WebHostingBuzz Review and Test Results
|Cheapest Hosting Plan: (1-year term renewal)*||$5.95 per month|
|Current Coupon Code (50% Discount):||PRESENTS|
|24×7 Phone Support:||Yes|
|Money-Back Guarantee:||45 days|
|BBB Rating:||No Rating|
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A consumer-friendly hosting company with a growing worldwide reach, WebHostingBuzz is headquartered in Auburn, Massachusetts and Lincoln, UK. Dedicated to green hosting, the company offsets its carbon output with tree planting through contributions to the Woodland Trust.
WebHostingBuzz offers three easy-to-use shared hosting plans that range in price from $5.95 per month to $10.95 per month for a 1-year term renewal.
The cheapest plan, Buzz Light, is designed for smaller sites and the first-time webmaster. Highlights of the plan include 400GB of disk space, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited e-mail accounts, unlimited subdomains, unlimited MySQL databases, unlimited FTP accounts, the industry-standard cPanel control panel, the Softaculous apps installer with 300+ ready-to-install applications, a 2Checkout Merchant Account, and the ability to host two websites. Optional, added-cost features include a dedicated IP address for $30.00 per year, and a Comodo Positive SSL Certificate for $12.95 per year.
Buzz Light pricing options include $4.95 per month for a two-year term, or $5.95 per month for a one-year term.
Screenshot of 1-page WebHostingBuzz order form. We have circled the fine print in red. Click to enlarge.
The next-cheapest plan, Buzz Power, is designed price-conscious webmasters who require shared web hosting for a number of websites. It includes all of the Buzz Light features and options while adding unlimited disk space, as well as the ability to host an unlimited number of websites on a single account.
Buzz Power pricing options include $6.95 per month for a two-year term, or $7.95 per month for a one-year term.
The most advanced and highest-priced shared plan Buzz Premier, is designed for developers and small businesses. It includes all of the Buzz Power features and options while adding a dedicated IP address; a Comodo Positive SSL Certificate; NGINX frontend, optimized for mainstream scripts (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, vBulletin, SMF); Ruby on Rails support; CVS, SVN, git and mercurial clients pre-installed; selectable legacy PHP (5.2) and latest PHP (5.3) support; and security tweaks for mainstream scripts (.htaccess and PHP settings).
Buzz Premier pricing options include $9.95 per month for a two-year term, $10.95 per month for a one-year term, and $12.95 per month for a single-month term.
All WebHostingBuzz shared plans are backed by 24×7 technical support (phone, chat, e-mail/ticket) and a 45-day, money-back guarantee.
WebHostingBuzz utilizes a consumer-friendly, one-page ordering process (screenshot above right) that is a model of simplicity other web hosting companies would do well to adopt. There are no pricing asterisks. The payment amount due today and the renewal rate for the plan selected are both clearly displayed within the order summary. There are no unwanted added-cost options automatically added to the shopping cart. Simply enter the domain name to be associated with the account, select a billing term, enter contact information, choose a password, and select a payment method. Payment options include VISA, MasterCard, Maestro, American Express, Diners Club, PayPal, WebMoney, and Dwolla.
Screenshot of WebHostingBuzz cPanel control panel with default Paper Lantern theme. Click to enlarge.
As is our practice, we selected the lowest-cost shared hosting plan — Buzz Light — for review and testing purposes. We completed our purchase using the PayPal payment option. Within seconds of clicking the “Complete Order” button, the “Welcome” e-mail arrived in our inbox. While it did not include all of the information required to set up our test site, it did include the Client Area login information. From the Client Area we were able to navigate to the cPanel by using the “Services > My Services” link, clicking on the “View Details” button, and then the “Login to cPanel” button.
One minute after the arrival of the “Welcome” e-mail, the “Account Details” e-mail arrived in our in box. Unfortunately the e-mail message was empty. At that point we called support. They informed us that the message would be resent immediately. They did, but it too was empty. However, 4 minutes later (32 minutes after receiving the “Welcome” e-mail) we received an e-mail with subject line, “product welcome email”. It contained all of the information required to set up our test site, including the WebHostingBuzz nameservers, FTP login, and e-mail settings.
Using FTP, we proceeded to upload our NCM test site. We then set up the Dotcom Monitor page-load speed and uptime testing, and waited for the test results to accumulate.
All web hosting services reviewed by NCM Online are purchased and subjected to our 10-day test for speed and reliability. WebHostingBuzz testing began on 11/27/14 and concluded on 12/06/14. Our test site was checked for page load speed and uptime every 15 minutes from 13 worldwide locations. In all, testing consisted of nearly 2000 individual server checks. We are pleased to report that Dotcom Monitor testing resulted in a perfect 100% reliability score. See uptime test results chart below right.
Although reliable, our Buzz Light shared plan did not rank amongst the fastest services reviewed to date. WebHostingBuzz scored a mediocre 10-day average speed of 1.6754 seconds to load our simple, one-page test site from 13 locations worldwide, and 1.2064 seconds from 7 U.S. locations. See screenshot below right for test locations and results chart.
