IntraHost is currently offering all new customers an gift certificate, just for signing up for a new hosting account with them. Even the budget plan qualifies for a small gift certificate, so let’s see what these plans have to offer. We’ll be looking at their Beginner Plan, which is priced at $9.95 per month. This plan is eligible for a $10 gift certificate, but you can get up to a $100 certificate if you purchase their highest level plan.

There currently is no set-up fee for this plan, which is always nice to see. If you decide to purchase a year’s worth of hosting in advance, you’ll also get two months free, which makes it an even better value with the gift certificate. This plan offers 40 megs of disk space and 1.5 gigs of bandwidth, which should only be useful for the smallest personal sites that don’t require a lot of extra space. This amount is very, very low, especially when you consider the monthly price.

50 email accounts are provided, which is a little better, but keep in mind that it would not be a good idea to leave your mail on the server with this plan. 5 mailing lists come with this account, and you can host up to 3 subdomains. 3 FTP accounts and 3 MySQL databases are also provided. The control panel for this plan is a proprietary panel, but they do offer a screenshot so you can get a basic idea of what you’ll be working with. A file manager is provided, and NeoMail is the available webmail client.

Two shopping carts are offered, as well as a shared SSL certificate, which is nice, but given the disk space limits, it may be difficult for a business to use this plan. Two site statistic programs are provided, and the standard CGI scripts are also included. Support is offered for Perl and PHP and for your database management, they provide a copy of PHPMyAdmin.

Their technical support makes this plan an overall better value, with 24/7 telephone and support ticket support. In addition, some great tutorials are also provided. This feature really helped their overall ranking, but this plan could use just a little bit improvement, especially on the disk space allotment.

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Posted on 05/22/06 8:44 PM

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