HostMonster Reviews and Expert Opinion

Based on 32 user reviews in 1 language
3.4
POOR

Customer score for HostMonster

  • Reliability
    3.2 / 10
  • Pricing
    3.6 / 10
  • User Friendly
    3.4 / 10
  • Support
    3.3 / 10
  • Features
    3.6 / 10

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Jon Labaj
Jon Labaj
United States
  • Reliability10
  • Pricing2
  • User Friendly4
  • Support4
  • Features4
4.8

after 10+ years, I cut the host monster cord today

Service used: Shared - Plus
In the beginning host monster was amazing, affordable, friendly customer service, fast site, and cutting edge tech. Within the last few years the prices went higher and higher while the service, support, experience fell apart. Mas...Read More
Shanna Hendrixson
Shanna Hendrixson
United States
  • Reliability2
  • Pricing2
  • User Friendly2
  • Support2
  • Features2
2.0

Worst Hosting Experience EVER! DO NOT USE THEM!

Service used: Dedicated Server - PREMIUM
I owned an Advertising and Broadcasting Agency and our Corporation designed several websites for our clients. All businesses. Hostmonster was our hosting company. They are TERRIBLE! They deleted corporate data without our authoriz...Read More
Daniel Staal
Daniel Staal
Afghanistan
  • Reliability2
  • Pricing4
  • User Friendly2
  • Support2
  • Features2
2.4

Lost 7 of my websites for 9 day during migration

Service used: Shared - Prime
On the 14th of April 20 I upgraded from a plus hosting to a pro hosting package. The migration would take 4 hours they told me. Now on the 22th of April 20 I'm still offline and the can't help me. The only message I will get. Plea...Read More

Typical HostMonster Prices

Service Monthly Price Range
Shared Hosting $4.95 - $6.95 3 plans
VPS $29.99 - $119.99 4 plans
Dedicated Server $109.99 - $209.99 3 plans
The Services & Prices are taken from www.hostmonster.com

HostMonster Expert Review 2020

Written by: Idan Cohen

HostMonster Rating

  • Reliability
    6.5 / 10
  • Pricing
    8 / 10
  • User Friendly
    5 / 10
  • Support
    6 / 10
  • Features
    10 / 10
7.1
Rated by Idan Cohen
Expert

Overview

HostMonster: In Group of Cheapies with Good Basics

HostMonster is a part of a ring of hosts that are all owned by a guy named Matt Heaton, and they all basically provide the same features and support, just in different packages, with a different photo on the homepage. Other web hosts in the group:  BlueHost, FastDomain, and Just Host. So when you’re shopping around those four sites, you’ll realize that it’s all one operator.

One of the group’s big selling points is that they are cheap and are completely American-run with zero outsourcing. You get all the typical unlimited basics: domains, email accounts, disk space, and bandwidth, plus you get a free domain. They’re so confident you’ll be happy, there’s an anytime money back guarantee.

Uptime & Reliability

Excellent Reliability

HostMonster doesn’t throw out a promise of a number, but our testing shows basically perfect uptime. This is probably due to its back-end protections, like SSH access, spam blocker IP deny, and leech protect. These technologies are a step above the usual cheap host offerings, and it means more stability at a lower price.

Features

70+ Features

HostMonster boasts of an impressive selection of features – more than 70, at last count. That’s more than double some hosts, and the selection can be a little overwhelming.  However, pay close attention to the Terms of Service—this is where they stipulate limits for things like mysql tables, total number of files—and since every email you receive is counted as a file, there is really no such thing as ‘unlimited email space.’

In addition to the basics, there are some great options for e-commerce, blogs, media management, free search engine submission, and $100 Google AdWords credit to launch your first online advertising campaign.

