Hostens Reviews and Expert Opinion

Based on 205 user reviews in 6 languages
8.8
GREAT

Customer score for Hostens

  • Reliability
    8.8 / 10
  • Pricing
    9.2 / 10
  • User Friendly
    8.7 / 10
  • Support
    8.8 / 10
  • Features
    8.4 / 10

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M Syafiq
M Syafiq
Malaysia
  • Reliability10
  • Pricing10
  • User Friendly10
  • Support10
  • Features10
10

Affordable price, reliable service

Service used: VPS
Very good service for affordable price. Perfect for hosting my newsletter cms. But I do hope they will provide the minimal version of OS variant choices.
Hostens
Hostens
Hey, you can make OS minimal by simply running one of these commands after installation: https://billing.hostens.com/knowledgebase/article/85/make-minimal-os/
Davide N.
Davide N.
Italy
  • Reliability10
  • Pricing10
  • User Friendly8
  • Support10
  • Features10
9.6

Really great service!

Service used: Shared
Moved from Tophost Italia
I'm very happy with the shared hosting package mainly for the low cost and also because of the low latencies from every part of Europe. No downtimes since when I tranfered there.
Hostens
Thanks for the kind words! We own data center in the middle point of Europe - Vilnius, Lithuania.

Typical Hostens Prices

Service Monthly Price Range
Shared Hosting $0.90 - $3.60 3 plans
VPS $1.20 - $12.00 12 plans
Resellers $1.80 - $7.20 3 plans
SSL $14.99 - $199.99 3 plans
The Services & Prices are taken from www.hostens.com

Hostens Expert Review 2021

Written by: Bruno Mirchevski

Hostens Rating

  • Reliability
    9 / 10
  • Pricing
    9 / 10
  • User Friendly
    10 / 10
  • Support
    10 / 10
  • Features
    8 / 10
9.2
Rated by Bruno Mirchevski
Expert

Hostens is a hosting provider that started all the way back in 2003, and is a division of the company “Interneto Vizija”. As such, over the years it has grown and is currently serving over 120.000 users, making it one of the largest web hosting providers in Lithuania. The CEO and Founder of the company is Arvydas Strausas.

Just like any decent hosting provider out there, it offers solid disk space, uptime, daily and weekly backups, cPanel, Plesk, DirectAdmin, and other features. So the question remains, how good is it to use, and is it intuitive? Let’s dive in.

Getting Started with Hostens

Hostens is, to put it simply, one of the easiest hosting services I’ve honestly reviewed thus far. From the very moment you lay your eyes on the website, it has this charming feel to it, and you can see that, the little budget they did have for the design, went into creating actual, unique art, and not just a flat vector design like most of their competition. This is something that genuinely stuck out for me.

Screenshot of Hostens home page

Anyway, you can click on “More Info” on the package you want in order to get started.

Since I’m extremely cheap, I’ll go with the shared hosting plan, as it’s just what I’m looking for.

Comparison of annual shared hosting plans

When I saw this I was like damn, hosting for 90 cents? I can’t even pay for my breakfast with that kind of money, this is too good to be true.

Well, it ended up being that way - as you see, this is only the case for the 3-year plan.

When you want to go for the single-month route, things look something like this.

Comparison of single month shared hosting plans

Now, don’t get me wrong, this is indeed still one of the cheapest hosting providers out there, and you cannot really get a lot more than this for $3. If I was on a budget, I’d definitely go with the S10 plan for $3, so I ended up picking that one for the purposes of this review. Feel free to pick the plan that works best for you though.

Now, on the next step, you can register a new domain through Hostens, transfer your previously bought domain, update the nameservers on your existing domain, or use a free subdomain.

Screenshot of choosing service domain

You can choose the billing cycle, the server location, and purchase two additional services, including:

  • SSL Certificates – PositiveSSL
  • SPAM Filter – SpamExperts Spam Filter

Choosing the server location, and purchase two additional services in the billing

You’ll then need to enter additional information, such as picking the payment method and adding your information.

Choosing the payment method and adding your information

You need to read and accept the terms of service, privacy policy, refund policy, and data processing agreement, and eventually click on checkout.

Check the information and click the "Pay now" button

You’ll then receive the order confirmation.

Order Confirmation message

When you first log in, you will receive a verification email, and you will need to enter the code and click on “Verify” in order to continue.

