Is Interserver probably the best web hosting company you’ve never heard of or yet another heartbreak?
Today, I want to shed some light on the web hosting that has unlimited everything (websites/domains, emails, databases, bandwidth, etc.) unlimited free SSL, weekly backups, just one hosting plan (no small, big, ultra-packages), and a one-price lock guarantee.
So let’s get started.
What kind of resources and performance can you expect for the amount you’re spending on Interserver?
What immediately stands out is that Interserver only offers one shared hosting plan. There are no starter or medium or pro plans. It is simply a ‘one size fits all solution.’ This immediately removes the pressure from you as the customer when you’re unsure which package you need to get since they’d only offer one, and the plan they’re offering comes with everything unlimited.
You get unlimited bandwidth and storage, weekly backups, unlimited email accounts, and free SSL certificates.
However, you should know that if you plan to run some shady businesses like a YouTube clone or a file archive website, let me go ahead and save you some time by letting you know that InterServer’s Terms of Service do not allow this type of storage websites.
But if you are a blogger or a small business owner or want to open up your own eCommerce store, Interserver offers some pretty good deals that can suit your needs.
Interserver pricing structure
Interserver offers something they call the price lock guarantee, which means that if you buy web hosting for five dollars a month, you will be billed five dollars a month until you cancel. So basically, the price you buy for the hosting type you choose stays with you.
But why is that relevant to me, ask? Well
A: Most other web hosting providers will increase their prices after your first term ends.
B: When you initially buy into the discounted pricing of a hosting offer, you lock in that discount for an increase later on.
C: Increases are a prevalent practice in the web hosting industry. Because they almost always know that you’re going to get a terrific cheap deal on your first purchase, but as soon as it’s time to renew your plans, the price can spike up as high as three or four times from what needs to be paid.
D: This happens because web hosting providers know that once you’re invested and have a website hosted with them, you’re more likely to be open to paying more than going through the trouble of migrating to another cheaper deal elsewhere.
E: One last thing I want to mention about InterServer’s pricing is that you can pay per month. There is no need to buy hosting upfront for like one or two or three years. You can pay monthly and cancel whenever you want. Which in our opinion, this is one of the biggest pluses of Interserver.
All the excellent services mentioned above are worthless if their performance is lacking. Their website has a lot of technical jargon explaining how they’re better than other providers, but I’m not going to take their word for it.
I want to do my independent third-party test, so I used two programs: uptime Robot and GTMetrix. I measured how stable and fast Interserver services were and if there might be some truth about their high-performance claims.
After the uptime robot was run, it showed that their servers are quite very stable. You want the line on the uptime robot to be as flat as possible. With Interserver, there are only a couple of spikes in performance resulting in an overall 200 milliseconds response time, which is much better than the industry average of 500.
To test the speed, I used GT Metrics on an empty website that loaded in just 0.8 seconds.
Every time a web host that scores under one second on this test offers top quality speed, you can see that they have many optimizations in place.
The only warning I can give you about InterServer’s performance is that they only have data centers in the United States. Meaning your website will perform the fastest if a person is visiting it from the US. If you already know that people from Europe or Asia will visit your site, I recommend activating Cloudflare on your Interserver account or going with a web hosting companies that have data centers all across the world.
Interserver package offerings
Interstellar offers regular hosting and pro hosting. But what is the difference between these two options?
A: Regular hosting is aimed at website owners. If you’re someone that’s going to be making a website for himself or herself, monthly hosting is the option you should choose.
B: On the other hand, their pro hosting (a.k.a reseller hosting) is named towards professional website creators. If you’re that’s making websites for a living, you usually have more than one client so that this package might be best for you.
Pro hosting allows you to host as many as 20 or 30 websites on one account and have separate cPanel login information. All these accounts have unlimited everything. So you can give that out to your clients without compromising the security of others.
Long story short, use regular hosting if you’re making a website for yourself and pro hosting if you’re working with multiple clients, and you’re creating sites for other people.
InterServer’s shared hosting plans all come with the standard cPanel. And this is good news for you as a customer. While the design isn’t as easy to use or as pleasing to the eye as a custom control panel solution, it makes up for features.
Most notably, you’ll be getting a free Cloudflare account with free Litespeed cache account and unlimited email accounts, and they always recommend you set up Cloudflare or Litespeed cache on your websites.
Finally, let’s talk about some apparent drawbacks you’re going to encounter if you choose Interserver over other web hosting providers.
- When buying your Interserver package, you won’t get a free domain name. This will cost you a few dollars extra and
- The design, especially on the backend is a bit outdated.
Will I recommend InterServer over other cheap and reliable web hosting solutions like Bluehost or hostinger? Well., Yes and No.
Like most web hosting companies, Interserver is suitable for a specific type of user to perform a particular task.
I recommend Interserver to people who know that their users are going to be from the United States (unless you activate Cloudflare), so if you’re hosting a school project and don’t want to pay upfront for three or four years of hosting. Or maybe just in hosting for one or two months to set up an agile testing environment, since Interserver allows a monthly billing without an increase in price and you can cancel any time you want, you can go for it.
They’re also the right choice for super long term web hosting. If you’re moving from another provider with an existing project, they don’t increase the price upon renewal so you can have your project hosted with them, knowing that they’ll not quadruple your plan price in a few months.
If you find yourself in these categories, I recommend you check out Interserver as one of the possible options to move your project. I am Sunny Kapoor owner Founder of BestSeoCompanyCanada.Com. We have many clients in the USA and this review is definitely going to help them make a good decision.
If you need help or have questions feel free to comment or drop me an email at [email protected] Just to mention that we offer free of charge unlimited web hosting for the first year to all our clients who opt for website design and development from our company.