their web hosting for $1.68 a month or only $20.14 a year. Here is their second hosting account promotion page that expect to expire by June 15th 2014.

Hostmonster coupon $20.14

Hostmonster VPS hosting plan is 50% off. They have introduced the all new VPS web hosting plans a few months ago and now we are seeing a slight change in their packages. There are small upgrade in features and big discount on the pricing. For basic VPS plan, the price is now well below $14.99 first month. And following month renewal price will resume at regular rate.

VPS hosting promotion

Hostmonster Sitelock promotion price is cheap. Besides discount price on web hosting plan, this Sitelock domain security protection is available with promotion price too. To purchase new protection, log in to Hostmonster control panel and access the Sitelock dashboard as following. Purchase Sitelock for any of hosted domain at the price of $19.99 per year. Once the payment is made and billed your account, the security feature will be added automatically.

Sitelock Protection

Hostmonster domain pricing is really cheap. We are not expecting to see this, but they are heavily promoting it and we can see the banner in our control panel every time we login to our account. In today market price, we can see Godaddy is charging over $18 dollars for a dot org and dot com domain names (that we own). At here, Hostmonster is charging only $11.99 for the most general or popular domain TLD. That is almost 40% in saving and cheaper compare to the other registrar. We are not expecting to get this really low price at here. However, we can see a fast growth at Hostmonster.com in recent years, they are fast expending and they are making some good profit from their hosting service. With this good profits, they can really afford to offer the cheapest domain registration price and make the price as low as possible.

Domain pricing

Hostmonster VPS and dedicated servers (50% saving)

Hostmonster VPS hostingHostmonster VPS is now available. They are offering four VPS (similar with Bluehost VPS) and price begins from $14.99 per month (after 50% discount). In feature comparison, we see both Hostmonster and Bluehost are offering the identical virtual server hosting services. Here is the overview of Hostmonster VPS plans available:

  1. VPS with single core server is price at $29.99/mo.
  2. VPS with dual core server is price at $59.99/mo.
  3. VPS with triple core server is price at $89.99/mo.
  4. VPS with quad core server is price at $119.99/mo.

All the above pricing is monthly term and renew at same price. However as a new customer, you can get half-price discount on all these packages for the first 30-days. This mean their VPS (first month) is now priced from $14.99 and up to $59.99 only.

This price you are paying will get you a fully managed virtual private server and it will be setup instantly upon your signup is complete. This mean there is no waste of time or any sort of delays in account setup process. This is the new type of VPS hosting feature and made possible with the latest cloud technology. With the highly flexible cloud network that host your VPS plan, it will be much more flexible and you can choose to setup account, choose to upgrade or downgrade plan at anytime you want. It will be configured instantly.

Hostmonster VPS

Hostmonster dedicated server is even better. When VPS is no longer the best solution for your business website, its time to go pro and switch to fully independent server hosting and own your private piece of hardware. This mean the whole server is yours, and it is not being shared with other users. There are few servers available right now, which including:

  1. Dedicated server basic from $149.
  2. Dedicated server enhanced from $199.
  3. Dedicated server premium from $249.

Dedicated server $149

Hostmonster cPanel reviews & advantages

Hostmonster cPanel control panel is nicely designed. They have been using cPanel control panel for many years. Back to the year 2007 when we first signup to their shared hosting, they were using the cPanel XP Evolution version, by the time that was the most advanced version available. Right now, they are using the latest version plus a custom made theme that integrated all the account manager tools inside. Hostmonster users can now manage their websites, domains, billing profile, server management, and much more.

Hostmonster cPanel login

This Hostmonster cPanel also support multiple languages and we can switch to other preferred languages through the drop down menu. This cPanel is more user-friendly and suitable for user from different nations.

To log in Hostmonster cPanel for the first time, go to official homepage, click the client login link at the top right. Enter in username and password, this will bring you to the account.

Alternatively, we can choose to login via domain name directly. For example for our Hostmonster review site here, we can login directly at domain follow by “cpanel”. And changing cPanel username and password can be performed by user from within this control panel. At the page bottom, there is a change password link. Choose a new secure password and update your account accordingly.

Hostmonster cPanel main page preview

Hostmonster wordpress setup both auto & manual

Hostmonster WordPress SetupInside this Simplescripts installer, we test Hostmonster WordPress blog compatibility. The selected CMS will be installed, configured and added with content. And this will act as a simple demo test site for anyone who looks forward to test their site performance before they buy. Content management system is free open-source website software for managing online content. Once installed, user can use the CMS to create pages and organized content etc. And most of the CMS scripts are designed to run in PHP server with MySQL database. We want to know how good is Hostmonster WordPress hosting is and how well our blog will perform.

