Web Hosting Hub Review
When you look at most of the web hosting providers on the Internet, their main product is obvious enough: they host your websites. However, oftentimes that’s just not enough, because more and more people want to be provided with the right tools to build those websites in the first place. One such example is Web Hosting Hub, which offers something that they call the Premium Website Builder. Even though the monthly hosting fees are competitive with most other web hosts, there is the added bonus here of having several tools to design, build and publish your own custom website too.
Since Web Hosting Hub is still a conventional web hosting provider in the traditional sense, you could still use your own custom website and upload it via FTP, use mySQL 5, and dabble with PHPMyAdmin. That’s all there, but the additional of Premium Website Builder for no additional cost can come in handy for people who aren’t as technically inclined. Some key features include:
- Premium Website Builder utility
- Unlimited disk space and bandwidth
- Unlimited websites and subdomains
- Free blogging software
- Free domain registration for the first year
- Unlimited email addresses with POP3/IMAP/SMTP
- E-commerce tools like OS Commerce and Zen Cart
- Forum software
- Free backup wizard
- Free blogging tools
Over 500 Free Templates: As powerful as a website building tool may be, it doesn’t help novices very much if they don’t have a good starting point for inspiration. Web Hosting Hub boasts over 500 website templates, each of which comes with customizable color schemes and the easy ability to insert custom header graphics, logos and menu buttons. The templates are incredibly varied, so just about any niche or industry can find an appropriate website design.
Premium Website Builder: This goes hand-in-hand with the multitude of website templates, but the website building utility is meant to be an easy way to get your small business website online. You start with a theme or template, and then you edit the content to suit your needs, adding pages, logos, and graphics. The interface is as easy to use as a word processor like Microsoft Word, point and clicking to add, remote, and edit the various website elements.
1-Click Software Installs: Not everyone is going to want to use the pre-designed templates and the Premium Website Builder. Web Hosting Hub also supports a number of other content management systems and tools that you may have heard about or used elsewhere. These include such popular options as WordPress, Nucleus, Joomla, and Drupal. There is also full support for a number of e-commerce shopping carts, like Prestashop and OpenCart. This means that your e-store can be up and running in a matter of minutes, since the e-commerce system can be installed in just one click too.
Easy Web Transfers: What if you already have a website up and running somewhere else and you want to migrate that to Web Hosting Hub? They do that too. The transfer process is said to have no-downtime, because you are provided with a temporary URL where you can upload files, create your email accounts, and create your website, making sure everything works perfectly before you officially transfer your domain.
Free Domain Registration: It’s a small bonus, but it’s one that is greatly appreciated. When you sign up for a hosting plan with Web Hosting Hub, you are offered free domain registration for the first year. This can be for a brand new domain or you can transfer your existing domain. In either case, the first year (about an $11.99 value) is free.
Robust Support Center: Even though the Premium Website Builder is meant to be easy and straightforward to use, you may still be confused about how to do certain things. Thankfully, there is a substantial support center available through Web Hosting Hub that walks you through the entire process, including customizing your site’s look, setting up an image gallery, and setting up your online eShop. There are similar “Education Channels” for WordPress, cPanel, Prestashop and OpenCart.
Unlimited Everything: Some of the other “all-in-one” web hosting providers out there will only allow you to have one website with one domain per account. That’s not the case here. Web Hosting Hub offers virtually everything on an unlimited basis. You can host multiple domains, have multiple subdomains, and utilize as much disk space and bandwidth that you need. There is also support for unlimited email addresses, plus unlimited FTP accounts.
- No free live demo of the Premium Website Builder without signing up
- Automated secure backups cost $1.00 per month
- cPanel can be intimidating for beginners
- Minimum one-year hosting plan
- No information about pricing until order page
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Erez is an experienced web designer and also the founder of website-builder.com. He writes for dizyne.net and IM Now.