HostPapa isn’t just a clever name. They are a web hosting company with a fatherly attitude that is aimed at looking out for their customers’ every need. In fact, their slogan is: “Certified Green Web Hosting!” As part of their initiative to serve their web hosting clients and the environment, they have purchased a full 100% energy offset through Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) that allows them to provide “Green” certifications to all their clients’ websites.
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iPage is also green compliant, with 100% REC purchase in wind energy. Their web hosting clients can also enjoy the green certification banner on their sites as well. iPage has been around a while, founded in 1998 and now serves over 1 million customers and 1.5 million hosted domains.
Choosing between these companies is not easy. We’ve taken the legwork out and compared the two hosting plans to provide you with our recommendation below. Read on.
Both companies offer a single web hosting plan packed with features for an incredibly low price. The iPage plan is only $3.50 per month. The HostPapa plan is advertised at
$7.95 $3.95 per month with MBRW PapaPon.
Products and Services
As mentioned, both web hosts offer green certifications for their clients through their energy-saving efforts. As well, both offer a free domain registration, but HostPapa takes their service further with a free domain for life. Even transfer customers with existing domains can expect to have their domain renewals paid by HostPapa as long as they remain a customer.
Both hosts also offer free website building tools as well as generous marketing and promotion assistance through credits usable toward Google, Yahoo, Facebook, or MySpace.
In addition, HostPapa offers a full 99.9% uptime guarantee which shows complete faith in their choice of data centers.
Web Hosting Features
What features could possibly come with hosting plans that cost so little? Amazingly, both hosting companies pack their plans full of features. Both plans come with unlimited disk space, monthly data transfer, email accounts, and hosted domains. Both iPage and Hostpapa plan also comes with unlimited MySQL databases.
Both plans also come with lots of scripting and programming support, multi-media support, and e-commerce ready with free shopping cart software.
In addition, HostPapa offers their clients the top-rated control panel on the market with cPanel. CPanel is the most-used account management software used by most web hosting companies. iPage does offer a suitable control access for their clients with vDeck control panel, but it pales in comparison to the user-friendliness of cPanel.
Both companies offer reliable and available technical support via 24/7 live telephone and chat options. However, HostPapa offers their Multi-Language support. Clients can receive 24 hour multi-language support from HostPapa via email and online support ticket submission.
Both companies also offer a great online help center where clients can find the answers they need without making a call.
Both iPage and HostPapa offer an exceptional hosting plan priced below industry average. Both are environmentally conscious. The differences come down to the little things. iPage does offer an anytime guarantee and better availability with live support. But HostPapa has a better deal with a free domain for life, a 99.9% uptime guarantee, and a better choice of client account control panel. This final decision will depend upon your specific needs, however, iPage is our choice due to their cost effective, yet robust plans.
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