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Chris Irwin

Pinned Review

Chris Irwin,
5.0
I use WinHost to pilot projects for all my customers. It's perfect. I write ASP.NET applications and really appreciate that they are quick to embrace the latest technologies. I only use a small percen...Read Moretage of what they offer, but it's nice to know it's available and you can't possibly beat the value for the money or the technical expertise of those running and supporting the platform.Less

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Ernie T
Ernie T from Taiwan,

Satisfied long-time customer

4.4
I've been hosting my business site on WinHost for about 15 years now. I use Visual Studio to write and deploy .NET web/server code and use their SQL Server to store data. They made it easy to install a phpBB bulletin board. I ...Read Moredidn't use any of their other fancy app installs (WordPress, etc), as I mostly just write stuff from scratch in Visual Studio. I think they are generous with their storage offerings for the price, I've typically gotten good customer service, and server response times are fast.Less
Jon A
Jon A from United Kingdom,

Winhost Very Happy

4.8
I have been with Winhost now for over 10 years. I am a bit of a newbie to the whole website thing, so relied on the Winhost support a lot to explain how to do things. I learnt tons.
My site rarely goes down. I get loads of warnin...Read Moreg for renewals, so my site never expires. They have introduced Node.js, so am happy with that, cus I know javascript really well and that makes the backend a breeze. I am asking advice a lot for how to set up my node stuff on a subdomain, so hope to have that working soon.
They take about 24 hours to respond to queries on their forum which is good. Since you might sometimes need to ask a follow up question, this can result in a 48 hours turnaround, and that is the only reason I have shaved off 1 point for what would otherwise be a 10/10 score.
They are helpful and I only have the basic option.
Very happy. Would highly recommend for newbie, hobby web site programmers like me.
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Matthew E McFetridge
Matthew E McFetridge from United States,

Downtime with WinHost

1.4
I have had my website down 4 times in the last three months for more than 8 hours at a time. There is no redundancy whatsoever and this is there response when I asked why their website did not go down just the customers. I have an...Read More international website with 30,000 students and this down time is too costly and ridiculous.

"The blackhole routing is for a specific IP range. The Winhost main site, as well as many of my clients, are not hosted within that range."

So their site does not go down... but everyone else does. WTF
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WinHost
WinHost,
Yes, there was an outage due to bad fiber and bad router at an upstream provider. For some reason they were blocking some IP blocks not all of Winhost. We were in contact with the upstream provider and their engineers worked on re...Read Moresolving the issue but replacing fiber and fixing the router and configuration took time. We understand the whole situation sucked for this customer and for us, but blaming us for this incident is like blaming an apartment landlord for not having water because a water main broke up the street.Less
Miguel Berrios
Miguel Berrios from United States,

Stay away from Winhost

1.0
What a painful experience with Winhost. They do not have a phone line customer support and the chat support they have only give you links for you to go and figure it out on your own. Worst customer service I have ever experience. ...Read MoreI checked Fast comet, the service is great, and do not even have my business yet. I'm moving thereLess
WinHost
WinHost,
I'm sorry to hear that you are unhappy with Winhost. I checked and it looks like we were able to resolve the issues you were having with setting up. I'm glad that you are sticking with hosting at Winhost.
Brian B
Brian B from United States,

Terrible Host No Customer Support

1.0
I signed up for a 2 year plan and after one year they released my domain. They have annual charges and my credit card number was changed so the charges were declined. They give you a 5 day warning if your credit card doesn't work....Read More I updated my CC# on the 3rd day of the warning and they charged my card and still dropped my domain the very next day! I tried to call but they have no phone support. They suggested I pay $159.00 to get MY domain name back! After several conflicting emails sent back and forth with their crappy customer support team I lost all hope and moved to a different host. I lost a whole year of paid service from them. Avoid at all costs!

I switched to winhost from discountasp.net. I was with discountasp.net for 12 years and nothing like this ever happened.
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Michael
Michael,
Hi Brian. I'm really sorry that you went through that. We always do everything we can to help a customer remedy any difficulties they might be having. If you were quoted $159 for domain renewal, that means your domain was in the "...Read Moreredemption period" (which is part of the domain deletion process and it is set by the registrar, not us, as is the high cost to retrieve the domain). But it takes 85 days for a domain to get to the redemption period, so your timeline seems to be missing a few months when your domain did not work but you didn't contact us to renew it.

That happens, we don't always notice when a domain stops working. But we send out a lot of email both before and after a domain expiration, specifically to prevent a situation like this. I'm sorry that you had difficulty with a renewal complicated by a credit card expiration. But it isn't possible to lose a domain in 5 days. We can renew it for the normal price any time before the redemption period, which, again, is 85 days after a domain expires and stops working.
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Alek Fej
Alek Fej from Israel,

Very disappointed from the service

1.6
I've hosted my site on winhost for 2 years
They flagged the account as unusual storage and the application just stopped to write logs.
10% of requests failed with 500 error, including innocent requests that did nothing and they ...Read Moredidn't bother to investigate saying that it's a development error.
The support is fast and absolutely unuseful.

