About Hawk Host
HawkHost is a Canadian web hosting company that started out in 2004 providing shared hosting plans. Ten plus years later they now offer reseller, semi-dedicated, and virtual private servers. They also have five different server locations: Dallas, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, and Singapore. I’ve been using HawkHost’s shared hosting for over three years now (since April 2012) so this review is over due. I like that they are upfront about resources on their shared plans (1 CPU Core, 1GB Memory, 5MB/sec/IO, 100 Processes, 20 concurrent connections, and 25 MySQL Connections) and having 5 different server locations to choose from is a plus. HawkHost has reasonable prices and the quality of their service is worth well more than the low rates they charge.
- SSD Servers
- 99.9% Uptime With Compensation
- Assisted Website Transfer
- 30 Days Money Back Guarantee
- User-friendly cPanel
- Fast service
- Many server centers
- Multilingual cPanel
- Several hosting options
- No Live Chat
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Hawk Host Pricing & Plans
- Primary – $2.99 per month, 10,000MB SSD disk space, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited databases, unlimited domains, free unlimited SSL certificates, free migrations, free memcached server
- Professional – $7.99 per month, unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited databases, unlimited domains, free unlimited SSL certificates, free migrations, free memcached server.
As you can see, for only $8 per month, you can get unlimited everything instead of having to worry about maxing out SSD disk space. $7.99 per month and you’re good to go. Or are you? We went through the checkout to get started with hosting and found that if you want to buy the hosting month to month, you’ll have to pay $9.99 for hosting each month. The $7.99 price is only if you pay upfront for 24 months of hosting which keeps you locked in for a long time.
|HawkHost – Shared / Cloud Hosting Plans|
|Primary||Unlimited||10 GB SSD||Unlimited||$2.99 /m|
|HawkHost – Cloud Servers Plans (Self-Managed VPS)|
|1GB NYC||1 CPU||1 GB||20 GB SSD||1 TB||$5 /m|
|2GB NYC||1 CPU||2 GB||40 GB SSD||2 TB||$10 /m|
|3GB NYC||2 CPUs||4 GB||60 GB SSD||3 TB||$20 /m|
|HawkHost – Semi-Managed VPS Hosting Plans|
|Basic||Equal Share||1 GB||30 GB||1.5 GB||$18 /m|
|Advanced||Equal Share||2 GB||40 GB||2 GB||$36 /m|
|Super||Equal Share||4 GB||50 GB||3 GB||$58.50 /m|
HawkHost Payment Methods: Major Credit Cards (Visa, Master Card and American Express), Alipay, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Paypal.* Update: Hawk Host coupons & promo codes for February 2019
Speed Test Result
Here’s a Pingdom speed test result (1 seconds) for one of my sites hosted on a HawkHost Washington, DC server.
Hawk Host provides cPanel for website management purposes.
They also have a multi-lingual cPanel from which customers can select a language of their choice for their cPanel. Their control panel is user-friendly and whether new or experienced customers can use it without breaking a sweat.
The reseller plan has a cPanel with a companion tool – WHM.
The VPS users are also given a customized control panel, however, they charge extra for a better control panel for these category users. The VPS customized cPanel is well designed to meet all the VPS users needs.
Hawk Host has 6 server centers in different locations. Their server centers are found in the following locations:
- (i) US – 4 servers
- (ii) Singapore – one server
- (iii) Amsterdam – one server
What’s good about Hawk Host is that they allow you to select a server of your choice to host your server. For instance, if your business is located in Los Angles, you can select a server that is near to you. The closer the server is to you, the better the speed.
Money Back Guarantee
Hawk Host’s reseller, semi-dedicated and shared hosting plans come with a 30 – day money back guarantee. However, if the user breaches the terms and conditions of the plan signed up, then the guarantee becomes null and void.
Full information about the money back guarantee is available on their terms and conditions page.
Hawk Host Extras
Hawk Host offers the following extras: Softaculous and Fantastico 1-click installers. They also come with a 7-day backup in their cost. They also offer Cube Cart, Zen Cart and OS Commerce software for all those clients who wish to do affiliate marketing through their website.
Most importantly, Hawk Host’s hosting is compatible with Zend, PHP, Pearl, Pear, Ruby on Rails, Python and so much more.
In addition to that, you will also get the following salient features in any of their shared hosting plans.
- Free SSL certificate
- A minimum of 10000 MBs to unlimited space
- Unlimited databases
- Lightspeed web server
- Unlimited domains
- A free Memcached server
- SSD storage for speed
- Unlimited bandwidth
Hawk Host Review – Is Hawk Host Right For You?
HawkHost has a great reputation because they are reliable and have consistently grown and improved over the years. In my experience there hasn’t been any big problems and HawkHost’s small team of 15 or so employees are very devoted and knowledgeable. I’ve stayed with them for over 3 years now and will keep on renewing if they remain on this track. For the quality of service you get their prices are very affordable.