Mesra.net Sdn. Bhd was established in 1996 and started out as a free web-based email service provider. They extended their services by offering a web directory and information website before venturing into web hosting.
MesraHosting Web Hosting Plans
MesraHosting has quite a lot of different hosting packages to suite everyone’s hosting needs. There are five plans each under the Linux and Windows operating systems, they are Minimum GB, Entrepreneur GB, Mid GB, Mega GB and Max GB. Let’s take a look at the features summary of each plan for the Linux platform.
Linux Hosting Plans
|Hosting Plan||Minimum GB||Entrepreneur GB||Mid GB||Mega GB|
|Domain Per Account||10||20||30||50|
For each plan, you will receive an unlimited number of email accounts and you will be able to host a good number of domains under a single account. Users are also entitled to an unlimited number of email aliases, email auto-responders, mailing list server, web-based email and user FTP login accounts.
On the Linux platform, the web hosting control panel they use is cPanel.
Their Windows hosting plans are quite similar to their Linux offerings, except that you can only host one domain on a single account. You will use the popular HELM control panel to manage your web hosting account.
Exabytes Web Hosting Plans
On the other hand, we have Exabytes whose expertise is hosting websites. Exabytes started out in 2001 but prior to that was already a web host going by the name of hostkaki.com. Exabytes’ specialization and experience is enough to give them a lead over MesraHosting. Exabytes has more than five plans to cater to the needs of most websites out there. Here is a summary of their most popular hosting plans:
|Hosting Plan||EBiz Plus||EBiz Gold||EBiz Gold Unlimited|
* Use coupon code: EXB100WebHosting2013 to get these discounted pricing!
For mere RM291.85 per annum, you’d get:
- Unlimited disk space
- Unlimited monthly data transfer
- Unlimited parked domains, sub-domians and webmails
Therefore, why should you pay 7x more for MesraHosting’s Max GB that only gives you 400GB worth of disk space and caps the monthly bandwidth? Exabytes even has plans to cater for students and bloggers, starting from a mere RM39.00 yearly as in the EBiz Beginner plan. These plans are very affordable to those who do not have advanced requirements for their simple website.
Of course, web hosting is not just all about disk space, domains and data transfers. Exabytes comes with a whole list of freebies and features that will serve your website’s needs well, be it as a blog, an online business or a corporate website. Exabytes hosting plans come with:
- Free 150 Web Site Templates that help you build a website
- Free Google AdWords credits worth RM200
- Two online payment gateways, NbePay and iPay88
The Ebiz Gold plan even comes with the following freebies:
90 days of Submitnet SEO
8 useful tools to help your website get a better ranking in search engines
Backup mail servers
Your emails are stored in a backup server whenever they are unable to reach your primary server due to a network outage
Free domain name
A domain worth RM55 is free for life (MesraHosting charges between RM50 – RM80 for domain registration, depending on the domain that you wish to apply for)
On the other hand, there is no mention of any of these by MesraHosting. It looks as though that MesraHosting is only suitable for regular blogs or corporate websites as they do not have any e-commerce features such as search engine optimisation (SEO) features and shopping carts. This opinion is substantiated by the fact that they do not sell SSL certificates and you would have to get them from a third party, so hosting an online business with MesraHosting will be quite a chore.
Check out our previous review on Exabytes web hosting.
Exabytes vs MesraHosting – is Exabytes better?
Exabytes’s plans are packed with enriching site management, multimedia and hosting account features that will meet your web hosting needs. For all these features, the price you pay is even lesser than MesraHosting’s. Being a long-time player in the market definitely places Exabytes in a position to understand their customers’ needs.
We can use the coupon code: EXB100WebHosting2013 to get discounted pricing from Exabytes.
So, the verdict is that, we do feel Exabytes is a better web hosting company.