- Review Updated: Feb 18, 2019
TMDhosting has been around for over 10 years and has been considered as a reliable choice for those in need of a quality web hosting provider.
With four data centers spread across the United States and an overseas data center in Amsterdam, does the PC Editor’s Choice still have what it takes to be considered as the best web host for bloggers and businesses? We’ve recently were given a free account by TMDHosting so we decided to put the hosting provider to the test and came down to a list of pros and cons.
TMD Hosting Plans
TMD Hosting offers different hosting plans – Shared, Reseller, VPS Cloud, WordPress Managed, and Dedicated. Before we give the pros and cons for this web host, let’s take a look at the these hosting plans.
Shared Hosting plans are divided into three different tiers at TMD: Starter, Business, and Enterprise. They offer all the standard features that you would expect such as Free Domain, NGINX web server, and cPanel support. The differences between them are additional features such as WildCard SSL and Memcache instance for higher plans.
|Shared Plans||Starter Plan||Business Plan||Enterprise Plan|
|New User Discount||65%||40%||30%|
|Signup (2 Year)||$2.95/mo||$5.95/mo||$12.95/mo|
|Renewal (2 Year)||$4.95/mo||$7.95/mo||$16.95/mo|
|Order||Visit Online||Visit Online||Visit Online|
* Note: As I am using TMD Shared Hosting, we will focus more in their shared hosting service in this review.
** Use special coupon code “WHSR7” to get 7% additional discount on top of the already discounted price listed at TMD Hosting website.
Their VPS Hosting plans is separated into five different tiers: Starter, The Original, Smart, E-Commerce, and Super Powerful.
The 100% cloud-based hosting plan allows for great flexibility, giving you room to scale up if your website grows bigger. In terms of resources, you can get as much 200GB of SSD Space and 10TB Bandwidth on the highest tier.
|Storage (SSD)||40 GB||65 GB||100 GB||150 GB||200 GB|
|Data Transfer||3 TB||4 TB||5 TB||8 TB||10 TB|
|Memory (DDR4)||2 GB||4 GB||6 GB||8 GB||12 GB|
|New User Discount||50%||50%||50%||50%||50%|
|Order||Visit Online||Visit Online||Visit Online||Visit Online||Visit Online|
Similar to their Shared Hosting plans, TMDHosting offers three tiers of Cloud Hosting: Starter, Business, and Enterprise.
The big difference between the tiers are the resources given with the Starter plan getting only 2 CPU Cores and 2GB DDR4 RAM while the Business and Enterprise plan gets 4 CPU Cores, 4GB DDR4 RAM and 6 CPU Cores, 6GB DDR4 RAM respectively.
|Memory (DDR4)||2 GB||4 GB||6 GB|
|Memcache||128 MB||256 MB|
|New User Discount||60%||50%||40%|
|Order||Visit Online||Visit Online||Visit Online|
Managed WordPress Hosting
If you’re using WordPress, TMDHosting offers cheap Managed WordPress Hosting service that’s optimized for the platform. Aside from the standard features such as free domain, SSL certificates, and NGINX web server, the WordPress hosting plan is pre-configured to give maximum performance for WordPress websites.
For those looking into reseller hosting, TMDHosting offers three tiers for their Reseller Hosting plan: Standard, Enterprise, and Professional. Some of the features included are unlimited website hosted, WHM/cPanel, and server resources ranging from 700GB bandwidth to 2000GB bandwidth.
The Dedicated Server Hosting offers the most power and server resources that you can get form TMDHosting. Separated into four tiers, you can either get the Starter, The Original, Smart, and Super Powerful plan. In addition to features such as premium support and unlimited bandwidth, you can get storage from 1TB up to 2x2TB and as high as 32GB DDR4 RAM.
Confused with TMD’s Cloud and VPS Hosting?
I asked TMDHosting sales agent about the difference between their Cloud and VPS Hosting plans. The following is the answer I got –
Help me choose between your cloud and vps plans – how are these two difference?
The Cloud solutions we offer are suitable for medium sized websites, they use lots of servers to produce a large “cloud” of computing power. In this cloud, a virtual container is created and this container is similar to a VPS, with the difference that it is quite harder for it to go down, mainly due to the structure of the computing cloud itself.” – TMDHosting Sales Agent, Todd Carter
Pros & Cons of TMD Hosting
Things I Like about TMDHosting
After testing out TMDHosting, we found that there’s a lot to love about the hosting provider. Here are some of the pros that stand out.
