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Last reviewed Jul 27, 2017

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Key features

  • Free '.com' domain
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • 24/7 technical support
  • Unlimited traffic, emails
  • 90-day money-back guarantee
  • WordPress integration
  • One-on-one support

Great reasons to choose HostPapa

  • Over 200,000 websites being hosted worldwide.
  • WhoIsHostingThis users rate HostPapa as 4.0 out of 5 – Excellent.

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What could I say exciting today? I have been at Hostpapa for 8 years, I think.
I had some clumsiness and occasionally I did not plan my work well, which caused me some troubles as a webmaster.
But the Hostpapa team has always supported me.
I am completely satisfied with what you have done for me.
But please keep working!

 
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We've used HostPapa since 2009. Initially we chose them because of their Canadian location, but very quickly chose them for their ease of doing business - with a few clicks you can register a domain, get the hosting account setup and receive a welcome email with all the key information for cpanel and ftp and billing etc. Before working with my current employer, I developed websites for small business owners and found Hostpapa's pricing to fair and competitive and the big selling feature as a self-employed person at the time was the great technical support. Over the years, I've put together dozens of websites and HostPapa is my hosting company of choice. The one-click application of Wordpress to the account, the one-click website backup, the ease of creating emails and re-directs - makes it feel like I have an IT Department backing me up. Their BUSINESS MODEL is fair and customer-centric.

I had the unfortunate experience of dealing with GoDaddy when working on a client's website and found their constant upsell and re-sell irritating and their website navigation / information architecture incredible confusing and I think designed to get you to buy services you don't need or that you already have (was billed more than twice for a service the account had!).

In comparison, I find HostPapa's website and their cpanel clear and easy to navigate - this makes selecting the right products and services fast and easy and time is money so being able to quickly perform needed tasks enables me to use my time efficiently. HIGHLY RECOMMEND HostPapa and in fact have to many times over.

Susan Mills
Grand Bend & Area Chamber of Commerce, Ontario, Canada
www.grandbendtourism.com / www.grandbendchamber.ca

 

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I was racking my brains on an issue that I had with my installation . I was on this problem for 2 days . Then I though maybe I would get on the host papa chat line and ask if they can fix this install problem for me , I would pay whatever to get the problem fixed. Low and behold , the support staff told , we will fix it for you sir , here we do not expect money it is our job to get you going . The support staff asked where my zip program was , I told him it was sitting is a folder called "ZIP" in public_html . 10 minute later . The system was running . 10 minute it was fixed . This is the 3 time that Host Papa bailed me out of a mess and this is the reason I swear by this marvelous company good luck Host Papa on your future ventures .
Guy R Asselin
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I've been with HostPapa for over five years now and have never received anything but stellar service. My account allows for Unlimited space and bandwidth at a great price, which means I can run three or more sites on the same account, and any issues are dealt with quickly by the incredible team of customer and tech support.

I build sites for clients and have moved all of them over to HostPapa. And none of them have been sorry for the move.

 
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Firstly the Hostpapa product is highly satisfactory, well priced and relatively easy to make my own website. I have average computer skills and was able to navigate my way through the design and setup pretty easily.
While there are many opposition products available, for me the most important feature of any product is on going customer support and after twelve months with Hostpapa their ongoing customer support has been excellent. The free initial 30 minute phone consultation helped me enormously when trying to set up the payment pages of my website and how to link it to my bank account.
The website has run smoothly since I first set it up. Recently I had a glitch occur and Hostpapa had that fixed within a couple of hours. As I am on the other side of the world I thought this was outstanding service.
I would both endorse and recommend Hostpapa.

 
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The services offered by Host Papa have proven to be very efficient and economical. I have limited background in web site building and maintenance and have always found the customer support department to be helpful. Seldom have there been issues with the hosting services and when there was the customer service and support was very helpful, quick and efficient. I have previously recommended Host Papa to others and will continue to do so.

