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HostMetro Review

  May 21, 2013 • Category: Reviews

General

HostMetro is a relatively new hosting company born from the reunion of several web hosting industry veterans. They have of 50 years of combined experience and they are set out to make things right.

Features

HostMetro won't make false claims about unlimited space and bandwidth (like many competitors do) but they assure you you will have enough for any normal web site (which means you can't run a file archiving service or a video sharing site; oustide of that you never have to worry about space or transfer limitations).

Hosting Plans / Packages

The standard hosting plan is called Mega Max Hosting. It includes the following:

  • No limits on space
  • No limits on transfer
  • No limits on domains
  • No limits on email addresses
  • No limits on databases

You also get a few additional interesting goodies:

  • Free domain name
  • Free domain name privacy, which is pretty rare
  • Free website builder - you actually get 2 different ones
  • Free website transfer service, if needed

HostMetro also offers a business hosting plan called Business Max Hosting, which includes a few additional features:

  • SSL Package
  • SEO Package including a dedicated IP address
  • SiteLock Security Seal

We recommend starting with the standard plan and upgrading to the business plan when you need it.

Control Panel

The control panel is CPanel 11 and will feel familiar to anyone having used cpanel web hosting before.

It is to be noted that HostMetro's CPanel is *not* overloaded with ads, promos and other distracting boxes trying to upsell you options on your account, which is refreshing.

Easy Web Application Installer

Popular web applications, including b2evolution, can be easily installed with the Softaculous installer which saves you precious time. With Softaculous, you don't need to manually configure a database and then configure that database in teh script you are trying to install. Everything is done automatically.

Performance

Our test site at HostMetro showed excellent performance.

Regarding FTP transfers, we were able to use several simultaneous connections in order to perform extremely fast site updates.

Security

The servers run mod_suphp which is the best practice for securing shared web hosting accounts.

In addition, the system refused to execute scripts with group writeable permissions. This means that, compared to average web hosts, the system has extra layers of security to prevent hacking of your website.

Regarding FTP transfers, we were able to use SFTP, which is excellent for security.

Overall, we give HostMetro a perfect security score. Their security is cutting edge and above average.

Customer Support

HostMetro's customer support is US based and has already won several awards.

They are available 24/7.

Customer Satisfaction

So far, the user feedback we got is very positive.

HostMetro is also proud to offer a full money back guarantee for the first 45 days.

Finally, they promise not to raise your renewal rates for as long as you stay with them, which is extremely rare in the industry.

Conclusion

HostMetro currently offers top of the line hosting quality for an extremely low introductory price, which they promise not to raise for as long as your keep their account with them. At this level of quality the price is likely to increase for future customers, so you may as well grab the deal while it's still available (remember you have 45 days to try them out or ask for your money back).

Check out HostMetro now ยป

Best offer we have seen in 2013 so far.

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Comment from: Will [Visitor]  
5 stars
Will

I have been using HostMetro for a year already and have nothing but great comments for them. Their support team provided me with excellent, fast service when I needed anything from them. Since I have received such great service and performance, I’m using them again for my next website.

Great job, guys!

03/25/14 @ 15:24
Comment from: Mike Webmaster [Visitor]
5 stars
Mike Webmaster

I was with 2 main hosting company’s on here.. had lots of problem’s.. moving to Host Metro was a good move! great people.. no problem’s, they do what they say.. always there for me.. i will stay with them..

02/23/14 @ 13:35
Comment from: Howard Hoyt [Visitor]  
3 stars
Howard Hoyt

Unable to get straight answer from hostmetro WHY my error_log disappears approx every two hours.

12/30/13 @ 16:49
Comment from: Lawrence [Visitor]  
3 stars
Lawrence

I signed up. Everything sounded great. Website fails. Not sure if they got hit with a virus or what. They seem to be having the same problem I was having on Hostmonster and Justhost. That’s was why I was going to move my stuff.

10/28/13 @ 04:21
Comment from: Paul Ackers [Visitor]
5 stars
Paul Ackers

I have signed up 3 days ago because of the low price. Definitely a good move. My site has never been as fast as since I transferred it to hostmetro. Everything just works! perfect.

05/23/13 @ 03:53

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