Back in 1989, Tim Berners-Lee came up with the original concept for the World Wide Web. Two years later, in August of 1991, he launched the world’s very first browser to the general public and introduced us to what we all now know as web hosting. Rose hosting was a decade later.
Fast forward ten years to 2001, and in stepped Rose Hosting to the playing field. Not only that, but they were “the first and only web hosting company in the world to offer commercial Linux virtual servers”.
It is now nearly two decades later, and Rose Hosting continues to impress the world with its high-quality web hosting services.
The Lowdown on Rose Hosting
With the hosting market completely oversaturated with options, what makes a web hosting company like Rose Hosting stand out? There are a number of key differentiators here:
They’re a privately-owned company based out of St. Louis, Missouri, which is also where all their data servers are located.
The aforementioned extensive history working with Linux virtual servers.
Their uptime record has consistently stood at 99.99% or higher since 2003.
They promise an average support response time of five minutes.
All VPS hosting plans come with a number of freebie add-ons that most hosting providers can’t or won’t offer. (More on that below.)
According to their website, it’s the combination of “quality equipment, stability and hand-holding customer support” that sets them apart from other web hosting providers. Let’s take a closer look at each of these areas to see if they hold up:
For some web hosting companies, there isn’t a lot of information you can glean about the actual equipment or where it’s stored from their website.
But as a web developer or an owner of a business hoping to secure reliable web hosting for your website, you’re going to need more assurance than a vague mention of “reliable” server facilities can offer.
Because Rose Hosting has been around for so long, it’s clear that they understand this and is probably why they’re so transparent when it comes to the equipment that powers their hosting solutions—and your website:
All of their servers are located at their own Missouri-based data center.
Each server meets the following specifications to ensure high disk performance: 2x Quad Xeon CPUs, 128 GB of DDR3 system RAM, Gigabit Ethernet Ports, and enterprise-grade solid-state drive storage.
Rose Hosting’s network is powered by well-known and trusted providers like CenturyLink, Charter, Level3, and Verizon.
Equipment comes from providers like Cisco and Extreme Networks.
Their data center includes protective and maintenance systems with air conditioning and fire extinguishing.
All equipment, networks, and systems are wholly redundant.
Now, “stability” is a bit of a vague term to use, but after reviewing their site as well as their offerings, it’s clear that they’re referring to the dependability of each of their hosting solutions (and other offerings).
And, really, what you see here is what you get—no matter how hard that is to believe. In other words, if they promise 100% uptime guarantee on every single one of their plans, that is indeed what customers can expect to get.
As with other web hosting companies, Rose Hosting’s solutions cover a wide range of website hosting needs, from personal to business. Here is a quick summary of what you get with each:
For the most part, Rose Hosting is a VPS hosting provider that targets professional websites as well as developers managing vast networks of websites. Nevertheless, they do still offer shared hosting for small business owners or bloggers who don’t really need much in the way of bandwidth, but still want to work on a reliable Linux base.
There are four different shared hosting plans that Rose Hosting offers, each of which comes with a free DirectAdmin or cPanel dashboard for easy management of the backend of their website.
They also come with Softaculous and RVSiteBuilder Pro to help less experienced developers and other users build their sites from scratch.
Here are some other features included in Rose Hosting’s shared hosting:
Free weekly backup
Unlimited DNS management
This is Rose Hosting’s baby. For customers interested in virtual private server hosting, they offer three paths to choose from:
Standard (pre-packaged) VPS hosting
Custom (build-your-own) VPS hosting
OCI (cloud) VPS hosting
For your reference, OCI stands for “One Click Install Cloud” and refers to the cloud app add-ons that come with these hosting packages. So, for customers that want VPS hosting but also want easy access to cloud-based apps like WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla to build their website from, the OCI option is probably best.
Both the standard and OCI VPS hosting options have eight different plans. Standard options range from 1 to 8 virtual private servers while high-end options range from 12 to 32 VPS and include a free cPanel or DirectAdmin dashboard.
The custom hosting option is whatever you want to make of it.
Here are some other features included in Rose Hosting’s VPS hosting plans:
Full weekly backups
VPS control panel (high-end only)
Dedicated server hosting is for the developer that needs more privacy and control over their web hosting. Rose Hosting’s four plan options give customers their own Linux server to run their website from (as opposed to the other options where space is either shared or reserved on their servers).
The server is still managed and monitored by Rose Hosting, but developers have better insight and control over their website’s performance.
In addition to web hosting, Rose Hosting also offers domain registration and transfer services.
They also have a comprehensive list of SSL certificate options provided by Comodo, GeoTrust, RapidSSL, and Thawte. These certificates can be purchased at the domain level, the business level, or as an extended validation.
This is the final piece of Rose Hosting’s promise and it’s something they’re incredibly proud of.
Support services are offered on their website through:
And the promise surrounding their support is simple and yet highly impressive. The U.S.-based Rose Hosting support team works round-the-clock, 24/7 to provided managed support to customers. In addition, they tout an average response time of five minutes.
While there is a lot of technical jargon here to sift through, interested customers can rest assured that Rose Hosting does indeed offer a reliable offering, from the equipment they host their customers’ websites from all the way through the support they provide.