Canadian Web Hosting Done Right
We provide data-driven, personalized tech support rather than scripted responses; a control panel that empowers you to do just about anything; smart custom-built security solutions; auto-renewing free SSL certificates; and a scalable hardware + software platform that provides incredibly fast site load times. All of which is included for free without having to pay for addon after addon. That's why Websavers hosting is hosting done right.
- Host 1 Domain
- 250MB Storage
- 1GB Monthly Transfer
- 1 Email (100MB)
- 1 Database
- FREE Let's Encrypt SSL
- UNLIMITED Add-On Domains
- 50GB Storage
- UNLIMITED Monthly Transfer
- UNLIMITED Email Accounts (5GB ea)
- UNLIMITED Databases
- FREE Let's Encrypt SSL
- Host 1 Domain
- 5GB Storage
- UNLIMITED Monthly Transfer
- 25 Email Accounts (2GB ea)
- 5 Databases
- FREE Let's Encrypt SSL
Storage is the amount of space (think Megabytes, Gigabytes, etc) that your website takes up. HTML and PHP files are pretty small; but, if you decide to share your vacation photos on your website, you may find that storage goes pretty quickly! Helpful tip: Some programs on your computer, or tools for your website, can help minimize the amount of storage pictures use.
Transfer is the total amount of data (Megabytes, Gigabytes, etc) which is sent to and from the server. So, if your website is 5 megabytes, and is downloaded 100 times, you've then used 500 megabytes of transfer.
Databases are what make the modern internet work. They let webpages show different things to different people, or let someone change what is on their website without knowing a single line of code. If you're planning on using WordPress or another Content Management System (CMS), you'll need one of these! Don't worry - our 1-Click Installer does it all for you.
SSL, or Secure Socket Layer, is what keeps you safe when you're doing important things online. You know the padlock icon you look for when you're banking or shopping online? That's your web browser telling you that you've got a secure connection - an SSL connection. This sort of thing can cost anywhere from $20-$400/year, but a new company - Let's Encrypt - is offering them for free. We offer one-click creation and installation of their services!
Already paid your hosting term somewhere else? No problem! Switch to Websavers and we'll extend your hosting plan with us to include up to a year remaining with your current host - absolutely free*
Which Shared Hosting Plan is Right For You?
With three shared hosting plans to choose from, as well as our reseller hosting and VPS options, we're sure you'll find an option to suit your needs.
Tinker all you want without paying a cent for hosting. But beware; the Helium Plan includes zero support: it's up to you to find answers in our knowledge base, or by searching the web. You'll need to upgrade to Carbon or Titanium to get help from our Web Experts.
With unlimited resources and the ability to host as many of your personal or corporate websites as you need, the Titanium plan is an out-of-the-box powerhouse! Have more than one website? Don’t want to worry about exceeding resources? This is the plan for you.
Choose Carbon if you’ve only got a single site, but could use the support missing from Helium. You’ll still get a couple of databases for easy splitting of development and production environments and, If you need more resources later, simply upgrade when you need it.
Management, migration, or creation - we're here to make web services easy.
Hands-On Support for Shared Hosting
Our hosting plans are all do-it-yourself (DIY). When you need a hand, we’ll provide guidance to help you fix issues yourself, but we won’t fix them for you. A Hands-On Support subscription means you’ve got us standing by to intervene when you need us; rather than “try this out” we'll say “all fixed up! Here’s what we did to fix it…” You can rest easy knowing we’ve got you covered.
Web Application Updates
Keeping your web applications up to date is the most important step you can take to keep things safe and secure. With Hands-On Support, we'll handle all your updates for you. Sit back and relax, we've got you covered.
Premium WordPress Speed Optimizations
Our servers are optimized for dynamic web applications like WordPress yet without the 'managed hosting' price tag.
But if you go with Hands-On Support we'll also apply a premium WordPress caching solution with our own customized configuration - the same setup we use on our own sites!
If your site gets hacked, our experienced technicians will get it up and running again - fast and free with your Hands-On Support subscription.
