Host Color Web Hosting Review

Host Color has been in the web hosting business for a relatively long time which is since 2000. They started out in Europe before moving to the States in August 2003. Host Color believes in “proper web hosting”, which in their words is never oversell. With that belief, they do not oversell the usage of the web hosting services and overload their servers, and in the process keep their customers satisfied and happy. After all, “responsibility” is one of their business philosophies, along with “creativity” and “innovation & stability”.

Host Color

We give Host Color THUMBS UP for:

MODx CMS

This is a Content Management System (CMS) developed in PHP that is flexible and simple unlike other open source PHP-based CMS. The Blogan and Content plans come with MODx CMS, allowing CSS sites and custom web applications to be built easily.

5 objective-specific web hosting plans

Host Color has 5 specialised web hosting plans, designed for website owners with specific needs and budgets. These plans are:

  • Blog web hosting
    This is great for hosting your WordPress blog or blogs!

  • CMS hosting plan
    This plan is recommended for those who develop and manage independent blogs, web media, news or content websites.

  • Social web hosting
    Meant for social network marketers, you’d get features such as the Dolphin Social Network that allows you to host and manage photos, Pligg Social Bookmarking which allows you to create a bookmarking website, PHP Melody that creates a video sharing website and Limesurvey Polls and Surveys that lets you create and conduct surveys.

  • e-Commerce web hosting
    For business owners, this web hosting plan has features with the best of your business in mind: Virtuemart Joomla Shopping Cart, OSTicket for customer inquiries, ShopCMS Paypal Cart, Cubecart 3 and many more! A free dedicated IP address is included.

  • Multi domain plan
    This plan gives you a mix of each of the plans above. There is WordPress MU for your blogging needs, Dolphin Social Network for the social networking and Drupal Content Management and Joomla CMS for content management purposes. Free dedicated IP address and Free SEO service are included!

By having these specialized plans, you are able to decide easily on your plan knowing and being assured that Host Color has tailor-made plans to meet your expected needs, regardless of your objectives in blogging or setting up your website. Let’s take a look at a summary of the 5 plans that Host Color has:

Hosting Plan Blogan CMS Social Web e-Commerce Multi Domain
Disk Space 5GB 10GB 20GB 50GB 73.2GB
Monthly Bandwidth 51,200MB 102,400MB 153,600MB Unlimited Unlimited
Host websites 1 3 5 7 Unlimited
MySQL databases 5 30 50 100 200
POP3 email accounts 10 30 50 100 500
Price (monthly) $3.99 $4.99, further discount with promotional coupons $5.27 with promotional coupon $6.79 with promotional coupon $8.99

Great customer support

Host Color takes pride in their “Famous 24/7” direct toll-free phone helpline where there is no call waiting and an operator is always available to take your call. Host Color also has a “15 min rule” where a response is guaranteed for support tickets. Quite an impressive and dedicated effort in meeting their customers’ needs. Besides, which other web hosting provider has its representatives also on Skype to troubleshoot and handle inquiries?

Hosting rebates and coupons

Under the “Rebates and Coupons” section, you’d find coupon codes that entitle you to further discounts on a variety of services, be in domains, shared hosting, virtual private servers or web hosting. Some coupons save you up to 18% off the advertised price.

cPanel/WHM

Host Color’s web hosting plans run on the cPanel/WHM control panel which is a popular website management software that simplifies the hosting process. New users can make use of the video tutorials on the website to familiarize themselves with the control panel and will find that its graphical interface and automation tools are actually easy to use.

Fantastico auto-installer software library

Fantastico automates the installation of web applications to a website or when a website is created. The Fantastico scripts does everything for you from creating tables in a database, installing the software, adjusting permissions and modifying web server configuration files.

Money back guarantee

The Blogan, CMS and Social Web plans come with a 30-day money back guarantee while the e-Commerce and Multi Domain web hosting plans come with 45-day money back guarantee.

Active Host Color forum

At www.hostcolorforums.com, Host Color customers can find the latest information, support topics or simply get to know fellow users of Host Color’s services.

Affordable and you pay for what you need

I find Host Color’s plans value-for-money and very helpful as they have features and functions that are specifically meant for your website’s purpose. You don’t have to pay for stuff that you don’t actually need or utilize as Host Color allows you to choose and pay for only the add-ons that you need.

We give Host Color THUMBS DOWN for:

The main and only reason is their website. Besides looking dull and uninteresting, as opposed to its name, the layout of the website isn’t appealing. Information seems to be stuffed in every corner and there is a lot to read. It is difficult to compare the plans that they have. The features should have been listed in a table for easier comparison across plans. Anyway, it’s still OK as we’ve got this covered for you!

Editor’s advice

Our review shows that the pros of Host Color clearly outweighs its cons. Whether you want your blog, business site or a CMS site hosted, you can safely choose Host Color as your web hosting provider.

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