 
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HostPapa, Has provided me a service level that many company's just don't provide. Technical support Officer Bram has raised the bar to the top with his customer support, Bram must love working with HostPapa, because nothing Is unfix-able, he is really polite and friendly and goes beyond what a customer would expect.If Bram is on chat when I click on the 24/7 online chat I am no longer worried and can relax, knowing that Bram can find a soloution for anything he is presented with.
If I have an issue, I just open the HostPapa website and click on the online chat and within seconds I am greeted by customer support staff that are available 24/7 , It is very reassuring to know that if you encounter any problems, HostPapa staff are there when you need them whatever time of day, anywhere in the world.

 
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Dealing on Chat has been a really good experience as previously I have avoided this option of assistance.
The operators are very helpful with giving me easy to understand answers to my questions and any issues that require the imputt of another department they raise a "ticket" and these also have been processed promptly and efficiently.

 
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Hi There
We have been using Host Papa for years. Great service Reliable and inexpensive. I recommend this to all of our friends and business partners.

Host Papa is one of the reasons we have been so successful. Keep up the good work.

David Willis
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Ontario Aggregate Consultants
visit us at ontarioaggregateconsultants.ca

 
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Hostpapa has gone above and beyond to help me with problems I have had with my website. They have been so patient with my lack of understanding of how all the systems work and have been such a pleasure to deal with. I would recommend them to anyone and everyone. If you love great customer service...use Hostpapa:)

 
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HostPapa is a fantastic hosting company. They have excellent customer service, available at any time of the day and are able to help you resolve issues quickly and easily! They also have an easy to use Database system and support PHP code and sites as well as nice responsive hosting that can be accessed all the time. My site hasnt had any issues running and no problems with it. I have been loving HostPapa so far and would recommend them to anyone that is interested in getting their own website

 
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I recently had a problem receiving phishing emails through a fictitious email address that the send had made up ending with @mydomain.co.uk. I had forgotten that I had previously set email settings to direct all emails ending @mydomain.co.uk. I raised a support ticket and received such a quick response with a clear explanation as to why I was receiving these emails and what I needed to do to change my settings. The matter was quickly resolved and I was very impressed with such an efficient service. Well done HostPapa.

 
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Hostpapa rocks. Unlimited everything. Easy setup, and registration, easy migration of both domain and hosting. Many programs to choice from in Softaculous and the control panel is superb. Customer support fast and knowledgeable. I do not believe I have ever had any down time. I can host more than one domain, and have many email accounts and aliases with distribution lists, spam filters, forwards etc. A complete choice of statistics.

 
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I have been with HostPapa for several years now. There up-time is exceptional and they are always prompt to help if ever I have problems understanding anything. The included extras with their hosting are numerous and I believe that they would be market leaders in their field. At the same time, I have watched how my daughter, who used another hoster, had numerous problems with no real solutions being provided. I convinced her to change over to HostPapa and now she has no more hosting problems. Go for it HostPapa - keep up the good work!

 
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I really believe that what hostpapa offers is unbeatable for the cost. I used several hosting companies before to host the 4 web sites that I manage and they were either much more expensive or much less competent. The unlimited space offer is really cool. And what I like the most is the responsiveness of both the commercial and technical support teams.

 
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I have been a satisfied customer of Host Papa for over ten years. We have been in business for over thirty years and had occasion to use numerous ISP's from the inception of hosting in the early nineties. We have had disasters in terms of quality, service, lack of privacy, and billing issues just to name a few. Host Papa has always delivered. Simple, Professional, Consistent. You would think that is what every business should provide. Most do not. Host Papa does. One final comment I would make is the support is friendly and professional and gentle to non techies like me. They are the experts and they tell me what I need to know and they take care of the rest. Greatly appreciated indeed.

 
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Whenever I have needed customer service it's always been quick and easy through the web chat. They are able to solve my problems easily.

I wish there were more pages and features available with the basic web page builder, but for a basic website, it's not bad. HostPapa's pricing is hard to beat!

 
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I have used Hostpapa for a while now to host my website Easy On Covers. I started with Hostpapa because of its price and being a Canadian company. I have not used any if its other services and am unable to review them. My recent experience with the support staff was great and I was very satisfied with the service by catting on line.
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I have been with hostpapa for a number of years and have had great service in all range of aspects. I am hosting four separate domains in my space and each have a number of subdomains. Their response is great and the chat sessions available are a heaven send solution to handle issues quickly.

