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Based in Stockholm (Sweden), Crystone hosts more than 700,000 websites for customers all over the world. With more than 17 years of experience in the business, they are one of the market leaders in the Scandinavian region. They have branch offices in the US and UK. Crystone offers reliable web hosting and domain registration services for all types of customers. According to the company, they have a close partnership with Microsoft, which allows them to provide VPS hosting solutions at competitive prices. The company also offers cloud based hosting for VPS and shared hosting customers. This Crystone review takes a detailed look at the hosting products offered by the company.

 

Crystone web hosting products and features

Crystone offers web hosting in all three major categories: shared, VPS and dedicated servers. The company's hosting products are rich in features, provide many options and are affordable. Crystone guarantees a 99.9% uptime for all its hosting services.

1. Shared plans

Crystone offers a choice of Linux or Windows in its shared hosting plans. There are three plans to choose from: Mini, Standard and Pro. The Mini plan is perfect for those who want to host just one domain. The Standard plan allows up to 10 domains and the Pro plan allows unlimited domains.

Here are the highlights:

  • Unlimited Disk space and bandwidth.
  • Unlimited subdomains.
  • Unlimited FTP and email accounts.
  • Unlimited MySQL databases.
  • Scriptiing options: CGI, PHP5, Ruby on Rails, Perl and Python. Server side includes are allowed.
  • Secure shell access (SSH).
  • Crontab access.
  • Unlimited email accounts, which are accessible via POP3, SMTP and IMAP. Three different web based email clients are also provided.
  • Spam filters.
  • Free website transfer.
  • Unlimited email aliases, mailing lists and auto-responders.
  • Three hosted exchange accounts in the Standard plan and five in the Pro plan.
  • Site builder with 4500 free templates.
  • Custom error pages and password protected directories.
  • Web based file manager, website statistics and access to error logs.
  • Free domain transfer and website transfer is available for those coming from another host.
  • Free submission to major search engines.
  • Virus and malware scanning.
  • Free access to SEO tools and resources.
  • Control panel from Parallels.
  • Fantastico script installer for easy installation of popular scripts.

2. VPS plans:

Standard VPS hosting is available in three packages: Small, Medium and Large. Customers can choose from Linux or Unix for the Small plan. Windows option is available in the higher plans. VPS customers can also opt for cPanel or Plesk. According to the company, the Large plan is optimized for e-commerce websites and is perfect for Magento or PrestaShop.

Configuration:

  • Small plan: Single core vCPU, 1 GB RAM and 20 GB disk.
  • Medium plan: 2-core vCPU, 2 GB RAM and 30 GB disk.
  • Large plan: 4-core vCPU, 4 GB RAM and 50 GB disk

In addition to standard VPS hosting, cloud VPS is also available, which is based on VMware cloud servers running on Dell hardware. They provide excellent performance, reliability, scalability and security. Customers can choose any compatible virtual machine OS.

3. Dedicated servers:

Dedicated servers are available in four plans: Basic, Standard, Business and Enterprise. Each plan comes with a choice of Linux with cPanel or Windows with Plesk. All plans come with RAID data storage and one dedicated IP. Depending on the plan, bandwidth varies from 500 to 1600 GB per month.

Configuration:

      • Basic: Intel 2.4 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, 500 GB disk.
      • Standard: Intel Pentium 2.6 GHz 2 core processor, 4 GB RAM, 2 x 300 GB SAS disks.
      • Business: Intel Xeon 2.20 GHz 4 core processor, 8 GB RAM, 2 x 300 GB SAS disks
      • Enterprise: Intel Xeon 2.20 GHz 4 core processor, 16 GB RAM, 4 x 300 GB SAS disks

 

Infrastructure, reliability, support and user experience

Crystone has two data centers in Stockholm, which are linked by a company owned backbone. Both the data centers have two independent power supplies to ensure continuous power. According to the company, the data centers are highly secured and are continuously monitored by a monitoring agency in the UK. An automatic surveillance system monitors the health of all the services and equipment. It automatically alerts the technical staff in case of any faults or suboptimal performance. As a result, fault resolution is quick and service quality remains optimal.

Crystone offers many methods of support including round the clock free telephone support in the UK and US. Besides email and chat support, the company also responds to customer queries on Facebook and Twitter. More than 20 FAQ articles are also available on its website for common problems. Crystone provides weekly off-site backups. Customers should keep their own backups to avoid data loss.

 

Crystone advantages

  • The company provides a wide selection of plans to choose from and there are very few restrictions. The plans are reasonably priced and rich in features.
  • Free domain transfer and website migration for customers coming from other hosts.
  • Template based website builder with over 4500 templates allows people with no technical knowledge to easily build professional websites.
  • The company gives a money-back guarantee up to 45 days.
  • Telephone support is available in the US and UK.

 

Crystone disadvantages

  • The only disadvantage that anyone can think of is the absence of cPanel in the shared hosting plan. However, the Crystone control panel is also easy to use and powerful.

 

Overall Crystone review

The hosting products of Crystone and its support options are impressive. Crystone web hosting products are relatively free of restrictions when compared to other hosting providers in the same price bracket. Customers are not likely to have any problems in finding a suitable plan, irrespective of the size of their business or the amount of traffic their websites receive.



4 Reviews

  1. Lashaun Paris
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    Great scandinavian web hosting, I love control panel it works very fast, very easy to use it has everything what I needed… Speed speed speed ! Very fast server… I have no clue about others hosting providers, but this in my opinion not a bad choice. Anyway it offers 45days money back if anything goes wrong, just cancel. Cheers!

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  2. AlfonsoT
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    I just wanting to say that this is my first web hosting and its deliver more than I expected, maybe support could be faster. I purchased with a great $0.99 per month discount, so for that price I think crystone deserves even a try… Also I uploading to my FTP many files for personal use an downloading them frequently. Download speed is amazing 🙂 I am from Belgium.

  3. Cayla
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    I’ve been hooked on special price so decided give a try. Nothing special. I expected for the better experience, but unfortunately… They have only phone support and its terrible. Their data backup feature buggy. My website went down numerous times and explanation always the same… I just feel that I’m not in right place.

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    Unfortunately they left me disappointing. Worst services ever…

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