For our series on dedicated servers priced less than $100 per month, we have XLHost.com. This host offers several different bargain priced dedicated plans, but they have a special bargain bin where you can find great deals on a limited amount of servers. Each plan has only a limited number of spaces, so if you’re interested, you may want to act quickly.

For this review, we’re going to take a look at XLHost’s Celeron Closeout server. At this writing, there were only three of these accounts left. This dedicated server comes with a 40 gig hard drive and 1000 gigs of monthly data transfer. It has a 2.4 GHZ Celeron processor, so if you have a site with heavy needs, this may not be the best server for you. However, for most mid-level business sites, this processor should be just fine.

It has 1 gig of RAM, which is nice, since many dedicated server plans in this lower price range usually come with half of this amount. For the operating system, you’ll have a choice between four free OS platforms, including Free BSD and Fedora Core 3. For an additional monthly fee, you can select a Windows platform or Redhat Enterprise Linux 4.0.

There is an additional charge of $35 per month if you want to use CPanel for your control panel. If you’re looking to save money, you can install an open source or lite version of several popular control panels, but they may not provide the extra functionality that you may need. If you plan to resell space on your dedicated server, it is recommended to pay the extra fee for a control panel.

If you need extra functionality for your server, there are several add-ons that start at $15 a month and include extra disk space, extra bandwidth or a remote reset option. XLHost does not require any contracts, so you’ll be able to move on or upgrade in the future without worrying about being locked into a long-term contract. There are no set-up fees, unlike many dedicated hosts .

Support options include an online ticket system, but there is no telephone support at this time. There is an online knowledgebase and you’ll be able to configure different aspects of your account through their account interface on the site.

At $69 per month, even with the extra cost for a control panel, this is a great deal. Even if you can’t take advantage of this plan, XLHost offers several different well-priced solutions for your dedicated server needs.

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Posted on 02/25/06 3:15 PM

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