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WebhostingPad VS Dotster

WebhostingPad VS Dotster

In 2005 WebhostingPad began offering its brand of web hosting solutions to the US. In that time they have refined their product to be the most affordable and yet filled with features, and grown their business to host over 150,000 domains.

Dotster has a few years on WebhostingPad with at least 10 years of industry experience, and now has millions of domains under management. And not only does Dotster offer great hosting plans, they also are conscious of the environment. Therefore, they purchase 150% of their energy usage through wind energy certificates, and practice other offsets like planting trees and instilling an internal recycling program.

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How does a webmaster choose the right web host? We remove the veil and offer a side-by-side comparison of these two rising hosting companies. Read on to find out our recommendation.

Pricing

WebhostingPad offers a plan at the absolute lowest price of $1.99 per month for 4 years prepaid. If that is too much to pay up front, you can step into their 12-month plan for only $3.95 per month.

Dotster offers three plans to suit most any personal to small business size website. Their Basic Plan is only $5.75 per month, Delux Hosting is just $8.75 per month, and their Ultra Hosting plan is $15.99 per month.

Products and Services

In addition to hosting services, Dotster also offers free domain registration, as well as a free site building tool for new customers. If clients need additional services, they can pay additional money for professional web design, email marketing, local site and social networking, and SEO services.

WebhostingPad offers a free website building tool to their clients as well, along with the best account control software on the market with cPanel software. They give their clients $200 in marketing credits to use for social media and search engine promotion, and offer a 30-day money back and a 99.9% uptime guarantee.

Web Hosting Features

What do you get for these prices? The WebhostingPad plan offers complete unlimited features such as unlimited email, hosted domains, MySQL databases, disk space storage, and monthly bandwidth. They provide support for popular scripting, multi-media, and offer a free eCommerce solution with OS Commerce shopping cart.

Only the Ultra Hosting plan from Dotster compares with the unlimited features. All other plans have limits on bandwidth and disk space. Dotster does also support scripting, multi-media, and eCommerce, and does offer a choice of shopping cart software.

Customer Service

When it comes to technical support, a web host better offer 24/7 support lines. Both companies offer 24 hour email and telephone support. WebhostingPad offers 24 hour live chat as well.

An online help center should be easy to navigate. WebhostingPad’s knowledgebase is just that and offers a host of articles and tutorials. Dotster’s is basically a searchable database.

Recommendations

Dotster certainly has the right idea with a great choice in plans and a solid effort to conserve energy. However, WebhostingPad gets our recommendation for providing a single plan with all the needed features for one low price along with outstanding support.

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