While may not offer a great deal of diskspace, transfer or email accounts with their starter package, they more than make up for it with their included script library. Currently, their starter plan for Unix based hosting starts at $5.95 per month, with a discount if you purchase a year in advance. A ten day money back guarantee is offered, and you do have the ability to cancel after that time, with pro-rated charges.

For a few dollars more each month, their next highest plan, the Standard Plan features more diskspace, transfer, 150 email accounts and the ability to host up to 50 domains. If you are looking for a little more for your money, we highly recommend upgrading to their Standard Plan.

As mentioned previously, the script library is what makes Dotster stand out from the competition. Even their Starter Plan includes the following scripts for free with any new account: Serendipity Blog, Coppermine Photo Gallery as well as several other photo galleries, web-based games such as Mini-Golf, Rural Racer, WakeBoarding and Tetris, an event calendar, several guestbook options and Word Press. Their higher priced plans feature more CMS’s, scripts and commerce software.

One SQL database is included with the Starter Plan, which would be enough for most personal sites, but may not work for a larger ecommerce or developer site. Email anti-virus is included, as well as an Anti-Spam filter. A webmail client is included, and you also have the ability to use their POP3 feature if you prefer. FrontPage plug-ins are provided, as well as website analytics.

Dotster’s online support control panel is very useful and includes the ability to manage your domain, your billing options, your account and more. An online knowledge base is provided, as well as online customer care support. Phone support is available, M-F from 7:30am to 5pm PST, but you will need to pay for the call.

Overall, our rating for this host dipped slightly due to a lack of provided information for their starter accounts, and the lack of toll-free 24/7 support. However, the included scripts may make this package worthwhile for many webmasters.

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