eHost Review – I Signed Up, And Here’s What Happened Next

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Just imagine being able to create a great-looking website in under 2 hours.

…for less than the price of a cup of coffee each month.

You could save money, create a better website faster, and spend more time where it matters – creating more content, driving more traffic, and generating more leads and sales if you want.

If you’re starting a new website, anything above $15/month is probably overkill and you’ll use a fraction of the resources you’re paying for. I remember being upset when I discovered I was only using 15% of the resources I was paying $89/month for with a dedicated server back in 2007.

That’s why the team of web developers and IT geeks over at eHost built their own unique solution. It’s a website hosting platform that is easy to use and you can get a new website up today.

The team behind eHost wants to get as many people as possible using their platform, so they can take over market share from competitors who offer outdated platforms. In fact, I’m told they’ve decided to be aggressive and give away their most popular hosting plan for 50% off until July 22nd. You can get your hosting plan including your free domain for life by clicking here if the limited time offer is still going on.

IMPORTANT UPDATE - SEE THIS FIRST

New: eHost now offers a monthly payment option for $6.99/month. To get your website hosting for the special price of $2.75/mo, you’ll need to buy 3 years up front. This pricing structure is standard in the hosting industry. I just want to share that so you know what to expect.

ehost review and monthly payment info

If you prefer paying month to month with no contract, you may also like HostGator. They’re a great option as well. I use their Baby plan to host several sites on one account, and I also recommend HostGator to my digital marketing clients when they need me to build a site for them.

eHost vs HostGator

HostGator is basically a household name in the hosting industry. So let’s compare them with eHost to help in your decision process:

eHost HostGator Baby Plan
Unlimited Websites?
Special Offer
50% OFF 60% OFF (use coupon BUILDPATH)
Free Domain?
($12.95/year)
1-Click Wordpress Setup?
45-Day Money-Back Guarantee?
Monthly Payment
$6.99 for first month. Renews at $13.98/mo. $4.78 for the first month.. Renews at $11.95/mo.
Pay 12 Months Up Front
$59.88 ($4.99 x 12 months) $57.36 ($4.78 x 12 months)
Pay 24 Months Up Front
$83.76/mo ($3.49 x 24 months) $125.11 ($4.78 x 24 months)
Pay 36 Months Up Front
$99 ($2.75 x 36 months) $163.27 ($3.98 x 36 months)
Any coupons?
none BUILDPATH for 60% off
Visit Site
Visit eHost Visit HostGator

As you can see, they’re basically offering the same thing. HostGator’s monthly payment option is $2 cheaper than eHost’s, but HostGator doesn’t offer a free domain name. Besides that, their offerings are basically the same.

If you choose Hostgator, don’t miss out on this discount: Use coupon code BUILDPATH to get 60% off any hosting plan at HostGator. You may also enjoy this tutorial by my friend Steffany showing you How To Make A Great Website With WordPress on HostGator using a free wordpress theme (opens in a new tab).

Anyway, eHost is a great choice and definitely worth reviewing and considering to host your website.

*If you buy a cPanel hosting account with eHost, you can host unlimited websites on that account by using addon domains. However, you’ll need to buy 1 website builder account for each website you want to create using their website builder. All accounts, whether cPanel or Website Builder, are managed from within one customer portal, so you don’t need to worry about multiple logins and passwords.

With that said, let’s continue with this in-depth review…

Here’s my experience with eHost:

I know you want a platform that gives you everything you’ll ever need to host and manage a great website.

I’ve been testing eHost for over 8 weeks now, so if you’re thinking about using them, read this review.

You can click on any of the quick navigation links below to go to that section of the review.

How To Create Your Site
Pick Your Hosting: cPanel hosting or Website Builder
Video: How To Start A Blog In Under 10 Minutes
Video: How To Make A Site From Scratch With eHost’s Website Builder
Free Domain Name For LIFE (unique benefit)
What The eHost Team Thinks You’ll Like About Their Service
My Review Summary
Value For Money Analysis
Website Builder Notes
Website Templates Notes
Any Other Good Features?
A+ Customer Service Experience
45 Day Money Back Guarantee
$5.98/mo $2.75/mo sale (50% off)

How To Create Your Site

Step 1: When you’re logged into your eHost account, and you want to create a new site, just click the “create new site” button.

create a site

If you’d like to follow along, you can click here to open eHost in a new tab.

Step 2: Pick The Hosting You Want

In your account, you’ll find two powerful hosting options for each site you want to launch, and I’ll be reviewing both here for you.

choose hosting type

Option 1: cPanel Hosting (RECOMMENDED CHOICE. See Video Below)

cPanel Hosting is normal web hosting with the most robust, well-organized and feature filled control panel available, cPanel.

Here’s what cPanel looks like on eHost. I personally like their custom theme. It’s very modern and easy to navigate to all important tools and settings. By default, cPanel is pretty cluttered because it’s filled with so many features. So eHost have done a great job making it more user friendly while retaining all features.

my-account

You may be wondering…

should I choose the cPanel hosting option, then?

Here’s what you would use cPanel hosting for:

  • start a blog with WordPress,
  • or set up an online shop
  • launch a professional site for your business
  • anything you want, to be honest!
  • Plus you get features like FTP access, MySQL, 1-click WordPress setup, and more.
  • For the devs out there, I discovered they also offer SSH access.


In the spirit of this review, I wanted to show you how to set up a site on eHost using their cPanel hosting. My buddy Bryan over at HRBox recently sent me this video his team member Steffany made showing how to set up a WordPress site/blog using eHost:

Ready to get started? Don’t miss out on your 50% discount for eHost. Last I heard, it’s available until July 22nd. However, they may extend the sale. Who knows 🙂 Anyway, you can get your hosting plan by clicking here if the limited time offer is still going on.

