By Pete Griffin
eHost claims they have ‘everything you need to succeed online’ and with a ton of features out the box that appeal to both pros and amateurs, it may very well be the perfect one-stop-shop for you. Find out more about this web host in our complete review...
eHost is a hosting provider, a website builder and more. It has a great reputation for providing reliable hosting at really great prices. This means affordable web hosting solutions that will suit most requirements, whether you’re looking to build a simple brochure site, an eCommerce store or a corporate website. They have 24/7 data centre monitoring and that gives super reliable levels of uptime.
With fantastic, always open customer service, eHost is ideal for those who are looking to that little bit of extra support exactly when it is needed. Priority support customers can email, use chat support or speak on the phone. And with a promised answer time of less than two minutes, eHost clearly understands the importance of keeping their customers happy.
But eHost's service isn’t just for beginners; they offer professional grade services that web pros will feel comfortable and confident using.
With 1GB of free cloud storage, free email accounts, unlimited My SQL databases and unmetered bandwidth as standard as part of all plans, eHost gives users all the tools they need to make an impression online. eHost makes everything easy and by using CPanel – you’ll have a familiar interface and that makes eHost an attractive option.
Well-maintained and powered by Apache, eHost claim to have excellent reliability and uptime. For the technical amongst with, a load-balancing platform, daily server backups and 24/7 monitoring, eHost are all set up to ensure the technology is secure, speedy and stable as possible.
eHost has a cheap entry point, you can choose to pay monthly or annually, at even better rates. That’s to be expected in this day and age. However, they try and sell you a stack of add-ons as soon as you get through the gate, and that leaves a bit of a sour taste in the mouth. The pill is slightly less bitter as eHost offer services like $100’s of free advertising credit and free email accounts, something other providers in this space cash in on. They also offer a free domain for life, it is an appealing feature that is worthy of a thumbs up.
|Pro 12 month||$4.99|
|Pro 24 month||$3.99|
|Pro 36 month||$2.75|
eHost certainly feels intuitive and easy to use. The clean, well organized front-end of their website is mirrored by the orderly control panel provided with all hosting plans. That said, eHost does insist of you choosing your domain name before you can get into the service in full, which may not be ideal if you are still considering this important business decision.
Their site builder really does impress in terms of ease of use. Everything is beautifully designed, and intuitive. Sure, you don’t have the power of Wordpress, but if that’s your thing, you can sidestep the site builder and go ahead and use CPanel to install Wordpress and more. EHost does everything it can to make getting started with its service smooth and simple, which is great as many hosting services can be hard to get to grips with at first.
ECommerce tools are easy to find and install, and eHost’s free website builder allows first timers to build a good-looking site quickly and easily – even with no web design experience. For eCommerce sites, a specific eCommerce-hosting plan is available and easy to install.
A lot of websites offer website builders, and a lot of them are instantly forgettable. Not eHost’s. It’s slick, modern and packed with essential, modern features that take no time at all to configure.
These include flexible layout options, one-click additions of site elements and easy section reordering. This is important in a site builder, and if you make a mistake, don’t worry – you can reset the template with one click. Ehost has a neat mobile editor as well, it’s intuitive and provides a great solution for this modern day necessity.
eHost offer a ton of nicely designed templates that are ideal for small business owners who just need a presence online.
eHost make a big deal about their Priority customer support. And rightly so. They are available all day, every day. You’ll never find yourself without access to phone support, email or chat options. And that is a big deal. But you most likely won’t need it, eHost is super reliable and that’s probably part of the reason they can offer you a telephone response time of less than 2 minutes.
eHost looks like a pretty decent option for small business owners. Their site builder is one of the best on the market, and it has an array of easy to access customer service options.
Their pricing is in and around the market average, but they do try to upsell at nearly every opportunity.
With a Design Suite, Marketing Suite and Support Suite all included in your monthly payments, eHost has got things organised in a neat way that makes their site easy to use.
In the design suite, it’s easy to add a blog and an ecommerce app, and you can have yourself a nice looking site in a matter of hours. There’s help with marketing with plenty of free vouchers, and if you get stuck, you can call a free phone number. What’s more, with a 45-day money back guarantee, there’s no risk and if your goal is to get online quickly, this is definitely an option worth looking into.
About Pete GriffinPete is a digital strategist with 15 years of experience in media production
and web project management, in PR and broadcast media environments.
He’s the owner of "We Are Digital Vision," a Cardiff based digital communications
consultancy the offer consultancy, content and design services