2019 October 2nd
GoogieHost was founded in 2012 in India, with its founder (Indian blogger Rajesh Chauhan) intending to solve issues in Indian IT. Since then, GoogieHost has become an international operation and provides a variety of different services to both home and business users.
But is this Asia-based hosting provider worthy of your attention?
A Confusing, Concerning Business Model
Googiehost is not like most hosting providers. And that isn't actually a compliment.
Things can actually get quite a bit confusing. Let's start off with the website.
It's not a looker, sure. But that's not the issue. When you click on the ‘Paid Hosting’ link on GoogieHost's header, it automatically defaults to Interserver.net, which I have covered before.
So, you can't actually pay for hosting directly from GoogieHost, but instead from its partner.
Additionally, GoogieHost does specifically mention YouStable.com, which it launched in 2016 in order to provide premium website hosting facilities at an affordable price. But if you want to buy something from them directly? No such luck.
This means that GoogieHost doesn't get all of the services under its name. Instead, it simply redirects users to other providers. This act is called reselling and thus, GoogieHost is Interserver's reseller.
The real service Googiehost offers all the way is free web hosting. And even then, a little bit of creative research reveals that for that, they're using Interserver's servers.
With that mystery out of the way, let's have a look at how much would you have to pay for hosting here:
The pricing of packages with its partner (Interserver) ranges from $2.49 to $9.99.
These are widely affordable, but do they provide value? Here's how those plans compare:
|Price Per Month||Free||$2.49||$9.99|
|Disk Space limit||1000 MB||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Bandwidth limit||100 GB||100 GB||Unlimited|
|SSD or HDD used in servers||SSD||SSD||SSD|
|Website Builder||Free, included||Free, included||Free, included|
|Money Back Guarantee||30-day||30-day||30-day|
|Customer Support||24/7 live||24/7 live||24/7 live|
I have included details on the most affordable and expensive packages. There are a few others in between, but these right here and the main interesting ones.
It turns out that GoogieHost plans are actually pretty reasonable for the most part. I'd especially recommend the Local plan as the best for value, although its 100GB bandwidth limit means it isn't suitable for traffic-heavy websites.
Also, the free SSL (shared) certificate and 24/7 customer support with all plans is a great touch.
During my GoogieHost review, I tested the site on Bitcatcha. You can see the results below:
As you can see, GoogieHost performs quite okay, delivering average speeds. But there's one problem:
These are essentially Interserver's performance metrics, not Googiehost's!
In general, it's quite impossible to give Googiehost a good score. Because first and foremost, it's nothing more than just a page with a link to Interserver.
Googiehost uses the Interserver platform, and delivers competitive prices, as well as 24/7 customer support. However, you'd be better off going to Interserver or choosing an even better hosting provider, instead of using Googiehost.
If you have any GoogieHost reviews of your own, please leave them down below. In particular, what do you think to the third-party offering of hosting?
- Good pricing
- Free account available
- Excellent feature set
- Slow response times in Japan
- Slightly confusing branding