Helio Host review

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-anonymous- (-no email-)
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Heliohost is the best
Heliohost is the best host ever seen.They offer Ruby, ASP.NET, and Java on Johnny, which is their experimental server. The uptime of Stevie is a lot much nicer.
AngelAR88 (angelrulez7@g...)
Time Hosted: 1 to 2 years
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Nice!
I think that HelioHost is good. Johnny is bad, but Stevie is very great. So please do not talk bad unless you mention your service. Bye.
Mike (-no email-)
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What else could you ask out of a free web host? Sure pages load a bit slower than a paid service. But, you get almost all the features of a paid host. 500mb of space, and unlimited bandwidth. Good community (as it's really your only support). Great for a personal website or even a small business (although I'd still recommend a paid service for that).
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About Helio Host

HelioHost is an industry-leading free webhost. With an extensive feature set and three years of experience under our belt, we are looking to change the entire web hosting industry by offering a plan that beats out even paid webhosts.

HelioHost was started and continues to be operated and supported by djbob. Kyougi helps around the forums and is our number two. If you want to contact either, please PM them on our support forums. Note that support is operated exclusively through forum threads - support requests through PM will be deleted.

PHP

We offer professional-level PHP 5 hosting with safe-mode disabled. Installed libraries include cURL, GD, Sockets, XML RPC, and many more! Our community includes knowledgable PHP experts that can help you with your scripting problems

Professional-grade web hosting... with a twist

You know that old saying: "You get what you pay for?" Well, HelioHost is changing that around. Our feature set beats out most professional web hosts, yet we come without a price tag. PHP, ASP.NET, Ruby on Rails... all for free. Don't forget the dedicated support team bundled with an involved and supportive community to help you out with your webmaster needs.

There's no strings attached to this offer - we don't require forum posting, nor do we force ads onto our clients' pages. Our servers are just as fast as the big guys. The only thing you don't get with this deal is a top-level domain name, and that's only because those aren't within our power to give you.

We've been in business for over four years - much longer than most other free hosts. We mean to revolutionize the industry, and not just the free hosting biz... we aim to change the paid hosting business around as well. Welcome to the new generation of web hosting.

ASP
We are one of the very few free webhosts on the web to offer ASP.NET 3.5 scripting with our free hosting package. We use the Mono Project to provide this service, and our installation is compatible with both the C# and Visual BASIC programming languages

Ruby on Rails
Ruby on Rails is a revolutionary new web development framework based on the Ruby programming language. This framework allows easy Web 2.0 application development through extensive prebuilt libraries and highly recyclable code.

Python
Python is a popular scripting language that offers a comprehensive library of functions to allow programmers to focus on design. We also offer the Django framework built on top of Python for powerful web application development.

JavaServer Pages

JSP is a new internet application development platform from the makers of Java. JSP greatly simplifies web development by offering numerous shortcuts while retaining all the power of the previous Java servlet technology.

Perl
HelioHost offers compatibility with the latest Perl 5 programming language. Perl is one of the most popular programming languages for web development, and offers powerful string processing capabilities.

MySQL
MySQL is the most popular database engine for open-source web applications. Unlike almost all other free hosts, who limit the number of MySQL databases each user can host, HelioHost enables its users to take full advantage of the MySQL database engine.

PostgreSQL
HelioHost offers the PostgreSQL database engine, self-dubbed "the world's most advanced open source database". PostgreSQL is a popular alternative database for many web applications and is a favorite of power users.

cPanel
HelioHost employs the industry-leading cPanel software as its web hosting control panel. This system provides a high level of functionality to webmasters while significantly simplifying their job.

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Web Space
HelioHost offers 500 megabytes of web space with each of its hosting accounts. This figure combines your stored files and your databases. 500 megabytes should be more than enough to handle any forum, blog, or other script you might need to host. Sites that might encounter problems with this limit include photo galleries with high-megapixel images or online storage sites. In general, this limit should not be a problem to the great majority of free hosting users.

File Management
HelioHost offers three options for file management: FTP access, WebDAV, and an advanced File Manager built into your control panel. We allow each user to setup unlimited FTP accounts. Since FTP accounts place no burden on our server, we see no reason to restrict them. Our File Manager includes a code editor with syntax highlighting and countless other features.

