Earth Girl Hosting is a hosting company with a strong focus on offering useful, actionable advice to its site visitors and customers. It offers a selection of web hosting and e-commerce hosting packages, as well as domain registration.
As a company created and owned by a woman, Earth Girl Hosting is a refreshing addition to the hosting industry. Amber Layton, the company’s founder, kindly agreed to be interviewed so that I could bring you this review.
Back to The Beginning
Earth Girl Hosting was founded in 2011 by a very forward-thinking, ambitious woman. Amber told me; “I had a few key reasons for wanting to build this company. When I was starting out with my own e-commerce websites, I found that web hosting companies had a little bit of what I wanted but never the full package. I moved from host to host and there was always something lacking. Because I had the know-how and the drive, I decided to create what I felt was missing”.
Earth Girl Hosting certainly seems to have everything you need to maintain a website or e-Commerce store.
Earth Girl Hosting's Customer Support
When you visit Earth Girl Hosting’s site, it’s immediately apparent that the team wants to help you and share their extensive knowledge with you. You’ll find a multitude of articles, guides and how-tos displayed on the website, along with little snippets of handy advice.
It’s clear to me that the company wants its customers to succeed in business. This is also emphasised by the excellent customer reviews that are proudly displayed on the homepage.
Amber told me more about Earth Girl Hosting’s personalised support; “What sets us apart from our competitors is a personal touch. That’s something that I felt was lacking in other companies. No one wants to be treated like a number. We have the friendliest support team based in the US and Canada, and they’re available anytime by phone, chat, or ticket. As the owner, I am hands-on in all aspects. I like knowing my customers, and I want them to think of me as an ally”.
Not only does the team at Earth Girl Hosting care deeply about its customers, but it also cares about charitable causes. Amber explained; “Our greatest achievement is being a debt-free, woman-owned company. And we love giving back! We try to donate to good causes throughout the year. Lately, we’ve taken to Kiva which offers micro-loans to people around the world”.
Earth Girl Hosting's Best-Selling Services
E-commerce hosting plans are Earth Girl Hosting’s best-selling services. Amber told me; “Our e-commerce hosting is our best-seller, and this is due in part to our ability to customize packages. We won’t box our customers in with tight restrictions. If they need something a little different we can accommodate. E-commerce sites often require more system resources than other sites, and 99% of our customers are e-commerce so we understand it very well. We also go the extra mile when it comes to making sure our clients’ sites are PCI compliant”.
Let’s take a closer look at the hosting company’s services:
Pure E-commerce Hosting
Earth Girl Hosting is partnered with Pure-Ecommerce, creating an easy experience for customers. Prices begin at $10.95 per month and you can select from 3 different, beautifully-named plans:
- Cost – $10.95
- Storage – 1GB
- Bandwidth – 8GB
- Cost – $15.95
- Storage – 5GB
- Bandwidth – Unmetered
- Cost – $20.05
- Storage – 8GB
- Bandwidth – Unmetered
When you select an e-commerce plan, you have access to cPanel so you can manage your site with ease. You will also enjoy a free SSL certificate, 24/7 support, easy back-ups and instant installs. More still, you’ll get a guaranteed uptime of an impressive 99.66%!
Standard Web Hosting
Earth Girl Hosting offers “standard” web hosting plans for non-e-commerce customers. These are described as “Basic” and “WordPress” hosting. There are 3 plans to choose from; Star, Moon, and Sun.
Prices are very reasonable from $8.95 per month for the Star plan. This will get you 500MB storage, 2GB bandwidth, 5 parked domains, and 1 domain alias. Additionally, all plans include unlimited email accounts.
As a plus, you will receive a no-hassle 30-day money back guarantee with all web hosting plans, creating a risk-free experience for all customers.
Earth Girl Hosting offers excellent hosting services but they take it one step further by offering all of their hosting customers free file back-ups. This service is easy to use, accessible anywhere in the world and 100% completely free of charge!
The company also offers “Worry-Free Website Back-Ups” and the team walk you through a step-by-step process of how you do it. They explain everything from configuring your back-up to setting up your cron job. And, if you have any questions or queries, simply get in touch with the team for a quick resolution.
An Ambitious Goal For an Ambitious Company
Amber offered an insight as to Earth Girl Hosting’s ultimate goals; “Our ultimate goal for Earth Girl Hosting is to provide full-scope web services. What people don’t know (yet) is that we have a full team of talent behind the scenes. If our clients need things like web design, SEO content, or webmaster services, we can help! The goal for this coming year is to build up that presence”.
On a final note, Amber had this to say; “Ultimately, I am a helper and I have built up my team with helpers. We enjoy offering support for people trying to create a well-running online presence. There is no magic to being an online-success, it takes hard work. If we can’t do what you need we can point you in the right direction!”
Thank you so much to Amber for speaking with me. Good luck to the Earth Girl Hosting team with all you future endeavours.