Option 2: Website Builder (not recommended)

eHost’s drag-and-drop website builder is super-easy yet powerful, so you can create a beautiful website from scratch. When you’re creating/editing, what you see is what you get.

When you choose Website Builder, you get to create your website from scratch using drag-and-drop. Choose from 1000s of Free Templates. No coding skills required. Anyone can build a great-looking site.

Now you may be wondering…

The website builder looks cool, but I’m not 100% sure I want that instead of cPanel Hosting. What if i sign up for a Website Builder account, and I decide I want to use the cPanel Hosting instead? Can I switch?

The answer is yes, thankfully. It’s not instant, however it can be done without paying anything extra. Simply contact their support by chat, phone or email, and tell them you want to switch. They’ll refund your entire original payment and confirm once it’s processed. Then you can login to your eHost account and click “Create New Website” and choose cPanel Hosting.

Step 3: Choose Your Domain Name

From there, you’ll be asked to pick a domain name. It can be a new one, or a domain you already own. Either way works. Once you’ve signed up and chosen your domain name, you can set up your site, just as shown in the videos above covering the cPanel Hosting or Website Builder.

Now for an important point to keep in mind…

What does FREE Domain actually mean for you – in the fine print?

They proudly claim to give you a “Free Domain Name”  just like 99% of hosting providers you’ve seen, ever. But what does that really mean?

You see, most hosting companies say you get a free domain name (yoursite.com or whatever you like)… But then after your first year is up, you find out they charge you anywhere from $15/year to $20/year or more just to keep your domain name you thought was free the whole time.

Yes, that price structure is be the industry standard, however eHost agrees it’s a jerk move.
That’s why eHost gives you a FREE Domain For Life.

Let’s see how eHost’s domain offer and terms compare to other top hosts:

eHost iPage HostGator Baby Plan
Unlimited Websites?
Special Offer
$2.75/mo (50% OFF) $1.99/mo (83% OFF) $5.95/mo (60% OFF using coupon BUILDPATH)
Free Domain?
(Free For Life) (1 Year Free)
Domain Renewal Cost (yearly)
FREE $14.95/year $12.95/year
Can I Use Other Registrar?
Visit Site
Visit eHost Visit iPage Visit HostGator

All plans include a free domain for as long as you keep hosting your site(s) with eHost. Obviously if you move your domain and site to another company, you’d be responsible for paying those other service providers for the domain and hosting since eHost wouldn’t be involved anymore. To put it simply, when you host with eHost, you get a free domain forever.

Note: If you already own a domain somewhere else, you can transfer it to your eHost account, or simply keep it where it is and point it to your eHost account.

Why does eHost think you’ll like using their services?

It’s clear their team is proud of these three things:

  • how easy it is to set up a website on their platform
  • their friendly 24/7 phone support based exclusively in the United States and Canada… So you won’t experience that dreadful feeling when the person on the other end answers in a thick accent, “hello this is Mark Johns, what company are you calling about please?” LOL *shudder* — Yeah, none of that BS with eHost. Just a friendly expert who can help you instead of running around in circles.
  • You get all the best features of modern web hosting and website builders, at the best price.

That’s great and all… I’m glad they are passionate about their product and services. So what did I actually receive with my eHost account? (What do you get with eHost?)

Summary

If you want a full-featured web hosting service with no restrictions on the type of website you can create then eHost.com is definitely a wise choice for you.

They give you two options; normal web hosting that you can use to host anything like blog an online store business website or whatever you want; or you can use their website builder. eHost’s website builder is excellent. It’s powerful, easy to use and includes over 1000 high quality templates with fresh, contemporary designs.

Value For Money

eHost gives you fantastic value for money. They offer one hosting plan at $2.99 $2.75/month, which gives you normal web hosting plus the option to use their excellent website builder. One of my favorite parts of this unique hosting plan is that they give you a FREE domain name for life. Last I checked, all their competitors only give you a free domain for the first year. So going with eHost will save you around $12-$20 a year in domain costs alone.

In addition to the benefits above, you also get free advertising credits, unlimited email addresses, and unlimited bandwidth.

Website Builder

If you’ve read any of my web hosting reviews, you probably noticed I have been a big fan of a different company called iPage. Not anymore… Not after what I experienced with eHost…

eHost’s website builder honestly puts pretty much everybody else’s to shame. Here’s a screenshot of my test site I set up…

site builder

They’ve made it super simple for you to create beautiful professional websites with no web design or programming skills needed.

Their website builder is powerful and drag-and-drop easy.

Website Templates

Most web hosting companies offer at least some templates you can use for your website. So what makes eHost any different?

Here’s the thing…

Unlike most web hosting providers, eHost’s templates are fresh. Here’s what I mean by fresh:

  • The designs are layouts are current and contemporary.
  • They look like they were designed this year, not 5 years ago.

I also like the variety of templates available…

  • Your hosting plan includes over 1,000 unique, free website templates.
  • You can choose from generic-looking templates that could be used for any type of site; or you can choose a template specifically designed for your topic/niche.
  • No need to waste time browsing through unorganized grids of templates… You can search by keyword and instantly see templates designed for your website type.

Update: Many of our visitors sent in questions about eHost’s website builder templates. So, Bryan made this video covering eHost’s templates”

Any Other Good Features?

eHost’s plan includes much more than you’d get from a company that only offers a website builder. These features are particularly useful for more serious and more advanced customers. You get FTP access, a one-click installer for scripts like WordPress and other CMS/blogging/online shopping scripts. A cool boat is that I like is the free advertising credits – great to help market your products or business and drive sales. Last but not least, you also receive free cloud storage.

My Customer Service Experience

All popular web hosting providers offer 24/7 phone email and chat support. That sounds good at first, but the quality of support is usually very poor.

