HostMonster Dedicated Server Hosting Review

This comprehensive review is aimed at showing the true face of dedicated server hosting provided by HostMonster. In the following, we are to make an in-depth exploration of its dedicated service by taking lots of aspects into consideration including price, feature, performance and technical support.

Price

To serve high-traffic websites, this company develops 3 upgradeable packages that are called as Standard, Enhanced and Premium. Being available for billing cycles including 1/3/6/12 months, the packages come with regular price starting at $149.99/mo, $199.99/mo and $249.99/mo respectively.

PackagesStandardEnhancedPremium
Regularly Price$149.99/mo$199.99/mo$249.99/mo
Discounted Price$74.99/mo$99.99/mo$124.99/mo
Money Back Guarantee30 Days30 Days30 Days

Together with the above considerable discount, all packages include one free domain name for one year and a 30 days full money back guarantee that enables customers to get a full refund if they cancel the service within the first 30 days. Besides, a prorated refund after that period also can be got.

Feature

All packages come with CentOS 6.4 as operating system, minimum dual core 2.3 GHz Intel Xeon Processor, 3 MB cache, 4 GB RAM storage, 500 GB for RAID 1, 5 TB transfer, and 3 dedicated IPs. Moreover, these packages are designed with some advanced features as we have listed in the following.

Highlighted Features:

  • Enhanced cPanel makes it simple to handle with time-wasting administration of the dedicated server including data, files and setting and so forth.
  • Enhanced Caching that is high performance through HostMonster write-back caching.
  • Root Access as server management tool provides complete access and control over the CentOS operating system and server.
  • Mirrored Storage automatically protects account information and data with RAID.

For there are some differences among 3 packages, we worked out a clear table in the following with which you are capable of checking more detailed information.

FeaturesStandardEnhancedPremium
CPUDual core(2.3 GHz Intel® Xeon Processor)Quad core(2.5 GHz Intel® Xeon Processor)Quad core(3.3 GHz Intel® Xeon Processor)
Cache3 MB8 MB8 MB
Memory4GB RAM8GB RAM16GB RAM
RAID Storage500 GB1000 GB1000 GB
Transfer5 TB10 TB15 TB
IPs345

Performance

Strategically, this company utilizes 3 state-of-the-art data centers with the purpose of maximizing uptime. More than that, all data centers are well equipped with UPS power, diesel generators and hundreds of high-performance servers. The key point is that lots of engineers spare no effort to carry out 24/7 monitoring of these data centers so that any unexpected issues can be settled as soon as possible.

With the above first-class equipment and top-notch technologies, HostMonster delivers 99.98% uptime on average. The following chart records detailed data of its uptime, which is made out according to our monitoring during the past 30 days.

Server response time is another factor that should be carefully evaluated. Hence, we have hosted 2 websites on a server and launched real-time monitoring using Pingdom with a 5 minutes interval. Consequently, it takes 342ms in server response time. Please refer to the following chart for specific statistics.

Support

Equipped with hundreds of highly professional and experienced technicians, this company provides prompt and efficient US-based technical support via various means including toll-free phone, live chat and email.

Furthermore, all customers are offered exclusive access to a dedicated support line with which they are able to seek responsive assistance when encountering technical problems.

What is more, there are other resources that can be resorted to such as knowledgebase and video tutorials. Through these two ways, everyone is capable of dealing with some common technical issues independently and efficiently.

Conclusion- Highly Recommended

With an affordable price, awesome features, outstanding performance and responsive technical support, beyond all doubt, HostMonster dedicated hosting is worth taking. After we have personally tried services from hundreds of hosts and carefully read innumerable customer reviews, we objectively regard it as a wonderful option.