iPage’s main selling feature is really low pricing for your first term with them (starting at $1.99/month for single websites) with a free domain for the first year. If it’s a venture you’re not really sure about, you can try it out without putting up a ton of money without the ads and subdomains of the ‘free’ hosting companies. However, there are limitations, for the $1.99/month you may only host a 1 page website which isn’t going to be enough for most people’s needs. In that case you are looking at the Personal or Business plans which are more, but do still have steep discounts for your first term.
iPage has been in business for well over ten years. Originally, the company was founded in 1998 by Thomas Gorny and sold to Endurance International Group in 2010. They have offices in six locations worldwide, two datacenters in the US and manage over 1 million websites.
iPage strives to eliminate all technical complications in order to give their customers a stress-free experience. If you’ve got an idea brewing in the back of your mind but you’re not sure how to bring it to the forefront of the world wide web, iPage has the tools to show you how.
The Bottom Line:
- Very low pricing
- Strong uptime scores
- Limits on how many pages your site can have for the Startup (1) and Personal (6) plans, unlimited for all other plans
- Website builder included, no need to setup any software or know code
Our Uptime Scores:
100% Uptime – Excellent
What is uptime and how did we arrive at that score? Uptime is the amount of time that the server responds when pinged (the website loads properly when you visit it, in other words), and we monitored a few websites hosted on iPage servers over a period of time. During our monitoring, we did not record any downtime for the sites which is outstanding for a shared hosting service!
The Types of Hosting That iPage Offers:
If generous, rock solid hosting packages get your mouth watering then you’re going to want to take a look at what iPage has on tap.
For an introductory price of $1.99US/mo (January 2017 prices), iPage gives you Web Hosting with a free domain (for the first year), an allowance for unlimited domains, unlimited disk space, unlimited email accounts, and unlimited MySQL databases. Though you will have to pay the regular price after your introductory term is over this is still a screaming deal. Usually, hosting companies make you choose between three or four plans, adding features and benefits as the price increases.
Here’s a list other goodies you’ll get with iPage Web Hosting:
- Access to online marketing guides
- $100 Google AdWords offer (US only)
- $100 Bing search credit
- Free Yellowpages.com listing
- One toll-free phone number (US only)
- Free Weebly Website Builder
- Hundreds of mobile-friendly templates
- SEO marketing tools
- Freedom to upload files with FTP
- Flexibility to create a blog, online store, or website
And that’s not even grazing the surface. If web hosting is what you’re after, you seriously need to look at iPage’s offerings.
Unrivaled convenience, super speed, and enhanced security are just a few phrases used to describe iPage’s WordPress Hosting service.
This time they take they more traditional approach, giving you the choice between two plans. The WP Starter package gets you iPage’s Core Hosting Plan, customized cPanel, and handpicked themes and plugins. The recommended WP Essential package adds WordPress expert support, giving you access to specially trained agents familiar with all things WordPress. The included Enhanced Security is a result of iPage teaming up with the creators of the famed SiteLock software, and finally, you’ll benefit from Super Speed, increasing load speeds up to 2.5x faster than normal.
IPage’s Dedicated Servers offer independent control, cloud-based flexibility, and integrated fully-managed support. You’ll also benefit from free domain registration and/or transfers, unlimited domains and FTP accounts, a fully-customized cPanel, and free marketing credits so you can reach your target audience and grow your business.
There are four different Dedicated Server plans to choose from, and with the purchase of your first term you’ll receive an additional 20% discount.
If you’re just starting up then the literally-named Startup package gives you an Intel Xeon E3 1220LV2 3.5Ghz, 4GB RAM, 500GB storage, 5TB Bandwidth, and 3 IP addresses.
The Professional plan replaces the Startup processor with an upgraded Intel Xeon E3 – 1265LV2 3.2GHz. This plan also adds 8GB RAM, 1000GB Storage, 10TB Bandwidth, 4 IP Addresses.
If you demand only the best then the Enterprise plan offers supreme performance and efficiency. With a Xeon Intel E3 – 1230V2 3.7GHz, 16GB RAM, 1000GB Storage, 15TB Bandwidth, and 5 IP Addresses, iPage gives you everything you need to dominate your competitors.
Looking for high-performance VPS Hosting? iPage grants you increased control through their user-friendly cPanel and optional root access. If you need it you’ve got 24/7 support, too. You’ll also receive the benefit of semiprivate resources, giving you increased performance without draining your wallet. Their cloud-based functionality enables you to grow and scale your business on an as-needed basis, providing you with instant provisioning of resources and seamless migration options.
They’ve got three VPS Server plans to choose from, and like the Dedicated Server options, you get an additional 20% your first term.
The second tier Business plan gives you 2 CPU Cores, 4GB of RAM, 90GB Storage, and 3TB Bandwidth. If you need a little less they’ve got a Basic option, and if you need to max out, then the Optimum plan should suit your needs.
iPage know that communicating with your customers in a seamless manner will be paramount to your success. That’s why with each plan the following email features are included:
- Unlimited email addresses
- Email address with your domain name (email@example.com)
- Virus and Malware monitoring
- Email forwarding
- Spam filters
- POP3/IMAP accounts
If you want to go further, iPage also offer advanced email solutions. We thought the “Google at Your Domain” package was pretty unique. If you want to upgrade your spam filter or need more storage these plans come with affordable prices.
Security and Other Included Freebies:
MalWare, viruses, and a number of other cyber dangers lurk in the dark corners of the web. In fact, your website can have potentially thousands of vulnerabilities you’re not even aware of. If your site becomes infected, you could be blacklisted from Google. Simply said, this is disastrous for your online reputation and search rank.
While iPage do have their own security measures, there may come a time when you want to upgrade. If so, you may purchase a number of plans that they offer through SiteLock. SiteLock is one of the leading security software companies in the business, inspiring trust in their customers.
iPage has a wide variety of customer service tools including an excellent knowledgebase, user guide, domain and website help, email help, and support tickets. The online articles are very thorough and you should be able to solve the majority of your problems by quickly scanning through the available documentation—don’t worry…it’s set up efficiently.
If you need to give them a call, they’ve got different lines available for sales and support. Want to chat to a representative online? No problem. You can also submit inquiry forms. Either way, they’re there to help you 24/7/365.
iPage can be a good and economical choice if your needs are simple, just one or two websites with a few pages. It might not suit the needs of web designers or developers, or people looking for a big enterprise level websites. If you think you may move on at some point and you’ve set up your website using the iPage Website builder, you may have trouble porting your site to other hosts. However, if your needs are simple and you are fairly certain they will stay simple, it’s a great value for the pricing.