HostClear Review

Executive Summary 

HostClear is an award winning shared hosting provider, providing significant value with easy to administer hosting at industry-low prices.

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Highlights 

  • Unlimited storage and bandwidth
  • Unlimited domains
  • Unlimited MySQL databases

Pros

  • Very competitive monthly price
  • Free domain on registration
  • Free site builder and design suite complete with thousands of templates
  • Free marketing tools and bonuses including $100 AdWords and Yahoo ad credits
  • Free ecommerce with PayPal integration
  • 24/7 customer service

Cons 

  • Limitations on hosting customization (shared hosting only)
  • No hosting plan flexibility

Flexibility in Hosting Plans 

The plan offered by HostClear is loaded with features and value-added benefits making it an extremely attractive shared hosting plan. Unfortunately, there’s little flexibility as no other hosting plans are offered.

If you want more customization for your hosting plan like a static IP address, or you would prefer to have a virtual dedicated server you won’t find those options here. On the upside, the reduction in the scale of their server infrastructure and limited options is one of the main reasons they can offer such a large discount on their shared hosting plan.

Ease of Use 

We were pretty happy to see that HostClear utilizes cPanel for the administration of the hosting account. cPanel is a visually driven and easy to use system for managing hosting accounts. Not only does it streamline the administration, it also offers quick, one-click installs for extras like content management system applications.

HostClear also provides an intuitive site builder that works through a drag-and-drop interface. If you can type within a word document or move files around your desktop then you can use the site builder with ease. Everyone from less tech-savvy users to website veterans will have no trouble managing their hosting account and building out their website.

If you’re stuck at any point, HostClear offers 24/7 customer service available through multiple channels including a self-help knowledge base, live chat, phone support and email support.

Value-Added Features 

HostClear provides an impressive feature list along with items thrown in for extra value. Given the low monthly cost of the service we were happy to see a long list of features. What stood out the most is the unlimited bandwidth, unlimited storage and unlimited domains.

In addition, new users get access to:

  • Robust website builder and design suite
  • Free POP3/IMAP email with webmail access and autoresponders
  • Free ecommerce with shopping cart variations and PayPal integration
  • 24x7 network monitoring to minimize any kind of downtime
  • Website metrics including visitor stats and site traffic reports
  • Up to 1GB of free cloud storage

There’s also a marketing suite that includes helpful guides and tutorials on marketing your website, $100 Google AdWords credit, and $100 Yahoo/Bing ads credit. On the backend of the website hosting you’ll find a variety of applications that can be easily installed within cPanel including WordPress and other content management systems – and apps to support customization of those CMS platforms.

Scalability & Room to Grow 

The unlimited bandwidth and storage space means that no matter how much traffic you generate, or how big your site becomes, you’ll always have room to grow with HostClear. Keep in mind that the plan is limited so if you decide you need to move your website to a dedicated server you don’t have that option.

This does limit scalability to some extent but it’s based more on the business model and what type of hosting is the best fit as your business grows. Most businesses can do just fine on a shared hosting server.

Pricing 

The pricing offered by HostClear is extremely competitive as long as you select one of the extended subscription periods. If you opt for only the month to month subscription the rate is $6.99 per month (compared to just $2.99 month for a 36 month plan – but you’re locked into that plan), which is comparable to other shared hosting plans in the industry.

1 month subscription – $6.99

12 month subscription - $4.99

24 month subscription - $3.99

36 month subscription - $2.99

Hostclear also offers a 45-day money-back guarantee, so if you’re not absolutely satisfied with your hosting plan after signing up, you can cancel within that window to receive a full refund.

Conclusion

HostClear packs their shared hosting plan with a lot of value. The marketing perks are great for startup businesses that want to spike their initial traffic, and there’s a lot of room to grow thanks to the unlimited storage and bandwidth. A little more flexibility would be ideal but it’s hard to beat the savings that come from a provider with a very focused service offering. Whether you need hosting for a personal site or for a new business venture, you can’t really go wrong with HostClear.

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