iPage Review

Founded: 1998

iPage Top 10 Best Web Hosting

iPage is an industry leader in domain management and web hosting since 1998.  They have been hosting websites for business, personal, social, and non-profits for more than 13 years. iPage offers great flexibility in their hosting services and features with their primary focus on your website, email and online security.

They offer many features for creating your website whether it be for personal blogging or your small business, also assisting with your branding and visibility online.  Your email can be just as if not more important than your website for promoting your service or site content. iPage has every modern email feature a user could want and offers a simple email setup process. iPage also boasts a better online security package than most web hosting services with features like “SiteLock” security included in your web hosting plan.

iPage is also a Green web hosting service powered by 100% wind energy and allows customers to embedded a green logo on their site showing their commitment to green hosting and attracting eco-friendly visitors.

Price

iPage offers a lot of features and services for the cost. It is great for everyone from a first time web page creator to a web programming veteran. iPage has one hosting plan, the "Essential Plan".

Plan Details:

12-Month Term24-Month Term36-Month Term
$8.95 / mo $7.95 / mo $6.95 / mo
Billed $107.40Billed $190.80 Billed $250.20

The plan pricing listed is the regular rate. Like many web hosting services, iPage offers promotional pricing for the first year, which is currently $3.95 / month. While iPage's plan pricing may not be the cheapest, it is the best value considering all the features and credits which come standard, including information about an industry exclusive "SiteLock" subscription ($99 Value).

iPage also offers an "Anytime Money-Back Guarantee". This means that within the first 30 days, they'll refund your hosting fees in full if you are not satisfied, and refund your fees at a pro-rated rate after that. There is also a non-refundable $15 domain fee, ensuring that if you are not satisfied with iPage as your hosting company you still will not lose your domain.

Features

iPage has a large array of features included standard in their hosting plan. A really nice feature iPage offers is the integration of the Google Control Panel so you'll have access to Google's AdWords and Webmaster Tools from within iPage's control panel. This makes iPage very attractive for customers starting their first website or small businesses looking to save money.

Core Features
Unlimited Disk Space
Unlimited Transfer Bandwidth
Unlimited Hosted Domains
Unlimited MySQL Databases
 
Web Creation & Design Services
Free Drag and Drop Site Builder
Template-Based Site Builder
Personalized Domain Name (1 Free Domain)
Blog Setup Wizard
Photo Gallery Setup Wizard
Google Custom Search Engine
 
Marketing Tools
Google Webmaster Tools
$75 Google AdWords Credit
$25 Yahoo!/Bing Search Credit
$50 Facebook Ad Credit
Free Yellowpages.com Listing
Free Toll-Free Phone Number (US Only)
 
Email
Unlimited Domain Email Addresses
Webmail Access
Email Forwarding
Autoresponders
Customizable Spam Filters
Virus Checking
 
Hosting Technology
User-Friendly Control Panel
24/7 Network Monitoring
Enhanced "SiteLock" Security Suite ($99 Value)
High Performance Load Balancing Servers
Visitor Stats & Site Traffic Reporting
Multiple Data Center Locations
 
Customer Support
Extensive Online Help Center & Knowledge Base
24/7 Phone, Email, & Live Chat Support
Calls Answered in Under 2 Minutes
Step-by-Step Video Tutorials
North American Tech Support
 

Ease of Use

iPage gets high marks for their ease of use. You don't have to be a web programming genius to design a website and host it using iPage. They offer a user-friendly, intuitive control panel and nice site creation tools like their Weebly drag and drop site builder. You can quickly create and publish a professional looking site without writing a single line of code. Unfortunately if you would like unlimited pages, embedded audio files, password protection, or downloadable files, then you have to pay and extra $9.95/mo for Weebly Premium. They also offer access to Amazing Web Templates with over 6,000 pre-made designs. Their website is also very easy to navigate and interact with.

iPage offers a vast array of add-on scripts that are very simple to integrate into your site. These include blogs (WordPress), forums (phpBB), content management (Joomla, Drupal), mailing lists (iContact), photo galleries (coppermine), eCommerce (iPayment), and many more. Integration is as simple as clicking on the add-on you desire then clicking "Install".

Reliability

Your website and email will be reliable with iPage. Websites are served off a pool of servers from multiple data center locations which means the fastest machine available will serve your website and your website will have virtually no down time. iPage has 24/7 network monitoring, UPS power backup and generators, and performs daily backups of your website. Their facilities are staffed 24 hours a day by on-site security guards.

iPage also offers an industry exclusive security suite from "SiteLock". This ensures that your site is being monitored every day against malicious attacks. This is a very nice feature for your peace of mind that is included in your hosting plan. Most other web hosting services offer this at an added cost. While iPage makes no uptime guarantee, they have put many measures in place to ensure your site is never down.

Marketing Tools

iPage offers a ton of marketing tools for you to promote your site. Many of these are included at no extra charge.

  • Constant Contact - for email marketing campaigns
  • Integrated Google Webmaster Tools - optimize your site for top search results
  • $75 Google AdWords Credit
  • $25 Yahoo!/Bing Sponsored Search Credits
  • $50 Facebook Ad Credit
  • Free Yellowpages.com
  • 60-Day Membership to RatePoint's Newsletter Manager
  • Free Toll-Free Phone Number (US Only)
  • Search Engine Optimization

When used in combination, these features offer great visibility and marketing for your website. Whether you want to increase traffic to your blog or get visitors to view your products and purchase your services, these tools help you get started. You can monitor which tools give you the best results so you can target only the tools and keywords that produce marketing results for your site.

Many eCommerce options are offered through iPage including credit card payment add-ons and customizable shopping carts. PayPal and Google Checkout shopping cart integration are also offered for an extra $2.95/mo.

iPage also collects visitor statistics and site traffic information helping you determine how your visitors are getting to your site and what links they click on while browsing your site. This is an invaluable feature as it helps you target future visitors and adjust the design of your site to make it work better for you.

Customer Support

iPage has an extensive knowledge base, step-by-step video tutorials, and an FAQ section that are easy to search and understand. However, if you can not find an answer using the knowledge base or tutorials, iPage has 24/7 phone, email, and chat available also. They are very quick to respond to emails and the average phone wait time is less than 2 minutes. iPage also has a support ticket system so you can easily follow your questions to customer support and their responses to you. The customer support staff is based in North America and very knowledgeable.

Customer Reviews

ITWrite Review
September 1, 2015Price
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Kraig SEase of Use
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iPage is fine as far as their servers and quickly taking care of technical problems; however, there are a few things you need to be aware of: 1.The price goes WAY up for renewal. 5x the original price! 2. The security cert doesn't match your email domain. Causes lots of email client problems. 3. Some of iPage's customers apparently send enough spam that some mail servers block our mail too.
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Couldn't Be HappierWrite Review
January 14, 2015Price
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Nicole GeraciEase of Use
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Burbank, CA Marketing Tools
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Full blown beginner, needing an "Online Presence" like 25 minutes ago... so to satisfy the request for my company's online presence, I set out to solve the void by Monday... and I spent quite a bit of time reading this and that and kept finding iPage was clicking all the boxes "Google Search" listed to accomplish my goal... value pricing, a new business must & value service, a web newbie must!
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