Price: $35.9 first year ($2.99/mo)
Renewal: $119.9/year ($9.99/mo)
Type: Shared Hosting
Features: FREE Domain, SSL Certificate, Unlimited Websites, Website Builder
Optional extras: Show Daily Backups, Domain Whois Privacy, Expert WP Support, SiteLock Monitoring, SSL Certificate, Website Builder.
Guarantees: 30 Day Money Back
Currently you can select between 1, 2, and 3 years of hosting. You can’t start with a monthly plan. The amount of discounts you get for choosing longer periods of hosting is received in 3 ways. Firstly the average monthly price will be lower. Second, you can wait longer until they start the monthly billing, which happens after your initial period. And third, the monthly cost after your initial period will be lower if you select 2 or 3 years of hosting. They don’t try to hide their prices in any ways which is good. The price and renewal price is easy to spot on their billing page.
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. Note though that you will be limited due to the amount of resources you get access to.
With the shared web hosting plan from iPage you will get all the basics + some sweet extras, like a FREE domain. Whois privacy for the domain is expensive though, currently $9.99/year for the first year, and then renewing at $12.99/year. If you need whois privacy, it would actually be cheaper to use one of the top domain registrars and benefit from free whois privacy.
Optional extra features
WordPress optimization includes free themes, plugins, malware detection and removal as well as expert WP support. G Suite from Google will give you professional tools like professional email, online storage, shared calendars and video conferencing and cost $5/mo. An essential extra that I would recommend to get is the daily backups. Website security is another feature that can be really useful.
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 and 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.
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