Cheap Unlimited Web Hosting with HostNine

There are many factors that go into the business of making money online. You have to choose a good niche. You have to produce good content. And you have to have a reliable host for your websites.

The web hosting industry is certainly a crowded and competitive one. To this end, how does HostNine compare to the rest of the pack? Over the course of this review, we’ll take a look at some of their key selling points and whether it’s worth switching to HostNine from your current provider.

Award Winning Web Hosting

One of the first things that will hit you when you arrive on the HostNine homepage is the boast of being an award-winning web host since 2006. That’s only four years ago, but I suppose that’s almost an eternity on the Internet.

Even so, that boast is a little misleading. If you go to the awards and reviews page, you’ll find that not every review has been all that positive. For instance, it’s only getting a three-star (out of five) rating at WebHostingStuff. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t boast of a 60% rating.

Save Money on Unlimited Hosting

Maybe you’re on a limited budget, but you don’t want to budge on features. It seems that this web host has you covered.

The basic personal plan starts at just $3.95 a month and this includes “unlimited” disk space and “unlimited” bandwidth. I’m always a little wary of any “unlimited” promises, so your mileage may vary in this regard. It should be noted too that you are only allowed one domain on the personal plan.

Other selling points from HostNine include the 99.9% guaranteed uptime, nightly backups, 24/7 support, Fantastico, cPanel, and three US data center locations. Bump up to the Enterprise package and you can get your hosting in the UK or Asia as well.

Make Money with the Affiliate Program

Even if you choose not to host your own website with HostNine, you can make money with them anyway. The affiliate program sounds quite lucrative and you can thank the competitive market for this perk.

For every new customer that you refer to HostNine, you earn a healthy $75.00 commission. That’s just for regular affiliates who sign up with their program, but you’re not a regular affiliate. You’re a John Chow dot Com reader.

After you sign up for the affiliate program, send an email message to [email protected] saying that you’re from By doing so, your commission rate gets bumped to $100 per sale. This can get very lucrative very quickly.

Is It Really Just $3.95 a Month?

While you will naturally pay more for things like reseller hosting and dedicated servers, the basic web hosting plan really can be had for $3.95 a month. There is a catch, of course.

In order to get the lowest price, you need to prepay for 36 months of hosting with HostNine. Opt for a billing cycle of six months or less and it’ll cost you $6.95 per month. This information isn’t available to you until you click on the “sign up” link; I would have preferred if this pricing chart were available up front.

That said, you can save even more money because you’re reading this review on John’s blog. Yes, there is the regular coupon code on the main page for 25% off (until the end of the month), but you can get 30% off by entering JOHNCHOW in the coupon code area. This coupon, however, only works with shared and reseller hosting packages.

I think it’s fair to say that HostNine does offer some advantages over the competition, but it makes many of the same promises that you find elsewhere. If you sign up and don’t like what you see, you can take advantage of the 30-day money back guarantee.


32 thoughts on “Cheap Unlimited Web Hosting with HostNine”

  1. I would be interested to hear some people’s results with this. Good hosting is VERY hard to find.

    1. Especially hosting that can handle a digg front page traffic…

      1. fas says:

        And 99.99999% uptime.

        1. SEO Results says:

          That is the most important one to me. Downtime = Death. What makes online business so attractive to me is the 24/7 nature of earning revenue. Not being held back by regular working hours, weekends and holidays makes things so much easier.

    2. I used HostNine over a year ago but had a lot of downtime issues with them – but they might be different now.

      There are quite a few of the major hosts that now have unlimited bandwidth/space for pretty low prices – so I would do my research before deciding on which one to go with.

      1. SEO Results says:

        A 3/5 rating would suggest that they’re still not really top of the heap. Skimping on hosting is something that will come back to bite you, guaranteed. Don’t do it!

  2. Interesting. I’ve been with a fantastic host for about 3-4 years now, so I have no need to switch. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  3. Mike says:

    I’ve been with BlueHost for about a year now, zero complaints.

    1. I have a couple…but I have about 60 domains set up on dreamhost…and I can def say that you get what you pay for with them 🙂

    2. PPC Ian says:

      I have been extremely happy with BlueHost as well, they are a top notch operation and great for someone with just one site or a portfolio of domains like myself.

  4. The benefits to many hosting companies usually go to those that pay a year+ in advance. But at that price, def worth a look…

  5. Am always looking for an alternative so this could be an option, thanks John.

  6. George185 says:

    I love those hosting commissions. Thanks for the info, I’m always looking for good hosting alternatives.

  7. Benjamin says:

    I prefer HostGator and I also use them for affiliate and make plenty of money with them.

  8. d3so says:

    Pretty cheap hosting. I wonder if the customer service/support is any good.
    I like my current host, unlimited everything as well with 2 years prepaid.

    1. is it less than $4 cheap though??? Now that’s the question…

  9. I will just stick with Host Gator because they are a very good host with great customer service

  10. Will check this one out John. I have been looking for a quality hosting company, I can start a reseller account with.

  11. PPC Ian says:

    I own a lot of domains and like to diversify my sites amongst several hosts (so if one goes down my whole portfolio is not offline) – I’ll have to check these guys out!

    1. Certainly using one hosting is not at all good decision if you are serious in your business.

  12. I am a happy hostgator customer since years, similar prices btw. I can’t really see what this company is doing better / different then others out there. SY

  13. $100 for a single reference that one is really attractive.

    Would love to read their terms and policy to see how they are paying.

  14. Which hosting you are using John ??

  15. Free Picks says:

    just $4, thats too cheap

    1. $4 is for a simple account that allows only one domain on that account, hardly what you need as an IM, SY

  16. ZZZ Profits says:

    I’m actually a big fan of hostgator for just about $2/month more. I’ve known people who had terrible uptime with HG, but they have always worked great for me! Has anyone used HostNine? What were your experiences?

    1. Same here.

      I haven’t had one problem that I can remember with HostGator

  17. Thanks for the info, I’m gonna check this out, I wonder how hosting companies can pay such high commissions? I guess they are thinking long term and just looking to acquire new customers, either way, I like the $.

    1. Yes, over the long-term it definitely pays off. I’m not really into their numbers, but there is a science to their madness. There are some that pay $175+ – it’s crazy. Also, it’s a very, very competitive market and they all keep trying to one-up each other in terms of commissions.

  18. Joel says:

    Thanks for the information.
    Its is very much interesting!

    If I want to change hosting will they take care of the transition.


  19. Togrul says:

    Hey John,

    great and valuable post as usual 🙂 Keep them coming 🙂


  20. I really wonder about the quality of such a cheap service. I run web servers myself, and they’re sacrificing something at that price.

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