Rochen Hosting was founded in Scotland by Chris Adams in July, 2000. After more than 10 years, they have solidified their reputation as a serious competitor in the hosting business. Rochen hosts more than 15,000 websites. They also developed their own special Joomla management software called Joomla Utilities.
Rochen is widely reknown in for their sophisticated data center infrastructure. This includes high-definition, quad core, supermicro, rackmount servers. Their data centers are in Dallas, Texas. Due to their advanced hardware, most in the hosting community refer to them as the most reliable web host.
Rochen’s stated vision is “to create a hosting provider that offers superior service and the best customer support in the industry.”
Rochen Plans and Features
Their shared hosting plan costs $7.95 per month (with free setup). RAID10 Protected SCSI Storage of 300 MB with a monthly data transfer limit of 20 GB. One domain is free, but you can buy more. They also offer rates in increments of storage and bandwidth.
With the basic plan you get: unlimited email accounts, email forwarders, auto responders and free mailing list software. MySQL and PostGre databases are unlimited and are backed up daily. Programming languages included are Dual php4 and php5, Perl, Python, Zend optimizer, and automatic blog installations are supported. Content Management Systems are also free to install (Joomla, Drupal, Wordpress).
Rochen makes a statement of confidence with their no-questions-asked, 15-day money back guarantee for their hosting plans.
Your account management area is run with cPanel. In this area you can configure email, FTP accounts, manage databases etc. phpmyadmin and phppgadmin are both available from within the control panel for administration of MySQL databases. MySql can also be adjusted for you to access databases remotely. There is no polluted, extra addon’s in the control panel which means It’s clean and easy to navigate.
Rochen and Joomla
Rochen supports Content Management Software including Joomla. One-Click installers can be found here. Use their custom tool Joomla Utilities for a VERY easy installation of Joomla with a management area built in. This area includes a migration tool that has proven very effective. Fantastico is a 3rd party One-Click installer script found in your cPanel. It’s just as easy to use, but is not as streamlined for Joomla. Of course, manual installation is available with the file manager or via FTP.
Once you are signed up with Rochen, the support area is available any time through the ‘My Rochen’ customer portal. Highly qualified engineers provide technical assistance 24/7. Rochen does not cut costs by outsourcing tech support. They have staff in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia to provide support whenever and wherever you will need it. They also have a valuable customer discussion forum and the well-developed knowledge base.
While most of Rochen’s competitors offer a extra features, those at Rochen say that they offer realistic numbers while other hosts over promise a lot. What has been Rochen’s strongest characteristic is their commitment to high quality speed, uptime and overall performance because of their excellent hardware. Go with Rochen if you are wanting consistently great hosting service technically and reliably.