MyHosting Review

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MyHosting offers all the resources and tools you need to start a blog or personal website at a great price. They also have award winning customer support and an extensive support center which you will not find with any other hosting company at this price. MyHosting offers personal, business, and eCommerce hosting plans with a variety of addon features. We will focus on the "Personal" plan as it is comparable to most other web hosting services.

MyHosting's basic personal plan offers a no frills solution for anyone starting a personal website, blog, or small business. They offer many features a-la-carte, which you don't see with many hosting services. This is a great idea as you only have to pay for the features you use and your hosting plan is easily expandable as your website grows.

Price

MyHosting offers 3 hosting plans to meet your needs, "Personal Website", “Business Hosting”, and “eCommerce Hosting”.  We will focus on the “Personal Website” plan for this review.  MyHosting is currently offering a $4.95 / month introductory price for a 12-month term contract.  Account activation, setup, and domain registration is included free with each plan.  MyHosting also offers a ton of extra addon features which is nice because you only have to pay for what you use, and you can upgrade later if you wish.

Personal Website Details:

Term 1-Month 6-Month 12-Month 24-Month 36-Month
Cost / mo $7.95 $7.45 $4.95 $4.75 $4.45
Billed As $7.95 $44.70 $59.4 $114.00 $160.20

Business Hosting Details:

Term 1-Month 6-Month 12-Month 24-Month 36-Month
Cost / mo $14.95 $14.00 $9.95 $9.45 $8.95
Billed As $14.95 $84.00 $119.40 $226.80 $322.20

eCommerce Hosting Details:

Term 1-Month 6-Month 12-Month 24-Month 36-Month
Cost / mo $29.95 $27.95 $18.95 $17.95 $16.95
Billed As $29.95 $167.70 $227.40 $430.80 $610.20

The prices listed are the regular and renewal prices. Each higher tier plan includes more options and offers more features standard. For example, the Business and eCommerce hosting plans offer more Yahoo! advertiser credits, more email addresses, and more MySQL databases included. Most users will find the Personal Website plan suitable to their needs.

MyHosting offers a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee in which you will be issued a full refund if you are not satisfied. Be aware that this refund only applies to any hosting fees and does not include additional services.

Features

MyHosting includes many features standard with their “Personal Website” plan.  Google spam filtering and antivirus are nicely integrated into your email and included for free.  They offer just the right amount of features to get you started without including extras that you pay for but never use. More features, like additional MySQL databases, can always be added later as your website grows.

Core Features
Unlimited Disk Space
Unlimited Data Transfer
Unlimited Hosted Domains
Linux CentOS Platform
 
Web Creation & Design Services
Free Template-Based Site Builder
Personalized Domain Name (1 Free Domain)
Blogs and Message Forums
Photo Galleries
Forms and Surveys
 
Marketing Tools
Search Engine Starter (SEO Site Submission) - $69.95 / year
$25 Yahoo!/Bing Search Credit
 
Email
10 Email Addresses w/Outlook Web Access
Google Spam Filtering and Anti-virus
Email Forwarding
Autoresponders
Spam Assassin Protection
 
Hosting Technology
Web Based Control Panel
24/7 Network Monitoring
Dual Quad Processor Performance Servers
Visitor Stats & Site Traffic Reporting
High Speed Fibre Optic Connection
 
Customer Support
Online Help Center & Knowledge Base
24/7 Phone, Email, & Live Chat Support
Community Forums
Step-by-Step Video Tutorials
 

Ease of Use

MyHosting uses the Parallels® web based control panel which is intuitive and easy to use.  The icons are clearly laid out and features are easy to get to.  The signup process is also easy although be aware that MyHosting will select some additional features by default, so be sure to uncheck them before continuing the signup process.

MyHosting offers a slew of add-on scripts that are very simple to integrate into your site. These include blogs (WordPress), forums (phpBB), content management (Joomla, Drupal), photo galleries (Gallery2), eCommerce (Magento), and more.

Reliability

MyHosting guarantees 99.9% server uptime and has 24/7 secure monitoring of their data centers.  They offer a Linux CentOS server platform running the Apache 2.0 web server for unparalleled reliability. They use dual quad processor performance servers which are directly connected to world-class fibre optic networks to ensure that your web site experiences superior performance in a fully-redundant and secure environment. They also have UPS power backup generators and a state-of-the-art cooling and fire suppression system.  All these features ensure that your site is reliable and fast.  MyHosting obviously put a big emphasis on providing their customers with the most reliable service.

Marketing Tools

MyHosting offers $25 in free Yahoo!/Bing marketing credits to help you establish a web presence and get the word out about your site.

  • $25 Yahoo!/Bing Search Credits
  • Search Engine Starter
  • Search Engine PowerPack

This is where we feel that MyHosting falls behind a bit from the competition. We were disappointed not to see a free Google AdWords credit or search engine optimization and marketing tools included. MyHosting's SEO tools cost extra, $69.95 - $134.95 / year. They offer the fewest marketing tools of any web hosting service.

MyHosting also collects visitor statistics and site traffic information helping you determine how your visitors are getting to your site and what links they click on while browsing your site. This is an invaluable feature as it helps you target future visitors and adjust the design of your site to make it work better for you.

Customer Support

MyHosting offers great customer service with 24/7 phone, email, and live chat support.  They have an extensive help center with a knowledge base, starter guides, video tutorials, a community forum, and professional setup services.  MyHosting definitely excels with their award winning customer support.  They are based in Toronto, ON, Canada, but have offices around the globe, so they offer great response time.  Their email responses are quick, and their phone support staff is intelligent and courteous. We didn’t have to wait long to be helped each time we contacted MyHosting’s customer support.

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