Atspace offers both free and paid web hosting services at low prices. Their motto is "easy and affordable" but with their vast range of plans, they are aiming their services toward bloggers, startups and larger businesses alike.
Have they bitten off more than they can chew?
Read my Atpsace review to find out.
So Close...Yet So Far
There's no denying that Atspace has set up everything to be as simple as possible. All the one-click installations and features are in place.
However, half of them don't work as they're supposed to.
From the off, I got plagued by glitches, dropped connections and general difficulties. A significant number of errors means you'd have to contact customer support way too often.
And when you do, they may not always be available
Sometimes your chat request simply gets denied, and you have to resort to waiting for a ticket response.
And they don't get anywhere near 99.9% uptime. Far from it, in fact.
I'm starting to wonder how they've managed to 'host more than 2,000,000 user websites', as their homepage states. Perhaps you get plenty of registrations when you offer free web hosting services.
You can choose to use their hosting service for free, but there is also paid-for hosting available at the almost-token price of $0.08 per month.
As you move up through the plans, it's all about MySQL databases and extra domains, but the top option is only $3.99 per month.
It's an impressive set of price points, but let's take a look at how the features compare.
|Disk space limit||1GB||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|How many domains allowed||1||2||5||Unlimited|
|SSD or HDD used in servers||HDD||HDD||HDD||HDD|
|Money-back guarantee||N/A||30 days||30 days||30 days|
|Customer support||Live chat, tickets||Live chat, tickets||Live chat, tickets||Live chat, tickets|
With the pricing being so cheap, there's almost no reason to take the free option. However, if you're new or want to try out the service, it's a perfect way to try Atspace for as long as you want, at no cost, with no obligation to upgrade.
If you are going to pay though, the value is seemingly exceptional. For less than a dollar a year you can get unlimited email, live chat customer support, and server space for one website, under 1GB. This is not a big plan, not at all - but the value for money is excellent.
It's a shame that the FTP connections and uptime claims aren't reliable, or Atspace would be offering a game-changing deal.
The performance isn't particularly good, and this only reflects the glitchiness that I experienced. I'm not alone either - other Atspace reviews report similar issues.
When checking response times, Japan and Bangalore are particularly poor. It doesn't make for impressive reading.
My Atspace Review Verdict
I can't deny that Atspace is cheap. To offer a free version and an entry-level paid version at a ridiculous price point shows great confidence.
Their confidence isn't really matched by the service though. Ok, for what you pay, it's certainly a fair package. But could you put up with connection errors, drop-out, and downtime on a regular basis? I couldn't.
Sadly, the old saying proves to be true. You do get what you're paying for. But maybe you've had a different experience? Join in the conversation - let us know of your own Atspace reviews, and we'll compare notes!
- Excellent pricing
- Effective one-click WordPress installation
- Quite slow
- Very glitchy with lots of dropped connections
- Customer support not always reachable