HostArmada Reviews | TechRadar
Although a child prodigy, HostArmada still counts as a toddler among the web hosting giants. Launched in 2019, this growing company has since managed to cover four continents while sprouting its data centers around the world. However, its head office remains located in its place of origin, Delaware (USA).
HostArmada covers everything from domain services to a wide variety of cloud-based hosting solutions including shared SSD, WordPress, SSD VPS, dedicated CPU server, open source, and development-oriented hosting solutions.
To provide blazing speed to every user so they can “crush their competition”, HostArmada uses powerful cloud technology, a native SSD platform, a redundant network and the latest AMD processors.
Additionally, users can choose from nine data center locations, including three in the United States (Dallas, Fremont and East Newark) and one each in Canada (Toronto), United Kingdom (London), Germany ( Frankfurt), India (Mumbai), Singapore (Singapore) and Australia (Sydney).
HostArmada’s main site looks quite sophisticated with its clever use of the sunset color scheme and it is (besides being easy to look at) very easy to use. It is available in English only and is priced in USD.
There’s also an official blog, which covers a whole range of topics (from tips and tricks to news and product announcements) that most users will find both useful and enjoyable to read. The blog seems and appears to be updated on a fairly regular basis. However, if you still prefer shorter text (or just love social media), you can find and follow HostArmada on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
Packages and prices
After reviewing HostArmada’s web hosting plans, you should (and rightly so) conclude that their plans are quite affordable. However, if you start to pay attention to the small letters, you’ll remember an old saying that if something is too good to be true, it usually (and unfortunately) is. The pocket price you see is promotional and is only valid for the first registration. After this period, you will be billed at regular rates and they can be three or four times higher than promotional rates, which is bad news.
For example, HostArmada’s cheapest shared hosting plan called “Start Dock” will set you back $ 3.99 per month, which seems like a real bargain. However, after the promotional period ends, the price will increase at its regular rate of $ 13.30 per month. This plan supports one website, 15GB of cloud storage (SSD), unlimited bandwidth, free SSL for all domains, seven daily backups, and one free domain registration (or transfer).
On top of that, HostArmada provides two other packages for shared hosting, three for WordPress, four for VPS, and three for dedicated CPU servers. There are also developer packages (three of each type), but these are essentially the same cloud-based shared hosting plans with somewhat different functionality.
All plans come with a money-back guarantee: a generous 45-day plan with shared hosting plans or a 7-day plan with VPS and dedicated servers.
HostArmada accepts all major credit cards (including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, JCB, and UnionPay) and PayPal.
Ease of use
To get things going, we’ll be using the simplest cloud-based shared web hosting plan called “Start Dock”. By choosing it, you will be taken to their domain registration (or transfer) page, where you will have to make a choice. If you register a new domain, it will be free as long as you are a HostArmada customer. If you already have one and want to keep it with your current manager, you can choose to do so as well. Overall there is a huge collection of domain names and if the one you want is not on the list you are welcome to contact the team at HostArmada and see what they can do about it. .
After that, you’ll need to decide on the billing cycle (yearly, biennial, or triennial), where your data center is located (all nine are available), and think about including a few add-ons. To complete the process you will be asked to create an account with HostArmada and to do so you will need to provide a list of your personal information (nothing unusual here), billing information and create a secure password.
HostArmada’s dashboard is remarkably intuitive and from there you will be able to manage your account information, hosting services, add email accounts (the number is unlimited) and domain, log into your cPanel (yes, they provide an industry standard control panel) and more. Even if you are a complete newcomer, managing all aspects of your newly created site should soon become second nature to you thanks to the intuitive design of cPanel. And if you happen to get stuck, we recommend checking out some of the beginner-friendly tutorials from HostArmada.
From cPanel, you can install WordPress in no time (or any of the hundreds of apps available) with Softaculous’s one-click installer. If you prefer to use a code-free website builder, HostArmada has one and it comes with plenty of ready-made templates to make your website look like a million bucks.
Speed and experience
Since HostArmada often emphasizes that its website load speed is a key component to its successful online presence, we had no choice but to check out the speed of HostArmada’s own site. After performing several speed tests on the main site via GTmetrix (our tool of choice), we had some pretty disappointing results with a C (76%) as the final score. The full site load time was 3.5 seconds, which is just under the recommended limit. At the same time, the process processed 163 requests, almost half of what it usually does.
When it comes to uptime, HostArmada offers a 99.9% guarantee for any given month, excluding scheduled (or unscheduled) maintenance. If the number of downtime experienced by your site exceeds what is promised, you are entitled to 10% to 100% credit, depending on the number of downtime experienced. During the two-week testing period (a bit longer, actually), UptimeRobot managed to register just four minutes of total downtime, resulting in a total uptime of 99.98%. With that, we had no legal basis to apply for free credit, and fortunately.
The first stop for those looking for self-help will likely be HostArmada’s comprehensive knowledge base. It contains a full range of procedures (200, to be precise) covering all common (and some less common) issues. It includes nine categories (billing, cPanel / WHM, domains / DNS, email, open source applications, etc.) which are then further broken down into suitable subcategories. Overall, finding your way around is as intuitive as it gets, and the articles themselves are incredibly easy to understand and follow. On top of that, you can find a fair amount of user-friendly tutorials for novices in their “Learning Center”.
As for those who want technical help from HostArmada support staff, they can get it through a US-based phone number (Monday through Friday during US business hours), a ticketing, email and live chat.
To ensure the best possible web hosting service, HostArmada provides some sort of guarantee, one that promises a “great support experience” and compensation in case a member of its staff makes a mistake.
Bluehost and HostArmada are hosts from the United States, and both are very beginner-friendly and able to provide everything a small and medium-sized business needs. On the other hand, although both hosts offer low-cost hosting solutions, the price increase after the promotional period may leave you indifferent. One thing that sets them apart is the operating system support and with Bluehost you can get both Linux and Windows while with HostArmada you will only have a Linux option.
Another similar (and fan favorite) host from the United States is HostGator. Like HostArmada, HostGator offers a beginner-friendly approach with a full set of fine-tuning features. However, with HostGator you can only pay for one month, while with HostArmada there is no such option.
Hostwinds is another US based web host and offers a diverse range of hosting solutions including shared, cloud, VPS, dedicated and reseller hosting. Their plans also include great unlimited features (including storage, bandwidth, and a number of email accounts). When it comes to speed performance, Hostwinds comes out on top with a load time of 0.5 seconds and a conclusive rating of A (100%), an extraordinary sight.
The last (but not the least) of HostArmada’s competitors we’ll cover is a US cloud-based host known as Kinsta. However, Kinsta focuses exclusively on providing fully managed premium WordPress hosting solutions (the cheapest plan will set you back $ 30 per month), while HostArmada offers budget options as well.
In just a few years of its existence, HostArmada has successfully established itself as a leading web hosting company that provides fast and secure hosting solutions at an affordable price. Among the myriad of free features that they will provide you with the weapon of, you will find domain registration, site transfers, SSL certificates, daily backups, SSD storages and the list goes on. Whether you are a novice, a tech-savvy geek, or something else, HostArmada is definitely a step in the right direction.
However, if you’d rather trust a more experienced web hosting company, HostGator and Bluehost have almost two decades of experience under their belt.