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iPage VS WebFusion

iPage VS WebFusion

Both WebFusion and iPage are top-rated web hosting services that have been in business since before the dot-com bust. WebFusion began its hosting services in 1997, while iPage started in 1998. Both successfully survived the dot-com boom and bust and continue to provide satisfied customers with excellent hosting plans loaded with features.

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With so many millions of website owners looking for affordable hosting service, each hosting company must vie for attention toward a specific niche or differentiate themselves from other similar hosts with special features. Both iPage and WebFusion have been successful with their marketing advantage. Here is a closer look at their plans:

Pricing

iPage offers a single shared-server hosting plan for as little as $3.50 per month for a 3-year plan. A 2-year plan is only $4.50 per month. WebFusion offers a set of 3 plans that start as little as $2.99 per month for the Newbie plan, $6.99 for the Techie plan, and $14.99 per month for the Guru plan.

Products and Services

Both iPage and WebFusion offer domain registration service in addition to hosting services. But that’s about where WebFusion services end. iPage, on the other hand, offers their web hosting customers a wide array of extra products and services which include email services, marketing services, e-commerce services, and a long list of website management tools such as professional design, backup and restore, and customized marketing advice.

Web Hosting Features

The iPage strategy for their hosting plan is simple: offer a single plan that has all the features any small to medium business website might need for a low price. That includes unlimited disk space, monthly data transfer, email accounts, hosted domains, and MySQL databases. They also offer great support for a list of scripting and multi-media choices. E-commerce is not a problem for any customer with a choice of shopping carts. The iPage plan is backed by an anytime money back guarantee and comes with over $125 in advertising credits and other marketing help for free.

The WebFusion plans all come with limited amounts of disk space, bandwidth, email accounts, and domains. But the total Gigabytes in each category are more than reasonable. All plans come with scripting support and a 30-day money-back guarantee. How WebFusion stands apart is its choice to customers with a Linux or Windows platform for no additional cost. Windows developers will like the extra support for ASP.NET, MS Access, and MS SQL.

Customer Service

Both iPage and WebFusion know that customer service doesn’t end when hosting plan is purchased. Thus they know that 24 hour telephone and online support is necessary to maintain satisfied customers. While WebFusion offers a nice selection of “answers” to common questions, the iPage knowledgebase is far more extensive consisting of articles and video tutorials.

Recommendations

While the WebFusion set of plans are satisfactory, the iPage plan has all the same features and more for a single lower price. Their support has more contact options and they provide a more extensive online support help center. For all that, iPage gets our recommendation over WebFusion.

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