Author: Matthew Rogers
Last Updated: September 2019
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As a web agency, we use/test a LOT of hosting providers to scale both our clients and our many many side-projects (we like to experiment).
Having done this for quite a few years now, we've used, analysed, and reviewed a lot of web hosts... these are our findings.
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Dynamic Hosting: A quick summary for people with no time (pretty much all of us)
In a nutshell, if you’re looking for managed WordPress hosting, sign up! They’re eco-friendly, have great security, automatic WP updates, good support, unlimited disk space… pretty much everything you need at really affordable prices compared to other managed WP web hosts.
That being said, if you’re looking for your everyday cheap web hosting (blogs, business, etc.), our recommendation would be to check out GreenGeeks, they’re also super-green (putting 300% of what they use back into the grid) and offer unlimited disk space on even their most basic plans (which Dynamic Hosting doesn’t, they offer 5 GB). Have a looksy at our GreenGeeks review.
To get more details on Dynamic Hosting, keep reading below!
Dynamic Hosting Review
If you want to own a website, especially for business purposes, you have to make sure it works 100% of the time. Everything should work perfectly. If your website experiences downtimes due to a poor hosting service, it can be costly. Potential customers might be frustrated and you might lose sales or would-be clients.
Agencies like us manage multiple websites for a variety of clients. We obviously have to make sure that their websites do not crash. That’s why we’re always on the hunt for the best web hosting company for Canada.
An Introduction To Dynamic Hosting
The company was founded in 1999 by entrepreneurs residing in Maritimes, Canada. They pride themselves on having data centers, and cloud data backups based in Canada. Plus, they are committed to providing top-notch customer support service.
Dynamic Hosting has worked with multiple clients and has become the go-to-company in Canada for everything related to “Dev Ops.” They have a strong culture where they put their clients needs first especially with regards to IT infrastructure and services.
The company has worked with multiple clients such as Divers Certification Board of Canada, Halifax Chamber of Commerce, Heart & Stroke Foundation, and PharmaChoice. They’ve won multiple awards such WebHostRanking.com’s Top Canada Green Host. Dynamic Hosting is also recognized as one of the best green web hosting service providers in Canada by 100Best-Web-Hosting.
The company provides a variety of products such as Shared Hosting, VPS Hosting, Virtual Machine (VM) Hosting, and Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), among others. Shared Hosting Plans are named as follows; “Keep It Simple Plan,” “Ultimate 3 Year Plan,” and “Managed WordPress.” The said plans can be seen below:
Their cheapest package called “Keep It Simple Plan” costs CAD 3.95 per month if you pay a total of 36 months upfront. For a 12-month term, the said plan will cost CAD 5.00 per month. However, if you want to pay for it month-per-month, it will cost you CAD 6.95. The billing cycle of the Keep It Simple Plan can be seen below:
The Keep It Simple Plan allows you to have one domain in one hosting account. This means you can only have 1 website hosted on your server. They also provide you with 5GB worth of storage.
On the bright side, they provide you with a free SSL certificate which you can use for an infinite period of time. You can also opt to run a WordPress-based website on the hosting account. Upon visiting their site they provide you with a promotional code “Free Move” that gives you a free website migration feature.
When it comes to backups, they provide you with automatic data backups done every night. The backups are for a period of 90+ days. Disaster recovery data backups are done weekly off-site. Backups are a good thing in case something goes wrong with your website. You can restore it to a certain period of time before the malfunction has happened using the said backups.
If you’re concerned about security, they provide you with a firewall that proactively blocks malicious threats. Their cheapest plan also includes features such as IP banning and detection of advanced threats.
The Keep It Simple Plan also includes features for WordPress-based websites. They automate the building of a WordPress site through a 2-click install wizard. Automatic updates of the core WordPress version, themes, and plugins are also included. Updates of your WordPress website is good as it helps avoid malfunction and block possible threats. Being done automatically, it saves you the time you have to spend in doing the said task. Finally, they keep WordPress website security seriously through admin users, passwords, security keys, and the like.
Dynamic Hosting provides you with various options to contact them in case you need help:
- Online Live Chat Support,
- Self-Help Knowledge Base,
- Customer Support Tickets, and
- 24×7 Toll-Free Call Center
Their Self-Help Knowledge Base is updated regularly and according to Dynamic Hosting, it can solve 80% of most problems encountered by customers. Through submitting a support ticket, you can get a follow-up within an hour or less.
In addition, their 24×7 call center doesn’t have waiting periods that hold your call for minutes or even hours. Their 24×7 live chat support gives you access to their customer support service if you don’t have the liberty to do the other three options they provide.
The company prides itself in providing outstanding customer support services to its clients. And reviews have proven their excellent support system. Most reviews state that they have the best value for money and provide the help you need in case something goes wrong. The support was always delivered quickly and provide detailed help according to most user experiences.
Opting for Dynamic Hosting’s services has its advantages and disadvantages. Let’s start with the pros. These can be seen below:
Free Lifetime SSL Certificate
An SSL Certificate is important if your website deals with sensitive information such as credit card numbers and personal data. The best thing about Dynamic Hosting is they provide you with a free lifetime SSL certificate for your website.
Plus, an SSL certificate will help boost your rankings in search engines. A strong HTTPS encryption is considered as one of the ranking factors by Google with strong site encryption being a sign of a good business/ website. With Dynamic Hosting’s free SSL certificate, you can protect your user’s sensitive information and boost your rankings at the same time.
If you prefer to use WordPress as your website’s platform, then Dynamic Hosting’s package is for you. With various WordPress features such as one-click installs and automatic updates, the management side of things is taken care of for you. WordPress security is made tough through passwords, security keys, admin users, and wizard checks, among others.
30-Day 100% Money Back Guarantee
Yes! They provide a 30-day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with their products and/or services. This is a good thing for first-timers who are just trying them out. If you are not satisfied with what they offer, you can get your money back with no questions at all.
Backup and Security Features
It’s a serious disaster when your website is suddenly unresponsive or when it suddenly malfunctions. When you simply can’t fix the issue, you need backups to restore your website back to a point in time when it was still functioning.
Dynamic Hosting provides backups for 90+ days done every night. Plus, they also provide off-site disaster recovery data backups every week. This gives you a peace of mind knowing that you don’t have to start from scratch in case bad things happen.
Free Website Migration
If you use their promo code “FreeMove” you can migrate or transfer your website for free. You don’t have to shell out more money just to migrate your website from a crappy hosting provider to a good one.
Excellent Customer Support System
The company has dynamically fast support ticket systems that provide detailed help on your problem. Aside from that they provide three other options for support; calling through toll-free numbers, live chat, and self-help knowledge base.
Kudos to Dynamic Hosting as most reviews state that they actually provide a fast support system that details what you need to troubleshoot your problem. Most customers were pleased with their performance and they really live up to their promise of outstanding customer support.
We’re done with the pros. Now, let’s move on to the cons. Dynamic Hosting is not without disadvantages. Below are some of them:
Limited Number of Domains
With their cheapest plan, you can only have one domain per hosting account. This is far from other hosting providers offers with some of them offering an unlimited number of domains per account.
If you need multiple websites, then the Keep It Simple Plan is not for you. You might opt for the next plan called Ultimate 3 Year Plan. The said plan costs CAD 12.95 per month if you opt for the monthly payment terms. Its cheapest rate is at CAD 7.49 per month if you want to pay 36 months upfront.
So as mentioned in our summary, as a managed WordPress host, they’re awesome… as a shared web host, there are better options out there. We would strongly recommend you look at GreenGeeks, check out our GreenGeeks review.