Bandwidth
HelioHost does not meter its users' bandwidth consumption. This is in essence "unlimited bandwidth". However, please note that if you start pushing in huge amounts of traffic you will undoubtedly push your limits on resources we do meter, such as CPU usage.

Hardware
HelioHost is the only exclusively free host we know of that owns its own hardware. Most hosts these days rent dedicated servers for their customers, but HelioHost actually owns Stevie, our server. Thanks to a generous offer from L.I.S. Colocation, we are able to host Stevie at the Hurricane Electric facility in Fremont, California. Hurricane Electric is ranked number one in reliability among datacenters, and is ranked among the top ten facilities in terms of bandwidth connectivity. Stevie is a quad-core rackmount server with eight gigabytes of RAM and an entire terabyte of disk space.

Apache
Apache is the most popular web server software for a reason. It has consistently been proven to be a reliable yet powerful solution for web hosting, and as a consequence is utilized by approximately 60% of the web. HelioHost employs Apache 2.2.15, the latest version of the project, for its performance improvements as well as for its multi-processing modules. Installed Apache modules at HelioHost include FCGID, Frontpage, Include (SSI), Headers, Rewrite, and suPHP.

cPanel
cPanel 11 is the industry-leading control panel for web hosting. With tools to manage FTP, email, and databases as well as file managers and statistics software, cPanel is equipped to completely handle all hosting account management you may need to do. Not only is cPanel easy to use with video tutorials and wizards for common tasks, but it is also extremely powerful. With 70 tools built into an organized Web 2.0 interface, you will be able to accomplish any webmaster tasks in just a couple of minutes. Once you use cPanel, you won't be able to go back.

Softaculous
Softaculous is an automated script installation tool that is gaining popularity in the web hosting industry. With the option to install over 150 open source scripts in just three clicks, Softaculous greatly simplifies a webmaster's job. Supported scripts include WordPress, phpBB, Joomla, and MediaWiki.

FrontPage Server Extensions
For those who still use Microsoft FrontPage for their web authoring needs, we offer FrontPage Server Extensions. This means that you can develop directly on our server with FrontPage.

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Heliohost is a great hosting company. They offer many, many free perks that most companies wold charge for. I have never had any major issues with this hosting company. Any and all tech support is thru their forums, and I usually have an answer within the day, If Not sooner. Kudos on such a great hosting company!

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About: Professional-grade web hosting... with a twistYou know that old saying: "You get what you pay for?" Well, HelioHostis changing that around. Our feature set beats out most professional web hosts, yet we come without a price tag. PHP, Python, Ruby on Rails... all for free. Don't forget the dedicated support team bundled with an involved and supportive community to help you out with your webmaster needs.There's no strings attached to this offer - we don't require forum posting, nor do we force ads onto our clients' pages. Our servers are just as fast as the big guys. The only thing you don't get with this deal is a top-level domain name, and that's only because those aren't within our power to give you. We've been in business for more than five years - much longer than most other free hosts. We mean to revolutionize the industry, and not just the free hosting biz... we aim to change the paid hosting business around as well. Welcome to the new generation of web hosting.
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stargazer (melodicdestination@g...)
Time Hosted: 3 to 6 months
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Heliohost is rock solid!
No problems uploading files and my web site is there when I load it. It's been great! They have completed their maintenance during July 2012 and everything works faster! cPanel has a lot to offer. Their IRC channel always has someone there for support. Just a great find!
Edward M (-no email-)
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Great and free but quite complicated.
Heliohost is great as it is free with no adverts which is great but my only problem is that the control panel is very complicated, when I tried uploading a page it didn't tell me that it was done and didn't come up in the folder, but it is great that you can get no-ads free webspace.
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Time Hosted: 3 to 6 months
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You get what you pay for
Great features for free! Website down 80% of the time, exceedingly slow 10%, and okay the rest. I received notification 3 days ago that "Your hosting account at HelioHost has been suspended as a result of account inactivity..." with a link to click to renew it. After many attempts to "renew" the account, I tried ftp access to delete all of MY files, but can't even get in that way. This service sucks!
Garyboldi (garyboldi@h...)
Time Hosted: 3 to 6 months
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heliohost subpar outfit of incompetants
Heliohost is a subpar outfit that fails to address the complaints of its customers. You can shout Free from the rooftops all you want, but if you can't guarantee uptime, then the basic requirement of a website isn't met.

