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Last reviewed Oct 29, 2015
$ 2.99 / Month
All HostClear plans include a money-back guarantee
I tried them, however they failed. First they billed me 2 times for the same service, took me days to get that resolved. After setting up the site, the FTP did not work, the Website did not work, installed a message board it did not work. Over the course of 5 hours I attempted to get support. Was never able to get someone to provide support and get the site running.
To get a refund took a week, one complete week, with never any responses to my questions about why it was taking so long. I advise anyone who is looking to use them to not use them.
In the end, I canceled the service and went to monsterhost.com.
HostClear is a US-based web host that has been in business since 2009. They specialize in low cost, unlimited web hosting and simplified website development.
HostClear’s unlimited plan offers just about everything you could ask for in shared hosting, and there’s no need to decide which plan is right for you, because that’s the only plan they offer.
With HostClear, you get unmetered disk space and bandwidth, unlimited domains, unlimited SQL databases, and unlimited email addresses. Each email account has access to webmail, email forwarding, autoresponders, customized spam filters, and virus checkers. And all your services and features are easily accessible via cPanel, the world’s most popular control panel.
To get your site up and running quickly, HostClear accounts include a free drag and drop website builder with thousands of templates, as well as a blog setup wizard. Or, if you prefer to have a bit more control, you can also install many of the most popular content management systems, including WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla.
If you are looking to set up an online retail site, HostClear includes a free online store with your choice of shopping carts and PayPal integration. And to help you get noticed, they also include a Google AdWords offer, credit for Yahoo! and Bing sponsored searches, a free Yellowpages.com listing, a free US-based toll-free number, and plenty of online marketing guides to help you along the way.
Like most shared hosting plans, there are some restriction on the use of disk space and bandwidth. Disk space is for web applications only, and cannot be used for online storage. Though each account includes unlimited email boxes, each mailbox is limited to 500MB or 10,000 email messages.
HostClear also runs regular usage test to identify any accounts that are using higher than normal resources. If your account is identified, they will provide a minimum of 48 hours for you to make adjustments. If you continue to overuse resources, they will take your account offline. While this may seem harsh, it’s important to remember that these are shared accounts, so anyone using abnormally high resources is impacting the experience of everyone else on that server.
HostClear has an in-house support team available to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, via phone, online chat, or email.
HostClear offers free domain transfers; however, they cannot make any guarantees regarding the time required to complete an account transfer or their ability to transfer all of your data. If you plan on taking advantage of his service, it’s a good idea to do your own backups first and make sure to give yourself a little cross-over time, when you will have access to both your old and new accounts, just in case.
HostClear performs weekly backups of all their servers and maintains those backups until the following week’s backups are run. These are considered a courtesy and are in no way guaranteed. Additionally, if your account exceeds 20 gigabytes, they will exclude your storage from their backups and instead only create backups of your databases.
As with any hosting service, you consider setting up your own backups. This is particular important with this host, since their backups are stored for such a short period of time, and any major issues will likely go back farther than a single week.
HostClear plans are backed by a 99.9% uptime guarantee. If HostClear fails to meet that guarantee in a given month, you may be eligible for a one month credit to your account.
Payments are typically made via a major credit card, though other payment options are available upon request. All plans are auto-renewed, and it is your responsibility to ensure your payment information remains up-to-date. If HostClear is unable to process your payment, your account may be suspended.
Host Clear offers a 45-day money back guarantee with every new account. If you decided to cancel at any time during the first 45 days, you will receive a full refund, minus the cost of domain registration. This only applies to first-time account owners. If you cancel after the initial 45 days, you may receive a partial refund for any unused, full months. Refunds are not available if you pay via wire transfer, Western Union, check, or money order.
HostClear occupies the ever-growing realm of low-cost, shared web hosting. What sets them apart is their abundance of features, their unlimited and unmetered resources, and the simplicity of signing up and getting your site online. There’s no need to painstakingly review each plan to decide which features you need or how many email accounts you’re likely to use, because there is only one option. And it’s priced low enough that their single option should work for just about anyone interested in shared hosting.
Yes. HostClear offers free transfer services, and they should have no problem bringing in your existing WordPress account. If you are using any plugins, you may need to update or reinstall them seperately.
All major credit cards and Paypal.
Yes. HostClear plans support unlimited domains and unlimited disk space, so they are ideal for individuals who want to host multiple websites.
All plans include a free store and shopping cart; however, as shared plans, they do not include a private IP address or SSL certificates. If you are looking for a host specifically for an online store, you should consider one that offers these features, since they will provide additional security for your customers.
Yes. Affiliates receive a flat commission on each sale. Affiliates that bring in large volume may be eligible for higher commissions.
No. Domain registration is only offered with enrollment in a hosting plan.
Yes. HostClear offers Privacy Protection Service, which keeps your contact information from appearing in the Whois Lookup Result for your domain.
The free site builder provided with HostClear plans includes a limited number of free webpages. For larger sites, you will need to purchase an add-on. However, HostClear also support most popular content management systems, including WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. Any of these will allow you to create an unlimited number of webpages.
Since HostClear only offers shared plans, they do have some limitations in place regarding usage. In general, using more than 25% of system resources for a period of longer than 90 seconds is prohibited. This helps to prevent single users from monopolizing server resources.
HostCear generally offers substantial savings to first time customers, including plan discounts and free domain registration. When you renew, you will do so at the regular plan price, and after the first year you will need to pay for your domain registration. Regular plan prices are all listed on their main page, and the domain registration price will be provided to you prior to renewal.
In order to sign up for a HostClear account, you will need to provide your name, address, telephone number, email address, and payment information. Additional information may be required later, depending upon additional services you may purchase or specific service requests. Any time personal information is required, it will be gathered via a secure connection.
The personal information HostClear collects is used for billing purposes and to provide their services. They may also utilize this information to determine which products to promote to you. In addition, non-identifying account information may be aggregated to create customer profiles, which assist HostClear in determining what services to offer and what types of advertisements to include on their website.
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