If you are looking for a cheap, entry-level hosting package, APlus.net has a lot to offer. They offer Unix and Windows hosting, at similar levels and pricing, but for this review, we’ll focus on their Unix start plan. When you compare this plan to several other budget hosts, it does fall down in some cases, and shines in others. Let’s take a look at what this hosting plan can offer you.

The starter Unix plan features 350 megs of diskspace. For most users, this should be more than enough. A generous allotment (for the price) of 25 gigs of bandwidth is included as well, again, more than enough for the average user. This plan only offers 5 email addresses, but you do have the ability to add more in the future, at a fee of $4.99 per month per block of ten addresses. When many other plans are featuring either a few hundred email addresses or even unlimited accounts, this is one area that APlus.net does not perform. In addition, the set-up fee of $10 lowered their overall score just a bit. You can however, have this fee waived if you pre-pay for one year. Given the monthly cost, that is not terribly unreasonable.

You do however get a free domain name registration, as well as an online control panel, instant activation and the ability to see all of the invoices for your account online. This is a nice feature, particularly for small businesses that need to keep track of their website expenses.

The uptime guarantee is 99.9% and you’ll also receive a 30-day money back guarantee. You’ll be able to access APlus.net’s live chat if you run into problems with your account, or you can use the knowledge base to find your own answer. Telephone support was not mentioned on their site at this time, so it appears that online help is the extent of their support offering.

Overall, this is a great account if you or your client just needs a cost effective online presence that can be set-up quickly. However, there are many hosts that specialize in just this type of hosting plan and you may be better served to keep looking elsewhere.

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Daily Hosting News Briefing for 05/24/2006

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