Author: Matthew Rogers
Last Updated: August 2020
Why our reviews are worth reading
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.
A few of the better-known brands we've been featured on
HostUpon truly is one of the best Canadian web hosts we’ve come across, the combination of affordable prices, unlimited disk space, a 30-day money back guarantee, and Canadian sales and support make them a no-brainer!
We generally look at the following 4 aspects of a web host to determine its overall quality: Ease of use, Speed (on a global level), Support, and Uptime. HostUpon nails them all, especially support!
Reasons to choose HostUpon
Let’s start with what we consider the best features of HostUpon, those that immediately give them the edge over the competition. For the majority of people looking for a decent web host, the following quick summary is enough to convince them that HostUpon is the one to go with.
- Servers in Canada: With a super fast server in Toronto, if you’re target audience is in Canada, speed won’t be an issue. If you happen to feel the need to expand though, they also have 3 servers in the US.
- 24/7 Canada based support: While most companies outsource their support to cheaper countries, HostUpon is one of the few that still has their support in Canada, we think this alone makes quite a case for signing up with them
- Free domain name: If you sign up for hosting, you can register your .ca or .com domain name for free!
- 30-day money back guarantee: Not happy for any reason? No problem, you have nothing to lose.
- Unlimited sites: Even their most basic plan allows for multiple websites in case you’re feeling ambitious.
It’s truly a no-brainer. As for costs, they have 3 hosting plans, their most affordable plan starts at only USD $2.95/mo (down from $7.95)!
The Review: Affordable high-quality hosting with Canadian support!
Intro + A Short History
HostUpon is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. Founded by Alfez Velji in 2007, he set out to create a Canada based web hosting solution for all sized businesses and personal websites around the world.
Their commitment lies both in the speed and security of their hosting service as well as the lowest possible prices to achieve this. HostUpon is constantly evolving, upgrading, and innovating to maintain their affordability while providing the best of the best service.
This passion resulted in a web host that is affordable but feels high-end, a lot of that has to do with their Canadian support team, they don’t outsource and it really paid off for them! Let’s get to some of the main benefits of hosting with HostUpon.
Pros of HostUpon
HostUpon’s customer support is some of the best in the business, really. The support staff is located in the same place the data is headquartered — Toronto. Not only are they there, but they are available around the clock. Their customer support team is highly helpful, very skilled at what they do, and extremely professional in every manner. They aim for the shortest wait time possible, offering several different support options including live chat, a support ticket, or phone support. Their vast database of helpful tutorials and information may reduce your need for their support in the first place, it’s really quite impressive!
Another pro of HostUpon is the fact that it is a privately-owned company. Being privately owned means HostUpon is not being swayed by any outside party’s interest. The owners of the company work at the company, and thus they are able to keep their commitments and goals aligned to help all site owners.
A great thing about HostUpon is the plethora of affordable plans they offer. While their prices fall in line with most budget-ish hosts (can’t really go wrong at $3.36/mo), it’s value they offer that sets them apart. The features included in even the most basic plans makes your dollar go further. With other companies, in order to have access to attractive features like a free domain for life and unlimited email addresses, you would have to purchase a more expensive package to begin with.
HostUpon has kept a fantastic uptime over the years they’ve been powering sites. HostUpon offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee for every single package they offer. While they don’t necessarily advertise what happens if it dips below that number, we’ve got the scoop. All you have to do is submit a ticket about the issue to receive a discount on your next month’s fee! Luckily, they are not known for many outages so the need for this may never even arise. Overall, customers rarely complain about a bad uptime from HostUpon.
Let’s move on to a list of our favourite features (some are also offered by other hosts, but it’s still quite a list).
Some of the biggest features found in HostUpon hosting plans include:
- Free domain name for life
- Unlimited email accounts and MySQL database
- 24/7 support
- Free website migration
- Installer for over 360 scripts
- Free website builder
- CA and US servers (meaning that even if you want to use them as a web host for Brazil, the performance would still be very decent)
- Money back guarantee
- 99% uptime guarantee
- Account control via a web browser
- SSL hosting servers
- Common Gateway Interference
- Root and reboot access
- Private name servers
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Unlimited data transfer
HostUpon deserves the praise, they’re local, they care, they’re extremely affordable, and they have Canada based support… Try them out, you won’t regret it! Web hosts like these make building a website a smooth process!