Pricing and Features
HostWinds offer a variety of hosting options, namely: shared, business, VPS, and dedicated servers. While the latter three are great for those looking for more performance, if you carry a small budget, then their shared hosting packages should be a perfect fit.
Their shared hosting plans work a little differently than most, wherein the only real difference between each are the number of domains. As such, all of the plans contain the same features, so you get to enjoy unlimited storage and bandwidth across the board. The Basic Plan allows for only 1 domain, at $6.50 a month, the Advanced upgrades this to 4 domains for $7.50 a month, and Ultimate boasts of unlimited domain hosting at $8.50 a month.
All plans include Softaculous, which allows one-click installation of countless useful apps. With over 400 apps to choose from, like blog tools, galleries, social networking software and visitor polls, you’ll never run out of choices.
If you plan on signing up for a longer duration, you will be able to enjoy discounted monthly prices, which can go as low as $4.50, $5.50, and $6.50 for each plan. Do bear in mind though: HostWinds does not offer any money-back guarantee, so it is best to subscribe to a shorter duration first to test everything out before committing to them for the long term.
Meanwhile, all prices published by HostWinds are their regular prices, unlike other hosting providers that give an introductory price and keep their original rates tucked away in easy-to-miss footnotes. In other words, you can expect the same amount in your monthly bill even when you renew your contract.
The packages also include instant account setup, web CEO account, unlimited sub domains, emails, MySQL databases, and FTP accounts, the latest cPanel version, hotlink protection, file manager, password protected directories, Awstats, and a log manager complete with error monitoring.
They also offer other services like SSL certificates, domains, Windshield (firewall protection), Windspeed (optimization), VPN, and ShoutCast, a broadcasting tool for your own online station radio. You can visit their website for more information about these services and more.
The Need For Speed
As previously mentioned, HostWinds’ datacenter is located in Dallas, Texas. If you have any doubts about their speed and performance, you can use their speed console on their website to initiate a speed test. You can opt to download the file, or start a ping test using their IP address. Plus, their servers are connected to industry standard generators that supply sufficient electricity to the system in case of a power failure, further ensuring their 99.9% uptime guarantee.
HostWinds has a content-filled knowledgebase section where you can find articles on web hosting, networking, pre-sales concerns, general discussions, and others. You can use their search toolbar to easily get related results to your query. To get in touch with their customer support, you can initiate a live chat session, call their hotline, send an email, or submit a ticket request. Their office is open 24/7 to assist you with all of your concerns and inquiries. You can also connect with them via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
What's the Verdict on HostWinds?
HostWinds Shared Hosting Review 2020 – Conclusion
HostWinds is one of the cheaper alternatives when it comes to blog hosting – not just for your first period of subscription, but for as long as you are under their service. You also get to enjoy unlimited features, such as storage and bandwidth, whichever plan you choose. They only have one datacenter located in Texas though, and there are no news if they plan to establish servers in other locations to help with content delivery. Still, they are a good hosting company for your website if you do not plan on increasing your hosting budget even after many months of using the service, or if you don’t need much in the way of features.