Accu Web Hosting review | TechRadar

Founded in 2003, Accu Web Hosting is an skilled US supplier with an enormous vary of web hosting services.

There are shared hosting, VPS and dedicated servers, as an illustration. WordPress hosting and application hosting. cloud hosting, reseller hosting, load balancers, backup schemes, area registration, SSL certificates and extra.

You’re not restricted to Linux merchandise. Just about every little thing within the vary can also be out there in a Windows taste, although for a small worth premium.

Data Centers

Accu Web has information facilities all over the world (Image credit score: Accu Web Hosting)

Shared plans might be hosted in US, Europe, Singapore, South Africa, India and Australia, and VPS and devoted plans add extra choices (Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, South Korea, Japan, extra.)

Most merchandise are extremely configurable. Looking for an unmanaged VPS, perhaps? Control panel choices embody cPanel, Plesk and DirectAdmin, or the corporate can set up free choices like ISPConfig, Ajenti or ZPanel. You’re after a US devoted server? Accu Web has so many choices – lots of – that the web site makes use of eight separate filters that can assist you discover what you want.

Accu Web Hosting plans do not declare to supply limitless bandwidth and storage, however we do not see that as a difficulty. The limits are usually set very excessive; even the most affordable shared internet hosting plan contains 10GB storage and 500GB month-to-month bandwidth, most likely sufficient for many shopper and plenty of enterprise websites. And in actuality, all suppliers have limits: they simply disguise them behind obscure ‘honest utilization’ clauses within the small print, guaranteeing no-one is aware of what they’re.

Headline costs aren’t fairly the bottom, however they’re very affordable (shared hosting from $3.09 a month on the three 12 months plan, VPS from $10 on an annual plan), and so they usually get higher if you drill into the main points (VPS plans are absolutely managed, as an illustration.)

(When you are evaluating costs, understand that Accu Web would not do introductory reductions, making it look a little bit dearer than it truly is. That’s unhealthy in the event you’re hoping to save lots of a pile on cash by getting low-cost internet hosting over three or 4 years. But it is good over shorter plans, because it means your prices aren’t going to double or extra on renewal.)

24/7 help is offered by way of electronic mail, stay chat and phone (US) in the event you run into bother, and also you’re protected by a 30-day money-back assure (7-day for VPS plans.)

Shared internet hosting

Accu Web’s shared internet hosting begins with its Personal Web Hosting plan. This imposes numerous limits, however as we talked about above, there’s nothing that may have an effect on the common small website: 10GB storage, 150 electronic mail accounts and ‘solely’ 500GB site visitors goes to be sufficient for a lot of customers. (Even with a cumbersome internet web page measurement of 5MB, that is 100,000-page views a month.)

Unusually, even this starter plan permits internet hosting as many web sites as you want, inside the storage restrict (most suppliers restrict you to internet hosting one website on their starter plan.)

Elsewhere, the plan contains all of the options you’d count on: free SSL, cPanel website administration, a free area, a bundled web site builder.

Prices vary from $3.25 a month on the six-month plan (there isn’t any month-to-month billing, sadly) to $3.09 a month over three years. That’s good worth, and as we talked about above, understand that that is the usual worth, not some particular introductory deal. It’s not going to leap on renewal.

There are two additional shared hosting plans, however they primarily simply provide you with extra storage, emails and bandwidth, though the Enterprise plan (from $9.99 a month) additionally throws in a devoted IP.

Shared cloud internet hosting presents a extra scalable product, significantly helpful for dealing with web sites which have common giant spikes in site visitors. Specs are much like the common shared plans, and costs begin at an inexpensive $4.79 a month.

Some suppliers have extra interesting offers, at the least at first look. HostGator’s Baby plan, as an illustration, provides you unmetered storage and bandwidth from $2.75 a month.

