HostMonster’s basic package is a little bit like a young hermit crab’s first shell – small and functional. It gets the job done, but a few molts down the road and you may well find yourself in need of an upgrade. HostMonster is a standard web hosting service with unlimited bandwidth, disk space and email accounts, but there are limits that might make things a little tight as your website grows.
Although they do not have any exclusive features, this web hosting service does a good job with average web hosting. It is particularly well-suited for people with beginning to intermediate experience levels. There are not very many drawbacks, but the limitations that do exist might become inconvenient for advanced users.
An unfortunate database restriction is the primary caveat to HostMonster’s otherwise unlimited plan. They allow up to 100 MySQL databases with a limit of 1,000 tables each. No single database can exceed 2GB, and all of them together cannot exceed 3GB. Overall, that gives you 10,000 tables and 3,221,225,472 expendable bytes. An average database only requires text data, which makes the 2GB seem nice and luxurious. If you need to store other kinds of data in your database –like images, for example – this limit could become a very serious problem. Evaluate your database needs before jumping aboard.
Other than that, we judge HostMonster to be fully scalable. The FTP is particularly mature. You may create as many accounts as you like. The system is secure, so you do not have to worry about suspicious parties getting their hands on your information.
Our experience with the live chat feature was pleasant – they dispatched all our concerns in short order. For additional support, they offer a ticket-based support system, phone number, knowledgebase, video tutorials and a user forum. The overall package price is just about right for the level of functionality and support. You can find cheaper hosting on the market, but this web hosting service falls right on the median.
HostMonster’s service package includes submission to major search engines at no additional cost. They cannot guarantee a good ranking – that depends entirely on the quality of your content – but they can get you on the list. From there, you’ll be in a much better position to collect traffic from search engines. A little bit of search engine optimization (SEO) magic can go a long way. This web hosting service also includes $75 in Google AdWords credit with your plan.
HostMonster provides you with a drag-and-drop site builder, bulletin boards, blogs and image galleries. We especially like the site builder tool. It enabled us to quickly and conveniently design complex websites and get our operations up and running in no time.