If you are looking for a smaller hosting plan that won’t break the bank, HostColor may have just what you are looking for. All of HostColor’s plans are available in full yearly amounts only, but the overall prices are less than what you may expect to pay for one month of hosting with another company. For this review, we’re going to look at their Mini-Pack plan which is perfect for personal sites, blogging sites or a very small company that is just looking to get their online presence up and running.

This plan only has 50 megs of data storage and 2 gigs of monthly data transfer. This is a very small amount of space, but again, since this plan is geared towards personal site owners, it should be more than enough. At a price of $25 per entire year, it’s not a bad deal. Three email accounts are included, but if you need more, the next plan up offers several more accounts for just a few dollars more per month.

You’ll be able to have one subdomain with this account, which shouldn’t be an issue for most smaller sites. This plan does not include spam or virus filtering for email, but you will get the option of using two different webmail clients, which can help you get rid of spam or viruses before they are downloaded to your computer. A free website builder is offered with this plan, but before you get too excited, it is really just an open source CMS. Mambo is the CMS currently offered, which should be easy enough for most beginners, but may require some extra time in learning how to use it to its full capability.

One MySQL database is provided, which is handy if you decide to use Mambo since it will require one database. If you need this database for something else, keep this in mind. PHP and FrontPage extensions are supported however. There is also an online file manager which can be helpful if you are not familiar with FTP. The set-up is free, and there is a renewal discount if you decide to stick around for another year. With instant activation, 24/7 toll-free telephone support and help on scripting issues, this is a solid hosting package for beginners.

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