 
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I have been using Hostpapa for 8 years and have always been satisfied with their courteous and prompt service. The plan I have is competitively priced and although I have no experience with other web host clients I have no hesitation in recommending Hostpapa - especially for Canadians. Compare and look at reviews - then you will see going with Hostpapa is a no brainer!

 
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Really excellent service with really helpful staff. The firm were very obliging when I wanted to buy a number of different domian names whilst using one hosting site, which I didn't understand was possible until I started working with HOSTPAPA. Very helpful staff, nothing was to unclear for them to resolve if I had any technical difficulties. A super service. I am very happy to recommend them to my colleagues.

 
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After 2 years with HostPapa i have to tell you, that the service was alright. I only have 2 days of downtime in 1 year.
I had troubles with some plugins and even a virus, but the support was understanding with me, and help me alot, and the response were fast enought <30 min of waiting.
I have to recommend you, my website have like 5000 visits at day. I love Hostpapa, im not moving from here.

 
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I have been with hostPapa since 2003 that is 14 years of great service and hosting. I never need to look anywhere else as they are very competitive for what they offer. I am very happy with HostPapa and will recommend them to anyone and everyone.

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Wade Razella
Wade Razella Online Solutions
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as business person in NZ, i love that the support is 24/7 and i don't have to worry about when i can and if i will get the support when i need it when i need , plus i like the reliability of the service and the use friendly features which give me greater control of the web-hosting and management services.

 
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We have been with them for years and have had some occasional issues. The past few weeks the issues have got a lot worse. We were locked out of our account for one morning because they didn't monitor the hard drive space left on the server and let it run out. Tech support is hard to deal with, which normally is OK as they have decent up-time. Lately though it has been fairly problematic.

 
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I am very happy with HostPapa as both my host and as my domain registrar, because although my site is picture and video heavy it is hosted by these at very competitive rates. I am also very happy with the way I was guided through a process whereby I had allowed my former domain to expire, and consequently lost it, but I was assisted by Hostpapa staff to at least retrieve the name if not the domain ending.

 
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I think the HostPapa website is very well set up. It is easy to navigate and it has very clear and comprehensive instructions, easy to understand even for a computer illiterate. I am very please with the prompt, courteous and convenient service provided by the technicians, who are very knowledgeable and friendly.

 
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HostPapa is a very good service. Few international providers bother offering support in spanish and in mexican pesos, but hostpapa does. here in mexico you have 2 choices really: a local hosting provider who offers ok service and crappy support or godaddy who is now available in spanish and with mexican peos, but who charges a ton of money and sells you stuff at any opportuity. HostPapa came to change that. good support in spanish, reasonable prices in mexico. that's all we wanted

 
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I have been using HostPapa Starter plan for the past couple of months for a small project I have been working on.

I used it for a survey platform which in the end got about 350 responses (there were over 50 questions so I consider it a big number). The survey was online at all times. It was perfect for it and flawless.

When the survey ended, I had to export the data to my PC and this is where things got tricky. The survey platform was eating more RAM and CPU power than a small website would require so I had a lot of problems.

The support staff was excellent and they helped me get the results. They proved to be friendly and helpful, unlike some others I have had the opportunity to deal with.

The general uptime was very good and there has not been more than a couple of minutes downtime since I removed the survey platform and installed WordPress.

All in all, HostPapa is a great host for personal or small sized websites but I wouldn't host a company website or a big eCommerce site there. The price range is relatively about the same with other big name hosts out there but what it offers to small website owners through the great support and helpfulness makes up for any option the big hosts provide. The advertising credit is a great addition too, not all hosts provide it and it is needed when you start a new website.

 
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Hostpapa is truly one of the best wordpress web hosting companies on the Internet. I've been using them for years and this is after disasters I experienced with other hosts such as Green Geeks and Bluehost. Their servers are fast and the people are very friendly and knowledgeable. I had an issue with a plugin and they helped me fast. Highly recommended.

