Start Your Own Blog Effortlessly With Web Hosting Hub [Giveaway]

Tim Brookes 10-06-2013

Choosing the right web host can make all the difference – just ask someone who’s made a bad decision in the past. While many individual needs may vary, it’s safe to assume we all want a reliable, fast and supportive host that makes the often drawn-out process of being a webmaster easy.


This week, I’m taking a look at Web Hosting Hub and their $5.99 per month service, which includes free domain name registration, unlimited disk space and bandwidth and a whole lot of other features you can read about here. Web Hosting Hub is one of the many recommended web hosts listed on our Best Web Hosting Services page. We’re going to be giving away 10 accounts that include year’s worth of free web hosting plus domain name (valued at $720), so if you could use the webspace be sure to enter at the end of this article for a chance to win!

Web Hosting Hub

I am usually a little concerned by hosts that offer unlimited flat-rate shared hosting and bandwidth, as my past experience taking the “cheap and cheerful” route hasn’t been so smooth. Luckily, I have had no such issues with Web Hosting Hub as of yet, even the setup process is painless and straight-forward. Web Hosting Hub charges $5.99 a month for a 12-month plan, but the price drops to $4.99 if you sign up for a 24-month plan, and $3.99 if you can commit to a 36-month plan.

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Once my order had been processed I only had to click a link in my email to set a password before I was able login. As previously mentioned, there’s no limit placed on bandwidth, space or the number of websites you can host with Web Hosting Hub. They even provide support for an unlimited number of MySQL databases, something a lot of “unlimited” hosts tend to charge for. If you’re bringing a existing domain with you then transfer is free, and there’s a 90-day money back guarantee if you’re not happy.

This package also comes with an unlimited number of email addresses that support POP3 and IMAP as well as SMTP for outgoing mail using Web Hosting Hub’s servers. In addition to the mandatory spam protection, McAfee Email Protection is offered as an optional upgrade on a server level too. There are three separate webmail clients included, though I’d personally just use Gmail or a desktop client (but that’s me). If you already have enough email addresses and shudder at the thought of more, then you can just use email forwarding to route messages to one of your current addresses.


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On top of this, there are an incredible number of extras such as unlimited FTP accounts and sub-domains, as well as one-click installers for popular software. The server runs on CentOS with PHP 5, MySQL 5, Perl 5, Python, PHPMyAdmin and has support for CGI requests and server-side includes. It’s a very convincing package, for just $5.99 a month.

Getting Started

As someone who finds himself increasingly enjoying cooking (almost as much as eating) I decided it was time to write down a few recipes I’ve assembled over the years with a simple WordPress blog.

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After setting my password and logging in, I was presented with the Account Management Panel (AMP) which is the business end of things. This area lets you quickly access your site’s control panel, domain management as well as account and billing information. As you can, see Web Hosting Hub also throws you a bone in terms of freebies, with a few coupons for advertising with Google, Twitter, Yahoo and so on.

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The Quick Links area is a very quick way of getting your site up and running. Through answering a few questions you can decide to quickly install a blog, CMS or e-commerce solution like WordPress or Zen Cart. These questions don’t really say much about which solution is the best for you, so I’d recommend researching this first (or installing several and figuring out which is best).

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After inputting a few credentials for a WordPress setup, I clicked Install and expected to wait about five minutes, as is my experience with such systems. Not so here, as my WordPress website and database was set up in about 15 seconds, and I could then log in and start building my site.

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What really mattered here to me was that the latest version of WordPress was installed, and it was. I also tested permissions by uploading an image, and sure enough the one-click installer had worked its CHMOD magic. Stupidly simple WordPress install? Check!

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Email Setup

In addition to WordPress, I also wanted an email account for my domain, fast. So I headed to the Cpanel, then the Email Accounts area. This screen gives you the option of upgrading to McAfee Email Protection, but as a security-conscious Mac user I’m not bothered about that. You can specify an email quota or leave it unmetered, and there’s a password strength gauge along with a secure password generator which I used.

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This screen also allows you to manage and configure email clients at a glance using the list at the bottom of the page.

