Web hosting plays the most important role in speeding up your website load time. Website load time affects your search engine ranking.
Finding a good web host is a tough job when you have so many options around. And now we have a new player, The ” HostArmada“.
Let’s find out how good HostArmada is through this comprehensive HostArmada Review.
When you shop around for a web hosting plan, you may have many options. But if you are a new blogger then you need a cost-effective and good web host.
That’s a sweet spot that every web host tries to hit. HostArmada is no different.
I had a chance to experience HostArmada for a month and the result I got is pretty impressive. Being a Siteground user I had set a high benchmark.
HostArmada has done some impressive work to compete with Siteground and hit that benchmark.
So in this HostArmada review, we would be discussing many features of HostArmada Hosting with a key focus on the following stuff.
- HostArmada Shared hosting features
- HostArmada Shared hosting plans and pricing
- The user interface
- Performance review and test results
- HostArmada pros and cons
HostArmada is fairly a new host. It was seeded in 2019. But within a very short period of time, they could able to reach a new height in this over-competitive web hosting business. This was possible due to their excellent offering and aggressive pricing.
HostArmada is based out in Bulgaria but they have 7 data centers all across the globe. Headed by Simeon Mitev, they have a very well-experienced and energetic team.
At a first glance, you may not even notice that they are just one year old in this web hosting industry.
HostArmada is one of the best Managed WordPress Hosting providers for bloggers, eCommerce stores, and publication houses. Apart from Managed WordPress Hosting, it also offers VPS Hosting and Dedicated Server Hosting.
Price Currency: USD
Operating System: Linux
Application Category: Web Hosting
HostArmada Business Portfolio
HostArmada provides different types of web hosting services that include shared hosting, VPS hosting, and Dedicated server hosting. Please make a note that both their shared hosting and VPS hosting are cloud-based.
Out of all hosting types, shared hosting is the most popular. The reason is very simple. They offer a good amount of features at very aggressive pricing. Newbie bloggers love this kind of pricing that HostArmada offers.
If you feel that your blog has grown up and you need to move out of shared hosting, then you can opt for their VPS hosting. Trust me, their VPS hosting plans and pricing are very tempting. Please make a note that their VPS hosting is managed hosting but you can also have root access.
If you own an eCommerce store then I would always suggest trying their dedicated hosting. Again the pricing is just amazing. I didn’t see such aggressive pricing in recent times with any host.
Not to forget that HostArmada also offer domain registration or transfer services and they also offer email hosting along with all their web hosting plans.
Here is the summary of key offerings by HostArmada.
- WordPress Hosting / Shared Hosting
- VPS Hosting
- Dedicated Server Hosting
- Domain Registration & Transfer
HostArmada Hosting Features
Although we will discuss the features of both VPS and shared hosting, we will be mainly concentrating on shared hosting as this is the most popular type of hosting, and most newbie bloggers choose shared hosting.
HostArmada Shared Hosting Features
Here are the few key features of HostArmada Shared Hosting that made them stand apart in the crowd.
That does not mean that they have only these features. What is my point is that these are the features that make them a great host to choose from.
1. Powered By NGNIX and Lite Speed Server
That’s the real trump card that HostArmada played. They have ditched the Apache webserver completely. NGNIX is way faster than Apache and you will get excellent loading time with NGNIX
HostArmada also offers Lite Speed Web Server but that is only available in the topmost Speed Reaper Plan. Lite Speed Server is better than both Apache and NGNIX. I wish they would have offered Lite Speed Server on other plans also.
2. Strategic Data Center at Nine Locations.
HostArmada has data centers at 9 different locations all across the globe. In fact, they have a data center in India too in Bangalore.
So if you are from India that’s great news for you as you can serve your audience from the closest server location possible.
3. Cloud SSD Platform
Both WordPress shared hosting and VPS hosting are cloud-based. And they only use high-speed SSD. That ensures that your website speed will be very good if you host with HostArmada.
Due to cloud architecture, there will be almost no downtime and even if there is a physical server failure, your website can be served from another cloud server.
That is the beauty of Cloud Hosting and HostArmada offers that in all their plans.
