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OVERALL RATING 4.7 / 5.0
★★★★★
Features 4.6 / 5.0
Ease of Use 4.8 / 5.0
Pricing 4.5 / 5.0
Reliability & Support 4.8 / 5.0
Customer Reviews 5 reviews
Laura Stamey

Laura Stamey,

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Hyper-focused on their customers, HostPapa wants to help small businesses move through the ranks of shared and VPS hosting. Users can get started with an intuitive website builder and grow to Rocket Fast Premium Servers. With the help of around-the-clock support and a focus on your future, HostPapa makes an excellent choice for your first host.

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4.7
★★★★★

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Laura Stamey

Laura Stamey (HostingAdvice.com):

“One of the earliest hosting companies to power their datacenters with renewable energy, HostPapa is an established provider that furnishes customers with plans backed by award-winning customer service and covered with a bevy of features. Currently hosting more than 500,000 websites, HostPapa is the epitome of a high-value, low-cost provider.

We recently went straight to the source to find out what sets HostPapa apart from other hosting companies and sat down with CEO Jamie Opalchuck, who said HostPapa is "a little bit different than the average beast" in the hosting industry. The privately-owned company considers themselves less of a straight-up hosting provider and more of a 1-stop shop for small businesses looking to grow their brand and online presence.

Whether through CRM tools, automatic backups, or unlimited storage, we found that HostPapa excels at giving their customers a seamless, easy experience.

Each user gets a dedicated account manager and a single bill, no matter how many services are added on. That account manager will recommend products, such as email platforms, based on your needs — even if it means suggesting Google Apps or Microsoft Office 365 instead of HostPapa's proprietary platform.

"We want to act as consultants and help our customers reach new heights," Jamie said. "It's a different take on the hosting industry."

With locations in 18 countries and support in four languages (English, French, German, and Spanish), customer support is a major component of HostPapa's modus operandi. Representatives are available to assist users around the clock, including for one-on-one video chats.”

  • Award-winning PapaSquad Support available 24/7/365
  • One-on-one video training sessions with HostPapa expert
  • Drag-and-drop website builder
  • Unlimited storage and bandwidth
  • SiteLock, CloudFlare, Google Apps, and Microsoft Office 365
  • Get started on HostPapa now.
Money Back Guarantee
30 days
Disk Space
100 GB - Unlimited
Domain Name
FREE - $14.95
Hosting Plans

Cheap Rating

4.6
★★★★★

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Laura Stamey

Laura Stamey (HostingAdvice.com):

“Where HostPapa shines is with their shared hosting, which offers affordable and feature-rich plans geared toward helping website and small business owners alike grow their online presence.

HostPapa wants to be more than just a web host, according to CEO Jamie Opalchuck, who told us that the company aims to be a 1-stop shop for small businesses looking for a seamless and simple experience to help them grow.

"We're looking for a person that we can bring in for $4 a month and help him become more and more successful," he said. "Our goal is to find that person that just doesn't have the IT support they need. They can call us, and we'll actually answer the phone."

Once we signed up and got our hands dirty with HostPapa's services, we found they are poised to achieve that and more. A ton of features make marketing, eCommerce, and email a breeze. Beyond Google Apps or Microsoft Office 365, HostPapa also offers two in-house email plans with a user-friendly interface and modest functionality. HostPapa's email storage limits pale in comparison to the Gmail or Outlook offerings, but the price — less than half of Google and Microsoft — makes HostPapa a great alternative.

"Our plan might be more economical, but it's not necessarily for everyone," Jamie said of HostPapa's email packages. "We want to act as consultants and help our customers reach new heights."

In addition to unlimited bandwidth and CloudFlare's content delivery network, Business Pro plan customers can also boost speed and performance with Rocket Fast Premium Servers — double the RAM, double the hard drives, and up to three times faster. HostPapa's 99.9% uptime guarantee isn't spectacular but should be plenty sufficient for most users.

Need extra help getting started? HostPapa is the only hosting provider that offers one-on-one sessions with one of their support experts. The 30-minute conference, done via phone or video chat, is included in HostPapa's Business or Business Pro plans.”