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IMAP setup with the Mac OS X Mail client was a cinch, and it was working immediately.

Speed & Support

I decided to test the page load time on my newly installed (blank) WordPress blog. This isn’t a particularly strenuous excercise for your browser or connection as a blank blog doesn’t have an awful lot of content to load. That said, the response according to Pingdom’s free speed test tool ranked it faster than 85% of all tested websites. From my location in Melbourne, Australia, the US-hosted website loads a lot faster for me than my UK-based current hosting plan that also comprises of a mostly empty WordPress installation.

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Web Hosting Hub also offer a rather useful support centre which includes tutorials for new users and a knowledge base in the form of the Support Centre. There is also a community-based questions database, email support, phone support (for both the US and international customers), support-tickets and a live web chat.

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I honestly didn’t encounter an issue I needed resolving while setting up my website, so I had to play dumb in order to test support via live chat. I had to wait a few minutes before the live chat operator was available, and then I decided to ask where I could find FTP information. After a reassuring security check, the operator found my own personal login information, which I was impressed by. Live support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and you can review, print and email each chat so you have a personal record.

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I’m used to being told to “go here, click that, do this” but I was instead given the exact info I asked about. Colour me impressed.

Overall I’d rate Web Hosting Hub highly in terms of support, speed and sheer value for money. They offer serious bang for your buck, user-friendly installers and a robust support system. You can do a lot worse for a higher monthly cost, put it that way. Click here to sign up, or enter our giveaway below.

How do I win a a Web Hosting Hub plan?

We have a new giveaway procedure in place, which will hopefully make participating much easier. You may enter using your Facebook credentials (which will require you to sign into Facebook) or by submitting your name and email address. You’ll receive one entry simply by doing so.

After that, you’ll also be offered various methods to earn additional entries. They range from sharing a link to this giveaway on social networks; to commenting or visiting a specific page. The more you participate, the higher your chances of winning!

The giveaway is over. Here are the winners:

  • Michael Angelo Sevilla
  • Henry Lawson
  • Benedict Allen
  • Aakash Rohilla
  • Suzanne Braunschweig
  • Lisa Onggrid
  • Daniel Ooi
  • Mitzi Easley
  • Jayne Lee
  • Stanley Ho

Congratulations! If you were selected as a winner, you would have received your license via email from If you require any assistance, please get in touch with Associate Editor Jackson Chung before June 30. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

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This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, June 14th. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.

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  1. Ht B
    July 31, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Rightly said choosing the right web host can make a lot difference. Very nicely explained about starting our own blog. Thanks for this nice article.

  2. James
    July 30, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I have tired Hub and was not very happy. Im currently with CyberPower Hosting and very happy. I literally called them at like 3am and they answered and gave me great support. They have unlimited everything for like $4. Here is a link, not sure if that is allowed here, if it isn't my apologizes [Broken URL Removed]

  3. Ankit Srivastava
    July 2, 2013 at 1:56 am

    I use TNP HOST . Their services are better and cheaper

  4. Nabaz
    June 22, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I use it for my research.

  5. Apoorv Yadav
    June 17, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Thanks for sharing this important information with us.
    Now I am thinking to deploy my own web site.

  6. Apoorv Yadav
    June 17, 2013 at 10:07 am

    There are a lot more ways of free web hosting process even Google also provides free web hosting. There is an article written on free web hosting, you can refer this link for that:

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    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      June 28, 2013 at 4:29 am

      Indeed, but as I've found out, getting one with good service and quality offerings might be a little difficult.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      June 28, 2013 at 4:30 am

      I win! Thank you MUO and Web Hosting Hub!

  7. Les
    June 15, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    This is an incredible site!! Pity I missed one of the ten handouts!
    Its exactly what I have been looking for.
    I want to get my wife started on her own artistic (photo-journalism) blog.
    She has been helping to manage Brickies on Word Press for 4 years already; providing photo-journalistic articles concerning pets and scenic walks of all descriptions.
    Her admin privileges allow her to do everything except delete the site!
    Its high time she got going on her own so that I can kick back and let her earn some dollars for a change! Les Louw, Newcastle 2940, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.