4. Server Level Cache
The server-level cache is very important for your website speed. For example, when a visitor visits any of your website pages for the first time, the server-level cache stores that in the memory so that the next time when the visitor visits again, the page it will be served by the cache and not by the webserver. That reduces the load on your web server.
Please make a note that the concept of server-level cache and application cache ( Like WP rocket ) is completely different. To get optimum speed, you should have both server-level and application-level cache.
In NGNIX, we have the NGNIX cache and in the Lite speed server, we have the lite speed cache that empowers the server capabilities.
In fact, the Lite speed server has a WordPress cache plugin that can take your website speed to the next level.
Not to forget that HostArmada also has a MemCached cache and APCu PHP cache that makes your website faster. All in all, it’s a great setup to give your website a rocket-like speed.
5. BulletProof Security
Off late, security becomes a major concern for websites. Bloggers spend thousands of dollars to safeguard their blogs from brute force attacks, DDoS attacks, etc.
With HostArmada, you will have real peace of mind regarding your website security. They have everything set in place to safeguard your website from any major security issues. Here are the security features that HostArmada has in their hosting.
- Web Application firewall
- DDoS protection service
- Connection level limits
- Fast patching whenever new issues are introduced
- Daily backup if in case something goes wrong you can revert it
- Mod-Security integration
- Throttling of IP if there are too many requests from a single IP at a very short time
- SSL Renegotiation Protection Service
- HostArmada Captcha guard to protect your website from automated Bot
- Free SSL for all websites
- Frequent malware scanning
- User account isolation [ helps in reducing security risk]
6. Free Domain registration/domain transfer
With all shared hosting plans, you will be able to get a free domain name or if you want to transfer the domain name from other hosts, that also you can do free of cost. The domain name renewal in subsequent years will not be free.
That’s a nice free add-on as this will help bloggers to save more money. On top of that, you don’t need to go to other hosts to change name servers or DNS entries.
Please make a note that only one domain name per account is free. To claim a domain name for free, you can simply buy that domain name while you buy hosting or you can raise a domain transfer request later on.
7. Intuitive account dashboard and latest C Panel
As soon as you sign in to HostArmada Dashboard, you will be presented with an intuitive account dashboard.
The dashboard will allow you to manage your hosting service, add an email account, add the domain, log in to the C panel, and various other shortcuts that you need to do on a regular basis. An intuitive interface makes a difference as people no longer like boring dashboards.
At the back, they have the latest version of the C panel with HostArmada branding. Though I am not a big fan of the C panel, considering the price point at which HostArmada is offering services, I do feel the C panel makes more sense.
But again, a custom panel would have made things better for HostArmada as SiteGround offers a well-built attractive custom panel.
8. Experienced customer support team
I always set Siteground as a benchmark when we talk about customer support. HostArmada customer support is equally good if not better.
You can contact their customer support team through emails, chat, or over calls. The lead time is also very short for resolving issues.
Not only hosting related, but they are eager to solve WordPress-related issues also free of cost. Overall they seem to have a great customer support team.
9. Free website migration and loading speed optimization
If you are a newbie and don’t know much about how to migrate a website, HostArmada offers free migration of up to 5 websites in their hosting plans.
They also offer minor speed optimization to help your website achieve good speed for free of cost. This is something I like about HostArmada they never hesitate to support anything that may not comes under their support limit.
10. Affordable and Aggressive pricing
I believe, being a new host in the market they did the right thing. Their plans start from $3.66 and go up to $5.66 for the topmost plan.
Even the topmost plan with a lite speed server at $5.66 is a great deal. If you go with other hosts with a Lite Speed server, that will cost you a minimum of $10 per month.
So all their shared hosting plan pricing is very affordable and aggressive to compete with other players.
HostArmada VPS Hosting Features
1. NGNIX server and NGNIX reverse proxy
All VPS hosting plans are powered by an NGNIX server and the NGNIX proxy built-in. NGNIX servers are known for speed and the reverse proxy takes it no the next level.
I wish they would have offered a lite speed web server but unfortunately, that is only available on the topmost shared hosting plan.
This can be a problem for some people but since it’s a managed VPS hosting, they can not offer any OS selection option. All VPS hosting plan comes with the latest C panel.
