Since the turn of the millennium, Doteasy strived to offer affordable, hassle-free hosting or people looking to get online. And the people loved it - right now, the company has 500,000 customers and is very popular all around the world.
But now, it's time to see whether they've made a wise choice - or would they be better off choosing something different.
In this Doteasy review, we will have a look at the provider, and the shared hosting services that it offers. Let's have a look.
What Is Doteasy?
This Canadian company focuses its services on simplicity and accessibility. With loads of free web tools (such as website creator, forum, email form, etc.) it strives to make website creation just a little bit easier for everyone.
With servers in Vancouver, Canada, it's more of a country-centered web host, but Doteasy appears to value quality over quantity. The hardware is Cisco-powered and secured with uninterruptible power systems and even diesel generators to guarantee that it's always working.
Overall, Doteasy appears to be a very tidy host, which could be a great choice for Canadian users. Is it? Let's have a look at the services those users would get.
Here are the services Doteasy provides:
- Shared hosting
- Cloud Reseller Hosting
- Managed VPS
- Domain sales
On top of that, there is also Business and WordPress hosting (both on a shared hosting platform) and web design services - where Doteasy experts will take matters into their own hands and help build a website for you.
Overall - a very regular-user-centered approach. There are no dedicated servers available and even the Managed VPS is hidden under the brand of "Managed Hosting". A pattern starts to emerge - Doteasy really focuses on services for a regular user, not an enterprise or a group of developers.
So, let's have a look at the pricing - namely, the pricing of a Doteasy shared hosting plan. It is supposed to be affordable and perfect for a beginner user. Let's see if that's true.
These are the 3 Doteasy shared hosting plans currently available. The cheapest one costs $3.75, the mid-tier one is $4.75, and the most expensive one - $5.75/month.
- Starter - 1 website plan, offering 10 GB of disk space and allowing around 30,000 monthly visitors.
- Unlimited - Unlimited website plan, offering unmetered resources, but still suitable for around 300,000 monthly visitors.
- Unlimited SSD - Unlimited website plan, offering 100 GB of fast SSD storage and fit for 500,000 monthly visitors.
Overall, a pretty standard lineup for a hosting provider. The Starter plan is good for a basic user with a simple website in mind. And Unlimited, as well as Unlimited SSD plans, they are good for bigger projects, which is clearly shown by the number of monthly visitors you can have.
However, one thing is less conventional and that's domain renewals. Usually, hosting providers only give you a free domain for 1 year. Doteasy do that, too - on the Starter plan. However, with Unlimited and Unlimited SSD plan, they also renew it free of charge. Now that's something unusual, and we love seeing this.
As some of you may know, hosting prices tend to be a bit more complicated than, let's say, a Netflix subscription. There are two things you should have in mind. First one is renewal prices. Here's what they are:
For the first year, you'll be paying the promotional prices seen on the image above. That's $3.75, $4.75, and $5.75 for all three Doteasy shared hosting plans respectively.
However, once the year ends, the prices will increase to their regular rates. And that's $6.75, $12.95, and $13.95 - so that's quite a hefty change.
Another important thing is purchasing periods. Often, the prices that are advertised are only valid, when purchasing hosting for a longer term and paying for a serious duration in advance.
And here's how much you would actually be paying for Doteasy shared hosting - for each type of plan, and each available purchase duration.
Monthly plans are available only for Unlimited and Unlimited SSD plans - and they're considerably more expensive than the promotional price.
Generally, a price that low you will only get if you buy hosting for 1 year or more. And depending on how long the period is, renewal price will also be different. So that's the truth - it's not as pretty, but at least now you know exactly what you'd be getting!
Doteasy plans in more detail
Now that we know what are the prices, and what are the main features, it's time to put Doteasy plans to a bigger test. In the table below, you will see all of the main features of all 3 shared hosting plans. Here's what they have - and what are they missing.
|How many domains allowed?||1||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|HDD or SSD used in servers?||HDD||HDD||SSD|
|Anti-malware protection||Manual scan||Manual scan||Manual scan|
|Assisted website transfer||No||No||No|
|Auto-installer scripts||300+ (Softaculous)||300+ (Softaculous)||300+ (Softaculous)|
|Money-back guarantee||30 days||30 days||30 days|
|Choice of server location||No||No||No|
|Free automated back-ups||No||No||No|
Overall, the plans have plenty going on for themselves. However, the cheapest Starter plan will only allow for 10GB of disk space and 1 website - but that's pretty standard for most hosting providers.
The Unlimited and Unlimted SSD plans have, as you may imagine, fewer limits. But the difference in them in the storage disks that are being used.
Considering Doteasy is located in Canada, it is no surprise to see websites hosted on this platform to do great in North America. Sadly, this also means only average performance in locations outside of it.
Have a look:
In terms of uptime, Doteasy claims to offer 99.9% uptime guarantee - here's hoping that those diesel generators won't have to work overtime. And to be fair, Doteasy performance seems pretty good, as the test site wasn't down for the entirety of the testing period.
Doteasy Review - Conclusion
Overall, Doteasy seems to be a decent option for people looking for a very simple hosting experience. Customer support is available by phone, live chat and tickets, which is very good, should any question arise. Website design service is also a great thing - you may come to Doteasy with nothing, and leave with a fully-working original website, you can easily edit on your own.
However, there are some issues. For instance, the "affordable pricing" isn't all that. Renewal prices are really hefty - and even the promo ones are only available, if you commit to a long-term contract. Also, the servers are only available in Canada. Good, if you're local - an issue, if you're not.
Overall though, if you're looking to have a website and don't have any experience, Doteasy could be a good option for you. If you can live with a quirk or two, and look for Canadian hosting, it's an alright option. But as our web hosting reviews reveal, it's definitely not the cheapest. Not even close.