  8. Praveen Kumar G
    June 15, 2013 at 9:00 am

    I dont have a blog. I have a website but no hosting :(

  9. mihirchheda13
    June 15, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Dont have my own blog but write for a friend's blog!
    Just the perfect opportunity for me to have my own blog!

  10. Anish Shah
    June 14, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Currently I am not having blog.

  11. D.M.S.B.Dissanayake
    June 14, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Make use of make use of!~

  12. Kevin Larsen
    June 14, 2013 at 12:48 am

    I o not have a blog

  13. Benedict Allen
    June 13, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I have a blog and have done for years and years now. I don't however have one for personal thoughts though but rather professional ideas and articles, maybe one day though!

  14. salvador hernandez
    June 13, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    i could use this

  15. Corey Olomon
    June 13, 2013 at 3:49 pm


  16. Saumidh Mhatre
    June 13, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I don't have a blog right now...but planning to start one..

  17. Jack Roger
    June 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Don't have a blog atm, but I used Blogger before.

  18. thu ya
    June 13, 2013 at 12:23 pm


  19. null
    June 13, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    i never win anything from makeuseof but always i think that next time i will win.

  20. null
    June 13, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Been wanting to start a blog for a while now, but have been putting it off. Now I have no excuse!
    I maintain a WordPress blog at work that's hosted by GoDaddy.

  21. Olesia Flegka
    June 13, 2013 at 7:18 am

    I'm on Blogger right now

  22. Jayne
    June 13, 2013 at 4:32 am

    My current blog is hosted on WordPress.

  23. gustosagiveaway
    June 13, 2013 at 4:27 am

    I use blogger

  24. Mhoi
    June 13, 2013 at 4:13 am

    I'd love to finally start a blog. :)

  25. Tim Bain
    June 12, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Not big on publishing prices are they? It's hard to find on their page.

    • Tim Brookes
      June 13, 2013 at 4:41 am

      Well there's only one plan, and the price depends on the contract period:

      $5.99 a month for a 12-month plan, $4.99 if you sign up for a 24-month plan, and $3.99 if you can commit to a 36-month plan.

      So $5.99/month at the most.

      Hope this helps!

  26. Anthonichiwa Chico
    June 12, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    wordpress on yahoo

  27. Ascalion
    June 12, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Currently on Hostgator!

  28. Nabaz
    June 12, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I do not have a blog.

  29. Robert Walters
    June 12, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I use blogger and wordpress right now.

  30. Monica C
    June 12, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    I currently use ipage for my hosting and have found it getting slower and slower lately which is frustrating because it's a great idea, just not working at the rate I need it to. I'll have to check Web Hosting Hub out, it sounds like what I need.

  31. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    June 12, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Yes, I have blogs. Currently both of them are still under WordPress subdomain. Winning this one would help me immensely.

  32. Ben
    June 12, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    This is pretty cool!

  33. Adly Asraf
    June 12, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Yes and it is

  34. Suyanto M
    June 12, 2013 at 9:48 am

    I don't have blog

  35. Liu Han
    June 12, 2013 at 6:56 am


  36. Josh Gunderson
    June 12, 2013 at 6:43 am

    I'm currently using 1&1 and Digital Ocean.

  37. kesoube
    June 12, 2013 at 3:58 am

    I have a blog on blogger... and hopefully WordPress if I win ^_^

  38. vinay goud
    June 12, 2013 at 3:37 am

    yes i have blog but on blogger but now i am thinking to start a blog on wordpress so i need to win this give away !! :)

  39. Ramesh Krishna
    June 12, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Thanks for the giveaway

  40. Anthony
    June 12, 2013 at 12:12 am

    i don't have blog

  41. vietnam rum
    June 12, 2013 at 12:03 am

    excellent, thanks.

  42. danielooi
    June 11, 2013 at 3:27 pm


  43. aymen
    June 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    i do have a blog and my current host is blogger

  44. Jeff Hirsch
    June 11, 2013 at 11:41 am

    no current blog

  45. Joel Wavrecan
    June 11, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I currently have a blog on my companies SharePoint site, but would like to go "global"!

