HostPapa Reviews and Expert Opinion

Based on 309 user reviews in 4 languages

Customer score for HostPapa

  • Reliability
    9.1 / 10
  • Pricing
    8.9 / 10
  • User Friendly
    9.1 / 10
  • Support
    9.2 / 10
  • Features
    8.9 / 10

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Jack Kim
  • Reliability8.0
  • Pricing6.0
  • User Friendly8.0
  • Support8.0
  • Features8.0

Highly recommended!

Service used: Shared - BUSINESS
Moved from BlueHost
I switched from Blue host to Hostpapa after the former, technical support, deleted my files in the server and also had inaccessible control panel and site links problems.

So far, there had been no problem with Hostpapa's hostin...Read More
Yasir Khan
United Kingdom
  • Reliability6.0
  • Pricing10
  • User Friendly10
  • Support8.0
  • Features2.0

Don't purchase a SSL Certificate from them if you host somewhere else.

Service used: SSL - Let\'s Encrypt SSL
I've been a Hostpapa customer for years, but recently purchased an SSL certificate for a site I host with another provider. I asked all the relevant questions to ensure I would not have any problems and was assured the SSL they se...Read More
Kelly Mahon
  • Reliability10
  • Pricing8.0
  • User Friendly8.0
  • Support10
  • Features8.0

Great customer service

Service used: Shared
I’m very basic when it comes to any knowledge about web design/hosting etc. they can explain things in lay mans terms, in a friendly yet professional manner. I have only ever contacted support to query an
Invoice and they were very accommodating. I never had an issue with my site.
Asad Jalal
  • Reliability10
  • Pricing10
  • User Friendly10
  • Support10
  • Features10

Team at its best, Host papa

Service used: Shared - BUSINESS
Moved from GoDaddy
Hostpapa is the best service provider i have come across for my business. They help 24/7. They are always available to solve any kind of issues in few minutes. I am from Toronto, Canada and i would suggest everyone in Canada and e...Read More
B Hayward
  • Reliability10
  • Pricing8.0
  • User Friendly10
  • Support10
  • Features8.0

Support is quick to respond and solve issues / 3 page web site up and running in 30 minutes

Service used: Shared - STARTER
I have contacted Hostpapa support a few time to work on a domain issue and related email accounts. They helped get everything working and could not have asked for anything more from them.
Denise Calaway
United States
  • Reliability10
  • Pricing8.0
  • User Friendly10
  • Support10
  • Features10

Hurrah for Customer Support at Host Papa

Service used: Shared - BUSINESS
Moved from Site5
All of mine and my clients website's were hosted at Site5. Then a couple of years ago, Site5 was bought out by large corporation. Suddenly you could no longer get in contact with technical customer support. And no one could unders...Read More

Typical HostPapa Prices

Service Monthly Price Range
Shared Hosting $3.95 - $12.95 3 plans
VPS $19.99 - $109.99 3 plans
SSL $0.00 1 plans
The Services & Prices are taken from

HostPapa Expert Review 2018

Written by: Ilya Hazanov

HostPapa Rating

  • Reliability
    8 / 10
  • Pricing
    5 / 10
  • User Friendly
    6 / 10
  • Support
    9.6 / 10
  • Features
    9 / 10
Rated by Ilya Hazanov

HostPapa: Green Business Hosting

HostPapa was founded in 2006, and is based in the US and Canada, with server headquarters based in Toronto. While it’s now common for web hosts to offset their carbon footprint by buying green energy credits, but that trend was started by HostPapa. HostPapa does more than the usual – offsetting just their data centers – and purchases green credits for the amount of energy used by their entire company. Instead of just doing something to boast of it on a button on their site, it seems they really want to do the right thing. HostPapa gives a lot away in the most basic package:  unlimited domains, bandwidth, disk space, and MySQL databases. There are also some features like a promotional campaign package, a nice website builder, and support.

Uptime & Reliability


Secure and Reliable

HostPapa says it provides “100% Service Guarantee” and boasts of 99.9% uptim or your money back. That number holds up almost perfectly during testing. The servers are great, thanks to solid hardware with Linux on board, constant site monitoring, a backup power system, and a great firewall.



