TotalChoice Hosting Review
2019 October 2nd
TotalChoice is one of the smaller hosting providers based in the US. With its shared, reseller, VPS, and dedicated hosting services, TotalChoice Hosting claims to provide 'world class' service.
Even being small in size, TotalChoice is able to serve these various hosting services to over 50,000 users. But is it worth trusting this host?
In our TotalChoice Hosting review, we tested the host to see if it's any good.
So without any further ado, let's start!
TotalChoice Hosting Pricing
TotalChoice Hosting has 4 shared hosting plans, with the starting price of $44/year. The second tier, Silver plan, costs $55/year. The Deluxe plan will cost you $98/year, and you'll pay $164/year for the Gold plan.
All of the plans include SSL certificate, unlimited email and FTP accounts, as well as a website builder. The difference comes in data limitations:
- The Starter plan for $44/year will get you 5GB disk space and 150GB monthly bandwidth limitation.
- With the Silver plan for $55/month, you will have 10GB disk space and 300GB bandwidth.
- The Deluxe plan for $98/year provides you with 20GB disk space and 400GB bandwidth.
- The Gold Plan for $164/year has 30GB disk space and 500GB bandwidth limitations.
Overall, plans are affordable. But when you look at data limitations, you'll see that all of them will only be the match for small websites. You won't be able to host several of them, especially, if you expect higher traffic levels.
Also, there are some add-ons.
- You can add extra disk space - 100MB costs $1.75/mo.
- 1GB extra bandwidth is purchased for $2.50/mo.
- Dedicated SSL installation cost $32 and the SSL itself - $115/year.
- Dedicated IP costs $1.00/mo.
When you add these prices to the plans, it raises the costs higher.
But let's compare all plans to see what you actually get:
|HDD or SSD used in servers?||HDD||HDD||HDD||HDD|
|Money-back guarantee||30 days||30 days||30 days||30 days|
|Customer support||24/7 Live Chat, Email|
As you can see from the above table, the differences between the plans come down to two features: bandwidth and disk space.
In terms of other main features, there are no differences. Which means that essentially you'd be paying $120 extra per year for 350GB of extra bandwidth and 25GB of extra storage.
Is it worth it?
For some, maybe. But personally, I don't think that represents value for money.
Also, you'll need to purchase a domain, as it is not included in the plans. TotalChoice Hosting sells its own domains and you can get a simple .com extension for $12.25/year.
TotalChoice Hosting Features
TotalChoice Hosting has a number of features designed to make hosting hassle-free. It operates on cPanel, has Softacolous app installer, and 24/7 monitoring.
Let's take a look at the details.
cPanel control panel
cPanel is the most commonly used control panel across the web. And not without a reason. It's intuitive and user-friendly.
Also, it has a huge community meaning, you'll find answers to all of your questions.
There are cPanel tutorials for every little detail of the software.
For beginners, hosting might look like a complicated process. Softaculous installer solves at least a part of this issue making it easy to install over 400 apps on your hosting panel.
You'll be able to install software like WordPress or Joomla with just a few clicks.
The whole experience looks more like downloading apps to the phone, rather than managing your hosting.
"Hawk-Eye" 24/7 monitoring
TotalChoice Hosting monitors all of its systems 24/7 and is transparent about that. Each page visitor can access all status pages and see how the host is doing.
But the 24/7 monitoring is used not only for transparency.
The host uses its monitoring system to spot the smallest flaws in the servers and fix them instantly.
TotalChoice Hosting Performance
TotalChoice Hosting promises 99.9+% uptime with excellent speeds.
And while I didn't experience any issues with uptime, connections were sluggish - particularly when it came to FTP.
TotalChoice hosting had great US response times. However, other continents were not that impressive. While London and Syndey were okay, Singapore, Sao Paulo, Banglore, and Japan averaged at 500ms.
All in all, the server speed is average - nothing terrible, but nothing impressive as well. For the pricing that's acceptable, but when you consider the data limitations as well, you'll notice that there may be better options.
TotalChoice Hosting Review - the Verdict
TotalChoice Hosting is a company aiming to provide reliable hosting services for an affordable price. And it manages to do that.
However, the small company has its price.
TotalChoice has strict data limitations and its performance is just average. You'll also see, that with all add-ons, the pricing is not that small.
So while we can recommend TotalChoice for the beginners needing to host a single small website, it won't be enough for larger websites with any of the plans.
Have you used TotalChoice Hosting? Tell us about your experience in the comment section down below!
- Fast Servers for USA Clients
- Free SSL Certificate
- Extra Security Features
- Strict Data Limitations
- No Phone Support