DotEarth’s E-Commerce hosting plan is very similar to other company’s offerings, but is there anything that makes them stand out? Let’s take a look at what they have to offer. Their E-Commerce plan comes with 1 gig of disk space, and 40 gigs of monthly data transfer. The disk space could certainly be higher, but the transfer limit is in line with other companies. One concern would be that they charge an additional $10 for every gig over this amount, so if your site has regular spikes in transfer, this may not be a good fit for you.

30 email accounts are provided, as well as the usual webmail access and autoresponders. This is a little light when you compare it to other ecommerce hosting packages in this price range, but may be more than enough for your company. A disk-usage meter is provided, as well support for ColdFusion and ASP. You’ll be able to stream Real Audio and Video from your server and support is provided for PHP and Perl.

This package includes SSL and support for real-time credit card processing. Their cheaper accounts do not at this time. An Easy-Store builder is provided, as well as a website creation wizard. DotEarth also offers an ad server with this account, and the ability to check the status of your site to make sure everything is operating smoothly.

24/7 toll-free telephone and email support is provided, or you can get help via their live chat. Their network is monitored 24/7 and offers multiple T3 connections. If you need to check on your site’s log files, you’ll have access to do so, as well as web stats and the ability to manage your log files. This can come in handy when your site receives a lot of traffic or if you need to keep an eye on your disk space.

Overall, the impression from DotEarth is that they’re a little behind in the hosting market. While this is a nice hosting plan, it is not competitively priced, and you could easily find a better plan with another host.

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