2. KVM Virtualization
I am happy that HostArmada did not opt for OpenVZ virtualization, instead, they went for KVM. OpenVZ uses a shared kernel with a layer of virtualization on top of the Linux OS.
So once you hit the allotted resources, the remaining resources are available to all other customers. OpenVZ is not really a pure form of VPS hosting.
On the other hand, KVM offers true virtualization. You will be given the minimum and maximum resource limits that you can use.
Even if you don’t hit the maximum limit, the spare resources will still be with you. Either you use it or keep it free, it’s up to you. Sometimes it is beneficial if you run many resource-hungry applications.
3. Root Access
Although HostArmada VPS hosting is a managed hosting, you can have full root access without any additional cost.
You can start or stop the server, install new server-level applications, install a cache module, customize the server and there are many things that you can do with the server.
Consider this as your own computer and customize it the way you want. But there are some settings that are locked for you as those are managed by the HostArmada support team.
A word of caution is that you should not change any setting unless you are sure what you are doing. I personally prefer the technical support team to manage my server rather than me.
4. Server Monitoring
Since this Cloud VPS hosting is a managed hosting, the HostArmada team monitors your server in real-time 24X7.
They have a set of internal monitoring tools. Those are used for identifying the reasons for any recorded incidents with your Managed Cloud SSD VPS solution.
Optionally they also offer the following server-related issues or services free of charge when you ask them to do so.
- Server Down
- Server Load
- Web Server Down
- Active DDoS/SYN Flood attack
HostArmada Hosting Plans And Pricing
HostArmada Shared Hosting Plans
HostArmada has three different plans under shared hosting. The first two plans are powered by NGNIX and the last plan is powered by a lite speed server.
The resources and benefits are spread evenly across all the different plans with a difference in the number of websites you can host, SSD space, number of visits, etc.
This is the basic plan that comes with 15 GB of SSD space and it allows you one instance of WordPress installation . 2 CPU cores and 2 GB of RAM are available in this plan.
The Start Dock plan is good for 10K visits per month. It comes with 7 backups per month. 30-day money-back guarantee is available in this plan. This plan is suitable for newbie bloggers having one blog or for testing purposes.
This plan is the most cost-effective and recommended plan. Since it is powered by NGNIX, so you will miss the speed of the lite speed server.
In Web Warp, you can have unlimited WordPress installation which comes with 30 GB of SSD space.
You will be allowed 4 CPU cores and 4 GB of RAM. This plan is good for 60K visits per month and 14 backups per month are available under this plan. Unfortunately, the dynamic cache is not available in this plan.
If you are concerned about the speed then this is the plan that you should go for. All the key material for speeding up your website is available in this plan.
It is powered by a lite speed server which can be coupled with a lite speed cache that can turn your website speed like a rocket.
This plan comes with Dynamic caching. This is a different cache mechanism, unlike WP Rocket which usually does static caching.
This plan also supports HTTP/ 3 protocol which is the fastest protocol available now. MemCached and OPCode cache is also available in this plan.
Spread Reaper plan comes with 6 CPU cores and 6 GB of RAM. The SSD storage is 40 GB and this plan is good for 120K visits per month. You can unlimited websites in this plan and it offers 21 backups per month.
HostArmada VPS Hosting Plans
HostArmada has four VPS plans in its portfolio. All VPS plans are powered by the NGNIX server, have the latest C panel, and root access, and offer daily backups.
There is no option for you to customize any of the VPS plans. You can not choose the operating system and control panel.
The reason is that it is a managed VPS hosting and almost everything is managed by the HostArmada team.
This plan comes with 1 CPU core, 2 GB of RAM, and 50 GB of SSD space. The bandwidth is limited to 2 TB which is more than enough for a medium to large-sized blog.
Although this plan is good for starting the main concern is the 1 CPU core and the 2 GB RAM that can slow down your website.
This plan is the most recommended. Comes with 2 CPU cores, 4 GB of RAM, and 80 GB of SSD space. The bandwidth is limited to 4 TB which is massive.
If you are running an eCommerce store then I would recommend this plan. This plan comes with massive 160 GB of SSD space, 4 core CPUs, and 8 GB of RAM.
