iPage Review

May-17th-2010
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Why iPage Makes Web Hosting Easy

If you’re looking for all the benefits and features of top rated web hosting for just a fraction of the price, then iPage may be the host for you. Since 1998 iPage has been in the hosting business, providing great features and support for a dozen years. They now serve customers in 150 countries, and provide support and offices in 6 countries. iPage must be doing something right. They now boast 1.5 million domains and 1 million websites hosted on their platforms.

iPage wants to entice you to become their next customer, and to do so, they make it clear all the benefits you receive with their features.

At The Core

iPage knows that there are web host industry service standards. That’s why they cheerfully supply unlimited disk space, bandwidth, hosted domains, and MySQL databases. Though most top-rated web hosts tout “unlimited” bandwidth and disk space, iPage is clear that they do not set limits, but expect customers to be reasonable about their usage comparable to a small business website.

Email communication is important for websites. That is why iPage also provides unlimited email accounts and all the email extras, including checking email online, email forwarding, autoresponders, SPAM filters, and virus checking.

Helping You Build Your Website

At iPage you have all the tools you need to get a website up and running right away. If you are creating a new website from scratch, iPage will register your new domain for free. No need to worry about how you’re going to build a site from scratch. iPage also has drag and drop site builders and plenty of customizable templates for you to make a professional website in no time.

In addition, you can customize your website even more with the addition of photo galleries. Set up a blog with the blog wizard which includes WordPress, and even add a Google custom search engine so your customers can search your website for what they need. Add a forum. And content management systems like Joomla, Drupal, and Mambo are available to keep your website content updated.

IPage also provides all the utilities you need for professional web designers. FrontPage extensions are supported for those using Microsoft’s website builder. There is secure FTP file transfer and file manager. Create custom error and redirect pages. Create scripts with Perl. Add multimedia using Real audio & video support, Flash and Shockwave support, MIDI file and MIME file support.

If you want to build an e-commerce site you can build it for free. You have your choice of shopping cart software including OS Commerce, Agora, and ShopSite. All carts are shared SSL and have PayPal integration so you can collect payments easily and without hassle.

Look at the Extras

But what sets iPage apart from the others? For the low of $6.95 per month (and frequent promotions of $3.50 per month), iPage makes it clear to you, the customer, just how much value you get.

You will get credits of $50 toward Google Adwords and $25 toward Yahoo! to promote your new website. Want to join the social network? Use a $50 advertising credit on Facebook. Other marketing extras include site visitor analytics, website authentication seal, and a 60-day trial subscription to RatePoint newsletter manager.

All the design elements listed above have a $50 dollar value. You get them for free. Their security suite, valued at $100, includes business verification, daily SPAM and malware scanning, and certification display. And your files are backed up for free using Carbonite, the leader in PC file backup.

And all this is fully guaranteed. While other web hosts offer only a 30-day guarantee, iPage offers full refund if canceled within 30 days, and an “anytime” guarantee where you can cancel anytime and receive a partial refund on the remaining balance of your payment term.

The Importance of Being Green

Web hosting companies use a lot of energy. Hosting a plethora of servers and keeping them running efficiently and cool takes a lot of electricity. And that is why many web hosting companies are trying to help the environment by purchasing “green” power.

iPage has also jumped into the “green” power business by purchasing 100% of the energy they use in Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). RECs are subsidies that help pay for wind generators that provide 100% clean electricity. By becoming an iPage customer, you can show on your website that you’ve joined the green marketing campaign and certify that your own website is powered by renewable energy.

iPage Wants To Help You

iPage provides plenty of support options for their customers. First, they want to ensure that customers have smoothly running websites with plenty of uptime. That is why they have two data center locations that use multiple gigabit and fiberoptic connections.

Their support team has provided multiple resources in their help center to help you with website management, domain and email help, and even open a support ticket online. They also have a support team ready to help you by phone 24 hours a day if you cannot find the help you need online.

Rating:

Price – 5 out of 5 stars
Customer service – 3 out of 5 stars
Technical support – 4 out of 5 stars
Features – 4 out of 5 stars
Reliability/Uptime – 5 out of 5 stars
Overall user-friendliness – 4 out of 5 stars

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