Web Hosting Hub got started in 2010 and are part of the same company as InMotion Hosting which means they share the same west and east coast data centers.
For our Web Hosting Hub review site we signed up for their Spark plan.
WHH Provisioning and Installation
Web Hosting Hubs signup process is very familiar and simple. The process is more or less real time during business hours.
Web Hosting Hub run cPanel as standard, and with that they provide the Softaculous installer for easy 1-click installs of WordPress (and a range of other popular CMS).
WHH Systems and Support
Like their sister company InMotion, Web Hosting Hub provide 24/7 support via phone, chat or email.
Web Hosting Hub Load Test
As in previous tests, Web Hosting Hubs results were very similar to InMotion, reflecting their shared infrastructure. Like InMotion, WHH did improve in October but again did relatively worse that InMotion overall. The initial virtual user session load times were OK, but as the number of virtual concurrent users rose above 50 the performance really did start to degrade with some of the slowest load times recorded across all hosts. As with InMotion Hosting we also noted some server request failures appear as the number of concurrent users and requests grew above 60.
Web Hosting Hub Page Speed & Uptime
|Web Hosting Hub||Result|
|West Coast Load Time||1.22s|
|East Coast Load Time||1.39s|
|Average Page Load Time||1.305s|
|Web Hosting Hub Uptime||99.90%|
Web Hosting Hub scored of 76 on the YSlow grade test, which is the same as InMotion. They also saw an improved home page load time average at 1.305s.
99.90% uptime is totally in line with the norm, though lower than promised.
About Web Hosting Hub
Web Hosting Hub has been around since 2010, and aims their services primarily at individuals and small businesses who want low-cost, low-hassle hosting. They offer three plans, none of which are expensive or geared to the enterprise customer.
They offer a quick-starter plan, with a “personal, on-boarding call” to ensure newbies and inexperienced users get up and running correctly. They make domain searching and registration easy for those who’ve never done it before, and offer over 300 free applications for site building, such as WordPress, Drupal, Concrete5 and e-biz apps such as OpenCart and Magento. Softaculous is the one-click app installer on offer.
The plans all offer fairly standard features — free domain, two websites for the starter plan and unlimited for the two upgraded plans, ten MySQL databases for the no-frills plan, unlimited for the other two. They offer five parked domains and 25 subdomains for the intro plan, and unlimited in the two higher ones.
The two higher plans offer users a choice of data center — one on the east coast or one on the west coast of the United States for faster loading times. The two higher plans offer discounts on in-house web design services as well.
Is there a site builder included?
Indeed, their Premium Website Builder is a good way to get your small business website online. It’s pretty simple — choose a theme, edit your website’s content and then publish. Choose from over 500 website templates, customize the color scheme, header, upload your own logo, create a flash intro or remove pages. The point and click website editing interface makes it easy, then publish with a single click.
What apps are on offer?
Well, they have Softaculous, which means you get access to over 310 free applications, tools, scripts and builders to create pretty much any kind of site you want.
I know my way around code, can I use my own stuff?
Sure, if you like to be hands on with your code, you can use any of your favorite programs like Dreamweaver, iWeb and others to build your website and then upload it via FTP.
Can I have the site custom-developed?
Yes, HUB offers a range of customizable web design packages for small to medium businesses. They offer a number of features to get your business site off the ground, giving you a dedicated in-house design specialist who works closely with you on the design.
What support is offered?
It starts from when you sign up: A personal on-boarding call from a team member will make your setup and transfer process easier. Then they offer 24/7 always-available U.S. based technical support.
How about a money-back guarantee if I’m not satisfied?
Yes, they have a good one — a no questions asked, 90-day money-back guarantee. Hard to beat that.
Any disk space or bandwidth limits?
No — their unlimited hosting has unlimited disk space and unlimited bandwidth. Of course you have to abide by their Terms of Service, which means you can’t use the site for pure storage, it has to be a legitimate site.
I suppose the control panel on offer is cPanel?
Yes, for good reason — it’s pretty much the industry standard. With cPanel hosting you can manage your email accounts all from one place, and create email addresses, set-up email forwarding and filtering. CPanel also has tools ranging from backing up your website, to managing sub-domains, to managing files, to analyzing web statistics. Pretty much everything you need out of the box for managing your hosting for a reasonable site.
What about domain management?
Web Hosting Hub allows you to have multiple domains and sub-domains on your cPanel hosting account. CPanel allows you to manage all your Subdomains, Add-on domains and Parked domains.
How is it for hosting WordPress?
That’s one of its specialties. Web Hosting Hub’s servers are “optimally configured to run WordPress,” company officials say: “Our servers run suPHP, which allows for a much higher level of security. Our servers also run the latest versions of MySQL 5 & PHP 5. We configure our servers to utilize PHP Caching and we maximize available server RAM, reducing I/O requests to the server’s hard drives, meaning your WordPress site loads faster.”