2019 October 2nd
Somee is a hosting company that attempts to provide frustration-free Windows web hosting service by adapting to the customer needs.
The packages range from free ones, suitable for testing - to big ones, including multiple MS SQL databases and big monthly storage/bandwidth limits.
But are they any good? Let's find out.
Getting Started With Somee
What struck me immediately was the tiny amount of disk space, and the relatively small amount of bandwidth included with each of the Shared Windows hosting plans. This may prove to be a significant stumbling block for many projects, should they use heavier software or get more visitors.
In addition, although Somee state on their site that they have a 99.9% uptime guarantee, this guarantee only applies if you purchase one of the two most expensive plans.
Customer service is another problem for Somee hosting. There is no live chat or phone assistance, and while they say there is 24x7x365 assistance, trying to get problems solved via email can take a considerable amount of time.
While there is a free option available, Somee states clearly that it isn’t a priority for them, and if you require assistance you should purchase a plan.
So far my testing wasn’t going brilliantly.
At time of writing Somee has four hosting plans: they are Free, Advanced, Premium and Developer.
The Free plan comes with 150MB disk space and 5GB bandwidth, and also has ads placed on your site.
The Advanced plan ($5.95/month) comes with 250MB disk space and 10GB bandwidth, the Premium plan ($9.35/month) comes with 1GB disk space and 50GB bandwidth, and the Developer plan ($19.95/month) comes with 5GB disk space and 200GB bandwidth.
Except for the Free plan, every Somee plan is charged by 3-monthly, 6-monthly, or annual subscriptions, each with a slight discount.
Somee Windows Hosting Plan Features
|How many domains allowed?||1||15||100||500|
|HDD or SSD used in servers?||HDD||HDD||HDD||HDD|
|SSL||Not Included||Not Included||Not Included||Not Included|
|Money-back guarantee||60 Days||60 Days||60 Days||60 Days|
|Choice of server location||No – USA Only||No – USA Only||No – USA Only||No – USA Only|
|Free automated backups||No||No||No||No|
With all Windows packages you'll get Windows 2016 (IIS 10) environment, choice of MS SQL database (2016/2014/2012/2008R2), "Doka" control panel.
Obviously this is one of the more expensive options for hosting I’ve seen, and given the tiny amount of storage included in the plans, I’d suggest looking elsewhere for a hosting company.
On top of that, if you want to cancel your service before the next billing period, you are required to pay the full term plus a cancellation fee of $75.
The Performance...Pretty Average
Overall, the Somee server response times are fairly okay. You get an average speed, - of course, that also depends on the software you use and the proximity from the servers.
Here is how Somee's US server performed for me:
Although responsive times from the United States were good, all-around speed is only average.
So, Is Somee Any Good?
If you just want a quick, free .NET site, then Somee may be worth having a look, but I wouldn’t expect too much out of it.
If you are intending to pay for hosting, then I would definitely look elsewhere. Somee has tiny data allowances, and rather frustrating customer support. I would definitely invest my money elsewhere.
If you have any Somee reviews of your own, please feel free to submit them below!
- Free Plan Available
- 60 Day Money Back Guarantee
- Average Speed
- Tiny Storage Amounts
- Poor Customer Service