Total Choice Hosting has a large customer base, with a claimed 50,000 plus sites hosted to date.
Its model is built on a data center that they describe as "world class", but does it really live up to its own hype?
My TotalChoice Hosting review will tell you everything you need to know if you're thinking of signing up.
The Benefits of a Customer Base
It's not necessarily a case of safety in numbers, but Total Choice Hosting does have a large, established client base. This is really helpful when it comes to the help forum, which is massive. You can choose between Total Choice's own tutorials and client-written ones.
It's nice to see a hosting company where its customer base actually contributes to the experience rather than just finding a list of complaints on the forum.
Thanks to the forum and a relatively easy start-up process, it takes less than an hour to start working on your website on the provider's control panel.
It's easy to use and laid out as you would expect from any standard, basic hosting service. There's also the option of transferring your existing service across if you're already using a service that uses cPanel.
It's quick, seamless and efficient. But enough about the set-up; how about the prices?
Total Choice Hosting Pricing
Total Choice Hosting offers four plans for their shared hosting, with disk space and bandwidth ranging from 5GB/150GB to 30GB/500GB respectively.
At $3.95 per month, the Starter plan is excellent value. The Gold plan is $14.95 - much more expensive, but also providing several times more resources.
Total Choice Hosting also offers a 30-day money back guarantee and you can add on extra storage and bandwidth, rather like you would with a cell phone bolt-on. Bandwidth, for example, is an extra $2.50 per GB per month.
In principle, this is a good idea, but I can't see how it makes more sense financially than just upgrading to a better plan - unless you're already using the gold plan but require more.
|How many domains allowed?||1||1||1||1|
|HDD or SSD used in servers?||HDD||HDD||HDD||HDD|
|Money-back guarantee||30 days||30 days||30 days||30 days|
|Customer support||Live Chat, Email||Live Chat, Email||Live Chat, Email||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 huge 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.
While I didn't experience any issues with uptime, connections were sluggish - particularly when it came to FTP.
This is pretty frustrating but doesn't jeopardize website's performance for visitors. Bearing this in mind, it's forgivable, especially if you're only paying $3.95 per month for the starter plan.
The performance speeds are pretty average - nothing special here, but it goes some way towards explaining issues with load and connection times.
Total Choice Hosting Review - Summing it Up
TotalChoice is in no way bad. However, it can be a frustrating service to use as connections are often slow, or drop out altogether.
I'd also say that the price points are a bit off. There isn't much to encourage you to upgrade your plan and unless you're running something very small scale, you'll probably need one of the bigger plans anyway.
Overall though, I'd say this is a decent provider to choose if you're just starting out or operating a small project. I'm a big fan of the strength of their forum and community support.
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