Z.com Review

In a Nutshell

Top-quality web hosting for clients across East Asia, from Singapore to the Philippines. Choose from shared, cloud VPS, and WordPress hosting.

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Best For:

Affordable web hosting that is easy to set up and can be scaled in a breeze if you have a business website that starts getting more traffic. The service doesn’t limit your visitors or bandwidth, and lets you have at least 20 email accounts and 10 sub domains, so its ideal for people who need options and a hosting service that can handle a dynamic online presence

Pros

  • Highly affordable hosting

  • Free SSL certificate

  • No limits on bandwidth or visitors

  • Very responsive customer service

  • High-speed SSD storage

Cons

  • No dedicated server hosting

  • No drag-and-drop website builder

  • Free .Com domain is only good for 12 months and on personal plan 

Features

  • 99.9% uptime

  • 2-click set up, with very easy-to-use dashboard

  • Even the entry level plan includes a wealth of features from file and image managers to autoresponders, and unlimited bandwidth

Ease of Use

Z.com hosting is built to be easy to use, and suitable for people running their first website and also people with large, enterprise-scale business sites.  The ease of use starts with the 2-click sign up, which should have you online and running within 20 seconds, and you can run it all smoothly from the cPanel dashboard. The company stipulates that while it does work on mobile devices, the dashboard is best suited to a desktop device. In addition, if you do have any difficulties, the company has an extensive online support center as well as customer service representatives who are very responsive.

Pricing and Plans

The shared web hosting prices are as follows:

 6-month plan12-month plan24-month plan
Personal

$4.00 per month

$3.00 per month

$2.50 per month

Business

$10.00 per month

$9.00 per month

$8.00 per month

Professional

$21.00 per month

$20.00 per month

$18.00 per month

 Website Building Features

The service does not include a website builder.

 Customer Support

Z.com has an extensive online support section on the company website and you can easily fill out an online inquiry for assistance. In addition, there is a live chat which, in our experience, received answers very quickly.

VPS and Cloud Hosting

There is no dedicated hosting, but the company does provide Cloud VPS (virtual private server) hosting. With cloud VPS you don’t have your own dedicated server, but you can do some customization, and not all resources are shared. Typically this is considered a faster, more high-performance option, for website owners who want to upgrade from a shared server but not opt for a dedicated server. One advantage of a cloud server over a dedicated server is that you never run out of resources, since the more resources you need, the more you have (at a cost).

 1 GB Cloud VPS $14.27 per month
 2 GB Cloud VPS $27.68 per month
 4 GB Cloud VPS $54.15 per month
 64 GB Cloud VPS $784.39 per month

Shared and Dedicated Hosting

The question—which is better, dedicated or shared hosting—depends on you. For your average website owner, shared hosting should be fine. You’ll share the server with other users, but your performance should be enough for you and you won’t have to worry. With dedicated hosting you’ll have higher performance and the ability to fully customize your server, but you’ll also spend much more money and be responsible for the maintenance of the server. If you don’t have a large enterprise website that needs that type of horsepower, you’re probably better off just going with a shared server.

More Reasons to Choose

The low price of Z.com can’t be stressed too much, considering how well it stacks up to the competition. The company also provides most of the features for all accounts, so you don’t have to go with a premium, expensive membership to enjoy the benefits of a solid hosting service. The company operates a large number of servers across East Asia, so for people based out of the region, high performance should be assured. Also, the customer service team is quite responsive, which can’t be overlooked when you’ve launched a website and want to make sure things keep running smoothly.

Conclusion 

Running a website—especially for the first time—can be a bit daunting. With Z.com, you get a hosting service that is affordable and comes replete with a large number of features. And while the company doesn’t offer dedicated hosting, the shared hosting, Cloud VPS, and WordPress hosting mean that most online users should be able to find what they need.

About Z.com

Calling itself “the best web hosting provider in Asia Pacific,” Z.com boasts over 800,000 subscriptions and counting, and can service customers in countries (and currencies) as varied as Myanmar, Singapore, and Vietnam. The company provides a wide range of services for web hosting and is looking to establish itself as a regional leader in Asia, with affordable, scalable, and highly-effective website hosting.

Short Bio

Industry: Web hosting 

Founded: 1991

CEO: Masatoshi Kumagai

Founder: Masatoshi Kumagai

Geos: Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand 

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