iPage Hosting Review

 
iPage, who now boast over 1,000,000 customers, have been keeping websites running for 10 years and have been doing it on wind power since 2011. They’re another Endurance International brand, representing the novice edge of the Endurance family. With a very low entrance cost, a focus on ease of a use, and a stripping back of complicated resources accordingly, iPage is a great spot for small businesses, bloggers, or online portfolios hosters to get a website up fast and go back to doing what they love.

Prices starting at $2.25/Month

Shared hosting

iPage, probably  in an effort to streamline their service, iPage don’t tier their shared offering at all. Instead, they offer one (fairly inclusive) package covering all manner of things.

Their shared hosting includes unlimited domains and MySQL databases, as well as what they call ‘scalable’ bandwidth and storage space. This is really what other companies call unlimited, it’s just more honest. Basically, it means that iPage has the right to cap your bandwidth or storage if they feel its using way more than what small business site would normally use. To alleviate fears of iPage capping every site that hits some peak traffic, 99.95% of their customers fall into their ‘normal’ range.

Their shared hosting plan also includes a site builder tool, FTP tools, the basic CMSs, blog  tools, photo galleries, and forums (like phpBBB).

VPS and dedicated hosting

As a entrance hosting service, catering to those new to the game, it’s a little surprising to see that iPage offers VPS and dedicated hosting options in addition to the (presumably more popular) shared hosting. However, it’s a pretty robust offering for both VPS and dedicated, and unlike their shared option they do have a tiered pricing model.

VPS starts at $19.99 per month, which gets you 1 core CPU, 1GB RAM, 40GB storage, 1TB bandwidth, and control via cPanel. Their more expensive options get you more cores, RAM, storage, and bandwidth (up to 4TB) as well as an additional IP addresses.

Their dedicated server plans start at $119.99 per month and go up to $191.99 per month, which is pretty standard dedicated server pricing. The $119 startup package gets you an Intel Xeon E3 1220LV2 3.5 GHZ server with 4GB RAM, 500GB storage, 5TB bandwidth and 3 IP addresses. Their top plan gets you the Intel Xeon E3-1230V2 3.7 GHZ server with 16GB RAM, 1000GB storage 15TB bandwidth and 5IP addresses.

MySQL
When it comes to MySQL, you get an unlimited number of databases, which is great, plus Varnish caching. However, they don’t include PostgreSQL at all, and they store their website files and databases on the same disks, which increases their vulnerability to problems or failures (although they do offer daily backups for free), and they only use phpMyAdmin rather than both phpMyAdmin and phpPgAdmin like some of their competitors.

However, of almost any provider out there iPage offers the best help for those just getting to grips with MySQL databases. While advanced users might be frustrated with their lack of advanced support, for beginners iPage has a great level of introductory help.

They don’t have any tutorials for MySQL databases, although they do have tutorials on how to backup and restore databases with osCommerce.

Technical details

  • UPS power back up and diesel generator backup
  • Daily data backups
  • Two datacentres
  • Shared SSL
  • Comes with lots of pre-installed scripts like PHP, Ruby on Rails, Perl, Python, and Cron
  • CentOS 6.4
  • SAN storage

Conclusion

iPage’s approach to MySQL is indicative of their approach to web hosting in general – great for beginners, maybe frustrating for experienced users looking for something more. They know their demographic, and they do a fantastic job of satisfying their needs.

Prices starting at $2.25/Month

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