Every day, either my site, or even the main heliohost.org site is down. I've never come across a bunch of grosser, more incompetant imbeciles before.
whatever (whatever@w...)
Time Hosted: under 1 month.
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Their cPanel just does not load!

It just hangs with part of the page loaded, with no active links.

Leaving it for 15 minutes does not load the cPanel.

Useless.
Haja (-no email-)
Time Hosted: 1 to 3 months
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Server is not up most of the time. But this is good when you are learning something. But not the one if you already know what you want to do. I will not even recommend this for hosting few static personal site too. We don't know when the site is up and running and when it will be down.
Garret K (fredbombadil@h...)
Time Hosted: 6 mo. to 1 year
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"You get what you pay for? We're changing that" is the slogan on their page. The truth is, just look at the "support" forums, that they feel you deserve nothing for receiving a free service. The result is downtimes that can last 8-10 weeks at a time, slow and unfriendly account service and people who really don't care about their customers.

There are way too many quality, free web hosts out there to waste your time and effort with these people. Check out 000webhost.org for example.
crazybmanp (-no email-)
Time Hosted: 1 to 2 years
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heliohost has:
-great features
-pretty good tech support
-great bandwidth and storage for free

heliohost doesn't have:
-uptime
-reliability

Overall the features and storage allotments are amazing for a free host. you can ask any kind of question on their forum and it will get answered by the freindly staff. but all of this is ruined by the uptime. i know it is a free host, but it should be expected that if you are offering any hosting you should try to make sure it is actually hosting your files for a lot of the time. heliohost should either discontinue their free hosting and collect revenue to get better servers, or they should upgrade and actually offer a free service they can get to people.
Giorgos Papadam (-no email-)
Time Hosted: 3 to 6 months
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Heliohost is the only free host i have found that provides so many features. And they are always up to date with the PHP versions. Sadly they have a lot of downtime. But its a free service and its expected. Its frustrating though because you get all these features that you otherwise would have to pay to other host but cant use them since the server is down. I used them for a university project and it was a exactly what i was needing. Not recommended for someone that needs to create site beside personal use.
Ubs (ubs3456@g...)
Time Hosted: 6 mo. to 1 year
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I think everything is normal with Heliohost.
But as said many, their downtime is unpredictable.
No one can say when it will down.
Some time it also take toooooo much time to upload files.
No customer service....

So, lower rating....only the best thing is it's free !!

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-anonymous- (-no email-)
Time Hosted: 1 to 3 months
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I HATE THAT HOST! IT IS ALWAYS OFFLINE! CANT EVEN CREATE A DATABASE!!!.... if they will renew something... then it will be a good host.. i think... but now it's worst i even meet
-anonymous- (-no email-)
Time Hosted: 3 to 6 months
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Heliohost is a good host. I would recommend it for people who want a personal site, or someone experimenting. The owner is Ashoat Tevosyan, a college student with a degree in computer something, or earning it. The forums are helpful. This is not a business, its a service he's providing with help from his friends.
Jadon (j4d3rz@h...)
Time Hosted: 1 to 2 years
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They're always down! They have had a lot of downtime recently, and usually always do. When they're up they are great service, but usually never up. Uptime: (from past 2 months) 79.99
Ketsuban (missingno000@g...)
Time Hosted: 1 to 3 months
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Downtime and CS suck, everything else is alright. Currently been 404 for a while, and I need to backup the database and move to a more reliable host.
-anonymous- (-no email-)
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HELIO HOST IS REALLY BAD... THEY PROMISE STUFF AND AFTER DOES NOT WORK. THEY HAD STOLE MY PERSONAL INFO, AND EMAIL.
BA Summitt (bruce@b...)
Time Hosted: 1 to 3 months
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Down time is a weekly if not daily occurrence. This is a real problem. I have clients that need access to the information that I provide. You can't beat the price (I am a free account user)! However, that may translate into a higher cost if I am forced to move to a more reliable host. My experience with their free service instills in me concern about any pay service that they might provide. In three years (their approximate time in service) I would have thought that they may have considered a mirror server (or servers) in a different location to accommodate server failure.
Thomas (webmaster@h...)
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I am impressed with Heliohost fully except that it is down more than it is up. That is a disappointment to many of my customers. It is good that it is free.
unvaare (anoo2562993@h...)
Time Hosted: 1 to 3 months
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the only thing that sucks is the up time of hliohost. most of the time there are server errors and down.
M (-no email-)
Time Hosted: 1 to 3 months
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Well. You get what you paid for. Yeah, nothing. It's ridiculously slow and the site is down more often than not.
-anonymous- (-no email-)
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In this Free host world the ( helioHost.org ) is a worst and low grade server and always slow down service mostly (Break-down) No Support from Staff. If you ask anything from Helio staff ( No reply )

