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IX Web Hosting VS Dotster

IX Web Hosting VS Dotster

Simple pricing and simple hosting. That’s what many are searching for. Dotster and IX Web Hosting offer both – both with three plans to choose from. Simplicity at its best is what one will find at either web hosting provider.

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Dotster offers web hosting from as low as $5.75 a month up to $15.99 a month. Potential web hosting clients can opt to save even more by choosing to host with the provider for specified periods of time. A one year commitment will save 7% overall, two years will save 12% and a three year commitment will save potential clients 20% in total web hosting fees.

Web hosting clients at IX Web Hosting can choose either the basic hosting plan at just $3.95 a month or one of two slightly higher accounts that are both being offered at $7.95 a month. This is a limited time promotional monthly rate so it would behoove a potential web hosting client to take advantage of the savings as soon as possible.

Products and Services

For web hosting clients that need just a bit more than just hosting, IX Web Hosting offers e-commerce and web design solutions. Web hosting clients can purchase an SSL certificate with a 30 day money back guarantee for just $49.95 a year. E-commerce hosting packages come with credit card processing and a payment gateway service bundled in to make online purchasing a breeze. Customers interested in the e-commerce solution need to contact the company directly for pricing information.

In addition to its hosting plans, Dotster also offers VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting. Three different options ranging from $34.95 a month to $79.95 a month allow web hosting clients who have needs that go beyond regular web hosting the room and resources they need. All VPS accounts run on the Linux CentOS operating system and even come with $50 in free credits to be used at Google AdWords. There are no setup fees involved with VPS hosting accounts at Dotster.

Web Hosting Features

If one is looking for a bunch of unlimited features included with a web hosting account, IX Web Hosting delivers. Hosting accounts at this web provider receive unlimited amounts of disk space, bandwidth, hosted domains and sub-domains. IX Web Hosting also offers a large number of one-click installations of highly sought-after programs such as WordPress, OSCommerce, and b2evolution.

All three web hosting plans at Dotster offer plenty of web disk space and optimal amounts of monthly bandwidth. Accounts are set with PHP5, Perl/CGI-BIN, anti-virus tools for e-mail and a web analytics tool. Each account comes with the option to pay monthly or yearly.

Customer Service

The support center at Dotster is designed to make finding help easy. The web site offers a knowledge base, video tutorials, and maintenance and service announcements. The web hosting provider does not offer toll-free telephone support though a support number is offered and only from 6 am to 6 pm PST Monday through Friday.

Support at IX Web Hosting can be received three different ways – live online chat 24×7, toll-free phone call where support is available 24×7 or via support ticket system. The web site also offers FAQs, video tutorials and an online user manual to help those new to web hosting.


Support is often needed in the wee hours of the morning or even in the middle of the night, depending on where one is located. Due to the lack of 24×7 support hours offered by Dotster, the recommendation in this comparison is for IX Web Hosting.

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