On the face of it, Justhost may not look like the most impressive web hosting company on the block.
A quick look at their website reveals a basic, bare-bones design that is a far cry from the bells-and-whistles approach adopted by industry leaders like GoDaddy, HostGator, and iPage. However, looking closer -much as we’ll do in today’s review- reveals that the company’s no-frills, Keep-it-Simple style plays a large part in their success.
Unlike those aforementioned hosts, you won’t find a plethora of extra services, add-ons and upgrades with Justhost, nor will you find pages boasting of their popularity with customers.
Instead, the brand focus on giving customers like you and me just what we need from a quality web hosting company. Nothing more, nothing less.
Below, I’ll share my experiences of using the company’s shared hosting plans, weighing up the pros and cons to help you make an informed decision as to whether Justhost are right for you.
Pricing and Key Features
First things first, I have to say that Justhost’s opening sales page is a little bit misleading. At time of writing, the company were promoting unlimited disk space and bandwidth for £2.73 per month, which automatically made me think that I’d struck upon an absolute bargain.
On further inspection however, it seems that the £2.73 per month deal only entitles you to 50GB of storage for one single website.
Anyone looking for completely unmetered disk space will actually need to pay the higher-priced Pro plan, which comes in at £10.32 for a first term and £16.56 thereafter.
Though not exactly the epitome of honest sales tactics, I have to say that 50GB for a single website still makes Basic a pretty sweet deal, especially with the regular renewal price being only £5.52 per month.
What’s included in the basic plan?
Along with aforementioned storage and unlimited bandwidth allocations, Justhost’s Basic shared hosting plan also offers five domain-based email accounts with a maximum of 100MB storage per account.
Whilst I think this package is a great deal for small businesses who may only need a small website but with another room to grow, I’m actually going to recommend their second-tier Plus plan for those with bigger needs.
At a first-term rate of £4.80 per month (renews at £7.59), this is competitively priced with similar plans offered by the likes of HostGator, and though it’s far from perfect, I do think it’s the better value-for-money package out of the two.
What’s included in the Plus plan?
Unmetered bandwidth is still present here, but your storage allowance increases to 150GB for up to ten websites.
You’ll also benefit from 100 email accounts with 500MB per account.
From here on in, it’s the Plus package that I’ll be focussing on throughout this review, though I will recommend other options where I think they’re more suited to a particular need.