HostMonster is a newer sister brand to the renowned BlueHost (since 1996). It is owned and operated by the same team out of their offices in Orem, Utah.

HostMonster is geared both towards professional and individual sites with a slightly lower price point than its direct competition.

User experience

Our Host Monster test site showed good response and uptimes.

Follow up:

We were able to perform 6 simultaneous FTP transfers, which makes upload very fast.

  • Control panel: cPanel 11 - Up to date
  • Application installers:
    • Simple Scripts - Excellent availability of recent apps!
    • Fantastico Deluxe - Up to date

HostMonster's skinning is light enough not to get in the way. A handful of promotional items at the top tend to be annoying at first but can be collapsed.

Their proprietary Simple Scripts application installer is currently the best in the industry.

Customer satisfaction

User feedback shows excellent satisfaction rates, especially for those clients balancing the level of support with the lower price point.

HostMonster is also known to have extremely good response times, both by email and by phone. There have been a few hickups at times of rapid growth in the past but it seems HostMonster now has the situation under control and support is back to its highest levels.

Technical specs

  • MySQL 5.0.45 - Up to date
  • PHP 5.2.45 - Up to date
  • UTF-8 and mbstring: supported

Overall, the platform is state of the art.

Section updated April 30th, 2008.


HostMonster is running mod_suPHP and there is strong isolation between user accounts. (FastCGI is also available)

SFTP is not available.

Overall security is good.

Hosting Plans

HostMonster offers a single hosting plan:

Monthly fee (× 3 mo) $9.95 + $30 setup + $10 domain
Monthly fee (× 6 mo) $9.95 + $30 setup + $10 domain
Monthly fee (× 12 mo) $9.95 $4.95 promo
Monthly fee (× 24 mo) $6.95 $3.95 promo
Monthly fee (× 36 mo) $6.95 $3.95 promo
Disk space Unlimited
Transfer Unlimited
Included domain name free (on plans ≥ 1 year)
Domains per account Unlimited
MySQL databases 100
b2evo auto install yes


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