I suggest DON’T GO FOR HELIOHOST.ORG FOR WEB HOSTING

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roy haroush (setteler@g...)
Time Hosted: 3 to 6 months
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overall its a good host , limited space but understandable since im using the free hosting services
the Cpanel is a kickass and they have alot of application to install and you can modify them easily with a good html editor
one thing i didnt like is that they didnt come back to me regarding a problem i had , yet again , its possible its because im a free user , but they do say that free users get "SOME" kind of tech support.
overall a nice free host if you want to test out your way in the new world of creating a website.
A major issue i have had in the past 48 hours is that they are in a downtime in terms that i cannot access the Cpanel, which is very bad ..
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HelioHost as features that pretty much match up with paid hosts, except it's offered without a single cent, and no ads too.

When I first used it, I was really attracted to all the features they gave--even PHP with safe mode off, an infinite amount of SQL servers, addon domains, subdomains, and even cron jobs...It was excellent at first. Customer service was excellent--helpful forum moderators and a friendly community.

However, while HelioHost has plenty of features for free, great customer relations, and cPanel, I have to give it a 3/10. HelioHost falls short because of downtime. It's just not up enough. Everyday, they're down a few minutes to an hour. On some occasions, they're down for several days in a row.

It's understandable, because HelioHost attracts a lot of customers because it offers so much without needing to pay cash--but unless they get better servers, there's not much of a point. In the end, uptime is more important than an abundance of features, hence the low [read more...]
tom (ldiglum02@s...)
Time Hosted: 6 mo. to 1 year
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sadly one of the worst hosts I ever had. Still wondering if it their free hosting is a big scam. In the last month they were more down than up and your account gets deleted without warning - even if there is an obligation to log in and they are down most of the time so there is no way to log in they shut down your account and all your work like uploading is gone ... and even when you log in - they delete your free account anyway - I logged in yesterday for the last time and today my account was deleted because I had not logged in for three month (my 2nd account is not even 3 three month old since I wanted to give them another chance after the mega downtime and deleing of my first account which could have been a honest mistake). The second removal lets me think their free hosting ist a scm to get people to buy in their paid hosting. And they do not have any contact via email or contact form - you have to psot your problems on their second site in a forum. So if you want a host for [read more...]
tobi (doireally@h...)
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Helio host is down at least 2 times a day. I get a lot of internal server errors and it's slow.
The features are nice but if I can't rely on beeing able to use them because their server is down again they are worthless. If they have to much costumers and can't handle the bandwith they shouldn't allow new users to sign up.
Kim-Lan (-no email-)
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Helio Host is wonderful! They offer many features that paid hosts offer and they off a unique points system as an alternative to ads. The choice of ads or posting is useful for those who can't post all the time or those who don't want ads. They also offer the registration of a TLD if you earn enough points, called Helions. The welcoming community is also a wonderful place to unwind.

Of course nothing is perfect and there is a few problems that some people may dislike. For example, if you sign up for an Ad-supported hosting account, the admin will have to activate it. As a result, some people are extremely impatient. If that is you, I don't suggest using this host. That is really the only problem I can think of.
KDH (rick@k...)
Time Hosted: 6 mo. to 1 year
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Heliohost is a great hosting company. They offer many, many free perks that most companies wold charge for. I have never had any major issues with this hosting company. Any and all tech support is thru their forums, and I usually have an answer within the day, If Not sooner. Kudos on such a great hosting company!
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