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Last reviewed Feb 5, 2016
$ 4.44 / Month
Been using Globat for over 8 years. Support has been superb. Never had to wait more than 5 minutes on the support live chat form even at 2AM. All my issues were always taken care of then. You can add as many urls on the GX01. At one time I had around 18 websites going on GX01. You can do 1 click installs of WP blogs and many other blog platforms, Drupal and many other platforms. Unlimited bandwidth and storage... NOTE: as with any host company stating unlimited bandwidth means as long as it does not interrupt other urls's on the shared hosting. If you have 10 million files then yes you will need to upgrade hosting. I really cant understand why globat isn't promoted as much as it should. I have used the other hosts that are rated top 10. Always stayed with globat.
Globat services are ok but there cost that claim to be "accesible" are just the same that you can find in other hosting accounts.
- They allow multiple domain parking in one account, but domains can't access databases separetly so you can give exclusive access to a specific domain database.
- Extra charge for services like mx,a,txt record change, sub domains and other extras that in other hosting providers you get for free.
- No sub domain email accounts.
- Can't cancel your recurring billing services until you contact via chat, email or phone to cancel them.
- If they find malware in your site(s) they will suspend all your hosted domains and will not delete the files until you do it. When you have clean and update your sites from malware they take up to 12 hours to restore your services back. Hosts like bluehost o hostgator delete the malware and notice you about the site clean up.
- The uptime is great thats a plus with globat and the cpanel is easy to manage.
- Support via chat is the only way to get a quick service.
I was a globat customer for 5 years now. i moved out because of the cons.
Been using Globat since January 2007. Over the past 7 years I have found their service to be excellent – and better than a couple of premium UK-based hosting services which I have used.
Pros: Excellent uptime and speed. Very competitive prices for their overall package. Great range of add-ons. Helpful and quite knowledgeable ‘first line’ Support – and they will quickly escalate any complex queries to a higher level. Had some trouble migrating a site to them last summer and was quite amazed at the way in which Support went the extra mile to resolve things.
Cons: I cannot think of any.
Incidentally, I don’t normally bother with reviews for big companies. However I came across some negative reviews on this review site for Globat (and for their sister company Powweb) and think this unfairly represents both companies and could prevent would-be customers from benefitting.
Globat has been my primary host (both personal and professional) for a -i think- 11+ years. I've had Excellent up-time, access, and features the entire time. There's been only One instance of data loss in the last 6+ years, and that was due to using their online editor instead of ftp pushes and such, and it was simple/small due to a timeout... My only complaint would be that they do not support ssh sessions or officially support custom scripting (no blocking that I've yet found, just no support). There is all sorts of pluses and the price (almost) can't be beat, but by FAR the best part of working with them over the years is that they have EXCELLENT online 24/7 support. Even if the occasional answer is a bit Scripted, online chat access is AWESOME.
Don't use them! I had several accounts with them. I closed the accounts to move to a new host (webHosting Buzz - they have been great!). I no longer had access to the email accounts that I used with globat and I did not realize that they were still billing us. A couple years later I noticed the charges on my credit card and contacted globat. They would not refund any of the charges. Make sure if you close your account do NOT only do it in the admin panel you MUST talk to a person and double check that they do not continue to bill you!
Globat provides you with a website building software which contains some scripts that are not compatible with a Security Certificate on most browsers. If your website is secure it must show: https; lock; popups with the statement that a connection is fully encrypted). Globat will force you to purchase the Security Certificate which is essential to accept credit cards by your shopping card. However, Globat never check if this Security Certificate is really working on every browser. If you are not a computer geek and trust Globat you will lose all your sales, revenue and possible your business. If your store is not correctly secure, your shopping card will give an instant warning to your customers that your web-store is unencrypted and the information about your customers’ credit cards may be viewed by anyone. Buyers never will purchase anything from your web-store and warn everyone around about your “ fishy” site.
When you, finally, understand why you have no sales on your website and ask Globat to correct the problem you will be drugged into endless senseless and time consuming correspondence with incompetent and indifferent tech-support. If your loss is substantial you probably will end in the Court.
