Hostwinds – A fierce solution for dedicated hosting

Unmetered bandwidth: Yes | Unmetered storage: Yes | 24/7 support: Yes

Fully managed
Powerful servers
Highly customizable plans
No control panel
Knowledge base average at best

Hostwinds is the master of dedicated hosting, whose servers boast powerful configuration features that cater to general and high-demanding power users, whether regular websites or heavy-duty, resource-draining gaming servers.

The highly customizable provider offers several base options you can tailor to your own needs. Even its cheapest packages, suited for the most typical users, come with a four-core single processor and 8GB of RAM. Additional features include specifying the number of operating systems (i.e. standard CentOS, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, or Windows Server), various RAID (Random Array of Independent Disks) configuration options, and more.

All plans include full server management, so you can relax and not trouble yourself with any sysadmin duties, making Hostwinds suitable for less tech-savvy users. It also provides server monitoring and nightly backups, and guarantees to never throttle traffic thanks to a 1Gbps network link available to all users, regardless of what bandwith option they’ve selected.

We had a bone to pick with Hostwinds on one matter — the lack of a control panel (like cPanel, Exim, or Plesk) by default — but you can add one at extra cost.

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