AlwaysWebHosting has three shared hosting plans that start at $6.95 per month. All of their account feature a 99.9% uptime guarantee, the ability to host up to 10 domains and currently there are no set-up fees. Let’s see what their Gold Plan has to offer.

This plan starts at $9.95 per month, but there is a reduction if you wish to purchase three, six or twelve months of hosting in advance. You’ll get 4 gigs of disk space, and 75 gigs of data transfer, which has just been upgraded from 1 gig and 35 gigs respectively. For the money, these amounts are quite good and should be more than enough for a small or medium sized business or a large personal site. Unlimited email accounts are provided, as well as webmail access for each one.

Domain names are a bit expensive with this host, currently priced at $15 each, so if you need a domain, you may want to purchase one from a separate registrar and have it point to the correct nameservers for AlwaysWebHosting. Other features for this account include CPanel 10.8, and a demo is provided if you have never used this control panel before. Flash, Shockwave, Java and PHP are all supported with this account, as well as SSI. Fantastico is offered, but they appear to have only 57 scripts included, instead of the usual 110+.

Unlimited MySQL databases are included, and FTP access is provided 24/7. There was no mention on whether you only receive one FTP account or several, so if this is an issue, you may want to check with their sales department before purchasing this plan. Support is provided for a shared SSL certificate, but since this plan does not come with a dedicated IP address, you won’t be able to use a standard SSL certificate.

For technical support options, AlwaysWebHosting offers IM support and a customer forum. Online tickets are also available, as well as telephone number, but there is no indication on the support team’s available hours of operation. We always like to see at least some form of support offered 24/7, and this omission lowered their overall ranking.

All in all, this is a nice hosting plan that is well priced and offers some good features. However, their technical support options could be improved and they could provide a little more information on their site to answer potential customer’s questions ahead of time.

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Posted on 03/30/06 3:15 AM

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Features ++++++++-- (8/10)
Reliability ++++++---- (6/10)
Support ++++------ (4/10)
Price +++++++++- (9/10)
Total +++++++--- (6.75/10)

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