ArielHost makes a good impression with their pleasing site design, easy to navigate plan information and the features that they offer standard on all of their hosting plans. Let’s take a look at their B-1000 Business Plan to see if ArielHost is more than just a pretty face.

This plan offers 1 gig of disk space and 50 gigs of monthly data transfer for $17 per month, which is very reasonable for business hosting. Unlimited domain pointers, subdomains, email accounts, FTP accounts and MySQL databases are all included, making this plan a good value for the money. A small business would have more than enough room to grow with this plan, without having to spend an arm and a leg to do so. A web-based control panel called DirectAdmin is provided, as well as Ariel’s “drag and drop” site builder. This makes it easy for new companies to easily build their site, without having to outsource to a designer, thereby saving them even more money.

PCI Certification Scanning is provided free of charge, and every hosting account comes with the Zend Optimizer and ionCube encoder, also free of charge. All of Ariel’s accounts are run off of the FreeBSD 5.4 Operating System, and several other Apache features are included. Web based statistics are offered, as well as support for Perl, PHP and Python. Several 1-click install scripts are offered, including content management systems, blog utilities, discussion boards and much more.

One of the more interesting things about ArielHost is their commitment to their customers. Unlike many hosting companies, if you do end up going over your monthly limits, they will ask you to upgrade to the next plan up, but they won’t pull your site. This is very nice to see in an industry where bandwidth throttling and unethical hosting companies are giving everyone a bad name. ArielHost offers an unconditional 30-day money back guarantee as well as a 99.9% uptime guarantee.

Support options include toll-free telephone support and a number is also provided for Ariel’s international customers. In addition, a live chat option is available and a help desk. Unfortunately, the hours of operation are not posted and their live chat was not available when this review was being written.

Overall, this plan combines a great price with a stellar amount of features and toll-free telephone support. It’s hard to go wrong with all of that and a 30 day money back guarantee. ArielHost recieved one of our highest rankings for business hosting.

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