VIP Hosting

Budget hosting is typically known for its cheap price and lack of features. VIP Hosting breaks that mold with their Express Budget Hosting Plan. You’ll find a lot of included extras that would typically drive a monthly fee up much higher than the current $4.95 for this plan.

The Express package comes with 500 megs of storage and 10 gigs of monthly data transfer. While this number isn’t great, when figured in with the monthly hosting cost, it is quite substantial. Average personal sites would fall well within these guidelines, while a more advanced site would most likely need to look at the Gold or Platinum level plan for more diskspace and data transfer. Currently, there is no set-up fee for new accounts, and a free domain name registration is also included.

You’ll get unlimited email accounts, autoresponders, aliases, forwards and mailing lists with this plan as well as your own personal SMTP mail server. This is a great feature that is not commonly found on shared servers, particularly if you have a large mailing list or receive a high volume of daily mail. A free shopping cart, web based control panel, support for PHP, MySQL databases, a free shared SSL certificate and support for several high-end software packages are included with this entry level account.

VIP Hosting provides daily backups of your data, and a very fast set-up time of only twenty minutes. You’ll have seven days to try out their services under their money back guarantee, which should be enough time for most webmasters to get a feel for the company. While this could be longer, it is better than many hosts who do not offer this type of a guarantee.

Online invoices are provided, and toll-free technical support is offered 24/7. If you prefer to use a trouble ticket system, this is also provided free of charge. Site statistics are provided via the popular Webalizer stat program, and VIP Hosting offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee.

Overall, this is a great hosting plan for the money and one that would be hard to beat at this price point. It is most suited for small businesses or personal sites that do not have large databases since this feature is limited to under 200 megs for this account.

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