- cPanel control panel
- Softaculous applications installer
- Included 2Checkout Merchant Account
- 24/7 phone/chat/email support
- 400GB disk space
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Unlimited e-mail accounts
- Unlimited MySQL databases
- Unlimited subdomains
- Unlimited FTP accounts
- PayPal payment option
- 45-day money-back guarantee
- 100% uptime test result
- A green web hosting company
- WebHostingBuzz is committed to consumer-friendly best practices for web hosting
- Only average server speeds
- Not currently rated by the Better Bushiness Bureau
Scoring high marks for reliability and support WebHostingBuzz is committed to providing green hosting and consumer-friendly industry best practices They are a low-cost host worthy of your consideration. If not for the only-average server speeds, the company would have earned our “highly recommended” endorsement.
WebHostingBuzz has earned 4.5 stars and is recommended by NCM Online.
Pricing and Features
Cheap website hosting company price comparisons based on 1-year term list price before coupon/promo codes or limited time/introductory offer discounts. These are the renewal rates for the second year of hosting. To ensure that you receive the most affordable WebHostingBuzz pricing possible, please see Summary above for coupon code and/or current discounts before making any purchases.
|Plan||Buzz Light||Buzz Power||Buzz Premier|
|Free Domain Name|
|Free Account Transfer|
|$10 Pond5.com Voucher|
|Dedicated IP Address||$30/year (optional)||$30/year (optional)||Free|
|2Checkout Merchant Account|
|Comodo Positive SSL Certificate||$12.95/year||$12.95/year||1st Year FREE|
|Multiple Website Hosting|
|Multi Language cPanel|
|Shell Access (SSH)|
|Raw Access Logs|
|IP Deny Manager|
|DNS Zone Management|
|Password Protect Directories|
|Manage Open PGP Keys|
|View Server Status|
|Custom Error Pages|
|Regular Backups yes|
|SpamAssassin AntiSpam Technology|
|Server Specification||Dual Intel Xeon||Dual Intel Xeon||Dual Intel Xeon|
|Operating System||CentOS Linux||CentOS Linux||CentOS Linux|
|One-click Software Installer|
|Agora Shopping Cart|
|SMTP, POP3 and IMAP|
|MX Record Modification|
|Spam Free Email|
|Personal Mail Servers|
|Server Side Scripts|
|Image Magick, GD, cURL|
|Secure Socket Layer (SSL)|
|TCL and Python|
|Server Side Includes (SSI)|
|Virus Scan Feature|
|Hardened Web Servers|
|Secure Data Center Environment|
|24×7 Ticketing Support|
|24×7 Live Support|
|Billing Management Area|
|Online Invoice Statements|
|99.9% Uptime or higher|
|45 Day Money Back Guarantee|
|Price per Month*||$5.95||$7.95||$10.95|
*Prices based on 1-year term before the application of coupon/promo codes and introductory/limited-time offer discounts. While you may pay less for the first year of hosting, the prices displayed on this page are the 1-year term renewal rates.
Founded in 2002, WebHostingBuzz introduced a novel idea into the then very different hosting market. Back then, the market was overrun with larger webhosting companies who got away with low performance at a high price due to a lack of competition. WebHostingBuzz slowly started to develop a good reputation for offering affordable quality. Starting off as a basic reseller hosting account, they grew to run three dedicated servers with just under 1000 customers in a year’s time.
Today, the firm has three data centers with greater than 250 servers hosting more than 250,000 websites on their network. This ever growing firm has gone from two employees to more than forty-five.
Their servers can service websites worldwide with a reliable, fast base due to many data centers in America, the UK, and Europe. The Uptime Institute has considered every data center Tier3+. They all provide fully redundant network, climate control, security, and power.
The firm operates in four carrier-grade datacenters in North America. They usually have private collocation suites/spaces/cases in carrier hotels running their own infrastructure. All the datacenters have been chosen in areas that are not prone to natural disasters. They run private and public networks between all facilities. Full disaster recovery and global load balancing is offered between two or more facilities.
The two primary POPs in North America are the datacenters in Atlanta and Dallas. WebHostingBuzz hosts reseller servers, private and public clouds, dedicated servers, and shared servers from these. A secondary POP is maintained just outside of New York City in Clifton, NJ. The company operates dedicated and shard servers here providing millisecond connectivity to the Big Apple. A secondary POP also operates dedicated servers in Phoenix, AZ to provide customers with connection to the West Coast while keeping out of the earthquake-prone LA.
Carbon neutral webhosting was invented by WebHostingBuzz in 2006 as they were determined to become a greener, more environmentally friendly company. They realized that as a business so dependent on using vast amounts of energy, they needed to calculate their environmental impact and determine how to reduce this. It was not until 2007 that all their competition started to consider their impact as well. Their green credentials are open to the public to read as WebHostingBuzz continues to insist that they are far more dedicated to their environmental responsibilities than their competitors.
Additionally, the company sponsors the ITF (International Tree Foundation) which is a charity that is dedicated to planting trees around the developing world to reduce carbon levels. In addition to making a great contribution to the charity every year, WebHostingBuzz plants at minimum twice the trees necessary to counter the carbon produced by their business.
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