iPage Web Hosting Review

iPage Web Hosting Review
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Founded in 1998 by Thomas Gorny, iPage revamped its business operations a decade later by moving from complete web services to the lucrative (but ultra-competitive) web hosting field. This coincided with a buyout by the Endurance International Group (EIG), the company behind such well-known hosting brands as HostGator, BlueHost and FatCow. iPage claims to service over a million customers today, making it worthy of a serious look.

Given the crowded field in which it operates, are there compelling reasons to pick iPage over other web hosts, especially if you are a novice and looking for simple functionality at a reasonable price? This is the heart of our investigation here, no holds barred.

iPage Essential Plan and WordPress Hosting Options

While not as well known as GoDaddy and some other companies, iPage's introductory $1.99 per month Essential Plan offers comparable services to many of its top competitors. Domain name registration is free for the first year, you have unlimited disk space and e-mail addresses, 1GB of Free Cloud Storage from JustCloud and a 30-day money back guarantee to boot. To attract internet marketers, iPage offers a $100 Google Adwords credit plus a $100 Yahoo!/Bing credit.

Everything sounds good, but take note that after the first year the Essential Plan price goes up to between $8.99 per month (3 year plan) and $10.99 per month (1 year).

Newcomers in particular may not be prepared for such a price shock after the first year.

One in six people who have an online presence own a WordPress blog, a fact that iPage has considered when offering its plans. The WordPress Starter ($3.75 per month) and WordPress Essentials ($6.95 per month) are solid options for blogging and blog-oriented marketing.

You get the core hosting plan, a customized control panel, and the usual themes and plug-in options. Speed, security and support are upgraded with the Essentials plan. 

Renewal rates vary from $8.49 per month (2-year Starter) to $12.49 per month (monthly or 1-year Essential).

iPage Hosting Basic cPanel Features, WordPress Installation

Using iPage Control Panel implies scrolling down through the list until you find what you want. There are three website builders available, including the popular Weebly (basic version) which offers simplified 'drag and drop' functionality.

Beginners – even technophobes – can put up a website quickly with a rich array of features like: contact forms, maps, photo galleries, slideshows, social media links and more. More ambitious clients may opt for Weebly premium, but even they may prefer to hold off on an upgrade until a second year.

Setting up WordPress through the Control Panel starts by clicking the WordPress icon, which leads to a Mojo Marketplace page where the actual install, username and password setup, and website creation are initiated.

See Also: The Benefits of WordPress Optimized Web Hosting

iPage Web Hosting Pros

  • Large number of tools and features with Essential Plan (e.g. Weebly).
  • Significant experience with novice website owners and bloggers.
  • Unlimited bandwidth, disk space and  e-mail accounts.
  • Potential of legitimate “Green” certification through environmental-friendly practices.

iPage Web Hosting Cons

  • Automated WordPress import procedure for existing blogs is a bit unwieldy. 
  • Research reveals a few customer service issues, mostly related to lack of live support.
  • Beware of aggressive upsells and “hidden” pricing, even with introductory offers.

iPage Web Hosting Final Verdict

iPage is a reasonable option for new Internet marketers, because the Essential Plan does include a basic online store and a host of e-commerce and website features to get you going.

It does not offer the seamless “turnkey” integration of some of its main competitors, and you may end up taking more time than usual to get things going. That being said, if you do not go for the “extras” in the first year, this company may be a good fit to get your online career going.

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