When it comes to the online web hosting you want a provider that can cater to your every need. Gandi.net is a quite straight definition of a one-stop shop for simple web hosting, offering domain names, SSL certificates, and cloud hosting.
That's why in my Gandi.net review, I will present you services and features provided by this hosting old-timer, managing 2,5 million domains and 200,000+ websites.
What Is Gandi.net?
Gandi.net is a full service hosting provider that has been in existence since 1999. It offers a wide array of services, website capabilities and account management services for individuals, businesses, developers, and resellers.
Currently, Gandi.net offers essential hosting services:
- Domain Registration
- Web Hosting
- Cloud Hosting
- SSL Certificates
In addition to these services, there is also domain linking, DNSSEC capabilities platform, you are also able to set up hosting and host your own website.
You can register, renew or transfer a domain. They offer support, DNS management, detailed documentation, 1 click connection to third-party applications and you have the capability of managing your products on all of your devices.
This provides a great variety for anyone who would need the services of a provider, without having to go elsewhere for additional services.
Obviously, in the web hosting business, the most important feature is the "No bullshit" promise (hopefully made by the lawyers). And Gandi.net proudly values No Bullshit™ philosophy since 1999:
For this Gandi.net review, I'll check the most popular shared hosting, as Gandi.net creative minds call it - simple hosting. Hopefully, it will be clear and without any Bullshit.
Gandi.net offers 6 cloud hosting plans that start with Small for $5/mo and goes up to $40/mo for the most inclusive XX-Large plan. With such a range of plans, Gandi.net aims to all customers from small project owners to large-scale businesses.
Here a quick run-through all Gandi.net cloud hosting plans:
- Small - For $5,00/mo. you'll get up to 5 websites and domains, no SSL key, 20 GB of storage (extensible up to 2 TB) and unlimited traffic.
- Small+SSL - same features as Small plan, but you're also getting unlimited SSL keys. Price - $7,50/mo.
- Medium - For $10,00/mo. you'll get up to 10 websites and domains, unlimited SSL keys, 20 GB of storage (extensible up to 2 TB) and unlimited traffic.
- Large - For $20,00/mo. you'll get up to 20 websites and domains, unlimited SSL keys, 20 GB of storage (extensible up to 2 TB) and unlimited traffic.
- X-Large - For $30,00/mo. you'll get up to 40 websites and domains, unlimited SSL keys, 20 GB of storage (extensible up to 2 TB) and unlimited traffic.
- XX-Large - For $40,00/mo. you'll get up to 300 websites and domains, unlimited SSL keys, 20 GB of storage (extensible up to 2 TB) and unlimited traffic.
The main difference between the plans is the number of websites and bandwidth. And although Gandi.net mentions the unlimited traffic on the first page, when digging deeper it turns out the traffic has limitations for each plan.
Also, there is an explanation that 20 GB storage can be extensible up to 2 TB. But of course, this comes with a monthly price of $0.25 per GB.
In the table below you can see basic features for comparison of each plan:
|Disk space||20 GB||20 GB||20 GB||20 GB||20 GB||20 GB|
|Bandwidth||60 GB||60 GB||120 GB||250 GB||500 GB||1 TB|
|Customer Support||Email, ticket, knowledge base|
What's great with Gandi.net, you get the unlimited (in number and size) databases with each plan. And those include MySQL, MongoDB, and PostgreSQL.
When creating a new instance, you can select your preferred programming language, database, and server location (France or Luxembourg).
A nice feature is an ability to give Simple hosting a test ride before making the final decision:
You can try any plan for free and then resize with no obligations on your part.
And speaking about "No bullshit" policy, it is nice to see, that the price stays consistent. Other providers turn to hidden costs, different charges for different terms and so on. But with Gandi.net, when you are said that you will pay $5,00/mo. that's what you will pay for one month!
Gandi.net gives above average performance. Naturally, this Europe-based hosting provider offers quickest load times in Europe region, however, the US visitors are getting around 130ms of load time. So that is perfectly fine.
And even more distant regions of Sao Paulo and Bangladore fit below 400 ms. Only the Japan region gets a horrible 1042ms...
So overall, as you can see, Gandi.net review test shows a strong B for response times.
I had to search for their uptime guarantee. Finally, I was able to find it in one of the contracts. Strange that it's not somewhere on the landing page, because it's a pretty decent 99.95%.
This means that your website can go down only for about 5 minutes a week. But even if it is not the best possible guarantee, 99.95% uptime is a good promise.
Great Performance - decent uptime and response time makes Gandi.net stand out.
Clear and Reasonable Pricing - "No bullshit". This means no shady upsells, no confusing renewal pricing. They are all about selling you what you want, but not what the provider wants you to buy.
10 Days Free Trial - they are not scared to let you use their services before making the decision. And, again, I would recommend you to use this option beforehand.
Free Stuff with Domain Registration - when registering a domain, you'll get 5 mailboxes with 1,000 forwarding addresses, free SiteMaker pages, free SSL for 1 year and private domain registration for your personal information.
Minimal customer service - there is no phone or live chat. You can contact them via email or raise a ticket. And ticket support is not what you like to see when looking for instant help! Sure, there is a knowledge base, but it is overwhelming and kind of messy.
Expensive pricing - you can find cheaper providers, offering similar services. Not many, but there are some.
Complicated registration - it's quite confusing and there are difficulties choosing usernames or making bank-transfers.
Gandi.net Review - Is It Worth Your Money?
With a simple pricing system and carefully variated hosting plans, Gandi.net can be a good choice for many users. The performance is decent, especially if your audience is in Europe and you get a free trial to test all out.
However, generally, there are many things unclear with this provider. The information is difficult to find, and for some important features such as backups are missing. Moreover, the customer support is very limited.
But all in all, concluding this Gandi.net review, I can say it is a strong provider worth considering. Although, for a comparison, I would recommend checking out other providers before you make a decision!
- Great Performance
- Transparant Pricing
- Free Trial
- There Are Cheaper Options
- Servers Only In Europe
- Outdated Customer Support