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Although a baby prodigy, HostArmada nonetheless counts as a toddler among the many giants of web hosting. Set in movement throughout 2019, this fast-growing firm has since managed to cowl 4 continents whereas sprouting their knowledge facilities the world over. However, its head workplace stays located as an alternative of origin, Delaware (the USA).  

HostArmada covers all the things from area companies to all kinds of cloud-based internet hosting options, together with SSD shared, WordPress, SSD VPS, devoted CPU server, open supply and development-oriented internet hosting options. 

To present each person with lightning velocity in order that they will “crush their competitors”, HostArmada makes use of highly effective cloud know-how, a local SSD platform, a redundant community and the most recent AMD CPUs.

Data Centers

HostArmada operates 9 knowledge facilities in seven international locations (Image credit score: HostArmada)

What is extra, customers can select between 9 knowledge heart areas, together with three within the USA (Dallas, Fremont and East Newark) and certainly one of every in Canada (Toronto), the UK (London), Germany (Frankfurt), India (Mumbai), Singapore (Singapore) and Australia (Sydney).

HostArmada’s fundamental website appears to be like fairly fancy with its intelligent use of sunset shade palette and it’s (moreover being straightforward to have a look at) very straightforward to make use of. It is out there in English language solely and its pricing is listed in USD.


HostArmada usually updates its official weblog with useful articles (Image credit score: HostArmada )

There is an official weblog as nicely, and it covers a complete vary of subjects (all the things from suggestions and methods to information and product bulletins) which most customers will discover each a helpful and an satisfying learn. The weblog feels and seems to be up to date on a reasonably common foundation. However, in case you nonetheless choose a shorter textual content from (otherwise you merely get pleasure from social networking), yow will discover and comply with HostArmada on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.


HostArmada’s plans seem fairly low cost at first look however understand that they enhance considerably upon renewal when signing up (Image credit score: HostArmada)

Plans and pricing

After inspecting HostArmada’s webhosting packages you must (and rightly so) come to a conclusion that its plans are fairly attractively priced. However, in case you begin taking note of the small letters, you’ll be reminded of an outdated proverb that claims if one thing is simply too good to be true, it normally (and regrettably) is. The pocket-friendly value you see is of a promotional variety and is legitimate just for the primary signup. After this era, you’ll be charged at common charges and they are often three or 4 instances larger than the promotional ones, which is unlucky information.

For occasion, HostArmada’s most cost-effective shared hosting plan titled “Start Dock” will price you $3.99 per thirty days, which looks as if an actual cut price. However, after the promotional interval involves an finish the value will rise to its common charge of $13.30 per thirty days. This plan helps one web site, 15GB of cloud storage (SSD), limitless bandwidth, free SSL for all domains, seven each day backups and free area registration (or switch).

Besides this, HostArmada offers two extra packages for shared internet hosting, three for WordPress, 4 for VPS and three for devoted CPU servers. There are additionally packages (three of every variety) geared toward builders, however they’re principally the identical cloud-based shared internet hosting plans with considerably completely different options.

All plans include a money-back assure: a beneficiant 45-day one with shared internet hosting plans or a 7-day one with VPS and devoted servers.

HostArmada accepts all main bank cards (together with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, JCB and UnionPay) and PayPal. 

Ease of use

To set issues in movement, we’ll go along with the only cloud-based shared webhosting plan referred to as “Start Dock”. Upon selecting it, you’ll be redirected to their area registration (or switch) web page, the place you’ll have to select. If you might be registering a brand new area, it is going to come free-of-charge so long as you might be HostArmada’s buyer. If you have already got one and wish to maintain it together with your present supervisor, you possibly can select to take action as nicely. All in all, there’s a hefty assortment of domains and if the one you need isn’t on the listing, you’re invited to get in contact with HostArmada’s group and see what they will do about it.

After this you’ll should determine on the billing cycle (an annual, a biennial or a triennial one), location of your knowledge heart (all 9 can be found) and take into consideration together with just a few add-ons. To end the method, you’ll be requested to create an account with HostArmada and to take action you’ll be required to supply an inventory of your private data (nothing uncommon right here), billing data and create a protected password.


This is HostArmada’s dashboard the place you possibly can handle your companies, domains, invoices and extra (Image credit score: HostArmada)

HostArmada’s dashboard is remarkably intuitive and from there you’ll have the ability to handle your account data, internet hosting companies, add e-mail accounts (the quantity is limitless) and a website, log into your cPanel (sure, they supply an industry-standard management panel) and extra. Even if you’re a full-blown newcomer, managing all points of your newly created website ought to quickly change into second nature to you because of cPanel’s intuitive design. And in case you occur to get caught, we advise you to take a look at a few of HostArmada’s beginner-friendly tutorials.


