What Is WebHostingPad?
Founded in 2005 by a small group of individuals, it has grown steadily now for over a decade on the back of low prices.
But is that… ALL they’re good for?!
To find out, we purchased a WebHostingPad “Power Plan” back in June 2015, setting up a basic WordPress website
Over the past few months, we’ve been closely watching their performance statistics like uptime & speed, in addition to doing our own background analysis to find out if WebHostingPad is a steal at their low prices, or a train wreck waiting to happen.
Read our full unbiased review below to find out which is true.
Pros of Using WebHostingPad
WebHostingPad has a few things going for it besides a low price. Starting with…
1. Decent Customer Support
Our own personal experience with WebHostingPad was pretty good.
Their support staff connected instantly, and they got back to us within about a minute after each question.
Not the best experience we’ve had among all we reviewed, but pretty good nonetheless.
2. Unbelievably Cheap
WebHostingPad does have one great thing going for it.
3. Strong Money-Back Guarantee
WebHostingPad has a rock-solid, 30-day money-back guarantee if you don’t find their services reliable. However, the money-back guarantee covers hosting purchases only. This guarantee does not apply to renewals, addons, site transfer fees, service charges, or domain name registrations or renewals, including free domain registrations as part of WebHostingPad’s FREE DOMAIN coupon offer
4. Security Enhancements
Typically, the cheapest options available are also limited when it comes to the ‘extra’ stuff like security options. Fortunately, WebHostingPad isn’t, throwing in Automated Malware Scanner and Malware Quarantine for their WordPress hosting plans.
Cons of Using WebHostingPad
Cheap companies are cheap for a reason. Chances are, they’re not willing (or able) to turn that slim profit margin into reinvesting back into their products and services.
WebHostingPad is no different, offering mediocre-to-bad service where it counts. Take a look.
1. LOW Uptime of 99.23% (Last 24-Month Average)
A website is only good to you when it’s up, online for visitors or potential customers to use.
Similarly, a web host’s primary job is to ensure that happens. Here, WebHostingPad struggles.
Despite their website’s bold claims of 99% uptime, they didn’t come anywhere close.
Last 12-month average uptime:
- January 2020 average uptime: 99.89%
- December 2019 average uptime: 99.85%
- November 2019 average uptime: 99.78%
- October 2019 average uptime: 99.87%
- September 2019 average uptime: 99.85%
- August 2019 average uptime: 99.81%
- July 2019 average uptime: 99.83%
- June 2019 average uptime: 99.77%
- May 2019 average uptime: 99.81%
- April 2019 average uptime: 99.89%
- March 2019 average uptime: 99.97%
- February 2019 average uptime: 99.92%
Take a look at this graph below (It’s all red):
2. Slow Page Loading Time
The next job of a web host is to make sure your website is delivered in a timely manner to said visitors or potential customers.
WebHostingPad struggles again in this department, posting a page loading time of 1,021ms over the past 24 months. That means that it takes more than 1 second to load a web page – which is a no-go in today’s Internet world.
Last 12-month average load time:
3. Strings-Attached ‘Free’ Domain Registration
WebHostingPad will throw in a free domain name to new account signups, similar to other web hosts.
However, there are a few caveats.
First, you need to sign up with the “FREE DOMAIN” coupon to enjoy this free domain name offer.
Second, any other coupon invalidates this.
Third, you will have to pay $14.95 annually to renew your domain name. Typically you can buy domain names for less than $10 these days on other websites.
So this ‘additional’ future cost probably won’t pay for itself in a few year’s time.
WebHostingPad Pricing, Hosting Plans & Quick Facts
WebHostingPad has two shared hosting plans:
- Free Domain: Yes.
- Ease of Signup: Very easy, one-page sign-up process.
- Money-Back: 30-day money-back guarantee.
- Payment Methods: Credit Card, PayPal, Alipay, Bitcoin, Check, Money Order, Western Union.
- Hidden Fees and Clauses: They may charge a $39.95 fee to restore your backups. Users should not exceed 150,000 total files. If you reach the file limit, you can purchase an additional block of 150,000 files for $10 per month. If they notify you about reaching the file limit and you do not respond, they will automatically bill you $10 per month per extra 150,000 files. You are not allowed to use more than 10 percent CPU and memory, and your sessions must not exceed 10 minutes. There’s a limit of 300 emails per hour or 3,000 emails per day.
- Upsells: Lots of upsells.
- Account Activation: Quick activation.
- Control Panel and Dashboard Experience: cPanel.
- Installation of Apps and CMSs (WordPress, Joomla, etc.): Quick and easy installation of popular apps and CMSs with Softaculous.
Do We Recommend WebHostingPad?
This is an affordable option with their features.
Their customer support is decent, their uptime and page loading times are completely satisfactory.