TMD Web Hosting – TMD Web Hosting
Every business needs a web host, but the question is, which one? The problem is, there are too many choices. TMD Hosting is one of the many web hosting services that can quickly get your business online, but it manages to separate itself from its competitors thanks to its well-rounded plans in a multitude of categories. TMD’s shared, virtual private server (VPS), cloud, and dedicated hosting plans are all very attractive packages, but it’s the company’s truly excellent WordPress offerings that elevate it above all its peers. As a result, TMD is our new top pick for WordPress web hosts, despite its limited phone support hours and Windows-only server options.
Shared Web Hosting
TMD offers three tiers of competitively priced shared web hosting: Starter, Business, and Enterprise. Each plan includes a free domain name, as well as unlimited storage, monthly data transfers, subdomains, and email—they’re very attractive offerings. Of course, there are subtle differences between the three packages’ specs.
Starter (starting at $8.95 per month) has a single-core CPU and 1GB of RAM, which makes it a plan aimed at sites with less demanding needs. It also lets you host a single website, and offers more than 200 website-enhancing apps and scripts. Unfortunately, Starter disallows add-on domains. Business (starting at $9.95 per month) builds on Starter’s base by offering a two-core CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, and unlimited hosted sites and add-on domains. Enterprise (starting at $16.95 per month) tops Business by giving you a three-core CPU and 3GB of RAM. Please note that these are specs and prices for TMD’s Linux-based servers. Windows-based options are also available at similar prices, should you have a specific need for Microsoft’s operating system.
TMD’s shared web hosting plans are excellent, directly competing with HostGator’s Editors’ Choice award-winning packages that contain unlimited storage, monthly data transfers, and email. TMD’s shared servers go for slightly cheaper prices, too. Still, HostGator continues to hold the shared web hosting crown, thanks in part to its custom, toll-free number for your business.
Cloud Web Hosting
Cloud hosting, spreading resources across multiple servers, is becoming increasingly common. Thankfully, TMD offers three Cloud Hosting plans—Starter, Business, and Professional—should you choose to go in that direction.
Starter (starting at $12.95 per month) includes two CPU cores, 2GB of RAM, a free domain, and unlimited monthly data transfers, email, and storage. Unfortunately, you can only host one website. Business (starting at $13.95 per month) ups the CPU cores to four and RAM to 4GB, while letting you host an unlimited number of websites. The Professional tier (starting at $19.95 per month) builds upon Business by boasting six CPU cores and 6GB of RAM.
PCMag has yet to select a cloud hosting Editors’ Choice, as we’re still in the process of looking at what’s on offer, but we can already say that TMD’s offerings are worthwhile plans.
VPS Web Hosting
If you’re seeking a solid virtual private server (VPS) plan, TMD likely has it. The company offers five Windows-based VPN plans that include the entry-level Starter package ($39.95 per month) and the top-of-the-line Super Powerful package ($129 per month). Starter comes with 40GB of storage, 3TB of monthly data transfers, 2GB of RAM, two CPU cores, and unlimited email. Super Powerful builds on that foundation with 200GB of storage, 10TB of monthly data transfers, 12GB of RAM, six CPU cores, and unlimited email.
Those are good VPS plans, but they aren’t quite enough to dethrone Hostwinds as the category’s Editors’ Choice. Hostwinds has wallet-friendly, well-rounded VPS offerings that start at $7.50 per month for 1GB of RAM, 25GB of disk space, unlimited monthly data transfers, and unlimited email. The plans scale up to $129 per month for 18.5GB of RAM, 130GB of disk space, unlimited monthly data transfers, and unlimited email, so there’s room to grow.
Dedicated Web Hosting
TMD’s five dedicated servers plans pack enough resources to handle even the most demanding websites. The low-end $199 per month plan includes two 500GB storage drives, 10TB of month data transfers, four CPU cores, 16GB of RAM, and unlimited email. The high-end $389 per month plan has two 1TB storage drives, 10TB of month data transfers, 12 CPU cores, 24GB of RAM, and unlimited email.
Unfortunately, TMD offers only Linux-based servers. If you want a Windows-based server, I suggest checking out HostGator. The Editors’ Choice for dedicated web hosting has customizable packages that let you outfit a server with a Linux- or Windows-based operating system, up to 1TB of storage, 32GB of RAM, and unlimited monthly data transfers and email.
WordPress Web Hosting
WordPress is an absolute gem of a content management system, one that’s so easy to use that it powers nearly 30 percent of the Internet.
