Unbiased Hostmonster reviews & critics (7 years hosted)

Why hosted Hostmonster reviews is the best?

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 web hosting reviews and research on their customer, we have learned the truth about them. In here, we are not just having the latest coupons, we even have the secret discounts offering the biggest saving too. If you are already their customer, write us your review today.

Introduction to Hostmonster

The official 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 and using their products. And we share our though and finding at here for free.

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Hostmonster review on shared hosting services

They are 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. Renewal price is $7.99 per month.

Hostmonster review on VPS and dedicated server

They 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.

Hostmonster rating for all these years

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 overall rating for the pass 7 years:

Our rating

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Hosted Hostmonster 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

Hostmonster speed performance can be better.

This review site 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. See our Bluehost speed rating here.

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 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

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Hostmonster coupons and discounts (use this signup link)

What is the best Hostmonster coupon price?

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

Hostmonster coupon $3.95/month.

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 sales, their price can be discounted and getting one dollar cheaper. For example is this October, their lowest discount price is now available for $3.95/month as following.

Hostmonster coupon $3.95

Hostmonster coupon $4.95/month.

Currently, there are having three shared hosting packages and the new pricing are as following:

  1. Starter plan normally $5.99 is now $3.95/month.
  2. Plus plan normally $9.99 is now $6.95/month.
  3. Business pro normally $19.99 is now $14.95/month.

This kind of sales promotion is usually last for a day only. The next best web hosting coupon price will be this $4.95/mo offer price and this is the most popular choice. Activate this discount 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 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 customer 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 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 cPanel 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.com 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 their fast growth 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

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Server performance warning from Hostmonster, how to deal with this?

Up-to-date we are now having 10 CMS application installed in our basic shared hosting account, and we are now getting this server performance warning. This is a very lengthy email from their technical support team and stating we are overusing the MySQL database resources and this may effect other users in this server. We are using a total of 139 MB of database and the largest one is 44 MB in size. The main issue is we are using far over 1000 tables and that is the maximum allowed in their service agreement. Well, its time to do some cleaning.

Dear Charles:

It has come to our attention that your site is using an excessive amount of MySQL resources on your HostMonster account. This is causing performance problems not only on your own website, but for other customers that are on this same server.  When left unchecked, it can potentially cause crashes or service interruptions and lead to additional downtime.

Our research shows that server performance degrades when the MySQL usage is over 1000 tables and/or 3 GB on a single account or 1000 tables and/or 2 GB on a single database.  In order to ensure optimal performance for your account and the others in your shared hosting environment, we request that you reduce the MySQL usage on your account to under these limits by 11/30/2014.

Your account information:
Total MySQL Database Size: 139.45 MB
Total MySQL Tables: 1148

Largest MySQL Database Size: 44.07 MB
Largest MySQL Table Count: 336

We do understand that these databases may be old or unused, and that there are programs/scripts that may create new tables automatically. If you need assistance with removing content or help troubleshooting the reason for this problem we will be happy to assist you in doing so. After you have removed the unused or excessively large MySQL content you may request a rescan of the account, to establish whether or not you’re within acceptable limits.

In the event that your MySQL database content cannot feasibly be removed, separated across several accounts, compressed or optimized to be within these limits, we do offer an upgraded “Pro” hosting package that can accommodate bigger database needs.  Pro accounts are moved to a server specifically configured for users needing higher limitations than those available in our standard hosting, and combine additional features with fewer customers per server. This is available via the Upgrades tab for purchase from your cPanel. If you have questions about this upgraded package, please contact our Support or Sales department.

Proper maintenance of your account will ensure the best performance for your website.  If you are unable to comply with these requests your account will be automatically deactivated by 11/30/2014 to maintain proper server performance.  Thank you for your help in resolving this issue.

Alternatively if you would like to increase the table count and size allowance, you may do so by upgrading to our PRO Package. This will migrate your account to one of our special PRO servers which allows for additional resource usage including MySQL. With the PRO Package your account can have up to 3,000 tables and size limits of 3GB per individual database and 5GB for all databases combined. Learn more about the PRO Package by clicking on the Upgrades Tab at the top of your Bluehost cPanel or contacting a member of our Sales team.

