Hostwinds Reviews and Expert Opinion

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9.2
SUPERB!

Customer score for Hostwinds

  • Reliability
    9.3 / 10
  • Pricing
    9.1 / 10
  • User Friendly
    9.2 / 10
  • Support
    9.4 / 10
  • Features
    9.1 / 10

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CHRISTOPHER m UTTER
United States
  • Reliability 2.0
  • Pricing 2.0
  • User Friendly 2.0
  • Support 2.0
  • Features 2.0
2.0

awful host company

Service used: Shared - Basic
Moved from iPage
Failed to transfer my domain multiple times. charged me twice for domain transfers but my site remains live on the old host and was never transferred. Support refus ... Read More
Herbert Hester
United Kingdom
  • Reliability 10
  • Pricing 10
  • User Friendly 8.0
  • Support 10
  • Features 10
9.6

With Hostwinds everything works really perfect

Service used: VPS - VPS Tier 1
When I set up my company I was complete beginners - Hostwinds has made everything simple and easy from searching and buying my domain name to hosting everything for me. It was a huge relief and the ... Read More
Pei-chen Hsu
United States
  • Reliability 6.0
  • Pricing 2.0
  • User Friendly 2.0
  • Support 2.0
  • Features 4.0
3.2

Scam. Auto upgrade without concent and hidden fees

Service used: VPS - Budget VPS Tier 4
Signed up for unmanaged Windows SSD Cloud Server Tier 4 that's $33.99/month but recently discounted for $30.59. The order confirmation page shows $26.09/month after another 10% discount and a Windows fee of $5.00/month. I find the ... Read More
Iurii Aniper
United States
  • Reliability 2.0
  • Pricing 2.0
  • User Friendly 2.0
  • Support 2.0
  • Features 2.0
2.0

Liars and scammers

Service used: VPS
Moved from GoDaddy
Liars and scammers! I used to be a client of hostwinds for at least 5 months. My personal experience is that they are SCAMMERS. And I can provide screenshots to prove every word I write here. HOSTWINDS are scammers. They charge an ... Read More
Mister Siepel
United Kingdom
  • Reliability 8.0
  • Pricing 10
  • User Friendly 10
  • Support 10
  • Features 8.0
9.2

Professional Web Host – Litespeed server is fast

Service used: VPS
Recommend Hostwinds hosting to others. I like their support, always willing to assist me over and over again with even the smallest request. I have not had one day of trouble from this hosting account, and only contact them to hel ... Read More
Receive spams from Hostwinds clients
United States
  • Reliability 2.0
  • Pricing 6.0
  • User Friendly 2.0
  • Support 2.0
  • Features 2.0
2.8

They don't care if they are hosting websites involved in spamming

Hostwinds claimed they did a turnaround after being blacklisted for being spammer friendly. It took SpamHaus and some of their servers appearing on blacklists for them to finally take action.

Unfortunately, this was short lived ... Read More
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Jesse Jacobs
I'm sorry you had a bad experience with us. I would implore you to contact our client relations department at support@hostwinds.net and address your concerns. Thank you for voicing your opinion!
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Andrew G.
I have contacted your firm on the spams and Hostwinds REFUSES to take any action against spammers - just as long as they use other methods to spam the websites hosted on Hostwinds servers.

Here is it March 2017 and I am still...Read More
Yeremmy Gerrus
Estonia
  • Reliability 10
  • Pricing 10
  • User Friendly 10
  • Support 10
  • Features 10
10

I'm getting perfect service for $4.5 per month.

