RoutHost is currently offering three well priced budget hosting solutions. Let’s take a look at what their Gold Plan has to offer and see if it’s worth your time and money.

This plan starts at $11.95 per month, but there is a discount if you pre-pay. Since there is a 30-day money back guarantee, many people may feel that the extra $40 that they would save makes it worth pre-purchasing their server space. However, we always recommend fully researching a hosting company before making this kind of investment.

You’ll get 3 gigs of data storage and 80 gigs of monthly data transfer, which is in line with the rest of the budget host industry. It’s not particularly spectacular, but there are many companies out there that have lesser limits for more money per month. It’s solid enough for most sites, and should offer some room to grow. Unlimited email addresses, autoresponders, FTP accounts, MySQL databases and subdomains are offered, which is a very nice feature. We always like to see an unlimited amount of MySQL databases included with an account, particularly when a host offers Fantastico, like RoutHost does. This feature is available for free, but the SiteBuilder software is an extra $1 per month. This is a strange inclusion, given that many budget hosts offer this feature for free, but it may be worth the extra money to beginner webmasters.

PHPMyAdmin is offered to manage your databases, and several tools are provided for ecommerce sites. Three different shopping carts are offered and support for SSL certificates is provided. However, this account does not include a free shared SSL certificate, or a dedicated IP address, so you’ll need to purchase these seperately. This is not uncommon with budget hosts, but it would have been nice to see at least a free shared certificate.

CPanel version 9 is included with this package as well as several other important features such as daily data back-ups, mailing lists, anti-virus protection and the ability to password protect your directories. Support is offered 24/7, but it is only via an online ticket system. However, a lack of telephone support is all too common with budget hosts, so you really can’t hold it against RoutHost. If this is an important feature, there are still several well priced plans in our database that offer toll-free telephone support, even with a budget priced plan.

For the money, this is a decent plan, and one that offers special features such as SSH access, that make it well worthwhile.

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