iPage VPS Hosting Review

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Cosmo

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Sep 14 - 2014

iPage

VPS Hosting Review

iPageis one of the more prominent web hosting companies on the market today since it began providing web hosting services in 1998. It went inactive during the mid-2000s before being restructured to resurface again n 2007.

iPage currently has 1.5 million domains under management and serves over 1 million websites with customers in 150 over countries. It also operates two data centers in the Boston, MA area.


iPage VPS Plans

For websites that have outgrown simple shared hosting solutions, iPage offers three different VPS hosting plans -Basic, Business and Optimum- with the following features :

VPS Plans Basic Business Optimum

Good For

Early Online Presence

You are in the early stage of establishing your online presence, & aren't sure how much power your website needs yet. You'd like the ability to start small & scale your resources as needed.

Growing Site Traffic

You've outgrown your shared site & have steady traffic, but don't need the computing power of a dedicated server quite yet.

Solid Presence & Traffic

You have seasonal variations in site traffic, & need the computing power to support up to 5,000 visits daily during your busy season, as well as the ability to scale down when it slows down.

Cores

1

2

4

RAM

1 GB

4 GB

8 GB

Storage

40 GB

90 GB

120 GB

Bandwidth

1 TB

3 TB

4 TB

Price

$19.99

monthly

$47.99

monthly

$79.99

monthly

iPage's VPS plans renew at the following non-promotionalregular rates.

VPS Plans Basic Business Optimum

24-month term

2 year plan

$21.24

monthly

$50.99

monthly

$84.99

monthly

12-month term

1 year plan

$22.49

monthly

$53.99

monthly

$89.99

monthly

Monthly term

1 month plan

$24.99

monthly

$59.99

monthly

$99.99

monthly

Automatic Renewal of Plans

Another important point to note is that iPage automatically renews a subscriber's plans after his or her initial registered hosting term has expired as a courtesy. This is documented in iPage'sUser Agreementwith a customer. We have reproduced below the relevant parts :


8 .   Billing and Payment

l.  You acknowledge, agree and authorize us to automatically bill and/or charge on your credit card for successive or renewal periods, unless terminated or canceled by either party as provided in this section.


11 .   Payment Policies - Processing

b.  By purchasing our services, you are agreeing to allow iPage to place your account on a recurring payment plan. The account will automatically be re-billed according to the terms of the plan, products or services you select.


This is a standard web hosting industry practice but one that potential customers may not be aware. You can opt out of this by simply sending iPage an email of your intention to disable automatic renewals.


Cancellation / Refund Policy

iPage offers aAnytime Money Back Guaranteethat entitles its customers a refund of the remainder of their current payment term at anytime they decide to cancel.


Moreover, if a plan is canceled before the first 30 days after registration, all hosting fees will be refunded. We have reproduced the relevant parts of iPage'sUser Agreement:


3.  Cancellation Policy

b.  This Agreement may be terminated or canceled at anytime by either party (Including by You, if you receive notice of an amendment to this Agreement) by giving the other party thirty (30) days prior written notice, provided that we may charge You a minimum $35.00 charge as an early cancellation fee.


c. ii.  iPage may (but is not obligated to) refund to You all pre-paid fees for basic hosting services for the full months remaining after effectiveness of cancellation (i.e., no partial month fees shall be refunded), less any setup fees, cancellation fees, and any applicable taxes and any discount applied for prepayment.


Do note that the standard non-refundable fees apply including setup fees and domain name registration fees. iPage's money back guarantee is also only applicable for credit-card payments only.


Uptime

We are unable to locate any uptime statistics on iPage's site or the provision of an uptime guarantee. The closest thing we can find that resembles an uptime guarantee is the following statement :


Page's System Administration team monitors the network 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure your site is up and running at all times.


VPS solutions however suffer minimal downtime as server resources are not shared among a large number of users. Downtime will usually only be experienced in isolated incidents such as unexpected hardware failure or power outages which are infrequent.


Plan Features & Add-ons

iPage offers numerous add-ons on top of the features provided with its VPS hosting plans. Click on the links below to find out more.

Green Hosting

iPage reduces its carbon footprint by purchasing enough Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to offset the energy use of its servers by 200%. This means that for every KWH of energy that its servers use, iPage purchases twice that amount in RECs.


This is equivalent to planting 244 acres of trees and means that iPage's servers are effectively 100% powered by wind energy supplied byCommunity Energy Inc. We note that iPage is one of the largest purchasers of RECs in the web hosting industry and is only exceeded by GreenGeeks (which purchases an equivalent of 300% of its energy use).


iPage is also aGreen Power Partnerwith the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. According to the EPA's website :


Partnering with EPA can help your organization lower the transaction costs of buying green power, reduce its carbon footprint, and communicate its leadership to key stakeholders. Buying green power is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your organization's environmental performance.


Special offers

iPage periodically offers discounts on its web hosting plans. Do check out ouriPage Promotionspage for the latest available promotions.


Conclusion

iPageis a solid web host that has been around since the 90s offering a range of fairly-priced web hosting plans. iPage also offers a long money back guarantee. A reliable choice for any websites, big or small.



In a

nutshell

* For web hosting company in general and not to specific plans.

Pros

1.

Anytime Refund Periods

iPage offers an anytime money back guarantee that entitles its customers to a full refund upon cancellation within 30 days or a prorated refund after 30 days.

2.

Free SiteLock Basic

iPage's shared hosting plans come with SiteLock Basic free for the first domain registered with them.

3.

Solid Offering of Plans

iPage offers a good range of web hosting solutions at fair prices.

Cons

1.

No Uptime Guarantee

iPage does not offer any uptime guarantees or refunds for excessive downtime experienced.

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