iPower Hosting review
Ipower offers not only high quality web hosting services, but also loads of other free add-on features such as $75 worth credits to advertise using Google Adwords and Yahoo! Advanced Search. Their web hosting services start at $4.95/month and the customers get all the standard options such as unlimited bandwidth, disk space, FTP and e-mail accounts, along with a free domain name and international domain name support.
The customers are permitted to host unlimited number of domains, while they also get facilities of forwarding accounts & setting auto responders, Spam-filtering, WebMail access and the power of free website creator (by CM4all).
The hosting package also allows the customers to create up to 9 free stunning web pages effortlessly, and do much more. The package also includes 100 free website creator design templates, graphical web statistics program, CGI error logs, access logs, ShopSite Starter (with 15 products), PayPal Shopping Cart integration, AgoraCart, and OsCommerce shopping carts.
Customers get access to 25 MySQL databases, and the web hosting package of Ipower supports CGI-BIN, Perl, PHP 4 & 5 and all Server Side Includes.
However, one of the disappointing features of the web hosting package offered by IPower is the lack of the ever-green cPanel, which is replaced by a relatively inferior Control Panel (vDeck 3.0), not liked by many of the customers.
Apart from that, there aren’t too many downsides of iPower’s hosting services, and the customers get free Google webmaster tools, Carbonite online backup, SubmitNet (Search Engine Optimization) (at additional cost though), Google custom search engine and a 60-Day free membership of RatePoint.
As far as the world-class technology used by iPower is concerned, they have high performance servers with multiple Gigabit & Fiberoptic connections on diverse backbones, NetApp Snapshot data backups and two separate data centre locations.
Their networks make use of Cisco Routers using BGP4 protocol, UPS power back-up, diesel back-up generator, 24×7 network-monitoring, and their set-up is 100% wind powered.
What’s more, there are several handy plug-ins offered by iPower such as Form Mail Script, Guest Book (GBook), phpBB Bulletin Board, WordPress Blogging Software and the X7 Chat that save valuable time of website owners. Lastly, IPower also helps them in installing these components with just a mere click.
As a whole, if you can survive without the traditional cPanel and cope up with occasional downtimes, iPower is definitely a nice option for sure. However, it is not one of the cheapest web hosting providers for sure, nevertheless their services are indeed worth the money.