I hope the owner of Globat Mr.Ben Neumann will read this.
When signing up, one of their sales people had made a bunch of promises and then didnâ€™t follow through with applying them. I had to jump through hoops and repeatedly provide documentation of our conversations (which Iâ€™m thankful I saved.) Several months after signing up we had registration problems with one of our sites and billing problems. April/May of this year they did some migrations which caused huge problems for us and they were slow to resolve the issues. Our website couldnâ€™t be updated and wouldnâ€™t show current data that was loaded to their servers for over 3 weeks. Then we had problems with one of our e-mail addresses that quit working for over TWO weeks. Our business relies on current data on our website and receiving e-mails from our clients and we were crippled for weeks because of their lack of help. After I had just had enough, I had decided to cancel our service with them and just get a refund for the remainder of our term. After again waiting about 2 weeks and jumping through hoops to get a response, they say they will not refund us any money per their policy. Their policy does not say they WONâ€™T refund your money. It also may be of note the number of reports on Globat at ripoffreport. com. I wish we had seen these before deciding on this company. I would NOT recommend Globat to anyone!
Globat.com was founded in 2001, and it claims its goal is to make web hosting accessible to everyone. The company is based in America and has over a decades’ worth of hosting experience, with over 100,000 websites on its network.
Over the years, Globat.com has acquired a number of other web hosting providers such as Hostaway.net, Newista.com and Completehostingsolutions.com. Globat.com is also a part of the Endurance International Group, alongside other brands such as BlueHost, FatCow and Hypermart.
Globat.com is mainly focused on shared web hosting but offers a range of additional services for its customers. Judging by its website, simplicity is the key when it comes to their hosting plans.
Globat.com Hosting Plans
Globat.com only offers Linux-based shared web hosting to its customers. There are two plans available. Each provides unlimited disk space and bandwidth, and customers are able to host unlimited domains.
There are a range of add-ons available for Globat.com’s shared hosting plans. These include site backups, an SSL Certificate and SiteLock. Customers can also purchase additional services. Globat gives clients the chance to set up a professional SEO campaign, buy professional website design services and obtain a bespoke Facebook page. These all cost extra, though.
Globat.com also provides an affilliate program and a referral program. The reseller program allows customers to sell their own branded server space at an additional cost.
Globat.com does not make any guarantees about its uptime, nor does it publish any uptime statistics for its servers. Globat.com’s servers are located in two data centres in Boston, USA and utilise a pooled server environment.
Data is regularly backed up and the server network is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The server farms also feature UPS backup power and a diesel generator to keep everything up and running in case of a power cut.
Globat.com provides 24/7 customer and technical support should there be any problems with their service. This includes a live chat facility, a US phone number and an online support console for customers to submit questions and support tickets. There is also a knowledge base, user guides and a range of tutorials for self-help purposes.
Interestingly, Globat.com provide a feedback form for their customers, which hints that they are open to suggestions. There is no Facebook presence for the company that I could find, but there is a Twitter account. It does not appear to be very active at the moment; at the time of writing this article, the last tweet was in 2009, in response to a customer query.
Globat.com in the News
There is a news page on the Globat.com site, and I got the impression that the company had made the news headlines in large American TV networks. However, I was unable to find any articles. The stories it has published seem to be its own press releases. The latest release is from 2008, so it appears that this page is no longer in use.
A scan of the internet and technical blogs suggests that Globat.com have not attracted any other attention in the media, either good or bad.
Globat.com Control Panel
Globat.com’s shared web hosting plans only indicate that they come with a control panel, which provides customers with file managers, site statistics and other normal management features. There is a video in the tutorial pages where you can take a look at the custom panel, and that would definitely help smooth the transition to an otherwise unfamiliar system. The control panel does not appear to be a slick as cPanel or Plesk, so this may lose some of Globat.com’s appeal, particularly among more experienced web hosting customers.
Globat.com customers receive a wide range of extras to tempt them to sign up. These include Google webmaster tools and Adwords credits, Yahoo! marketing credits, a free site builder and other marketing tools.
