iPage Review 2016

Do you know what uptime is? It’s the opposite of downtime, the time your website is unreachable. It’s the single most important thing of a hosting account. We have recently signed up for an account at iPage and thought I will write a short report/review about that.

There is no 100% Uptime

At least not at the price level most small businesses or casual bloggers would consider a viable option. I mean I’m sure that for 100 bucks a month you can find a company that offers 100% uptime, but it’s still questionable if they can keep it.

In my experience with a dozen or so of the mainstream hosting companies is that the 99.9% uptime guarantee is quite sufficient. I have not noticed any downtime, other then a hacking scandal at one of them.

Bottom line, don’t look for 100% uptime unless it’s mission critical and you have loads of money. With iPage, most of the downtimes you will experience will likely be scheduled donwntimes.

VPS and Dedicated Hosting

Need more horsepower for your web site? iPage is ready to serve you. Virtual Private Servers give you the power of a dedicated server for a fraction of the cost. It functions exactly like a dedicated server, but with lower performance.

A dedicated server is set up only for you. No other customer can access it, the resources are used exclusively for what you have put on the server.

Features

Before writing this post, I have looked around in Google for some iPage reviews. Let’s be honest, there were a couple negative ones, but most of them illustrated quite a positive picture. There are many detailed reviews of various features, so I will only mention them briefly here.

You can set up WordPress, Joomla, Drupal with only a couple clicks. You can add on domains to your account. You also get a free domain with your account when you sign up. In fact you can add an unlimited number of domains to the account. There is no limit on FTP accounts and storage. MySQL databases are also unlimited.

If you want to have professional looking email with your domain name in the address, iPage has an easy solution for that too.

Who is it good for?

You don’t have to be a 10-year veteran to find your way across the multitude of tools iPage offers. The vDeck control panel is one of the easiest to handle I have ever seen.

Wich Plan to Choose?

Should you go for the basic shared hosting, or rather for a VPS or dedicated server? I think for most of you guys out there, the basic share hosting is the ideal one. I have noticed that people often overestimate how much they need in terms of server performance. For a starting blog, you are lucky if you get 100 visitors a month, unless you are some kind of celebrity.

If you are moving an existing project from a different web host, then it’s a completely different story. You will know the exact requirements based on your experience with the other web host.

How to Choose a Domain Name?

There are numerous articles on how to choose a domain name for your website. Ideally it should be under ten characters, with no dashes and numbers in them. We don’t really follow that advice on Managed Hosting 4 India, do we? If you look at the biggest sites, they have goofy names like Google, Twitter and a bunch of others. So I would advise something like that.

I would also go for .com or .net, although there are a lot of new TLDs. It’s just a matter of whether your visitors will be able to remember it.

Good luck with your new web site!

Inmotion Hosting Review

There are a lot of hosting companies out there, but one stands out. That’s Inmotion. It’s the hosting company I recommend to my friends and colleagues. In this brief review I will share why I think they are a good choice for virtually any size of web site.

They have a Great Uptime Record

Based on several web sites hosted by them for several years, I can only say that their uptime is what you would expect from a premium hosting company. It’s  well over the standard 99.99% in my experience.

Don’t forget that hosts that promise 100% uptime are:

  • lying
  • don’t know what they are talking about
  • or they cost an arm and a leg.

I believe I don’t have to explain the importance of uptime to the readers of this blog. Do I?

You can Upgrade any Time

You will probably start with one of the business hosting plans. According to the majority of the Inmotion Hosting reviews, that’s more than enough for most websites just starting out. But if you grow that out, you can easily upgrade to a VPS or dedicated server. It’s all in-house. You work with the same people and the same standard you get used to while you grow your web site.

When would you need a VPS or a Dedicated Server?

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. It’s the little sister of dedicated servers. Basically it’s a dedicated server separated into several pieces, acting as a separate server. The resources are dedicated to you, so you can expect better speeds, uptime, more memory and disk space.

With Dedicated servers, it’s taken to the next level. A whole server serves only your web site. It’s the ultimate performance and security.

Features You can Expect at Inmotion Hosting

I will list them very briefly since it’s well explained on their web site. So just to highlight…

  • Free SSDs: Solid State Drives deliver awesome speed compared to traditional HDDs. You get them with every Inmotion plan.
  • Free domain name: You get one domain name registration for free with your account. If you don’t register one at your account setup, you will receive credits that you can use anytime in the future.
  • Industry leading 90-day money back guarantee: That’s right, it’s not a typo. For 90 days if you are not satisfied, you can get your money back.
  • Free Data Backups: Most web hosts charge extra for this. At Inmotion your data is regularly backed up, so if you have any troubles with your web site, you can simply revert back to a previous version.
  • Free 1-Click installer: Over 310 web apps (like WordPress) are at one click’s distance.
  • Multiple programming languages supported: Use PostgreSQL, MySQL, Ruby, or PHP, whichever suits you better. Inmotion’s servers are compatible with every one of them.
  • Secure IMAP email: Very few web hosts offer secure IMAP emailing. You can access mail from anywhere on any device.
  • “Max Speedzone”: Inmotion utilizes multiple data centers. The closer it is to you (and your prospects), the faster the web site will load. Premium bandwidth providers and advance routing technology ensures that speeds at Inmotion are better than at their competition.
  • SSH access: It’s a great feature to have. If you don’t know what it is, you will likely never need it.
  • Google Apps plugged in: Do you want to use Gmail or some other Google service? It’s all built into cPanel, so you can set them up with a couple clicks.

They have Opened a Green Data Center

Inmotion hosting is commited to reduce their carbon footprints. They have opened their first green data center in Los Angeles. More and more hosting companies realize the importance of being green.

$250 Worth of Bonuses

You have set up your web site. Now what? It’s time to get some visitors! Through partnerships, Inmotion hands you ad credits to Google, Facebook, Bing and Yellowpages. You can jumpstart your business right away!

A+ Rating at Better Business Bureau

Before you do business with any company, it’s probably good to know how they’ve handled their customers at the past. An A+ BBB rating shows that Inmotion is willing to take the extra mile to make sure that their customers are fully satisfied with their services.

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