HostNet.nl is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where they also maintain their own servers. The company has been in business since 1999, and is the first European company to be a co-marketing partner with Bing search. Apart from offering cloud and hard-based shared, VPS, and managed dedicated server packages, HostNet.nl also sells domains, with .com’s starting at $13 and .nl domain extensions for just $6. Overall, the company has registered over 2 million domains and has an extension selection of over 900. A simple website maker, Wordpress hosting, and Microsoft Office 365 hosting are also available.
They claim to utilize the latest Intel Xeon CPU’s, and although it is unclear which specific models they use, each virtual and dedicated server includes blazing fast SSD storage space. HostNet’s cloud-based VPS solutions are tailored toward developers who need to scale at a moment’s notice, and includes a range of software stacks for PHP and Java applications, high availability clusters with load balancing, automatic scaling upon peak loading, statistics, OTAP management, and out-of-the-box Docker containers with advanced application deployment.
Since HostNet is partnered with Let’s Encrypt, each customer receives a free SSL certificate for use on one website, while Wildcard SSL’s and EV SSL’s are also available at $99 and $149 respectively. In the end, HostNet.nl maintains an 8.2 out of 10-star rating after 802 customer reviews through Holland-based HostingWijzer. Scanning the reviews, HostNet’s strengths appear to lie in their quick, courteous, and knowledgeable customer support team, who can be reached by email, phone, live chat, and even through WhatsApp.