Myhosting.com Review: Web Hosting
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|Very basic web host at a reasonable price, but questionable uptime, lacks features and options for intermediate and advanced users.|
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Myhosting.com has been in the web hosting business since 1997, a comparatively long time. They offer simple and stable web hosting with a suite of great tools for one low price. While the web hosting package we reviewed may not have enough features for advanced users, the price and site builder make it a reasonable choice for those just starting out.
Their basic hosting plan runs at $6.45 per month, but an exclusive 25% Myhosting.com discount for NextAdvisor readers brings the monthly price down to $3.95. While many web hosts require a multi-year contract for such a low price, Myhosting.com only requires a year commitment. You get one year of free domain name registration, 30-day money back guarantee, unlimited space, and ten email addresses. Although ten addresses is significantly fewer than many hosts offer, the email is powered by Microsoft Exchange, giving you a number of powerful enterprise-level features that may make Myhosting.com attractive for some users. Domain privacy is also free, although you must enable it in your control panel.
Myhosting.com uses a custom-built control panel, so if you're familiar with web hosts that just stick cPanel and Fantastico under the hood, you'll find something different with Myhosting.com. While that can sometimes be confusing for those who are used to the organization of standard interfaces, Myhosting's interface is fairly easy to navigate and use. Aside from a couple of things we had to look up in their support documentation, we quickly found all the features we weer looking for.
The sitebuilder is the Parallels Plesk Site Builder, one of our favorite web-based site design applications. It's fully featured and lets you create a nice looking site complete with blogs, maps, guestbooks, and more. If you prefer to build your own site using plug-ins, that's also possible with Myhosting, though we've found they have fewer tools available than many of our top-rated hosts. Choices include WordPress for blogging; Drupal and Joomla for content management; CubeCart, Zen Cart, and Magento for e-commerce; and Coppermine or Gallery for hosting photos. These are solid tools, but they're also just a few of an enormous library of options you would have access to with a host using a more standard interface.
Myhosting offers users up to three MySQL databases, which may be a bit of a limitation for advanced users or those who want to create more feature-intensive websites, since each advanced feature will probably require its own database. The service also only supports PHP and Perl, which may be another limitation for advanced users. However, you can enable shell access by request for more complex commands.
Myhosting's control panel is quite different from the more standard options like vDeck and cPanel, and in many ways very stripped down. It was not immediately obvious how to get to the sitebuilder, but the host's help section did guide us there fairly quickly. While we like the tools Myhosting offers, their selection is significantly smaller than many other hosts we've reviewed, which may be a problem if you don't like the selection they offer. That said, the support documentation is thorough and easy to understand, which made navigating the interface pretty simple.
We've been tracking Myhosting.com's uptime and server response time for more than a year, and so far the reliability has not been great. Here are the current stats:
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