 
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I am unhappy Hostpapa client. When the service is running, no complains in general. Sometime short glitches, but I am fine with it. But if there are some technical issue- you are in big troubles. First answer in many cases - it is a problem with your computer/internet provider etc. You have to be knowledgeable to proof the your ISP is not blocking certain ports, that your email program is running fine and your ISP not blocking your port :-)
There is no way to speak to someone knowledgeable more than customer service, who is telling you that your ticket in process.
Would I recommend it? if you need a reliable service - think twice. Low cost service - just keep in mind, that you are getting what you are paying for.

 
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Hostpapa provides reliable, cheap hosting with very bad customer support.
Customer support is really terrible. Really bad. I haven't seen such a bad support anywhere else.
I should wait 24-72 hours till customer support replies and even more till Hostpapa support solves an issue. Even critical issue when sites are down.

 
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Hello,

I have 3 sites hosted on hostpapa and the truth I liked the service because when I had doubts and I opened some ticket, I have responded in less than 24 hours. Besides what I like is that I chose (hostpapa) package allows me to accommodate all the sites you want, as I have had experience with another host in smaller which could only accommodate a limited number of sites.

 
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There are many reasons why I am with HostPapa. Currently, I am having a blogging site with them, plan to host more websites with them soon.

First thing I love about HostPapa is their server speed. The speed is important. Every second that people wait for your website to load means more people leaving.

Second thing I love them are their customer support! I contacted them several times at every problem and they quickly given me response. Mostly, I had live chat with them. I also happy with their uptime, they do a pretty good job with industry-standard uptimes with 99.99% uptime.

Thanks HostPapa!

 
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HostPapa is a Canadian based web hosting. It provides the fast and quality hosting. There are some issues in the support but that is not the big matter. This hosting provides one of the best UPTIME and that is really important for any website. As if you want to start the micro niche site then it will be a good chance for you. It is affordable with all the important features in it. C-Panel is easy to use and fast. No hang and no stuck point in making the site.
I hope it will HELP you !

 
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I couldn't ask for a better hosting company than HostPapa in my work as a web designer! I'm over the moon delighted with their service and packages. As a Canadian company, their packages are well-priced, the cpanel interface is easy to navigate and the service second to none. Thanks HostPapa!

 
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I use Hostpapa for my wordpress website. Excellent hosting and quality technical support. They helped me out when I did not update my wordpress themes and had malware on my website, I purchased sucuri and it removed it from my website. I left ipage as they suck and their people are rude. I really like the people at hostpapa and recommend using them if you are using wordpress.

 
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I'll tell you my experience with HostPapa, I had a web until recently with a friend and was the hosting we use.

Hosting: HostPapa
Plan chosen and price: The price is € 2.95 per month, plus you have a free domain for life. The truth is a fairly inexpensive option and offers very good condition.
Features: This plan offers unlimited disk space, unlimited data transfer also, up to 100 MySQL databases and email accounts also infinite.
service: I've never had any problems, but if you have any arises a support center available 24 hours, both by phone and by email. They also have basic tutorials on common tasks, all help is in English, and if you do not understand the language the truth that little will serve.
Control Panel: The control panel is cPanel, what good is it is very easy to use and quite intuitive. For me it's my favorite.
Uptime: In the time that we were using had no problems, maybe he hung us once but it was very short time. It is not something that happen to us every week or every so often, was a case in point.
Overall experience and conclusions: I would totally recommend, if you like the quality of US hostings this is perfect, because the support is in Spanish.

Back guarantee is 30 days, and also something that caught my attention HostPapa is that it uses renewable energy, so if you like care for the environment this is another option to choose this hosting.

I hope my experience helps

regards

 
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till now its the 2nd month on hostpapa my micro niches sites are hosted on it.Still not facing any such problem a
except a bit of hazy customer reviews
as it promise 99.99% uptime rate it also provides that
overall conclusion we can say its quite good..
hope it improve it support

 
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HostPapa, I would say, is the father of all hosting websites, as the name itself suggests. I would recommend it to everyone that wishes to have a web host that is not only highly efficient but allows easier and better management of the domains. In the past few years, as a regular blogger with many blogs, I have used other hosts but all of them have failed to provide the kind of service I expected out of them. Hostpapa, on the other hand, exceeded all of my expectations by providing service as smooth as knife through butter. In the time I have used the website, I haven’t even needed help of their tech team,and to top it all off, it is an extremely affordable web host.

