After having hosted with HostMantis for some time (6 months), it’s about time for a review.
At this point I’ve utilized their Expert plan which I caught for a deal some time ago. It was such a good deal that while I was hunting for a domain name, I decided to purchase hosting as well even though I had already had multiple other locations to tuck my sites away.
There isn’t a whole lot of ‘general’ information to provide; however, I will do my best.
They run PHP 5.3
They’re running CloudLinux (This is nice for a stable server)
They offer cPanel
My plan came with unlimited databases, emails addresses, add-on domains etc..
The offer FFmpeg on their shared accounts (Most hosts do not due to the resource necessities)
Fantastico and Softaculous autoinstallers (If one doesn’t have something, odds are the other does)
Trendy Sitebuilder (better than some of the others which are offered)
SingleHop Network (based in Chicago on a very beefy network)
These are all the basics and what you will find with most cPanel hosting companies. Now on the the pros and cons
- No downtime as of yet
- Good support. All tickets answered in an expected amount of time; <2 hours
- The use of CloudLinux on there machines ensures that I receive the resources I pay for
- Customer Communication. If there needs to be downtime, it’s announced or it’s in a publicly accessible location.
- They have limits
- 99.9% Network Uptime
So there’s the comparison. The pros greatly outweigh the cons. I do not experience slow downs, nor do I experience full outages unless announced. They even go so far as to notify you via email when there is downtime. Some might turn their nose up at the thought of going to a company which has limits; however, since I’ve been working in the industry, it’s nice to know that they still exist. Unlimited is rarely unlimited. What my hosting plan lacks in space (10G) it makes up for in uptime and stability. When running multiple websites that take up very little space and hosting mail offsite with google apps or only my own personal email, I would prefer the stability.
If you have had your own experience with HostMantis or have any questions, I welcome your comments as always.