Pros of using JustHost
If you’ve read any of our other hosting reviews, you might notice that something is missing here (like the ‘Big 3’ including uptime, speed and service).
There’s a reason.
1. Instant Server Provisioning
Some hosts require a lengthy signup process for most new accounts, which means you (yes, even you international ones) might have to jump on the phone to verify who you are.
That means you can expect a SLOW process (not to mention frustrating and slightly irritating too). Or the occasional odd-hour phone call requirement.
The good news is that Just Host offers instant server provisioning if you want to go with their premium, VPS, or dedicated services.
2. 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
Just Host offers a standard 30-day money back guarantee if you’re not happy with your initial experience. That’s just about (see what I did there?) industry average for those keeping track at home.
It’s important to note that the refund only applies to the hosting service.
It doesn’t apply to other products, like domains. Since free domains are included, Just Host deducts a non-refundable domain fee of $15.99 from your refund to cover their costs.
You can then transfer the domain name you have chosen to another web host. However, you can’t transfer newly registered domains to another host within 60 days of activation.
3. Many Add-Ons and Integrations
Just Host easily integrates with popular platforms like Google Apps, in addition to over 100 other open source applications.
They will also throw in free Google and Bing advertising credits, which is a handy little bonus if you’re ready to start generating online sales.
4. Free Domain Name
New account sign-ups will also get a free domain name (regardless of the hosting plan you choose).
5. Free Script Library
With every Just Host account, you’ll get a full script library for free.
SimpleScripts can automatically install any of the scripts you choose right to your site. Available scripts include WordPress, osCommerce, phpBB, and Joomla.
That way, you can install the scripts you need without having to be a coding genius.
6. Good Security
When choosing a web host, security should be one of your top priorities.
Thankfully, Just Host offers tons of different forms of site security. They use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), secure shell (SSH), solid-state drive (SSD), and more.
They also provide SiteLock, which includes:
Daily 360-degree vulnerability scanning
Alerts & Email Notifications
A dynamic verifiable security badge
360-degree scanning (defacement, drive-by downloads, database vulnerabilities and application vulnerabilities)
You’ll also receive instant alerts and reports to your email address and dashboard if a threat is detected. That way, you can take action against harmful content before your site is blacklisted.
Just Host claims that you can contact their team to clean up malicious files if you don’t know how to remove them yourself.
Cons of using JustHost
The most important features that a hosting provider delivers are:
Uptime: The average amount of time your website is online and available (not ‘down’, where visitors can’t access it because of server errors or issues)
Speed: How quickly (or slowly) it takes your pages to load all content, images, and more. As a general rule, the slower the website, the lower the conversions.
Customer Support: Good service should go above and beyond, helping you figure out how to make your site experience the best while troubleshooting common issues when they pop up. That’s especially true if you’re not the most technical person in the world, either.
And if you read the PROS section (gotcha — skimmers!), you’ll notice that all THREE out of three features haven’t appeared yet.
That’s… not a good sign. Take a look.
1. Average Uptime of 99.89%
When we first signed up for an account and set up our WordPress site, the uptime results we saw were pretty below average. (For example, the month April saw an uptime of only 99.03%, which translates into almost 7 full hours of downtime in a single month!)
However, over the past twelve months, JustHost’s uptime came in at an average of 99.89%, which is better than the industry average of 99.79%. Not great, not bad.
While it seems like they’ve straightened things out since the beginning, they’ve still struggling to even hit industry average.