 
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I think what HostPapa offers is the best around and the cost is awesome! I looked around and read a ton of audits before settled on my choice. I am novice, not a technically knowledgeable and they have the persistence to comprehend and alter the issue rapidly for me. The issue began when my web engineer redesign my site stage. Well it was not HostPapa's; oversight but rather their technical support went the distance to ensure it was altered and functioning admirably - two thumb up! As I probably am aware, the greater part of tech staff will simply give you the data and instruct you to settle it yourself.

 
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I've been pretty happy with Hostpapa since switching over to them. There has never been any downtime on my sites, across 2 years of being a customer. They have all the normal features you would expect in cPanel, such as speedy installation of Wordpress and direct access to creating all the email accounts you'll need. One of the coolest things in my experience is that despite being on one of their cheaper hosting plans... they still have awesome support which is quick to respond and very polite (something I prize highly in customer service).

 
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This is the Worst hosting organization we have each run over. They are serioulsy DOWN all the time and they simply couldn't care less. When you call them for bolster, hold time is between 30 minutes to 60 minutes! This is simply crazy, and more often than not when you do at long last get somebody on the telephone, they can't help you and all they will say is they are down and they have no ensured evaluated time of when they will be go down. Anybody, I guarantee you, you will help yourself out by NOT joining with HostPapa and go to some other hosting organization - Some other organization will have a superior record than them. They are simply down time and again and have the most noticeably awful backing and they simply couldn't care less that their downtime influences their clients' business bigly. We will scratch off our administration with them. It has quite recently taken a toll us an excessive amount of lost business and the disappointment in managing them is likewise not justified, despite any potential benefits.

 
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As i have a very less knowledge about setting up things in cpanel i contact their support and they never disappointed me and helped me solve my problem. Till now i didnt faced any problem with them and their price is also cheap when compared to other hosts. Good quality and Good value. Thanks Host papa

 
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Last year, i was researching various provides and found HostPapa and decided to use their services.

Even for a beginner like myself their cPanel was easy to use and was filled with features for both beginners and advanced users.

Their support team helped me get started too and were very friendly.

I have never had any noticable downtimes or glitches and i am more than happy with their service which they provide for such a low price.

I will recommend hostpapa to everyone.

 
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I think what HostPapa offers is the best around and the price is great! I searched around and read a lot of reviews before made my decision. I am newbie, not a tech-savvy and they have the patience to understand and fix the problem quickly for me. The problem started when my web developer upgrade my website platform. Well it was not HostPapa;'s mistake but their tech support went all the way to make sure it was fixed and working well - two thumb up! As I know, most of tech staff will just give you the information and tell you to fix it yourself.

I am very pleased with their support (in fact beyond their support scope) and will be staying with them!
Go on give Hostpapa a try, you will not be disappointed!

 
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I'm using HostPapa few years ago, and indicate my observations about the service I use.

- Economic Plans, zero problems with web falls, and good support.

Before hiring a hosting, I care about the support and response time offered. I was surprised because they always solve all my doubts, I have learned some things since it also has a forum where you guide to lighten the load web, images and achieve a good SEO of your website.

On the issue of making Backup, enter the cpanel, I moved something, and my site was offline, I asked for help to support the minute they restored my website, I did not lose visitors because everything solved soon.

I started with the most economical plan and now climbed above certain levels. I have 2 sites with them and continue to use the service, my new projects without hesitation be there.

I hope I have still help

 
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Just imagine being able to create a professional website in under 2 hours (PS: I am using WordPress).

Choosing HostPapa to host my website few years ago is my best decision ever. I could save money, create a better website faster, and spend more time where it matters – creating more content, driving more traffic, and generating more leads and sales.

HostPapa is a amazing Web Hosting Company. They have always been easy to work with, always ready to help and are very quick and efficient when it comes
to fixing a problem.

HostPapa offers : Unlimited Web Hosting Space & Monthly Bandwidth, 1 FREE Domain Name for LIFE!, Professional 24/7 Phone & E-Mail Support and 30 Day Money Back & 99.9% Uptime Guaranteed.

