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iPage VS Dotster

iPage VS Dotster

When it comes to web hosting, customers want a low price that is supported with rich features, reliable service, and top-notch customer support. Only with these three basic elements can a web hosting company create longevity in the industry. Two companies who have established themselves at the top of the crowd is iPage and Dotster.

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Both companies have a decade or more of experience, with Dotster having 10 years, and iPage with 12 years of service since 1998. Their dedication to providing a trustworthy service has served them both well. As a domain registration center, Dotster has over 3 million websites under management and hundreds of thousands of customers. IPage also has over 1.5 million domains under management and over 1 million customers in their web hosting books.

So how does one choose between these two powerhouses in web hosting service? Read our comparison below and take note of our recommendations.

Pricing

IPage offers a single hosting plan that is as low as $3.50 per month for a 3-year contract, and only $4.50 for a 2-year commitment. However, regardless of the plan you choose, iPage offers an anytime money-back guarantee.

Dotster offers three levels of shared server hosting plans with a choice of either Linux or Windows platform. Linux plans are $5.75, $8.75, and $15.99 per month, and Windows plans are just about a dollar more for each level.

Products and Services

Neither iPage nor Dotster stops at web hosting. Both offer domain registration as part of their services, as well as web design services and a free site builder.

Dotster also offers additional products and services to help businesses take their website to the next level. They provide SEO marketing help, local site promotion, email marketing, In addition, Dotster offers VPS hosting for those clients with larger website needs, and provides flexibility for those website owners who grow and need the extra service.

iPage also offers a wide array of extra products and services such as marketing services, email services, website management tools, site backup and restore, and other add-on services for web owners.

Web Hosting Features

Both iPage and Dotster offer plans that are feature-rich. The single iPage plan contains unlimited disk space, bandwidth, email accounts, and plenty of script and multi-media support. IPage also offers a photo gallery and a choice of free shopping carts for e-commerce.

Only the Ultra Hosting plan for $15/mo from Dotster offers similar unlimited features. The other plans provide satisfactory GB limits for disk space and data transfer. All plans come with scripting support, a choice of shopping cart, as well as a photo gallery plugin,

Customer Service

Both of these experienced web hosts know the value of 24 hour customer support. That is why they both offer 24/7 telephone and email support. IPage also offers a 24 hour online chat support option. Both also offer an extensive knowledgebase filled with articles. However, the iPage online help center is more user friendly and contains more articles and tutorials for users to get help.

Recommendations

It’s difficult to make a choice between these two qualified web hosting companies. However, for offering a complete feature package at a lower price, iPage is a step above Dotster.

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