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HostMetro review, what they don’t tell you

I decided to sign up with HostMetro after contacting their support team to confirm that they allowed adult content. I liked that they had cPanel, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited addon domains, one click install and far better pricing than their competitors. It also caused me a good impression that HostMetro support team was straight forward about my first enquiry and very quick to answer, the 24/7 live chat, email and phone number for support became the icing on the cake.

Another thing I liked from HostMetro is that unlike some of the big hosts enticing you to sign up with them for a year with a discount voucher and charging you double when the promotion expires, HostMetro pledges to never increase renewal fees even if you signed up using a huge discount. This moved me to buy the 3 years hosting plan to lock in the bargain price permanently.

HostMetro control panel addons
HostMetro control panel addons

Sign up process was simple, account activation immediate and features all as promised. I moved six of my WordPress blogs from the old host that I had given up because of a price increase, and had Pingdom set up to monitor HostMetro uptime. Everything was too good and uptime was my main concern.

For the following two weeks performance seemed to be marvelous, for a site hosting adult content that consumed a fair amount of bandwidth I had no slow down or downtime at all, I could not be any happier, right until I decided that I should back up my account.

Anybody familiar with cPanel knows that there is a “Backup” button that you can use to create a full account back up, I was unable to see this button anywhere in HostMetro cPanel. I opened a ticket and HostMetro told me that they had removed the “Backup” button from the panel because some users were consuming too many resources with it, but I could have the button reinstated for a price, $1.95/month. It rattled me that HostMetro would give me such a lame excuse to charge extra for a feature that all hosts have by default. Back up is not an email or site monitoring addon, backup is an essential feature that you can’t live without, no serious webmaster would spend their time building a site and have no backup.

HostMetro support informed me that if I wanted to it is possible to backup the sites with FTP, and they are right, but FTP takes you much more time than cPanel backup as there is no file compression and MySQL databases have to be kept separately.

I was not happy about HostMetro gimmick to get more money out of me so I asked for a refund, support then replied to the ticket that they were willing to reinstate cPanel “Backup” button for free. Unfortunately I already felt uneasy about the company and I did not want to be tied with them for three years and risk who knows what down the line when there is no possibility of refund, I insisted on my refund and without any hassle within four days Hostmetro had send my money back to Paypal and the account was cancelled.

Overall, uptime for the two weeks I was with them was good, support was quick and reliable, prices are cheap, and they were quick to refund me without problems. It is a pity that HostMetro marketing was deceiving. I have a mixed feeling about this host because they treated me properly and the extra $1.95/month they asked for  being able to back up the account still makes the prices reasonable.

My advice is that you give them a go because maybe they have changed their cPanel back up policy by the time you read this and if you contact HostMetro support threatening with closing the account if you don’t have this feature they are very  likely to offer you this for free like they did with me.

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Best shared hosting companies allowing adult content

It is very easy to find shared hosting packages, some of the big hosts allow occasional adult content but if you need shared hosting to host a dedicated pornography website you will have to read the terms and conditions carefully or risk suspension.

I have been searching for cheap shared hosting that accepts porn for one of my clients. I decided to pick only big hosting companies because they own the hardware and are not reselling server space. After hours of research this is the list of the best shared hosting companies to host porn that I could come up with:

DreamHost ($50 discount clicking on link) :This company has a wide open free speech policy allowing any content that is legal in the United States, including pornography. Their custom hosting control panel is very easy to use and their shared hosting comes with unlimited bandwidth and space.

Arvixe (%20 off discount code: hosting20deal): A well established US hosting company providing shared and dedicated hosting to businesses and individuals. I researched online reviews for Arvixe in trusted forums like WebHostingTalk and nearly all of them were good,  I also asked Arvixe support team if they allow pornography in shared hosting and they confirmed it.

HawkHost: According to their support team replying to my inquire, HawkHost will accept any content that is legal in the United States, this includes pornography as long it is not copyrighted material and you have the right to use the images, their shared hosting allows you to choose server location in the US or the European Union.

Adult shared hosting Hawkhost
Adult shared hosting Hawkhost

Certified Hosting: A subsidiary of Naked Hosting, Certified Hosting has budget packages with unlimited addon domains, space and bandwidth appropriate to host a dozen adult blogs if you have the time to manage that many sites.

HostGator: Part of Endurance International Group, one of the largest hosting companies in the world, they own more than twenty different brands, like BlueHost FatCow, iPage, HostMonster. Adult content is only allowed in HostGator as far as I know. They share resources with their sister companies, if you are not happy with one of them, don’t move to the other brand as it will be the same.

GlowHost: Their shared hosting packages come with unlimited bandwidth and competitive prices similar to those of their peers, GlowHost live chat confirmed to me that they allow adult material, as long it conforms to US and State law, in their own words: “if it’s legal content, it’s fine“. They offer support via live chat, phone and email, the company has been around for many years and James from live chat was very eager to help me out, my first impression was that of outstanding support.

Cheap shared hosting Glowhost
Cheap shared hosting Glowhost

HostMantis: This US webhost offers two kind of shared hosting, “Standard” and “Premium”, adult is only allowed in their lower performance plan, this is due to the premium plan using LightSpeed, a hosting technology developed by a company that bans using it to host pornographic content. Having said that, I know of hosting companies that are using LightSpeed and are hosting porn, but I understand that the USA is the land of lawsuits and if you happen to be there, like HostMantis is, you have to take great care.

HostMetro: The company is only a couple of years old, I was unable to find trusted reviews for them. HostMetro convey the impression of being a big corporation, they have 24/7 support via email, online chat or US phone number. I asked in the live chat if they allow hosting of porn and they confirmed it to me.

Squidix: A webhost located in the US with good reputation, the first year of shared hosting comes heavily discounted, this is a good way for you to make sure that their services fulfil your expectations. There are two shared hosting packages, both with unlimited bandwidth, the only difference is available hard drive space. Support is provided via live chat, phone and email.

Amerinoc: This company has been providing adult hosting for many many years. They recently have updated their website designand they have good reviews in many adult webmaster forums and an affiliate program that I have seen promoted in the adult industry. Never used them myself, that is all I can say.