Economical Price, Many Add-on Features

HostPapa lures you in with unlimited domains and subdomains, bandwidth, disk space, MySQL 5.1 databases, and emails, then tried to fork over some big bucks for a a wide variety of features. They offer great small business tools, like programs for blogs and e-commerce solutions. If you’re a Google fan, you can spend a little bit and get access to a Google Apps package. You also get a free marketing package with some credits for promotional tools, to help get you started with a campaign.
Feature Description
BandwidthAll HostPapa accounts include unlimited bandwidth.
Disk SpaceAll HostPapa accounts include unlimited disk space.t
Website BuilderHostPapa’s site builder, SohoLauch, is included in all packages for free, and is surprisingly easy to use. You can add in such advanced features as shopping carts, photo albums, and blogs.
Email AccountsAll HostPapa accounts include unlimited email accounts.
Shopping CartsAll HostPapa accounts include OS Commerce Cart and ZenCart Shopping Cart. Your HostPapa account is also compatible to be used as a PayPal merchant.
StatsYou can track your website traffic with AWStats, Webalizer, or Analog.t
MySQL databasesAll HostPapa accounts include an unlimited number of MySQL Databases with phpMyAdmin.t
FTP AccountAll HostPapa accounts include unlimited FTP accounts with constant access.t
Multiple DomainsAll HostPapa accounts include unlimited number of domains and websites for each account.t



Help, I Need Somebody!

HostPapa’s provides support via phone, live chat, or a ticketed system; however, you’ll find a plethora of complaints on the web about slow response times and poor technical support. However, we were impressed with the library of video tutorials and the user forum space—there are even  articles in Spanish and French.



Sneaky Charges

In a decision I’ll call “not the coolest move,” HostPapa opted for the sneaky move of pre-checking add-ons during the check out process. So although there are great, competitive prices, pay attention to the total before you confirm payment. If it doesn’t look right, it might not be. For example, a Private Domain for $8.99, SiteLock for $14.95, and domain extension after the first free year for $15 are all auto-checked. There is a $29.95 setup fee that HostPapa generously waives when you sign up (thanks, HostPapa), but if you take advantage of the money-back guarantee and cancel, you’re then charged that previously waived $29.95 setup fee (not cool, HostPapa). If you read the fine print, you can get a good web host at a great price, but there’s a sense that feels like they’re trying to take advantage of people who aren’t paying the closest of attention. As a side note, if you want a dedicated IP address, you can do so for an extra $36 per year.

User Friendly


Easy Signup, Easy Use

HostPapa’s site is organized and even has an often-updated blog. (Who actually has an often-updated blog?!) Packages are clearly distinguished, and signup is a breeze. HostPapa opted for cPanel, the standard across many web hosts. But even if you’re familiar with cPanel, you may be surprised by how full your HostPapa cPanel is: because of all of the included features and products even in the basic package, your page may be more cluttered than you’re used to. If you like WordPress, you can easily install it from cPanel, complementary in all packages.


HostPapa isn’t the cheapest on the block, but for small businesses looking for features like help with blogs or e-commerce, this is a good fit. You need to pay attention during checkout, and you might choose to solve your own support issues, but with those caveats in mind, the packages are priced well considering the included features. PROS
  • Truly green company
  • Excellent, timely support
  • Fantastic add-on features
  • Unlimited basics (domains, email, bandwidth, etc)
  • Lengthy contracts
  • Sneaky, auto-selected add-ons
  • Waived setup fee charged if you cancel
  • Poor customer service
  • Limited technical tools
  • Difficulty with cancellations
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HostPapa Prices, Plans & Features - 2018

Shared Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space Bandwidth Number of Sites Price Score
50 GB Unlimited 2 $3.95 8.8
Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited $3.95 9.1
Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited $12.95 7.8

VPS Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space CPU RAM OS Price Score
50 GB 4 cores 1.5 GB $19.99 4.8
100 GB 8 cores 3 GB $39.99 10
200 GB 8 cores 6 GB $109.99 10

SSL Plans

Plan Name Features Warranty Price Score
Let\'s Encrypt SSL
FREE SSL with hosting
$0.00 $0.00 7.2
A Free Domain is included when purchasing any hosting service from HostPapa
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HostPapa Refund & Cancellation Policy

  • 30 Day Guarantee
  • Applies to Hosting Services

    • Refunds do not include all one-time fees, all fees related to 3rd party services (e.g. SSL certificates), domain names registrations and all privacy related services, and any additional fees that apply to domain transfers

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