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Competition in the web hosting industry is increasing day by day and the competition is getting tighter. New companies are coming into the field and giving a tougher competition to existing companies with their lower pricing and better performance. Hostens is a new brand from the parent company Interneto Vizija which offers great services. Read our Hostens hosting review to know more about them.
Introduction to Hostens review
Hostens is a web hosting provider from Lithuania which is a division of the company, Interneto Vizija which is founded in 2003. Hostens provides Hosting, domain registration, SSL and spam filters.
Hostens is quickly gaining fame due to the lower price they offer that too without compromising on quality.
Their hosting comes with many features they are listed below.
Free SSL via Let’sencrypt: Their shared hosting provides free SSL certificates. You know how important an SSL certificate is and how expensive it is.
Cpanel control panel: They provide Cpanel control panel with their shared hosting plans. I know it is not a feature which needs to be mentioned here, but they used to provide DirectAdmin and now they provide Cpanel.
30 days money back: Pretty standard here. Just like every other web hosting provider, Hostens also provide 30 days money-back guarantee.
Various payment methods: They have flexible payment options, you can pay using PayPal or cryptocurrency.
Monthly payment options: They allow you to pay monthly so that you need not get into long contracts and if you want to leave them, it is easier, but remember, you can get some saving if you purchase yearly.
Installatron Script installer: With their shared hosting plans, they provide Installatron script installer which provides one-click script installation. Those who like Softaculous might be disappointed about this.
USA Europe and Asia server locations: They give you three choices when it comes to server location so that you can choose one which is closer to your users.
Services offered by Hostens
Hostens mainly offers three services, Shared hosting, VPS hosting and reseller hosting.
Infolyte.com used Hostens shared hosting plan for around one year. While choosing a web host, we had many factors to consider they are.
- Speed and latency
- Features such as Free SSL
- Performance and uptime
- Clean IP Addresses
After purchasing and testing it for a few days, we found that Hostens provide Good speed and latency from almost all over the web. Their support( Will discuss more about their support in the “Support” section) is great, they also provide a free Letsencrypt SSL auto installer so that we don’t have to pay for SSL certificates. Their performance and uptime are solid (check performance section for detailed info). And their shared IP addresses are clean so that your website will not be blacklisted.
Although they have excellent shared hosting features, there are few things which made us disappointed. The number of files in shared hosting is limited to 10,0000 files and the maximum size of the database is 512MB. But in most cases, it is more than enough for the majority of users and you will never reach this threshold. But we thought that we should mention this.
They have three shared hosting plans, Value, Professional and ultimate. You can choose one according to your needs. Plan details are given in the image below.
Hostens also offers VPS services. You have three options to choose from. Standard VPS, KVM VPS and storage VPS. Hostens is one of the cheapest VPS hosting providers out there. They have three plans for all types of VPS.
They have Linux Hosting price starting from $3.99/Month. You can get some savings if you choose to pay annually.
And they also have windows VPS which starts from $5.99/Month. And their storage VPS price starts from $2.99/Month.
Their VPS storage comes with a number of OS, You can choose the one which suits best for your needs. With Linux OS, you can choose either Cpanel or Plesk and with Windows OS, You can use Only Plesk control panels.
Hostens also provide a reseller hosting service those who are looking for a reseller account. It is better suited for designers and agencies too. Reseller hosting plans start from $3.99/Month if you plan to pay monthly.
Support is something which we should be considered before purchasing a hosting plan. If we run into any problem our web host should be there to help anytime to fix it.
Hostens has a good support team which can be reached anytime via live chat or support ticket system. They are very helpful and responsive. They resolved all our issues faster.
We used Their shared and VPS hosting services. As we mentioned earlier, we used Hostens shared hosting to host this website. To test VPS, we purchased a VPS server for a month.
Their shared server performs pretty great. Our website loaded under 3 seconds from most of the locations. Only Australia and Japan took much more time to load.
Connection time and time for the first byte is also great. In short, Hostens shared hosting performs great for the price they charge. If you are serious about speed and performance, you should consider VPS hosting as they offer faster page load time.
During our period of hosting with Hostens(3 months), we experience two downtimes with 2 minutes each. That is ok as a short downtime once in a while is acceptable. Last month, we experienced no downtime at all.
When VPS is considered, we never faced any downtime during our testing period of one month. Their VPS provides faster load time and great flexibility at an affordable price. Hostens does not provide DDoS mitigation with their VPS. The customer should take measures to mitigate a DDoS attack. If a customer fails to do this, Hostens will suspend the account.
They do provide fully managed shared hosting server and managed reseller services where they take care of the security of the servers and keeps the server software patches and updated. They also provide DDoS protection to their shared hosting customers. Each plan includes free SSL certificates so that your website can communicate with the server securely.
When it comes to VPS, Hostens provide them unmanaged. Which means you are responsible to manage the server and security updates and patches. You need to take care of everything as it is unmanaged. Hostens will only be responsible to provide you with infrastructure and network related support.
VPS also does not include DDoS protection which means you need to arrange your own DDoS protection in case if there is an attack. if you fail to do this, they will suspend or terminate the server.
We were pretty sceptical when purchased Hostens shared hosting plan due to their low price. Because low-cost web hosting often comes with poor quality. But Hostens blew us away with faster page loading time, good support and great features at an unbelievably affordable price.
We will definitely recommend Hostens to anyone who is looking for quality web hosting at an affordable price. Hostens is one of the cheapest VPS hosting providers.
We will definitely recommend Hostens to anyone who is looking for great shared hosting or VPS hosting. They provide fast servers, great support, and good features. All these are provided at an incredibly lower price without compromising on quality. You will rarely find a web host offering great services at a lower price and Hostens is one among them.