- Review Updated: Oct 24, 2018
There are plenty of hosting providers out there to choose from, but it’s hard to find one with a longer history than that of Rose Hosting.
Founded in 2001, this hosting provider is located in St. Louis Missouri in the United States where it also runs its own data center. The company claims that RoseHosting.com was the first and only web hosting company in the world to offer commercial Linux virtual servers back in 2001 (under Rose Web Services LLC) and encourages its customers to verify the fact on Archive.org.
Notably, Rose Hosting is a Linux-only hosting organization specialized in VPS hosting (though the company also offers both shared and dedicated hosting plans now).
Additionally, this hosting provider has a strict no overselling policy – a practice that we don’t see often in budget / shared hosting market. Some of its more notable clients include the Altarum Institute, UPF.org, and Voice IP Solutions.
Rose Hosting Plans
Rose Hosting offers numerous hosting plans and configurations to serve a variety of client needs. These plans include:
There are four shared hosting plans available, ranging from a 200 GB to 2,000 GB maximum monthly data transfer and 2 GB to 30 GB SSD disk storage. Prices range from $4.95 per month to $19.95 per month with varying features and inclusions between the plans – see screen shots below for comparisons.
All plans include free set-up, a spam blocker, unlimited parked domains, Cron jobs, a 30-day money back guarantee, and so on.
Rose’s VPS hosting comes with four available plans ranging from $19.95 to $79.95 per month.
On the low end, users receive two CPU cores with 1 GB of guaranteed memory and a 2,000 GB monthly file transfer limit. On the top end of the scale, users receive eight CPU cores, 8 GB of guaranteed memory, and 150 GB of disk space. Among the plentiful features are full root access, 24/7 support, a 100% uptime guarantee, free DNS hosting, SSD powered and free dedicated IP address.
RoseHosting offers four dedicated hosting plans, ranging from a $269.10 per month plan which includes hardware to support 24 GB memory, 500 GB disk, and 3,000 GB data transfers to the $1079.10 per month plan that includes 96 GB RAM, 2,000 GB disk, and unmetered data transfers.
My Experience with RoseHosting
As mentioned, I personally have been testing Rose Hosting’s Shared 1000 plan since November of 2013, and in that time, I’ve found lots of good and not much bad – a rarity for both me and the hosting world in general.
1- Fast and Reliable Hosting
As a whole, Rose Hosting is a very good web host maintaining remarkable uptime and site speeds; its overall uptime record is 99.99% while the maximum site response time has been 300 ms – nothing to scoff at. Compared to other web hosts that I have tracked, the site response time is quite notable. The average response time of my other basic WordPress dormant blogs range from 1,500 to 2,000 ms – in contrast, Rose Hosting is nothing shy of five times as fast!
Additionally, though I personally have not tested the support system, I have heard nothing but good things about the customer support and after sales service as a whole. Again, impressive – particularly considering that people are, in general, much more likely to share the bad than the good.
We have been tracking RoseHosting uptime since November 2013. Here are some recent results we gathered using third party uptime tracking tool.
RoseHosting Speed Test
2- Slight price difference after first term
Unlike some other hosting companies, RoseHosting does not jack up their hosting prices after first term.
Take SSD Business for example: signup rate = $9.95/mo, renewal rate = $10.75/mo on annual billing. The difference is minimum and reasonable.
3- Free site migrations for first time customers
Why stress it when you can let the pros do all the heavy lifting work? All new users get free site migration service when they switch to Rose Hosting.
4- RV Site Builder Pro
All RoseHosting shared hosting plans are bundled with RV Site Builder Pro. This is a huge time saver for layman and non-technical person. You can simply build a simple site without the need of web development experience or programming skills.
1- Expect better shared hosting features
At the price of $10.35/mo (four-year average cost), I would expect to get more from my web host.
RoseHosting SSD Business plan allows only five domains and 20 databases. Dedicated IP addresses, Cloud Flare CDN (a $10 is charged for setup fees), daily backup features, etc are only available for users who are willing to pay extra.
2- Server location in United States only
RoseHosting runs its own data center in St. Louis, Missouri, United States and does not offer other options in term of server location. There might be latency issue if majority of your site users are based outside United States.
We discussed about latency and published few web host listings based on latency analysis. To learn more read-
RoseHosting Review by Verified Users
RoseHosting has been around for more than a decade. But to my surprise – there are so few user reviews available online.
The web host is not even featured on most of the popular hosting review sites. In case you are looking for more meaningful feedbacks on RoseHosting, here’s one I have bumped into during my research. The original review is published here on Web Hosting Talk.
Start Time: December 2010
End Time: January 2010
Reason for Leaving: Linux learning curve was too high for alloted time frame and a new customer I acquired requires .NET hosting; it had nothing to do with their support or services.
Server Info: Copied from initial email.Price: $34.99 http://www.rosehosting.com/virtserv-spec.html Operating System: CentOS 5 Disk Space: 45 GB (This includes the space taken by the OS) Memory: 1500 MB Transfer Per Month: 1500 GB IP Address: 220.127.116.11 Physical Host Name: vs1139.rosehosting.com (to be used before your DNS changes propagate) DNS Servers (unless you ordered your own DNS servers): ns1.rosehosting.com (18.104.22.168) ns2.rosehosting.com (22.214.171.124)
Summary: I discovered RoseHosting through a combination of Google searches and after doing a few hours of research I thought I’d give them a shot even though I have no experience with CentOS or Linux. I used their service for about four weeks and during that time experienced zero issues. As Linux was new to me I also submitted half a dozen help desk tickets and spoke with their live chat support several times. Every time I spoke with someone they were both knowledgeable and helpful, help desk tickets were usually answered within 2 hours.
As far as the system goes, I set up and had three 32-man Team Fortress 2 servers running on the server along with three websites. I had some Steam friends hop on the servers several times and they all ran fine including boatloads of addons, sub 100ms ping times. Here is the GameTracker link to one of the servers as further proof. I’m not sure how’d they do under full stress but with about 20 concurrent users I saw no change. They also ran multiple Counter-Strike servers well.
Initial setup took about 18 hours but I also ordered at about 3AM on Christmas eve. I emailed for a refund over the weekend and received it today. I actually feel bad for going back and asking for a refund as they helped me quite a bit. Overall I was very pleased with their service and would recommend them to anyone out there looking for a cheap Linux-Based VPS from a reliable company.
Other similar hosting services you might want to check out:
- Companies offering budget shared hosting solutions: A2 Hosting, Hostinger, Interserver, InMotion Hosting
- Companies focus in VPS / premium hosting solutions: SiteGround, Netmoly, Liquid Web, Kinsta (managed WP host)
- Our data-oriented best web hosting list
Wrapping Up: Is RoseHosting a go?
Short answer: Yes.
At the end of the day, hosting stability and speed are what matters the most. And RoseHosting did exceptionally well in that region. Hence, I recommend Rose Hosting to organizations or individuals who are looking for a solid hosting solution with strict no-oversell rules.