Exonhost Review

If you’re looking for an alternative to the usual web hosts owned by EIG (Endurance International Group), such as Bluehost etc. Then Exonhost is a serious contender.

With shared hosting you get what you pay for but with Exonhost their service is excellent and prices are good too.

Lately I’ve heard a lot of good things about this small hosting company called ExonHost. So we’ve recently signed up to try out their Turbo Diesel+ plan.

They’ve been in the business for around 10 years with 5 different server locations. – Dallas, Los Angeles & New Jersey in the U.S. Singapore in Asia and also one in Germany.

I could’ve left it at just the screenshot above. But instead, I’ll try to explain why I was able to achieve that speed on one of my sites hosted on ExonHost, and how they are probably serving pages that fast.

They use a LiteSpeed server which is faster that you get with most other hosts. LiteSpeed does cost hosting companies a bit more money which is probably why other companies don’t use it… but they should! Also LiteSpeed supports the LiteSpeed Cache WordPress plugin which also speeds up your site.  LiteSpeed Web Server is a leading high-performance HTTP server and known for its high performance, stability, rich feature set, simple configuration, and low resource consumption.

 

Exonhost Uptime 

Exonhost offer an industry-standard 99.9% uptime guarantee.

ExonHost’s support department is really strong too. The customer support is 24x7x365. With your hosting package you also gain 24×7 accesses to our expert support team.

  1. The onboarding process was extremely smooth. They didn’t complain even once before swiftly migrating around 8GB of my data from the previous host, for free. Lots of big names in hosting charge you for migration if the size of your existing hosting account exceeds around 1-2 GBs.
  2. They offer help with your sites’ areas like optimization and security, which are technically outside the scope of support for any web host.
  3. Once, one of my sites started experiencing a (HTTP <-> HTTPS) redirect loop, and I couldn’t figure out what was causing it. Upon letting them know about it, it was promptly fixed within minutes by the owner of ExonHost, who also happens to be a server admin himself.
  4. I received lots of help from them in setting up proper email security records like SPF and DKIM. Their head of server management, Saleh Ahmed, is especially very knowledgable about everything imaginable when it comes to server side stuff. And he always goes above and beyond in helping you with whatever you’re attempting to accomplish.

Other than these, I really liked the transparency about their service. They maintain a dedicated server status page which shows the current status, server load, and uptime for each of their servers. I don’t know of any other shared host that displays all of these crucial data openly to their customers.

 

1 Click Installation for WordPress

Exonhost make it really quick and easy to install your Favorite Apps, which as WordPress, Drupal and Joomla. The one click installer tool, available on every web hosting plan, you can create any type of website you need such as a : blog, forum, CMS, photo gallery, E-commerce store. So for beginners this means you don’t need to deal with databases or technical coding.

Hosting Costs

ExonHost offers 4 different shared hosting plans, and the major differences between them are:

  1. The number of domains you can host on them.
  2. Server resources like storage, bandwidth, RAM and CPU.

It’s worth noting that though the Advanced and Turbo Diesel+ plans still fall under shared hosting, the amount of server resources offered by them can match, or even outmatch some semi-dedicated hosting plans offered by other hosts.

The Turbo Diesel+ plan of ExonHost, but costs more than double the money ($50/mo vs. $19.99/mo). And even then, it offers 5 less entry processes (45 vs. 50).

 

Because of ongoing promotions, and as I signed up for a very long period, I ended up getting the plan for about the same price as MDD’s mid-tier shared hosting plan. Astonishingly, that plan offered 8x as much resources as MDD’s shared hosting plan, and there wasn’t a single thing that they lacked which MDD had.

Also, if you need to eventually switch to a VPS or even a dedicated server in the future, you won’t have to change hosts because they have those as well. So, unlike cheap shared hosts with whom you’re pretty much stuck in shared hosting forever, ExonHost actually offers the scalability that sites having a high potential of rapid traffic growth need.

Conclusion

Let me draw the conclusion on their service by sharing a real story of someone who got in touch with me because his site was constantly hitting the resource limits of the VPS that it was hosted on.

Contrary to popular advice (which would’ve be: “time for a dedicated server!”), I suggested him to move the site over to ExonHost’s Turbo Diesel+ server, and implement LiteSpeed Cache upon doing so.

Believe it or not, his site has been running smoothly ever since, all while using less than 5% of the allocated CPU power on average.

Now, if you’re planning to test them out, you can do that without any worries, because they offer a 30-day money back guarantee. I have a couple of advices for you, though:

  1. They frequently run promotions, so you should be able to get some discount over the listed price of all of their plans.
  2. As you have the 30-day money back guarantee to fall back on anyway, try signing up for longer terms to get higher discounts, that’s what I did.

In summary, right now I’m super happy with ExonHost than I have ever been with any other host. I’ll update this review if this view changes any time in future, of course. But that seems very unlikely given the kind of service I’ve been receiving over the past year.

So, have you tried ExonHost? Leave a comment below about your experience with them. Also, if you’re considering signing up and have any questions, feel free to leave them below, as well.

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