Shared Hosting –  iPage currently only offers one such plan. You can get it at $1.99 a month, regardless of whether it is for one year or three years. Outside the promotional deal which is only made at the beginning of your contract with the service provider, the service can even cost $ 11.95/month. This includes unlimited storage space, bandwidth, MySQL databases, and domain names. WordPress Hosting – in the form of

  • WP Starter : comes with pre-installed plugins and amazing themes, as well as a customized control panel – starting cost of $3.75/month
  • WP Essential : SSD based infrastructure to boost speed and site performance, unlimited disk space and malware protection, plus everything in the WP Starter pack – starting cost of $ 6.95/month
  • VPS Hosting : available in three configurations for Linux-based servers (Basic, Business, and Optimum) for prices between $ 24.99 and $99.99 per month. They offer from 1GB of RAM to 8GB of RAM, 40GB to 120GB of storage space, and 1TB to 4TB of monthly data transfer. This is recommended if you expect high volume traffic and you do not want a dedicated server.
  • Dedicated Hosting Packages : there are various configurations available; prices start at $149 per month.

Accessibility

It will only take you a couple of minutes to create your online store, your blog, or your brochure website. Unless you are a big online operator with specific needs, you do not need to fumble across the presentations of the iPage offer. Everybody gets everything at the same offer of $1.99 a month. This makes the choice much easier for those you are just getting started. The Weebly website builder is easy to manage; it has a whole section of themes and templates. What is more, it is intuitive and user friendly. But if you still need some help, there are step-by-step instructions and tutorials. An account manager will be assigned to you and will help you set up your website and even do some basic promotion. There is great connectivity with Google Apps and PayPal, which comes in handy for online stores that need to have secure accounts and transfers. Also, their Customer Service is solid! There is always someone available and ready with a good answer.

Tech Profile

This hosting service claims to offer:

  • Free domain name
  • 1 GB of cloud storage space
  • Unlimited MySQL databases
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Unlimited personal e-mail addresses
  • vDeck control panel
  • 9% Uptime guarantee
  • Free Sitelock Security Suite
  • Secure FTP Accounts
  • Free Weebly Site Builder
  • Free Website Design Suite
  • Free domain transfer and registration
  • Free 2GB backup with Carbonite (backs up your PC files to protect your online documents)
  • 24/7 support via phone, email, or chat from 6 fully staffed locations

 

Marketing Features

This hosting service claims to offer:

  • Google AdWords ad credits worth $100
  • Yahoo/Bing ad credits worth $25
  • Facebook ad credits worth $50
  • Google Webmaster Tools
  • Site Analytics Software
  • Shopping Cart Plugins
  • Great connectivity with Google Apps, PayPal, and more

 

Costs per Packages

iPage could even be the cheapest service on the market. Their promotional prices are unbeatable. A word of warning, though! Once the promotional period is over, you will need to pay considerably higher prices. This can even mean an increase from $1.99 per month to $11.95 per month for the cheapest package. Also, their refund policy states that you get your money back in 30 days, no questions asked. Pay attention though, because you will be charged the domain name, which in this case is valued at $15, as well as a cancellation fee of $35 in some situations. Make sure you read the terms and policies before signing on to anything.

Downsides

  • Only operates on Linux servers. Other operators may give you a choice between Linux and Windows based servers.
  • Their 99,9% Uptime claim was contested by some clients who state that it really is around 99,77%.
  • Slow page speeds have been reported by some users. As you know, this can really affect your page rating and can mess up all your optimization efforts.
  • The service may be the cheapest on the market, and this can be a solid point in favor when you are starting out. However, make sure the technical specifications are worth the price hike once your promotional period is over.
  • The domain name is advertised as being free. However, if you ask for a refund, you will see that the sum of $15 is taken out for the domain name. Normally, a domain name is around $10. But the sum of $15 is mentioned at the beginning, right as you are making up your hosting plan.
  • cPanel is better than vDeck. It is more up-to-date and more user friendly.
  • Their full refund, no questions asked refund policy actually has a $35 cancellation fee.

Conclusion

A bonus for those who are environment conscious: iPage is 100% powered by green energy. It is also a good hosting option money-wise and it provides a decent service. Make sure you keep an eye out on Uptime and speed. If your own experience is a good one, then iPage is a good service provider for your needs.