Check out the main points, although, and it is a totally different story. HostGator’s ‘unmetered’ doesn’t suggest ‘limitless’, as an illustration; the Baby plan solely permits internet hosting one website, whereas Accu Web plans haven’t any fastened limits; and though the Baby plan seems to be low-cost at $2.75, you should join three years to get that deal, and it renews at $6.75, greater than twice Accu Web’s worth.


WordPress internet hosting is affordable however a little bit quick on options (Image credit score: Accu Web Hosting)


Accu Web’s WordPress hosting plans have a succesful set of options, together with some welcome pluses. All plans help internet hosting limitless web sites; the corporate will import one present WordPress website at no cost; search engine optimization and a performance-boosting Hyper Cache plugin come preinstalled, and day by day backups are thrown in.

Advanced options embody GIT-based model management and WP-CLI to handle WordPress by way of the command line, whereas staging permits enhancing your WordPress mission with out affecting the manufacturing website.

Pricing is barely any totally different to Accu Web’s common shared internet hosting, beginning at $3.49 a month over three years for 10GB storage and 500GB site visitors.

There are extra succesful managed WordPress plans about. Bluehost and IONOS WordPress Pro plans each help auto-updating of plugins, in addition to WordPress itself, as an illustration.

But these extra high-end merchandise may also value 2, 3 or extra instances as a lot as Accu Web’s providing. If you are getting began with WordPress and never creating some business-critical website, it is smart to start out with a funds product and improve later, in the event you discover you want the additional options.


Acuu Web Hosting presents numerous VPS and devoted server choices (Image credit score: Accu Web Hosting)


Accu Web Hosting’s VPS range goals to spice up web site efficiency by supplying you with devoted RAM and CPU assets.

Starter costs are low at solely $5 billed month-to-month (sure, monthly- no long-term contracts required), however that is as a result of the bottom plan is comparatively underpowered: self-managed, 1GB RAM, 20GB storage and solely 150GB site visitors (even A2’s most elementary shared internet hosting plan provides you 500GB.)

Its managed SSD Saturn VPN plan will get you 4GB RAM, 4 CPU cores, 50GB storage and 650GB bandwidth, all for $48 a month on the annual plan.

Comparing plans with different hosts is troublesome as there are such a lot of elements to think about, however to take a single instance, Bluehost’s Enhanced VPS features a comparable 4GB RAM, two CPU cores and 60GB storage and a chunky 2TB bandwidth. Its introductory worth is fractionally decrease at $29.99 for all plan lengths, however doubles on renewal to $59.99. If you want the additional bandwidth, Bluehost seems to be good; if CPU cores and long-term value is a precedence, perhaps Accu Web is finest. 

Accu Web’s devoted plans are so configurable that there isn’t any house to start to cowl them right here, however primarily you are in a position to choose an information middle, then select from numerous base servers, every of which helps including a RAID card, management panel, SQL Server (Express, Web, Standard and Enterprise editions), mail server, CDP backup plan, firewall, IPv6 deal with and extra.

Bandwidth allocations are excessive, with even the most affordable US server getting you 20TB, and costs begin at a cut price $118. 

Beware, although: specs and costs differ significantly, relying on the information middle you select (Singapore has solely a handful of servers, and even $500 a month programs solely provide you with 10TB site visitors a month, though you’ll be able to add extra.) Browse the Dedicated Server product pages fastidiously to see in the event that they’re best for you.

Signing up

The Accu Web Hosting web site has some very in-depth comparability tables of its numerous plans, useful if you’re making an attempt to decide on no matter is finest for you.

Most of those tables embody pricing for numerous subscription lengths, too. If you’ve got frolicked searching for internet hosting you may know that many suppliers bury those who important particulars, so it is good to see Accu Web being extra up-front with its prospects.

We chosen the most affordable shared internet hosting plan, and had been provided a small collection of elective extras: a premium SSL certificates for $49.99 a 12 months, CDN help for a month-to-month $3.95, and SpamExperts-based spam filtering to guard as much as 100 mailboxes for $5.85 quarterly ($1.95 a month.)