Per conditions stated in the Terms of Service (http://www.hostmonster.com/terms), this issue needs to be resolved:
7.03. HostMonster does not set arbitrary limits on the amountof disk space a Subscriber can use for the Subscriber’s website, nor does HostMonster charge additional fees based on an increased amount of storage used, provided the Subscriber’s use of storage complies with these Terms. Please note, however, that the HostMonster service is designed to host websites. HostMonster does NOT provide unlimited space for online storage, backups, or archiving of electronic files, documents, log files, etc., and any such prohibited use of the Services will result in the termination of Subscriber’s account, with or without notice. Accounts with a large number of files (inode count in excess of 200,000) can have an adverse affect on server performance. Similarly, accounts with an excessive number of MySQL/PostgreSQL tables (i.e., in excess of 1000 database tables) or of database size (i.e., in excess of 3GB total MySQL/PostgreSQL usage or 2GB MySQL/PostgreSQL usage in a single database) negatively affect the performance of the server. HostMonster may request that the number of files/inodes, database tables, or total database usage be reduced to ensure proper performance or may terminate the Subscriber’s account, with or without notice.

Terms of Service Compliance Department
1958 South 950 East
Provo, UT 84606
Phone line: (866) 573-HOST Option 5 | Fax line: 801-765-1992

This is frustrated off-course, and now we have to spend some time to check on all database and find the one that causing the problem. It might be caused by spam abuse or  spammer is injecting codes into our website as well. There are the few common issues and we need to find out which one is causing this.

After checking through all these databases, we are now confirmed there is nothing wrong at our end and there is no malicious spam attack too. Its all clean and we can see almost zero spams happening. The biggest database is caused by Magento e-commerce application and that alone is using well over 330 tables and 44 MB in database size. That is a very heavy apps and we need to find some way to compress or shrink it down.

However, we have deleted two unused databases and its hope this will free up some tables and space. Now its time to reply back to the technical support email and letting them know about this. Hope they will clear off this warning message.

Hello
Thank you for contacting Terms of Service!

We need to verify that you are the authorized user of the account. We will need your primary domain name and any one of the following.
1. Reply with the last 4 digits of the cPanel password.
2. Reply with the last 4 digits of the credit card on file.
3. Reply with your full Validation PIN set on your account if you have one set.

I have requested an updated file count, you can see the results from the file count and mysql usage tools on the cpanel.

Now we have to reply with account verification details and hope they can proceed to process this case. Next reply from them is showing a complete list of all database tables in our account and the sum we currently having is 1107 in total. They are asking for site cleanup to below 1000 tables and inform them after. This is the term of service and we have to comply with it. Finally, we decided to let go of the Magento e-commerce apps that taken up 336 tables and this is well over 33% of available resources have been taken. Free up this one will mean more available space and we can clear off this server warning message. Next we removed this Magento installation from Simplescripts a.k.a. Mojo, and the table sum is now near 750. We also need to manually remove the database to totally cleaned it. Now we are done and its time to email back to support team and letting them know.

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Hostmonster annual web hosting reviews 2014

Hostmonster.com is one of the leading web hosting services in the world. The company was founded in 1996 in Utah. In fact, they are one of the most popular and oldest web hosting companies. It offers an exceptional shared web hosting plan. It is an all-inclusive package for just $3.95 per month.

The package includes everything you need to build and maintain a good website for any purpose. With the shared web hosting plan from the company, you can host unlimited domains. Moreover, the plan includes all the bandwidth and disk space you will ever need to manage a professional website.

Hostmonster 2014

According to every web hosting review, this is an excellent package designed for both small businesses and individuals. Paying just $3.95 can help you receive numerous benefits, and valuable free tools, services and software.

In addition to this, you will get a free domain, premium website builder with numerous templates, search engine submission, ecommerce shopping cart, email service and more. Though you may find a cheaper web hosting service on the Internet, this is the most cost effective answer. Moreover, the money back guarantee keeps your money safe.

1) Performance

Unlike other web hosting companies online, they do not rent or resell its servers elsewhere. The company uses 3 dedicated data centers in Utah. Since 2010, the company has invested more than $20 million in its data centers, 5,000 servers and 500 employees. According to most customers, the company offers excellent up time and faster speeds. With this web hosting, you will hardly experience any problems.

2) Control Panel

Hostmonster.com uses a customized version of the award winning cPanel control panel. The customized control panel offers all the features to make sure you are able to properly manage your files, websites, billing and data information. They have even developed an automatic app installer called SimpleScripts. It allows users to install more than 150 software with just one click.

In case you are a beginner in the field of web hosting, you do not need to worry about usability. The company offers advanced solutions. Thus, managing your website will be easy and convenient. If you are experienced with web hosting, you will already be familiar with cPanel.

3) Reliability

As mentioned earlier, the company’s data center is located in Utah. The servers are kept under constant monitoring by experienced and professional technicians. They offer 99.9% up time guarantee. According to almost every web hosting review, evidence supports the company’s claim regarding up time.

