HyperHost lifetime deal review
It's rare to see a lifetime deal for hosting. It's even less common to see one with unlimited bandwidth and support for Wordpress. Relatively new Dutch lifetime deal website Dealify currently has a lifetime deal running on a hosting service called Hyper.host. there are three plans available, ranging from just one site ($59) up to 10 ($349).
Hyper host lifetime deal terms
Let's look at the Hyper.host deal terms:
- Lifetime Access to HyperHost
- Ultra-Fast Hosting
- Auto Scaling Cloud Servers
- Unlimited Bandwidth
- Free Global CDN
- 1x Wildcart SSL Certificate
- Unlimited × 10 GB Mailboxes
- Unlimited Subdomains
- WordPress Staging Site
- WP Management Tools
- FTP/SSH Access
- Free Website Migration
- Security Suite: DDos Protection & Automatic Malware Scan
- WordPress, Linux or Windows Supported
- All future updates included
- 30-day Money Back Guarantee
This is literally everything you could expect from a hosting deal, at least for me it is. At first glance, it almost looks too good to be true just for $59. Often deals like this are. However, it's worth investigating. And that's exactly what I did for you. I bought the single plan deal and transferred one of my smaller websites to HyperHost.
Redeeming the lifetime deal and migrating to hyper.host
Buying things is easy, so no need to explain to you how to spend money. You'll receive a purchase confirmation email with your activation code. HyperHost have set up a lifetime deal sign-up page for this.
After you submit this form, HyperHost support will set up your account and you'll get login credentials sent to you after about 10 minutes.
I logged in and contacted support to migrate my website for free as stated in the terms. Support asks for either cpannel access or ftp credentials. I only have sftp credentials from my old hosting (long story, don't ask) and they couldn't work with that. I do have the WPvivid backup plugin running on that site so being proactive I suggested we'd use that. The prompt reply was the key needed to use the Wpvivid website migration function. Great! John Christopher from hyper.host support seems to know his stuff.
10 minutes later all files had been transferred. I pointed my domain to HyperHost, activate my included wildcard SSL certificate and all was good. Very smooth migration.
HyperHost Site speed
Now i was curious about site speed. It's one of the major ranking factors for your site, and moving to a slower hosting is never a magnificent idea, right? Your Pingdom site speed score is of course not telling the entire story, but at least it's a metric that in this case can be used for comparison. This is my old AWS hosted website score. A pretty dismal D grade with a load time of 2,79 seconds.
I allowed 24 hours on HyperHost for caching and such and then checked my score here. I was still a D, but load time had improved. Now this is of course shared hosting, so it's possible that the more clients they get , it might slow down. But i was told by support that they have a system in place that can scale up, and that there have been instances with 10.000 simultaneous single page visits without any loss in speed. I'm sure I can get a better score with some tweaks by the way.
Update, in regards to sitespeed Yusuf wishes to add that f you check any of their hosted sites, it is faster on browser than what the speed test tools say. This because the tools query the UK server directly while the users get content from their CDN.
Hyperhost Domain name and hosting
The first thing I check when vetting lifetime deals is the start and experity of the domain name. This at least gives you an idea of how long the company or service has been operating, and perhaps also hosts clues on how long they intend to remain in business.
So a simple ICANN Whois search reveals that hyper.host was registered in 2017 and expires in September this year. Small red flag here, so I contacted one of the owners, Yusuf. His response is that they simply have it set to automatic yearly renewal. Ok, I guess that makes sense, though I will never understand why a business wouldn't do this for 10 years or longer. Especially when this cost probably dwarfs other expenses.
But moving on. Now that my site was hosted with them, I could check a few other details.
UPDATE: I asked Yusuf if he had any comments on this review, and he stated that he added a year to their name name. He also stated that thisd is a premium name, and in this case I Can understand that you don't want to spend 8 grand renewing it for 10 years.
So this is interesting. y hosting provider is in fact 20i Limited. 20i Limited is a hosting provider that caters mostly to resellers in the UK.
They have a white label reseller hosting plan, which is what HyperHost is. Not a dirty little secret or anything problematic. Amazon AWS could have popped up too, and whilst that might seem more acceptable, it's the same difference. I however talked to owner Yusuf about this too, and this is what he said:
"We actually started out by developing our own technology and recently moved to 20i in late 2019. With 20i having developed most of the needed resources and technology, this means we could move at a more faster pace."
"you could say we're a running a White labelled product and could also say otherwise as most hosting services out there do not manage their own data centers, except the very big companies"
I like Yusuf's honesty. He's telling it how it is, and at least we know where we stand.
Why is HyperHost running a lifetime deal
Moving on, my next question was why are they running a lifetime deal? I mean, if you're running a business with sufficient recurring income, why would you need to raise a sizeable sum of cash? With the disadvantage that raising this cash will cost you money for the resources used as long as the company is in business. This is exactly why ltd's on hosting have a bad rep. I also talked to the owner about this and his story is that they did a funding round late last year (I would guess mostly their own money) that enabled them to pay a few years ahead with 20i and to negotiate a more favourable platform, compared to their traditional reseller hosting. He goes on to state that their plan is to use the funds raised for advertising in order to attract new paying monthly visitors.
Regarding recurring income, he told me they have a few hundred users ranging from £4 to their Legacy plan of £34.99.
So is the HyperHost lifetime deal on Dealify worth it? Well we should state that the lifetime part refers to the company you're buying the product from, and not yours of course. So after looking into their operations and talking to the owner, my feeling is that this is a legit operation. They are running a genuine hosting service and want to expand their business as much as possible. It's also an encouraging site that they have a quick and knowledgeable support desk.
Even though they don't run their own hosting infrastructure, they claim to have payed for it upfront for a couple of years. So this means that your $59 dollar investment should at least last for a few years. In a negative mood, it's say that you can be sure of a year's worth of hosting. Overly positive, they could last for decades.
It's also my opinion that the reason why they are running this lifetime deal is because of their deal with 20i Limited, they have overcapacity at the moment (and for the terms of the deal). So it makes sense to convert this into cash and use that cash for future advertising. This all to expand the business. Sounds like a logical business plan.
I've also talked to Tom from Dealify in the past, and I know that he's trying to start a solid new lifetime deal site. So I would think that he has at least some assurances that this company will survive for some time. If not, reputations get ruined quickly. mumbling pitchground...
My conservative view on the Hyperhost lifetime deal is to buy, if you need hosting to be used right now. And of course think twice about using this for your larger sites without a backup plan. I wish the people at Hyperhost all the best!