Cons:
-- No free SSL
-- No anytime money back
-- Limited storage despite that it is claimed as unlimited
-- Limited SQL server
-- Not a cheape server
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Michael
Michael,
Hi Alek, sorry to hear about the problems you had. It's true that while we offer some accounts with unlimited storage, it's still possible to run in to storage errors when you're dealing with extremely large numbers of files (or a...Read More small number of extremely large files). I'm sorry that you felt let down by our support staff, that's the last thing we want to hear. I'll try to find your account and look up the support ticket history so we can see where we may have gone wrong.Less
Chris Irwin
Chris Irwin

WinHost is all you need!

5.0
I use WinHost to pilot projects for all my customers. It's perfect. I write ASP.NET applications and really appreciate that they are quick to embrace the latest technologies. I only use a small percentage of what they offer, but i...Read Moret's nice to know it's available and you can't possibly beat the value for the money or the technical expertise of those running and supporting the platform.Less
Michael Lavnduski

Expert Review

Michael Lavnduski

Expert Overview

Basic shared hosting and little else

WinHost is a budget hosting company that is focused only on providing simple hosting plans for sites that don't need all the extras.  The WIN in WinHost is a reference to the fact that they only offer Windows (.net) based hosting platforms.  They are focused exclusively on providing shared hosting programs, and even those are not on the top end of the spectrum when it comes to server specs. They say that they are focused only on what they do best, which is the entry level hosting services.  With that in mind, they do offer fairly reliable services at a low cost, which makes them a pretty good choice for people who don't need anything fancy.  There are millions of people, after all, that just want to host a personal or family blog and don't need the often confusing options that come with VPS and dedicated hosting companies. They do own their own servers and offer a nice money back guarantee, so for many people looking for an established hosting company without a need to grow their site, this is a nice option to consider.

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Rated by Michael Lavnduski
  • User Friendly
    8
  • Support
    7
  • Features
    8
  • Reliability
    8
  • Pricing
    9

Uptime & Reliability

Good reputation for reliablity

They offer a 99.9% uptime guarantee, and from what I have been able to find, they really don't have many problems with sites going down. The data center is well maintained and has good redundancy built right in, which helps to keep servers up and running. In addition, the customers on social media and hosting forums really didn't complain about downtime or even excessively slow response times very much so it seems that they don't oversell their servers.

Features

Basic features available

Each of their hosting plans includes all the basics of what you will need.  You'll have a .NET server with easy installation of WordPress and simple MySQL services.  You'll also have access to free backups, but you need to perform them yourself (or schedule them) from within their control panel.  Their data center has fully redundant power supplies with a UPS battery backup to help ensure there aren't any power related outages. They offer free PHP5, email and allow unlimited domains and subdomains on all their hosting plans. Overall, you'll get everything you need for your entry level site hosting.

Support

No live technical support avaialble

One big downside to this hosting company is that they don't offer live chat, phone or even live email support options.  Any issues you have need to be submitted through their ticketing system, which has a 24 hour guaranteed turnaround time.  From what most customers say, they do fix issues much quicker than this, but it is not guaranteed. They also offer quite a few self-help services and documentations that can help you get through problems without having to use the technical support at all.

Pricing

Average to low pricing for shared hosting services

The hosting packages with WinHost start at just under $4 per month, which is about average for an entry level shared hosting package.  This is a pretty good deal, and since the setup is so easy and trouble free, many will consider the price to be low.  They aren't the cheapest on the market, however, despite the fact that they have very limited options to choose from.

Summary

Good shared hosting for basic sites

When looking at this hosting company it is important to make sure you take it based on what it actually is.  They are only offering entry level hosting for simple sites.  With that in mind, they do a pretty good job.  Most people who sign up for their services won't experience many problems at all and will be happy with the services they are provided. Pros:

  • Simple hosting options
  • Reliable services for shared hosting
  • Easy to upgrade or downgrade your plan at any time
  • 30 day money back guarantee

Cons:

  • No Linux options
  • No VPS, Dedicated or Cloud based options
  • No live technical support

WinHost Prices, Plans & Features - 2021

Shared Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space Bandwidth Panel Number of Sites Price Score
BASIC Plan 3 GB 49.97 GB cPanel Unlimited $3.95 9.6 Details
MAX Plan Unlimited Unlimited cPanel Unlimited $7.95 9.2 Details
ULTIMATE Plan Unlimited Unlimited cPanel Unlimited $15.95 5.8 Details

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