  • Up to 100 email accounts
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • 24/7 support via phone, email, live chat, and video tutorials
  • Server firewall, monitoring & intrusion detection included
  • Unlimited storage and bandwidth
  • Get started on HostPapa now.
Money Back Guarantee
30 days
Disk Space
100 GB - Unlimited
Domain Name
FREE for life!
Hosting Plans
Laura Stamey

Laura Stamey (HostingAdvice.com): This rating is not available yet. We haven't evaluated HostPapa for the "Dedicated" option yet as they do not currently offer this type of hosting service. We're always working to keep our reviews up-to-date so check back later!

Does HostPapa already offer the "Dedicated" option? Let us know.

VPS Rating

4.3
★★★★

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Laura Stamey

Laura Stamey (HostingAdvice.com):

“If you've outgrown shared hosting and are ready to take on new challenges and customers, consider expanding with HostPapa's high-performance VPS hosting.

Their Linux or Windows plans simultaneously give users high levels of both control and flexibility. The affordable, fully managed solution is easy to scale as your site or application grows. You can choose your operating system and server location, then use cPanel and root access to manage your environment.

We found HostPapa's 6GB RAM and 200GB of storage to be a touch shy of their competitors, but they're one of the only hosting providers to include unlimited bandwidth and fully managed support. You can add extra RAM for $20 per gigabyte per month and 15GB of storage for $10 per month.

HostPapa makes up for the slightly limited specifications with their fully managed services, however. "Managed" can mean anything to hosts, but HostPapa definitely put their technicians to work for you. Included in those services are automation, performance and firewall troubleshooting, email and backup configuration, software upgrades and migration, and security audits.

"We're doubling down on support," CEO Jamie Opalchuk said. "We're doubling down on a lot of things that make the client experience better."

Pair that with HostPapa's award-winning support teams who are available 24/7/365 via telephone, email, and chat, and you've got a solid managed VPS hosting plan ready to help you move on from shared hosting.”

  • Wholesale domain reseller account
  • Unlimited hosting and FTP accounts
  • Hyper-V monitoring technology and dedicated memory
  • FREE cPanel/WHMCS license, and Softaculous installs
  • Up to 6GB of RAM
  • Get started on HostPapa now.
Money Back Guarantee
30 days
Disk Space
50 GB - 200 GB
Domain Name
$14.99
Hosting Plans

WordPress Rating

4.4
★★★★

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Laura Stamey

Laura Stamey (HostingAdvice.com):

“Nearly all hosts these days include easy installations and support for WordPress, the world's leading content management system. While HostPapa is no different, we discovered their ultra-attentive support team can help new users navigate the sometimes challenging platform.

Available through Softaculous, we found the WordPress installation to be incredibly simple — find the WordPress logo in your control panel and follow the prompts to set up your site with the appropriate title and tagline.

Paired with all the apps and features HostPapa offers for marketing, eCommerce, and email, WordPress hosting opens the door to millions of plugins that should take care of all your needs. Also, you can give WordPress an extra boost by taking advantage of HostPapa's partnerships: CloudFlare's content delivery network for speed, SiteLock protection for security, and GlobalSign SSL certificates for additional safety and eCommerce capabilities.

"Our play is what we can supply a small business owner to help in any kind of way with their web properties," CEO Jamie Opalchuk said when we sat down with him. "Keep it simple; that's our place."

If you run into trouble, PapaSquad support is only a phone call, email, or chat message away. They're available 24/7/365 to help, as are HostPapa's video tutorials, downloadable manuals, and knowledgebase.

"We're doubling down on support," Jamie said. "We're doubling down on a lot of things that make the client experience better."

WordPress can be challenging at times, and HostPapa is the only hosting company that provides 30-minute sessions through video or phone with one of their support experts. Those sessions are included in Business or Business Pro plans but are available to other customers for a fee.”

  • 1-click WordPress installation script
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • 24/7 support via phone, email, live chat, and video tutorials
  • Server firewall, monitoring, and intrusion detection
  • Unlimited MySQL databases and phpMyAdmin
  • Get started on HostPapa now.
Money Back Guarantee
30 days
Disk Space
100 GB - Unlimited
Domain Name
FREE for life!
Hosting Plans

Website Builder Rating

4.5
★★★★★

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Laura Stamey

Laura Stamey (HostingAdvice.com):

“Despite a few limitations that might not matter to rookie site owners, HostPapa offers an easy-to-use web builder with a surprising number of features.