Uptime Monitoring & Response
Who's watching your website? Ever worry that a plugin or theme update might break something? With Hands-On Support you can rest easy knowing that, if your website goes down, we'll jump into action to get it back up and running.
Free Backup Recovery
We've got some fantastic DIY backup systems available to you regardless of whether you opt for a Hands-On Support subscription.
Sign up for Hands-On Support and we'll both help you configure an off-server backup solution AND provide free restores from our disaster recovery system.
30 Minutes Expert FlexTime
As web-experts, we get a lot done in just 30 minutes, but even when we’re not familiar with the systems we’re helping you with, we exclude the time necessary to learn it.
Please keep in mind that even though it might sometimes seem like it, we are not Virtual Assistants (VAs). We'll gladly take on whatever website changes you request, but off-site software, content planning, scheduled updates, and discussing options with your entire team is out of bounds.
All of this for just $39 per month / $399 per year
Ready to order? Just add Hands-On Support during your hosting order.
Note: the advantages of Hands-On Support apply strictly to your primary domain, however Addon Domains can be included for a small additional fee.
SiteMigrator Website Transfer
Moving from another provider? Don’t worry about the technical details, let us transfer your website for you! Our team of web experts will be ready to take on your transfer whenever you’re ready to get started. FREE for your primary domain with Carbon and Titanium Plans of 1 year or more!
We've done hundreds of site migrations from various platforms. We get most migrations completed within 24 hours from order.
We do need your login credentials for your old host to complete the migration; but don't worry, the secure form you'll enter them on is covered by our end-to-end encryption.
We'll take care of changing your DNS and Name Servers, ensuring things are changed at just the right times to minimize (or eliminate) any disruption to your website, eCommerce, or email systems. If you're transferring your domain to us with your order we'll handle that for you, too.
Moving hosts can be scary; there's a lot of things to check and double-check to ensure your website is still working optimally. We'll do your migration and we'll get it right; guaranteed.
We can move your mail too! If you wish to move your mail hosting to us, it's just $10.99 per mail account to migrate each account's emails to your new home at Websavers.
Ready to move your site? Let's get started.
Ready to switch to a faster, friendlier, and more service-focused hosting company? Order SiteMigrator with your hosting package today. It's just $44.99 per website or FREE for your primary domain with Titanium and Carbon Plan orders of 1 year or longer.
SiteMaker: WordPress Jump Start
Don’t yet have a site and need a hand getting started? Tried one or two Site Builders and felt lost or confused? No prob! With SiteMaker, we'll get WordPress installed, configured, and optimized, plus your design globals and an up to 5 section homepage built and ready to add expand your content with a point and click visual editor.
You've probably seen a lot of hosting companies offering some sort of 'free site builder' with their service. You might have even tried to use one. If you have, you'll probably have noticed the usual complaints: they're slow, easy to use badly, but difficult to use well. Why go through the hassle? We'll build you a professional, easy to use website - just add your own content!
Powered by WordPress
Have you heard of WordPress? It's the amazing Content Management System (CMS) that powers over 26% of websites currently running. Just try using it and you'll see why it's so popular. It gives people an incredibly powerful, but easy to manage, platform for building their own brand online. It's also our platform of choice, and what we use for all websites we build.
We'll help design the website so it's as unique as you and your brand. While you'll be using a WordPress theme to save time and money, that doesn't mean you'll have to compromise on your website's individuality.
Search Engine Friendly
Because of WordPress's extensible plugin system and numerous SEO plugins that do the job well, with a basic getting started guide to SEO and/or a little bit of research, you can get your website found on Google. Start building your site's rankings using the best tools for the job.
WordPress is actively maintained by thousands of people who support the Open Source project. As a result, its security is really well managed. Keep your website up-to-date with our automatic update system and worry a whole lot less about staying on top of it.
All of this for just $329.99CAD
Ready to order? Just add the SiteMaker option during your hosting order process.
What makes us better...
You might be wondering... how is Websavers better than the thousands of other hosts out there?
Unlike most of the 'other guys', we use the latest in high performance web server tech, including an nginx reverse proxy for high performance plus completely custom in-house nginx rules to work with industry standard caching solutions.
