Meet GearHost: a simple, yet seemingly powerful private server provider.
The company strongly promotes its free services, and the team behind it proclaim GearHost to be a simple and easy way to get your applications online. In fact, they even state that it is in their passion to simplify web infrastructure as a whole.
My First Look at GearHost
Immediately, I noticed the landing page of GearHost is somewhat basic but it signifies a company that is focused on value and a no-nonsense morale.
Although they do give good ol' social proof a blast, as they ask you to 'Join the thousands that host more than 85k applications'...
However, it's good to know that you can easily join this group yourself - by signing up for GearHost for free. That is obviously welcome, as well as the fact that all packages and options for consumers are made pretty clear from the outset.
Overall, my first impression of GearHost was that of a neat and unfussy client, who tries to make its business as transparent and uncomplicated as possible.
GearHost makes several plans available for its customers meaning there is something for everyone.
I like the inclusion of a free plan, but it should be noted that both the Free and Hobby ($5/month) packages are not really aimed at business customers, considering the minimal CPU usage and app pool memory
For the more demanding users, you'll need to consider the Small ($25/month), Medium ($50/month) or Large ($100/month) packages.
Plans in More Detail
The table below includes three of the GearHost plans available, with an affordable, mid-range and enterprise option featured.
|Price per Month||-||$5||$100|
|Disk Space Limit||100 MB||1 GB (Up to 100GB)||1 GB (Up to 100GB)|
|Bandwidth Limit||1 GB||1 TB||1 TB|
|SSD or HDD||SSD||SSD||SSD|
|Money Back Guarantee||N/A||30-day||30-day|
|Customer Support||9AM-5PM, email, tickets, phone||9AM-5PM, email, tickets, phone||9AM-5PM, email, tickets, phone|
With Large, you're given a significant upgrade in CPU usage (100%) vs. the Hobby plan (15%), as well as a whopping 6GB of app pool memory.
While it's great that GearHost's options serve all kinds of users, I'm not impressed by the restricted customer service hours. What are you supposed to do if you have issues over the weekend?
During my GearHost review, I tested the speed of the servers as well. You can see the results below:
Although I cannot complain regarding the US response times, the other response times are underwhelming. If your focus is on India or even Europe, steer clear of GearHost.
If all you need is the US, well, you're in luck, this provider has the region covered.
Final Thoughts from My GearHost Review
GearHost delivers a healthy variety of plans, but the lack of service speed may be not enough to ensure that applications will run quick and smooth.
All in all, GearHost lets itself down in the customer support department. Considering there is literally no support available during weekends, I cannot recommend GearHost. For me, support should be a priority for any hosting company.
If you have any GearHost reviews of your own, please feel free to share them below.
- Free package available
- Good value for money
- Good performance
- Excellent stability
- Customer service not 24/7
- Not ideal for big business