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Shared Hosting $4.95 - $6.95
VPS $29.99 - $119.99
Dedicated Server $109.99 - $209.99

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• their service is very helpful

• they could make more server features available


Jon Labaj
Jon Labaj from United States,

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

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 Moresive price increases with no new features. When I cancelled today the customer support rep didn't even ask why? I would think after 10+ years they would at least ask or try to convince me but I guess its too common to care.Less
Hayden Haskins
Hayden Haskins from United States,

Dog Shi t Company

This company is fuc king garbage. No support, impossible to use, they have their own rules for how domains are managed, you have to create a hosting environment just to point DNS.
Daniel Staal
Daniel Staal from Afghanistan,

Lost 7 of my websites for 9 day during migration

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 Morese be patient and wait 48 - 72 hours more. I'm acualy quite scarred that the fully lost al of my 7 websites.Less
Ejiofor Umeano
Ejiofor Umeano from Nigeria,

bad experience

hostmoster is the worst experince I have had in IT industries. They hosted mysite for over 9 years with about 10 domains includind vps sundenly they started demanding thousands of dollar for firewall wen.security, antimalware. th...Read Moreey said I do not have option , I either payor they denai me access to to all my home page. the carried out their treat and blocked all my sitesLess
Olesya Nicolae
Olesya Nicolae from India,

Customer Service +1-855-298-25O7

Worst hosting on the planet. They drop your support constantly. They hijack you with a cost to fix it. We paid for a two year "Site Lock" to stop this... it lasted 9 months. The site got hacked and they told us "Oh you need Site L...Read Moreock Pro" our new service which is another $$$$. At that point we pulled our web sites from them as this was the 3 time such a thing happened. Upon downgrade we thought we'd keep our email with them to avoid issues during business. They assured us this would not interrupt email. They also said the migration to the new servers they wanted to place us on would not interrupt service. WE ARE DOWN 3 DAYS! NO COMPANY EMAIL, NO NOTHING! But of course our PAYMENT went through. I would sue these crooks if they were worth anything. NOTE BELOW should be 0 out of 10.Less
Philippe Labaune
Philippe Labaune from United States,

When you realize that you have made a huge mistake!

My name is Philippe Labaune, I have worked for a major Financial Company for over 22 years as a Partner and VP of trading. I decided to start my own business about 2 months ago. I made the stupide mistake to sign up with Hostmonst...Read Moreer, they are terrible, you will never get the same answer depending on who you call, their e-mail sercice is poor, basically they have no idea what they are doing and their motto is "fake it until you make it"! . From a professional standpoint, they are totaly below average and I wish I had sign on with GoDaddy instead. Please call me at my professional phone # (646) 388-4094 or e-mail me at Phil@art9us.com and I will love to explain why you should ABSOLUTELY NOT sign up with them. Amateurs! Philippe Labaune - Art 9Less

Expert Review

Idan Cohen
Idan Cohen
Hosting Expert


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.

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  • User Friendly
  • Support
  • Features
  • Reliability
  • Pricing

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.


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.

BandwidthYou are allowed unlimited bandwidth with all HostMonster accounts.
Disk SpaceYou are allowed unlimited disk space with all HostMonster accounts.
Website BuilderHostMonster 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 AccountsYou are allowed unlimited email accounts with all HostMonster accounts.
Shopping CartsHostMonster gives you the option of OS Commerce Shopping Cart or Agora.
StatsTrack your site traffic with Awstats or Webalizer.
MySQL databasesAlthough all HostMonster accounts have MySQL, it’s not clear how many databases are allowed.
FTP AccountYou are allowed unlimited FTP accounts with all HostMonster accounts.
Multiple DomainsYou are allowed unlimited domains on each HostMonster account.


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.


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.


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.


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


  • Big price break only at 3 years
  • Small video tutorial library
  • Small user forum
  • Poor customer service
  • Long wait time for support

HostMonster Prices, Plans & Features - 2022

Shared Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space Bandwidth Panel Number of Sites Price Score
Basic 50 GB Unlimited cPanel Unlimited $4.95 4.2 Details
Plus 150 GB Unlimited cPanel Unlimited $6.95 2.7 Details
Prime Unlimited Unlimited cPanel Unlimited $6.95 2.2 Details

VPS Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space CPU RAM OS Price Score
STANDARD 30 GB - 2 GB $29.99 3.3 Details
ENHANCED 60 GB - 4 GB $59.99 3.3 Details
PREMIUM 120 GB - 6 GB $89.99 3.3 Details
ULTIMATE 240 GB - 8 GB $119.99 3.3 Details

Dedicated Server Plans

Plan Name Space CPU RAM OS Price Score
STANDARD 500 GB 2 x 2.30GHz 4 GB $109.99 2.8 Details
ENHANCED 1000 GB 4 x 2.50GHz 8 GB $159.99 3.3 Details
PREMIUM 1000 GB 4 x 2.50GHz 16 GB $209.99 2.0 Details

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