 
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Hostpapa provide a fast response time on enquiries, as well as support questions (vital or non-urgent). They have a strong but easy to navigate platform set up to deal with questions, not just a referral back to support pages or user forums as some providers do. That said you can browse support pages if you prefer, and most easy solutions are listed, built up over the years of service. Still happy after over 8 years of uptime.

 
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First time seeing hosting cpanel is not easy! I had no idea how everything works and I was amazed how fast their support ticket system response to my issue! I even phoned them related to domain transfer and everything was clearly explained and I got help all the way until it was completed. Another issue was I couldn't connect to my server through ftp so I phoned them and as always someone seems to always be available to help(no waiting!). As I mentioned earlier, I am new to this hosting and website thing so it is very scary for me but I find hostpapa very helpful and even had someone from their tech fixed my script to correct my database credentials. I have opened more than 5 tickets asking for help and all of those were resolved very fast. All the staff I spoke to so far were very friendly and seem to know what they are doing. To be honest the only reason I was upset was when my website was crawling to load which I suspected it was to do with the new website I just bought that was filled with plugins! I removed some plugins and updated like at least19 wordpress plugins which seemed to solve the issue. I have 5 websites running on the server with 3 eCommerce with no issue at the moment. I am so glad I chose them! Keep up the good work Hostpapa!

 
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I have used Host male parent for the location of a non-profit organization for the past four years and located it reliable – I do not assume it ever went off-line there in time. I even have currently emotional my very own website to them too, with some issues concerning the procedure for transferring associate degree existing domain. Initially, the starter tariff gave unlimited disk space. However, it's currently 100GB. A nightly backup service to revive any or all of the location if it's corrupted prices additional. It's a pity that this can be not enclosed within the original package. I even have not used their support a lot of thus cannot incredibly discuss it. They provide you the tools you wish to run your website and expect you to be able to use these. They are doing have numerous video tutorials, and quite a heap of free (public domain) code, that I take advantage of for a photograph gallery and e-commerce website. HostPapa does not offer a particular recommendation on these packages, which have their support systems. Alternative hosts could also be able to provide additional careful hand-holding advice if you wish it.

 
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I've been with HostPapa for more then 6 years now with my own personal site. During this time the site has never been down, technical help when requested was answered and corrected with in minutes. I was happy with the cost and service that HostPapa provided to my personal site that I moved over several other organizational sites that I managed to HostPapa from more expensive IP/Web Hosting Suppliers with half the support and added features and more then triple the cost.
I am not one to write reviews or suggest services to friends and family, but with HostPapa they do deserve recognition as one of the best if the not the best Web Hosting services around.
Thanks HostPapa,
Rob.

 
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Founded:2006

HostPapa Introduction

HostPapa was founded in 2006, and is headquartered in Canada. It uses various datacenter facilities across North America, and markets its plans at small business users. The company has additional offices in the UK, USA, Germany, and Australia.

On its shared hosting plans, it includes unlimited resources in practically every respect, except for the cheapest shared plan on its roster. All plans include a site builder, which is a key feature that HostPapa likes to promote.

What's On Offer

HostPapa's shared hosting plans all include SSD storage and a range of one-click installers, including WordPress, b2evolution, Coppermine, Joomla!, and more. The entry level plan is limited in almost all respects, and is really designed for a small startup that only needs to host one website. This plan doesn't include built-in support for CloudFlare CDN.

Choose one of the better-equipped plans, and you'll take advantage of that "unlimited everything" promise; databases, domains, email accounts, disk space, bandwidth, and websites are unmetered. All shared hosting includes cPanel and a free domain name for the first year.

The site builder is a feature of all shared accounts, although only the top plan provides unlimited pages. If you prefer, you can sign up for the separate site builder packages, which cut out all the shared hosting features. By skipping those features, you also lose access to email and cPanel.

HostPapa also has reseller and VPS hosting services. These are less of a priority, but offer a route for expansion if your business outgrows a shared plan. VPS packages are fully managed and include free external migration, and cPanel is provided with all plan types.

In addition, HostPapa provides an email-only hosting service, and an upgrade called HostPapa Advanced Email. This appears to be HostPapa's answer to Office 365, and G Suite (formerly Google Apps), which HostPapa also sells. You can also buy domain names directly from the HostPapa website, and it sells additional hosting services like SiteLock.

