eHost Review: The fusion of cPanel and Website Builder
eHost.com is a US based web hosting provider, headquartered in Houston, Texas. The company has been providing hosting service for small and medium sized websites since 1998. Ehost’s platform hosts over one million websites.
In the next part of this eHost review, I will share our experience with the company. You will find out what are the pros and cons of eHost.com, what we like and what we don’t like about their service.
Our Experience with eHost.com
In mid-2015 eHost has changed its business model. The company’s hosting plan has been redesigned. The new hosting plan looked like a great success so many people have started talking about. We wanted to see for ourselves what this plan is about and purchased a test account. Their hosting plan is very user friendly, its main focus is on providing an easy to use platform for beginners and non-technical persons who are wanting to create a simple website. Their support is well trained and very technical, but this should not scare newbies away, because they are very helpful too.
We decided not to use our test account for monitoring eHost’s service. In October, 2015 we choose a random website hosted on one of their web servers and started our tests. The uptime and response data is provided through the UptimeRobot API and here is the graph in real time:
At the time of writing (after 3 months of monitoring) the result was 100% uptime. Although the company only guarantees 99.9% uptime, this is a fantastic result. The average response time however is a bit high: 1,170 ms, this definitely needs some improvement.
What we Like about eHost.com
Cheap Feature-Rich Hosting Plan: The introduction price for the Premium eHost plan is $2.75 monthly if you commit for a 36 months period. Ehost’s plan includes a free domain name, $200 ad credit on Google, Yahoo and Bing, and 1GB cloud storage as well.
User-Friendly Control Panel: eHost use cPanel, the most popular and best control panel available on the market. With cPanel you can easily manage your websites, add-on domains, create email accounts and forwarders. With the in-built quick install features, you can easily install WordPress or other CMS you favor. The installation process is automated, you only have to fill in the website name, admin login details and add your email address. The creation of database, upload of tiles and connection of these two is done automatically by eHost. With minimal technical knowledge, anyone can set up a website in just couple of minutes.
Here is a screenshot of the control panel from eHost. The beautiful icons and search function will help you quickly find the features and tools you need. It has a clean design and is well structured.
Professional Website Builder: with this tool, beginners with minimal or no-IT knowledge can build a professional looking, responsive website. The website builder has a unique drag and drop function that allows to user to easily add text, images, galleries, buttons, and videos to their website. It is possible also to create a blog which will match your website design. Choose from over one thousands pre-created templates, which are following the latest web design technologies and standards. Preview your work before publishing your site or edit the pages later on.
We also liked the fact that the company is so confident about the quality of their service, that they offer a 45 Day Money Back Guarantee, which is more than that you usually get at other hosting companies.
What we don’t like about eHost
Although we have been featuring eHost as top hosting provider, you should know that they are not perfect. The main disadvantage of eHost.com is that there is not upgrade option to a higher tier hosting plan. If your website needs more server resources, you will need to leave eHost, because there is no VPS or dedicated hosting available.
The basic hosting plan does not provide an automatic backup solution, you need to purchase this feature at additional cost.
Useful Information You Should Know about eHost.com
We have tested the performance of multiple WordPress sites which where hosted on eHost and the results were great. For a small site built with WordPress, eHost.com is a good and inexpensive solution.
Conclusion: Is eHost Right For You?
Ehost.com is a good choice for beginners to get started with their first online project. The company offers many options to build a simple website. If you choose eHost to build and host your small site you can’t go wrong. You should also remember that with eHost you have limited options in terms of hosting plans: no VPS and Dedicated servers.
We like the simple and reliable service offered by eHost, therefor we highly recommend this company for small and medium sized websites.