Quick note, this review of Hawk Host is based on my experience using the service. All opinions are my own. I will receive a small commission if you sign up for Hawk Host using the links below.
What is Web Hosting.
Before I begin my review of Hawk Host, I want to explain a bit about web hosting which is a service provided by Hawk Host. A web hosting service allows users to publish a website or blog on the world wide web. The web host stores the pages or posts of the website so they are available when searched on the internet.
Domain names can also be purchased through a web host. I purchased my domain through Hawk Host.
Review of Hawk Host, what I like:
Purchasing the service
I found it very easy to navigate the Hawk Host website. I was able to purchase my domain name and select the web hosting package in a matter of minutes. Additionally, Hawk Host accepts PayPal which is a huge plus for me. I’m always worried about giving out my credit card data on websites so I use PayPal as an added layer of security whenever possible.
Cost of the service
I found Hawk Host to be extremely affordable and they continuously run promotions and sales. The last time I checked the site they had a sale of 25% off all hosting packages. Prices may have changed but I pay:
- $13.95 – one time fee for domain name
- $3.74 – monthly fee for hosting services
Included with service
I’m a new blogger so I’m sure there are lots of resources included in my membership that I’m not using yet. So far though, Hawk Host has given me access to everything I need to run my website. cPanel is included in my membership which allows me to copy backups of my website, create and manage email address with my domain name, install WordPress, plus many other services. Additionally Hawk Host allows for unlimited domains which is nice because I have two websites that I manage but only pay $3.74 for both.
I was also pleasantly surprised to discover SSL (Secure Locks Layer) is included with my membership. It’s a security technology that encrypts data for privacy. SSL is essential if your website accepts credit card payments. Even if you don’t sell any goods, I’ve read that Google ranks sites set up with SSL higher in search results.
Review of Hawk Host, areas that need improvement:
Getting started with a website
At the time I purchased my domain and hosting plan I was new to blogging. I mean brand new. Not only did I not know how to install WordPress, I had never heard of cPanel. I thought all of this information would be provided to me by Hawk Host as soon as I made my purchase. This was an incorrect assumption. After purchase, Hawk Host emailed a link to cPanel and then I was on my own.
As I mentioned above, I was brand new to blogging and website design when I purchased my domain and hosting plan from Hawk Host. I tried to use the help forums and tutorials on Hawk Host but I found them pretty useless. The information seemed incomplete or outdated. A lot of the instructions for using cPanel seemed to be for older versions of cPanel so I couldn’t use them.
I do want to note though, if you e-mail Hawk Host for help, they are very responsive. When I had a question accessing my second domain, I received an answer very quickly.
Recommending Hawk Host
I would definitely recommend Hawk Host to anyone looking for a web hosting service. The cost of the services are affordable and include a lot of features. Even though they don’t provide a lot of guidance for first time bloggers/website designers, I found the email support to be really good. They respond quickly with helpful information.