Feature Description
Bandwidth You are allowed unlimited bandwidth with all HostMonster accounts.
Disk Space You are allowed unlimited disk space with all HostMonster accounts.
Website Builder HostMonster includes a slim version of Weebly for free, but if you want over 6 pages on your site, you have to pay for it. Also, with a single click, you can install simple site-builders like WordPress with a single click..
Email Accounts You are allowed unlimited email accounts with all HostMonster accounts.
Shopping Carts HostMonster gives you the option of OS Commerce Shopping Cart or Agora.
Stats Track your site traffic with Awstats or Webalizer.
MySQL databases Although all HostMonster accounts have MySQL, it’s not clear how many databases are allowed.
FTP Account You are allowed unlimited FTP accounts with all HostMonster accounts.
Multiple Domains You are allowed unlimited domains on each HostMonster account.

Support

Not Many Self-Help Options

If you’re a self-learner, you might find the company lacking. The Help Center doesn’t have a great selection of video tutorials, and the User Forum is unimpressive. For someone who prefers to poke around to find the answer, this isn’t the best option.

The email-based ticket system is responsive, and wait times for live chat and live phone calls are quite slow.

Pricing

Price Break with 3-Year Contract

Although the service offerings are basically identical, HostMonster is a bit less expensive than BlueHost, and a bit more expensive than JustHost. If you want to work with HostMonster, you get a price break with a 3 year contract.

You also get the common free domain when you purchase hosting for one year.

There is also a “pro” version that offers better performance, but this isn’t necessary for typical individuals and small businesses.

User Friendly

Easy Signup, Easy to Use

Registration is pretty easy, but the company opted to do that sneaky thing of automatically checking some add-ons, so if you don’t pay attention and uncheck them, you’ll be paying for stuff you didn’t necessarily want. For example, SiteSecure is automatically selected. Not cool.

Thankfully, HostMonster utilizes cPanel, which is a relief to those used to its interface. One nice feature about HostMonster is that you can access the cPanel before purchasing, so you can get familiar with it and be sure you like that layout before forking over the cash.

On the downside, HostMonster lets cPanel get a little overburdened with promotions, so it seems a bit cluttered. On the upside, applications like WordPress can be installed with a single click.

Summary

HostMonster is one of four sites providing the same features, just priced slightly differently, with different breaks at different contract lengths. For people who want to rely on live help, this is a great option, but if you want a deep pool of knowledge available on videos and a user forum, you will be disappointed.

PROS

  • Free domain with 1-year contract
  • Economical pricing
  • American live support
  • Money back guarantee, anytime

CONS

  • Big price break only at 3 years
  • Small video tutorial library
  • Small user forum
  • Poor customer service
  • Long wait time for support
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HostMonster Prices, Plans & Features - 2020

Shared Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space Bandwidth Price Score
Basic 50 GB Unlimited $4.95 4.6
Plus 150 GB Unlimited $6.95 2.7
Prime Unlimited Unlimited $6.95 2.2

VPS Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space RAM OS Price Score
STANDARD 30 GB 2 GB $29.99 3.4
ENHANCED 60 GB 4 GB $59.99 3.4
PREMIUM 120 GB 6 GB $89.99 3.4
ULTIMATE 240 GB 8 GB $119.99 3.4

Dedicated Server Plans

Plan Name Space RAM OS Price Score
STANDARD 500 GB 4 GB $109.99 3.4
ENHANCED 1000 GB 8 GB $159.99 3.4
PREMIUM 1000 GB 16 GB $209.99 2.0
A Free Domain is included when purchasing any hosting service from HostMonster
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Refund & Cancellation Policy

  • You may cancel your account anytime and receive a prorated refund.
  • Full refund with if you cancel within the first 30 days, with the exception of the below mentioned domain name policy
  • The remaining balance will be refunded to the current credit card on file. If you paid via Check or Paypal your funds will be refunded using that method.

    • If you received a free domain name from Host Monster during your signup and cancel anytime after the first three days, there will be a $14.99 charge for your domain name, which will be your domain name to keep for 1 year

See the complete and updated policy by Host Monster: https://my.hostmonster.com/cgi/help/209‎

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