NameHero Review 2021 – Is NameHero Really Faster?

This review is based on NameHero Web Hosting plans. In this NameHero review, I will walk you through the NameHero pricing, performance, & features.

NameHero Review Summary

NameHero has been around since 2015, and the service is known for its blazing-fast performance and reliable support. Over the years, the hosting company has done a commendable job of delivering the best hosting solutions for all businesses. Besides, the service is pretty easy to use. 

NameHero Pricing

NameHero provides customers with as many as 4 plans to choose from, based on the number of sites and RAM. Here are the plan details:

  • Starter Cloud: $3.22 per month, 1 Website, and 1 GB RAM.
  • Plus Cloud: $6.09 per month, 7 Websites, and 2 GB RAM.
  • Turbo Cloud: $9.38 per month, Unlimited Websites, and 3 GB RAM.
  • Business Cloud: $14.08 per month, Unlimited Websites, and 4 GB RAM.

Some features that are common in all the plans are:

  • Unlimited Monthly Bandwidth
  • FREE & Auto SSL
  • FREE Website Migrations
  • FREE LiteSpeed
  • Multiple PHP Versions
  • Nightly/Weekly Backups
  • Cloudflare CDN
  • cPanel

NameHero Performance

Server Response time

The performance of a site depends on many aspects, and before you can go about adjusting them on your site, it is essential to find out how well the various hosting services are doing in terms of these factors. Of course, it all starts with the server response time, and I have constantly been checking the server response time of the various hosting services that I usually keep track of. 

I have a site hosted with NameHero, and I monitored its server response time for many hours. According to the last test, my site recorded an average server response time of 383 ms, and that’s a decent speed for sure and better than many other leading hosting services.

Uptime

Uptime plays a very crucial role in the success of a site. I keep up consistently with the uptime of the various hosting services. As I tested the uptime of my NameHero site, the site recorded an uptime of 99.99%, which is certainly a reliable uptime. Most important, the site had no glitches throughout the testing period.

Load Testing

Another important aspect to check is the load handling capacity of the hosting service, and for that, I performed load testing on the site by sending concurrent traffic to the site. As a result, my NameHero site recorded 48 ms in Clients Per Test (1000 Clients in 1 Minute) and 58 ms in Maintain Client Load (500 Clients in 1 Minute). Going by the results, customers can certainly rely on the NameHero platform for hosting high-traffic sites.

Global TTFB

Testing the global TTFB of hosting services is extremely important for sites that rely largely on multiple global locations for traffic. When I tested the global TTFB of my site, it recorded an average TTFB of 433.24 ms. The site had a decent TTFB at almost all the places with the lowest TTFB in New York with 100.57 ms. However, the TTFB in Sydney was 1 second. Hence, you are good to go with NameHero and have nothing to worry about as long as you are not counting on Sydney for traffic.

Core Web Vitals

Search engines take user experience very seriously these days, and that’s why you need to test its Core Web Vitals before you choose a hosting service. As per my last test, my NameHero recorded a ‘Largest Contentful Paint' of 0.653s, a ‘Total Blocking Time' of 0.000s, and a ‘Cumulative Layout Shift' of 0. Hence, customers can count on NameHero to deliver a good user experience to their visitors.

NameHero Pros

Exceptionally Easy Setup

NameHero allows customers to set up their websites with great ease. Even if one is not tech-savvy, one can still set up a site easily in their platform. Customers can either use the free Website Builder or host a site using the one-click WordPress installation. It is ridiculously simple to start, build and maintain a website with NameHero.

Reliable Performance

NameHero is one of those hosting companies with the most reliable performance, and I was very impressed with my performance test results. My site had performed brilliantly in the server response time test; The site also had a very reliable uptime. 

When I checked its traffic handling ability, the service proved to be pretty good at that as well. Besides, the service has a good TTFB at most of the global locations. Further, the host also has reliable Core Web Vitals. 

Personalized Security

NameHero has a very reliable security system in place. The host uses AI-based security, including Machine Learning Defense, Real-Time Threat Detection, and Automatic Security Patching. 

The host uses an advanced web application firewall to detect and prevent website threats in real-time, even before they start. Besides, it uses automated real-time scanning to prevent your account from ever getting infected. On top of that, the host uses software patching and file hardening to close all the security loopholes.

NameHero Cons

Limited Data Center Locations

When it comes to data center locations, NameHero has just two data center locations limited to the US and NL to choose from, which can be a little disappointing for some customers, especially if one can’t find one’s desired data center locations.

NameHero Features

Control Panel

NameHero offers cPanel on all the plans, and with that, users have the comfort of managing the various aspects of their hosting accounts without any technical difficulty. Some of the important things you can do using the cPanel are adding new domains, uploading files, email accounts, databases, and changing PHP versions.

CDN

NameHero offers Cloudflare CDN for free on all plans. With that, customers benefit from reverse proxy caching HTTP/2 Protocol, Free SSL, Minification, and Image Optimization that drastically improve page load speeds and reduce bandwidth usage and CPU usage. 

Staging

The web host allows you to create staging sites for free on all plans, and customers can create a staging site from the Softaculous Apps Installer in the control panel without requiring any coding knowledge. After you finish testing, it is also very easy to push the changes to the live site, and all it takes is just a single click of the mouse.

Backup

Backing up sites is extremely important to avoid losing website files expectedly, and NameHero offers Nightly/Weekly Backups on all plans. The sites are backed up each night, and the backup copies are available in the cPanel for free. 

Support

NameHero has an extremely dedicated support team which is popularly known as the SuperHero Support Team. Over the years, the team has done a commendable job in assisting the customers with their technical difficulties through 24/7 phone, live chat, and email. 

Conclusion

I tried to present you with a comprehensive picture of the NameHero service in this post, and I hope you have good clarity about the service now. As far as my study goes, I found the service very reliable in terms of performance and security. In addition, I have tested the service with as many as 5 advanced performance tests, and NameHero did very well in all the tests. In fact NameHero is better than many renowed hosts like Bluehost, HostGator etc.

I have closely studied the security features, and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that it is one of the most secure hosting platforms. Further, all the plans come with many features, and there is hardly any important feature missing. I was pretty impressed that even the lowest tier plan comes with unlimited SSD Storage and a LiteSpeed server. 

2 comments add your comment

  1. Hi, there.
    Thanks a lot for your review.
    I have a question, I want to use namehero, but because I am running a local Sydney business, my business website firstly need to cater to Sydney locals, and then Australia/globally.
    When I browse namehero.com, I do find it a bit of a lag when opening new pages.
    Does that mean namehero will not be a good option for me?

    • Hi Eric. If your target audience is from Sydney, then Namehero won’t be a good option as they don’t have a data center in Australia. Pick a host with AU data center which is good for both audience and SEO rankings. Pick ChemiCloud which has got Sydney location and it’s server specs is similar to Namehero (LiteSpeed, affordable pricing).

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