HostDone offers a variety of budget priced plans for Unix and NT platforms. Let’s take a look at their Personal NT Plan to see what it has to offer.

This plan is ideal for small personal sites, or companies that are just starting out online. The limits are low, but so is the price which is currently $2.75 per month if you purchase a year’s worth of hosting. If you prefer to buy only 3 months worth of hosting, the price goes up to $6.75 per month. You’ll get 200 megs of disk space and 10 gigs of monthly data transfer. While these amounts are on the light side, they are still competitively priced given other budget hosting plans in this price range. 200 megs isn’t a lot, but for a personal site or a small company, it should be more than enough.

A control panel is offered with this plan and you’ll be able to host one domain with this account. However if you need subdomains, aliases or the ability to customize your DNS records, you will need to pay extra for these features. ASP.NET 2.0 and 1.1 are supported, which is a nice feature given the monthly price. We have reviewed several budget NT hosts that only support ASP.NET 1.1, so this is very nice to see. Several ASP components are supported including, CDO, Cdont, ASPEmail, ASPImage and ASPUpload.

10 free email accounts are provided, as well as the standard unlimited forwarders, aliases and mailing lists. A webmail client is offered as well as anti-virus and spam tools. If you need site statistics, these will need to be added on for an additional fee. However, with Google Stats currently being offered for free, you may not need to worry about this. One free MySQL database is provided, which should be enough to run basic ecommerce or personal sites of off. If you prefer an MS SQL database, this can be added on for an additional fee.

The add-ons for this account are numerous and well-priced. For example if you prefer Webalizer site statistics, you can add this feature onto this account for a set-up fee of $1. Awstats is provided at just .75 per domain. Even the pricing for a dedicated IP address is reasonable with a $1.50 set up fee and a $1.50 monthly fee. Given the overall low price for this plan, these little fees shouldn’t be out of reach for small site owners.

24/7 toll-free technical support is provided, which is a very nice touch considering how cheap this plan is. You’ll also have the option of 24/7 chat or support ticket system if you prefer. This is an area that many budget hosts cut corners with and its nice to see this offered for HostDone’s customers.

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