WebHostingBuzz Review and Test Results

Editor, NCMOnline.com


spacer. Ranking: 4.5 stars.
spacer. Cheapest Hosting Plan: (1-year term renewal)* $5.95 per month
spacer. Current Coupon Code (50% Discount): PRESENTS
spacer. Company Founded: 2002
spacer. Domains Hosted: 250,000+
spacer. 24×7 Phone Support: Yes
spacer. Money-Back Guarantee: 45 days
spacer. BBB Rating: No Rating
spacer. Website: https://www.webhostingbuzz.com/

*Price above based on 1-year term before application of coupon code/introductory discount. While you may pay less for the first year of hosting, unless otherwise indicated, the pricing displayed on this page is the 1-year term renewal rate. Star ratings based on a 0.5 minimum to 5 star maximum scale. Why you can trust this WebHostingBuzz review. >

The Bottom Line


A model of consumer-friendly best practices for web hosting, WebHostingBuzz shared plans are easy to buy, easy to set up, and easy to maintain.

In addition to best-practices standards like cPanel and the Softaculous applications installer, their shared plans include a 2Checkout Merchant Account. A valuable ecommerce feature, WebHostingBuzz is the only company we’ve reviewed that includes it with their cheapest hosting plan.

On the downside — while they did score a 100% reliability rating, server speeds were only average.

WebHostingBuzz has earned 4.5 stars and the NCM Online designation of RECOMMENDED.

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Price: 4 stars.
Ease-of-Use: 5 stars.
Disk Space: 5 stars.
Bandwidth: 5 stars.
Speed: 3 stars.
Uptime: 5 stars.
Support: 5 stars.
BBB Rating: 3 stars.
Guarantee: 4.5 stars.
Satisfaction: 4 stars.
TOTAL: 4.5 stars.


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.

Screenshot of WebHostingBuzz homepage. Click image to visit site.

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 WebHostingBuzz order form. Click to enlarge.

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. Click to enlarge.

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.

Screenshot of WebHostingBuzz Uptime Test Results Chart 11/27/14–12/06/14. Click to enlarge.

WebHostingBuzz Uptime Test Results Chart. Click to enlarge.


  • 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
Screenshot of WebHostingBuzz Uptime Speed Results Chart 11/27/14–12/06/14. Click to enlarge.

WebHostingBuzz Speed Test Results Chart. Click to enlarge.


  • 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
Disk Space 400GB Unlimited Unlimited
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Websites 2 Unlimited Unlimited
Free Domain Name Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Free Account Transfer Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
$10 Pond5.com Voucher Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Dedicated IP Address $30/year (optional) $30/year (optional) Free
2Checkout Merchant Account Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Comodo Positive SSL Certificate $12.95/year $12.95/year 1st Year FREE
Multiple Website Hosting
Addon domains 1 Unlimited Unlimited
Subdomains Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Domain Parking Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Website Management
Control Panel Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Multi Language cPanel Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Shell Access (SSH) Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
FTP Accounts Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
URL Redirect/Forwarding Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Awstats Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Raw Access Logs Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Dreamweaver Access Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
File Manager Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Index Manager Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
IP Deny Manager Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
DNS Zone Management Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Password Protect Directories Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Cron Jobs Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Mime Types Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Apache Handlers Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Manage Open PGP Keys Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Hotlink Protection Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
View Server Status Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Custom Error Pages Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Regular Backups yes Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
SpamAssassin AntiSpam Technology Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Server Specification Dual Intel Xeon Dual Intel Xeon Dual Intel Xeon
Operating System CentOS Linux CentOS Linux CentOS Linux
Free Scripts
One-click Software Installer Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
CGI Center Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
CubeCart Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
OS Commerce Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Zen Cart Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Agora Shopping Cart Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Email Features
Email Accounts Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Mailing Lists Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Auto responders Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Email Forwarders Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Email Aliases Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
SMTP, POP3 and IMAP Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
MX Record Modification Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Spam Free Email Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Personal Mail Servers Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Webmail Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Catch-all Facility Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Database Support
MySQL 5+ Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
MySQL Databases Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
PHPMyAdmin Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Server Side Scripts
PHP 5+ Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Personal CGI-Bin Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Perl 5+ Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Zend Optimizer Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Image Magick, GD, cURL Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
TCL and Python Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Server Side Includes (SSI) Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Multimedia Support
Flash Compatible Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Shockwave Compatible Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Security Features
Virus Scan Feature Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Hardened Web Servers Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Secure Data Center Environment Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Technical Support
24×7 Ticketing Support Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
24×7 Live Support Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Online Manuals Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Phone support Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Billing Management
Billing Management Area Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Online Invoice Statements Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
99.9% Uptime or higher Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
45 Day Money Back Guarantee Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Price Freeze Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
Same-day Setup Checkmark. Checkmark. Checkmark.
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.

Company Information

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.

Screenshot of WebHostingBuzz homepage. Click image to visit site.

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.

WebHostingBuzz USA LLC 850 Southbridge St Auburn, MA 01501 800-252-1887 Fax: 508-597-8354

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How to Install WordPress

This video tutorial demonstrates the installation of WordPress on a WebHostingBuzz shared hosting account using cPanel and the Softaculous applications installer.

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