TMD offers three excellent WordPress hosting tiers—Starter, Business, and Enterprise—that carry the same prices and specs as the company’s shared web hosting packages. Its pre-built environment comes with many WordPress-friendly features, including live malware protection and curated plug-ins that are designed to enhance your experience.
TMD’s specs are similar to 1&1’s, but differ in one significant way. TMD offers unlimited storage across the board. As a result, TMD Hosting is the new Editors’ Choice for WordPress web hosting, knocking 1&1 from the top spot. For more on the fantastically popular content management system, you can read my story, How to Get Started With WordPress.
Building a TMD Web Hosting Site
I opted to build a website using TMD’s Starter shared hosting plan. Signing up for month-to-month payments adds a $9.95 set up fee; a fee that’s waived if you sign up for either the one-, two-, or three-year plans. Though I was eager to begin building my site, I had to wait more than two hours for the welcome email to arrive with my log-in details. In terms of set up time, that’s somewhere in the middle. Some hosts lets you begin construction nearly instantaneously, while others may take as much as a day or two to get you registered on the back end.
The installation comes with 15 customizable templates that let me give my site a face in just a few keyboard and mouse clicks. You can, of course, choose to create a site using Drupal, MyBB, WordPress, or another tool. Overall, the experience was a simple and satisfying one.
E-Commerce and Security
TMD’s web hosting plans are compatible with many e-commerce tools, including Magento (a shopping cart service) and Vertical Response (an email marketing service). You can also add ID Protect ($9.99 per year) for domain privacy, SiteLock ($19.95 per year) for SSL protection, and a handful of other features for strengthening the security of your domain.
Magento has more flexibility in terms of colors and design options than your generic shopping cart service, but with that flexibility comes an extra layer of complexity that will demand more of your time.
If you want to get into the web hosting business, but don’t want to deal with infrastructure matters, check out TMD’s reseller hosting packages. The three plans, the $24.95 per month Standard, $34.95 per month Enterprise, and $49.95 per month Professional, all offer sales and commission reports and credit card processing.
Standard comes with 700GB of monthly data transfers, 65GB of storage, and the ability to host an unlimited number of websites. Enterprise ups the ante with 1400GB of monthly data transfers, 130GB of storage, APCu Caching, and double the performance power. Professional has 2000GB of monthly data transfers, 200GB of storage, and triple Standard’s performance muscle. All the plans enable you to give your customers CPanels, unlimited email, and white-label hosting that lets you apply your own branding.
Unfortunately, TMD’s reseller plans are Linux-only affairs, unlike the category’s Editors’ Choice, Hostwinds, which offers both Linux and Windows servers. Hostwinds also boasts unlimited storage and monthly data transfers.
Website uptime is a vital element of the web hosting experience. If your site goes down, clients or customers will be unable to find you or access your products or services.
For this testing, I use a website monitoring tool to track my site’s uptime over a 14-day period. Every 15 minutes, the tool pings my website and sends me an email if it is unable to contact the site for at least one minute. The data revealed that TMD Hosting is extremely stable. In fact, of the web hosting services I’ve reviewed, only a handful went down less often. You can count on TMD Hosting to be a rock-solid foundation for your website.
TMD offers 24/7 web chat-based customer and tech support, but phone support is limited to operating "during US business hours." I tested the phone and chat support on a weekday morning and evening, respectively, and never had to wait more than a few seconds before a courteous TMD representative answered my questions regarding web hosting packages. Overall, I enjoyed the TMD customer support experience.
You can also submit tickets to have your site-related issues address, or explore a community-driven knowledge database for additional information.
TMD has an impressive 60-day money-back guarantee that bests many web hosts’ 30-day money-back guarantees. It isn’t, however, as lengthy as the extremely generous 97-day guarantee offered by DreamHost. That said, if you choose to cancel, you have to dig through the account management section, as Dreamhost’s cancel button isn’t easy to find.
TMD Hosting excels in the areas that companies need for getting their businesses online—unless they absolutely need Windows-based servers. Admittedly, I would love to see around-the-clock phone support and more Windows operating system options, but even as it is, TMD is an excellent web hosting service, particularly for hosting WordPress installations, for which it wins our Editors’ Choice award.
Once you’ve decided on a host, you can get more help getting started in our guide to creating a website. If you’re still learning about the hosting game, you might also want to check out our story on how to register a domain name for your website.