Apex Hosting Review | TechRadar


Apex hosting is a US-based company that was launched in 2013 with the goal (as they claim) to “provide the highest level of customer support to our Minecraft server hosting customers”. They are registered in Florida (United States) and their head office is located in sunny Sarasota. When it comes to data centers, users can currently choose from eighteen locations around the world, which is quite an exceptional choice and a good way to keep latency to a minimum.

These include six locations in the United States (Portland, Las Vegas, San Jose, Dallas, Vint Hill and Miami), and one each in the following countries: Canada (Montreal), Brazil (Sao Paulo), United Kingdom United (London), France (Gravelines), Poland (Warsaw), Germany (Frankfurt), Israel (Tel Aviv), Russia (Moscow), China (Hong Kong), Singapore (Singapore), Australia (Sydney) and Turkey (Istanbul ).

Apex Hosting’s main website isn’t as visually appealing as some of the other websites we’ve seen so far, but it’s, without any questions, pretty straightforward to navigate. Most of the things you’ll want to know are in a few clicks, so there shouldn’t be any confusion. Apex Hosting claims to use state of the art hardware technology to ensure that all of its servers are lag free. If we combine that with “advanced” DDoS protection, “strong” 1Gbps connections, and RAID hard drives, your hosting experience should be as smooth as it gets.

If you want to learn more about Apex Hosting (and even more about Minecraft), be sure to check out the official Apex Hosting blog. You can follow them on a number of social platforms as well, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube (which has some great Minecraft guides), Instagram, Twitch, Discord, Snapchat, and even TikTok.

Pricing

Apex Hosting offers a wide variety of plans to meet your Minecraft server hosting needs. (Image credit: Apex Hosting)

Plans and prices

Apex Hosting offers ten Minecraft packages with the most economic plan starting at $ 4.49, but for the first month only (and renewed at $ 5.99 per month), which is double the price you would get with some of its competition. This plan will give you 1GB of RAM and ‘unlimited player slots’, although if you’re trying to host the game with all of your fellow gamers, don’t be surprised if your computer decides to go up in smoke (well, not literally. ).

As you might expect, the price of packages increases with the amount of RAM. As a result, the more expensive (and a new edition in the collection) will give you 15GB of RAM for a price of $ 59.99 for the first month (regularly for $ 79.99), which is a good option for those who want additional plugins, advanced modpacks, and the ability to add most of the people they know to their server.

While there is no free trial, Apex Hosting does offer a 7-day money-back guarantee, which is always handy.

When it comes to payment methods, Apex Hosting accepts credit / debit cards, PayPal, and Stripe.

Ease of use

Since there are ten Minecraft blueprints in total and all of them are presented reasonably well, opting for one should be as easy as falling over the edge of the map. Despite claims that there are unlimited player slots with all plans, there is always a limit to slots and it is often determined by GB of RAM. Fortunately, users have the option to change their chosen plan at any time, so if one plan doesn’t match your bill, there’s likely another that will. However, if none of them work for you, don’t forget about their money back guarantee.

After choosing your server, you’ll need to set up some details about it (billing cycle, your Minecraft username, server version, and optional subdomain) and decide if you want to include a few add-ons for extra money. (plugin installations, configuration of authorizations, dedicated IP or premium support). Oddly enough, there are only two options when it comes to the billing cycle (monthly and quarterly) and you’ll only save $ 2 by subscribing for three months instead of one. After that, you will need to provide your personal information, choose a payment method, create a password and proceed to payment.

Control Panel

This is Apex Hosting’s Custom Multicraft Control Panel (Image credit: Apex Hosting)

Since Apex Hosting uses an easy-to-use, customized version of Multicraft as its control panel, keeping your server running and managing all of its aspects should become a simple experience in no time. On top of that, the video guides are just one click away, as is the one-click modpack installer, which is sure to make things even easier.

Another standout feature included with every package is automated backup, which will keep your Minecraft world safe.

Performance

We used GTmetrix to test the uptime and response time of our Apex hosting server (Image credit: GTmetrix)

Speed ​​and experience

While boasting (and rightly so) of hosting over 200,000 Minecraft servers and the best support in the industry (which should be questioned), Apex Hosting offers its dedicated hardware features such as “high clock speed” processors and the use of SSDs. This should indicate high TPS and lag-free servers for all of their clients. To check the speed of their servers, we tested the performance of their main website with GTmetrix as a tool. The results we got were quite promising, with all vital web metrics being above average and rated with a conclusive rating of A (100%).

Apex Hosting promises 99.9% uptime and as reported by UptimeRobot, you are very likely to be able to maintain it. We monitored Apex Hosting’s main website for over a month and received a report showing 100% impeccable uptime which was a pleasant surprise. Not a second of downtime was recorded and although there were several oscillations in response time, they should not have a substantial impact on overall performance.

Support

While we were rather skeptical of Apex Hosting’s claims that it was “the best support in the business”, we decided to give them a chance to prove us wrong. Their customer support is available 24/7 via tickets and live chat, which they seem to be very proud of. From our point of view, the chat seems well organized and works as a one-stop-shop for most of the problems that one might encounter. the path. A support agent we contacted responded within five minutes and provided us with everything we wanted to know in a very kind way. If you are using some of the same social platforms that they are active on, you can try to reach them as well.

Database

You can find answers to common web hosting and Minecraft server questions in the Apex Hosting Knowledge Base. (Image credit: Apex Hosting)

If you prefer to find solutions on your own, Apex Hosting database should probably be your first stop, although their YouTube channel shouldn’t be overlooked as they offer a decent number of easy-to-follow video guides.

The competition

Shockbyte and Apex Hosting both tend to feature high on the majority of “Best Minecraft Hosts” lists, and rightly so. While Shockbyte has more server options in general, a longer list of features and all at an affordable price, Apex Hosting is stronger in terms of customer support.

BisectHosting is another provider committed to making the Minecraft server hosting experience as easy as possible, just like Apex Hosting does. However, BisectHosting performs slightly better in terms of package options, features, and included add-ons, while Apex Hosting offers superior support to its customers. Plus, the daily backups you’ll get with Apex Hosting are a great bonus.

Another difference between the two is the availability of web hosting options (shared hosting, VPS, and dedicated server hosting) that you have with BisectHosting, but not with Apex Hosting, as it focuses on Minecraft. Another and very popular web hosting alternative would be Bluehost, because in addition to attractive prices, it provides a full range of hosting services capable of meeting most needs.

Another good choice (and suitable for beginners) for those looking to start their own website would be HostGator. Besides everything you would expect from a well-known web host, they offer their own easy-to-use website builder with all of their shared hosting plans (even the cheapest) and a 45-day money-back guarantee without no questions. “.

Final verdict

There are several reasons for the growing popularity of Apex Hosting among Minecraft fans, including a variety of server options and full control over it. When we add fast, lag-free performance, DDoS backups and protection, an easy-to-use control panel, and first-class support to the deal, it’s really hard to say “no” to Apex Hosting.

While the money back guarantee is only valid for seven days and might not seem particularly generous, it’s actually a bit longer than what can be found with some of the company’s Minecraft-focused competitors. For the usual 30 days, you can try Hostinger, one of the best web hosting providers, with and without Minecraft.

However, if you are looking for a reputable and reliable web host for your website and you don’t even know how you ended up here, be sure to check out Bluehost and HostGator.


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