Exabytes certainly has a cool name - turns out that "one exabyte" is actually '"one billion gigabytes".
So naturally, a question arises - can the provider match the coolness with the quality of its services? Or maybe you'll get an exabyte of storage? Guess we'll have to go and find out.
Exabytes Review: My First Impressions
I immediately noticed that Exabytes is heavily tailored toward the Asian market. Four server locations are on offer, only one of which isn't in the Asia Pacific region. So if your site's target audience is based in East/Southeast Asia, Exabytes is worth your consideration.
The American server is also conveniently located in Denver, Colorado, whose central location is going to fit users all over the US.
My eye was also caught by the wide range of hosting styles on offer. If shared hosting is your thing, you can have your pick of a traditional Linux-based server, a fully-managed WordPress account, or even a Windows server. But if you want a little extra power and resource control, Exabytes has you covered with VPS and dedicated server plans, both of which provide full server root access.
And, helpfully, no matter which hosting form you choose it's easy to see which types of servers are available at different Exabytes data centers.
As it's the most popular hosting format, I'm going to focus on shared Linux hosting here. If you're in the market for a fully-managed WordPress or Windows server, the pricing structure more-or-less carries over. The one exception is the Linux-only Startup plan.
There are three different pricing tiers:
You will be charged from $1 a month to $6.99 a month, depending on your needs. The main difference between them is the amount of storage and bandwidth included. The cheapest Startup plan isn't exactly roomy – it comes with 1GB storage and 3GB bandwidth. That's not enough to store much multimedia content, so I don't recommend it for anything but hosting a small, personal website.
Bandwidth is unlimited with the other two plans, making them suitable for high-traffic site hosting. And while the Economy plan is restricted to 100GB of storage, the Ultimate plan represents the best value with completely unlimited storage.
Every plan includes a free SSL certificate to encrypt your site's traffic. Another cool feature is that every plan comes with is a 100-day money-back guarantee, giving you plenty of time to decide whether or not to commit to a hosting contract.
Extra Pricing Details
Here are the key specs for the three shared Linux plans:
|No. of Domains||1||1||Unlimited|
|HDD or SSD||HDD||HDD||HDD|
|Money-Back Guarantee||100-Day Period||100-Day Period||100-Day Period|
The Economy and Ultimate plans include daily backups of your server, so choose them over the Startup package if you want to safeguard your data from hardware failure.
One flaw of Exabytes' shared Linux hosting is that its servers are based on hard drives (HDDs) rather than solid state drives (SSDs). Most web hosts offer SSD storage (which is faster and more reliable) as standard, so that's no small omission.
However, with 24/7 support and low prices, this is still a very good package.
When it comes to speed, Exabytes is well above average.
I got the results above using a US-based Exabytes server. It showed great speeds in the US, but slightly longer load times throughout Asia. I found the exact opposite (faster times in Asia, slower in the US) when I tested a site hosted from an Exabytes Japanese data center.
Overall, however, both data centers show great speed results.
Exabytes Review: My Conclusion
Given its low monthly prices, it's clear Exabytes offers terrific value hosting. The one drawback is, to get the best bang for your buck, you'll need to settle for an HDD server. But with the speeds that it still manages to offer, that seems to be no problem.
My speed tests demonstrate the value of picking a server location near your target audience. With a region-focused provider like Exabytes, choosing the right data center is particularly important. When you pick your location right, Exabytes offers brilliant value for the money.
But what do you think? Tell me about your Exabytes experience below!