There was a time when purchasing a web-hosting was costly. And there was a lack of options for cheap web-hosts that were reliable and secure at the same time.
I have been blogging actively since 2014, and HiTricks was founded back in 2015. In all these years, HiTricks has seen a lot of ups and downs, which affected this blog, its content, its traffic, and its revenue. As a direct consequence, I had to change a lot of web hosts. I switched from a free hosting service provided by Paisa Host, to Interserver Web Hosting. I stayed there for a few months and switched to Fastcomet.
From there, our blog got a traffic spike, and I had to switch to Digital Ocean VPS to support it. But I couldn’t handle an unmanaged VPS well, especially it got occasional downtimes due to multiple reasons. Most importantly, I had to care for it 24×7. I couldn’t sleep well thinking my website could go down at 3 am. I had to check my blog back every hour. Nevertheless, I can confirm that I didn’t face any other major issues with Digital Ocean VPS, so, I will always keep on recommending DO for anyone who wants to scale their business up. If you fear downtimes on unmanaged VPS, you can always go for Cloudways which provides managed VPS services over Digital Ocean and other providers.
Anyways, it was Q3 of 2017, when I was just not completely satisfied with an unmanaged VPS server and was looking for options to safely host my blog. And that was the time, I came across Vapourhost.
It’s 2020 now, and I am happy to declare that HiTricks is still hosted on Vapourhost shared hosting to date. I have been a happy user of Vapourhost for over 26 months at the time of writing this post (January 2020), and for now, I have no plans to migrate anywhere else shortly.
So, with this backstory in mind, let me take you into a brief tour of Vapourhost, its features, it’s affordable (as well as premium) plans and most importantly, its support system, which, I believe, deserves a special mention against any web hosting.
So, let’s get started.
Vapourhost Shared Web Hosting Features:
Most web-hosts offer similar features. So, I won’t go into many details. Here’s a bulleted list of what you should expect from Vapourhost.
- SSD Storage: Unlike many other web hosting providers using HDD storage, Vapourhost completely relies on SSD cloud storage. Solid-state drives are much faster and use lesser power to run. So your overall resource usage stays low.
- Daily Backups: No matter whatever happens to your website, they got your back. With free daily and weekly backups, your data will always be safe and protected. All of this happens automatically. You can log into their Cpanel to check your latest backups and restore them.
- 1-Click Installer: Vapourhost provides a 1-click installer for over 420 scripts including WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, etc.
- Cloudflare CDN: Cloudflare is integrated inside the Cpanel.
- Uptime: They say 99.9% uptime, and so far they were able to maintain it quite great. I will discuss this in detail below.
- 30 Days Money Back Guarantee: Even after everything, if you are not satisfied somehow, you can request a full refund. You will get your money back.
- Solid Support: I think this is the place where they simply rock. I have discussed this in detail below.
- Upgrade/Downgrade/Cancel Plan with 1-Click: All account related stuff like upgrading or downgrading a plan can be done right from your dashboard in just one click. Your prices will be adjusted accordingly.
- Others: All other regular features like phpMyAdmin, My SQL Database, Cron Jobs are available.
Vapourhost Uptime Guarantee:
Vapourhost claims an uptime of 99.9%. I have been using Vapourhost for over 2 years, and so far the experience was great. The site was up throughout, although, I will be honest here, there were very few minor downtimes, although it was well within the 99.9% limits. Occasionally, I faced downtimes but it never exceeded one minute most of the time. I can confirm this as I regularly track my website downtimes using a service called Uptimerobot.
If you have your own blog and want to get notified about downtimes, then don’t forget to sign up on Uptimerobot. It is a free website monitoring service that checks your website for downtimes. There are paid plans with additional features too.
Here are my stats from Uptimerobot as of 3rd January 2020 at the time of writing this post:
As you can see, for the last 24 hours, the site was 100% up. For the last 7 days, it was 99.99% up, and for the last 30 days, it was 99.96%. As you can see from this data, the Vapourhost claim of 99.9% uptime was valid.
And, to be very honest, a 100% uptime is just an ideal scenario, you can’t expect 100% uptime from any web hosting provider.
Well, one of my downtimes was caused by Cloudflare, and not by Vapourhost directly. Here are the downtime stats for the last 3 months. Check them out yourself.
Here’s what you will find in your Dashboard once you log in. I am giving a snapshot.
Web Hosting Statistics:
I am using Vapourhost Pro Plan 1. (The plans are discussed in detail below). Here are the statistics based on my plan.
