Host Excellence: Our Review

Host Excellence is proof that things don’t have to be complicated to be good. The provider offers a fairly small number of hosting packages, but they cover the basics well, and include the most important features a small Web publisher will need. They’ve also made their plans both affordable and cost-effective.

The company has been around since the late 1990s, and while it’s continued to grow, it’s also remained small, pacing its growth to maintain quality of service. They own and operate their data center, so they’re able to control how resources are used to ensure their customers receive good, reliable service.

Features

Host Excellence provides customers with two main types of hosting, shared and VPS, each with tiered plans.

Shared Hosting Features

All the shared hosting plans offer pretty much same features, with a little variation according to plan tier. Always check a plan’s options before signing up to ensure the plan will meet your needs.

  • Three plan levels to choose from:
    • Basic
    • Business
    • Ultimate
  • All plans include:
    • Unlimited* domains
    • Unlimited* disk space
    • 1, 2, or 3 domain registrations, corresponding with available plan levels
    • 1, 3, or 15 dedicated IP addresses, corresponding with available plan levels
    • Unlimited* data transfer
    • Unlimited* subdomains
    • Free website builder
    • 2,500, 2,500, and unlimited* email accounts, corresponding with available plan levels
    • PHP5 and Perl
    • Ruby on Rails
    • 50, 50, and Unlimited* MySQL databases
    • Complimentary scripts
    • FTP access
    • Firewall protection
    • 99.9% uptime guarantee
    • 24/7 tech support via live chat

VPS Hosting Features

The VPS hosting plans from Host Excellence are similar to the shared plans in that each one offers many of the same services and features, but with a some variance according to operating system.

  • Two plans to choose from:
    • Linux OS
    • Windows OS
  • All plans include:
    • Unlimited* domains
    • Unlimited* subdomains
    • Burstable RAM, which is metered by plan
    • 2 dedicated IP addresses
    • Complete root access
    • cPanel or Plesk control panel
    • 99.9% uptime guarantee
    • 24/7 tech support via live chat
  • Linux plan offers:
    • 50 GB disk space
    • 1.5 TB data transfer
    • 768 MB of RAM
    • 4x CPU cores
  • Windows plan offers:
    • 100 GB disk space
    • 2 TB data transfer
    • 2,048 MB of RAM
    • 8x CPU cores

*As a rule, “unlimited” in the context of shared hosting generally denotes “limitless until you negatively impact server performance, at which point you may be billed or transferred to a more costly service tier.”

Benefits Breakdown

The Good

Host Excellence uses a distributed service architecture. Most hosting providers host numerous services on an individual server. This prevents the server from allocating its resources to any one task at a time. Instead, it has to divide its attention, so to speak, resulting in reduced efficiency and performance.

Conversely, Host Excellence reserves one server for each hosting task that must be performed, allowing the server to allocate all its resources to that one task, incresing both performance and efficiency.

They’re really more of a beginner-appropriate hosting provider, but there’s nothing wrong with that kind of specializing, either. They make it easy and affordable for small businesses and entrepreneurs to get started with reliable hosting services.

The Not-So-Good

There won’t be much room for expansion or upgrades. If your site outgrows the hosting plan you choose, you may have to switch from Host Excellence to another provider with plans that can accommodate larger sites.

Host Excellence also doesn’t seem to have a money back guarantee, which is becoming a standard feature among many other hosting providers.

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