Many of the plans at HostPapa renew at higher rates than the introductory price. So at your renewal, the price you pay may effectively increase.

Infrastructure and Locations

HostPapa uses at least one datacenter in the Toronto area, but it isn't too candid about the exact facilities that it uses. It certainly appears that all of its servers are located in North America, so customers in other continents may find that transfer speeds are higher than with other hosts.

HostPapa does say that its servers are powered by 100% renewable energy. However, rather than utilizing green energy to power its facilities, it purchases renewable energy credits (which are sometimes called Green Tags, certificates, or RECs). This is a form of offsetting; money is transferred back to the green energy provider, but the host itself may be powering its plant via other means.

Customer Service and Tech Support

HostPapa has a 24/7 customer support team, and it's available every day of the year. If you have a problem with its service, you can contact the team on one of its localized numbers, use its live chat system, or raise a new support ticket. In total, HostPapa has phone numbers for 17 countries, plus one general line for customers in Europe that are not covered by a specific number.

HostPapa's support information and knowledgebase is hosted in a separate domain to its main website. It has more than 1,700 knowledgebase articles, mainly on basic and intermediate topics, with some articles more aimed at marketing its services. The company also has a blog, which is updated at least weekly.

Guarantees and SLAs

In its Terms of Service, HostPapa says it'll use "reasonable effort" to maintain 99.9% uptime, measured monthly. On VPS plans, the uptime guarantee increases to 99.99%. HostPapa does not promise any credits or refund if this SLA is breached, so it's unclear how the guarantee would work in practice.

If your plan is eligible for a money-back guarantee, this will be valid for 30 days from the moment you sign up. If you choose to cancel, you must alert HostPapa using the correct method, and your refund will not include setup fees, third party services, or fees related to domain names.

Summary

HostPapa's focus on small business hosting is likely to be a boost for growing companies. Even the smallest business could build a professional website with its huge range of site builder hosting options. At the same time, shared and reseller customers have room to grow into a VPS. The lack of credits on the uptime guarantee is disappointing, and HostPapa could benefit from additional server locations, particularly since it has so many other localized features. But accessible pricing, and the inclusion of cPanel, will be enticing for many small business hosting customers.

Last updated: 2017-07-30

HostPapa Hosting Plans

Hosting Plan Features Disk Space Bandwidth Price
Business Web Hosting WordPress PHP Dedicated IP Linux cPanel Perl Unlimited Unlimited $3.95/month
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VPS-PLUS WordPress VPS Dedicated IP Linux cPanel Perl 50GB Unlimited $49.99/month
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VPS-PRO WordPress VPS Dedicated IP Linux cPanel Perl 100GB Unlimited $79.99/month
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VPS-PREMIUM WordPress VPS Dedicated IP Linux cPanel Perl 200GB Unlimited $149.99/month
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Bronze Reseller Hosting WordPress PHP WHM Dedicated IP Linux cPanel 50GB 500GB $19.95/month
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Silver Reseller Hosting WordPress PHP WHM Dedicated IP Linux cPanel 80GB 700GB $27.95/month
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Gold Reseller Hosting WordPress PHP WHM Dedicated IP Linux cPanel 120GB 1TB $39.95/month
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Platinum Reseller Hosting WordPress PHP WHM Dedicated IP Linux cPanel 160GB 1.2TB $59.95/month
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Titanium Reseller Hosting WordPress PHP WHM Dedicated IP Linux cPanel 200GB 1.4TB $79.95/month
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HostPapa Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where is HostPapa located?

    HostPapa is headquartered in Oakville, Ontario in Canada. It has offices in the UK, Australia, Germany, and the US.

  • Does HostPapa offer dedicated hosting?

    No. HostPapa does not offer dedicated servers.

  • Does HostPapa offer Windows hosting?

    Yes. Both Linux and Windows VPS hosting plans are available. Linux servers use the CentOS distribution, and both Windows and Linux plans are fully managed. There is no Windows shared hosting, though.

  • What programming languages can I use?

    PHP and MySQL are fully supported on all shared hosting plans. Python, Ruby, and other programming languages are not supported on shared hosting plans, but can be used on VPS plans and higher.

