A common predicament that arises when searching for the right web hosting is what type and what resources one should look aim for with their growing business. Enter Rose Hosting, a veteran managed hosting company that offers a multitude of options in addition to their primary VPS offerings. Keep reading our Rose Hosting review to see our thoughts on their service.
Founded in St. Louis, Missouri in 2001, Rose Hosting has elevated their status as the first Linux virtual server provider to now offering shared, VPS, and dedicated servers. With an emphasis on appealing to big and small businesses alike, Rose Hosting is a viable consideration for hosting with a much-welcome policy that avoids overselling.
While it is someone disappointing to see only a seven day money back guarantee, Rose Hosting makes up for these miss by offering free migration and setup, along with a 99.9% up time guarantee.
So, could they be a viable option for your growing business? Keep reading our Rose Hosting review to find out!
Rose Hosting Pricing & Plans
As we mentioned already, Rose Hosting offers a vast amount of managed hosting with shared, VPS, and dedicated server plans, with the additional option to customize your own VPS plan according to the resources your site requires. Pricing varies depending on the payment term you choose, with a 10% discount typically available if you pay annually.
For shared hosting plans, Softaculous script installer and RVSiteBuilder are included free of charge, while VPS customers will have to pay additional for these features along with paying for either CPanel/WHM or the cheaper DirectAdmin. Higher level, more expensive VPS plans and dedicated servers do include some of these features for free, so keep that in mind prior to signing up for what may seem like a more affordable plan.
Rose Hosting’s shared hosting plans start at $3.95 (based on a yearly term, otherwise $4.95), which gives you 500 MB of SSD storage and 20 GB of bandwidth. With your choice of using either DirectAdmin or CPanel, along with no setup or migration fees, this is excellent value if your looking to host a mostly static site that doesn’t have a high visitor count.
The standout performer when it comes to Rose Hosting’s services are their VPS plans. With Rose Hosting providing full management and additional features like full management, SSD storage, and free weekly backups, it isn’t far fetched to view them as a strong candidate for your VPS needs. The ability to create a completely custom VPS tailored to your needs is an exciting and valuable tool.
Already customized plans are available starting at $19.95 a month (billed annually, $21.95 billed monthly), this plan gives you two CPU cores, one GB of RAM, 30 GB of storage, and 2 TB of bandwidth. The only real blemish on Rose Hosting’s VPS offerings is that you will need to pay extra to use a control panel (CPanel or DirectAdmin), while RVSiteBuilder and Softaculous will also run you a couple extra dollars a month.
Should you require even greater computing power, dedicated servers start at $299 a month, which gives you a dual core Intel Xeon E3 processor, two GBs of RAM, 500 GB of RAID5 storage and two TBs of bandwidth. Also included is free remote reboot for your server, unlimited domains, and your choice of Webmin, Direct Admin, or CPanel/WHM control panels.
In case any of these plans sound enticing, keep in mind that Rose Hosting has a seven day money back guarantee in place to ensure a no risk experience when trying out Rose Hosting for the first time.
Rose Hosting Speed and Reliability
We don’t need to mention how drastically SSD storage increase your site’s speed, but with Rose Hosting’s data centers powered by multiple Gigabit and OC3 Tier 1 ISP providers with additional backup loops, they have the backbone of a quality network powering their servers.
Rose Hosting luckily doesn’t skimp on hardware either, with two quad-core Intel Xeon CPUs and 128 GB of DDR3 memory being the minimum server specs in their St. Louis data center.
When it comes to reliability, Rose Hosting claims to have a 99.99% up time record, although they only offer a industry-standard 99.9% up time guarantee in their SLA. These guarantees are also in addition to claiming a 100% hardware up time, with servers only being rebooted for upgrades or problems.
While Rose Hosting is not an explicit CloudFlare partner, Rose Hosting will lend you a hand to help enable CloudFlare or another content delivery network for your site.
Rose Hosting Interface and Security
Rose Hosting offers plenty of options when it comes to control panels for your site, with shared hosting customers having the choice between industry favorite CPanel/WHM, or the lesser known alternative in DirectAdmin.
VPS customers signing up for either of the first four plans will have to pay either an extra $2 a month for DirectAdmin or $12 for CPanel/WHM. If you are interested in dedicated servers, all plans include your free choice of either CPanel/WHM, DirectAdmin, or Webmin (a web-based interface for Unix).
As far as billing and account management goes, Rose Hosting has a separate client area that allows easy access to billing, user management and Rose Hosting’s ticket support interface. We really enjoyed that you can enable only certain IP addresses to be able to access your account, offering additional protection from any potential intrusion.
Rose Hosting has their data centers monitored 24/7 by onsite and offsite teams, along with 24/7 security and access control to their facility. If you are looking for additional downtime/DDOS protection, Rose Hosting also supports mod_security and mod_evasive firewall modules.
If you are an e-commerce or high traffic site, Rose Hosting also offers a wide array of SSL certificates, with multiple variations of some of the most well known brands being available at standard market rates.
Rose Hosting Customer Service
While some VPS providers are known to fall short when it comes to their customer service, Rose Hosting avoids a similar fate by providing 24/7 live chat, phone and ticket support.
In addition to these customer service functions, Rose Hosting also has a pretty extensive knowledge base filled with various tutorials and how-to guides, explaining various techniques and services at great detail.
We gave their live chat function a test run at 11 AM CET (5 AM EST!) to see what kind of response we could get, and we were shocked to get a response within minutes! The support rep was knowledgeable and straight to the point, answering our CloudFlare related question in a matter of seconds.
Rose Hosting also has weekly backups in place to protect you from data loss, although you can also schedule and manage your own backups according to your schedule.
Remember, if you are disappointed at any point with Rose Hosting’s service, you have the comfort and protection of a seven day money back guarantee.
Rose Hosting Review Conclusion
- Free migration and setup
- Lots of SSL certificates available
- Fully customizeable VPS plans
- Free weekly backups
I wasn’t so sure about
- Only a seven day money back guarantee
- CPanel/WHM is $12 extra a month for VPS plans
So, could Rose Hosting prove to be an attractive provider for your growing business? We definitely think they have the potential to be. With seemingly countless plans to choose from along with the ability to customize your own VPS, Rose Hosting is an attractive option simply for their customer-oriented approach.
While their seven day money back guarantee is slightly shorter than what we are used to, features like free site migration, setup and weekly backups certainly help them stand out from the rest of the pack. Give them a try today and let us know how it went!