The bandwidth is 5 TB and the speed out limit is 5000 MBPS. However even in this plan also there is no option for a lite speed server.
Site Carrier plans come with a massive 320 GB SSD, 6 Core CPUs, and 16 GB of RAM. The bandwidth is limited to 8 TB which is the best for large publication houses.
The in and out network connectivity is also the best in this plan. However, the plan is a bit costly.
HostArmada Review [ Performance & Test Result]
Special thanks to Rick Cole for inviting me to test their shared hosting. I had a chance to test for about 2 weeks and below are my observations in terms of speed and performance.
But before we get into the test result, Let’s have a summary of what are the mechanism set in place to boost up your website speed.
- NGNIX / Lite Speed Server ( In The Speed Reaper Plan)
- Fewer clients per server
- HTTP/3 ( QUIK) protocol
- Free SSL Certificate
- HostAmada Captcha for automated BOT protection
- Account isolation
- Web Application Firewall
- Dynamic Caching
Please make a note that our test website was not properly optimized and still we got some excellent results.
The test website has more than 20 plugins and we used a few of the worst themes and plugins just to test how well HostArmada performs in the worst-case scenario. We used WP-Rocket on our test website.
The test was performed in a very controlled environment. Your actual speed and Performance may vary based on how well you optimized your blog, what cache plugin you use, and from which location you are testing.
1. Speed Test
We tested the demo website in GTMetrix, Pingdom Tools, and Google Page Insights, and here are the results.
Load Time is .5 to .8 seconds ( Anything less than 1 second is considered to be a fast website). The score is almost close to 100 in all three tools. The website is loading at the same speed from almost all the locations.
Here is the GT Metrix score that shows a perfect score of 100 under website structure and 93 as the performance. If a demo website can get a score of 93, the live website may perform better.
Here is what Pingdom Tools shows. Very impressive result as the page is loading under half a second.
The demo website scored 96 in Google Page Speed which is really great and in mobile, it scored about 60
We tested the website on uptrends and looks like the website is taking the almost same time of .1 to .3 seconds from all the locations. This is the power of CDN and diversified data center location
2. Uptime Test
We tested the website on UptimeRobot for about 15 days and did not notice any downtime. However long-time result is still pending. Will update the report once we have more long-time data about uptime.
3. Server Speed Test
We tested the server speed on BitCacha and it scored the best rating A+ with a server response time of 1 ms-60 ms, This is highly impressive
4. Load Impact Test
The load impact test also shows a very good result. It shows a response time of 159 ms for about 4000 concurrent traffic at the rate of 19 users per second.
5. Time To First Byte Test ( TTFB)
The KeyCDN data for TTFB shows that the server took the almost the same time to respond from all the locations. Very impressive.
How To Host A Blog On HostArmada
If you want to transfer a website from a different web host, then you have to raise a ticket with your WP admin and FTP details or you can use Duplicator Plugin to transfer the site.
You can also choose VPS hosting if you want. I personally prefer the Speed Reaper Plan.
Regarding the datacenter, you should always choose the nearest location where you are targeting the audience.
Once you make the payment, you will get the login details to your email.
HostArmada Hosting Positives
Here are a few of the key positives of HostArmada shared hosting/ WordPress hosting plans.
- NGNIX and Lite Speed Web Server [ Best for speed and performance]
- Server level caching [ Complements the fast speed]
- Dynamic caching in the topmost plan [ Better speed for WordPress website as it is based on PHP]
- Less number of client per server [ That ensure faster load time]
- User account isolation [ Ensures better safety]
- SSD Storage in all plans [ Better speed than HDD]
- Free domain for every shared hosting plan [ More Savings]
- Fully managed intuitive user control panel [ May feel pleasing to your eyes ]
- Up to 5 websites free migration [ No hassle of moving your website]
- Spam-free email hosting with Spam Expert [ Ensures that emails reach to inbox and not Spam]
- Free Lets Encrypt SSL for all websites
- Multiple layers of security to protect your website
- Free speed optimization service in all plans
- Datacenter in nine locations including one in Bangalore, India
- 21 days data backup
- No cancellation charge if you don’t like their hosting
- Excellent customer support
Excellent Customer Reviews
Here is a glimpse of customer reviews of HostArmada. Almost everywhere they got a 5 star rating that shows the customer satisfaction level after using HostArmada.
