The company is probably one of the most popular hosting providers, thanks to its affordable Essential Plan, that includes all the necessary features that a startup website needs. iPage has been founded in 1998, but the current business model has been implemented only in 2007. The company claims that their platform host over one million client’s website from all over the world, in their 2,400 square feet datacenter which is located in Boston, MA, USA. The great infrastructure is backed with 24/7 phone support, email support and live chat as well. The company is really confident in the quality of the service they provide, this is why iPage is offering an Anytime Money-back guarantee.
In the next I will be focusing on reviewing and sharing my thoughts about iPage’s shared hosting plan, which is known as the Essential Plan.
Features & Value
As I mentioned before, the Essential Plan includes all the features that a new or already existing website needs, but not only. Here are some of the main features: unlimited web space and data transfer, host as many domains and emails you want on the same account, free domain name registration or domain transfer, free marketing credits to help with website promotion, site building tool, and a lot more. Regularly the price starts at $8.99/month however if you sing up now, you will get a discounted $1.68/month deal.
Reliability & Performance
The two datacenters where the company is hosting its client’s websites are monitored 24/7 and are providing a high security environment for the clustered servers. This way the company ensures that best uptime for their customers. iPage offers Anytime Money-Back Guarantee, that means if you are not satisfied in any way with their service, you can get a refund for the remaining contracted period. Please keep in mind that this money-back is applied only for web hosting and not for the domains you purchase.
With my test sites that are hosted at iPage, during the four years of hosting, I have never experienced any performance or up-time related issue.
Ipage uses the vDeck control panel that allows its users to manage their website and billing related cases from the same account. In my opinion this is a very good way to get things done fast and easy. The control panel allows you to add-on domains, create email accounts, install your favorite script (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal), upload files, images in minutes, even if you are not a technical person at all.
Help & Support
I know how important is the assistance in case of emergency, but don’t worry, the company is there to help you 24/7. You can choose from various support options that is more convenient for you: support by phone, by live chat and via email ticketing system. For those who like more to learn and do things themselves, the Knowledgebase is a goldmine. This database is a collection of articles and video tutorials that will help you use the control panel, learn how to use the site builder and many other development and scripting related things.
Based on my hosting experience with iPage I will recommend this company to all those who need a quick and easy startup with their website and don’t want to spend a fortune for hosting. iPage is perfect for small business websites and new webmasters who just want to start in the online world. For advanced users and developers I would recommend BlueHost, they have higher price but offers more features for developers.