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iPage VS IX Web Hosting

iPage VS IX Web Hosting

It takes years to build a respectable customer base in the web hosting industry. Many “new” companies claim to have hundreds of thousands or even millions of hosted domains, but the numbers are actually an aggregate of all their sister and mother hosting companies. Both IX Web Hosting and iPage have been in the hosting industry over 10 years. iPage started in 1998, while IX Web Hosting has roots dating back to 1999, and operating under its current name since 2003.

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Both companies have a respectable amount of clients, with iPage currently hosting over 1.5 million domains and 1 million websites, and IX Web Hosting having over 110, 000 clients with over 470,000 websites. So how does iPage and IX Web Hosting compare? We’ve done the work for you and our results are below.

Pricing

IPage offers a single hosting plan for just $3.50 per month and filled with features listed below. IX Web Hosting has three shared hosting plans: the Expert Plan for $3.95 per month, the Business Plus Plan for $7.95 per month, and the Unlimited Pro Plan also for $7.95 per month.

Products and Services

Both companies are in tune with their customers and want their clients’ websites to succeed. To start out, they both offer free domain registration. The IX Web Hosting Unlimited plan offers to register three domains for free.

IPage offers free web building tools, and lots of marketing extras such as a $250 “Marketing Suite” that includes credits to use with Google, Yahoo!, and Facebook, as well as directory submission.

IX Web Hosting also offers advertising coupons similar in value to iPage. As well, for extra fees IX Web Hosting offers SSL certificates, professional web design, merchant accounts, and even website migration services.

Web Hosting Features

Both the iPage plan and the IX Web Hosting “Unlimited” Plan are closest in features. They both offer unlimited disk space, data transfer, email accounts, hosted domains, and MySQL databases. Both come with great script and software support, as well as multi media and ecommerce support. The IX Web Hosting plan, however, offers Windows platform support for MS Access databases, ASP.NET, and Windows ODBC/DSN. The IX Web Hosting plan also offers an attractive 15 dedicated private IP addresses.

The other IX Web hosting plans are well suited with unlimited disk space, data transfer, and hosted domains, with just fewer scripting and web developer support. These plans are well suited for most small businesses or personal websites.

Customer Service

Both web hosts offer superb 24 hour telephone support, as well as a host of online manuals, guides, tutorials and articles. No worries for anyone wishing to find help at either company.

Recommendations

The bottom line between these two great hosting companies comes down to the extra features offered by IX Web Hosting. Their plan costs just a little more, but the extras like dedicated IP addresses, Windows platform support, and the great extra products to help business websites gives them the edge. IX Web Hosting gets our recommendation.

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