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Key features

  • PHP
  • WordPress
  • Uptime Guarantee
  • MySQL
  • Perl
  • cPanel

Canadian Webhosting Location: Canada Founded: 1998

Introduction to Canadian Web Hosting:

Canadian Web Hosting is a Canadian web host option that offers dedicated, VPS, cloud, and reseller services plans. By dealing with them, you’ll deal with a Canadian company, you’ll leverage their Canadian support team, and your data will be hosted in one of two Canadian datacenters.

In business since 1998, this company offers a multitude of options that are focused on Canadian compliance. Canadian Web Hosting is known as a Green web hosting company. They are a member of the Green Business Bureau.

Canadian Web Hosting Services & Specializations:

Service plans offered include: shared, dedicated, and virtual private server, cloud hosting, and reseller plan options.

Shared Hosting:

Shared hosting plans are offered with your choice of Linux or Windows operating system and you can also take advantage of the company’s easy-to-use site builder or leverage their services for transferring your existing site over to Canadian webhosting. Shared hosting plans include unlimited storage, unlimited email, and could be ideal for small businesses, personal websites and blogs, among other features.

Dedicated Hosting:

Managed dedicated server and enterprise dedicated server options are available and benefits of this type of plan include such things as: free hardware replacements, installation of third party apps, intrusion prevention, rebooting remotely, security updates on your chosen operating system, tech support on a priority basis, 100% uptime and more.

Virtual Private Server:

VPS plans offer unmetered bandwidth, control panel options, O/S choice, and more. There is a Linux VPS (Xen Cloud), a Windows (Hyper V) VPS, and Enterprise (VMWare) VPS option. Plans have multiple layers of security, load balancing and failover options.

Cloud Hosting:

Cloud hosting plans are available in shared and private cloud options at varying costs, including their Flexible Cloud VMs, their Elastic Cloud Server, and Private Cloud plans. These plans offer 100% network uptime and the VPS with Managed support plan offers priority support service levels.

Reseller Plans:

Those who want to package their own Canadian hosted solutions can so do while taking advantage of Canadian Web Hosting’s Canadian datacenters and a suite of solution offerings as well as Canadian Web Hosting’s support. This white labelled service offers several tiers with unlimited options in a number of areas, such as: emails, subdomains, domains, name servers, and SQL databases.


    Canadian Web Hosting has two datacenters:

  1. Vancouver
  2. Toronto

Support and Customer Service

The support team is available around the clock by phone, email, or ticket system to help with issues and there is a knowledgebase available. Emails and support tickets have a SLA of 24 hours.

Security & Backups:

Backups are included in some plans but you should check individual plans for frequency. There are backup services, as well, that can be ordered for local data backup, offsite backup, and backup server options with per GB and per month billing. Some plans offer daily backups. In addition, Canadian Web Hosting offers a free transfer service, if you have a website with another host.

From a security perspective, intrusion prevention, DDoS protection, malware scanning, firewall and VPN services, web application firewall, and managed security options mean that you can add on fee-based services based on what is most important to you. Options available include packages for intrusion protection, for web protection, and for PCI readiness.

Billing & Payment Policies

Some companies offer a 30 day money back guarantee on webhosting. Canadian Web Hosting offers a 60 day money back guarantee for first time accounts, except for dedicated servers or for additional fees such as software installation. Billing is done monthly in advance via multiple payment options, such as credit card, PayPal, INTERAC email transfer, wire transfer, or cheque. There are no contract requirements and you can cancel at any time.

Pros & Cons:


  • 99.99% uptime guarantee, 100% uptime for dedicated plans.
  • Canadian datacenters
  • Wide range of plan options and add-ons
  • Affordability
  • No contracts required
  • cPanel
  • Auto installer scripts
  • A number of free website designs from a free site builder
  • Wide-range of VPS & Cloud options
  • Possible Cons:

  • With a 24 hour SLA for support tickets on some plans it could translate to down time.

Uptime Guarantee

99.99% uptime guarantee offered, 100% for dedicated plans and a money back guarantee within 60 days.

Canadian Web Hosting Conclusion:

If you want or need your site hosted in Canada, there are several options and Canadian Web Hosting, with their money back guarantee, their knowledge and adherence to Canadian privacy and security standards, redundant infrastructure, and local presence, this is a web host you might want to consider.

