2019 October 31st
QHoster is a hosting provider that has one core idea in its business - quality hosting matters.
It boasts around about its great support, flexible prices, great performance. We're going to test out exactly how good is this provider.
In this QHoster review, we will focus on the most popular - shared web hosting services.
What Is QHoster?
QHoster is a company that's been in business since 2004, serving around 5000 active clients and operating servers in 13 different geo-locations.
QHoster sells shared, VPS and dedicated servers, but it also is a supplier of domain registration and SSL certificates. Both of those can be purchased without a hosting contract.
Once you get over the slightly rough exterior of the QHoster site, you'll quickly discover that it offers a lot aside from basic shared web hosting, which helps add value to the core service.
QHoster's starter hosting plan, the Hosting Plan Mini, comes in at just over $2.54 per month. You get one website, 10GB of storage space, unlimited bandwidth. Hosting Plan Pro, for $6.44/mo, bumps up the storage space to 150GB.
The most expensive Hosting Plan Biz will cost you $12.94 a month and will include 250GB of storage space and a free private SSL. Every plan comes with a free shared SSL certificate, which is an absolute necessity for any business site.
However, it should be noted that the company requires you to subscribe for at least three months to this affordable package.
But QHoster offers up to 30% discounts when you choose to host for 36 months. The price for the Mini plan goes down to just $1.95 a month.
You can save quite a bit of money if you're serious about your projects and you know you will need a longer-term hosting.
You can see more details of the three packages offered by QHoster in the table below:
|Disk Space Limit||10 GB||150 GB||250 GB|
|SSD / HDD||HDD||HDD||HDD|
|SSL||Shared SSL Certificate||Shared SSL Certificate||Private SSL + Dedicated IP|
|Customer Support||Live Chat, Phone, and Skype||Live Chat, Phone, and Skype||Live Chat, Phone, and Skype|
Do note that no money-back guarantee is on offer, so don't expect to get your money back once you've paid.
Free Domain Transfer is promoted but it's available if you'll sign for 3 months or longer.
Still, transferring your domain without any hassle with the 3-month hosting package is a great deal.
QHoster isn't the cheapest option on the market, but for a higher price you get a lot of unlimited and premium features.
One of the most popular features is the abundance of payment systems at QHoster. While trying to deliver quality hosting to a lot of people all over the world, it has over 30 different methods for payment.
It includes standard ways to pay - by credit card, bank transfers or Paypal. Apart from that, you get more specific ways like OKPAY, Svyaznoy, and QIWI. You also can use a lot of different varieties of cryptocurrencies.
Having so many different ways of accepting money, especially from cryptocurrencies, QHoster has taken extra security measures. It's very transparent and also strict about what you can and can't do with the hosting you bought. You can find detailed information about that in terms and services.
So, we would suggest reading the terms and services documentation thoroughly before starting to host with this provider. It will save you and Qhoster a lot of time and headaches.
Qhoster also has multiple server locations all around the world. For shared hosting, these locations include the USA, Eastern Europe (Bulgaria), and Western Europe (United Kingdom).
For other hosting services you can choose from even more locations, 9 in total. Including, but not limited to locations in Lithuania, Germany, Russia, Canada, and Mexico.
Qhoster offers you multiple locations and flexible payment options, but do keep in mind that there are restrictions on what you can do.
During our QHoster review, we tested the stability and speed using an uptime monitor. This provider promises you a 99.9% uptime guarantee, and while not a perfect 100%, our website had 99.95% uptime. We tested this for about a month and our website was down for about 21 minutes overall.
The average response time was 582ms, and the highest it got was about 687ms. So, while not perfect speed, there were no huge spikes in performance.
Bitcatcha showed better results, our website responded fast in nearly every region around the globe. The highest speeds were in London, where the average response time was just 9ms.
Overall, we got a performance score of A, and the only place where response speed went over 200 was Sao Paulo.
At the very end, we put our website through GTmetrix, to see how fast it actually loads. It fully loaded in 3.2 seconds, which for a website this size is much faster than the average.
The performance score got both B's in PageSpeed (81%) and YSlow (80%), our server was optimized pretty well here.
QHoster gives you stable performance and optimization. And while not lightning fast, it manages to give loading speed far below average.
QHoster has decent customer support available by email, ticket or even physical mailing option. While it can sound a bit weird for some, there are still people that prefer physical mail to emails.
While not offering a truly 24/7 customer support experience, QHoster tries to get back to you as soon as possible.
We decided to test the live chat option. After a few minutes waiting for a service agent to join our chat, we got connected and the support agent was very helpful.
We talked about a video tutorial not playing for us, and after a few minutes, it was all fixed.
There is an extensive knowledgebase available in the client control panel with lots of topics.
It has all of the most important tutorials and documentation for you to sink your teeth in.
There is a lot of options on how to reach QHoster's support team, and even without it, there is a lot of tutorials and documentation available.
QHoster Review - Conclusion
QHoster has a pretty good looking entry-level package whit unlimited domains, bandwidth, and a free SSL certificate. While there is room to improve in performance and the overall design of its website, it's a great middle-tier choice.
QHoster is great:
If you need an averagely priced hosting with premium features and great support.
If you have experienced QHoster services, be sure to leave the comment below for others to see!
- Good unlimited features
- Competitive pricing
- Good selection of server locations
- Strict terms and services
- Outdated website