2019 November 8th
Hostripples comes in with all the guns blazing - it offers a $1 web hosting plan, that's supposed to be amazing value for your money.
But just being cheap is not good enough - you also need goo security measures and stable performance.
In this Hostripples review, we'll have a look at this budget hosting provider and see if it's worth that dollar bill it's asking you for.
What is Hostripples?
Hostripples is an international web hosting provider owned by SARPS Technologies with offices in India and the United States. On top of having a corporate presence in two large online markets, Hostripples operates 18 data centers.
It specializes in offering affordable hosting. From beginners on a very tight budget to business clients who need reliable dedicated servers in a location of their choice.
They especially emphasize their shared plans, but they also offer a wide range of services, including VPS and dedicated servers.
Hostripples offers 3 main Linux shared web hosting plans. The Smart plan costs $1.46/month and it includes unlimited HDD storage, unlimited bandwidth, 1GB of RAM and 15 subdomains. However, with it, you can only host 1 website and don't get a free domain name.
The other two plans allow for more resources, 10 websites under Business and an unlimited number in the Enterprise plan.
The thing with Hostripples is that there are quite a few shared hosting categories, not just the regular shared Linux hosting. You can find Windows, WordPress, Joomla, Magento, and even business shared hosting.
Every category has 3 plans to choose from and each plan has different hardware and features depending on your needs.
What’s worth mentioning here is that their cheapest plans come with an HDD storage. This can severely impact the performance of your sites. Luckily, the company offers separate SSD hosting packages that start at $1.96/mo.
The cheapest plan gives you an unlimited amount of bandwidth, 1 website hosting, and 20GB of SSD. The Enterprise plan for $5.96 a month rises the SSD storage space to 80GB.
The drawback is, you can’t sign-up for the Smart plan for a period shorter than 12 months. On top of the above, you need to pay Gateway Processing Fees – an extra 4.96% of the final price.
And for 1 year the Smart plan actually costs $2.46 per month and with processing fee - $62.85 per year. So, if you want to save and get that low price, you have to choose a triennial billing cycle.
One of the features that differentiate this provider from nearly all others is their server location choice. The selection can vary depending on the service you choose. For Linux Plesk hosting you can choose from 3 locations, while you have 17 choices for cPanel.
These locations include the USA, Germany, France, India, Canada, UK, Singapore and many more.
Hostripples offer affordable and varied hosting services that will fit any customer.
Hostripples offers a 30-day money-back guarantee to all of its customers. Packed with technical support and uptime guarantee it allows you to test its hosting plans without any fear of losing your money.
Hostripples offers a free .com domain for one year when choosing shared hosting plans. Don't forget that you can only buy shared hosting for a minimum of one year. But if you're searching for a long term hosting, it can save you money.
There are a bit more restrictions here, you can only get this deal with Linux cPanel hosting. Sadly, it's not available Windows hosting and people who prefer the Plesk control panel.
It also takes your security pretty seriously, even the cheapest plan comes packed with security features. You get secure email accounts with SpamAssassin, BoxTrapper, and Antivirus.
Server hardening is also a big part of the Hostripples admin team, configuring firewalls and eXpoit Scanners.
A free domain name, free SSL and security first mindset makes Hostripples a great choice for every type of user.
If you run into trouble, Hostripples offers 24/7 customer support by phone, email, tickets, or live chat. The ways you can get help here are quite extensive. What's even better is that it offers this support in different local languages.
Sales and Support have different phone lines and different email addresses. So, if you need help you won't be put in the same queue as new customers.
We tested the live chat option and we were pleasantly surprised. The live chat support agent connected to us immediately and answered all our questions. The best part is that we only have to wait a minute or so for our answers.
After a 30 min conversation, all our created problems were solved.
If that's not enough, Hostripples offers a standard Knowledgebase filled with useful articles. These articles are grouped into categories like cPanel, DNS & Domains, and General.
Overall, it's great that there are multiple language support options and information both on the website and in the knowledge base.
Hostripples has a lot of ways for you to get the help you need, and its support team is fast and on point.
Hostripples guarantees a 99.9% uptime rate for all its customers. It's the industry standard guarantee, but during our month of testing our site didn't experience any downtime. And the response time was beyond average, the average time was 256ms.
The lowest response time we got was 209ms, while the highest was just 306. So, we didn't experience any major fluctuations in the stability of our servers.
Next, we used Bitcatcha to test how fast Hostripples servers respond. Both in the USA and Europe, the response time was below 80ms. With Germany being the leader taking just 35ms to respond.
Overall, we got an A in performance throughout the world. The worst performance was in Sao Paulo, and even then it was just 215ms to respond.
We tested how fast our website would load with GTmetrix. It took 2.4 seconds for our website to fully load it to the user. For shared hosting, this is a great result.
When talking about optimization we got both A's in PageSpeed (92%) and YSlow (91%) scores.
While not perfect, Hostripples shared hosting has great performance and stability to offer.
Hostripples Review: Final Conclusion
Hostripples offers lots of services and server locations for different user needs. While not the cheapest option, there are no upselling so everything needed comes already packed with every plan.
With lots of security and hardware features given with every plan, the only dilemma is the price point.
Hostripples is great:
If you're searching for a provider that has a wide variety of great services to offer. And good support and great performance come included in every plan.
Do you think differently? leave your own Hostripples review below!
- Hosting plans with unlimited email accounts
- Great security and support
- Lots of plans to choose from
- 99.9% uptime
- Long-term commitment
- Only one website with the Smart plan