Globat.com hosting supports PHP, Perl, Mambo, Joomla, WordPress and a wide variety of other software for building websites.
Globat.com Money Back Guarantee / Cancellation Policy
Globat.com customers get a 30-day money-back guarantee to reassure them should they find fault with their services. This guarantee is only valid for customers who use a credit card when they sign up and doesn’t include domain name registration fees, setup fees and other additional services they have purchased.
The Globat.com cancellation policy indicates that customers need to give 30 days’ notice to cancel their account. You may not be charged for the full term of the contract if you cancel before it ends, but there is no indication of how Globat.com makes this decision.
Globat.com has a company slogan of ‘Web Hosting Made Simple’, and it’s hard to disagree with that. The company only offers two hosting plans, and both are based on a shared model. Customers looking to move beyond shared hosting will want to look elsewhere.
The services on offer at Globat.com are geared towards helping novice site builders to get online quickly and effectively, backed up with site building services and SEO services. This would make them a good choice for new small businesses looking to get up and running on the internet, but perhaps not for a company who is on the verge of growth.
Globat offers only Linux hosting plans.
The company prides itself on offering affordable hosting plans, but it does charge extra for certain services such as record change or sub-domains.
No, Globat does not offer dedicated servers.
Yes, Globat offers one-year free domain registration with purchase of one of the two of their hosting plans.
Yes, the company offers domain registration services. You can register an unlimited number of domains with its GX19 hosting plan.
The company offers 30-day money-back guarantee.
No, the company does not have any VPS plans.
Yes, the company has a 24/7 customer support hotline and online chat support.
Customer service is available in English.
Globat is incorporated in the US.
Globat has two data centers in Boston, Massachusetts.
Programming languages supported on Globat hosting plans include CGI, PHP and Perl, along with other industry standard languages.
Yes, Globat offers reseller plans through its WholesalePlus Reseller Program.
Yes, the company does have an affiliate program, and it offers $75 per referral for every new customer.
The company offers free domain transfer services. Migration assistance is available, but you will have to inquire about the details.
Globat offers hosting plans suitable for small WordPress users and it offers one-click installation of WordPress via the InstallCentral option.
Yes, you can host and manage multiple websites on Globat hosting plans.
Globat provides the CM4all browser-based site builder that can be used without any HTML skills.
The company offers free shared SSL on all accounts and CISP protection. Security is more or less standard as far as shared plans go.
Globat web hosting packages come ready for e-commerce applications, although they are not specifically designed for e-commerce.
The company does offer Joomla upgrades and extensive user support, but transfer support is not cited at company’s website.
The company does not specify whether it offers free support for WordPress migration.
Yes, the company does offer a range of SSL certificates.
The host offers free photo gallery with its GX19 package, but it all depends on the size of your image library.
No, the company does not offer Magento-specific hosting plans.
The company offers full-featured cPanel on all hosting plans.
Globat accepts different forms of payment, including PayPal, credit cards, phone orders, checks, gift cards, etc.
Globat offers a 99% up-time guarantee.
No. The company offers industry standard security.
Yes, Globat offers CDN support.
Yes, monthly payments are an option. In fact, other billing cycles are not listed.
Whois ID protection is an optional add-on.
The company offers several backup options. Daily backup is possible as an add-on.
Globat offers two different packages, GX01 and GX19, with similar features at different prices. The entry level plan supports multiple domains, but if you expect a lot of traffic you should get the GX19 plan.
Globat ensures unlimited storage and email addresses.
The company claims to have unlimited bandwidth, but the user agreement clearly states that Globat reserves the right to take corrective action if abuse is detected.
The company offers some discounts when registering, but said discounts do not apply to renewals.
Globat offers a $100 bonus when spending $25 on Google AdWords. It also offers $50 Yahoo! And Bing Search Matching Credit free with the purchase of any Globat hosting plan.
While the company does offer RealAudio and RealVideo streaming options, as well as QuickTime Streaming with its hosting plans.
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