  • Where are HostPapa's datacenters?

    Its primary datacenters are located in Toronto, Canada. It uses additional facilities across North America, but does not specify the exact location.

  • Will HostPapa help me to migrate my site?

    Yes. HostPapa offers free migration for all new customers.

  • What support is available to me?

    Customers benefit from phone, email and live chat support from its technical support team, the PapaSquad. All support is available 24/7. Additionally, all new customers can book a free 30-hour session with a technical support person at HostPapa. This is included free on some plans, but is a paid extra on others.

  • What languages do support staff speak?

    HostPapa offers support in English, French, and Spanish via live chat and email. Multilingual support is not available by phone.

  • Will I get a free domain name?

    Yes. Anyone registering for at least a one-year plan will get a free domain name for one year.

  • Does Hostpapa offer a money-back guarantee?

    Yes, on shared and reseller plans only. HostPapa offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, less setup fees, domain registration fees, or domain transfer fees.

  • Is there an uptime guarantee?

    Yes. HostPapa offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee. However, its Terms of Service does not say that customers would be credited if it failed to meet this figure. It simply says it will make reasonable efforts to meet it.

  • What if I need to run multiple websites?

    There are no added fees for running multiple websites from one HostPapa account. The only exception is the cheapest shared hosting plan, which is limited to two websites only.

  • Does HostPapa provide a sitebuilder?

    Yes. The HostPapa Starter Edition sitebuilder is included with all plans, allows you to build a single website with three pages for free. Some plans include the upgraded Unlimited Edition. You can pay to upgrade further if you need additional features or templates.

  • Can I get an SSL certificate?

    Yes. HostPapa provides SSL certificates for an additional fee over your hosting plan. 

  • Is there a web hosting control panel?

    Yes. All hosting is provided with cPanel. 

  • How can I pay for my hosting?

    HostPapa accepts payment by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) and by PayPal.

  • What is the minimum length of a hosting contract?

    You must pay at least a year in advance. They have 1, 2, and 3 year plans available.

  • Is bandwidth and storage really unlimited?

    HostPapa, like many providers of shared hosting plans, advertises "unlimited" hosting plans. For average or casual users, this will be fine. For high-traffic websites, your account may hit their "soft" limits. These internal limits are not defined anywhere, but they can be a problem when a site is receiving tens of thousands of visitors a day.

HostPapa Features

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  • 4images
  • Access Logs
  • AccountLab Plus
  • Advanced Poll
  • Analog
  • anyInventory
  • AWStats
  • b2evolution
  • Business
  • Catch-all email
  • CGI Access
  • CloudFlare
  • Coppermine
  • Credit Card
  • Custom Error Pages
  • Custom MX Records
  • Dotclear
  • dotProject
  • Drupal
  • Email Forwarding
  • File Manager
  • FormMail
  • Free Shopping Cart
  • FrontPage Extensions
  • Gallery
  • Geeklog
  • Green Hosting
  • Help Center Live
  • Image
  • IMAP Support
  • Joomla
  • LimeSurvey
  • Live Chat Support
  • Magento
  • Mambo
  • Moodle
  • Multiple Domain hosting
  • Noah's Classifieds
  • Nucleus
  • OpenBiblio
  • osCommerce
  • Password Protected Directories
  • PayPal
  • PayPal Shopping Cart
  • PHP 5
  • PHP-Nuke
  • phpAdsNew
  • phpBB
  • phpFormGenerator
  • phpList
  • phpMyAdmin
  • Pligg
  • Plog
  • POP3 Support
  • PowerPay
  • PrestaShop
  • Proxy SSL Encryption
  • Raw Files
  • Serendipity
  • Server Side Includes
  • Shared Hosting
  • Shockwave
  • SMTP
  • Softaculous
  • Soholaunch
  • Spam Filter
  • SpamAssassin
  • Streaming Audio/Video
  • Support Logic Helpdesk
  • Tiki Wiki
  • TYPO3
  • Unlimited Sites
  • Web Architect
  • Webalizer
  • Webmail
  • Website Builders
  • website-x5
  • XOOPS
  • Zen Cart
  • Zenphoto
  • Zikula
  • Zurmo

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Price Comparison

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