Coding experience or not, designing a website can be a long, confusing process. Hiring someone to do it for you can be expensive, stressful, and still doesn't guarantee you'll end up with something you like. CEO Jamie Opalchuk told us how HostPapa's site builder lets you avoid all the hassle and get a beautiful, professional website by yourself in a matter of minutes. Build and manage your site on your own, whether you're starting from scratch, getting a fresh look, or looking for a better tool.

We dug into the drag-and-drop editor, which is intuitive for the earliest of beginners — just click on the text you want to edit or area where you'd like to upload an image. For the more advanced users, you can customize your site even more by taking a swing at the HTML or CSS code. When we started our site, HostPapa showcased more than a dozen responsive template options. Once we made our selection, we could see more than 100 other choices. Not many site builders allow you to change templates once you've started adding content, so we appreciate the flexibility that HostPapa allows.

HostPapa's builder really shines, however, in the number of widgets you can add to your site. Easily add text, images, maps, videos, and social media widgets right from the start, or upgrade to include 1-click publishing to Facebook or an eCommerce store. You can build forms with their own tool or through Wufoo, just like you can add email marketing features through a Constant Contact integration.

"Our play is what we can supply a small business owner to help in any kind of way with their web properties," Jamie said. "We want to provide a seamless, easy experience."

Once your site is set up, you can preview how it will look on both desktops and mobile devices. You can always update on the go, from any web browser. The site builder is included for free with HostPapa's shared hosting plans, or you can buy builder-specific plans to add even more features.

If all else fails, HostPapa offers Do It For Me managed web design services. They will write your copy, design your site, and optimize it for search engines and mobile devices. Contact them when you need to update your site, and they'll take care of you.”

  • Drag-and-drop interface — no technical experience required
  • Hundreds of mobile-friendly, responsive templates
  • 1-click website publishing
  • Preview mode for desktop and mobile
  • Upgrade for eCommerce store
  • Get started on HostPapa now.
Money Back Guarantee
30 days
Disk Space
Unlimited
Domain Name
$14.99
Hosting Plans

Features

(4.6 / 5.0)

24/7/365 PapaSquad Support Standing By

  • Need help getting started? HostPapa's Business and Business Pro shared hosting plans include a 30-minute phone call or video session with one of their support agents.
  • Customer support is available around the clock by email, phone, or live chat.
  • Users can access more resources through an extensive knowledgebase, video tutorials, weekly webinars, and downloadable manuals.

Advanced Email Adds Mobility and Security

  • For less than $1 per month per user, HostPapa's basic email package offers unlimited inboxes, IMAP connections, POP3, and SMTP.
  • HostPapa's advanced email plan boosts storage capacity, archives, and file sharing for $2 per month per user.
  • Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365 are available for customers and businesses that need extra emailing power.

cPanel, Root Access, and Unlimited Everything

  • Have as many websites, domains, databases, and email accounts, and as much disk space and bandwidth as you want when signed up for Business and Business Pro plans.
  • Manage VPS servers with cPanel and root access. You can also have an unlimited number of MySQL databases.
  • Add CloudFlare content delivery network, SiteLock security, SSL certificates, or automated backups if you wish.

Website Builder: Get Your Site Up in a Snap

  • Easily add text, images, maps, videos, and widgets. More tech-savvy site owners can take control by editing HTML and CSS.
  • Responsive themes are the norm at HostPapa, and you can preview how your site will look on both mobile and desktop before publishing.
  • Set up an online store with the Enterprise plan. You can track inventory, give real-time shipping quotes, and integrate with services such as PayPal and Stripe.

Ease of Use

(4.8 / 5.0)
Simple, Clean cPanel Interface
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All of HostPapa's services are built with the users' experience in mind. After testing out HostPapa's various features, we found the account management, cPanel, site builder, and email interfaces incredibly clean and easy to use.

"Our play is what we can supply a small business owner to help in any kind of way with their web properties," Jamie said when we sat down with him. "Keep it simple; that's our place."

Pricing

(4.5 / 5.0)

"Starter" Plan

"Business" Plan

"Business Pro" Plan

HostPapa is a great deal for the number of features and level of service you get — particularly on the shared hosting plans. Their VPS plans, however, are a bit high-priced when comparing what you get from competing companies. For a hosting company that prides themselves on helping small businesses grow, however, HostPapa's competitive pricing means new customers don't have to make a big investment to increase their online presence.

