QWK Hosting offers both shared and dedicated hosting solutions. There are six shared plans, ranging in price from $7.50 to $49 per month. Currently, the set-up fee is begin waived and a monthly special is usually offered. For this review, we’re going to be taking a look at their Kilo Plan which starts at $15 per month. If you prefer to prepay for a year’s worth of hosting, this price drops to $10.75 per month.
The Kilo Plan offers 2.5 gigs of disk space and 20 gigs of monthly data transfer, which are both solid amounts. This account does allow multiple domain hosting, but QWK does not state how many domains will be allowed on each account. Unlimited email addresses are provided and FTP access is available 24/7. There is no mention on whether more than one FTP account is provided, so this may not be a good plan for resellers, even though the plan does allow for multiple domains on one account.
Support is provided for CGI Support (Perl, C, C++), PHP and SSI. An SSL certificate is provided, as well as a MySQL database. We would have liked to have seen more than one database with this account, but in all fairness, QWK does not state if there are unlimited databases or just one. You may need to check with their sales department if you require more than one database.
If you require a Spam or Virus filter for your email accounts, you will need to pay an extra $3 per month, which is a downside for this plan. Many budget hosts are now offering this capability with a hosting account at no additional charge. However, the fee is waived if you select their higher priced plans. In QWK’s favor they do offer a 30-day money back guarantee and a price freeze guarantee, which does offset some of the downsides of this plan.
For technical support, you’ll be limited to an online ticket system, but a 24/7 emergency paging service is available if you have something that goes horribly wrong with your site. QWK currently has a statement up that if you experience problems with an old script called FormMail, they will charge $200 per incident to clean up the mess, so you may want to keep this in mind if you were planning on using this script for your site.
While this plan does have a few issues, overall, it is well priced and should offer most customers the amount of features they need without going overboard.Related Posts:
Posted on 03/28/06 3:38 AM
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