KVCHosting Review, Rating & Secret Unveiled 2016

KVCHosting
our editors
2 votes 2.50 of 5
Not Recommended
With almost 10 years' history in the industry, KVCHosting offers a wide array of hosting solutions to meet all kinds of needs, including free web hosting, unlimited web hosting, business hosting, reseller hosting, VPS, dedicated servers, email hosting, and SEO hosting.

KVCHosting has been striving to provide affordable and quality online solutions and maintain good customer satisfaction. Now the company has over 100,000 websites under management.

The headquarter office of KVCHosting is located in Oklahoma, so is the data center. This web host uses one data center in Oklahoma City and equips it with redundant power and network connections. All customers' websites are hosted in the data center, and according to our research, KVCHosting homepage www.kvcwebhost.com is hosted on a SingleHop server in Chicago, IL.

Since KVCHosting offers a quite large series of hosting products, it might take some time for webmasters to choose the proper one. For this review, we select the shared web hosting solutions to reveal whether they are really affordable and helpful for hosting small websites and businesses.
Editorial Review

KVCHosting Speed Review 2.50 of 5

KVCHosting has made much effort in protecting users from network failure. The data center is connected with 5 Tier-1 bandwidth providers including AT&T, Savvis and Level(3), and the core routing and switching are powered by Cisco equipment.

KVCHosting speed is not bad for shared hosting, but it is far away from being excellent, either. The monitoring in the past year shows that the server response time averages approximately 600ms, while during some spikes, the figure can increase to more than 1000ms. Not stable enough.

Below are the real-time monitoring results.

KVCHosting Server Response Speed

KVCHosting Reliability Review 3.00 of 5

KVCHosting has been proven to be reliable. There is no serious outage reported in the past few years. We have tested a site hosted with a paid KVCHosting web hosting plan, and the average uptime for the last 12 months is 99.92%, which is quite satisfactory. Below are the monitoring statistics of the past 30 days.

KVCHosting Uptime

However, you need to notice that the free hosting platform is not as reliable as the paid one, according to our research and testing. The company guarantees 90% uptime only for free web hosting, while the real uptime can be even worse in most months – averaging no more than 85%.

KVCHosting Technical Support Review 2.50 of 5

KVCHosting is good at helping customers through its email ticket system. Since the company's technical support is available 24x7, you can always receive a response from the support team within 30 minutes whenever you open a support ticket.

However, as they put much emphasis on ticket support, it seems that the quality of the support through live chat and phone is not that good. When you start a live chat, you are likely to be suggested to submit a ticket. Note that live chat can only be used for technical support and is not available for billing or sales support.

KVCHosting Free Web Hosting Plans 1.50 of 5

KVCHosting has 3 free hosting plans. They do not charge monthly hosting fees, while the amount of the resources you get depends on the one-time setup fee paid during the signup. Below are the costs and main features of each plan.
  • K Hosting: $4.99, including 300 MB storage, 2 GB bandwidth, 1 email account, 1 FTP account, 0 sub-domain, and 0 database.
  • V Hosting: $9.99, including 600 MB storage, 15 GB bandwidth, 2 email accounts, 1 FTP account, 0 sub-domain, and 1 MySQL database.
  • C Hosting: $19.99, including 1500 MB storage, 25 GB bandwidth, 5 email accounts, 1 FTP account, 1 sub-domain, 1 add-on domain, and 1 MySQL database.
Pros
  • For any plan, KVCHosting does not place dominating banner ads on your website, and instead, it puts a text like "Powered by KVCHosting.com" in the footer section.
  • Using any of the plans, you have access to cPanel 11 for the management of your website and account.
  • You are allowed to use your own domain name instead of a KVCHosting sub-domain.
Cons
  • For K and V, you can only host 1 domain, and for C, the allowed number is 2, which is quite limited compared with other free plans in the market.
  • K and V plans include no support for open source scripts. WordPress, Joomla and any other open source CMS are only allowed to use on the most expensive C plan.
  • 90% uptime. Although you have paid for the so-called free plans, you can only get a guarantee of 90% uptime, which means that 144 minutes' downtime on a single day is accepted.

KVCHosting SSD Unlimited Hosting Plans 2.50 of 5

There are 3 paid web hosting plans, too, and below are the differences between them. Note that the low prices listed are valid for 3-year billing cycle.
  • K Hosting: $1.89/mo, including 100 GB storage, unlimited bandwidth, 5 add-on domains, 50 FTP accounts, 50 MySQL databases, and unlimited email accounts.
  • V Hosting: $2.99/mo, including unlimited storage, 1000 GB bandwidth, 50 add-on domains, 100 FTP accounts, 100 MySQL databases, and unlimited email accounts.
  • C Hosting: $3.49/mo, including unlimited resources.
Pros
  • Each plan includes cPanel control panel and Softaculous 1-click script installer.
  • Each plan includes a free dedicated IP and free RVSiteBuilder.
  • A 45-day refund guarantee is available, so that you can get your money back if you are not satisfied. A setup fee of $9.99 will be deducted.
Cons
  • K and V plans include no SSH access.
  • The starting prices are low, but the plans are not cheap. For example, K plan is priced at $2.49/mo for 2-year billing, $5.99/mo for 1-year billing, $6.99/mo for 6-month billing, $7.99/mo for 3-month billing and $8.99/mo for 1-month billing.

Better Shared Hosting Options 5.00 of 5

If you want more options, consider any of the following web hosts which offer low-cost but quality shared hosting plans.
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