For example… When was the last time you felt taken care of after talking with a support agent in a chat box? I don’t remember the last time I had a good experience with chat support. In fact I usually ended the conversation feeling like the person I was chatting with had no idea what they were doing, and they were just there to submit support tickets to the real support people on my behalf. In other words, they’re usually not real support staff.

So when I signed up for eHost, what they did shocked me…

I actually made a typo in my domain name, and didn’t notice it until the next day. I figured I wouldn’t get anywhere with chat support, but I decided I should try chat anyway, since I’m writing this review.

Here’s what happened next…

  • I was welcomed by Evan over at eHost
  • He was friendly and responsive
  • I told him I needed the domain changed on my pending order
  • He asked me to wait a few minutes while he talks with the team about it
  • He updated me every 1 minute to thank me for my patience and say he’s working on it
  • After 4 minutes, he said it was done and thanked me again for my patience.
  • I said thanks and ended the convo
  • I received an email with confirmation from the team
  • My problem was solved and it only took 4 minutes of my time.

Needless to say, I was shocked by the high quality of support I received. eHost’s customer service gets an A+ rating from me.

Oh, and a little nice personal touch from eHost…

welcome email

45-Day Money Back Guarantee

eHost makes it simple. No weird rules and stipulations to deal with. Again, eHost shows their modern approach, in-touch with today’s customer expectations.

If you’re not satisfied with eHost, we’ll give you your money back. No questions asked. During the first 45 days, we’ll refund your hosting fees in full. If you try us and decide that eHost just isn’t for you, we think you should get your money back.

 

Current Discounts/Specials Available from eHost

P.S. I’m on the road so I can’t finish this review just yet – however, there is a special sale going on now that I should mention to you.

eHost is normally $5.98/mo, and I saw today it’s on sale for just $2.75/mo, so I didn’t want you to miss out because I didn’t mention it.

UPDATE FOR MAY 1, 2016

eHost stopped offering a monthly payment option on May 1st, 2016. Now they force you to pay for 1 year or more up front.

If you’re like me, you prefer a low monthly fee with no contract, instead of paying for a year or more all at once. If that sounds good, you may like HostGator. I use their Baby plan to host several sites on one account.

monthly option

Money-saving tip: Use coupon code BUILDPATH to get 60% off any hosting plan at HostGator. Month-to-month payment with no contract.

After you get your hosting, you may also enjoy this tutorial by my friend Steffany showing you How To Make A Great Website With WordPress on HostGator using a free wordpress theme (opens in a new tab).

Please Leave Your Experience/Review Below

88 Reviews

  1. Hi Johnny Lee,
    I want to start my own on line store selling my own product. I heard you say you like shopify. Is shopify a host in itself or do I still need to buy into ehost ? And if I go with ehost do they have what I need to start my store on line with a shopping cart and all? Thanks,

     
    1. Hi Tim, great question. Shopify is a host itself, so when you buy Shopify, you don’t need any other web hosting. If you go with eHost, you should use WordPress to make your website. Many successful online stores are built on WordPress. Shopify is easier to set up, but it’s so simplified that it’s restrictive and harder to customize.

       
  2. Greetings! I have been reading on your comments and you have been very helpful to everyone. It is so refreshing to see someone that replies to people in such a humble and kind manner.

    I have been considering starting a blog, for the first time, for the past few days. I have been overwhelmed by these “promotions” I have seen in the hosting field and it kinds of puts a pressure, having to choose one before these “end-of-the-month” deadlines. In your review, you mention eHost being a month-to-month option, yet I can’t seem to find that. It looks like Bluehost’s paid-in-full now. Would you recommend eHost for a beginner?

    Thank you for your attention.

     
    1. Hi Linda! Thanks for your kind words. I do my best to be helpful.

      One thing I can tell you is that even though they may say this and that about promotions, they generally have to do promotions often in order to stay competitive. So don’t feel big pressure to sign up with one. Take your time and do it when you are ready. On that note, I just filled out some info to test signing up for eHost, and you’re right – i see they have recently removed their month-to-month option. That sucks… You may want to look into HostGator as they still offer month-to-month. Here’s a great video I found that walks you through making a great website with WordPress on HostGator: https://youtu.be/TY4DsaDVh8U

       
  3. Hi Johnnie,

    I want to set up a site for my husband to sell his custom furniture. We want people to have the option to pay thru PayPal. Would this be available? Would there be an additional cost? My husband also wants to connect to social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest. Is this possible? And would I also be able to link the website to an Etsy page? Complete newbie. One last thing, would you recommend CPanel as the the best platform to do this. Thank you for your time.

     
    1. Hi Irma,

      Great question! I would definitely recommend you use cPanel hosting. No matter who you choose, if it’s eHost or another company. I always still recommend people use WordPress on cPanel Hosting instead of using a restrictive website builder platform.

      You can accomplish everything you listed out pretty easily using WordPress. Here’s a great video I found walking you through setting up a website on WordPress. She’s using HostGator as her hosting, but it doesn’t matter.. WordPress is the same no matter what host you use. Anyway here’s that helpful video so you can see step by step how to set up your site: https://youtu.be/TY4DsaDVh8U

       
  4. Johnny, Awesome review!
    I had just made a purchase on their website builder. But i found out that if I would like to do the online shopping, i need to pay extra credit.
    I would like to ask if the cPanel is any different in this online shopping case, do I need to pay as well?
    Does cPanel is like Do-it-Yourself kinda stuff? You have to build your own database, configure your own webservices, script your own shopping cart?

     
    1. Yulius,

      Thanks for your patience here- I try to reply to questions as fast as I can. I always recommend their cPanel hosting rather than a website builder. cPanel hosting sounds difficult but really, all you do is use the automatic WordPress installer, and make a great site with WordPress, which has tons of great themes and plugins available, both free and paid. You can use WooCommerce for your shopping cart on that.

