Hostway offers many different plan levels for your hosting needs. We’ll take a look at their entry level Gold plan to see what kind of features and service you can expect from one of the leading hosting companies. Normally, you can expect to pay a set-up fee with a new account, but Hostway frequently runs specials where this fee is waived.

The Gold Plan features 600 megs of disk space, and 50 gigs of transfer, but you will be limited to 5 million hits per month for your site. If you are running a site that typically exceeds this amount, upgrading to one of their more expensive plans would be ideal. You’ll get 25 email accounts included with this account, as well as the ability to use webmail, Clean Mail, which is Hostway’s Spam and Virus blocker and a mailman list server is also included. For companies, 25 email addresses may not sufficient, but for a personal website, this should be more than enough.

Hostway’s SiteBuilder software will help you get your site together if you are new to website design. It is somewhat simplistic for advanced users, but can be useful if you are in a hurry. A webbased control panel is also included with this account, to make it easier to administer your site.

Several free scripts are offered with this plan, including Site Blog, and the standard counter and guestbook scripts. However, in comparison with other hosting plans at this price point, the offerings are a bit light. Shockwave and Flash are supported, but no mention is made of the ability to stream Real or Quicktime audio files.

Hostway offers phone and email support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and they also provide a free daily back-up for your site. This is a nice feature, since many hosting companies do this only weekly or monthly. If you frequently update your site, this feature will definitely come in handy.

If you need a Windows server, Hostway also offers a Gold Plan with the same pricing as Unix hosting. Since Windows hosting is typically more expensive that a Unix platform, this plan would be a good buy for a Windows-based site.

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