MochaHost Review

Like Site5, MochaHost is a very technically proficient host.

Shared Hosting

MochaHost’s shared hosting is available with either Linux or Windows and has a three-tiered structure, with the middle one being the sweet spot. The lower end “Soho” plans only allow for one site, while the top end “Mocha” plan is only really worth it if you are running an online store (in which case it is a good deal, actually). The middle “Business” level allows for 5000 sites, which should be plenty for most of us and includes most of the perks of the top level.

As with almost all hosts, the MS tools you get with Windows plans comes at a cost. The Linux boxes have RAID protected drives, which is a big deal in my book. Also, the Linux plans include Python, Ruby on Rails, and JSP and SVN support, all of which are compatible with a Windows plan but not available there. On the other hand, if you are looking for a Windows plan, you are probably developing for a .Net platform and really don’t care about Python, etc. To each their own, although the lack of RAID on the Windows plans is irritating.

Plan Name Basics Features Bonuses Price*
Soho Linux Space: unlimited
Traffic: unlimited
Domains: 1
RAID-10 storage, CPanel/Fantastico, 1 free lifetime domain, 50 MySQL databases, PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby on Rails. Google: $25
Yahoo: $25
Ask.com: $50
$3.15
Business Linux Space: unlimited
Traffic: unlimited
Domains: 5000
Same as Soho Linux, plus Magento, 2 free lifetime domains, unlimited MySQL databases, JSP/Servlet support, SVN support. $5.06
Mocha Linux Space: unlimited
Traffic: unlimited
Domains: unlimited
Same as Business Linux, plus 50 PostgreSQL databases, free dedicated IP address. $6.79
Soho Windows Space: unlimited
Traffic: unlimited
Domains: 1
Plesk, 1 free lifetime domain, 10 MySQL/MS SQL databases (limit 200 MB), MS Access, ASP.Net, C#, VB#, PHP, Perl. Google: $25
Yahoo: $25
Ask.com: $50
$3.15
Business Windows Space: unlimited
Traffic: unlimited
Domains: 5000
Same as Soho Windows, plus Magento, 2 free lifetime domains, unlimited MySQL/MS SQL databases. $5.06
Mocha Windows Space: unlimited
Traffic: unlimited
Domains: unlimited
Same as Business Windows, plus free dedicated IP address. $6.79

* All prices on this site are for a two-year sign-up.

Their top shared plan is their Business plan, which may at first look expensive for shared Unix hosting. However, you might do better to compare it against Windows hosting, as you get the ChiliSoft ASP interpreter on top of the tradition development tools. Throw in anonymous FTP and private SSL (very nice for a fully professional looking ecommerce site) and a dedicated IP and the price is not bad at all, especially given HostGator’s reputation for reliability.

Dedicated Hosting

MochaHost is ahead of the curve on dedicated servers, using “cloud technology” to provide more flexibility. Cloud technology basically means you are getting a virtual server that runs on top of a “cloud” or physical servers with shared storage. This isn’t the same as VPS. You aren’t stuck in a sandbox with big restrictions. It means somewhat the opposite. You can upgrade to a higher end server in minutes. You can back down to a lower one just as easily. Memory upgrades and disk replacements happen without you even noticing. Clouds are good things. A few other hosts are doing this, but the vast majority still have a one-to-one relationship between rented server and physical box. This makes MochaHost a very strong player in the dedicated server market.

As I write this, they have six different server setups, each of which is available running either Linux or Windows, and each of which can be custom configured. Given this, I won’t be including a table of their offerings as it would be longer than the rest of the page. Instead, here is a quick rundown.

All machines use Xeon processors. They range from single processor, up to quad processor, with memory ranging from 1 GB up to 6 GB (configurable to 16 GB). All drives are run in a RAID-10 configuration, giving you anywhere from 100 GB to 500 GB of available space. The Linux packages include root access, unlimited MySQL, PostgreSQL, PHP, Python, Perl, Ruby on Rails, and all the normal Linux goodies. The Windows packages include administrative access, unlimited MySQL, SQL Server, ASP.Net, C#, VB#, and all the expected Windows goodies. Prices range from $69 for a single processor Linux server up to $299 a month for a well equipped quad processor Windows server.

Support

HostGator’s support is quite well-rounded. You get the basics, of course: an online knowledgebase and a ticketing system for requests. On top of this, you also have live chat support and an active support forum. And, unlike far too many hosts, there is the acme of support, a 24/7 toll-free sales and support line. Support is the cornerstone of HostGator’s reputation and you won’t find it lacking.

What The Reviewers Say

  • “If you’re tired of bouncing from host to host then I would suggest you give HostGator a try.” — WebHostingJungle

What MochaHost Says

Why host with us?

  • We guarantee a 100% UPTIME we will give you a discount, or even provide you with a month of FREE service, if we fail to meet this guarantee.
  • Our customer satisfaction rate is at 98% as based on our latest customer survey.
  • We offer both Linux and Microsoft Windows shared web hosting plans. In addition if you outgrow your hosting needs – do offer dedicated servers and custom business solutions which will take your business to the next level.
    You can host unlimited parked domains and unlimited sites within the same account depending on the selected hosting plan. We also have Reseller program with support for unlimited sites !
  • We monitor our servers 24/7, using the latest technologies available, and apply strict security policies to make sure that your information is always available to you and your clients while maintaining safety and confidentiality.
  • Our data centers (SAS 70 Type II certified) are equipped with multiple backbone Internet lines, backup power diesel generators, backup tape libraries, 24/7 surveillance ensuring speed, safety, and redundancy.
  • We stay on top of the latest technologies, and provide support for applications such as: PHP 5 , ASP.NET, Python, Perl, MySQL 5, MS SQL, MS Access, Ruby on Rails, and JSP.
  • All of our plans are e-Commerce ready, and come with a FREE shopping cart (Magento, ZenCart, CubeCart, oscommerce). We also offer merchant services with discounted rates, and special promotions on SSL certificates.
  • We have 24/7 technical support, interactive step-by-step tutorials, and an extensive knowledge-base area. We can even provide you with assistance in transferring your site to us when needed.
  • All of our plans include a FREE Site Builder with 500+ professional templates, or you have the option to sign up for one of our custom design packages.
  • All of our plans include a free Google AdWords credit (up to $75) and free advertising credit from Yahoo SearchMarketing.
  • In addition, we offer custom application development, merchant, & Internet marketing services. We can provide you with professional assistance – when you need it.
  • As an existing customer, you will receive a 20% discount on any additional accounts.
  • You will receive a 20 % credit towards your account when you refer potential clients to us. The more clients you refer to us, the more eligible you will be to receive free hosting in return.
  • We have a 180 DAYS RISK FREE guarantee on ALL shared, reseller & VPS plans. There is no risk for you to sign up and try our great service!

Go to MochaHost

www.mochahost.com