       
  5. Hi there, I must say your responses are most helpful and out of all the q&a I got all the help I needed but still need your feedback on the following:
    1. I will be registering a domain and request webhosting for my clothing online shop, so this would be $2.75(webhosting) + $9.99(domain registration)?. Or what would my monthly cost be?
    2. Are there any other additional monthly/annual fees?
    3. I read you recommended shopify so does that mean an additional web page I have to buy separately from shopify or can I build that into my ehost website?
    4. Ehost Cpanel web developing option is the best for my online clothing business plan that include email addresses?
    5. Do the Cpanel option provide me a page on my website to include a blogging page about my designs?

     
    1. Hi Michelle,

      Thanks for your great questions. I’m not really sure about cost exactly, since their prices are subject to change, and recently I saw they just removed their month to month payment option… so I have to remove that from my review.

      I personally love using Shopify for selling physical products online, and I have a couple online stores of my own as my main business. For someone just starting out, I think Shopify might seem expensive, but it just works so well out of the box. If you go the route of WordPress with Woocommerce, yeah, that’s free except for your hosting costs like eHost… But it takes more time and effort to get set up and have an online store that looks great. On the other hand, Shopify’s blog functionality sucks compared to WordPress… so there are pros and cons either way. So all I can say is I personally use Shopify for my online stores.

      If you choose eHost’s cPanel hosting, you’ll use WordPress to make your website. So you’ll be able to add whatever pages and blog posts you want with a lot of flexibility. You can also have an email like [email protected] because cPanel includes mail server functionality, and it’s not hard to set up.

       
  6. Hi there-

    I’m a complete newbie to all of this as this will be my first website. My question is- if I register my domain for example “xyz.com” will it show up as “xyz.ehost.com or xyz.com/ehost”? I’m looking for just “xyz.com” if that makes sense?

    Thanks in advance

     
    1. I bet many people wonder this but are afraid to ask. So thanks for asking, Turner. It would be xyz.com only… No xyz.ehost.com and definitely not xyz.com/ehost.

       
  7. Hi, don’t know if people still read stuff posted on here but I’d like to say I’ve been very impressed with Johnny in replying to everyone’s questions and putting their mind at ease. I’m in the UK and after having two companies literally take my money and vanish I am having to make my website by myself. I’ve just had a lengthy discussion with an agent from ehosts.com and everything seems to be ok. They recommended I go for the cPanel option but I’m still a little nervous of doing this alone without a Web developer because I want to add certain features but not sure how to implement them myself. I want to have a tradeshop within my website that people can only access with a trade account/and or email address which they need to apply for first by completing an online registration form. Once they log in I want them to see the tradeshop which will be the same products as standard visitors coming to the site but sold in pieces of 5 and the prices will be in rrp. Once they go to checkout I want the system to recognise they are a trade customer and apply a trade discount on their order. In going to offer 4 types of trade memberships so want the system to remember each account and tie it to their membership type and give them a discount accordingly. Will I be able to do this myself or will I need the help of a website developer? sorry for the long post but any help would be appreciated!

     
    1. Hi Faaezah, thanks for the kind words and I’m sorry I couldn’t reply until now. I hope your website is at least started by now. Sounds like you need some complex solutions there. If you’re using WordPress (which is automatically set up on eHost cpanel hosting), you could possibly use a membership plugin like Wishlist Member to manage your trade membership levels. WooCommerce might have an add-on that could do what you want as well since your membership levels come with certain discounts. Can you do this yourself? Yes, but it will be a pain. But that’s the story of my life and I’ve only become better from it. So just believe in yourself. The obstacle is the way ^___^

       
  8. Johnny, congrats for what you`re doing here. This is extremely useful.

    I’m looking for a hosting service with templates that support multiple languages. Something along the lines of having a top menu with country flags or text offering the option to change the language on the fly. Of course I expect to write the content myself (I’m not looking for a translation service, automated or not), and create a version of each page in as many languages I intend to support. This implies multiple roots with language-specific menus. I’m currently with AAbaco (formerly yahoo) and they do not support this. Do you know if eHost provides such a feature?

    Thanks for your help.

    Ben

     
    1. Ben, thank you! I’m sorry for how late my reply is as I have been overwhelmed with launching a new store (my main business these days is my online stores on Shopify).

      No hosting company would be directly responsible for supporting the feature you ask about, as they just provide hosting. If you were looking at website builders, that would be a different story, as whatever builder you choose, you’re stuck with their features until they add more. They’re walled gardens as they’re called…

      So here’s what I’m getting at – Whichever hosting company you go with, you should choose cPanel Hosting (regular web hosting, not a website builder). Then you can use WordPress, and there are tons of free themes and plugins which support localization like you want. BTW how’s your experience at Aabaco? I’m receiving a ton of horrible reviews form Aabaco customers lately.

       
  9. re: domain name
    from what I understand, they charge you a one time fee of $15.00, if you leave and want to retain your domain name and take it with you.

     
  10. I signed up for eHost 2 weeks ago and have acquired a few domain names. I have both cPanel and the free builder. Free builder is great for beginners that do not want to code.

    I switched hosts because my previous was very slow. I migrated my own site over because eHosts said they can’t or can for a fee.

    My issues are the time frame tickets being resolved. The phone reps can do a little bit, but all my issues have had a ticket issued to fix the problem and it’s taken anywhere from 3-5 days for resolution when the phone reps tell me it will likely be the same day. I’m used to other hosts (TMD) that actually resolve your issue in a matter of hours.

     
    1. Thanks for posting your feedback, Scott. I have seen TMDHosting and they look like a good company. Review and interview hopefully coming after a month or so. eHost is definitely budget entry level hosting, so their support times are commensurate to that, it seems.

