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iPage VS CoolHandle

iPage VS CoolHandle

It takes a cool and steady hand to compete in the web hosting industry. Longevity relies on reliable service backed by fantastic support, combined with plans that pack in features for a low cost. Both CoolHandle and iPage have found a way to stay in business for quite a while with their hosting plans and services.

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CoolHandle was formed in 2001 by an experienced group of IT professionals who wanted to change and improve the standards within the industry. IPage also is a veteran in the industry with over a dozen years of experience since 1998. IPage has emerged as a top leader with their simple, feature-rich plan for low price. Here is a look and comparison between the two.

Pricing

CoolHandle has a 3-tiered structure of hosting plans. Their Starter Plan is $7.95 per month, the Business Plan is $10.95 per month, and the Pro Plan is as little as $12.95 per month. IPage offers a single shared-server hosting plan for only $3.50 for a 3-year plan, or $4.50 for a 2-year plan.

Products and Services

To succeed in the industry a hosting company must offer more than just web hosting. A complementary blend of additional products and services is a great way to help customers succeed with their websites. Both companies offer free domain registration, free site builder utilities, and free promotional credits. For extra fees customers of both companies can get professional web design and package add-ons such as SSL certificates or dedicated IP address.

IPage extends their professional services with website management tools, email services, e-commerce solutions, and additional marketing services. CoolHandle also offer marketing services, as well as content delivery services and a PayPal merchant sign up services.

Web Hosting Features

What can website owners expect from these hosting companies? The iPage plan is loaded with features that include unlimited bandwidth, disk space, email accounts, hosted domains, and MySQL databases. IPage also offers an extensive list of script and multi-media support, and offers a choice of free shopping cart software and a photo gallery software plugins as well.

The most comparative CoolHandle plan is the $12.95 Pro Plan that offers similar unlimited features, scripting support, and e-commerce solutions. The other plans come with unlimited disk space and bandwidth, but reasonable limits on email and MySQL databases. CoolHandle also provides their customers with cPanel control panel, which is the industry leader in account control software. In addition, CoolHandle offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee for their reliable service. For those customers who want flexibility and growth options, CoolHandle offers both VPS and dedicated server plans as well.

Customer Service

Both companies offer 24 hour customer support via telephone, email, and chat. And both companies offer similar online knowledgebase help centers filled with articles, video tutorials, and answers to common problems and questions.

Recommendations

While price is a consideration for many website owners, both iPage and CoolHandle offer reasonably priced plans with plenty of features. CoolHandle takes an advantage with their choice of control panel and flexibility for online growth with VPS and dedicated server plans, and thus, our recommendation goes to CoolHandle.

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