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Pair Networks vs Hostwinds

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Pricing
15 hosting plans 32 hosting plans
Starting price $5.95 / month $4.99 / month
Free domain No Yes
Coupons No No
User Ratings
4.1
4.7
Reliability 4.0
4.7
Pricing 4.5
4.7
User Friendly 4.0
4.7
Support 4.0
4.7
Features 3.8
4.7
User Reviews
4 reviews 1151 reviews
Latest positive review
The best 'proof' of a happy customer is repeat business
Dean Kennedy,
10
Many hosts are good at the "flirting" for your business -- intro rates, sound and look good ... but it's not the first sale that really tells you that a company is good -- it's the second and subsequent ones.
I'm happy to say... More I've just celebrated 21 years as a Pair customer. And they were not my first hosting company -- at that stage I'd already had one in Australia (based in Canberra) and another I can't remember nowadays in the USA.
I started with Pair in 1997, after some lengthy research. I was initially on server "xi" -- #8 -- so that was a while back, and well before they moved to their bigger data center (and their Denver expansion)! I've since moved to a newer server structure at Pair (they helped make that move easy) and host about 30 domains in my account -- always responsive, and even from my usual base in Melbourne Australia (currently in south east Asia), their support is top rate (fast ticket response, same for the phone the one time I needed it).
Their custom account control center works fine, although I love cPanel with some other client hosting that I have access to, the Pair system works very smoothly. I've had an ecommerce account in the past, but as they have boosted their account features, I was able to drop down to an account that costs about half as much per month which is still very well resourced for my needs.
They have always been open and honest with their services, their pricing, their outages, everything. I think their ranking here is well below their real level of value. While I have some other smaller client hosting accounts elsewhere, my primary hosting will always be with Pair.
They don't profess to be the cheapest hosting, but I'd always rather VALUE over price. And this is where I think Pair delivers very solidly. Would easily recommend them and happily do so.
Let's hope I'm still a customer in another 21 years! All I can say is THANKS for being so reliable for so long.
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I am fully satisfied
Silvano Berardi,
10
Your sites will be in good hands, dudes. Personally, I'm a fully satisfied Hostwinds customer. They are rock. High 99% uptime and very fast servers. I developed my Wordpress Website with optimum speed using the available soft... More aculous addon in the Cpanel. Well done! Less
Latest negative review
Worst host. Its like they all started yesterday
Phil W,
2.8
Pair is one of those hosts that sells unlimited bandwidth shared hosting. Then, you will have a bandwidth limit. Go over it and your site is shut down. Thats it for this month. No notice, just shut things down. They have no l... More egal or technical understanding. They shut my sites off on a cease and desist. They freaked out rather than do what anyone else does, say "there is no obvious problem here, you need to sue the account holder" thats what everyone else does. Pair just shuts things off. SO if you want to shut down a PAIR site. Pretend you are a lawyer. You wont need letterhead, just send them an email pretending you are a lawyer. Dont worry about drafting, because it doesnt even have to look legit. Bammo, you can shut down any competitor on pair. and Pair will say "one we get that notice you have to sue the sender to get your site back on". No kidding ... its bad.
No Cpanel. Email only support (was never able to get anyone on phone). Fast but generally buck passing and with attitude. They should pay for Cpanel because their own interface is circa 1994 and quite bad.
Overall they wasted my time and it would be funny if not for the wasted time.
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Nickle and Diming
Brian W,
3.6
I signed up for $10.99 per month because of the good reviews. My first month was discounted 25%. Then I notice that they are charging me $3 extra per month just to have backups. That is just plain nickle and diming. BACKUP SHOULD BE INCLUDED!
Shared Hosting
4 plans from $5.95 to $29.95 6 plans from $6.74 to $14.24
Under $4 No No
Under $8

Package 1

$5.95 / MO
  • Space: 15 GB
  • Bandwidth: 74.96 GB
  • Panel: other
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Basic

$6.74 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Panel: cpanel
  • Number of Sites: 1
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Over $10

Package 2

$9.95 / MO
  • Space: 30 GB
  • Bandwidth: 150.02 GB
  • Panel: other
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Advanced

$8.24 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Panel: cpanel
  • Number of Sites: 4
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VPS
4 plans from $79.95 to $229.95 16 plans from $4.99 to $42.74
Under $4 No No
Under $8 No

Unmanaged Linux VPS Hosting 1

$4.99 / MO
  • Space: 30 GB
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
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Over $10

VPS-1

$79.95 / MO
  • Space: 60 GB
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
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Fully Managed Linux VPS Hosting 1

$8.24 / MO
  • Space: 30 GB
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
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Dedicated Server
7 plans from $199.95 to $1,699.95 1 plan from $179.00 to $179.00
Under $4 No No
Under $8 No No
Over $10

QS-X

$199.95 / MO
  • Space: 500 GB
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
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Dedicated Servers

$179.00 / MO
  • Space: 1 TB
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
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Cloud Hosting
No
3 plans from $4.99 to $328.99
Under $4 No No
Under $8 No

1 CPU 30GB

$4.99 / MO
  • Space: 30 GB
  • Bandwidth: 1 TB
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Over $10 No

2 CPU 100GB

$28.99 / MO
  • Space: 100 GB
  • Bandwidth: 2 TB
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Resellers
No
4 plans from $5.24 to $10.00
Under $4 No No
Under $8 No

Basic

$5.24 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Panel: cpanel
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Over $10 No

Ultimate

$8.24 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Panel: cpanel
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SSL
No
2 plans from $75.00 to $150.00
Under $4 No No
Under $8 No No
Over $10 No

1 YEAR

$75.00 / MO
  • Space: Unlimited
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
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Data Centers
1 of 6 1 of 6
North America Yes Yes
Europe No No
Asia No No
Oceania No No
South America No No
Africa & Middle East No No
Support Services
3 of 6 4 of 6
Live Chat No Yes
Phone Support Yes Yes
Email Support Yes Yes
Forum Support No No
Video guides No No
Knowledgebase Yes Yes
CMS support
3 of 9 4 of 9
WordPress Yes Yes
Managed Wordpress No No
Joomla Yes Yes
Drupal Yes Yes
Magento No Yes
Fantastico No No
Softaculous No No
PrestaShop No No
Zen Cart No No
OS Support
1 of 2 2 of 2
Windows/ASP.NET No Yes
Linux Yes Yes
Language Support
1 of 7 3 of 7
PHP Yes Yes
Java No No
Python No Yes
Node.js No No
Django No Yes
Perl No No
Ruby on Rails No No
Database Support
1 of 3 3 of 3
MongoDB No Yes
MySQL Yes Yes
PostgreSQL No Yes
Payment Types Support
3 of 6 4 of 6
PayPal Yes Yes
Credit Card Yes Yes
Moneybookers No Yes
Wire Transfer Yes No
Webmoney No No
Bitcoin No Yes
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