Server Yard

Server Yard Hosting has many different hosting plans, ranging from budget-conscious small plans to unlimited bandwidth plans. For this review, we’re going to take a look at their current special on their Premium Hosting account. As of this writing, Server Yard is offering free set-up and numerous other features with this plan.

It should be noted that in order to qualify for free set-up and the advertised price of $7.95 per month, you’ll have to purchase a year’s worth of hosting in advance. If you prefer to go month-to-month, the monthly cost goes up to $11.95 and there is a $30 set-up fee. The yearly deal does offer a significant reduction in price, but many people prefer not to pay for a year up-front. Server Yard doesn’t mention a money-back guarantee, so it’s hard to recommend purchasing a year in advance without this safety net.

This plan provides 900 megs of disk space and 50 gigs of monthly data transfer per month. For the $7.95 price, this is a good deal, but it falls a little bit to the competition on the monthly price. Still, most sites should stay well within these ranges. 400 email accounts are provided, as well as unlimited autoresponders and forwarders. Spam Assassin comes with this plan as well as a webmail option. The documentation on this plan does not specify how many FTP accounts are offered, so it would be safer to assume that only one comes with this plan.

You’ll get 5 MySQL databases, which is pretty standard for this price range, and should be enough for most sites. One nice feature is that this plan does come with a dedicated IP address, which is usually only found as an add-on for plans in this price range. Other ecommerce features include two shopping carts, but there is no mention on whether a shared SSL certificate is avaialable. Since a dedicated IP address does come with this plan, you’ll be able to have your own private SSL certificate.

Fantastico is offered free with this plan and you’ll also get a free site builder, which can come in handy if you’re not familiar with HTML. CPanel is the provided control panel for managing your site and you’ll also get an online file manager. Support options include a 24/7 help desk and there are numerous tutorials and other documentation in their customer care center.

Overall, this plan is reasonably priced and offers a lot of nice features. It would have been ranked higher in our directory if Server Yard had included a little more information on specific points of this plan.

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Posted on 04/12/06 1:51 AM

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