Doublewide Hosting’s slogan is “Best of all, it’s a doublewide.” While this may or may not be something to live up to, let’s take a look at their hosting plans and see what they have to offer. Currently, there are several available plans that are all reasonably priced and vary only by the amount of disk space, transfer, the amount of email accounts and MySQL databases. For this review, we’re going to take a look at their Silver Plan.
This plan is currently priced at $16.95 per month and includes 2 gigs of disk space and 20 gigs of monthly bandwidth. This is a reasonable amount given the price and is pretty well in line with most other budget hosting packages. 100 email accounts are included, but there is no mention on the amount of aliases or forwarders that come with this plan. If this is an area of concern for you, try checking with Doublewide ahead of time to make sure that your needs will be met.
5 MySQL databases are provided with this account, but if you need additional databases, the next level up offers twice the amount. This is an area that could use improvement, particularly since Fantastico is offered with this plan, but most of the applications included with Fantastico require their own SQL database. This is definitely an issue to keep in mind before you begin installing a bunch of applications you may not need.
With Fantastico you’ll get several shopping carts, blogging utilities, content management systems, mailing lists and much more. For ecommerce sites, this plan also offers SSL certificate management, but there is no mention of a free shared SSL certificate. You may need to purchase your own SSL certificate if you plan to set up a secure store for your site.
Support is provided through an online form, and there do not appear to be any other support options, or documentation of when the support team is available. This is one specific area that Doublewide could definitely work on and it contributed to an overall lower ranking than they would have had.
Posted on 01/30/06 3:13 AM
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