Hostripples Review

Overall Rating:
6.4
Performance
7.0/10
Pricing
8.0/10
User friendly
3.0/10
Support
8.0/10
Features
6.0/10

Hostripples comes in with all the guns blazing - it offers a $1 web hosting plan, that's supposed to be amazing value for money.

But just being cheap is not good enough - 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: North America, Europe (13 out of 18!) and Asia.

Does this vast international presence translate

Services Offered by Hostripples

Hostripples is a web hosting provider specializing in offering affordable hosting. They especially emphasize their shared plans, but they also offer a wide range of services, including VPS and dedicated servers.

  • Shared Hosting (separated into different categories based on systems/performance – SSD, Linux, Windows, JSP/Tomcat, Business Hosting, SEO Class C IP)
  • Reseller – SSD Linux, Linux, and Windows
  • VPS Servers – XEN VPS Server, OpenVZ VPS, Cheap Cloud, Cheap High RAM, Linux SSD
  • Dedicated Servers – for gaming and website hosting.

There are also some extra services, such as:

  • Business Email
  • SSL Certificates
  • SiteLock Website Scanning
  • Domains

As you can see their services are tailored to meet the needs of a variety of different customers. From beginners on a very tight budget, who are just starting out in the online world, to business clients who need reliable dedicated servers in a location of their choice. With lots to choose from in-between depending on individual performance requirements.

Hostripples Pricing

Hostripples offers 3 main web hosting plans. Smart plan costs $1/month, Business plan costs $4/month, and Enterprise is the most expensive one, costing $9/month. Overall, those prices look pretty good.

But of course, we need to have a look at what that money will get you:

hostripples review pricing u.s.

The $1 is actually pretty solid, offering unmetered disk space and bandwidth. However, with it, you can only host 1 website and don't get a free domain name.

Other two plans allow for more resources, such as 10 websites under Business and an unlimited number in the Enterprise plan. This means that if you are looking for the cheapest hosting to host more than one site, Hostripples might not be the right choice for you.

But, if you decide to sign up for their $1 plan, well, you may have a hard time getting that deal. Even though they have this big button right above the fold, it doesn’t take you anywhere when you click it!

Not discouraged, I scrolled down and found a list of their services with the starting price for each – and decided to click the Read More below the Linux cPanel Hosting:

This time, I was taken to a page listing all data center locations, hosting features, as well as a short FAQ.

But still - no CTA button. Luckily, after a few minutes, I’ve noticed that you can click on the flags representing countries where the company has its data centers.

Naturally, I went with the US:

Finally, I was given the opportunity to see the independent pricing for my particular plan and even sign-up. What I also saw is the actual price for the plan if I tried to sign up for less than the maximum contract duration.

And for 1 year it's actually $1.5 per month and with processing fee - $18.89 per year.

Hostripples review pricing breakdown

So, if you have $1 in your pocket and wish to leave with a hosting plan - I have some bad news. The real price is much more realistic (and disappointing).

Pricing Break-Down

So it's that thing I need to emphasize in my Hostripples review - the pricing scheme, typical for hosting companies. You can get hosting for just $1/mo as long as you pay for 36 months upfront.

Length

Smart

Business

Enterprise

36 months

$1/mo. ($36 upfront)

$4/mo. ($144 upfront)

$9/mo. ($324 upfront)

24 months

$1.20/mo. ($28.8 upfront)

$4.60/mo. ($110.4 upfront)

$9.60/mo. ($230.4 upfront)

12 months

$1.50/mo. ($18 upfront)

$6/mo. ($72 upfront)

$10/mo. ($120 upfront)

6 months

Unavailable

$7/mo. ($42 upfront)

$10.50/mo. ($63 upfront)

3 months

Unavailable

$8/mo. ($24 upfront)

$11/mo. ($33 upfront)

On top of the above, you need to pay Gateway Processing Fees – an extra 4.96% of the final price.

As you can see, in a 12-month one you’ll be charged $1.50/month ($18 upfront). On the one hand, it’s just $1.50. But on the other, it’s a 50% price increase. The drawback is, you can’t sign-up for the Smart plan for a period shorter than 12 months and you always have to pay for the whole period upfront.

Plans in More Detail

The difference in the number of sites that you can host as well as the commitment length are not the only differences between the plans. Let’s dig a bit deeper and compare the main features of each plan:

Smart

Business

Enterprise

Disk Space

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Bandwidth

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

How many domains allowed?

1

10

Unlimited

HDD or SSD used in servers?