The window asks for a confirmation code from your email

Screenshot of the email with confirmation code

Here’s how the email will end up looking like.

Then all you have to do is log in.

Screenshot of login panel

And you should be good to go.

Screenshot of the Dashboard

Setting Things up at Hostens

From the main dashboard, you’ll see four things that make up the majority of the page.

Screenshot of Invoices /Support / Balance / Referral Bonus tabs

You have invoices, support, balance, and referral bonus.

Invoices show you a log of all of the services you are using, and how much you need to pay, and their status.

In the support area, you can place a new order, find the client area, and even contact support

Now, in the referral bonus tab, you can actually get a smart link and marketing details, promote the link with ads, track the orders, and receive 50% commission on every sale, where you can collect your referral bonus and cover 100% of your next purchase.

In the order tab, you also have a lot of options.

Screenshot of the Order tab

You have web hosting, reseller hosting, VPS hosting, secure VPN, SSL Certificates, Spam Filter, Domains, and DNS.

Web Hosting

Billing screenshot with shared hosting plans

You can scale your order here, and upgrade per requirement.

Reseller Hosting

Billing screenshot with reseller hosting plans

The same can be said for reseller hosting.

VPS Hosting

Billing screenshot with VPS hosting plans

This lets you pick between Linux and Windows, which is nice.

Secure VPN

This gives you access to VPN services.

Billing screenshot with Secure VPN plans

The prices are different, and you get a different bandwidth limit throughout as well as device support.

SSL Certificates

Here you can set up and even purchase an SSL Certificate, and the process itself is simplistic.

Billing screenshot with SSL Certificates price

Here are your choices:

  • PositiveSSL
  • PositiveSSL SAN
  • PositiveSSL Wildcard
  • GeoTrust TrueBusinessID
  • GeoTrust TrueBusinessID SAN
  • GeoTrust TrueBusinessID Wildcard
  • GeoTrust TrueBusinessID EV
  • GeoTrust TrueBusinessID EV SAN

SPAM Filters

This hosting provider uses SpamExperts as their main software.

Billing screenshot with SPAM Filter price

You can secure your inbox from spam as well as malicious mail on a daily basis.

Domains

Billing screenshot with domains price

This tab essentially lets you purchase a lot more domains, and can guide you through the entire process. I genuinely like it here because you have all of the prices on the right side of the screen.

DNS

Hostens also offers a free DNS Manager.

Billing screenshot with the DNS price

Screenshot of the Order Summary

All you have to do is set it up; it’s quite intuitive and a cool freebie nonetheless.

Now, once the payment has been processed, your home screen should look like this.

Services tab Screenshot

Now, on services, click on Web Hosting, and you’ll see a lot of features here.

Screenshot of the services tab

 Service Details

Here you can review your domain, your label, your status, your registration date, the first payment amount, the recurring amount, the next due date, and the billing cycle. You also have access to information such as hostname, shared IP address, and even server location.

Screenshot of the Service Details tab

 Login Details

On the login details tab, you’ll be able to see the URL that you can use to log in, as well as the username, and the password.

Login Details Screenshot

When you log in, here’s where you will be able to access your cPanel.

Screenshot of the cPanel

We’ll get into this further down the line, for now, let’s move on to the other features.

 Reset Password

Now, since I showed you my password in the previous screenshot, I’ll change it. This is why Hostens has a convenience reset password option, where with a single click, you can reset your password.

Screenshot of the Reset password tab

Easy install an app

Here you can easily install any app. All you have to do is click on the little “Install” text under reach one of them.

Screenshot of Easy install an app tab

 Login to cPanel

You also have a direct open cPanel page, which essentially does the same thing as the previously mentioned menu, but hey, convenience.

Login to cPanel Screenshot

 Site Builder

The site builder opens the website builder Hostens has.

Site Builder: Click here to open Site Builder

Here, you can select from and install from a wide assortment of themes.

Screenshot of Website builder Templates

 Access WebMail

This lets you access the webmail.

Login to Webmail

 Improve your SEO

The SEO is managed through MarketGoo, and you can create an account and log in to it here.

Sign Up to MarketGoo

MarketGoo is advertised as the easiest app to improve your website traffic as well as position in search engines, through easy-to-follow tasks and simple analytics. There is no need for you to be tech-savvy or an expert in SEO to optimize everything.

Account Usage / Info

In the account statistics tab, you’ll be able to view quite a lot.

