Not sure what we are talking about? Host1 Plus, while being the type of provider that has all types of online hosting, offers probably the lowest rate for VPS hosting. Just how cheap are we talking? We are referring to Virtual Private Servers, right? Very low prices and yes, that VPS, the sweet spot, right between the shared hosting deal and the dedicated server. But let’s look closer into it.

Product description

Upon entering the website of Host1 Plus, you notice a different division of products. Technically, everything you thought you knew about judging a service based on its price just went out the window and you need to start reading what each package means.

VPS hosting is the star of the show for prices between $2.25 and $105 per month. There are six types of packages available within this price range: Amber, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond.

Amber, the most accessible VPS hosting offer on the market:

  • Costs $2.25 per month
  • Has CPU of 0.5 Cores
  • RAM of 256 MB
  • Disk space of 20 GB
  • Bandwidth of 500 GB

By contrast, Diamond is the most expensive and generous offer in the VPS plan:

  • Costs $105 per month, $85 with discount
  • Has 8 cores CPU
  • 16384 RAM
  • 1000 GB Disk space
  • 12000 GB Bandwidth

You can get discounts by signing up for longer periods from the very beginning or using discount coupons from partner sites. Their VPS hosting plan promises scalable resources, instant deployment, virtual console access, rDNS Configuration and Linux servers.

Cloud servers are available for both Linux and Windows platforms.

For the Linux servers:

  • Prices range between $8 and $156 per month
  • The CPU ranges between 1 and 8 Cores
  • RAM ranges between 512 MB and 32768 MB
  • disk space ranges between 20 GB and 1000 GB
  • bandwidth ranges between 2TB and 24TB.

For Windows servers:

  • Prices range between $25 and $152 per month.
  • The CPU ranges between 2 and 8 Cores
  • RAM ranges between 4096 MB and 32768 MB
  • Disk space ranges between 100 MB and 1000 MB
  • Bandwidth ranges between 6TB and 20TB

A note must be made of the fact that the Windows Server Standard license comes with all Windows cloud servers for the price of $10 per month, to be paid per virtual machine.

Web hosting is divided in three types of packages.

Personal:

  • for a starting price of $5 per month, $3 with discount
  • unlimited disk space
  • unlimited bandwidth
  • 3 add-on domains
  • 5 sub-domains
  • 5 databases
  • A dedicated IP of $2 per month
  • 1 free domain

Business

  • for a starting price of $10 per month, $6 with discount
  • unlimited disk space
  • unlimited bandwidth
  • 10 add-on domains
  • 20 sub-domains
  • 20 databases
  • A dedicated IP for $2 per month
  • 1 free domain

Business Pro

  • for a starting price of $15 per month, $9 with discount
  • unlimited disk space
  • unlimited bandwidth
  • unlimited add-on domains
  • unlimited subdomains
  • unlimited databases
  • 1 free dedicated IP
  • 1 free domain

The discount comes from contracting longer billing cycles. For web hosting, the provider boasts with high network speeds, PHP selector and Backup manager, among other functions.

There is also an extended offer with four packages for resellers. Prices for this category range between $20 and $50 per month.

Accessibility

One thing that stands out in the case of Host1 Plus is the fact that it is very easy to use, especially for people who have never done anything like this before. The fact that it offers one-click install for platforms such as WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal is huge for newbies.

Another amazing point in favor of this service provider consists in them offering users the option of both cPanel, which is the best control panel out there, along with an alternative, the DirectAdmin. cPanel is probably the most appreciated control panel out there. It is user friendly, feature rich and it has everything split up and perfectly organized. Also, consider the Host1 Plus Application Installer, which makes it simple for you to install all applications on your site.

Host1 Plus is seen as the perfect service to start off with. Especially since it has such great prices for VPS and you can skip the first type of upgrade from the cheapest option on the market to the middle one. Even so, just to keep an eye on how your site is progressing, you have live stats to constantly know how your site is performing and WHEN you need to upgrade. This is a considerable improvement from providers who do not give you access to such information, nor tell you what are the limits within which your website must perform.

There are several different server locations all over the world. There are Host1 Plus servers in Chicago, Los Angeles, Sao Paolo, Frankfurt and Johannesburg. Being able to choose your physical server means being able to guarantee your website users better loading time due to proximity.

When we said before that people have mixed feelings about the offer of Host1 Plus, we were referring to their support service policies. While there are various ways you can contact them, there are different levels of quality of service you might be getting. Therefore, while the service is free, you will only get generic answers to some of the most common problems. This means that if you are in a real pickle and you will be needing serious assistance, you might have to consider upgrading to the paid versions. The first offer for paid support service consists of $60 per month, which might seem a bit steep, considering that their VPS hosting service is of $2 per month.

But that’s not all! You can get even more attention from the support staff if you are willing to pay a whopping $100 per hour. Which all seems a bit extreme considering that some of the best companies on the market, with highly praised customer services, offer them for free.

Tech Profile

This hosting service claims to offer:

  • Unlimited hosting space
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Unlimited domains
  • Unlimited e-mails
  • cPanel and DirectAdmin control panels
  • 9% Uptime guarantee
  • Linux and Windows based servers for cloud servers
  • Backup tools
  • Virtual Console Access
  • Live Stats

 

Marketing Features

  • One-click installs for WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal

Cost Concerns

The provider offers a 14 days money back guarantee, which is low considering what other companies are offering.

On a different note, while there are specific services you are clearly getting a bargain on, you need to watch out for billing traps laid down for you all over the site. The safest thing to do is not to assume that you are getting a service. Check everything and ask whether it is included or not. In some situations, despite the generous offer made by the provider at the beginning, as you start adding features you cannot do without, you might end up with an even more expensive product.

Downsides

  • The exaggerated support service costs.
  • The added price of facilities not included in the low-cost packages.
  • The provider does not offer a wide selection of operating systems.

Conclusion

Host1 Plus is a complex service with a mixed offer. On one hand, you have the almost ridiculously cheap offer for VPS hosting, and on the other there is the $100/hour for support services. However, if it is something you might need, we suggest to go ahead.