Whenever you are purchasing a web-hosting, support is the first and foremost thing you should look forward to, while taking its feedback. A good host offers great support.
Apart from a support section inside the dashboard, they have a dedicated contact us page, where you can directly mail them.
Vapourhost offers fast and reliable support to all its users. And the good thing is, you can ask pretty much just about anything, not just limited to your account based things. If you are stuck anywhere setting up your website also, you can ask them.
Behind their support system are bloggers like you who also manage their blogs apart from replying to your mails. So there is a great possibility that they have come across similar issues themselves. They can help you out.
And the best thing about it is the fast response time. Your queries will get responded within just a few hours, if not sooner.
The Trust Factor:
If someone asks me why I trust Vapourhost now, I will respond that I have been using it for the last 2 years without facing any issues.
But, back in 2017, if someone asked me, what prompted me to choose Vapourhost, there comes their trust factor.
I know Vapourhost owners. They are active members of our blogging communities like Premium Tricks by IftiSEO or Hellbound Bloggers and others. They keep adding value to our community. So, naturally, when they came up with this hosting, I was curious. And they were kind enough to let me a year of web hosting without charging.
I was in DigitalOcean VPS at that time when I got to know about Vapourhost. Hence I took this opportunity to test out their hosting. And that was a great decision indeed.
Vapourhost offers an array of plans suitable for all types of users. No matter whether you are starting out or already have a website with good traffic, Vapourhost has a plan for you.
They have 2 sets of web-hosting services, each having their respective plans.
Vapourhost Professional Plans:
Professional or Pro Plans, as they say, is for pro users, who owns a few small websites or one-three growing blogs. Their pricing starts at just Rs60 per month and goes upwards to Rs180. I can assure you that most other market giants in the world offer plans at rates higher than this rate. So, this is a win-win situation for you.
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If your blog is small, and you are unsure of upgrading to premium plans, then you will find these professional plans best suited for you. But if your blog is sufficiently large and needs special treatment, then check out the power plans below.
Vapourhost Power Plans:
These are for medium to large-sized websites. They start at Rs300 per month and go all the way up to Rs550. That means their costliest plan is less than 10 USD per month. Take that in.
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Which Plan should you go for?
Now comes the big question: Which is the best-suited plan for you?
If you are a complete newbie and want to step into the world of blogging, firstly welcome from my side. Get in touch with me if you have any queries, I am available at Facebook. Secondly, if you don’t have much initial investment, then the mini-plan will be the best for you.
Even if the mini-plan is unavailable, go ahead and choose the pro plan. That will ensure you stay on that plan for longer periods. For freelancers, digital marketers, and other businesses who need their portfolio websites, you can opt for the pro plan for the same.
If you own a large website, then at first go to your Cpanel and check your existing server bandwidth and storage, and choose a power plan according to your need. You will get better insights from that.
And if you have a very large website, probably shared hosting isn’t a good option for you. In that case, I recommend you Digital Ocean VPS, which is a cheap as well as trusted VPS service provider.
Vapourhost is a Cheap, Reliable and Trusted Web Hosting Provider suitable for both small or medium-sized blogs, businesses or portfolio websites, etc. It has a robust support system, and fast-response time. Lastly, it provides a 99.9% uptime guarantee. I have been using their services for over 2 years and I gladly recommend it.
- One of the Cheapest Web Hosting Providers in the Market
- Free Daily and Weekly Backups
- Fully Featured CPanel with Readymade 400+ Scripts Installer
- Robust Support
- Fast Response Time
- 99.9% Uptime Guarantee
- No such in particular, but, one thing I would like to mention: They only provide shared hosting services. If you are in need of VPS or dedicated servers, you will have to look elsewhere.
Well, this is my take on Vapourhost, the Indian web hosting provider with a huge scope of becoming a large entity in the Indian web hosting market. I have been using them for over 2 years, and of this entire period, I didn’t write any reviews for the same.
Its 2020 and when I was busy reviving my blog and make it active again, I find this the appropriate time to post about them here. But those who know me on Facebook will know that I have already given them shout-outs a few times on Facebook for their reliability and trust.
And since I know the guys personally, I can assure you about the quality. Not just me, you can ask just about anyone from our blogging communities and take feedbacks.
Anyways, I have said a lot. Over to you know. Chalk out your plan and just go on.
Let me know if you have any further queries, I will be happy to help you out. Keep following HiTricks.