Service used: Shared
I paid in advance for 3 years 1 year ago for their service for ADVANCED plan to host 3 domain names of mine and as result I got $4.5 per month price. That is cool. I would like to say that their su ... Read More
James Bowden
United States
  • Reliability 8.0
  • Pricing 8.0
  • User Friendly 8.0
  • Support 10
  • Features 8.0
8.4

Email Trouble

Service used: Shared
I had just purchased the basic shared hosting plan so I could set up my word press blog. My domain had finally propagated but I was not receiving any emails on my outlook. I got into live chat with ... Read More
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Steve Smith
I think many of the positive reviews of Hostwinds must be fake. This service is just really terrible. Customer support is pretty much the worse we've ever had. Even the outsourced support department in India where they hardly sp...Read More

Typical Hostwinds Prices

Service Monthly Price Range
Shared Hosting $4.50 - $6.50 3 plans
VPS $7.50 - $129.50 32 plans
Dedicated Server $99.00 1 plans
Cloud Hosting $13.50 1 plans
SSL $75.00 - $200.00 3 plans
The Services & Prices are taken from www.hostwinds.com

Hostwinds Expert Review 2018

Written by: Angela Olaru

Hostwinds Rating

  • Reliability
    9 / 10
  • Pricing
    10 / 10
  • User Friendly
    8 / 10
  • Support
    9 / 10
  • Features
    9 / 10
9
Rated by Angela Olaru

Good hosting for a low price

Hostwinds is a good hosting company that is focused on providing affordable services to their customers, no matter which level of hosting they need. They have been in business since 2010, working out of their Dallas Texas data center.
Even though they started off as a simple provider, Hostwinds nowadays offers a variety of services, from shared hosting, business hosting to cloud, VPS and dedicated server options. Although their focus is providing a good price, they still have a good list of services which you can choose from. Their data center is nicely backed up with power supplies, network connections and armed guards on site. They also offer good technical support and friendly customer service, which makes working with this company much easier.

Uptime & Reliability

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99.9% uptime guarantee

This company has a surprisingly reliable service and includes a 99.9% uptime guarantee. Many people would expect that this is a feature which only luxury hosts can offer, but surprisingly enough, in terms of reliability, Hostwinds does not disappoint at all.
Another nice perk here is that they have a 100% satisfaction guarantee with a 60-day money back guarantee. This makes them a great option for anyone who is looking for good services at a low price.

Features

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Many different features to choose from

Most of what you see in their hosting packages are fairly standard, but they also have some unique features, such as their top-notch resellers and white label plans, which offer some unique features for a very low price. Hostwinds has pretty much the standard hardware but with a lot of options for upgrading.
They offer a 60-day money back guarantee, which is twice what most other companies are providing. Hostwinds also has instant setup options for its hosting packages and free migration from virtually any other hosting company. Customers worried about their safety can choose to enhance it with a 256-bit encryption for one to three years at a time.
All their hosting packages come with unlimited bandwidth and disk space, though of course if this is abused your account could get suspended. They also don't limit FTP accounts, email accounts, subdomains or MySQL accounts.

Support

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Qualified US-based tech support

If you run into any type of problem you will be able to contact their US-based technical support team 24 hours per day. You have a few ways of contacting them, such as through their contact phone posted on the upper right corner of their website, via their ticketing system and through a live chat.
There have been some complaints from current and former customers that their support teams can take a little longer than desired to get an issue resolved, but overall the support teams seem to be doing a good job.
Hostwinds also has a knowledge, base which can sometimes be helpful, as it offers plenty of information.

Pricing

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Excellent pricing for all their hosting options

The pricing is clearly where Hostwinds is looking to compete with the other options on the market. They have great prices for all their packages, which is nice to see.
Hostwinds offers a lot of choice for shared, business, reseller and white label hosting, as well as cloud hosting. Furthermore, you can also choose VPN for managed/unmanaged Windows and Linux. The company used to offer only one option for a dedicated server, but now you can choose for yourself. Depending on which advanced option you choose, the pricier the server gets.
Interestingly enough, Hostwinds also offers SSL certificates, a Virtual Private Network, domains and much more. Overall, while some of the prices are just decent, others are simply a bargain. Considering the features, this company really excels in terms of affordability.