"We're looking for a person whome we can bring in for $4 a month and help him become more and more successful," Jamie said. "Our goal is to find that person who just doesn't have the IT support they need. They can call us, and we'll actually answer the phone."

Reliability & Support

(4.8 / 5.0)

HostPapa's 99.9% uptime guarantee isn't terribly exciting but should be plenty sufficient for most users. Otherwise, the company seems truly dedicated to making their support technicians readily available to customers whenever they need help. In addition to the seemingly standard 24/7 availability through phone, email, and chat, HostPapa sets themselves apart from the rest with weekly webinars and one-on-one consultations.

"We're doubling down on support," Jamie said. "We're doubling down on a lot of things that make the customer experience better and as simple as possible."

HostPapa Includes

24/7/365 Live Support via Email, Phone, and Chat, Extensive Knowledgebase, Video Tutorials, and Personal Meetings with Support Experts

Customer Reviews (5)

★★★★

Review by Anthony Lewis from HostJury.com

Since day one of using HostPapa I have not had any significant issues. Downtime has been almost non-existent that I am aware of. I did run into one issue recently (That was my own fault) but when I e-mailed support I got what was clearly a generic response that was no help at all and when I explained my issue again I received the exact same response clearly showing they didn't actually read my e-mail. This was frustrating, however when I called into support and explained they were able to rectify the issue immediately and were very polite and helpful. Great hosting site.

★★★★★

Review by Stacey from TrustPilot.com

I'm really pleased with this web host. I have a website for my local business, and getting online with a good site and a good host was more difficult than I thought it might be. The tools I'm provided are great and the customer service is always very helpful. There have been a few times that the speeds were not what I expected, but for the most part, everything has been great & without incident. I appreciate that I do get straightforward help from customer service, and I'm always learning something new. I've been a customer for six months, so at this point I'm pretty sure I'll be staying.

★★★★★

Review by John Parker from WebHostingHero.com

Highly recommend HostPapa. This is not idle praise, but genuine and honest admiration for their excellent support and service. I've been with them for about a yea ... I used several other hosting services in the past, and was with my previous hosting service for over five years before and they ended up selling out the company and went from great to terrible. That host was Arvixe. I spent an entire day on the phone, searching for a better provider, but the salespeople I spoke with were clueless about my specific issues until I found HostPapa. They understood I needed a simple and easy and affordable solution. Highly recommended. Not sure what all the negative people have been reviewing here trust me if you want to see a REALLY bad host go to Arvixe or go dabble with 1&1, Godaddy, and others. Most suck - and in my experience Hostpapa truly cares about their customers.

★★★★★

Review by Julia Stanoslov from WebHostingGeeks.com

We moved to Hostpapa from a couple of bad experiences with other email hosts who use cPanel for their hosting namely hostgator and blue host. We we were running into imap connection issues. We were fine with hostpapa for a while and then ran into similar issues, so we knew it was our problem and it was time to look at upgrades. We checked out Google apps and office365 both supported by hostpapa but decided after talking to a rep to upgrade to advanced email at $2/box and we have never looked back. Theybhalpednus migrate our entire history over and get all our devices properly configured . Awesome service and highly recommended.

★★★★★

Review by Karl Rioux from WhoIsHostingThis.com

I would recommend HostPapa to commercial customers who want reliability efficiency and easy management of their domain / website. I have been dealing with other host in the past and they could not offer the bandwidth Hostpapa is givving me. Also, HostPapa is really affordable and is my choice for our community fire department website. Only time I needed their support is setting up my domain and website and they fulfilled my expectation with their great support.

The Rundown

Laura Stamey

Laura Stamey

Hosting Expert:

To recap, here's a rundown of what HostPapa has to offer

HostPapa aims to give you all the tools you need to grow your business or online presence.

"Our play is what we can supply a small business owner to help in any kind of way with their web properties," Jamie said. "We want to provide a seamless, easy experience."

From the drag-and-drop website builder to around-the-clock PapaSquad support, HostPapa is there for you every step of the way. Whether you're looking for shared, VPS, or site builder hosting plans, HostPapa supplies a variety of add-on tools that handle email, performance, and security to customize your experience.

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Overall Rating

4.7 / 5.0
★★★★★