THCServers is a relatively new web hosting service, in 2013 created by two college buddies, who puff a lot of heart in coming up with its relaxing name.
Being a rarely small company, up to this day it has fewer than 20 employees.
Using a small scale web host can either be a good or a bad thing: some small web hosts take advantage of their size to offer personalized customer support while others have too few technical staff to provide a reliable hosting experience.
Today, in my THCServers review, we're going to chill and find out which category this hosting provider falls into.
First Impressions: Amazing Value
The immediate thing I noticed when I loaded the THCServers website was the incredibly affordable prices on offer. Shared hosting plans start at a jaw-dropping $1.95/month for unlimited storage.
I'll discuss the pricing of different packages in-depth later in my THCServers review. However, you can put a checkmark in your checkmarks books, noting that this an extremely affordable web host.
Flexible Server Types
THCServers offers a range of different hosting types and other digital services:
- VPS servers
- Dedicated servers
- Reseller hosting
- WordPress, Magento, Drupal or Joomla hosting
- Custom website design services
- Domain registration
Worldwide Data Center Locations
Signing up to a hosting package was straightforward thanks to THCServers' no-nonsense website design. During the process, I was pleased to be offered the choice of seven different global data centers in 4 different continents.
If you do decide to use this host, make sure you select one that reduces latency for your target audience.
Easy to Get Started
Despite its 'For Geeks, By Geeks' branding, getting a website started with THCServers could've been done by pretty much anyone. I opted for a server that came with a cPanel and Softaculous bundle pre-installed, so I was able to install a CMS in a single click.
All THCServers plans come with a 99.99% uptime guarantee. During my THCServers review, I didn't experience any downtime whatsoever, so I'm happy to recommend this as a reliable hosting option. During the sign-up process, you can actually view each data center's average uptime for the last 30 days.
Given the small size of its team, I was concerned that THCServers' support service wouldn't be as 'legendary' as its website proclaims.
Fortunately, those fears were unfounded. I tested THCServers' support ticket system and the 24/7 live chat service. I quickly received rapid and friendly responses to both of the test questions I asked.
Although it offers a wide range of server types, in this THCServers review I'll focus on its shared hosting service because it will be suitable for most consumers. Three different plans are on offer: the $1.95/month Geek plan, the $3.95/month Nerd package, and also the $5.95/month Freek option.
Any privacy conscious readers will be happy to hear that you can pay using multiple cryptocurrencies. A Domain Privacy add-on, which will keep your details off of the WHOIS domain registry database, can also be incorporated into any package for just $4/year.
THCServers Pricing In More Detail
Let's check out those three pricing plans in more detail:
|No. of Domains||1||5||Unlimited|
|HDD or SSD||SSD||SSD||SSD|
|Customer Support||24/7 live chat and tickets||24/7 live chat and tickets||24/7 live chat and tickets|
|Money-Back Guarantee||30-Day Period||30-Day Period||30-Day Period|
Once again, budget pricing is probably the most impressive thing about this web host. At just $1.95/month for unlimited SSD storage and unmetered bandwidth, the Geek package really does offer good value. It should even be suitable for hosting high-traffic or multimedia-heavy websites.
However, if you do want to run multiple domains or sites from your server, you should consider the Nerd or Freek plans. They support multiple domain hosting and are inexpensive as well.
As part of my THC Servers review, I tested my site's performance using Bitcatcha.
With pages loading in 90ms or less, site speed performance was perfectly acceptable in the USA and Europe. However, load times in Asia were disappointingly slow. This demonstrates the importance of picking the best data center location for your target audience.
THCServers Review: Final Thoughts
THCServers surpassed my expectations in almost every regard. I was impressed with its customer support, pricing, and reliability. The one downside was the poor site load speeds in countries far away from my the data center I decided to host my site at.
Also, while cheap, the more advanced packages are still not the cheapest options in the business. So if you're looking to save every penny, there's are plenty of other cheap web hosting packages you could look into.
In this review I focused my attention on THCServers' shared hosting packages. If you are interested in an alternative server architecture, I certainly recommend checking out its VPS and dedicated server packages too.
If you have THC Server reviews of your own to add, please post them below!
- Incredibly affordable
- Worldwide data centers
- Reliable, with a 99.99% uptime gurantee
- Helpful support
- Global load times could be faster
- Doesn't include a CDN