|Features||4.8 / 5.0|
|Ease of Use||4.8 / 5.0|
|Pricing||4.7 / 5.0|
|Reliability & Support||4.8 / 5.0|
Users will enjoy interacting with the Hostwinds account and website management tools, which look modern and provide clear paths to the most useful tools. We particularly like the quick shortcuts and email account creation tools the company places front and center of the account dashboard. Everything operates as you'd expect, including the cPanel access to installation scripts, metrics, email settings, and security tools. Above all, we appreciate how easy Hostwinds makes it to request help; customers can easily open a ticket or search the knowledgebase from the account dashboard, and a support agent is always available through a minimized live chat window in the corner.
Although Hostwinds has a hard time standing out in a crowded shared hosting market, the company really sets the mark for affordability in the VPS realm. We have no qualms about the company's shared hosting prices, given the superb infrastructure, features, and uptime, but we realize most bargain hunters are strictly looking for lowest prices.
Our jaws hit the floor, however, when playing with unmanaged virtual servers from Hostwinds. Granted, you'll have to take care of server maintenance and updates, but you'll be hard-pressed to find similarly equipped server partitions at more attractive rates. The deals decrease as you add managed support and scale to higher tiers, but Hostwinds excels at finding optimum price-versus-performance points across the spectrum.
Hostwinds spends as much time perfecting and streamlining customer support as the company does optimizing its hosting hardware. The company's system engineers are available to customers every moment of every day, and Hostwinds guarantees a quick response: five minutes for email tickets and 30 seconds for live chat and phone calls. Monitoring and backup plans are available to further protect your information, and the company's 99.999% uptime guarantee is practically impossible to beat.
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Hostwinds is the winner
3 out of 5 times.
A young and hungry hosting company, Hostwinds exudes confidence and friendliness when it comes to providing reliable, secure, and speedy support and servers. The company offers above-average uptime and enterprise-grade hardware to power an incredibly vast array of services useful to customers at all stages of their web hosting journey. Boasting multiple options at every turn, Hostwinds is sure to offer exactly the product you need at a reasonable rate.
Overall Rating4.8 / 5.0