Half Dollar what?? you may ask. Yeah, I am sure you never heard about them before. There is not much info if you type in Google too. This is why I decided to share my experience and make Half Dollar Hosting review.
There are one of many hosting providers who are trying to take piece of cake from big players like GoDaddy, InMotion, Siteground, HostGator….
Half Dollar Hosting provides domain registration, web hosting and a variety of server hosting options. The firm is located in England, but all services are in $USD.
So how did I ended with Half Dollar Hosting? I don’t use anymore their services for Kasa Reviews site, but I did for 2 years.
You may know or not know, but Kasa Reviews is relatively new site/blog.
I started it more than two years ago because of my love for WordPress and to express my opinions on various plugins and themes.
When choosing a hosting provider, there are many things to take into consideration. If you are new to this, like I was 2 years ago, then all those features might look confusing.
When starting, I didn’t have much money to invest. So naturally many prices from popular hosting providers for hosting plans seemed too high for me.
Why should I pay so much when I don’t even know if my site will have any success or readers. That is why I decided to go baby steps.
Invest little and if things start to roll I will invest in better services/products. Seems reasonable.
So I decided to go with HalfDollarHosting. I was surprised how much you get for the money you invest. It was very affordable.
Half Dollar Hosting Ltd. is United Kingdom-based hosting company if you are to believe information found while doing the basic searching.
But if you look at the footer of the site it says: Gundecha Industrial Complex, Akurli Road, Kandivali (East), Mumbai 400 101 India.
I don’t know if they are using resell hosting option from one of other hosting companies or they have their own resources.
Regardless to that, they offer the following hosting services: Shared Hosting, Hybrid Hosting, VPS Hosting, and Cloud Hosting.
If you think there is not much info about Half Dollar Hosting now, there was even less 2 years ago.
Their Twitter account seems to be forgotten, and there is no official Facebook or any other social page to confirm their legitimacy.
All that doesn’t sound encouraging for a potential customer.
There are few reviews found when searching, but I don’t believe any hosting reviews.
We all know how they are manipulated. If I check reviews about hosting providers, I only check for negative reviews. For them, I at least know they are genuine.
I decided to make a leap of faith and take a shot with Half Dollar Hosting service. Mostly because of affordable prices and because I was sick of going through all available hosting providers and making comparisons.
I just wanted to get started with my website as soon as possible.
Half Dollar Hosting Review – Pricing Plans
Half Dollar Hosting offers personal hosting for free. Where is the catch with free plan? According to them: “There is no catch – if you could not afford it we will allow you to host your site with us for just one-time payment. We do not force ads, we do not “kill” your design – we ask only for footer slogan: Hosting provided by: HalfDollarHosting – Hosting For Everyone.”
Top-rated personal hosting plan is $1.89 per month with “unlimited everything.” Disk space, data transfer, a number of domains, FTP accounts and more.
Cloud VPS starts at $6.99 monthly with 512 MB of RAM, 5 GB of disk space and a single CPU. At the high end, 16 GB of RAM, 160 GB of disk space and 8 CPU’s is $159.99 per month.
When started, I was paying 0.85$ per month for hosting. Now you see why I choose them. It was Starter plan on their shared hosting.
I don’t remember what exactly were specifics on disk space, data transfer…. but if I recall correctly there were approximately same as now.
Very soon my needs got bigger, so I decided to go with their Hybrid hosting and purchased Thunder plan. I was paying that about 5.69$ a month.
Later I was buying yearly or on a semi-annual basis, so the price was even lower.
As I kept having more sites, I also decided to buy their cPanel cloud hosting. I paid only 3.6$ for six months of hosting. I couldn’t believe.
Though I purchased additional disk space: 1GB and Bandwidth: 10 GB with that plan, disk space was unlimited. Error or not I didn’t care.
So I had two plans I was using. Hybrid hosting plan where was my Kasa Reviews site placed (along with five more) and cPanel cloud hosting plan where I had another 5-6 sites.
I ended my Hybrid plan in November 2015. I moved Kasa Reviews to InMotion hosting and other sites from that plan to another hosting provider.
I did keep cPanel cloud hosting till this day. I use it to store my other projects and sites as it is very affordable than purchasing additional hosting for them.
Currently, I am paying it Semi-Annually for 14.21$ and have unlimited bandwidth and storage usage.
Half Dollar Hosting is re-seller, and therefore dependent on at least one downstream host for availability.
While this could be of concern for larger enterprises, the small business, organization or individual site owner/blogger probably shouldn’t be too concerned with downtime.
I must admit there weren’t many downtimes in my two years of usage from 2013. – 2015.
Now that I think of, for a price paid, downtimes were surprisingly rare.
Half Dollar Hosting is not a good choice if you want your site to load fast.
When I compare Shared, Hybrid and cPanel cloud plan I didn’t see much difference in faster loading.
It is not painfully slow, but still…. I didn’t know how much hosting can improve or damage site load speed until I tried other hosting providers.
Ah, support. The main reason I decided to move all my important sites away from Half Dollar Hosting and the main reason I almost started to get grays in my late 20s.
In total, I had to open 54 tickets in 2 years. You can only contact support via ticket/email from your dashboard.
There is no chat (though there is one on site but I don’t know if works) or phone option so there is no quick solving problems. This is a big problem if your sites go down, and you need help ASAP.
It is an even greater problem taking into consideration that getting reply can take time from 4 hours to more than a day.
It seems there is only one person in charge for support. Every time I had opened a ticket, I was assigned to Christy Jacob.
Ah, when I remember our correspondences. What a pain in the ass was that. About 90% of the time I knew more than support.
Solutions given were far from helpful and in most cases, I had to do research and fix the problem by myself as Christy wasn’t much of help.
Example of support:
Here is one example of my case with support. This was a simple task. Imagine the horrors when some real problem occurs.
One time I wanted to pay for hosting. They offer Skrill and PayPal as payment methods. I paid via Skrill.
But billing system is broken and doesn’t recognize payments via Skrill. I was instructed, yes you guess by Christy, to contact billing admin.
But billing admin was nowhere to be found. My problem was solved after more than a week when he finally showed.
In the meantime, I was receiving warnings about overdue payment every day. I had to pay again via PayPal so that I don’t lose hosting and my sites go down.
Half Dollar Hosting PROS and CONS
Given how cheap they are, you will get a good hosting experience. Of course, if you’re looking for high-end features, this is not the company to choose.
- Low prices
- Several plans available
- Terrible support
- May not be right for larger sites
Half Dollar Hosting Review Summary
You can’t know how good hosting is unless you try. Half Dollar Hosting often leaves an impression as 1 or 2 people run it. For starting slowly or for hosting sites in development, it is not a bad choice.
There are many hosting providers like this one. They mostly have same problems but very affordable prices. I recommend staying away from it if you intend to do serious business with your website.
From the moment I changed hosting provider, I was reborn along with my sites in so many ways. And whatever you do, don’t trust most reviews found on the Internet.
Now over to you my dear readers. What are your experiences with hosting providers? Let me know in comments below!
For any serious business endeavors consider paying little more for proper hosting provider.