ANHosting, merging with Midphase, has grown slowly in recent years and hosted thousands of websites since 2001. We have been using their service for a couple of months and accumulated plenty experience that is recorded down in this essay. In below, we will talk about ANHosting hosting services from several aspects, including Plans & Price, Feature, Reliability and Support.
Hosting Plans & Pricing
ANHosting makes three plans for customers – Personal Web Hosting, Professional Hosting and Business Web Hosting. The regular price of each plan starts at $2.95/mo, $4.95/mo and $7.95/mo separately. But with a default discount, the price is 40% off and starts at $1.77/mo, $2.97/mo and $4.77/mo.
However, buyers can never be smarter than the sellers. $2.95/mo is only applicable to 3-year service. If clients choose 1-month service, they have to pay $5.95/mo regularly and $3.57/mo with the discount. The policy is also suitable to 1-year or 2-year service. Therefore, customers have to choose a longer term in order to get a lower price even if the service span is out of their expectations.
According to the feedbacks we collect, many people are unsatisfied with the service they received after using it for a short time, so they have to abandon the services of remaining months and move to another host. Finally, it causes a loss to them.
Besides, with a 30 days money back guarantee, customers can cancel their accounts within the first 30 days and get a full refund at the same time. But there is one thing that cannot be ignored – the refund is not a real full refund. The refund excludes any setup fees and domain registration fees. So, people had better read the terms of service carefully before purchasing the services.
All of the three plans utilize cPanel as the control panel and offer 1-click installer Softaculous. The most convenient plan is Business Web Hosting, which offers plenty unlimited services, including web space, monthly bandwidth, databases, subdomains, FTP accounts and add-on domains. In addition, dedicated IP address, SSL and 2 web analytics are free.
However, for the Personal Web Hosting and Professional Hosting, there are lots of limitations that may make it inconvenient to manage websites. For instance, Personal Web Hosting only allows building 1 website and only includes 1 database and 1 subdomain. Professional Hosting is much better since it has 3 databases and supports to build 3 websites.
ANHosting offers unlimited web hosting on powerful cloud Linux servers. With a top-tiered c7 data center, websites are supported by facilities like redundant power sources, multiple network carriers, advanced canopy cold row cooling and VESDA smoke detection system.
Although the company claims to offer 24×7 monitoring & security along with 99.9% uptime guarantee, some clients complain their sites go down at least once a week because of the overloading of servers.
ANHosting provides customers with totally-free 24/7 human support and instant account activation. And customers can seek help via live chat, phone, fax or email when they encounter with some problems. One thing the company does well is that a free phone and emails of different departments including sales department, supporting department and billing department are available.
ANHosting claims that most staffs have received professional trainings. Rather, some clients question some employee’s qualification. Maybe it’s just a rare case, but to be frank, it’s not the performance of a professional employee.
According to the statements above, it cannot be denied that ANHosting has been equipped with advanced technology and reliable servers. However, compared with other top web hosts, it still needs to be improved in some aspects like speed and technical support. In conclusion, ANHosting is not recommended especially for those big companies. It is better to choose other cheap web hosting companies such as the ones listed below.