Creating an account is a bit more safe than standard (or entails extra trouble, relying in your viewpoint.) As effectively as requesting your identify, bodily and electronic mail deal with and cell phone quantity, the corporate validates your identification by sending you a textual content with a one-time password.

Accu Web Hosting helps fee by way of card and PayPal. We paid by way of PayPal within the standard manner, and whereas we did that, a textual content arrived with our password.

Once verified, Accu Web Hosting arrange and activated our account at velocity, and inside quarter-hour a Welcome electronic mail arrived with logins, FTP credentials, nameservers and each different element you may wish to know.


Shared internet hosting plans embody cPanel as normal (Image credit score: cPanel)

Creating a website

Logging in to Accu Web Hosting took us to a well-recognized WHMCS-based account administration dashboard, as utilized by the vast majority of smaller internet hosts. This would not have a lot visible enchantment, however it contains all of the account, product and help options you want, and in the event you’ve used a number of different hosts you may most likely acknowledge it straight away.

A few clicks takes you to Accu Web’s full-featured cPanel setup, the place you may discover a number of instruments to assist create a website.

Softaculous is readily available for straightforward set up of WordPress, MediaWiki, PrestaShop and lots of of different internet apps.

RV Sitebuilder

RV Sitebuilder is a template-based drag and drop web site builder (Image credit score: Accu Web Hosting)

RV sitebuilder is a straightforward drag-and-drop web site builder. It would not have many templates however there are many widgets and enhancing choices, and we’re glad it is included in Accu Web’s plans.

The normal cPanel File Manager permits creating and organizing folders, importing and enhancing information and customarily getting your internet house so as.

There are all the same old web site administration options, too, together with instruments to work with domains and subdomains, create databases, create and handle electronic mail accounts and, if you’re up and operating, get in-depth stats in your web site guests.

All web sites run into issues sometimes, no matter your host, however Accu Web Hosting has extra methods to assist than most: stay chat, electronic mail, phone, an online knowledgebase and a few busy social media websites.

There’s an enormous quantity of content material out there on the knowledgebase alone: 28 articles on CDN internet hosting, 39 masking electronic mail shopper settings, even 63 Plesk tutorials. The articles assist cowl sensible duties (‘How to put in a WordPress theme’) in addition to set up and troubleshooting, making the help website a genuinely helpful useful resource.


Accu Web Hosting did effectively in our efficiency exams and did exceptionally effectively in our uptime exams (Image credit score:


Web host velocity issues, even if you’re shopping for probably the most fundamental of shared internet hosting. Your web site guests could not stick round in the event that they’re frequently saved ready by a sluggish server. 

To get a really feel for Accu Web Hosting’s efficiency, we signed up for a quite simple shared internet hosting account and uploaded a really fundamental web site.

Next, we used to examine the supply and response time of our check website at five-minute intervals over a 7-day interval (that is greater than 2,000 particular person checks.)

The outcomes confirmed our website had 100% uptime, with no outages detected. That’s what we count on for a short-term check, however some hosts do not handle it.

Response instances averaged 285ms, nearly similar to the 289ms we noticed over the last review, within the mid-range of what we’d count on for a fundamental shared internet hosting bundle. (And bear in mind, that is what we’re testing. These outcomes inform us nothing about what you may see from Accu Web Hosting’s different merchandise.)

Accu Web Hosting scored for its consistency, too. Results ranged from 248-485ms, however there are solely a handful of readings above 400ms, and our website principally returned ends in a really acceptable 250-300ms vary.

Final verdict

No advertising and marketing tips, no deceptive headline costs, no ‘limitless’ accounts which actually aren’t – Accu Web Hosting has a robust vary of high quality merchandise, very configurable pretty priced, truthfully described and with high quality help. Go have a look.

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