We've also got default support for HTTP/2 (some servers are NPN only) alongside free Let's Encrypt SSL certificates and out-of-the-box server-side PCI compliance on the vast majority of our servers.
We also artificially limit our server density, ensuring the resources are there to power any site with even the most basic of caching tech enabled through nearly any traffic spike.
Most web hosts offer either low quality DIY hosting or pricey managed hosting. When the time comes that you need either more or less help, you're out of luck without a difficult provider change.
Here at Websavers, you can have the powerful hosting tools that often come with expensive managed hosting at DIY hosting prices. Don't waste your money paying more for tools where you still have to do everything yourself! Only pay more when you need actual Hands-On Support.
Most web hosts lock down certain aspects of their control panel and client area, either because they don't have the software to provide the functionality or because they want to force you to contact them to make changes, to make them seem necessary.
Instead, we code and integrate hosting software systems to ensure that you've got the power to control anything and everything related to your hosting without requiring our help.
We also provide the following features with all hosting accounts: automatic web app install, import, update, backup and cloning. Some of these options are only found with expensive premium web hosts!
We have an extensive wealth of searchable DIY guides and troubleshooting articles to help you solve just about any problem 24/7. Nearly every support ticket you create is examined for any indication that our self-help guides didn't work for you, which we then turn into actionable changes for those articles.
It's because of this endlessly improving support feedback loop that our clients find they rarely need to contact us: they get the answers to their questions instantly!
Powerful Backup Options
We create daily disaster recovery backups so that in the event of complete server failure, we can recover entire systems. You can request data restores from our disaster recovery backups at any time, though it can take 2-12 hours for us to fulfill such a request and there is a small fee for recovery unless you've got Hands-On Support.
However we also provide you with access to the Plesk Backup Manager which allows you to configure incremental backups to the cloud provider of your choice! The backup manager ensures you have access to restore your data, should you need it, at any time.
Still not convinced?
Whether it's our 30-day risk-free guarantee, world-class support, blazing fast in-Canada servers, our Hands-On Support Service, switching bonus, or overall great prices, it's hard not to find a reason to give us a try today.
As of May 2022 we use MariaDB 10.5 on all servers.
Please see the MariaDB Knowledgebase for differences / incompatibilities between MariaDB and MySQL.
As of Aug 2022, we support PHP 7.4, 8.0, and 8.1.
Versions 5.6, 7.0-7.3 are available on some servers, but discouraged.
All supported versions are kept updated to the latest point releases. We default to PHP 7.4 or 8.0 and you have the option to change to a lower or higher version, when available.
Due to known security issues with using memory caching services like memcached or redis on shared servers, we do not use memcached to improve performance on our shared servers. You are welcome to use it or redis on a VPS.
For WordPress on shared hosting we use and recommend (and pre-install) the free file-based object caching solution Docket Cache.
You can read more about the utilities we use for performance improvement in the "What makes us better..." section above, including custom nginx rules to work with common WordPress caching plugins and the option to enable nginx level caching.
No. Because CDNs do not always result in faster performance, and because they make troubleshooting issues much more complex, we do not automatically enable any CDN services.
Our security solutions are pre-configured to work with CloudFlare.
Read more about this here.
Yes, you can configure branded nameservers. Please keep in mind that if you do this, all DNS/Name Server/IP changes are entirely up to you to apply.
Yes all of our services (except Exchange Mail) are hosted on SSDs in RAID5 or RAID1 with at least 2x read performance improvement and single drive failure tolerance.
Some are hosted on SSDs with NVMe connectivity for even greater IO performance.
Most websites don't see improvements from the read/write speed advantages of SSDs because read/write speeds are rarely maxed out; this is particularly true when using a RAID, which most hosts do. It's primarily the dramatic improvement in IOPS that SSDs provide that ensures top performance.
Although NVMe connected SSDs will result in faster read/write performance for the operating system as a whole, website load times are not commonly dramatically improved. Instead you might see minor improvements during peak times.
- Subdomains: You may use unlimited subdomains on all hosting plans.