Screenshot of Account statistic and Server Information

You can review the monthly bandwidth transfer, disk space usage, email accounts, mailing lists, add-on domains, subdomains, parked domains, FTP accounts, All SQL Databases, email forwarders, and email filters.

Manual Service Renew

Here you can manually renew the service if the needs ever arise.

Screenshot of Manual Service Renew

Change Billing Cycle

Here, you have the ability to change the billing cycle of your service. You can change and upgrade to a higher cycle, such as going from monthly to annual cycle.

Screenshot of Change Billing Cycle window

Upgrade / Downgrade

This is one of the simplest ways through which you can scale things up, as you can switch from one web hosting plan to another with ease.

Panel to Upgrade / Downgrade your hosting plan

Simply click on the drop-down menu, and you can select between S20, S40, and S80.

Request Cancellation

As the name might imply, here you can cancel your subscription.

Screenshot of Cancellation Request window

All data will be deleted, and you can even request a refund here.

cPanel Functions

cPanel has a few main categories here.

Web Applications

Here you can view the featured applications, and these are different with every host. In the case of Hostens, you have access to PrestaShop, Magento, WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, phpBB, and MediaWiki.

Screenshot of Web Applications Panel

Files

Here you’ll have access to the file manager, images, directory privacy, disk usage, web disk, FTP Accounts, FTP Connections, Backup, Backup Wizard, Git Version Control, File and Directory Restoration, and Inode Usage.

Screenshot of Files panel

Databases

This gives you access to phpMyAdmin, MySQL Databases, MySQL Database Wizard, and Remote MySQL.

Screenshot of Databases panel

Domains

Here you’ll have access to Site Publisher, Domains, Add-on Domains, Subdomains, Aliases, Redirects, and Dynamic DNS.

Screenshot of Domains Panel

Email

Here you’ll gain access to a lot of very useful cPanel email features, including Email Accounts, Forwarders, Autoresponders, Default Address, Mailing Lists, Track Delivery, Global Email Filters, Email Filters, Email Deliverability, Address Importer, Spam Filters, Encryption, BoxTrapper, Calendars and Contacts, and Email Disk Usage.

Screenshot of Email panel

Metrics

In terms of Metrics, you’ll be able to see your visitors, the errors, the bandwidth usage and availability, the raw access, the Awstats, the Analog Stats, the Webalizer, the Webalizer FTP, The Resource Usage, and the ModSecurity Logs.

Screenshot of Metrics panel

Security

In terms of Security, you have access to SSH Access, IP Blocker, SSL/TLS, Manage API Tokens, Hotlink Protection, Leech Protection, ModSecurity, SSL/TLS Status, Two-Factor Authentication, and ImunifyAV.

Screenshot of Security panel

Software

In terms of software availability, you have access to the Installatron Applications installer, PHP PEAR Packages, Perl Modules, Site Software, Optimize Website, Select PHP Version, Setup Python App, Setup Ruby App, and Site Builder.

Screenshot of Software panel

Advanced

On the Advanced tab, you have access to the Terminal, the Cron Jobs, The Indexes, the Error Pages, the Apache Handlers, and the MIME Types.

Screenshot of Advanced panel

Preferences and Support

Here you’ll be able to see password and security, contact information, user manager, contact support, and the support knowledge base.

Screenshot of Preferences panel

Level of Support at Hostens

Before you contact the support team, know that you have full access to the knowledge base.

Screenshot of the Knowledge base page

When it comes to the support team themselves, they can be accessed through live chat support.

Screenshot of Hostens live chat

Here’s how the experience with the support staff went like.

To test them, I requested a refund, something I always do.

Conversation with Hostens support in live chat

So far so good, they responded within minutes and even wanted to do all of the work for me. You see, typically on most web hosting platforms, you have to manually close the server, and then send a ticketing request for a refund.

Here, I just had to confirm that I give them permission to close everything and give out the refund, and the support staff did all of the work for me, this was extremely convenient.

Screenshot of conversation with support in live chat

Finally, you’ll see this confirmation.

Message "Your account was closed as well. Have a good day!"

White label reseller hosting isolates one site from another one, so it’s easier to manage different sites, especially if the different scripts or CMSes are used.

Specific Features of Hostens

Now, when it comes to the specific features of Hostens, you have free domains when you select an annual plan, including applications such as the ability to install, update and back up over 100 scripts and content management systems, a free website builder, 24/7 support, cloud infrastructure and a lot of useful tools.

