HawkHost - The Most Affordable Hosting On The Planet
The HawkHost Hawk.
I wanted to make it very clear that the only reason HawkHost hasn't been given a 5 star rating is due to a lack of speed when it comes to support issues.
Most hosts have a direct phone number or a live chat system to get through to someone straight away. I don't want to have to be waiting up to 2 hours to get a reply to my support ticket - Which has been my experience with HawkHost.
That being said, you're paying an extremely low amount of money for what you get - Which is an SSD host with over 6 data center options in 3 continents and the ability to host an unlimited amount of domains for under $5/month - A 10gb maximum disk space for that price, but for a few extra bucks a month you can have unlimited disk space.
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Before I get into this, if you're looking for larger site support (such as an E-Commerce site, forum or site with large amounts of traffic) then I'd suggest choosing either SiteGround or WPEngine - WPEngine is the best alternative if your site is built in WordPress.
That being said, if you have a blog or a smaller site (or sites) that you're looking to get a fast and secure host for that won't break the bank.. Then I am very proud to introduce to you: HawkHost - In my opinion, the most affordable host on the planet.
Whether you're an agency looking to resell hosting to local business clients, looking to get an SSD powered VPS at a decent price or just looking to host your growing blog then HawkHost is likely your best option. Highly recommend using the VPS hosting for super fast results.
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Performance & Speed
Due to all of the server's in HawkHost's network being SSD based you'll enjoy super fast load times and better read/write times - For when it comes to building/managing your site and improved load times for dynamic sites such as forums.
Our tests (on a default WordPress installation, from a different country to the data center) show load times to be around 1s.
Editor's Note: Testing on larger sites (with speed optimization on them) showed load times of anywhere between 2s and 3s from a US datacenter to the Amsterdam based server we chose to host with.
Reasonably fast and for the price of the primary plan that is a decent ROI for your website host.
HawkHost enables use with 4 popular content management systems with very popular instals for wordPress and Magneto. We don't recommend larger Ecommerce stores use HawkHost and instead turn to WPEngine or SiteGround. Using HawkHost as your hosting provider you will have access to multiple domains, sub domains and email accounts.
Access to these popular content management systems with a 1 click instal, as advertised on the main page.
- WordPress 1 Click Instal
- Magneto 1 Click Instal
- Joomla 1 Click Instal
- Drupal 1 Click Instal
Our tests show that HawkHost is running some very fast servers, and offering a 99.9% uptime guarantee. Standard across most hosts out there, but the load speed is the kicker. The tests we conducted were with average sized websites like blogs and from the Netherlands.
HawkHost is a very affordable hosting option for your websites that can be used for a variety of reasons, resell or host your own public blog they can cover your requirements. The only downside to HawkHost is that it doesn't handle larger websites to well, the load times clog up and you can feel the drain.
Easy To Use
HawkHost is relatively simple to use, connecting your hosting account after payment is painless. When the time comes to begin creating your website you have it as simple as point and click with a couple of keystrokes and you will have a domain ready for CMS instal. To instal the CMS you can simply select the CMS you want to use, and its quite similar to 99.9% of other CPanel dashboards.
The below image shows what the client area looks like for HawkHost, Easy to action functions on the left hand side. To the right you can see your billing information. I like to set calendar reminders for my expiry dates, start buying a few domains and hosting accounts and you will need some expiry tracking system. The header sections are standard and self explanatory, Notice the Green "Active" bar and the two coloured options below it? Yes I did as well. This is a very simple way to upgrade or cancel requests, You can not make it any easier.
Configuring your domains is also a very easy process of pointing your mouse and clicking buttons. WARNING! a small degree of typing will be required, you can not fully automate this part of the process just yet. Type in your domain names and details and push some buttons and the connection is made. All very straight forward and a really simple process.
Pricing and Subscription Rollover
How reasonable is HawkHost's pricing?
On the left we have the home screen landing page deal, on the right we have the main hosting plans offered by HawkHost.
The Primary hosting plan on first glance is very affordable at $2.99 monthly, and offering a tonne of extras it looks like the steal of the day. The plans are CloudFlare optimized as part of an ongoing partnership between the two companies.
- Unlimited Domains
- Unlimited Bandwidth
- Unlimited Databases
- Free SSL Certificate
- Free Migrations
- Free Memcached Server
- 10,000 MB Space
Professional Plan offers an upgrade to the primary plan, the most notable upgrades are unlimited space where the primary plan was capped at 10,000 MB. The professional plan is $7.99 monthly no dent in the wallet for the features provided with this plan.
HawkHost also offers plans for hosting reselling, VPS and semi dedicated hosting plans. Money back guarantees are offered for 30 days, if you have a ecommerce website but didn't think it would be a problem you have 30 days to end the service.
The answer is Yes! HawkHost is very well priced for the service provided. Running a busy forum or heavy Ecommerce store then steer clear. look at WPEngine or SiteGround for the more premium hosting plans.
Like I said at the beginning of the review, the only thing letting HawkHost down is a completely dedicated support team that have both phone availability and a live chat system, or one or the other.
Unfortunately, HawkHost has neither which results in painful waits for support tickets to come back. Usually they'll be replied to within 30 minutes, but for more complicated tickets or on peak hours it can take up to 2 hours - Which is exactly why I don't recommend using their service for a larger site in.
When it came to the support tickets that I did submit however, they were quick, efficient and showed a high level of expertise across several different CMSs and platforms that I threw at them. This is one factor I like, being across the business and not having to refer me to another more technical operator.
The knowledge base provided by HawkHost, covers the sections that you could experience problems with setting up. All in all they have around 10 folders touching on installations, billing questions to some technical aspects. I found the search bar quite helpful allowing me to find the resource I needed to very fast. Anyone not technically minded sorry to say there are no videos or walkthroughs in the knowledge base section.
HawkHost does have an active forum available from the customer support and help section. Join the forum if you cant find what you need in the knowledge base, and ask your problem in there you are more than likely going to get some help. They say the support desk is on 24/7/365 around the clock, for all plans and the staff are fully trained and there to help.
One of the things I was very impressed with was the range of locations you can choose from, which include:
- Amsterdam (Europe)
- Dallas, TX (North America)
- Washington, DC (North America)
- Los Angeles, CA (North America)
- Singapore (Asia)
- Hong Kong, China (Asia)
- Toronto (Canada)
Being able to cover 3 continents is impressive even for a larger host. Not all data centres are created equally, HawkHost provides a very efficient hosting service. Reliable performance for entry to business level website hosting, without loss of quality performance being provided.
Own a larger website that is a little resource heavy? we make some suggestions at the bottom of this review for hosting providers that can handle a much larger website.
HawkHost runs a segmentation system that runs different kernel instances for each user on the shared platform, meaning no other user could get access to any other users data - Stopping hackers who have compromised one account from compromising several others.
They also have a built-in DDoS protection system, a grid system to help lower downtime and their servers run on LightSpeed which comes with built-in protection such as IP Throttling, Hotlink protection, access control and a ton of other features.
Overall, it's extremely unlikely it'd ever be HawkHost's fault if your site was compromised - It'd more than likely be down to you or a dodgy plugin/theme that has caused the vulnerability.
Overall I'm giving HawkHost a 4/5 rating - With their only downfall being the customer support aspect which I've mentioned twice in this post. I pay to use their service, they can at least answer a support ticket.
If you're looking for an affordable host with good specs in multiple locations and don't mind a lack of instantaneous support - Then HawkHost is probably your best option on the market right now.