In order to mitigate outage, their data center employs a synchronized, balanced power system. It runs at an optimum level of performance. The company also uses an additional UPS backup power supply, and live system monitoring to make sure there’s no outage. The automatic backup system recovers lost data when there are crashes or system failures.

4) Customer support

According to customers, the company offers exceptional support. You can reach the company’s customer care executives via web chat, toll free phone number, ticket system and email. Unlike other small hosting companies, they employ more than 500 people. This makes sure all your queries and problems are resolved quickly.

5) Additional Bonuses

They also offer excellent bonuses. When you sign up with the company’s package, you get one free domain name. Moreover, you also get $100 Google Adwords credit. Scripts installation is very easy and convenient. The package covers more than 70 scripts, including Joomla, WordPress, Drupal and more. With these, you can quickly build a professional website.

6) Money Back Guarantee

Cancelling your subscription with Hostmonster is very easy. You just need to raise a request via phone, online chat or email. The company will verify that you are the domain or account owner. Before you cancel the subscription, you should make sure all your emails, databases and files are backed up. If you cancel the subscription within 3 days from opening an account, you are entitle to a complete refund.

7) Verdict

According to every web hosting review, the company’s services are integrated. With all the tools and resources you receive, it’s possible to build a high quality website quickly. Moreover, the affordable prices are an obvious advantage. The comprehensiveness and reliability of the support services is also an excellent advantage. Since the support staff is based in the United States, you won’t experience any language barriers. The company will be your best choice for web hosting.

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What web hosting package does my website need?

Creating a website is one of the best ways to establish an online presence. Websites are made up of several files and you need somewhere to store them to allow your target audience to access them. For this reason, you need a web server that you can access using web hosting.

There are various hosting packages available and your choice will depend on you individual site needs. You need to consider price, speed, monthly usage, service quality, and traffic when selecting a web hosting option. Here are some of the most popular options.

Hostmonster shared hosting1. Hostmonster shared hosting

If you want to save on costs, this is one of the best hosting solutions available. With shared hosting, several websites are hosted on a single server. This is also a good option if you want your site up and running as soon as possible because there is no server configuration involved. The cost of shared hosting will vary depending on number of databases included, bandwidth allowance, and disk space.

One of the drawbacks of this package is server configuration limitations because you share a server with different sites. The kind of security, stability, and speed that you enjoy on your site will also be influenced by the websites that you are sharing the server with. This is why it is advisable to select a reputable hosting service to ensure good performance. You also need to know the number of sites that are hosted on one server to determine whether it will affect performance on your site.

Hostmonster VPS hosting2. Hostmonster VPS hosting

A virtual private server operates like an individual machine but it relies on the same physical hardware used by other sites. This package allows you to enjoy predictable hosting services. You can access your virtual server and carry out any configurations that you want and even install software.

You can scale the virtual server to suit your traffic needs. This means that you do not have to pay for what you do not need. With this package, you can hosts several sites on one package. It is ideal for those who have several domains. This web hosting package is affordable.

3. Cloud hosting

Most people mistake this hosting package with VPS but cloud hosting allows you to host your site on several servers. This means that resources can be allocated to suit traffic levels. Website speeds are also higher with this hosting package because if one of the servers goes down, there are several others that can take over. If you want to ensure your site is always up and running, a cloud hosting service is a good choice. This package is more expensive compared to VPS.

Hostmonster dedicated server4. Hostmonster dedicated server hosting

If you are looking for reliable performance and greater control over your server, a dedicated hosting package is ideal. It can be optimized to match your individual requirements and all the server resources are dedicated to your website. It offers high speeds and this makes it ideal if your site gets a lot of traffic. This package also provides better security because no other site can access your hardware. It is an expensive web hosting package and you will be responsible for maintaining the server, making it more demanding compared to other options.

5. Reseller hosting

If you are a webmaster or intend to resell your individual hosting service, reseller web hosting package is a great choice. It can also work to your advantage if your have many sites because it allows you to manage them under a single control panel.

It is important to note that web hosting needs tend to differ from one site to another. A reseller hosting option may be suitable for one site but it may not work for another. The first step towards choosing the best hosting service is to identify your needs. You should determine the kind of speed and performance that you require to keep your site up even when you have a lot of traffic. Think about the amount of traffic that you get on your site. The price also needs to be within your budget. You do not want to sign up for an expensive package that does not meet your needs. It is better to choose the flexible packages that allow you to pay for what you need.

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WordPress setup both auto & manual

Inside this Hostmonster.com shared hosting, we test 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 this Wordpress hosting 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.

Hostmonster WordPress Setup

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 web hosting 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.

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