       
  11. I love the site I created and do do my clients. The only issue is under my daily blogs there is a comment box and it has a facebook plug in. Can this be disabled and just allow clientele to comment without a social media connection?

     
  12. I`m not a tech person and I want to try this and I`m having a lot of trouble maybe because maybe because I`m not as tech as all of you is there a way that you can help me I will really appreciated that. I saw your video but when I was doing it I didn`t saw some of the stuff you where showing.

    Thank you

     
    1. Hi Steven,
      I have bought my domain with whist to set up my new business selling home products but I have no idea whether I’m supposed to choose cpanel or website builder.
      I have another website selling lingerie with wix but im so frustrated by lack of options regarding customer shopping profile but it’s gone too far for me to start all over again as I have quite literally discovered how to set up a online business through trial and error as I go along, hence I read reviews and here I am ate host ready for my next adventure but which do I choose, cpanel or website builder?

      Kind regards
      Tina

       
      1. Hi Tina, great question – definitely definitely I would choose cPanel hosting. If you already have enough revenue to cover the expenses though, I would look into Shopify as well. I <3 Shopify and have a couple stores as my main business. With that said, you can certainly have a great store on WordPress (eHost cpanel hosting), using Woocommerce.

         
  13. Hello, great review!

    The sitebuilder is free only for create 1 (one) website right?

    Then, the story of the best sitebuilder is marketing,
    It is just a trick they use to deceive customers, and I have not seen reported in the review sites like this.

    Yes, I know I can use the free WordPress but that anything worth having one of the best sitebuilders

    So, i have to pay monthly for every adicional website and this is very expensive if i have 10 websites (10ws x 2,5$ x 12m = 250$/year.)

    often cheap is expensive!!

    I’ waiting for your comment

    Luis

     
    1. Hi Luis, great questions!
      The site builder account isn’t free. You’ll pay the same amount whether you choose the Website Builder account or the cPanel Hosting account.
      I think what you’re really asking is… How many websites can you create with one Website Builder account? The answer is 1. That’s one of the many reasons I much prefer cPanel Hosting over a Website Builder.
      With cPanel Hosting, you can host unlimited sites on 1 eHost account.

      There are many excellent WordPress themes today that include drag and drop site building tools. So it just doesn’t make sense to me to use any Website Builder instead of using WordPress. Website Builders are walled-gardens… closed systems… WordPress is open and flexible to do anything you could ever need.

       
  14. Hello:

    Thanks for this detailed review. We have developed a php based tutoring platform website. I am now looking for a hosting platform for the site and came across this review. I am not knowledgeable about hosting and its complexity. Do you know if eHost is a good option for a tutoring marketplace kind of website (php – codeigniter, sql)? Does it work well with paypal integration and provides enough security to transactions?

     
    1. Hi Anu, that sounds like a big project. Do you have much traffic yet? Is your code optimized well enough to not use unnecessary CPU and RAM? I think if you invested in developing such a project, you would benefit from researching into VPS hosting options as well. Hosts like eHost may be much more affordable…however that is because it’s shared hosting, and it’s really meant more as an entry level so new web entrepreneurs don’t need to spend unnecessary funds for more hosting than they need.

       
  15. Complete newby here, looking to create a website for our residential complex and need a private members area, but from what I can see ehost doesnt offer such a service. Am I correct or did I miss something ?

     
    1. Hi David, eHost is a hosting company, so they don’t offer specific services like a private members area. That is something you would add as part of your website. There are many good solutions online for setting up a private members area. For example, if you use WordPress to make your website (which I highly recommend), you can find free and paid plugins to create a private members area on your site. Good luck!

       
  16. I purchased ehost and started domain with web builder and paid for the social booster and beels and whistles. Now i realize i need Cpanel for hosting my blogs (new blogger). Did I overpay? Will both locations do the same thing? SHould i get my money back for web builder? I just need a domain to host blogs and make some extra cash. Please help.
    I have started working with MOJO and choosing my there.

     
    1. Hi Armando, I recommend the cPanel hosting, personally. This is because I much prefer a more flexible and powerful platform – WordPress. If I were you, I would cancel my website builder account and get a refund since you’re within the money-back guarantee period. Then buy a cPanel hosting account and host however many websites you want to on that account.

       
  17. I am interested I starting a website to use as a blog. I have no experience in this and had a few additional questions. I have read some of the reviews but w ted to clarify. Do you need to purchase something else to do this – such as WordPress or is it included? Any other insight or tips would be appreciated. Thanks!

     
    1. Hi Sherry, great question – for a blog, I would use their cPanel Hosting and use the automatic WordPress installer in your account. WordPress is free as it’s open source. The only other thing you would possibly need to purchase is a premium WordPress theme, if you happen to find one you fall in love with and it costs $29 for example. With that said, there are thousands of free wordpress themes available to browse through.

       
  18. I got hosting from eHost for Sitebuilder, but it didn’t come with a cPanel. When I asked them I was told that it can’t work together. I am confused and frustrated because I am new to web development and I seriously thought that I could host the site on Sitebuilder and do the back end such as emails etc in cPanel.

    Maybe you could give me advice?

     
    1. Hi Jonathan, great question. The site builder is a completely separate thing, and that’s why it’s a separate type of account you purchase in eHost. Just like any other website builder platform, there is no separate cPanel backend. The website builder platform is its own standalone entity. If you only want to set up emails, maybe you can use Google Apps Gmail for that. If you want to do more, I would cancel your website builder account and get a cPanel account.

