Visit the WebHostingPad website and you will notice that it specialises in low price shared web hosting, although it does also offer Reseller/VPS hosting. The company was formed in 2005.
There appears to be little information on their site regarding who owns it. WebHostingPad’s corporate office is based in Rolling Meadows, IL in the US and its servers in Chicago,IL.
Interestingly, there are some references to WebHostingPad making moves into the web hosting industry in China.
WebHostingPad Hosting Plans
There are two shared web hosting plans at WebHostingPad, the Power Plan and the Power Plan Plus. Each provide unlimited hosting space and unmetered monthly bandwidth. Customers can also host unlimited domains, email accounts and MySQL databases.
The Power Plan Plus also provides an SSL certificate, SSH access, advanced spam filter and web stats, a business directory listing and an advanced security scan.
The two shared hosting plans are priced according to how long you sign up for. You can enter into agreements ranging from one year to five years in length.
WebHostingPad has partnered with another web hosting company, VPSDepot, to provide three Reseller/VPS plans to choose from.
● The beginner plan provides 100 GB disk space, 100 GB of monthly bandwidth, 128 MB of guaranteed memory and one dedicated IP address.
● The Professional VPS plan gives 50 Gb of disk space, unlimited bandwidth, 256 MB guaranteed memory and 512 MB of burstable memory, and two dedicated IPs.
● The third Premium plan is similar to the Professional plan but with 100 GB of disk space, 512 MB guaranteed memory and 2 GB burstable memory.
WebHostingPad also offers an ultra-low cost email only service which provides you with unlimited email accounts and your own domain name. The service supports major smartphones (including BlackBerry) and includes up to 1GB of storage space per mailbox.
WebHostingPad boast s99.9% uptime, although it does not publish any statistics to back the claim up. It does provide a guarantee and will reimburse customers for any downtime (pro-rata).
The WebHostingPad N+1 data centre is located in Chicago with 24/7 onsite security and HVAC ventilation systems. The site also carries 48 hours of generator fuel to ensure it stays up in the event of a power cut. This UPS is also backed up by agreements with local fuel providers.
The data center is backed up on a weekly basis, but WebHostingPad also provides free additional backup tools for your site.
WebHostingPad has a 24/7 US based support team, with live chat, email and telephone support all available. The support centre page on the website also provides access to the Kayako help desk where you can submit a support ticket.
There is also a large knowledge base which you can consult for advice and user guides. There is a news page for company announcements, but it doesn’t show any at the time of writing.
The WebHostingPad Facebook page and Twitter accounts appear fairly active, but most users with queries are redirected to the other support channels. Staff do post announcements and other news related articles up to keep their followers up to date.
WebHostingPad in the News
Other than some Chinese news articles relating to them entering the hosting market, there is very little other news surrounding the company, good or bad. We can only assume that their hosting service is relatively solid and reliable.
WebHostingPad Control Panel
The control panel used by WebHostingPad is powered by cPanel. This provides backup and restore tools, the ability to run cron jobs, check site analytics, check webmail and more.
WebHostingPlus supports Softaculous which allows for one-click installs for a whole variety of tools, including Wordpress., Drupal and more. Bonus features include a Message Board, Form-Mail Script, PHP Nuke, Mailing List, Image Galleries/ Coppermine, Mambo, Joomla, Perl, Python and others.
Sign up for shared hosting and you’ll get a free domain name, Google Adwords credits, Yahoo & Bing Credits, Facebook advertising credits and the Access Guardian site protection software.
WebHostingPad provide a free website builder, but you can also purchase a custom site based on your needs. To purchase this extra feature, you need to contact them for a quote.
There is an affiliate programme which earns you money for each referred sale.
WebHostingPad Money Back Guarantee / Cancellation Policy
WebHostingPad offers a money-back guarantee for both shared hosting services and VPS services.
● Shared hosting comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, although this doesn’t cover account renewals, additional items and services or domain name registration.
● The VPS money-back guarantee is restricted to 5 days and only includes hosting services. Additional services such as WHM/cPanel licenses, IP addresses and site builders are not included.
WebHostingPad offers a variety of low cost web hosting services, with a keen emphasis on value for money. Whilst you may not get a site with all the ‘bells and whistles’, good solid hosting will be an attractive proposition for people who want a simple service at a low cost.