What Is Host4ASP.net?
Host4ASP.net was founded in 2013 which still makes it a relatively new company. Their headquarters are in Chicago and their key feature is Windows-based hosting for ASP.NET developers. Host4ASP.net position themselves as leaders in high-speed cloud Web Hosting, Reseller Hosting, and VPS hosting. Interesting, because while reviewing other hosting providers I've already seen like 4 or 5 leaders in this industry. Further, in my Host4ASP.net review, I'll see if they are what they claim to be.
Services Offered By Host4ASP.net?
Host 4ASP.net have different levels of Windows Web Hosting:
- Web Hosting
- Reseller Hosting
- VPS Hosting
- Domain Registration
The key features are there. But will this be enough for them to conquer the hosting industry? Let's move on to the pricing and find out for ourselves. While Web Hosting is the most popular, we'll focus on this one.
Host4ASP.net Prices & Plans
Let’s have a quick look at their pricing and plans:
- Basic - $2.95 per month, 1 website, 10GB disk space, 10 email accounts
- Advance - $3.95 per month, 6 websites, unlimited disk space, 30 email accounts
- Business - $9.95 per month, unlimited websites, unlimited disk space, unlimited email
For only $10 a month, you can have unlimited everything which makes much sense as your site and your needs begin to grow. Giving yourself room to grow means you aren’t going to have to go through the trouble of upgrading your site when the time comes.
Now to the bad news. Host4ASP.net does a common trick that the hosting industry pulls. After you enter your domain name or get ready to buy your domain through them, you go to the form to enter your personal and payment information. When you look at the pricing, you will see that the prices I listed above are only if you purchase 36 months in advance:
If you are going to buy the Business option, you will have to put out $574.20 to get the $9.95 monthly price. You do not have the option of month to month and 12 months is the least amount of time you can purchase hosting for. If you purchase a year of hosting it will be $14.95 per month and an upfront cost of $191.40.
More to add, everything is paid: automated backups, SSD storage, dedicated IP, site migration and SSL. What's more not included you will see later in my, obviously unbiased, Host4ASP.net review.
Host4ASP.net Plans in More Detail
Now let’s look at the plans in more depth so we can see what is truly happening with these plans and if you should scrap the idea of working with Host4ASP.net altogether.
|Disk Space||10 GB||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|How many domains allowed?||1||6||Unlimited|
|HDD or SSD used in servers?||HDD (SSD paid)||HDD (SSD paid)||HDD (SSD paid)|
|Website builder||Not included||Not included||Not included|
|Website templates||Not included||Not included||Not included|
|Assisted website transfer||Paid||Paid||Paid|
|Customer support||Chat, email||Chat, email||Chat, email|
|Choice of server location||Yes (USA and Hong Kong)||Yes (USA and Hong Kong)||Yes (USA and Hong Kong)|
|Free automated back-ups||Not included||Not included||Included|
Now you have the full break down on all three options for shared Windows hosting. Don’t forget to keep in mind that the lowest price is only available when you get the 36-month plan. Even if you did want to put out all of that money up front, how is the performance? Let’s look.
Host 4ASP Review - Performance
When we tested the hosting speed for our Host4ASP.net review, we found that their hosting is less than what is to be desired. Some locations test faster than others, but if you plan on having visitors from around the world, you may want to consider another hosting option.
Sit down, Host4ASP.net. You've just got a C.
Host4ASP.net Pros & Cons
After performing this Host4ASP.net review, we are a little on the fence. Let’s look at the pros and cons so we can help you get off the fence in case you are there too.
Specific for Windows needs - If you need Windows specific services, this hosting will enable you to build that infrastructure as desired.
Five years of experience - While other hosting providers have been around for much longer, five years is nothing to sneeze at when considering someone’s track record. While they don’t have glowing reviews, there also are not too many full negative reviews on their services.
Easy to navigate website - The website is easy to navigate, and the services are easy to understand. They explain what the hosting options provide in-depth so you can see what you are getting and make the right decision for your website(s).
Customer support - While live chat is listed as an option on their site, they don’t have live chat. They have a live chat box which then prompts you to enter your information to get a response later. It’s more of a support ticket customer support vs. live chat.
Tricky pricing - We are not fans of the tricky pricing. While many hosting providers do this, it is still something that is not desirable and the fact that they wait for you to enter your domain or desired domain until they show you the final total is not something that clients trust.
Site speed - For those of you that have visitors coming to your site from around the world, you want to have the best site speed possible. After our tests for our Host4ASP.net review, the slowness in some areas of the world make this option less attractive. Other hosting providers can provide you with fast services for visitors all around the globe.
Host4ASP.net Review - Final Thoughts
After going through all of the information, you will quickly see that we aren’t a major fan of Host4ASP.net. The main reason for the unfavorable opinion is the speed of the service and the way they did the pricing. The bad thing is that those two things are two of the most important things that you need to look at when you are reviewing at hosting provider to see if they are a good option for you.
So, what is our final verdict on Host4ASP.net? Do we think you should spend over $500 on the business plan to get the monthly discount? We are going to have to take a hard pass on this hosting provider, and we think you should too.
- Unlimited Bandwidth
- Windows Specified
- 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
- Poor Performance
- Lacking Customer Support