- Databases: The number of databases is listed under each plan above.
- Database Sizes: There is no explicit table or database size limit, however if the size of your database begins to impede performance on a shared server, we'll let you know that you will need to pare down the size of the database by finding the cause of the increase in size and fixing it, or upgrade to a VPS to continue hosting the database on our shared hosting. With WordPress, a database greater than roughly 500MB - 1GB typically begins to impede server performance.
- Outgoing Mail Limits: There are limits on the number of messages you're allowed to send each hour. See our knowledge base article for the current limits and what is considered acceptable use of our mail services.
No, but we have better alternatives!
We've been using Plesk, an alternative to cPanel, since our inception in 2004. We find it to be a simpler to use and more powerful control panel that better integrates with the host Operating System.
We use Installatron to power our 1-click web apps utility. Installatron has less overall web scripts available, but offers a better user interface over Softaculous along with more functionality.
We do our own disaster recovery backups, but we do strongly recommend setting up your own backups. You can configure application-level backups or account-wide backups within Plesk and set them up to backup to the cloud service of your choice, like OneDrive or Dropbox. Read more on configuring backups here.
We allow between 3 and 5 active simultaneous PHP processes per domain. Should your site make use of all of those processes simultaneously for a lengthy period of time (e.g.: 3+ hours) and that CPU usage detrimentally affect the performance of the server, your domain may be reduced to 1 active process until you're able to reduce its CPU usage or transition to a VPS for more resources.
Important note: if you use static page caching, and we strongly recommend that you do, website requests will never need to reach dynamic PHP processes for the majority (or all) of your website visitors. Here's how to enable static page caching with WordPress. With caching enabled and a well optimized site you can achieve up to 100k page views daily and up to at least 3,000 simultaneous visitors (as per Google Analytics) without any detrimental effects or changes to the number of PHP processes available to your site.
Yes, we do. We have a triple layer of protection on our servers to protect their IP reputation:
1. Outbound mail volume limitations
Plesk helps ensure we limit the number of messages that can be sent per hour and per day from each domain. We set these limits to sane values such that very few of our customers ever reach them, but also so that if an account should begin emitting spam, very few spam messages make it out in any given hour or day.
2. Outbound mail relay spam scanner
For the messages that do make it past our volume limitations, they're all scanned by a custom mail relay that checks the messages for spam content and drops anything overly suspicious.
3. IP reputation and blacklist reports
We receive notifications every 24 hours pertaining to our SMTP servers' reputation from the 3rd party mail scanning utility MX Toolbox. Should their excellent standing drop over time, we'll be made aware and act fast to resolve the issue.
Our servers are centrally located just outside of Montreal, Canada. With OVH's redundant backbone network, we get fantastic performance (super-low TTFB) to all of North America (30-60ms) and even the UK (70ms)!
Astoundingly, our server performance optimizations are so good that our users in New Zealand - the nearly-literal opposite side of the globe - find our hosting services faster than most NZ hosts.
Privacy & Security
Having your data in Canada means that alongside proper use of secure protocols, the legal system of other countries can’t overreach to gain access to your data; it’s subject only to Canadian laws, which for the time being are a bit more strict than US laws when it comes to privacy.
Everyone pays in Canadian dollars, so if you're Canadian you're not losing 25-30% by paying in USD.
If you're American, get up to 30% extra buying power in the exchange from USD to CAD.
General performance varies considerably from site to site as it very much depends on the functionality you're using.
For example WordPress with highly dynamic plugins like WooCommerce and LearnDash will add to the site's load times regardless of where the site is hosted.
As of Apr 2022 we clocked a fresh WordPress install on our shared hosting with WP Super Cache (static page cache) and Docket Cache (object caching) enabled with the following load times:
- 45ms front-end
- 285ms back-end
If you wish to compare with your existing host, try installing WordPress fresh with the above-noted configuration to a sub-domain or test domain to compare.
*Promotions cannot be combined. For example, you may take advantage of our transfer incentive (delayed expiry) or our free SiteMigrator service with Titanium and Carbon hosting, but not both simultaneously.