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IX Web Hosting VS Lunarpages

IX Web Hosting VS Lunarpages

The current world economy being the way it is, searching for an economical web hosting provider that does not limit one’s choices and features is a popular task these days. Web hosting providers like IX Web Hosting and Lunarpages are striving to bring potential web hosting customers a variety of options and choices all while keeping monthly costs at a minimum.

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Pricing

Lunarpages offers five different hosting packages to choose from with prices ranging from $2.95 a month on up to $18.95 a month. All hosting accounts are equipped with the standard hosting features one expects and a $700 free bonus that includes registered versions of WinSettings and Photo TurboBackup, Log Creator Entertainment, 60 days of free service at RatePoint, spam and virus protection and much more.

IX Web Hosting offers three hosting accounts starting out at just $3.95 and topping at $7.95 a month. Both of its top options cost the same ($7.95) – so for the money, the Unlimited Pro account would be the hosting plan to choose. All accounts come with tons of great features and a minimum of $100 in free credits to be used for advertising at Google, Yahoo and MIVA.

Products and Services

IX Web Hosting provides some excellent e-commerce tools in addition to the web hosting accounts offered. For $49.95 a year, customers can purchase an e-commerce SSL certificate from the web hosting company. All certificates come with a risk free 30 day refund policy. Merchant accounts are also available at IX Web Hosting. These accounts are credit card processing ready and are connected to a payment gateway service. Interested parties need to contact IX Web Hosting directly for price quotes.

To say that Lunarpages offers a lot is an understatement. In addition to the five hosting packages offered, this web hosting provider also offers Linux and Windows VPS solutions, dedicated server hosting and reseller hosting. Amazingly, everything offered comes in under $100 a month and includes a free domain name no matter which plan you choose (exception of Starter Plan). Resellers can start their own web hosting and design businesses for as low as $5/month per account.

Web Hosting Features

Web storage with Lunarpages ranges from 5 GB on up to unlimited, depending upon the account level chosen. The one rather large downside to the Lunarpages web site is its lack of comparison when it comes to perusing and choosing a web hosting account. Potential customers have to either go through each and every plan offered to see what the features are or choose to go through the web site’s hosting recommendation wizard. In any case, even the most basic account (Starter Plan) comes with an online control panel, MySQL databases, a CGI-BIN, Ruby on Rails/PHP/Perl/Python support, and allows for customizable error pages.

Alternatively, IX Web Hosting does show its hosting plan in a side-by-side comparison. All accounts are minimally set with unlimited amounts of disk space, hosted domains, data transfer and sub-domains. Ruby on Rails, PHP5, CGI and Perl are all included to help those with particular scripting needs. Web hosting clients can choose from either MySQL or PostgresSQL and a corresponding PHP based administration program (phpMyAdmin or phpPgAdmin).

Customer Service

Lunarpages has an extensive support center that includes FAQs, online glossary, tutorials, knowledge base and much more for the do-it-yourself type of web hosting client. The hosting provider has a ticket support system in place and a support phone number to call as well (though not toll-free). The company does provide a 24×7 solution for existing customers via their Help Desk.

Three easy ways to contact IX Web Hosting is the first thing one sees at the providers support section. Hosting clients can opt to chat live with the support staff, call the company’s toll-free number (available 24×7) or open a support ticket. Additionally, IX Web Hosting offers a nice assortment of FAQs and tutorials should a customer wish to handle the issue on their own.

Recommendations

Simply due to the ease of use and comparison ability, the recommendation in this review is for IX Web Hosting. However, if one has the time to peruse each and every hosting option, Lunarpages does offer quite a lot. The web site would perform better in potential customers if it were to offer a side-by-side comparison.

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