Besides CMS apps, Simplescripts also provides huge collection of blogging apps. Setup and hosting a blog site is not difficult and the installation process is identical. Indeed, we always prefer WordPress script, as this is the best blogging script we had come across. They are used by million of websites and there are thousand of free themes available online. Setup process is fast, simple and only takes less than 5 minutes. We prefer to use Simplescripts and it only took a few clicks to complete. The installation step is simple, first go to Hostmonster.com and login to control panel and go to Simplescripts. Choose WordPress and start the installation. Choose destination location and give your blog a name. Enter new administrator login information and complete the setup process here and the site is now up running.

If you do not prefer this apps installer tool to do the work, you can always choose the manual setup method. First FTP upload all necessary files, it took about 10 minutes to complete. This is the old fashion way and web hosts that do not provide one-click installer will require this method. First go to WordPress.org and download the latest blog script. Unzip the package and get ready to upload all files. FTP connects to server using the right username password and FTP uploads all files over. Each WordPress site will require one database. Log in to cPanel and create a new database. Edit the wp-config.php file and enter the new database connection information here. Once uploaded all files, its time to activate the installer by go to WordPress administrator page. Complete the steps and the new blog is now online.

Installing WordPress at Hostmonster

If comparing WordPress vs. textpattern vs. b2evolution, we more prefer this and it’s our recommended choice too. With our next Hostmonster review, we are testing the b2evolution site hosting at here. We choose to use Simplescripts, and repeat the steps above. This installer provides the latest version and the pass five older versions to choose from. We choose the latest version available and setup the blog as following.

Hostmonster website speed and uptime

Is Hostmonster speed faster compare to Bluehost? For fair comparison, we choose to use our own shared hosting account for testing. We are having account with them for several years and using it for our own websites. With these test sites in hand, we are able to analyse and check their performance in details.

Hostmonster speed test

This Hostmonster review site of ours is with page size of 209 KB can be loaded in 1.31 second. This calculate into an average of 159 KB/sec. If comparing this to our Bluehost review site which is near 120 KB/sec, this is over 30% faster in average.

Above website ping test has shown our website is rated at 83% and next we are using the new page speed checker tool from Google, this is called Pagespeed Insights. In here, we can check the website performance in both mobile and desktop computer. In summary that we get, it shows this Hostmonster review site is 82% faster when tested on desktop and 70% when tested on mobile device. This result is quit similar with previous ping test.

Website speed check with Google PageSpeed

Hostmonster uptime and availability rate is supreme. Some cautious buyer will stay away from unlimited hosting plan and already decided its a scam and not as good as promised. Our further website uptime tracking will proof this wrong. We have been tracking this site since year 2007 and it is averaged at 99.85% in overall. This mean their site availability rate is extremely good, even for an unlimited shared hosting.

Hostmonster uptime and downtime

How to choose the best web hosting service?

Feature overviewCPanel web hosting is a web hosting provider that incorporates a control panel as part of its interface. A control panel makes navigating the whole site easier, quicker and less complicated. It is an add-on to any web hosting service. In choosing a web hosting provider one must consider a few things:

First know your needs. Web hosting provides an array of features that will be useless if none of them suits your needs. Even a top-ranked web hosting provider may not work for you if you do not know what you need to begin with.

Ask yourself the following questions before choosing a web hosting provider:

  • What kind of website will you be making?
  • What applications do you need? Do you need Windows-based applications?
  • Do you need special software?
  • How much web traffic are you expecting?

Answering these questions can somewhat paint you a bigger picture of what you would need for your web host. CPanel web hosting provides several add-on features you can choose from and can suit your needs.

Second, choose a web hosting provider with a high server uptime record. You may have the best cPanel web hosting platform, but if your provider is down 90% of the time, no one except you can appreciate your website. Ideally a server time of 99.5% is acceptable and anything below 99% is not.

Thirdly, a good web hosting provider should provide you the ability to maintain several domains at a time. You wouldn’t want to have one working domain and several others parked somewhere, unable to function since your host cannot accommodate multiple domains at a time. This also applies to size. You ought to choose a web host that can anticipate growth in your clientele and traffic. This will also ensure that you can still provide good service to your visitors despite the change in traffic size, uploads, and the like.

Hostmonster cPanel overviewFourth, in choosing a cPanel web hosting service, consider the price or to be more specific, renewal price. Some web hosting providers offer a special introductory price of only so and so dollars, but charge tons once the trial period expires. This is something expected and unless you are willing to change servers every two years, you have no choice but accept the inevitable. Read the terms of service of your provider before signing up.

Fifth, although you hope nothing wrong happens but in case they do, you need to check how your web hosting provider deals with customer refunds and cancellation policies. If you choose not to renew after the trial period expires will you be able to refund your deposit? If you are not satisfied with the service and would want to cancel, is there a pre-termination fee? The most important thing here is to ensure that you sign up with the company wherein you won’t lose much such you decide to sever the ties with them.

