When you first read the title of this article, I bet the first thought that came to mind for some of you was “iPage can’t really be THAT different from all the other web hosting providers, right?”. Well, you probably may be right. But then, if iPage is willing to dedicate one whole web page to “What Makes iPage Different?“, there probably are some truth in it, don’t you think so?
In this article, I will discuss some of iPage’s features and let’s see if you will end up being surprise to see how different they are from other hosting providers!
iPage’s handy comparison chart
If you were to look at the overall features of major web hosting companies, you would probably come to the conclusion that majority of them offer the same features. However, I would suggest that you compare these features in a comparison chart. A chart would reflect the differences better.
Talking about comparison charts, iPage has a Handy Comparison Chart, a PDF chart that you can print out to help in your web hosting research. It has a list of features that you can check or cross out when you do your comparison between different hosts.
iPage special features
Now, let’s have a quick look at some of the features that sets iPage apart from some of the other hosting companies in the industry.
As announced before in an earlier article (How to Save Money on iPage Web Hosting), iPage almost always has amazing weekend promotions.
We are not talking about just a small discount. They sometimes offer more than 60% cut in hosting fees! The current weekend deal is
$8.95$2.95 per month.
These extra security features are worth $100 in value and are yours free.
Among the freebies that are bundled together with your hosting package are business verification, account-specific malware and spam scanning, constant network scanning and a security badge for your website. On top of that, you are also able to perform annual full security scan on your account. How’s that for top-notch security.
This suite is worth $50 in value. It includes iPage’s award-winning customer support that is available for all their customers 24/7 through phone, online chat and email support. And you are sure to be happy to learn that iPage’s average waiting time for calls coming in is less than 2 minutes. Of course, they have a good number of articles and tutorials too!
Take a tour around the Internet and you will find lots of people praising iPage’s support team. This comes as no surprise as iPage’s has been in the shared hosting industry since 1995 and it’s partly their level of customer commitment that had made them a world leader in web hosting.
Google Webmaster Tools Integrated
iPage’s vDeck control panel is simple yet dynamic to suit your requirements regardless if you are beginner or an experienced website owner. The other interesting feature here is that iPage’s control panel is integrated with “Google Webmaster Tools“. This means that you now have a more direct and easier way to access AdWords, your sitemap, site search and other Google tools.
Many think that just because iPage doesn’t offer other upgradable hosting plans such as VPS hosting and dedicated servers, their scalability is non-existent. Well, this is far from being the truth. While it’s true that iPage do not offer those plans… yet, they do offer scalability in a different way.
Since most of iPage’s customers are individuals and small & medium size businesses, iPage provides services that would help their online presence grow. Such services include Microsoft Exchange, various options of shopping carts, PayPal integration, Shared SSL, and free scripts.
Green web hosting
iPage is a well known green web hosting company as they are 100% powered by wind energy. This means that they are helping to finance renewable energy facilities in a bid to reduce the environmental footprint of their electricity consumption.
So when you host with iPage, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you had done some part in preserving the environment by having eco-friendly websites.
iPage’s hosting service is very reliable because of their hosting architecture. This is because at iPage, they use a pool of redundant servers to run and serve the websites (as opposed to a single and a backup server by some hosting providers). And they use state-of-the-art Dell servers and redundant T3 connections to its servers. All this help ensure that your website has enough bandwidth, loads fast and most importantly, stays up and running!
With so many great features and freebies worth more than $450, iPage’s plans are definitely priced affordably. No wonder iPage is fast gaining reputation as one of the best hosting provider in town. Should you like to read more about iPage, do check out my iPage review. Meanwhile, you can also pop over to iPage to find out more about them.