Hosting24 is a capable provider of budget web hosting, with ranges covering shared, cPanel, cloud and Linux VPS products.
If the shared hosting range looks familiar, that’s probably because Hosting24 is a brand of Hostinger International, and both companies sell this particular range – although we’re not complaining, as it’s decent value.
For example, spending as little as $0.80 a month for the first term (if you pay for four years upfront) gets you 10GB disk space, 100GB bandwidth, a simple website builder, easy installation and more.
The Business plan, at the high end of this range, gives you 30GB of disk space and unlimited websites, bandwidth, databases, FTP users and email accounts. There’s a free domain registration (with the annual plan), an SSL certificate, daily backups and more. Again, prices are low for the first term at just $3.45 a month for a four-year subscription.
Hosting24 also has ranges of its own. Its cPanel Hosting range starts at a fractionally higher price of $1.95 a month over four years, for instance, but improves on basic shared hosting in many ways: unlimited disk space, bandwidth, databases, email and FTP accounts. You also get a free SSL certificate, automatic backups, free domain registration (with the annual plan) and site management via the industry-standard cPanel.
If you’re looking for more, VPS hosting is available from $3.95 a month, and cloud hosting priced from $7.45. But these aren’t as configurable as some of the competition, and there’s no dedicated server option. Hosting24 has lots of options for the budget-conscious consumer and small business customer, but not so much for more demanding types.
Getting hold of our review cPanel Hosting Silver account wasn’t difficult. The plan is clearly described on the website, we added it to our shopping cart with a click, and checked out in the regular way (payment options include card, PayPal, Bitcoin and more).
Unlike many competitors, Hosting24 doesn’t force you to wait around while it thinks about maybe, perhaps, just possibly activating your account. Instead, it immediately launches a simple wizard to walk you through the setup process.
This starts by registering your free domain name if you need one, or specifying an existing domain if you don’t.
The site asks if you’d like your site hosted in the US or EU. Ideally, we’d like hosting locations specified more at the city or country than the continent level, but it’s still good to have the choice.
After choosing a password and a handful of other details, the wizard created our account and redirected us to Hosting24’s admin console. Our account was fully active, and we were ready to go.
Creating a website
One common initial problem with many web hosts is finding the key setup information you need. Some providers include it in a welcome email, others point you to support pages with guides and tutorials, a few leave you to figure it out entirely on your own.
Hosting24 avoids all these…