Good hosting out of Europe
HostInstall has been in business since 2001, though they really just re-branded themselves in 2007 as HostInstall. At that time they made some significant investments into their hardware and facilities so they could focus on providing a wide range of hosting services.
They are based out of the UK and primarily serve customers who have a target audience in the European Union. Of course, they do serve customers throughout the world and can easily meet the needs of all their customers.
They offer shared hosting, VPS and dedicated hosting solutions. They also have reseller options for those who are looking to provide hosting as a third party. All their options are quite nice and easy to understand, making them an excellent choice for anyone who is looking to host just about any type of site.
Uptime & Reliability
99.9% uptime guarantee
HostInstall offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee for all their hosting packages. This is similar to what most other hosting companies offer so it doesn't really stand out from the crowd at all. There aren't many complaints about the uptime of the servers from this company. This is likely because they use business class hardware in all their servers.
They also have a nice data center where the servers are housed. The data center has redundant network and power connections, which help to ensure there is no significant downtime for your servers.
Lots of features to choose from
It won't be suprrising that with a company that offers all different types of hosting, they also have a lot of different features to choose from. Most of what you want will be included in the package that you choose. At the lower end, you can choose from four shared hosting packages, which all come with data backup, cPanel, subdomains and more. You can also choose from Windows, Linux or Mac operating systems, which is very nice.
As you move up to higher level hosting, you'll find additional resources available to you. Obviously, you'll have root access to your server at the dedicated level, so you can essentially install anything you would like on it.
One really nice feature that comes with all their packages is a free Google SEO consult. It is not immediately clear what this includes, but even if it is just an automated evaluation of your site once it is up, that is something that is nice to have.
HostInstall offers high quality support 24/7/365. They have live support at all times, including phone support so you can call in and get the help you need. From what I can find online, the technical support is quick to get you up and running no matter what type of problems you're facing.
They do not have much on their site for self-help. I could not find a knowledge base, which most hosting companies today have available.
Fair pricing at or below industry averages
The pricing at this company are mostly right around the industry average. For the entry level shared hosting option, you'll pay just $2.95 per month, which is lower than you might expect with the features that you are getting.
They don't really give an exact price for their dedicated servers since you get to essentially design your own. They just give you a nice list of different options and then they will build the custom server you require. This is a really nice way of doing it for experienced webmasters, but newer people may find it more confusing than helpful.
Quality hosting for all types of sites
Most people will be very happy with their hosting experience if they decide to go with this copmany. They have options that can meet the needs of almost any type of site, and they seem to provide great support for most types of issues. There really isn't too much to complain about with their hosting.
- Lots of quality hosting packages to choose from
- Business class hardware used for all servers
- Hosted in a very high quality data center
- Dedicated hosting can be confusing for newer people
- A few complaints of slow load times on shared packages