       
  19. Johnny, I’ve been using godaddy for many years but am not happy with them for one reason, on the old platform, they have an excel like page where I can list my inventory with pictures and text within the cells. A few years back they upgraded but took most of the Excel function, I can use text within the cells but no pictures so when deleting a row, I have to delete pictures and then cut the pictures and move them up and paste them again making it very difficult to keep everything straight. I have stayed with the old version but they don’t host most of it making it very hard and slow.
    Will I be able to use my inventory on ehost and will it be like excel. I can’t sale it online, I can just post it to show what we sale and show pictures and give pricing. It is RV sales that we do.
    Thanks in advance,
    Kiley Moore

     
    1. Hi Kiley, what a frustration situation that is! I feel for ya, definitely. Honestly though, that GoDaddy system is either a 3rd party cart software or it’s their own proprietary GoDaddy-branded ecommerce system. So the answer is no, eHost wouldn’t have the same thing as you used to have with GoDaddy.

      My recommendation for you would be to set up a WordPress site and get a theme designed for car dealers, for example, and then you can show your RV inventory on there in a beautiful interface.

      I hope that helps!

       
  20. I have been researching hosting sites to launch my website and have been overwhelmed to say the least. Your review has been both helpful, clear and thorough. I also like that you do a great job answering comments. Kudos to you. Because of your review, I’ll definitely try eHost.

    My question is regarding an earlier Q&A about website security and malware protection. You mentioned that you use WordFence and Yoast SEO. Does this mean that you didn’t use the security/malware protection offered by eHost? Just want to make sure I understood that correctly.

     
  21. I plan to launch a cpanel website on some hosting company and use WordPress. I want to also be an Amazon Affiliate and have those types of links embedded with some of my content. Will that work with eHost/cpanel/WordPress?
    I’m new to this and haven’t found the right google words to get this answer to just “pop up”

     
  22. Hello, very informative site with some great ideas, thank you!

    I signed up with eHost and used their Website Builder package. I have absolutely no IT skills or website knowledge. However, I managed to put together a reasonable site from scratch. Their templates are bright and contemporary, also easy to use.

    One issue with Website Builder; I wanted to use email addresses linked to the domain name. This is impossible with this package so I had to use a gmail address which looks unprofessional for a small business. Despite this a good experience for a first attempt.

    David

     
  23. I want to build a blog website with some other links etc around it utilizing word press but i do to want to use wordpresses basic themes (boring) you say I hve to use cpanel for workdpress cant i utilize wordpress with website builder?

     
    1. Todd, you are correct – Any website builder product/company is something 100% separate from WordPress and is not compatible with WordPress or any 3rd party products. Same situation with eHost. So if you want to use WordPress (which I highly recommend over website builder), and you want a nice theme, then you should check out ThemeForest, Elegant Themes and other theme shops that have tons of incredibly beautiful, customizable, feature-filled themes.

       
  24. Hi
    I am reviewing the eHost plans and interested with wordpress2. But however I am not sure this plan only provides the hosting service alone and I would also be able to access the webmail service. Basically I would like to know plan/price difference Hosting with webmail and without webmail services.
    Raj

     
    1. Hi Raj, great question – Any host like eHost, selling cPanel Hosting, will include webmail with that hosting. It’s part of cPanel. Also, you can do much more than just WordPress. You can host whatever things you want. WordPress is just the most commonly used and installed 🙂

       
  25. Hi Johnny,

    Thanks for your time to put together all the information here, I am new to webhosting, I can get good information about webhosting and its components from your posts. My question is I am planning to create an online store to sell Jewelry and handmade items. What is the best webhosting company available for this requirement, I am looking for options like easy maintainance of products, credit card processing, automatic shipping calculations, coupon feature with nominal price range. Should I go with website builder or cpanel. I have an idea to create one more website also in addition to the one I mentioned before. Please provide me some suggestion. I appreciate your help in this regard.
    Thanks again for all the information.

     
  26. This sounds perfect for a newbie like me needing to create a Website for my business. What kind of security is provided for scanning and protecting the Web sites. And do they provide support for SEO?

    I can’t say enough how helpful your review was. Thanks so much.

     
    1. Hi Linda 🙂

      Thanks for your kind words! Their datacenter has malware detection and removal. However, I always use my own protection on my sites. I recommend the free plugin, WordFence, to keep your site fully protected. Regarding SEO, I recommend you research SEO and work on it yourself to save a lot of money. There is no hands-off service that will get you any results.

      If you use eHost’s cPanel Hosting and launch your site with WordPress, your site will already be optimized pretty well. You should use the free plugin, WordPress SEO by Yoast to maximize your site’s optimization automatically. 🙂

       
  27. Hi I found your review very helpful – i have been researching a great place to start my website with. I have to admit I have no IT knowledge to be able to create a website, so having a website builder is a must for me! my only question about this provider is – do they support plugins such as auto posting on facebook/twitter etc.. or language change ? is there a way to add features to this website for instance start with a standard site and enhance it with a forum and a shop at later stage?

     
    1. Hi Zux! Good question – Their website builder can be great for beginners, yes. However, for advanced marketing strategies like autoposting to facebook/twitter etc, language translations, forum and more, I can only recommend you use WordPress, which would require their cPanel Hosting option instead of Website Builder. Same price, just a different thing. For a shop, you can add WooCommerce (free plugin) to your WordPress site. WordPress really isn’t hard and there are so many tutorials available for free to help you get it done. I recommend the cPanel Hosting

       
  28. Wow…such a helpful review!

    Most of my questions answered plus a couple I hadn’t even thought of yet!

    Thank you Johnny Lee you’re a legend!

     
  29. I was researching moving over to a new host. I love my current one but with my budget makes it difficult to stay with them. I was wondering if you knew which hosts ehost can port a website from, and if wealthy affiliate is one of them or am I going to have to rebuild my site.

