CHIhost, based in Chicago, offers quite a hosting plan, but will their fine print make it seem to good to be true? Let’s find out.

Their VIP Elite Plan features 15 gigs of data storage and “unmetered” bandwidth. Upon closer inspection of their fine print, they divide bandwidth into two categories, Xtreme Bandwidth Qualified and Xtreme Bandwidth Unqualified. In order to make sure your traffic is deemed “qualified,” your site cannot have “adult” content, 85% of your downloadable content must be linked directly to your site, your site cannot have the sole purpose of offering downloads and your site must reside on their nameservers. Unqualified bandwidth sites include message boards that are the main feature of the site, sites that are adult in nature, sites that offer downloadable files or if your shopping cart contains over 1,000 items. In this case, you will be assigned a bandwidth limit of 150 gigs per month under this plan. Considering most hosts that offer unlimited bandwidth, this is a very fair offer and most sites should not have any problems.

Unlimited email accounts are provided, and free domain name registration is currently being offered. CHIhost mentions free marketing tools in their documentation but does not go into detail on what they include. However, a free shopping cart, website builder and a webbased control panel are provided. A shared SSL certificate is also available, making this a good choice if you need an inexpensive ecommerce hosting solution.

There is a set-up fee if you elect for their month-to-month billing option, but this is waived if you purchase a year’s hosting in advance. A 30 day money back guarantee will help you give CHIhost a test drive, and their toll-free telephone support should walk you through most problems you may have with your site.

All in all, this is a good deal, and one of the few unlimited bandwidth hosting companies we can recommend.

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Posted on 01/22/06 11:41 PM

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