iPage Go Plan
Type of server: Shared
Features: FREE Domain, Unlimited Websites, Website Builder
Show optional extras: Daily Backups, Domain Whois Privacy, SiteLock Monitoring, SSL Certificate.
Guarantees: 30 Day Money Back
The price requires at least a 1 year pre paid hosting term. The monthly price after the initial period (which is on sale) is higher. Check the billing page for details. Currently the 1 year contract which costs $2.99/mo will cost $9.99/mo when it renews. It will renew for the same duration as your initial purchase. Select even longer billing cycles for more discounts. $2.49/mo for 2 years and $1.99/mo for 3 years. The price is higher for visitors from EU which pays in Euro – the amount will be the same (€2.99/mo) for 1, 2 and 3 year plans. Tax is not included in the price.
Cheap plan with lots of features
What is most impressive about this cheap hosting plan is that you can actually use it to host unlimited websites. Most other hosts restricts their cheapest plan to allow for a maximum of 1 hosted website and domain. With the shared web hosting plan from iPage you will get all the basics + some sweet extras. FREE Domain is great. Whois Privacy is $9.99/year.
WordPress Optimization includes free themes and plugins and is $3/mo. SSL Certificate is $1.67/mo. and G Suite from Google will give you professional tools like professional email, online storage, shared calendars and video conferencing and cost you $5/mo. Daily Backups is $1.25/mo but goes down to $1/mo with a 3 year plan. SiteLock Monitoring is another $1.66/mo. SiteLock monitoring will scan for malware and viruses that might cause downtime and hassles if not discovered and dealt with quickly.
iPage data center location and support
Servers are located in Boston, MA, USA.
This host offers 24/7 live chat support for billing and sales questions, and can also help with technical questions and will post a ticket on your behalf, when required, to the server technicians that are available 24/7. Their support is outsourced to India and I did try them out. I would say that they were only mediocre. They were taking a bit long to answer questions and not answering all the questions. I guess having outsourced support is one of the ways you can get really cheap hosting, so it's all OK. Having 24/7 live support is a petty nice feature to have even when it is outsourced.
If you want to get a discount hosting provider – and most of your visitors will come from the USA, or at least North America, then iPage very well might be the best option. Even though this is a really cheap plan it has lots of available extra features, live support. Notice that there is a non refundable fee for the free domain name if you cancel your account during the 30 money back guaranteed days. You will keep ownership of the domain name in that case which is good. Domain privacy is overpriced at €12.99/yr after the initial year which almost will negate the positive bonus of the free domain.
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