Pricing

It starts from $0.90 per 3-year plan in terms of shared web hosting, up to $3.60.

Screenshot of the price of shared hosting plans (annually)

On the single-month plan, it starts from $3.00 to $12.00.

Screenshot of the price of shared hosting plans (monthly)

Now, each of the Unmanaged VPS hosting plans has a different price.

  • On Linux, the cheapest plan starts at $6.00 for a single month.
  • On Windows, the cheapest plan starts at $15.00 for a single month.
  • On Container VPS, the cheapest plan starts at $4.00 for a single month.
  • On Storage VPS, the cheapest plan starts at $4.00 for a single month.

When it comes to the white label reseller hosting plans and packages, the three-year plans range from $1.80 per month up to $7.20 per month.

Screenshot of the price of reseller hosting plans (annually)

In the single-month plan, it starts at $6.00 to $24.00.

Screenshot of the price of reseller hosting plans (monthly)

Performance, Speed and Uptime

While I was testing the service, I experienced no downtime. In terms of speed, the SSD speeds capped out at 100mb/s from my testing, so it isn’t quite the fastest one out there.

The page itself loaded quickly, however, I had no extensions installed, so your experience may differ. Overall, it’s solid, but not quite the fastest hosting provider out there.

Pros and Cons of Hostens

Pros:

  • 99% Uptime Guarantee
  • Daily as well as Weekly Automatic Backups
  • Domain Registration Available
  • Free Let’s Encrypt SSL Certificate
  • Extremely Affordable
  • 24/7 Support

Cons:

  • Prices Can Increase on Renewals
  • All Plans Have Bandwidth Limits

Conclusion

As I summarize Hostens, I genuinely feel like I went on quite the adventure. It is a unique hosting provider by all means. The website has a unique theme and even a “mascot” of sorts that you will remember for days even after reading this review. It has this cute, warm feeling to the entire design, with bright colors and easily accessible tools that keep you engaged, and is extremely easy to manage.

In terms of features, you are getting quite a lot, and the cPanel implementation will make you feel right at home as with any other hosting provider. The main selling factor here is definitely the price, as it is one of the most affordable hosting providers, even when you opt-in for the single-month plan. Overall I enjoyed my experience here, and I genuinely feel like this is the perfect hosting provider for newcomers to begin their journey.

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Hostens Prices, Plans & Features - 2021

Shared Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space Bandwidth Price Score
S10 10 GB 1 TB $0.90 8.2
S20 20 GB 2 TB $1.80 8.9
S30 40 GB 4 TB $3.60 5.5

VPS Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space RAM OS Price Score
Small 20 GB 2 GB $1.80 9.0
Medium 40 GB 4 GB $3.60 9.2
Large 80 GB 8 GB $7.20 8.8
Container Small 20 GB 2 GB $1.20 8.5
Container Medium 40 GB 4 GB $2.40 9.1
Container Large 80 GB 8 GB $4.80 9.6
Storage Small 256 GB 512 MB $1.20 8.4
Storage Medium 512 GB 1 GB $2.40 9.6
Storage Large 1 TB 2 GB $4.80 7.4
Windows Small 40 GB 2 GB $4.50 8.8
Windows Medium 60 GB 4 GB $7.50 2.4
Windows Large 80 GB 8 GB $12.00 8.8

Resellers Plans

Plan Name Space Bandwidth Price Score
R10 10 GB 1 TB $1.80 9.1
R20 20 GB 2 TB $3.60 9.8
R40 40 GB 4 TB $7.20 9.2

SSL Plans

Plan Name Features Warranty Price Score
Positive SSL
Express issuance
Only domain validation
$10,000.00 $14.99 8.8
GeoTrust True BusinessID
1-3 days validation
Business validation
$1,250,000.00 $149.99 8.8
GeoTrust True BusinessID with EV
1-10 days validation
Extended validation
Green address bar
$1,500,000.00 $199.99 8.8
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A few words from Hostens

Hostens is a division of the European web hosting company named Interneto Vizija, Ltd. The company was founded in 2003 and has quickly grown to serve more than 100,000 clients across Europe.

By combining affordable, scalable options with enterprise-level technology, we are able to supply our customers with domain registration, web hosting and VPS services.

With a focus on individuals as well as small businesses, Hostens aims to provide not only the best prices and professional support but totally clear and simple hosting packages without any hidden conditions.

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