Founded in 2015, IdeaHost are part of the giant EIG (Endurance International Group) group and are based in Houston, Texas (USA). The company provides multiple shared hosting services for multiple needs which include essential features such as cPanel, Softaculous, free one-time domain registration, website management tools etc. They back their services with a 45-day money back guarantee and a generous 24/7 online support.
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The company is a rather new entry to the market compared to other companies that pertain to the same EIG brand, but they have managed to make a reputation for themselves during this time, mainly due to the fact they receive financially substantial help from their parent company on a constant basis.
In order to see how well they perform, I decided to create an account and subscribe to a plan of theirs. Let’s see how well they performed.
What struck me from the beginning was the obvious simplicity and user-friendliness of the hosting plan acquisition. The whole process took no longer than a few minutes to complete, including the payment phase. Even if you manage to buy your hosting plan the very same day, you’ll still have to wait around 24 hours to be able to make any changes to your website due to the habitual domain name propagation process.
IdeaHost exclusively offer shared hosting plans which are subsequently divided in 3 plans starting at only $2.99 per month. It includes basic features such as 500 GB disk space and unlimited bandwidth, whereas the other two which are sold for $3.99 and $4.99 respectively come with many other features, such as extra disk space, bandwidth and marketing credit (only for the $4.99 plan).
The aforementioned website builder is probably one of the best features IdeaHost have got in the box for you. If you don’t want to mess with WordPress or any other CMS for that matter, you could easily build your website in no time with the versatile website builder. To name a few of the features you are bound to receive, they have got high-quality templates for you to choose from along with a few other tools designed to help you throughout the no-brainer process. However, do not expect the same versatility and reliability as WordPress provides. As opposed to the in-house website builder, WordPress is open-source CMS, which means anyone can contribute to making it better. As days go by, WordPress just keeps getting better and more user-friendly – whereas the built-in website builder does not benefit from even half of the features WordPress does.
With regard to the uptime and performance of the servers, my website was up 100% of the time during the month I continually tested it and scored amazing performances, so I really cannot complain about anything concerning these two rather ubiquitous issues.
While I really love their shared hosting plans, they do not provide anything else. If you are ever in need to upgrade your hosting plan to a VPS, cloud or dedicated server, you’ll have to look for a new host. If you plan on using their services long-term and are aware that your website will eventually grow into something your shared account cannot hold, you should not choose them in the first place. In any other case, go with them, they’re worth every penny.
Let’s look at each of the shared hosting plans though and see whether they’ll be able to fulfill your needs:
- The $2.99 per month plan comes packed with 500 GB worth of disk space and is ideal for small-sized blogs and businesses in need of a quick, straightforward and hassle-free hosting solution. Now, you may be tempted to think of the “unlimited-everything” offers rival companies provide, but you must know that those are really just “unmetered” features, meaning that if you exceed an usually hidden cap imposed by the respective company, you will destabilize the whole network, including your website.
- The $3.99 per month offer comes packed with the same features as the $2.99 one and many other things, such as the ingenious drag-and-drop site builder.
- Finally, the $4.99 plan is similar to the previous two plans with the exception that this one provides $300 worth of marketing credits for you to make use of, spendable on Google AdSense and Bing Ads. If you want to accrue your first site visitors, these credits will surely be able to help you.
The company being owned by EIG may represent an advantage or disadvantage depending on a case-to-case basis. I personally find it to represent a disadvantage because the bigger the company conglomerate is, the likelier they are to look at you as a simple data entry on a sheet of paper.
Having said that, IdeaHost are not for everyone. Them not providing anything else other than shared hosting plans is, again, pretty bad for a couple of reasons. First off, if your website grows, you’ll have to switch over to another host to come to par with the new resource requirements.
Secondly, shared servers come with intrinsic disadvantages themselves. To name two of them, we have instability and unreliability, along with many, many others. However, if you only plan on creating and hosting a permanent small-sized business or blog, you’ll do just fine paying $5 per month at most. Good luck!
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