Canadian Webhosting Hosting Plans

Hosting Plan Features Disk Space Bandwidth Price
LITE WordPress PHP Anonymous FTP PostgreSQL Python Linux 1GB Unlimited $4.95/month
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EXPRESS WordPress PHP Anonymous FTP PostgreSQL Python Linux 10GB Unlimited $9.95/month
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ENHANCED WordPress PHP Anonymous FTP PostgreSQL Dedicated IP Python Unlimited Unlimited $16.95/month
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STARTER ASP ASP.NET WordPress PHP Anonymous FTP Plesk 1GB Unlimited $7.95/month
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PRO ASP ASP.NET WordPress PHP Anonymous FTP Plesk 10GB Unlimited $15.95/month
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BUSINESS ASP ASP.NET PHP Anonymous FTP Plesk MSSQL Unlimited Unlimited $24.95/month
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Linux LV30 VPS Linux Uptime Guarantee PayPal Help Center Live Live Chat Support 20GB 5TB $29.95/month
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Windows HV40 Windows VPS Dedicated IP Uptime Guarantee PayPal Help Center Live 25GB 10TB $39.95/month
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Enterprise VM10 VPS Uptime Guarantee PayPal Help Center Live Live Chat Support Support Forum 20GB 10TB $45.00/month
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Canadian Webhosting Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do they offer Windows and Linux hosting plans?

    Yes, they Canadian Web Hosting offers both Windows and Linux plans.

  • Are there any hidden fees I should be aware of?

    Not really. However, the quoted prices on the frontpage do not include value added tax (VAT), which is 20% in the UK.

  • Can I get managed servers or dedicated servers?

    Yes, the company offers a wide range of dedicated servers, VPS plans and cloud plans, based on Windows and Linux.

  • Will they provide me with a free domain if I choose to sign up?

    No, free domains are not available.

  • Do they offer domain registrations?

    Yes, Canadian Web Hosting offers registration services through its registrar.

  • Does Canadian Web Hosting have a money-back guarantee? What’s it like?

    The company has a 60-day money back guarantee and promises 100% customer satisfaction. If you are not satisfied, you can be refunded with no questions asked.

  • Do they offer any VPS plans? Which platforms are supported?

    Yes, both Linux and Windows VPS plans are available, along with an Enterprise VPS server with a VMware Cloud Server and 99.999% uptime.

  • Is phone support available?

    Phone support is available around the clock.

  • What languages is customer service available in?

    The company states its support staff is all-Canadian but does not list any languages – but since Canada’s official languages are French and English, both should be supported.

  • Where is Canadian Web Hosting headquartered?

    The company’s offices are in Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • But where are their data centers?

    The company prides itself on offering an all-Canadian experience, so it uses data centers in Vancouver and Toronto.

  • What programming languages do they support? What about scripting languages?

    Support for all widely used languages, databases and frameworks is available across all plans, so Perl, Python, PHP, ASP .NET 4.0, MySQL and Microsoft SQL are available on different Windows and Linux plans.

  • Do they have any reseller plans?

    Yes, three Linux-based reseller hosting plans are available.

  • Does Canadian Web Hosting have an affiliate program?

    The company offers a comprehensive affiliate program, and bonuses for sites that deliver more referrals.

  • I already have a website and a domain name, and I need to transfer my site. Will they help me out?

    Yes. Canadian Web Hosting is currently offering a special promotion, under which website transfers will be supported by its staff. You can also get compensation for up to six unused months on your old host.

  • I am just getting started and I am working on my first WordPress blog. Should I consider this host?

    The company offers a wide range of hosting plans, WordPress is available as a 1-click install, so you should be covered. However, you will need to register your domain eslwhere.

  • Can I host and manage multiple websites with Canadian Web Hosting? What would that cost me?

    Yes, you could host several websites at once, but in that case the entry level plans wouldn’t work for you. You would have to get a mid-range shared plan, or something better.

  • Can I build a website without having to learn HTML? Do they offer built-in sitebuilder software, some free stock photos, or templates?

    Yes. The company has a site builder, with more than 300 templates, free stock images and support.

  • Since I make WordPress sites for my customers, I need a really secure hosting provider. I don’t want to be woken up at night by customers whose sites were hacked. Is this a safe option?

