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iPage VS Easy-CGI

iPage VS Easy-CGI

When comparing web hosting brands like iPage and Easy-CGI it’s a little like comparing two siblings. Both web hosts are part of the multi-brand web hosting conglomerate, The Endurance International Group who owns many of the top 10 hosting brands and others. In this case, both iPage and Easy-CGI have many similarities, yet they differ enough in their feature content and price structure that it is possible to make a clear comparison.

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iPage has been serving the web host community for about a dozen years since 1998. Within that time they have emerged as a top leader in the industry with over 1.5 million customers and over 1 million hosted domains under management using the simplicity of a single, feature-rich hosting plan for a very affordable price.

Easy-CGI is a sister company that has created its platform through offering world-class hosting services. They provide three tiers of shared hosting plans on a Windows 2003/2008 server environment.

Pricing

The iPage single shared hosting plan is one of the most affordable plans on the market at just $3.50/mo for a 3-year paid plan ($4.50/mo for a 2 year plan).

Comparatively, Easy-CGI offers three Windows-based shared hosting plans. Their Advanced X plan is $7.96/mo, the Advanced X2 plan is $15.96/mo, and the Advanced X4 plan is $21.56/mo.

Products and Services

In this category both sister companies offer many of the same products and services. In fact, their Products and Services web page looks nearly identical. You can be sure both companies offer domain registration, web site management services such as design help, management tools, and marketing tools They both offer email services, e-commerce solutions, scripting and site add-ons, and marketing services.

Easy-CGI also offers their customers the flexibility to expand their web hosting service with a VPS plan that starts at just $39.96/mo. On the other side, iPage offers their clients a marketing bonus that includes $125 in advertising credits with social media and search engines, and free major directory listings.

Web Hosting Features

Hosting features between the companies do differ. iPage offers a single plan that is “unlimited”, meaning they offer unlimited disk space, bandwidth, email accounts, MySQL databases, and hosted domains. Note, however, that unlimited doesn’t always mean unmonitored. A larger business that ends up utilizing an disproportionate amount of resources will ultimately be charged extra. iPage also offers great scripting and multi-media support, as well as a wide choice of e-commerce solutions with each account.

Easy-CGI offers web developer features using a Windows platform. Data transfer, email accounts, and disk space are limited for each plan, but each plan is allotted a reasonable amount of each. Developers can create websites with support for ASP.NET, FrontPage, and Access databases.

Customer Service

Both companies utilize the same support center which is open 24 hours a day via telephone, chat, or email. As well, both sister companies offer an identical online knowledgebase.

Recommendations

Choosing iPage or Easy-CGI is a difficult task since the choice depends whether you are a Windows web developer or a small business who needs cheap web hosting. Ultimately the choice comes down to price where iPage has a distinct advantage. For simplicity and plenty of features for practically any website owner, iPage receives our recommendation.

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