     
    1. Hi Anna, I’m not sure exactly how WeathlyAffiliate’s hosting is set up. They may or may not make it difficult to transfer your site and domain away from them. What is your budget for hosting? Depending on the budget, eHost may or may NOT be the right choice. Have you considered BlueHost as well?

       
  30. I have learned more in the past 20 minutes from your review than I have from anyone out there! For a week now I’ve been reading online and reviewing the pros and cons for the top rated service out there. None of them felt right or meet my requirements. I also have been burned in the past and did not want that again.

    However, being a novice website builder and also requiring privacy, how does my personal info appear in whois-icann or whatever it is? And is it possible to keep my personal info private for the same low fee?

    And like you I agree, yes they would benefit from allowing people to preview the templates. I have passed this and other host by because I couldn’t see any examples.

    Thanks so much for this review and video, I am sold on trying eHost.

     
    1. Ace, that’s great to hear! I try to make my reviews informative as possible.

      What are your top 3 hosts you’re trying to decide between? Maybe I can offer some advice.

      I just checked with eHost via their chat, and they said the private WHOIS costs $9.95/year per domain.

       
  31. Before someone signs up to eHost they learn of a $100 Google AdWords Offer and a $100 Credit for Yahoo!/Bing paid Ads. Does that mean just by signing up someone will automatically get paid $200? Or is that eHost’s way of trying to get someone to sign up. Additionally, I was wondering how much money someone would typically earn by using eHost?

     
    1. Hi Connor, great question – just like with many other hosting companies in the budget hosting space, when you sign up, you get vouchers such as $100 Google Adwords credit, etc, which you would redeem with those companies and receive a credit on your advertising account, so you basically get free advertising budget.

       
  32. HI, I’m hoping you can hope. We are just now starting a small business and we own our domain but it’s with another hosting site. We have found out that the hosting site we now have is terrible for SEO’s and we are found nowhere.(WIX) We should have researched first but we live and learn. We understand we may not be on page one but this particular host has major issues with google. I have published a book and my website is my name but with godaddy and I have no problem finding my site or book. My daughter does not want to go with godaddy for our business so this is why or how we ended up here with me asking these questions.

    WIX was pretty easy to use and set up and we have the options we want for people to choose and our contact page works well, basically if the SEO was good we would be happy but we need to be found by our name and or keywords etc.

    1. Will we have this same issue with ehost and not being found on search engines?
    2. Is it easy to switch our domain over to ehost?

    Thank you

     
    1. Hi Denise 🙂 Oh no! That is a widespread problem with WIX at this point.
      However, have you heard that Google is working to fix the problem?
      http://searchengineland.com/google-working-on-fixing-problem-with-wix-web-sites-not-showing-up-in-search-results-233310

      There are no issues with eHost’s Website Builder as it doesn’t create sites that work the same way WIX does. WIX is very AJAX/Javascript heavy and may cause issues for Google to index properly. WIX even used to be flash-only for years until they finally moved forward from that since it was holding back their customers having full flash sites.

      You can switch your domain over to eHost easily. However, you’d need to remake your site, as WIX is a platform that makes websites that only work on WIX.

       
  33. Thanks for all the great info and videos. I’m confused on the correct way to change from website builder to cPanel. On the choosing the website builder video you show how to change over to cPanel if you are not happy with results of the website builder, clicking delete and then start a new website and choosing cPanel to start over. Then below I read that you needed to call customer service to request a refund to start over.

     
    1. Hi Barb, I was confused as well, since it seemed to work that way for me. But I wanted to make extra sure about it, so I contacted their support staff and was told that we must contact customer support to get the cancellation and refund, and then sign up again for whichever plan we wanted. I tested this out last week and was surprised that they were able to quickly process that for me over the live chat support. I have to say, their live chat support is really different from other companies I’ve reviewed. You get to talk to an actual intelligent human being who listens and helps haha! Maybe Comcast should learn from them? Anyway, they DID tell me that they’re working on solving this annoyance, so sometime in the future, it will be like I first said.

       
  34. You mentioned tons of pros, is there any negatives, even minor ones? No service or product is 100% perfect and reviews that fail to mention shortcomings make me very suspicious!

     
    1. Great question and thanks for sharing that instead of just leaving. I do mention some negatives but maybe they’re on other pages.
      For example, many are frustrated because they aren’t sure if they want to use the website builder or not, but they can’t preview the templates and the site builder unless they’ve already signed up. It doesn’t make sense and I’ve said I think eHost would sell many more accounts if they let us preview templates before we have to pay.
      Another downside is that they don’t offer other hosting types for you to upgrade to if the need ever arises, such as a dedicated server.
      Lastly, they don’t offer a service to transfer your site from another host to their hosting. Not even if you are willing to pay. They may in the future. For now, that is a challenge for some.

       
      1. That’s odd. I just finished a Chat with eHost and was told
        “we could set up a migration ticket for you to have our migrations team move your hosted content over.
        2:47:46 PM Michael How much time is involved in the migration?
        2:48:41 PM Glendon C That I could not promise, usually it is at least 72 hours or longer in some cases.
        2:49:02 PM Michael So will my site be down during that time?
        2:53:09 PM Glendon C Not necessarily.
        2:53:20 PM Glendon C You can still maintian your site at your current host during the migration

        Maybe this is new since last week. I didn’t ask any more about it.

         
        1. Michael, good find – last time I asked for an update from eHost about migrations, they said they didn’t currently offer migration service, but they were working on launching that. I guess they started offering it then. Thanks for sharing, as it’s hard for me to stay on top of every host all the time.

           
      2. Exactly . They would get tons more signups instead of using that psychology. People like to know they would be getting great templates by actually seeing them and judging for themselves instead of having to take someone’s word for it. When you think about it, that’s not how people shop. I’m sure they’re thinking “our templates and offer are so great that people should pay first to access. People don’t mind paying first to access but they should be shown what they’re getting to be confident about their choice. Just saying.

