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iPage vs. HostClear

iPage vs. HostClear

To make it in the current economic climate as a web hosting company you have to offer a clear bargain while providing only the best in “unlimited” features for your potential clients. It is not enough anymore to outshine the competition with a snazzy tech center and only the most powerful servers. It no longer makes sense to provide support for a plethora of scripts and software if your clients cannot afford to use it.

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Today, a web hosting company must find a way to attract new customers with the lowest price while still providing all of the above features. That seems to be just the strategy used by both iPage and HostClear.

While it appears that HostClear has been in the industry only a few years since 2008, iPage is the veteran of the two, offering hosting since 1998. Since then iPage has gained over 1.5 million domains in their hosting catalogue and over 1.5 million website customers.

Both, however, offer a great shared web hosting plan that is attractive for even the most discerning customers. iPage offers only a single plan for a great price, but HostClear also offers a set of great prices on a set of great plans.

Here is a more specific look at what both have to offer.

Pricing

The iPage plan is a single plan for a single price of $3.50 per month. For this low price customers get just about everything they can ever use or need from a shared web hosting company.

HostClear offers a set of three different plans: the “Home” plan for $3.95 per month; the “Business” plan for $5.95 per month; and the “Business Pro” plan for $9.95 per month.

Products and Services

Of course, stopping at a great web hosting plan for a great price isn’t enough. Both iPage and HostClear offer more for their customers. iPage also offers SEO tools, website & domain management services, Ecommerce services, and marketing services. In addition, iPage is “Green” powered and offer their clients a banner to promote their conservation efforts on their websites.

HostClear provides professional web design services, as well as a hard-to-beat 99.9% uptime guarantee and an anytime money-back guarantee. As well, HostClear offers their clients the use of cPanel control panel software – the tops in the industry. iPage does not.

Both companies offer a great deal on extra credits to use toward search engine and social media marketing as well.

Web Hosting Features

It’s hard to beat the price. But do the plans deliver? Absolutely. Both iPage and HostClear offer “Unlimited” disk space, bandwidth, hosted domains, email accounts, and My SQL databases. Both provide plenty of support for scripting and lots of extra software add-ons, including a choice of shopping cart and Ecommerce software. All plans for both companies also support multimedia and give free site building tools.

Customer Service

Customer service is another point where web hosts can take a lead. Both HostClear and iPage offer 24 hour support via telephone, email, and chat. Both also offer an outstanding online help center filled with helpful articles, and video tutorials.

Recommendations

Both companies are neck and neck when it comes to providing exactly what price-conscious customers are looking for. But for the added industry experience, Green certificate offerings, and a matching anytime money-back guarantee, iPage takes our recommendation.

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