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Launched in 2001, HostPro was the primary web hosting firm from Ukraine to supply cloud hosting options with HTTP/2 enabled, which performed a big function of their rising recognition throughout Europe. “Powered by excellence and robust work ethic”, HostPro made it its mission assertion to take its future buyer on a “care-free internet hosting journey”. They additionally wish to do every thing to keep away from shedding tempo with the top-of-the-line website hosting corporations whereas maintaining with cutting-edge applied sciences and servers.

HostPro’s head workplace is positioned in Kiev (Ukraine) whereas their knowledge facilities will be present in Ukraine, Poland, the Netherlands and the USA.

HostPro’s international site is obtainable in mild and darkish mode (to the delight of us who get pleasure from straining our eyes for the sake of getting darkish and gloomy themes). As for the languages, the worldwide web site is obtainable in English solely, whereas HostPro’s original site is obtainable in Ukrainian and Russian as nicely. And on the subject of forex, on the worldwide web site yow will discover EUR and USD, whereas the unique web site provides a selection between USD and UAH.

Although each websites are equally simplistic in model and much from being text-heavy, they supply all the required data concerning their companies. HostPro’s official weblog is, nevertheless, geared toward customers from Ukraine and Russia and, thus, accessible in two corresponding languages. Even although the weblog seems up to date frequently, we are able to’t speak a lot about its content material since we’re not accustomed to its languages (when translated every thing appears fairly customary).

The similar is true for many of their social media accounts (Twitter, YouTube and Instagram) with an exception of Facebook, which is a minimum of midway translated to English.


HostPro provides all kinds of moderately priced plans (Image credit score: HostPro)

Plans and pricing

HostPro supplies an honest variety of internet hosting choices together with shared hosting, managed WordPress, cloud and VPS hosting. However, for those who go to their unique web site, you’ll discover a number of further choices as nicely: reseller and dedicated server hosting.  

In both case, choosing a correct plan ought to be a chunk of cake, since all of them are rigorously introduced and simply comparable with one another. If you need one thing to work nicely with a private weblog or a easy web site, the most cost effective selection is a Linux-based shared internet hosting plan aptly named “Simple”. Its worth ranges from $2.95 per 30 days (for those who subscribe for 3 years) to $4.95 per 30 days (if you wish to strive it for one month solely).

Whatever you resolve, the plan will embody the identical: assist for as much as two websites, 10GB SSD drive, 512 MB reminiscence for PHP and a capability to select an information heart location. If you commit for a 12 months or extra, you’ll additionally get a free area registration and a free SSL certificates.

HostPro’s unique web site provides 5-day free trials for all shared and reseller internet hosting packages and a 7-day trial for Linux-based VPS ones. In addition to this, for those who resolve to cancel your subscription at any level, you’ll be refunded for the unused time.

However, the worldwide web site supplies no free trials, however an ordinary 30-day money-back assure.

HostPro accepts financial institution transfers, bank cards (Visa and MasterCard) and the next cost methods: PayPal, IBOX, City24, SimplePay, Paycell, Liqpay, Apple Pay and cellular cash from Kyivstar.

Ease of use

No matter what sort of internet hosting companies you want to use, HostPro will make your life simpler with a exact presentation of its companies and all added options, together with clear and versatile pricing. Most of their internet hosting plans include a slightly versatile billing interval and you’ll resolve between a month, three months, six months, a 12 months, two years and three years. As anticipated, going for an extended interval will prevent some bucks in the long term.

After you make your selection in regards to the plan, you’ll must make one other one concerning the area identify, with an choice to register a brand new one, use your outdated one and replace your nameservers or switch it to HostPro. It is price mentioning that, in case you are utilizing HostPro’s unique web site, that is if you’ll expertise a sudden swap from English language to Ukrainian, and this isn’t the final time you’ll expertise this annoyance. You can swap between languages on the suitable bar or (for those who don’t want a number of the companies which can be discovered solely on this web site) spare your self the difficulty and simply use the worldwide one.


HostPro helps all kinds of management panels, net apps and working methods (Image credit score: HostPro)

Depending on which web site you employ, you’ll get cPanel or DirectAdmin as your management panel with out further cost, in order that is likely to be a turning level for some customers. MultiAdmin can be accessible as a one-stop-solution for these operating a number of web sites, however it should price you $72. Here, relying on the plan, you might be able to select between a number of knowledge heart areas (though town gained’t be specified) and take into consideration some add-ons. 

To conclude the method, you’ll be requested to create your account with HostPro by offering plenty of private data (however nothing out of the bizarre).

