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HostUp Review and Interview

Established in April 2019, HostUp is a hosting company that features 24/7 support, instant set-up, and the most up-to-date technology. It has an impressive 4.5/5 rating on Trustpilot and a multitude of positive reviews proudly displayed on its website.

I took it upon myself to seek out more information about HostUp. And, HostUp’s founder, David Berndtsson, was happy to answer my questions.

Why Did David Decide to Build HostUp?

David was very clear on the reasons he embarked on his journey towards establishing HostUp. He told me “There are two main reasons for this. First off, before HostUp I had been using other hosting companies but was getting tired of paying a premium price for a mediocre service. I, as many others, really hated how my website and applications were just really really slow and took several seconds to load, and knew I could do it better”.

David continued “Secondly, at the time of starting HostUp, I was still in school and had a lot of spare time. So, late 2018, I started designing the website and I had seen it as a fun thing to do up until incorporation of HostUp, LLC in 2019, together with David Friedman”.

Fighting Scams

David and the rest of the HostUp team are committed to fighting scams and protecting those who may be vulnerable to them. He told me “There are several good things we have done, one of them is sponsoring different projects fighting scams. One of them is PopupDB, https://popupdb.org/ whose goal is to find and report those pesky popup scams that take advantage of people who are not so knowledgeable of computers, generally elders to scam them out of thousands. We sponsor PopupDB with servers to query the internet for such websites as well as their web hosting before their automated service sends an abuse report to the hosting provider to take action against this particular scammer”.

David considers this to be one of the company’s greatest achievements. I think it’s a very commendable project to get involved in.

HostUp's Services

HostUp has four core services; Web Hosting, WordPress Hosting, VPS Hosting and Domain registration. Let’s take a look at these in more detail.

Litespeed SSD Web Hosting and WordPress Hosting

HostUp makes use of Litespeed web servers, HTTP/2 and PHP 7.4 to ensure their hosting is consistently fast and powerful for all their customers. Not only that, but HostUp claims that their use of Raid-10 SSD drives makes their servers up to 100 times quicker than competitors!

All plans come with unlimited domains, email accounts and databases, in addition to unmetered bandwidth.

Both web hosting and WordPress hosting plans are priced as follows:

Starter – $2.15/month – 10GB SSD storage
Business – $3.45/month – 20GB SSD storage
Unlimited – $5.95/month – 30GB SSD storage – This plan also includes a free domain and Comodo SSL

David went into more detail regarding HostUp’s speedy web hosting “We use cutting edge hosting technology to make sure your website is the fastest around. It includes SSD storage and the LiteSpeed webserver just to name a few that can dramatically improve page load times. We’re also very generous when it comes to resources for your website. For example, on our business plan for $3.45/mo, we include 4 GB ram”.

HostUp’s web hosting plans also feature daily backups, full console access, SSL certificate, and 100GB DDoS protection.

After looking at all the features and benefits of HostUp’s web hosting services, I can say that you get excellent value for your money.

VPS Hosting

VPS hosting is a best-seller for HostUp. David said, “Our best selling product is the SSD VPS #1 package, but the Web Hosting Unlimited package is not far behind!”

The company’s SSD VPD #1 package costs $3.50/month. It includes 15GB SSD storage, 1vCore @ 2.5 GHz, 1GB ECC RAM, 1TB bandwidth, DDoS protection.

When you purchase one of HostUp’s VPS plans, you will receive 24/7 support to resolve any issues you may have at any time of the day. Their dedicated team is on-hand to answer any questions and support you with your hosting. Furthermore, set-up is instantaneous and you can be up and running in as little as 30 seconds.

Domains

HostUp covers the following domain services:

  • Registration

  • DNS Management

  • Transfer

  • Renewal

Registration, transfer and renewal all cost $12.95 for a .com domain name. You can select from many more domain name extensions including .co.uk, .blog, and .info, to name just a few. It’s also worth noting here that DNS management is absolutely free with HostUp.

Providing Exceptional Speed at Exceptional Costs

David’s goal for HostUp is to “provide the fastest and most reliable web hosting possible while at the same time keeping the pricing at an affordable and sustainable level”.

From what I’ve seen about HostUp, I would say that the team are well on their way to achieving this goal. Well done to David and his team and thank you for taking the time to speak with me!

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