Web Hosting Hub Review

 
Web Hosting Hub has been providing independent, top quality server hosting since 2010, and today over 40,000 people are happily hosting their sites with them. They’re the sister company of InMotion Hosting [link to InMotion review], which is why they can afford to only offer shared hosting. They’re a full website package for small businesses, offering great shared hosting plans and custom web design services, and they’re a one-stop shop for businesses looking to get online fast and only deal with one vendor.

Prices starting at $3.99/Month

Shared hosting

Web Hosting Hub splits their shared hosting into three categories, each with more memory and more CPU power. However, every single plan comes with:

  • Access to Web Hosting Hub’s own website builder
  • Softaculous 1-click install for over 310 tools (including WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and PrestaShop
  • A range of ecommerce carts including Zen Cart, Cube Cart and OS Commerce, and Magento
  • 90 day money back guarantee

No matter what plan you choose, you’ll be more than ready to get a website built quickly and effectively. All Web Hosting Hub clients are hosted on commercial grade Dell servers with resources managed by their own proprietary resource manager called HUB Power Unit. It helps guarantee that each account is allocated the resources that they paid for to create a better shared server environment.

Spark: $8.99 full price

The Spark Plan starts at $8.99 per month for 12 months full price. However, at time of writing it’s on sale for $3.99 per month for 12 months.

In addition to what’s mentioned above, the Spark plan gets you:

  • Domain registration for a year, 5 parked domains, and 25 subdomains
  • 2 websites
  • 10 MySQL databases
  • $50 in ad credits
  • 3 website transfers

It’s a pretty limited plan for $8.99, but if you can catch it on sale it’s a good way to get started for a low annual investment.

Nitro: $10.99 full price

The Nitro Plan is far more robust than the Spark plan and comes with several add-ons and an expanded core feature set. It has a full price of $10.99 per month for 12 months, but at the time of writing was on sale for $5.99 per month for 12 months. In addition to everything that the Spark Plan includes, the Nitro Plan would get you:

  • Unlimited websites, parked, and subdomains
  • Unlimited MySQL databases
  • $150 in ad credits
  • Your choice of Washington DC or LA datacentre
  • 20% discount off Web Hosting Hub’s own web design services

Naturally, unlimited is a bit of a misnomer. It’s not truly unlimited, but rather unlimited for what Web Hosting Hub feels in normal usage for most of their customers. Basically, if you’re using your plan the way you’re supposed to (for example, not using it as cloud storage) then there shouldn’t be any problems.

Dynamo: $12.99 per month full price

The Dynamo Plan has an RRP of $12.99 per month for 12 months, but at the time of writing was on sale for $7.99 per month for 12 months. It’s essentially the same as the Nitro Plan except that because of the Hub Power Unit each Dynamo account is allocated more resources (exactly how many isn’t clear) as well as more ad credits ($200) and a bigger web design discount (30%).

Perl

Web Hosting Hub uses Perl 5 and cPanel to deploy scripts. They don’t allow SSH access. However, they do offer at least some support for Perl in their knowledge base as well as CGI support.

Technical details

  • LAMP stack servers with CentoOS 6.6, Apache, MySQL 5, and PHP 5 (via phpMyAdmin)
  • Perl 5 and Python languages
  • cPanel access
  • Custom error pages
  • .htaccess overrides
  • Custom Cron jobs
  • IMAP email
  • SSI
  • CGI support
  • GnuPG Encryption

Conclusion

Web Hosting Hub is a great hosting company if you’re looking for a getting started package, and want it do fast. However, they are a little opaque about their hardware, their datacentres, and how many resources are allocated to each account. These do make it a struggle to know which plan is going to be best for you, since you have no way of gauging really how much traffic each plan can handle.

Prices starting at $3.99/Month

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