    Canadian Web Hosting offers an extensive security suite, with malware scanning, DDoS protection, intrusion prevention, firewalls and managed security. It is up to you to decide which of these features you need (and can afford).

  • What about e-commerce? Any special plans or features?

    The company does not offer specific e-commerce plans, but you should be able to use some of its standard plans for e-commerce.

  • Can I autotransfer an existing Joomla install from my current host?

    There is no autotransfer, but the company has a specialized website transfer team and promises to help free of charge.

  • I need to move my WordPress sites from my current host, will they help me?

    Yes, Canadian Web Hosting tires to cater to new customers with existing sites by offering site transfer support.

  • I want to accept credit card payments online and I need to secure them. What about SSL certificates?

    Yes. You can get premium certificates from Geotrust, or more affordable certificates from RapidSSL.

  • Are they a good choice for hosting a lot of images?

    It depends on how much you are willing to spend. The two cheapest shared hosting plans have limited storage, but more comprehensive plans should be ok.

  • Can I expect them to help transfer existing Magento sites? Do they even support Magento?

    No Magento-specific plans are on offer, and if you need support moving your Magento site, you will have to inquire about that possibility.

  • What control panels can I use?

    Windows plans come with Parallels Plesk, while Linux plans use cPanel.

  • What forms of payment can I use? Do they accept PayPal?

    Yes, PayPal is supported. You can also use Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards. Wire transfers are also accepted.

  • What is their up-time guarantee? Is there a prorate policy?

    Canadian Web Hosting promises 99.9% uptime on shared plans. If your uptime is less than 99.9% any given month, your account will be credited for one month of service.

  • Do they offer any special security features? Optional security extras?

    A number of advanced security features are available, including DDoS protection and intrusion prevention. Site scanning, managed security, firewall and VPN are also available.

  • Do they offer CDN services?

    Yes. Content Delivery Network (CDN) services were introduced in early 2015.

  • Do they have a minimum contract? What sort of billing cycles can I choose?

    The minimum contract for standard plans hosting is one full year. Payments are on an annual basis, although some pre-paid quarterly cycles are available on certain plans.

  • Can I get whois domain privacy with new registrations?

    Yes, the company offers domain privacy services as an optional extra.

  • Do they offer back-ups and data protection?

    Yes, a number of local and offsite data backup options are available. Up to 10GB in backup storage is included in shared plans.

  • I have a few websites and if I choose to move to Canadian Web Hosting, which package should I go for?

    You won’t be able to do this with entry-level shared plans, but depending on your storage and bandwidth requirements, any other package should do.

  • How much storage is available for email? How many addresses can I have?

    The basic email hosting plan offers 5GB of storage.

  • Are bandwidth and storage on premium shared plans really unlimited?

    Yes, as long as you don’t violate any terms of service. The legal documentation includes a few caveats, but most users should be in the clear.

  • Are any discounts available for non-profits? What about schools and students?

    The company does not appear to have any such discounts at this time.

  • Do they offer advertising credits for Adwords?

    Adwords credits are not included in any hosting plan.

  • Which of their plans would be suitable for video streaming?

    Some cloud and dedicated plans could be used for video streaming, depending on your needs.

Canadian Webhosting Features

All Features

  • Analog
  • Apache
  • AWStats
  • b2evolution
  • Catch-all email
  • CGI Access
  • Crontabs
  • Custom Error Pages
  • Drupal
  • Email Forwarding
  • File Manager
  • FormMail
  • GD Support
  • Geeklog
  • Help Center Live
  • Hotlink Protection
  • ImageMagick
  • IMAP Support
  • IP Deny Manager
  • Joomla
  • LiteSpeed
  • Live Chat Support
  • Mambo
  • Nucleus
  • Password Protected Directories
  • PayPal
  • Phone Support
  • PHP 5
  • PHP-Nuke
  • phpBB
  • phpMyAdmin
  • phpPgAdmin
  • phpwcms
  • phpWebSite
  • POP3 Support
  • PostNuke
  • Shared Hosting
  • Siteframe
  • SMTP
  • Softaculous
  • Spam Filter
  • SSL Certificates
  • Support Forum
  • TYPO3
  • Webalizer
  • Webmail
  • XML Parser

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