JustHost™ was established in 2007 and is considered a fairly new web hosting provider compared to others like iPage or BlueHost with over 10 years of experience. However, as a new company, JustHost™ brings a fresh approach to web hosting and has received good reviews from their customers.
However, as with all hosting companies, I’ve also seen several complaints about JustHost during my research. So, in my Justhost review, I’ll research and test their hosting plan to help you make your own decision.
Is JustHost™ Reliable?
Downtime hurts because you lose visitors and in many cases, it costs you revenue. This company proves that reliability doesn’t have to cost you a fortune and has an uptime guarantee of 99.9%.
They use over 2,000 Linux web servers and their data center is in Chicago. The data center is also equipped with a UPS power backup generator to ensure that your site will still be live, even if a server or power goes down.
JustHost™ monitors its network 24/7 so if a problem does arise, it’s addressed immediately and will be solved within half an hour.
You’re also given free backups of your website every few weeks to make sure that you never lose any data.
We monitored their network performance daily and here’s a screenshot of their average uptime:
Uptime Data: 99.76% Uptime Based on 175,650 checks since Sunday, September 13th, 2009
My SHOCKING personal story: When I tried out another company, VPS.net, they bragged that their “cloud” wouldn’t go down. I left them fast because their cloud SANs were always going down – one time they even lost my website’s backups. Good thing I had some stored on my computer too… AND I was paying over $100/month for that hosting! “You get what you pay for” isn’t always the case. Funny that Justhost is more reliable than them.
JustHost™ offer two plans: JustPlan and also JustPlan Premium. Both plans are similar and both offer great features, such as:
- Unlimited disk space
- Unlimited hosted
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Unlimited MySQL
- Unlimited e-mail
- Over $200 worth of
The only real difference we can find is that JustPlan only offers one free domain, while JustPlan Premium offers three. Without any discount, JustPlan Premium costs $2.50 more per month than JustPlan. That’s about $30 more per year for two extra domains.
JustPlan Premium isn’t really a bargain deal. If you want to host multiple domains, just choose the basic JustPlan and register your domain with a registar. You can then point as many domains to JustHost™ for free.
To do this, simply go to Parked Domains in the Control Panel, under Security. There’s also a helpful tutorial on how to park domains.
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cPanel Control Panel Is Easy And Powerful
JustHost™ uses cPanel which is very easy to use and navigate around. You will gain instant access to the administrator control panel once you sign up – great if you don’t have the time to wait around.
You can find everything you need in the control panel, which enables you to easily manage your domains, files, databases and e-mails. Everything is displayed in clear categories with easy-to-understand information and friendly icons.
For a quick-start with cPanel, see our cPanel Tutorial videos.
Create a Website Quickly
Unlike other web hosting companies where you’re only given one site builder tool, JustHost™ offers you the choice between Site Builder and RVSiteBuilder. Both site builders can allow you to have a website up and running in less than 10 minutes.
After watching tutorials for Site Builder and RVSiteBuilder, I have to say that RVSiteBuilder seems to offer more flexibility and custom options. I did some more research in forums and RVSiteBuilder is definitely more recommended than Site Builder. RVSiteBuilder is easier to use when it comes to customizing layouts and designs. It offers a simple step-by-step guide on how to set up and customize a website or blog.
We do have a series of RV Site Builder Tutorials for your convenience.
JustHost™ Offers Free 1-Click Installs With Fantastico
One of the great things about JustHost™ is that every plan includes free access to Fantastico (click for Fantastico tutorials). Fantastico is a leading script library which automates installations of web applications so you can quickly and easily create a blog, website or e-commerce site.
The site builder tools are helpful in creating websites that follow a certain template look, which is helpful if you’re looking for a simple website. However, if you wanted to have a fully customizable website with more features and functions, then you might like to download a specific web application, such as Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, or b2evolution.
Setting up Joomla for the first time took me almost an hour to install and setup. However, using JustHost, I was able to install Joomla in less than 20 minutes. You can also have a functional WordPress blog up in less than 5 minutes. The added convenience saves you time and the headaches involved with CMS setups.
Cost Effective, High Performance eCommerce
Opening an online business just got easier with JustHost™. You have the choice between using Agora Shopping Cart or OS Commerce Shopping Cart. Both are easy to use and provide you with step-by-step setup instructions. If you are more experienced and looking for advanced shopping cart features, then you can easily setup Zen Cart and Cube Cart for free and without the hassle through Fantastico.
The great thing about using open source software is that it will allow you to update and make changes easily, such as extending the product line, adding coupon codes or having multiple payment options. Your business can save lots of money in the long run as you won’t need to hire a developer to manage your online business for you.
What’s more, JustHost™ has some added benefits to provide you with convenience and fraud protection, including:
- SSL Secure Server
- Free generated
- Open PGP/GPG Encryption
- Merchant account
- Password protected
- Self-signed SSL
When I Need Help, Is JustHost There For Me?
JustHost™ offers a wide range of support, which can be found in the control panel or directly from its website. What really makes JustHost™ stands out for me, are the comprehensive and helpful video tutorials. By searching through its online resources, I was able to find the answer to 90% of my questions.
Nevertheless, if you can’t find what you need online, then you can easily speak to a real customer support staff either through e-mail, live chat or a phone call.
My experience with Justhost Support
I’ve tested out the call and live chat features and although I did get the answer I need in the end, I wasn’t overly impressed by the level of customer service. Sometimes I had to wait a while to get a response and the support staff weren’t as knowledgeable compared to other web hosting companies. However, I was impressed by the quick e-mail response that I received within 30 minutes of sending a ticket.
If I Don’t Like JustHost, Can I Get My Money Back?
JustHost™ offers a no-question-asked money-back guarantee on all its plans. Furthermore, you can cancel at any time! If you do decide to cancel your hosting account, you will receive a refund for the remainder of the plan and you will also get to keep your domain name!
JustHost Review Conclusion
Although JustHost™ is a younger company, they certainly don’t lack the features and benefits you would expect from a much larger web hosting company. JustHost™ provides very affordable hosting where you’re given not just out-of-the-box setup features, but also easy-to-setup CMS like Joomla and Zen Cart.
We’ve been quite satisfied with the JustHost™ and haven’t experienced any downtime. The abundance of resources is a plus and the video tutorials cover basic setup questions, to more technical problems. Although customer support could be improved, we haven’t experienced any frustrating moments and find the support staff overall helpful.
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You’re now free to enjoy all the benefits of a premium-level hosting company for the cheapest rate I’ve ever found with a host.