HostWinds VPS Review – SSD VPS Hosting Analysis & Comparison

HostWinds VPS Review – SSD VPS Hosting Analysis & Comparison

1.5
May 1, 2015

HostWinds was established in 2010 with headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They provide many types of services such as hosting, domain registration, SSL certificates and so on. The company dreams big and has set up goals of changing the hosting industry and introducing a set of standards.

For web hosting service, the company offers shared, reseller, VPS and dedicated hosting for you. Here, this review will particularly discuss about its SSD VPS hosting in four aspects: price, feature, performance and technical support. The following table is ratings about its general performance.

HostWinds
HostWinds VPS Review

  • Reputation
    rating 1.5 of 5
  • Features
    rating 2 of 5
  • Speed
    rating 2.5 of 5
  • Reliability
    rating2 of 5
  • Support
    rating2.5 of 5

Price

HostWinds has 16 packages in total and the price varies from $13.5/mo to $209.5/mo. The primary four packages are priced at $13.5/mo, $21.5/mo, $31.5/mo and $41.5/mo respectively. For payment, you can pay via credit card, PayPal, Bitcoin or Skrill. In addition, you can apply for full refund within 60 days.

The package price seems to be affordable comparing to other hosting companies, but HostWinds charges a lot of additional fees. First of all, no cPanel is included in your packages, so you need to pay $13/mo to buy it. Besides, you must pay $2.5 for setup and $1.5/mo for Softaculous license. What’s worse, if you are not professional in dealing with technical issues, you may also need to pay $50 for full management. So in total, if you purchase Package 1, you have to pay at least $80.5/mo, which is much more expensive for this level of service.

Feature

The company has too many plans, so it is not concise to present them all in this part. Therefore, we choose one of its primary plans – Package 1 to compare with a well-known company InMotion Hosting which also utilizes SSDs on VPS. Through the comparison you can figure out whether Package 1 is rich-featured.

Feature HostWinds InMotion
Plan In Comparison Package 1 VPS-1000S
RAM 1 GB 4 GB
Storage 25 GB 60 GB
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited
CPU 1 Core Maximal
IPs 1 2
Root Access Yes Yes
Control Panel No cPanel – $425/yr valued
Price $13.5/mo $29.99/mo
Conclusion Not Recommended Recommended

Although InMotion Hosting seems to be a little bit more expensive in package fees, its package includes all crucial features such as cPanel, setup and more IPs, which in fact will save you large sum of money. In this way, InMotion Hosting is actually more economical-friendly.

Performance

PerformanceHostWinds has built a dedicated network to ensure fast speed. The company enables servers to be connected to two fully redundant uplinks neither of which is ever over 75% utilization due to their capacity planning. In this way, you can always experience full speed as the company hypes on their website. However, there are many negative comments about the company’s network, among which slow server response is the most serious problem.

Reliability is very fundamental for online business because once you website is down, nothing else ever matters. HostWinds gives 99.9% uptime guarantee, but in fact the company can only perform 99.82% uptime. After all, the company is quite small and young in the market. It cannot reach over 99.9% uptime by average like many big companies do.

Technical Support

HostWinds supports fours ways to assist you: hotphone, ticket, live chat and client portal, all of which can be found right on the top of its main page. Besides, there are useful tutorials for guidance in its support center.

Overall, the company’s service is well valued. According to customer feedbacks, most users comment that HostWinds is friendly and responsive in technical support. But the company has one weakness that they don’t provide 24×7 assistance, which is not welcome in this particular industry because incidents can happen to your websites at anytime.

Conclusion

In general, HostWinds is far more expensive and less competitive than many large companies. If you want to host your websites on big companies with good reputation, we suggest you go with the following companies.