Summary

Very nice hosting at a great price

The overall user experience with this company will be good. The fact that they are a low priced option would normally have raised some flags, but it seems that they do a good job balancing price and quality of services. By improving their services and adding new solutions, they have reached a new level in this industry.

Pros:

  • Excellent prices & 60-day money back guarantee
  • Many great features
  • Hosting options at all levels

Cons:

  • Server specs slightly lower than the competition
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Hostwinds Prices, Plans & Features - 2018

Shared Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space Bandwidth Number of Sites Price Score
Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited $4.50 6.9
Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited $5.50 9.2
Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited $6.50 9.6

VPS Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space CPU RAM OS Price Score
25 GB 1 x 3.00GHz 1 GB $7.50 9.0
50 GB 1 x 3.00GHz 1 GB $13.50 8.9
25 GB 1 x 3.00GHz 1 GB $13.50 9.5
50 GB 1 x 3.00GHz 2 GB $17.50 9.8
70 GB 1 x 3.00GHz 2 GB $21.50 6.0
30 GB 1 x 3.00GHz 2 GB $21.50 10
75 GB 2 x 3.00GHz 3 GB $25.50 10
80 GB 2 x 3.00GHz 3 GB $31.50 9.3
40 GB 2 x 3.00GHz 3 GB $31.50 7.4
100 GB 2 x 3.00GHz 4.5 GB $30.50 8.9
90 GB 2 x 3.00GHz 4.5 GB $41.50 10
50 GB 2 x 3.00GHz 4.5 GB $41.50 10
125 GB 3 x 3.00GHz 5 GB $37.50 9.2
100 GB 3 x 3.00GHz 5 GB $47.50 10
60 GB 3 x 3.00GHz 5 GB $47.50 9.2
150 GB 3 x 3.00GHz 6 GB $44.50 9.2
120 GB 3 x 3.00GHz 6 GB $55.50 9.2
60 GB 3 x 3.00GHz 6 GB $55.50 6.4
175 GB 4 x 3.00GHz 8 GB $54.50 9.2
140 GB 4 x 3.00GHz 8 GB $65.50 9.2
80 GB 4 x 3.00GHz 8 GB $65.50 9.2
200 GB 4 x 3.00GHz 9.5 GB $64.50 9.2
160 GB 4 x 3.00GHz 9.5 GB $75.50 9.2
90 GB 4 x 3.00GHz 9.5 GB $75.50 9.2
250 GB 5 x 3.00GHz 10.25 GB $74.50 9.2
180 GB 5 x 3.00GHz 11.5 GB $93.50 9.2
100 GB 5 x 3.00GHz 11.5 GB $93.50 9.2
300 GB 5 x 3.00GHz 12 GB $88.50 9.2
200 GB 5 x 3.00GHz 15 GB $105.50 9.2
110 GB 5 x 3.00GHz 15 GB $105.50 9.2
120 GB 6 x 3.00GHz 16.5 GB $117.50 9.2
130 GB 6 x 3.00GHz 18.5 GB $129.50 9.2

Dedicated Server Plans

Plan Name Space CPU RAM OS Price Score
2 TB 4 x 2.00GHz 16 GB $99.00 4.9

Cloud Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space CPU RAM Bandwidth Price Score
50 GB 1 x 3.00GHz 1 GB Unlimited $13.50 9.2

SSL Plans

Plan Name Features Warranty Price Score
1 YEAR $0.00 $75.00 9.2
2 YEARS $0.00 $140.00 9.2
3 YEARS $0.00 $200.00 9.2
A Free Domain is included when purchasing any hosting service from Hostwinds
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Server Locations

Dallas Seattle

A few words from Hostwinds

Hostwinds is one company in a sea of hosting providers - but our clients know why we stand apart from the rest. We provide great products. We provide great customer service. We go the extra miles for our clients. We are a company that not only provides, but one that truly serves.

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