Hostway Reviews and Expert Opinion

Based on 11 user reviews in 2 languages

Customer score for Hostway

  • Reliability
    3.5 / 10
  • Pricing
    3.5 / 10
  • User Friendly
    2.7 / 10
  • Support
    2.9 / 10
  • Features
    3.1 / 10

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Joan Houston
United States
  • Reliability4
  • Pricing2
  • User Friendly2
  • Support4
  • Features2

Abysmal all the way around

I’ve developed a Wordpress/WooCommerce site for a client under Hostway since the owner refuses to change to a more compatable environment. Hostway is running PHP version 7.0.33+ (debug version) which is very outdated. It’s been la...Read More
George Koulomzin
George Koulomzin
United States
  • Reliability2
  • Pricing6
  • User Friendly2
  • Support2
  • Features2

Terrible deployment quality

Service used: Shared - Starter
Deployed new email hosting interface before adequate testing. LOTS of BUGS.
Hostway recently migrated to Open-Xchange App Suite for their customer email hosting interface. IT is a disaster! Among the issues I experienced were
1)...Read More
Matt C
Matt C
United States
  • Reliability6
  • Pricing6
  • User Friendly2
  • Support2
  • Features4

Shady business practices

Service used: Shared - Flexcloud Site
Support and management of service is bad. Once you sign up for services through their portal you can not stop them except by a phone call with limited support hours and long wait times. Not good business ethics. Support, even over...Read More
Ralph Esposito
Ralph Esposito
United States
  • Reliability2
  • Pricing2
  • User Friendly2
  • Support2
  • Features2


Service used: Shared - Flexcloud Site
Hostway employees have little to no internet technology knowledge at all. They’re rude and can only answer “l don’t know “ when you ask for assistance. It took 32 day to get my domain name transferred to another host provider. Stay away from this service.

Typical Hostway Prices

Service Monthly Price Range
Shared Hosting $6.95 - $29.95 3 plans
VPS $19.95 - $109.95 6 plans
The Services & Prices are taken from

Hostway Expert Review 2021

Written by: Michael Lavnduski

Hostway Rating

  • Reliability
    9 / 10
  • Pricing
    8 / 10
  • User Friendly
    8 / 10
  • Support
    10 / 10
  • Features
    9 / 10
Rated by Michael Lavnduski

Expert Overview

Excellent hosting for customers around the world

This is a well established hosting company that has been serving the North American market since 1998.  They currently have five offices in North America (Chicago, Austin, Tampa, Lauderdale and Vancouver.  They also serve Europe with offices in Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands.  They also have Asian locations in Korea and India and one location in Australia.

While they obviously have more locations than most other hosting companies, they aren’t the largest company in the industry.  They host about 600,000 customers and since opening they have registered over 400,000 unique domains (not all of which are currently active).

In addition to hosting and domain registration, they also offer e-commerce platforms, website design services and some digital marketing services.  Overall this is a well rounded company that offers high quality services to their customers.  They have provided hosting to some major clients such as Coca Cola, Bank of Montreal, McGraw Hill and Disney.

Uptime & Reliability

99.9% uptime guarantee with free auto-backups

HostWay provides a 99.9% uptime guarantee, though it is not clear exactly what happens in the event that you do go down.  Some customers who experienced issues reported that they were immediately given credits on their bills, but that wasn’t written on their site anywhere.

They also have automatic backups that take place frequently, so if there is any type of major hardware failure they will be able to help get you back up and running quickly.


All the standard features plus a few nice extras

HostWay offers their customers all the standard features that you would expect from any hosting company.  They are primarily focused on offering Unix based web hosting, though they do have other options as well.

They have a nice website building program called ‘Bespoke’ that they offer, though it is not free.  If you would prefer saving some money, they do also allow you to use the SiteBuilder suite free of charge.

Finally, they have a nice e-commerce platform that is available for those who are looking to do business directly on their website.


Technical support is a main focus for HostWay

HostWay has made technical support a priority.  They offer 24/7 phone and email support to all their customers, regardless of the hosting package they choose.  When you work with their technical teams they are able to solve most any issues right away, and according to many customers, they are quick to escalate more difficult issues.  This helps to avoid any long term outages or other problems.


Prices slightly higher than average

The prices for both their shared and VPS hosting packages are somewhat higher than you see from most other companies these days.  Given the fact that you do get some nice features and the reliability of the service is great makes it worth it in many cases.  In addition, they do offer a 30 day money back guarantee so if you find it is not right for you, you’re not out anything but time.


Excellent hosting for people around the world

Overall this is really a great hosting company.  They provide high quality services to a wide range of people.  Their technical support is top of the line, and they have a respectable list of features.


  • Multiple offices around the world
  • 24/7 technical support via phone and email
  • Free SiteBuilder tools (with optional premium tools)
  • Automatic backups of data


  • Prices are above average
  • Some complaints from former customers that canceling is a hassle
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Hostway Prices, Plans & Features - 2021

Shared Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space Bandwidth Price Score
Starter 50 GB Unlimited $6.95 2.8
Flexcloud Site 300 GB Unlimited $12.95 3.0
Flexcloud Site Pro 1000 GB Unlimited $29.95 3.1

VPS Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space RAM OS Price Score
Linux Basic 15 GB 1 GB $19.95 3.1
Linux Advanced 60 GB 4 GB $49.95 3.1
Linux Ultimate 240 GB 8 GB $99.95 3.1
Windows Basic 15 GB 1 GB $29.95 3.1
Windows Advanced 60 GB 4 GB $59.95 3.1
Windows Untimate 240 GB 8 GB $109.95 3.1
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