1- Great Performance: Blazing Fast + Reliable Server
In terms of server performances, TMDHosting can go toe-to-toe with some of the best in the industry. Not only do they strong uptime rates, but they also have blazing fast speed with fast server response time.
TMD Hosting Speed Test
TMD Hosting Uptime
2- Easy To Use Interface
TMDHosting recently revamped their Portal Dashboard and made it much more accessible to its users. Now you can manage everything in one convenient portal which houses the billing, support tickets, cPanel login, and other upgrades.
3- Clear Guidelines On Server Limitations
When it comes to server usage limitations, TMDHosting is transparent with their guidelines. Other companies tend to be quite vague with server limitations, which can be annoying. TMDHosting, on the other hand, will allocate specific CPU seconds per month to each shared hosting account and send alerts to users if they exceed 70% of their CPU seconds. This is especially fair for users who might not realize they need to upgrade their plans to accommodate their website’s growth.
Quoting TMD Hosting ToS:
The Company will notify the Customer in case that their account reaches 70% of their monthly CPU time allotted, in order to work together and find a solution/evaluate the needs of The Customer and/or the software used by the Customer. In cases where the Customer is not taking actions to address CPU time usage over 70% of their monthly plan allotment, the Company reserves the right to limit access to shared CPU resources for the given account until their monthly quota is reset.
4- 60 Day Money Back Guarantees
The industry standard for money back guarantees on shared and cloud hosting plans are usually within 30 days. TMDHosting, on the other hand, offers a 60-day money back guarantee for their shared and cloud hosting plans. This gives users ample time to test out TMDHosting and not lose a ton of money if you’re not sold on their services.
5- Affordable Price: Not the Cheapest, but Reasonable
TMDHosting tends to hold big discounts for new customers. You can get as much as 65% worth of discounts for their different hosting plans if you’re a new customer. TMD shared hosting price is not the cheapest, but I opined that they are reasonable priced.
Here’s how TMD’s price stack up with other similar web hosting services:
*All prices are based on new signup for 24 months subscription period. Prices are checked on January 2019. For best accuracy, please refer to official sites.
We managed to get exclusive deal from TMD Hosting recently. You can now get 7% additional discount on top of the discounted signup price with coupon code “WHSR7”. This coupon code can be applied to the “Purchase Information” in your order page (refer to screenshot below).
6- Selection of Hosting Locations
If you tend to focus on a particular continent (i.e. Asia, Europe, or the U.S.), TMD Hosting offers multiple hosting locations that you can choose in order to have better server performances for your targeted audience.
At the moment, you can choose to host your website at either Phoenix, Chicago (US), London (UK), Amsterdam (NL), Singapore, Tokyo (JP), and Sydney (AU).
7- Weebly Ready
Weebly is a drag-and-drop site builder that lets you build a website without any coding whatsoever. This makes it easy for people who are not technical experts or busy entrepreneurs to create a working website in just mere minutes.
8- Responsive Customer Support
My experience with their customer support team has been excellent. Whether it’s their 24×7 live chat team, forum, and their phone support, I’ve managed to consistently receive fast responses. They even offer to help transfer web files and databases for those with existing websites for free!
The Cons For TMDHosting – Important to Know
There’s a lot to love about TMDHosting, however, that doesn’t mean they don’t have any flaws. Below are some of the cons that I think needs to be pointed out.
1- Auto Backup Feature Can Be Better
The industry standard for database and file retention backup period is usually within 7 to 14 days. TMDHosting only offers 5 days for their database retention period and 1 day for the file retention period. Even though their daily backup feature is free, there’s still room for improvement.
2- Renewal Prices Are Slightly High
While TMDHosting does offer affordable signup prices for their plans, their renewal prices tend to hike up quite significantly. For example, their Starter Shared Hosting plan signup price is at $2.95/mo and renews at $8.95/mo. That’s almost a 200% increase in price!
3- Standard CloudFlare Package Only
Currently, TMDHosting only offers the standard CloudFlare package for its hosting plans. A2 Hosting, at a similar price, offers the CloudFlare Railgun package which gives better optimization and loading speeds.
Bottom Line: It’s a Yes!
To recap, here’s what I like and dislike about TMD Hosting –
I recommend TMD Hosting for bloggers or business in need of a reliable web hosting solution. Not only do they offer stable server performances and tons of useful features, but they also have some of the best customer support team in the industry.
If you’re considering the Shared Hosting plan, I’d recommend you go for the Business Plan tier as the long term costs is more or less the same ($8.95/mo vs $9.95/mo) but you’ll have much better server performance and capacity.