HostMonster vs. Just Host: Features and Pricing Breakdown

You hear about a lot of crazy shared hosting companies here and it’s not just because we’re on an immortal quest to discover the best one for your readers. Well, okay, that’s exactly what we’re doing – and part of that quest means not only reviewing the individual companies themselves, but pitting them against each other in hand-to-hand combat and comparing their features directly.

Sites like HostMonster and Just Host are why we do this thing in the first place – they’re quality hosting sites that offer a lot of bargain for the dollar, which means you end up keeping things simpler on your end while they’re busy trying to keep you stocked with features and services.

These are two of the better hosting sites I’ve personally come across, and a quick glance at the features and pricing should convince you of the same. Let’s take a closer look – table style.

For more, read these reviews of HostMonster and Just Host.

Their Features

What’s the main difference between the two hosting companies here? Surprisingly, very little. The big issues – disk space, band with, add-on domains and the like – are both “unlimited” whether you decide to go with Just Host or HostMonster. That’s good news. But we aren’t satisfied with looking at just a few variables, so here’s some extra information to wrap your mind around:



Just Host

Disk Space Unlimited Unlimited
Bandwith Unlimited Unlimited
Add-on Domains Unlimited Unlimited
Money-back guarantee Uptime guarantee Anytime
Dedicated IP Unspecified “Available”
Anonymous FTP Unspecified Yes
POP3 Email Accounts “Support” Unlimited Unlimited
Email Autoresponding Yes Yes
Mail Forwarding Yes Yes
MySQL Databases Yes Yes
Google AdWords Credit $75 $50
International Domain Names Yes Yes
CGI Yes Yes
PHP 5 Yes Yes
Spam Assassin Protection Yes Yes
Customer Support 24 hours/day 24 hours/day
Python Yes Yes
Ruby on Rails Yes Yes
Flash Yes Yes
Uptime guarantee
“Support” Unlimited
24 hours/day

It’s one of the most comparable matchups we’ve had, which means the rest of the battle will have to be settled via steel cage match. Or, you know, looking at their pricing options, I guess.


Pricing Commitment


Just Host

1 Year $5.95/month $6.95/month
2 Years $5.95/month $5.95/month
3 Years $5.95/month $4.95/month
Monthly Unspecified $8.95/month

Conclusions there? Well, dang it, the sites are still pretty comparable. Just get the Just Host 2-or-3-year plan and you’re locked in at the stable HostMonster prices. (By the way, if your interest is piqued with all of this HostMonster talk, be sure to check out our Hostmonster Review at Web Hosting Craze.) We do like the lower price of the lower-commitment 1-year HostMonster plan, but that’s just a slight advantage, and not something to write home about.

Separating the Two

If we know all of these features and prices are pretty much the same, how do you really separate the two host companies? Well, a few issues that you’ll likely have to discover on a personal level, such as:

  • Customer service quality
  • Uptime percentage
  • Ease of billing

These are only things you can really discover once you’re a customer at either HostMonster or Just Host (speaking of which, Just Host has also been reviewed at Web Hosting Craze). Which means that, sadly, we can’t give you a definitive answer here. But, hey, sometimes it’s nice to know that there’s not only one good option for your hosting needs. If only every buying experience we had online was like that these days.

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Dan Kenitz is a former professional search marketing specialist based in Wisconsin and current freelance writer, commentator, and all-around entrepreneur.


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