  46. Transcription Services US
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  47. lanete_08
    June 11, 2013 at 9:21 am

    i'm using wordpress,tumblr and blogger blog. :DDD

  48. Arun Singh
    June 11, 2013 at 7:08 am

    i have blog on blogger and i am in need of domain name for my blog.

  49. Antanas Antaso
    June 11, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Nice giveaway!dont have a blog yet...

  50. Victor Limbo
    June 11, 2013 at 5:56 am

    I have a blogger and host it on blogger.

  51. Kay Fritz
    June 11, 2013 at 5:23 am

    I created a blog for my daughter on Strato

  52. Ajinkya
    June 11, 2013 at 4:05 am

    Thanx for this giveaway

    Yes i have two blogs and both are running on Bigrock...

  53. null
    June 11, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Current web host is Arvixe, and my blog is

  54. Brian Takemura
    June 11, 2013 at 1:51 am

    host metro

  55. Boris Belov
    June 11, 2013 at 1:39 am

    I dont have a blog yet

  56. Cutler Cox
    June 11, 2013 at 12:14 am

    I had one, but I quit it because it lacked many features I needed. This is of course due to that it was "" hosted and I needed something made for webcomics.

  57. harshit
    June 10, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    now on hostgator ...developing one

  58. Michael Angelo Sevilla
    June 10, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Currently hosted on

  59. null
    June 10, 2013 at 10:16 pm


  60. Michael Angelo Sevilla
    June 10, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    I love this give away..! Thanks for sharing!

  61. Sharad Chandra
    June 10, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Used your to choose a hosting provider, currently hosting my blog on, could really use a paid hosting provider, anyways thanks for the giveaway

  62. Jurmy Chris
    June 10, 2013 at 9:04 pm


  63. JonasEikeland
    June 10, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Do you have a blog?Not exacly, more like a testing site
    What's your current web host? I've tried

  64. zerifi
    June 10, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    not yet.

  65. Chris Knopff
    June 10, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Blog? no, but I will need one soon

  66. Devagya Uikey
    June 10, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Hi, thanks for the giveaway, it's awesome, I love every web-hosting giveaway...:) and I do have blogs, running at Bigrock and Smackhunt servers...

  67. Sonesh Lakhani
    June 10, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    I will migrate my blog from blogger to wordpress

  68. jerry
    June 10, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Great to win this.

  69. jerry
    June 10, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    This is great!

  70. Eric
    June 10, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I do not yet have a blog but am currently planning to start one.

  71. MiguelTapiaMX
    June 10, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    I have planned start a personal blog on WordPress. I actually have the domain name registered (website is under cunstruction btw ;)

  72. jawad zaib
    June 10, 2013 at 5:29 pm is my blog and i am using it on for the giveaway

  73. Ale B
    June 10, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I dont have a blog yet :-(

  74. Phantomx
    June 10, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Do the math.....$5.99 x 12 is approx $72 not $720


    • Tim Brookes
      June 10, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      But we have 10 accounts to give away, so $72 x 10 = $720 (our total prize pool).

  75. Akshay Ohri
    June 10, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I don't have a blog.... but i had one it was on hostable web host...

  76. Febrian Adi
    June 10, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    yes. i have a blog. i host my blog on blogger.

  77. Harish Anim
    June 10, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    i do have a blog and my current host is blogger

  78. Zsolt J
    June 10, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    using goDaddy, but want to move away

  79. Derek Clarke
    June 10, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Don't have my blog anymore, when I did, I had a server with 1&1

  80. Arben Myrtaj
    June 10, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Well who couldn't use a website. I had a website but didn't renew it.

  81. Arlene Gregory
    June 10, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Lookin' good... I could really use this one!

  82. Shellie Couch
    June 10, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I use blogger right now.

  83. Leo Bien Durana
    June 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I have a personal blog ( Current webhost is CloudFlare's partner. :)

  84. Robert Stanulis
    June 10, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    essentially blog on business facebook

  85. Zen Resurreccion
    June 10, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway!