HostMonster offer 4 different VPS hosting subscription plans with varying features so you can pick one that matches your hosting needs. That way, you only pay for the features you need. All the plans are offered at half-off for the first year, making HostMonster’s VPS offerings one of the most affordable.
HostMonster’s Standard plan comes with a Dual Core 2GB RAM, 30GB of disk space, 1TB per month bandwidth, 1 free domain name, and 1 IP address. The regular price is $29.99 but discounted at $14.99 a month.
The Enhanced plan comes with a Dual Core 4GB RAM, 60GB disk space, 2TB a month bandwidth, 1 free domain name, and 2 IP addresses. It regularly costs $59.99 a month but with 50%, it comes out at $29.99 a month.
Going with the Premium plan will up your disk space to 120GB, Triple Core 6GB RAM, 3TB a month of bandwidth, free domain name, and 2 IP addresses. The original package is $89.99 but the promotional offer it’s now only $44.99 a month.
The Ultimate plan might suit larger VPS hosting expectations as it comes with a Quad Core 8GB RAM, 240 GB disk space, 4TB of bandwidth a month, free domain name, and 2 IP addresses. From a steep $119.99 a month, it’s now being offered at $59.99 a month.
Whichever plan the customer goes with, all VPS packages come with Linux CentOS 6.5 operating system managed on the industry-standard cPanel.
HostMonster’s VPS hosting uses OpenStack and KVM technologies that allow more scalability in options. Customers can choose to add more power and features at will. The industry-standard cPanel backend is also used to allow more manageability and function. For those requiring more control, HostMonster also provides root access to their operating system via cPanel. Their Linux operating system comes built in with KVM virtualization solution that essentially assures that the servers meet every demand and consistency at all times. And since it’s open source, it doesn’t translate to more costs for the customers. HostMonster’s VPS solutions are easily provisioned and can be ready for the customer in no time.
HostMonster’s customer support can be reached through various communication and information channels. They have a US-based phone support and live chat that is available all day, everyday. Additionally, HostMonster’s website features guides and tutorials. However, that section of their website needs some updating or some beautification. The user forum in the Web Hosting Help Center looks out-of-date and confusing as well.
Unlimited Usage and Policies
For anyone considering HostMonster’s services, it might be well worth the time to visit their User Agreement Policy. In as much as they want to provide unlimited features on their plans to make them more attractive, HostMonster does place reasonable and commercially viable arbitrary limits to sustain consistent service to its customers. In short, it pays to read the fine print.
There’s one section of their policy that says, “HostMonster’s service is designed to meet the typical needs of small business and home business website Subscribers in the US. It is not intended to support the sustained demand of large enterprises.”
Another policy worth some looking into, should you consider HostMonster is, “HostMonster does not provide unlimited space for online storage, backups, or archiving of electronic files, documents, log files, etc.”
Web Hosting companies aim to provide a range of features to enhance the web hosting experience of their customers. Some provide the information on the limits on these features albeit in the form of fine print in the deep recesses of their website. It’s up to the customer to do due diligence in ensuring what they’ll absolutely get when they sign up.
What's the Verdict on HostMonster?
HostMonster SMB Hosting Review 2019 – Conclusion
It’s once again worth mentioning that HostMonster’s VPS offering feels awfully a lot like a rehash of what we’ve seen before. Hint: BlueHost. They even have the same identifier tags on their VPS plans, as well as the same features and pricing structure. Unfortunately, HostMonster doesn’t share the same popularity as its other siblings. Strip off the discounted rates, and they can be more expensive than the competition. Notwithstanding the costly add-ons if the customer wishes a more rich feature-set. It also goes against HostMonster’s favor that they’re not as well branded as the other EIG companies. However, they do have the barebones features of a good VPS provider, and a 30-day money back guarantee. They just don’t have the dazzle of their competitors.