Just Host Review: Web Hosting
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|A mid-priced option with solid performance but poor customer support and policies|
Just Host is reasonably-priced and does have some cool features, but its limitations and confusing customer support keep it from being a top-rated web hosting service.
Just Host falls in the middle of the range price-wise at $3.25 per month for 4 years without any set-up or registration fees. If you want domain privacy (something we generally recommend and which some web hosts offer for free), you'll pay an optional $9.95 annual charge. Registration is free for the first year with Just Host, a nice but somewhat standard offer. Also standard is "unlimited" storage and data transfer. If four years is too long for you, Just Host offers a range of plans from 3 years down to a single month, that run from $4.95 to $8.95 per month respectively.
We created a site with the included Sitebuilder, which has some of the nicest-looking templates we've seen. Adding our own text to them was fairly easy, though not as intuitive as with a true WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor. Still, it handily creates the structure and layout for a basic website.
Our Wordpress blog was installed easily and instantly, which was nice though fairly standard. Likewise, the shopping carts were easily installed, though Zen Cart and Cube Cart are fairly complex to start using. These seem like good solutions for users who want to sell and manage a fairly extensive inventory. If you have fewer items, and don't want to spend a lot of time on your online catalog, you should look to a host with simpler tools, like HostGator or FatCow.
For advanced users, Just Host offers unlimited MySQL databases and support for SSI, Python, Perl, PHP, Ruby on Rails and CGI. Shared hosting accounts use servers running on the Linux operating system, and users do have shell access (SSH). This makes them a fairly average choice for the advanced web hosting user.
JustHost is pretty average when it comes to usability, pairing the fairly-standard cPanel control panel with a few innovations of its own. We weren't big fans of the popups that appeared over the interface periodically, but had no trouble finding most features in their standard locations. We did have some difficulty getting our domain privacy set up correctly at first
In the specs department, Just Host is a decent performer with fast data transfer speeds. See the chart below for details. For uptime, higher percentages are better. For all others, lower numbers indicate better performance.
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