Cartika Hosting

Cartika Hosting, a Canadian hosting company, offers several different types of shared and reseller plans, and all are available in either a Unix or NT platform. Four different NT plans are currently available and all use the H-Sphere Control Panel. For this review, we’re going to take a look at their entry-level NT plan, The Small Business Plan, which is priced at $25 CAD.

You’ll get 500 megs of space and 10 gigs of monthly data transfer with this plan, as well as 50 email accounts. The limits are a little low given the price, but several other features are included which increase the overall value of the plan. The plan is most suited to a small business that just needs an online presence, and doesn’t plan on having an enormous ecommerce store or streaming a lot of audio or video files. One domain can be hosted on this account, and one dedicated IP address is provided, making it ideal if you already have your own SSL certificate. If you don’t, you may need to purchase one since it does not appear that a free shared SSL is offered.

SiteStudio website builder is provided free of charge, as well as free anti-spam and anti-virus controls. AWStats is integrated into the control panel and Urchin Stats is also provided if you prefer this application. PHP, ASP, .NET, MS SQL, MS Access, MySQL are all supported and the ability to password protect your directories is included with this plan. You can add White Lists and Black Lists with this account, and you can schedule your own back-ups right from your control panel.

Two free content management programs are offered, as well as two free shopping carts and discussion forum applications. Technical support is offered online 24/7, or by toll-free telephone during regular business hours. A customer support forum is also available if you prefer. It’s always nice to see toll-free support, even if it is only available during regular business hours.

Overall, while this plan is a little light on disk space and transfer, it does offer some nice ecommerce features that are hard to find. A dedicated IP address is usually available only as an add-on, so you do save some money there. The features are well rounded and should make it easy enough for businesses who do not yet have their site developed.

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Posted on 05/8/06 2:31 AM

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