This is what shared web hosting should feel like. In actuality, while working with my site or within cPanel, I forget that it is shared hosting. I discovered Kickassd web hosting last year in my continued evaluation of the very best hosting environment for a value that fit in my budget and the budgets of many looking for quality but not ready to jump to dedicated hosting (note: they do offer more than just shared hosting). From that time, I evaluated the feature set offered and especially the technical service and response component. Afterall, we all know that when it comes to hosting, the most important is reliability and performance. Securing the cheapest hosting will not further your online ventures, should your site be offline or respond so slow that it might as well be. This is where Kickassd comes in....
I connected with Chuck. He is one of the founders of Kickassd and is based in Montreal. You will also find that he often will be one of the responding top level support staff as well. They advertise fast support, as in under 30 minutes for tickets. I can confidently say that this is my experience. I am receiving responses, not just canned level one scripts, in 5 to 30 minutes every time. I have yet to need support for an issue caused server side. Yes, that means, even I... encounter my own user error more than I would admit.
As time always tells, service will outlast the price cutters. The peace of mind knowing that you will receive a human intelligent response to your ticket in under 30 minutes is worth it's wait in gold. Time is money. Their team is in-house and geo distributed. Communication is clear and efficient. During my many questions, we often exchanged personal conversations outside of purely the technical arena I was delving into. It's a friend and family feeling.
Kickassd web hosting is stacked with technology and features that often obliterate their larger competitors. Why? When you have a small effficient structure, you can move at higher speeds implementing cutting edge features. They offer Lightspeed Server w/LScache, Zend OpCache, Pure SSD Storage (YES, for everything... not just your database... massive difference), Lightspeed WordPress Cache, FREE SSL for unlimited domains using Let's Encypt Open Source technology which is ridiculusly easy to implement compared to traditional SSL certificates (this site is secured with it), Automatic R1Soft Backups which you can restore from up to 30 days ago, Free Magic Spam Pro to help you breathe freely when you look at your inbox, CloudLinux Web Hosting which isolates your account from other accounts and the leader in interface, cPanel. They also use HA (high availibility) DNS Cluster for your DNS nameserver hosting (when you point to use their nameservers from your domain registrar), CloudFlare integration, Railgun, The latest PHP technology, SSH Access and GIT, modern hardware and lots of bandwidth!
Yes, it has never been more important than it is today; Canadian web hosting provides more security and privacy laws than hosting located in the USA. They do have options to host your server in Germany as well, but their original and core option is still to use their Montreal-area servers which are housed in the massive secure and modern OVH DataCentre (Beauharnois). Depending on the nature of your business, you may require this feature.
From the vast array of technology to the resources allocated to your site, this has been a standout. In fact, this site is simply running on their smallest plan without a hiccup. This nets me 10 GB SSD Storage, 500 GB high speed bandwidth, 100% of 1 CPU, 512 MB DDR4 ECC RAM on Xenon D Series servers which are never oversold.
If you run a WordPress site and want more security and ease of maintenance, this is important. Along with all the standard features they offer, you also get powerful WAF (Web Application Firewall) protecting your site, 1 Click WordPress install, WordPress Auto Updates with a 99.99% uptime guarantee.
I have begun my journey with Kickassd hosting my main domain property, dougf.ca in 2017. My experience to this point has been stellar without reservation. Chuck and his team pride themselves with service, speed and security, making their service worth every penny over and over again. They are very competitve and affordable. I will update and expand details as time goes on. Don't hesitate to check them out and contact them. Do I sound excited about them? Yes, I do. Yes, I am. This is why my main domain property is now hosted with Kickassd.