Sixth, in choosing a cPanel web hosting provider, check the basic features that come with the package. Add-ons can make the experience better, but they also translate to heftier fees. Basic features such as cron, auto script installer, as well as .htaccess, FTP access, and SSI should be included in your free package and not as additional (with additional fee) features. Do not settle for a hosting provider that cannot offer the basic features for free.

Seventh on the list of things you should consider before signing up with a web hosting provider is its e-commerce feature. This is important, especially if you intend to use your website as your virtual store. A cPanel web hosting provider should contain shopping cart software, such as x-Cart, to make shopping easier for your customers. Purchasing something from your website should be as easy as a click of a button. The longest time your customer needs in order to purchase something, the less interested they become.

Next on the list of things to consider is your web provider’s limitation. This is especially important when dealing with account suspension and lifting of the suspension. You may not be aware of it (but definitely you should be) but your service provider can pull the plug on you once you go over the allowed usage (and this applies to unlimited access as well – unlimited may be limited after all). Read the terms of service of your prospective provider before signing in. Doing so can give you the idea of how transparent the company is, and how stingy or lose they can be in terms of service restrictions.

Lastly, choose a web hosting provider that provides an easy-to-use and fully functional control panel. Choose a cPanel web hosting provider which runs a user-friendly and fully-automated control panel. Ideally, all you need to do is let the system work for you. For us, we are highly recommending this Hostmonster cPanel hosting plan. It is cheap, affordable and come with all necessary features. It is suitable for multiple websites hosting and it works well for eCommerce website too.

Free website scripts

Getting started with VPS and dedicated server

A high quality, user-friendly, and well managed website is indispensable for the growth and development of an online business. Creating such a website requires you choose a web host, have a domain name, applications, and content. A web hosting service refers to a type of internet hosting service that allows clients to avail their website via the worldwide web. This incorporates the space for the storage of website files, website traffic, and other services such as technical assistance, firewall protection, email service, domain registration, and essential tools for website building. Ideal factors to consider in determining a web hosting provider are your website’s traffic level, preferred method of getting help, storage required by your site, and specific needs such as eCommerce needs.

Hostmonster VPSAmong the numerous hosting services are Virtual Private Service (VPS) and Dedicated hosting service. VPS is a virtual machine that is created on a physical server. Websites are hosted on the same physical machine but VPS does allow each website to be independent as if each were on its own machine. The best way to understand how VPS works is through using the apartment analogy. Each virtual server in the machine resembles an apartment suit. You can renovate your own suite without necessarily affecting others. Similarly, if there is a problem in your suite it does not affect the others.

There are various advantages of using VPS over the dedicated server. To start with, VPS are more economical than dedicated server. This is because you do not have to incur the cost of a physical server. Similarly, you do not incur the expenses related to management and maintenance of your server. In this regard, businesses under tight budgets and without large capital commitment may opt for VPS. Second, VPS offers cost effective solutions especially for small websites compared to shared hosting and dedicated server. In fact, its prices is going to decrease in the future. You only pay for what you use. Third, VPS offers flexibility in drastic increase or decrease in resources depending on demand without experiencing technical failure. In case an entrepreneur foresees heavy traffic on a certain peak period, server specifications are adjusted accordingly. Fourth, VPS offers more control over the entire environment than dedicated servers. Lastly, servers under VPS are usually set behind their own firewalls. Consequently, they are shielded away from hackers.

Despite the advantages of VPS, it has some drawbacks. To start with, VPS is not appropriate for high business set up. Rather, it is appropriate for small and medium size businesses. Second, it requires high levels of maintenance and availability of a well trained staff. Lastly, your hosting company may not provide you with your own IP address and you may be sharing it with others. This increases website risk search as being banned by search engines.

Hostmonster dedicated serverDedicated server is a web hosting package where the client rents a complete web hosting server in order to host websites related to his company for professional use. There is no sharing with other clients. In addition, one can access the root of the server. Furthermore, the sever hardware is owned by the web host provider and in some cases they provide support for your application or operating system.

There are numerous advantages of using dedicated server. First, it gives you full control of the application and content within the server. In addition, one can customize the softwares in use. Second, the hosting company and the client share expenses related to the laying of infrastructure, installations, management, and maintenance.

On the other hand, a dedicated server has several drawbacks. First, it is expensive. The cost of initial purchase and maintenance is very high. Second, it requires high technical know how and the ability to manage equipment. This could be inconveniencing if the right human resource is not affordable. Lastly, it may attract additional expenses that were initially unplanned for.

In conclusion, VPS hosting is the best for users who have outgrown their shared hosting service but cannot afford a dedicated server. This is because it gives the user the flexibility and independence of a dedicated hosting service but with the price of a high-end shared hosting service. On the other hand, the dedicated servers are ideal for medium and large businesses which have outgrown VPS. This is because it offers full control over your server.