THE GOOD

Host unlimited domains:

iPage enables you to host an unlimited number of domains from a single account, and they even give you one domain for free when you sign up. You can also add an unlimited amount of subdomains to each domain, which is a great feature found among most of the best web hosting services. Parked and add-on domains are also unlimited. With the ability to host so many different domains and manage them all in one place, iPage makes a good web hosting solution for anyone whether you're looking to host one or 100 websites.

Excellent customer support:

iPage has 24/7 phone, chat, and email support and all of these channels have very prompt response times, with phone calls usually being answered in about a minute. For those who prefer to solve their problems on their own, iPage provides an extensive knowledge base full of helpful articles and tutorials for all common tasks related to setting up and maintaining your website. There are also video tutorials related to certain tasks. All these options make it easy to get the help you need at a moment's notice.

Shared and dedicated SSL certificates:

SSL certificates are necessary for anyone looking to sell items online. A dedicated SSL certificate is better because it enables customers to stay on your site to complete the transaction instead of being transferred to another site. There are several websites out there that only offer a shared SSL certificate so the fact that iPage offers a dedicated one as well is a nice bonus. This is an especially important benefit if you're looking to set up an ecommerce site.

Simple account management:

All iPage web hosting packages come with cPanel, a commonly used web hosting control panel. From there, you manage your domains, email addresses, and account settings, among other things. You also manage your domain name settings and view statistics about your website and who visited it. IPage's cPanel is noticeably more intuitive and easy to navigate and learn, and their success in this category makes them one web hosting company you definitely want to consider.

Easy-to-use web design tools:

Those lacking the technical expertise to design their own website are definitely going to appreciate the tools offered by iPage. Their selection of template-based website designs appeal to those looking for a basic website design that can be finished quickly. If you're looking for something that's a little more customizable, iPage also offers a drag-and-drop site builder which helps you lay out pages to your liking. IPage also offers special tools to help users design mobile versions of their web pages.

Lots of advertising bonuses:

It's not uncommon for web hosting companies to give some free advertising credits to their customers upon sign-up, but few companies can compete with iPage's offerings. They offer $100 of free Google AdWords advertising once you spend $25. There is also a $50 Facebook advertising credit and $25 to use toward Yahoo! and Bing sponsored searches. If that isn't enough, iPage also offers a free listing in YellowPages.com and a free toll-free phone number for your company.

THE BAD

Inability to privately register domains:

iPage doesn't enable you to privately register your domain information, which means all the contact information you provide will be readily available in the WHOIS database. Privately registering your domain hides your information, which prevents spammers or other unwanted parties from viewing your contact details. It's somewhat surprising that iPage doesn't provide this service because so many other web hosting providers do.

THE DETAILS

Costs and Fees
Domain Migration Fee None
Domain Name Fee $14.99 for 1 year
Setup Fee None
Shared Hosting Annual Fee $23.88
Shared Hosting Monthly Fee $1.89
Email
Email Storage 250MB
Number of Email Addresses Unlimited
Web Hosting
Bandwidth Unlimited
Disk Space Unlimited
Money Back Guarantee Anytime
Number of Domains Unlimited
Number of MySQL Databases Unlimited

FEATURES

Title
  • Account Settings You can change your account settings.

  • cPanel Your account comes equipped with cPanel.

  • DNS Management You can manage your domain name settings in the control panel.

  • Manage Domains You can manage the domains in your account.

  • Manage Email Accounts You can manage your email accounts.

  • Software Downloads You can download software while logged into your account.

  • Website Stats You can view your website statistics.

  • 99.9% Uptime The company guarantees 99.9% uptime.

  • Data Backup The company offers a data backup.

  • Open Source Hosting The company offers one-click installations of popular open source CMS software.

  • Unlimited Bandwidth The provider offers unlimited bandwidth.

  • Unlimited Disk Space The provider offers unlimited disk space.

  • Unlimited MySQL Databases The provider offers an unlimited number of MySQL databases.

  • WordPress The company offers one-click installation of WordPress.

  • Environmentally Friendly The company has implemented environmentally friendly practices, such as using wind power or purchasing wind credits.

  • Private Domain Registration The company offers the option to protect your privacy by hiding your domain ownership information from the WHOIS database.

  • Unique IP Address The company offers an option for you to have a unique IP address for your website.

  • 24/7 Live Chat The company offers 24/7 live chat support.

  • 24/7 Phone Support The company offers 24/7 phone support.

  • Email The company has an email or ticket system dedicated to support.

  • Live Chat The company offers live chat support.

  • Phone You can contact the company by phone to get support.

  • Social Media You can contact the company with questions via social media websites.

  • Free Domain The company offers you a free domain when you sign up.

  • Unlimited Add-On Domains You can have an unlimited number of add-on domains.

  • Unlimited Domains You can host an unlimited number of domains.

  • Unlimited Parked Domains You can have an unlimited number of parked domains.

  • Unlimited Subdomains You can host an unlimited number of subdomains.

  • Aliases You can create email aliases.

  • Autoresponder You can create auto responses to your emails.

  • Catch-All Email You can have a catch-all email address to capture any emails sent to your domain.

  • Forward You can automatically forward your emails to another email address.

  • IMAP/POP/SMTP The company offers all three protocols for email communication.

  • Mailing Lists You can create mailings lists in your email account.

  • Spam Filter The company provides an email spam filter.

  • Unlimited Email Addresses The company allows you to have an unlimited number of email addresses associated with your domain.

  • Virus Filter The company provides a virus filter.

  • Web-Based Email You can have access to web-based email communication.

  • Additional Software Included The company will provide you with additional software for free, such as web design software or anti-virus software.

  • Free Ecommerce The company offers a free ecommerce software when you sign up.

  • Free Shopping Cart The company offers free shopping cart software when you sign up.

  • Free Toll-Free Phone Number The hosting company provides you with a toll-free phone number for free when you sign up.

  • Google AdWords The company provides you with Google AdWords credits for free.

  • Money-Back Guarantee The company offers some form of money back guarantee.

  • Other Advertising Credits The provider offers some form of online advertising credits as a bonus besides Google AdWords.

  • Dedicated The company offers dedicated hosting.

  • Reseller The company offers reseller hosting.

  • Shared The company offers shared hosting.

  • VPS The company offers VPS hosting.

  • Cloud The company offers cloud hosting.

  • FAQ The company's site provides a list of answers to frequently asked questions.

  • Knowledge Base The company's site provides a knowledge base of detailed help articles.

  • Video Tutorials The company's site provides video tutorials.

  • Forum The company's site provides a forum where users can post questions and answers.

  • Daily Server Backups The company conducts daily server backups.

  • Dedicated SSL Certificate The company provides a dedicated SSL certificate.

  • Password Protected The company offers password protection for your website.

  • Secure FTP Access The company has secure FTP access.

  • Shared SSL Certificates The company offers a shared SSL certificate.

  • Customizable Website Templates The company offers customizable website templates to help design your website.

  • Drag-and-Drop Site Builder The company offers a simple drag-and-drop website builder for you to create your site.

  • Mobile Site Creation The company offers tools to create a mobile website.

  • Website Design Tools The company provides you with tools to help design your website.

PRICING

Essential Plan

Monthly Fee: $1.89/month for first term, then $8.99/month - $10.99/month

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