Website Builder

You’ll additionally get entry to easy drag-and-drop web site builder together with your plan (Image credit score: HostPro)

HostPro’s UI is a run-of-the-mill specimen of its form in each side, apart from the occasional hassle with the language desire and a scarcity of full translation. However, because you’ll be getting one of many user-friendly management panels, monitoring and managing your web site ought to be no problem in any respect. All helpful open supply purposes (like WordPress) will likely be yours straight away due to Softaculous one-click installer. As another, you can also make use of their novice-friendly web site builder. 


We used GTmetrix to check the uptime and response time of each HostPro’s native and worldwide websites (Image credit score: GTmetrix)

Speed and expertise

Given that HostPro supplies two official web sites, we examined velocity efficiency of each of them (by way of GTmetrix) and got here up with strikingly related outcomes. This ought to come as no shock since they in all probability make the most of the identical knowledge heart, probably the one of their nation of origin. All the identical, the outcomes painted an image of an totally unremarkable efficiency marked with the similar GTmetrix’s grade of D (58%). Bearing in thoughts that HostPro factors out excessive velocity as one among their key options, this isn’t wanting too good for them.

On the brilliant word, each web sites totally loaded within the vary between 2.3 and a pair of.9 seconds which is considerably higher than the common results of 8.1, in addition to the advisable one, which ought to be lower than 3 seconds.

Since discovering out something about HostPro’s guarantees concerning the uptime appears like a unending process, we determined to check it for ourselves (after all, in alliance with UptimeRobot). After monitoring their worldwide web site over a one month interval we lastly obtained our report, and it was not precisely the very best one we’ve seen. During the recorded interval there have been solely two cases of downtime, however the longer one lasted for 3 hours and 13 minutes straight (the shorter one endured for 48 minutes) bringing down the entire uptime to 99.43%, which is under business customary.


You can contact HostPro by e-mail, phone or by opening a assist ticket (Image credit score: HostPro)


HostPro’s buyer assist ought to be accessible 24/7, however how it may be reached relies upon which of their web sites you might be utilizing.  The official web site encompasses a reside chat choice, but, irrespective of what number of occasions we switched from one language to a different, it remained introduced in Ukrainian/Russian. This is probably going (and for a very good motive) to discourage customers from different areas and feels geared in direction of customers from Ukrainian and Russian.

Besides, you may get in contact with HostPro’s technical group by opening a assist ticket, writing them an e-mail or giving them a hoop (the place a number of numbers can be found).


HostPro’s knowledgebase leaves rather a lot to be desired although (Image credit score: HostPro)

As for self-support choices, there’s a very restricted FAQ part and a knowledgebase, which is (relying on what web site you’re utilizing) fairly restricted (consisting of 48 articles in complete) or intensive however accessible solely in Ukrainian. If you come from the Ukrainian-speaking space, this is not going to current an issue. If not, having to translate each single textual content information is probably extra hassle than it is price.

The competitors

Just like Ukrainian-based HostPro, Russia-based Beget provides fairly good and fairly priced website hosting packages for people who worth efficiency over aesthetics. However, though their companies are positioned on the worldwide market, each suppliers really feel geared in direction of customers from their very own nations.

Like HostPro, ZOMRO.NET is a website hosting firm from Ukraine and one of the well-liked ones there. If we evaluate them when it comes to pricing, ZOMRO.NET is a transparent winner, whereas, on the subject of options, HostPro comes out on prime. However, each are considerably oriented in direction of CIS nations, due to this fact for those who don’t reside in them, you’d do nicely to take a look at different suppliers as nicely.

Evidence exhibits that HostGator enjoys appreciable recognition with folks in search of a internet hosting supplier outdoors Ukraine, and fairly justifiably. However, since each of its knowledge facilities are positioned within the USA, HostPro is likely to be a extra handy selection for patrons from Europe.

Like HostGator, Bluehost is a US-based host with a little bit of one thing for everybody. Both Bluehost and HostPro present a large spectrum of internet hosting choices, some nice options and 24/7 buyer assist. However, since Bluehost provides all its companies in English it’s extra enticing to the worldwide buyer base.

Final verdict

In comparability with website hosting suppliers of the same scope, HostPro’s entry-level plans are barely pricier, they usually comprise a lot of the options (not all) one would anticipate to get at the beginning of a website hosting endeavor. However, though assist workers is obtainable in English as nicely (and round the clock), that’s not the case with tutorials, ideas and tips, which might be very useful, particularly to less-experienced customers. Another level of concern may very well be a scarcity of SLA uptime assure and an uninspiring efficiency normally.

As for packages geared in direction of more adept customers or these with greater calls for (VPS, reseller or devoted server internet hosting), there’s sufficient to select from and all options present nice worth for the value.

On a final word, whether or not you’re a nervous novice, a veteran webmaster or one thing in between, we extremely advocate you to take a look at a number of well-known options to HostPro resembling Hostinger, HostGator or Bluehost earlier than making a remaining determination.

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