         
  35. Hi Johnny, thanks again for the effort you put into your videos and reviews. You and Bryan answered some of my questions over on YouTube and I ended up getting cPanel hosting from eHost and installing WordPress, and now I’m over at ThemeForest like a kid in a candy store. So many awesome themes to choose from! Anyway eHost has been great thanks again for the help!

     
  36. Hey there, I was wondering if you would display a preview of the blank templates you mentioned in the template video. They most caught my attention, assuming they’re the most cutomizable. I just would like to compare them to WordPress’ Canvas theme to see which one I’d prefer for my site.

    Thanks in advance,
    Chris

     
  37. I just want to say that I’m very impressed with this review. I haven’t come across many like it, so clean and “to the point”. Props to the reviewer for being such a clear and excellent communicationalist! The world needs more like you. I pretty much found everything I wanted to know about eHost right here!

     
    1. Chris, I couldn’t ask for a nicer comment. It’s pretty obvious that I’m an affiliate of eHost, however, I’m glad you can see I actually care, and I want to provide the best possible info so you can quickly know what’s best for your needs.

      I think I replied to your comment on YouTube about the blank templates – however I will reply here again in case I am just imagining things:

      Hopefully I can get a blank templates video up before Wednesday this coming week. However, just from the way you talk, I bet WordPress is the best way to go for you, so if you do choose eHost, I’d use the cPanel Hosting and set up WordPress on there. No website builder could ever be as flexible and “customizable” as WordPress.

       
  38. We signed up with eHost recently and wanted to thank you Johnny. We tried getting our website going with Web.com last month and just had to give up eventually.

    It’s been a breeze with eHost. We almost used the website builder, but my son showed us that WordPress can do everything we need easily. He set it up for us on our eHost cPanel Hosting account however I think I could have done it myself after I saw him do it.

    Anyway thanks again for the review and advice.

     
  39. Hi, thanks for this review. I just bough an account after reading your review, because I was looking for an affordable hosting plan I could afford but with good service still.

    I am happy I found your review.
    Thanks,
    Emunot

     
    1. Thanks for the kind words, Emunot. I’m glad the review was helpful. I think it’s getting a bit crowded and I may need to organize the information better. I will keep working to improve it.

       
  40. I chose e-Host for a small business site and having created my site using the sitebuilder option (which was very easy) I decided the only thing missing was a site-related email address. The advertising states that e-mail is supported but when I asked the company how to arrange my e-mail address the response was

    ” If you chose the SiteBuilder hosting, unfortunately you do not get email hosting with that plan.”

    What kind of website has no e-mail contact details! Surely this cannot be right?

    Needless to say I am now waiting on my refund because I need a site with an e-mail address and while it could have been arranged it would mean buying another hosting plan using cPanel, changing the name to my domain and then getting a refund for the old site. No thanks. If getting an e-mail address is so difficult I’d hate to have a technical problem further down the line. I think their advertising should make the lack of e-mail functionality a lot more prominent.

     
    1. I have to say I agree with you. It’s great that you get two options with eHost (cpanel hosting or website builder), however they should make it clear that email is not part of the website builder functionality.

      For future reference, I personally use Google Apps GMail for all my website email addresses. So I get good ol’ reliable GMail, just with my own domain like [email protected]. You just set up the Google account and then add the MX records to your domain name’s DNS.

      It’s not a workaround because of a hosting company – it’s just a choice I made since I wanted the most reliable email platform with maximum deliverability.

       
      1. Awesome note above – I;d love to implement that too – but how do you “set up Gmail with your own domain.com”?

        Where exactly does Gmail allow you set your account so as to not use gmail.com?

        Thanks!

         
  41. The sort of questions I have would be:
    1) Do they ‘sell’ space around your webpages for ads which you don’t have a say in?
    2) Do they bait’n’switch the stuff that is ‘free’? (Website builder is free for 5yrs or maybe, the builder is free; however, the templates have $$ attached?)
    3) Are they a US company? Or does a customer pay exchange rates on contracted prices? (I had one company which was Canadian and charged $25, but that was CA$ THEN you had to pay your credit card company’s foreign transaction fees.)

     
    1. Billie-Bob,

      1. eHost does not sell ad space on your site. You have 100% control over your entire site, whether you use the website builder or not. I would never recommend a company who messes with their customers’ sites like that.

      2. This is an important question, because many web hosts DO do that kinda bait and switch thing. It’s something all of us worry about when we’re checking out any hosting provider. eHost doesn’t do any of that funny business. That, plus their very current infrastructure and user interface are what make me like them.

      Regarding the website builder and templates, the website builder is part of your account, and the templates are included with it at no extra cost, forever.

      3. Yes they’re a US company, so assuming you’re in the US, you will not be paying exchange rates or foreign transaction fees.

       
  42. Johnny, thanks for putting in the effort to make this an actual review and for not just saying “buy eHost buy eHost!” like most review sites.

    I came across your review last week and ended up trying them out. I haven’t tried the website builder in my account yet, just the cPanel hosting…used their WordPress setup and it was easy and my site loads fast. I was wondering if you could recommend me any of your favorite wordpress themes for a blog/magazine style site? I’ll send you an email with this request… thanks so much again

     
  43. I had a bad experience with another host (I’m not one to name names) and ended up migrating my site over to eHost in late May.

    Their service has been great so far. I saw this site lets us click the stars to rate a host, so I gave eHost 5 stars.

    I haven’t had any issues, so I don’t have any opinion about their customer service yet, as I haven’t needed to open any tickets or talk to them. Fingers crossed haha 😉

    So yeah, my experience is good so far this year, and I feel eHost is a good value.

     

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