DailyRazor Hosting Review: Low Prices & Plenty of Options
Sometimes, simple web hosting isn’t all you need. Maybe you’re a WordPress blogger who needs a service tailored to that platform. Or maybe you’re an ASP.NET fan who requires a lot of database space. Or maybe still, you’re a budding Java programmer who’s after a fast Tomcat server.
That’s where DailyRazor steps in, showing off the huge number of options. Drupal, Joomla, WordPress, more; there’s hosting created specifically around these programs — all of which are useful for bloggers.
But even if you don’t need hosting for a specific tool, it offers standard Windows and Linux options as well. All of this at remarkably low prices, and hosted on dependable servers.
Confusing Pricing Stipulations
Before anything else, let’s take a look at DailyRazor’s low prices — the company’s biggest draw. The ones displayed on the homepage are surprisingly low, to say the least. So what’s the catch?
Unfortunately, there’s more than one. For once, the catch isn’t that the advertised price barely cover a one-page website — DailyRazor’s cheapest plans are pretty decent, actually. The issue is that the prices advertised only apply if you buy the three-year plan. And locking into a host for that long without even testing it out is a big risk.
Luckily, even the month-to-month plans are still cheap, even doubled or tripled in price. Though don’t forget that these plans list introductory prices as well, and when it’s time to renew, Razor goes from an extremely inexpensive host to a completely average-priced one. It could be worse, at least.
VPS hosting also comes with a confusing caveat. The plans advertise a specific amount of resources, yet when you go to make a purchase, memory and disk space default to none. It isn’t clear if this refers to extra resources or if you actually have to pay to have any of these essential features at all. Considering that you can’t run a server without RAM or a hard drive, it’s hopefully the former.
In this case, at least, the prices advertised refer to the month-to-month plan. Buying in bulk only reduces that price tag.
To give DailyRazor credit, even if you strip away the promotional prices and lack of transparency, it still comes out as a cheap to average-priced hosting provider. But its pricing isn’t very transparent, so we wanted to be sure to point this out. Luckily, this is the only major issue we found.
Tons of Hosting Options
You’ve probably heard other hosts say they offer tons of options, but most can’t compete with DailyRazor. When your provider can say that it has twelve different hosting types (before subtypes like private/public even come into the mix), then it can talk about variety.
The point is, if you’re a programmer, a scripter, a developer, an app builder, a webmaster, a blogger, or a person who otherwise uses a web presence, you can probably find the hosting you need on DailyRazor.
Far From Simple
There are many hosting types on offer here, in fact, too many to cover concisely. But the great thing about these is that they don’t feel generic. When many companies offer specialty hosting, the services are carbon copies of each other that point back to the shared hosting page, with maybe a paragraph of flavor text. It’s just a way to confirm that the company supports these programs, and nothing more.
But DailyRazor has put in the legwork and offers actual, individual plans, made specifically for the groups that need them. A few of these are the basic Linux/Windows plans, true, but some for ColdFusion, ASP.NET, and so forth have their own special plans. And if you buy a WordPress plan, you’ll get the WordPress installer, too.
There are three standard plans, across Windows and Linux, both with the same price and same features. There’s the usual unlimited storage and bandwidth, and the only caps placed on the cheapest plan are on databases. And, as usual, you can only host one website on the starter option. In addition, all plans come with SiteBuilder, so there’s no pressure if you aren’t using WordPress themes and don’t know how to design a website.
Along with all this comes free backups and setup, unlimited email hosting, cPanel, and analytics software. This applies across all specialized hosting as well, just not the ones that use the basic Linux/Windows plan.
Finally, Java hosting is special enough to get its own set of plans and sub-plans, but similar features to everything above are included. You have a pick of private, public, or cloud VPS Java servers and pretty much everything is unlimited (or can be).
The best part of all these options is that you can get a 15-day trial, a 30-day refund, and a 180-day credit for unused months. Some hosts don’t even give the free trial, so this says a lot about DailyRazor’s dedication to customer happiness.
Unmanaged VPS Hosting
The VPS servers are a breath of fresh air in that they’re presented in a straightforward way. Don’t get bogged down by the details here. Pick from five simple plans and your choice of a Linux OS (and there are a lot of them), then get started installing what you need.
There are managed servers, but the cost runs in per hour increments so you might be better off on your own. Either way, you have total control over when to access the server and what apps to put on it. Install WordPress, Drupal, or any other blogging tools at your will. If you know what you’re doing, this is the way to go.
A Host to Suit Any Need
Whatever your online profession or passion: blogger, webmaster, or even programmer, DailyRazor is here to offer the perfect customized plan. If you’ve heard of a certain type of specialized hosting, this host probably has it. And it’s all run on low-priced yet powerful servers, with minimal drawbacks.
It’s hard to find a bad thing to say about this host. It’s fast, it’s reliable, and it has options for everyone without being overly generic. It certainly seems like the people behind this company care as well. Good server specs, good customer support, and a good variety of choices — what else could you want?