HostArmada lets you handle your website utilizing the {industry} customary cPanel (Image credit score: HostArmada)

From cPanel you possibly can set up WordPress very quickly (or any of the lots of of accessible apps) because of Softaculous one-click installer. If you’ll slightly use a no-code web site builder, HostArmada gives one and it comes with loads of ready-made templates positive to make your web site appear to be 1,000,000 {dollars}.


We used GTmetrix to measure the uptime and response time of HostArmada’s fundamental website (Image credit score: GTmetrix)

Speed and expertise

Given that HostArmada typically highlights that the loading velocity of 1’s web site is a key element for its profitable on-line presence, we had no selection however to take a look at the velocity of HostArmada’s personal website. After performing a number of velocity assessments on the principle website through GTmetrix (our instrument of selection), we obtained some fairly underwhelming outcomes with a C (76%) as a last grade. The time the positioning took to totally load was 3.5 seconds, which is just below the really helpful restrict. At the identical time the method took 163 requests, which is sort of as half as a lot because it normally does.

When it involves uptime, HostArmada gives a 99.9% assure in any given month excluding the scheduled (or unscheduled) upkeep. If the quantity of downtime your website suffers exceeds that what’s promised, you might be entitled to get from 10% to 100% credit score, relying on the quantity of skilled downtime. During the testing interval of two weeks (a bit extra, really), UptimeRobot managed to file mere 4 minutes of downtime in whole, leading to whole uptime of 99.98%. With this, we had no authorized foundation to request any free credit score, and thankfully so.


HostArmada offers a complete data base on its website (Image credit score: HostArmada)


The first cease for these looking for self-support is more likely to be HostArmada’s complete knowledgebase. It accommodates a full vary of how-tos (200, to be exact) overlaying all widespread (and a few much less widespread) points. It includes 9 classes (Billing, cPanel/WHM, Domains/DNS, Email, Open-Source Applications and so forth) which can be additional divided into becoming sub-categories. All in all, discovering your manner round is as intuitive because it  will get and the articles themselves are extremely straightforward to know and comply with. In addition to this, yow will discover a tidy sum of novice-friendly tutorials at their “Learning Center”.

Learning Center

There can be a Learning Center full of how-to guides and tutorials (Image credit score: HostArmada)

As for many who wish to get technical assist from HostArmada’s help workers, they will get it through US-based phone quantity (from Monday to Friday in the course of the US enterprise hours), ticketing system, e-mail and dwell chat.

To guarantee the perfect webhosting service doable, HostArmada offers a type of a assure, the one which guarantees “an superior help expertise” and a compensation in case somebody from their workers makes a mistake.

The competitors

Bluehost and HostArmada are hosts from the USA, and each are very beginner-friendly and able to supplying all the things wanted for small to medium-sized companies. On the draw back, though each hosts supply internet hosting options at a low price, the value hike after the promotional interval is more likely to go away you detached. One factor that makes them stand out is working system help and with Bluehost you may get each Linux and Windows, whereas with HostArmada you will be left with solely a Linux choice.

Another comparable (and fan-favorite) host from the USA is HostGator. Like HostArmada, HostGator offers a beginner-friendly method with a whole set of becoming options. However, with HostGator you possibly can pay for one month solely, whereas with HostArmada there is no such thing as a such choice.

Hostwinds is one more US-based host and one that provides a various vary of internet hosting options together with shared, cloud, VPS, devoted and reseller internet hosting. Their packages additionally embrace some nice limitless options (together with storage, bandwidth and various electronic mail accounts). When it comes to hurry efficiency, Hostwinds comes on high with a load time of 0.5 seconds and a conclusive grade of A (100%), a rare sight certainly.  

Last (however not the least one) of HostArmada’s rivals we’re going to convey up is a cloud-based host from the USA often called Kinsta. However, Kinsta is targeted solely on offering premium totally managed WordPress internet hosting options (the most cost effective plan will price you $30 per thirty days), whereas HostArmada has some budget-friendly choices as nicely.

Final verdict

In just some years of its existence, HostArmada managed to determine itself as a top-of-the-class webhosting firm that gives swift and safe internet hosting options at an inexpensive value. Among the myriad of free options they may arm you with you’ll discover area registration, website transfers, SSL certificates, each day backups, SSD storages and the listing goes on. Whether you’re a novice, tech-savvy geek or one thing else fully, HostArmada is certainly a step in the appropriate path.

However, in case you would slightly put your belief in a extra seasoned webhosting firm, each HostGator and Bluehost have nearly twenty years of expertise underneath their belts.

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