hosting review

December 6th, 2007 | by admin | as Host Reviews is one of the world’s largest domain name registrars with well over 3 million domain holdings. A trusted host with thousands of customers worldwide, Dotster is an impeccable hosting provider focused on satisfying the needs of all its clients.

The company offers five distinct hosting plans that range from a very basic setup to more complex feature rich options. The first starter plan offers a basic solution that is more suited for small personal sites or blogs. With a reasonable 5gb storage space accompanied by 250gb of available bandwidth this might seem a reusable option but the fact that only one domain and MySQL database are permitted, makes it a very basic solution even for the low price of $5.25mo. For a little extra, only $7.95mo, the standard plan might be the best option seeing as it permits for the hosting of 50 domains and 10 MySQL databases. The Advanced plan is a slight improvement over its predecessor but to a certain extent expensive, especially when bearing in mind the price $12.95mo. With 200gb storage space, 1000gb bandwidth, 15 MySQL databases, 100 domains and 300 email accounts the Advanced plan does offer some reasonable alternatives. The Pro hosting package offers 35gb storage, 1500gb transfer and the possibility to host up to 250 domains. With a price of $17.95mo the hosting plan does provide a few more resources but none that would actually justify the extra money. Dotster offers one last plan, the Premium, with 50gb storage, 2000gb transfer, 25 MySQL databases, unlimited email accounts and unlimited domain hosting for $25.45mo. All hosting plans come prepared with a SiteBuilder website creation tool and many ready to install scripts. Once again it is important to note that payment options have a significant impact on the final cost given that one must purchase the two year plan to benefit from the promotional prices publicized.

For enquiries or consumer support, Dotster provides an extremely professional customer service that will resolve all problems easily and continently. Furthermore the site is extremely functional and simple to navigate making it possible for a user to create an account in a few minutes. A detailed help section is also available which answers most questions any customer might have.

When conducting payments accepts all major credit cards and Paypal, although this is only true for domain purchases. Web Hosting or Email packages require a credit card which is unfortunate since many customers do find it more convenient to use Paypal. This is really something that should be rectified for greater customer satisfaction.

Dotster is a great host that should satisfy even the most demanding customers. The only negative points go to the fact that a monthly payment option is not available, making it an expensive service for anyone that does not have the funds required for the upfront payment and that the Starter package only permits for one database. The positive aspects include the outstanding stability and generalized quality that has made Dotster a favorite amongst experienced webmasters.

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