HDD

HDD

HDD

SSL

Included

Included

Included

Anti-DDoS protection

Included

Included

Included

Anti-malware protection

Included

Included

Included

Email accounts

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

FTP accounts

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Website builder

Included

Included

Included

Website templates

No

No

No

Assisted website transfer

Included

Included

Included

cPanel

Included

Included

Included

Auto-installer

Included

Included

Included

Auto-installer scripts

431+

431+

431+

Money-back guarantee

30 days

30 days

30 days

Customer support

Chat, Phone

Chat, Phone

Chat, Phone

Choice of server location

Yes (18)

Yes (18)

Yes (18)

Free automated back-ups

Yes

Yes

Yes

What’s worth mentioning here is that their cheapest plans come with an HDD storage. This can severely impact the performance of your sites, and it’s not listed explicitly on the Linux Shared hosting page. Luckily, the company offers separate SSD hosting packages.

Hostripples Performance

Speaking of HDD, let’s add some data to the Hostripples review - namely, the response times.

For this test, I purchased hosting in the European server and saw how the website performed all around the world. And turns out, worldwide Hostripples performance is quite shaky.

hostripples review bitcatcha performance

In Europe, the numbers were pretty good. However, moving out of the region, the numbers got significantly worse. Not ideal.

It’s also worth noting that the hosting boasts 99.9% uptime – which is good, although according to our Uptime Calculator, it still means that your site could be offline for an average of 1m 26s every day. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but the times add up. Your Hostripples website could be down for almost 9 hours every year - and that would still be within the 99.9% uptime guarantee!

How are the servers in real life? Well - they exceed the 99.9% guarantee, but not by much. Overall, this host is neither super fast nor very reliable.

Pros of using Hostripples

What would be a good Hostripples review without listing its advantages and disadvantages? Let’s see if the company has a competitive edge over other providers - and if, in the end, it’s worth investing even a few dollars in it.

Good Support

Quick and to the point - that’s how I can describe answers received from Hostripples support. I contacted them using the live chat available on their homepage. A representative was with me right away and answered my questions just as quickly as they connected. On top of that, the answers were accurate and exactly what I was looking for. This is going to prove especially useful for beginners, who might need help navigating through the world of hosting. And also - it's available 24/7.

Bang For (One) Buck

Their advertising is true – you can get hosting for a very low price, and the package you get is actually quite generous. Sure, it allows only 1 website, but you get cPanel, free SSL, unlimited number of email accounts and access to great support. And you can always resign within 30 days and still get your money back.

Decent Security Measures

A great thing about their $1 deal (as well as of other shared packages) is that it comes with great security features. Strong anti-DDoS and anti-malware protection, as well as automated backups, are included in every shared hosting plan.

Cons of using Hostripples

Sadly, their offer isn’t flawless. And two of the flaws could make or break the deal especially for those who plan to slowly grow their business and increase their hosting needs as they go.

Price Quickly Adds up

In this Hostripples review, I focused quite a lot on their advertised $1 deal. But in reality, it’s only available if you pay for 36 months upfront. If you just want to play around, you have to either buy a 36-month-long-deal or sign up for a shorter plan. But if you sign up for a 12-month plan, you’ll have to pay $1.50 for each month ($18 total), instead of $1 in the 3-year one. Keep that in mind.

No SSD Shared Hosting in the US

On top of a quickly increasing overall cost, this could be a real deal breaker. Imagine you want to jump from shared HDD to shared SSD but stay in the US. Sadly, you can’t do that. The SSD Shared Server plan (a natural next step for all beginners) is available only in India, UK, and Poland.

This means that if you plan to upgrade, you're better off to search for other best web hosting options.

Hostripples Review: Final Conclusion

Hostripples $1 plan sounds like a good deal at first - but you get what you pay for. The pricing scheme is a bit sketchy, the servers aren't all that great, and there's no SSD server option in the US. But if your site is fairly small and you just want to pay a small sum of money upfront and forget about the payments for some time, it could be a good choice.

But if you want something of higher quality, there are plenty of options to choose – just remember that it would mean having to pay a little bit more upfront.

Pros

  • $1 hosting plan with unlimited email accounts
  • Great security and support
  • Lots of plans to choose from
  • 99.9% uptime

Cons

  • No SSD shared hosting in the US
  • Long-term commitment
  • Slow and confusing website

Hostripples User Reviews

  1. Phil Hammond picture Phil Hammond
    2019 August 16th
    Reply
    Performance Pricing User friendly Support Features

    Hostripples offer a 30 day refund, described as easy refund. I don’t see why it had to take 10 days to get it. A simple mouse click is all it should take.

  2. srd picture srd
    2019 March 7th
    Reply
    Performance Pricing User friendly Support Features

    worst ever, after using 1 month ask that you cant host site with us as it music site, they ask to use avs host but i use only music to host . worst ever, also no refund

  3. KouponCode9 picture KouponCode9
    2019 January 14th
    Reply
    Performance Pricing User friendly Support Features

    I am a user of Hostripples from past 6 months and till now I only had one issue with sending emails. The issue was resolved by their support team hassle free. I would say hostripples has evolved themselves as matured and flexible web hosting provider in India. Keep it up!

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