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iPower Hosting Review $3.95/m

iPower Hosting Review

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iPower was founded in the year 2001 to provide hosting solutions to its clients. It has till date accumulated roughly 11 years of solid experience to be recognized by providing services to a range of clients, including individuals, to non-profits and multinational companies. Due to several customer complaints and the lack of most prominent features a website hosting company should have, we have written a detailed review herein.

Website: www.ipower.com

Year Founded: 2001

Services: Linux/Unix, Windows website hosting, dedicated, and shared hosting services, domain registration

Prices: $3.99, $3.95, $11.99 per month for Starter, Pro and Pro Plus respectively

Website Hosting Packages and Control Panel: The hosting packages are very affordable, and since most of the top ten website hosting companies have lower prices, the pricing plans for iPower are always in line of the competition. Take for example unlimited disk space, unlimited MySQL databases, email accounts and bandwidth for your website. There are 2 main hosting plans, namely Starter, Pro and Pro Plus.

The starter plan has 5 GB of space and 250 GB of bandwidth. A new domain costs $13.99 per year. The Pro and Pro Plus accounts have unlimited disk space and bandwidth alongside 1 and 3 free domain names. MySQL databases are really limited at just 1 for Starter, and 25 each of Pro and Pro Plus.

The price range is although affordable, but very high as compared to other hosting services.

Control Panel: If you are looking for only a cPanel based Control Panel solution to monitor your website server, then iPower might not be a feasible option. However, do not get discouraged from this fact because iPower itself offers its own robust control panel to get the most out of your website server. With that being said, you could find iPower’s vDeck 4.0 site monitoring tool to be far more impressive and flexible as compared to cPanel.

Features: The best part of iPower is the site builder tool, and 100% complete reliance on wind energy making it a highly energy-efficient firm. Build a static website or a more dynamic one with complex design and interface, nevertheless you would find the site-tool building a mesmerizing experience. You have the option of creating blog and image gallery alongside several content management systems (CMS) including:

  • Joomla
  • WordPress
  • Megento
  • Gbook
  • Gallery2
  • Frontpage extensions

You get lucrative incentives and bonuses designed to meet your expectations. iPower provides powerful internet marketing tools to boost your online presence, including the following:

  • Google Adwords voucher ($100)
  • Yahoo/Bing sponsored search results ($25)
  • Facebook ad credits ($50)
  • Integration of Google Web Master Tools
  • FREE YellowPages.com directory listing
  • FREE US based toll-free number

No built-in Analytics option exists. However, you can integrate Google Analytics for your website stats.

Customer Support: With all of the features mentioned above, it is worthy to be discussed that a failed customer support would take away all of the company’s business due to which, iPower offers exclusive 24/7 customer support service to its clients.

Pros:

  • Server uptime at 99.9%
  • Advertising credits for Facebook, Yahoo and Google Adwords
  • Extensions for Dreamweaver and FrontPage
  • Add unlimited FTP accounts
  • Great bargain at $3.50 monthly
  • Wind Powered servers

Cons:

  • Does not offer Cpanel
  • Customer Support needs to be more professional
  • Limited MySQL databases and email accounts in Starter Package

Conclusion – Should you buy it?

iPower isn’t a bad choice because it has all of the necessary features required to get started online. However, if you want to get the most out of it, then it might not be a reliable option for you, e.g. unlimited email accounts/mySQL databases, etc.

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