HostArmada Hosting Negatives
Here are a few of the key positives of HostArmada shared hosting/ WordPress hosting plans
- Lite speed server is only available in the topmost Speed Reaper plan
- No direct CDN integration like Siteground [ No such deal breaker but people expect that]
- High renewal price.
- No monthly plan [ Not a big deal though]
- No Custom UI like SiteGround except the client dashboard [ Could have been a deal breaker]
Conclusion: HostArmada Hosting Review
Though HostArmada is in the market for the last 1 year, due to their excellent hosting plans and affordable pricing, they could able to get a good name.
Excellent state-of-the-art server infrastructure, server-level caching, free domain, free migration, and great customer support have made them one of the best-managed web hosts in 2020.
So if you are a newbie and looking for powerful yet affordable hosting, then HostArmada is for you.
But if your blog has grown up and you need something better than shared hosting, then you can always opt for their cloud VPS hosting plans.
Usually, HostArmada offers massive discounts during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. So you should keep visiting this page to get HostArmada Black Friday Deal or HostArmada Cyber Monday Deals.
I know that it’s too early to comment on if HostArmada can take over Sitegorund in terms of client acquisition and customer support, but the way they are progressing, I am sure within a couple of years they can easily overtake SiteGround.
You may find numerous web hosting services in the price range in which HostArmada operates, but considering the price to feature ratio, I would recommend the following hosts as an alternative to HostArmada.
- A2 Hosting
Both SiteGround and HostArmada are based out in Bulgaria. HostArmada is very new to this market compared to Siteground. Over the years Siteground has grown up like anything and currently, they are one of the best-managed Web Host available in the market.
SiteGround uses Google Cloud which makes your website load really fast. They also have an in-house cache plugin called SG-Optimizer that can easily compete with some of the well-known premium cache plugins like WP Rocket.
SiteGround also has a customized control level that takes the customer satisfaction level to a new height.
Compare to Siteground, HostArmada shared hosting pricing is more or less similar. In one area where Hostarmada overtakes Siteground is the Lite speed server and Dynamic caching.
If they can get an in-house cache plugin and a custom dashboard then they can give a tough fight to SiteGround.
Siteground Hosting Offers
A2 Hosting is in the market for a long time. Similar to HostArmada, they also offer aggressive pricing and some excellent plans.
Like HostArmada, the top most shared hosting plan of A2 Hosting is powered by Lite Speed Server.
They have a good infrastructure and a variety of web hosting plans at a very affordable rate. In fact, A2 Hosting VPS plans are much cheaper than HostArmada. But lack of transparency is one of the main concerns in A2 hosting
One area where A2 hosting lacks is customer support. They are one of the worst support teams I have ever experienced.
Even on chat, it takes 10-15 minutes to get connected. Email support takes about 3 days to reply to. Not cool at all.
A2 Hosting Deals
I am using FastCommet for a couple of my micro niche sites and the speed is just awesome.
However, I experienced that HostArmada and SiteGround are much faster than FastCommet. The reason is that FastCommet still uses Apache server and not NGNIX or Lite Speed Server
In the topmost FastCommet plan, they offer GlobasSign premium SSL for free. This is great for an eCommerce site, However, none of the shared hosting plans is PCI Compliant.
Similar to HostArmada, all hosting plans of FastCommet offer a free domain registration or transfer.
Compare to FastCommet, HostArmada has a better server, a better cache mechanism, and obviously better speed. Even the pricing is almost very similar. Both these hosts are a great option for newbie bloggers.
Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ ) On HostArmada Review
Does HostArmada offer a free domain name?
Yes, HostArmada offers a free domain name or domain transfer with every shared hosting plans
Shall I choose a Shared Hosting Or VPS?
If you are a new blogger, then choose shared hosting but if your blog has grown up, then you should opt for VPS hosting
Does HostArmada offer a money-back guarantee?
Yes, all shared hosting plan comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee and VPS comes with 7 day money-back guarantee.