iPage is a web hosting provider that has been around since 1998 and provides a wide range of services including shared, VPS, dedicated and WordPress hosting. They specifically focus on helping small businesses get online. In addition, they provide a wide range of features/services such as website building/design tools, hosting utilities, marketing features, email hosting, e-commerce support and exceptional customer support. And that’s on top of the standard features like unlimited disk space, unlimited domain names, unlimited mySQL databases and a free domain.
Website Building/Design Tools
iPage has support for a number of different content management systems – WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. And there’s support for other blogs (PixelPost, b2evolution, etc), photo galleries (Gallery2, ZenPhoto, etc) and forums (Gbook, phpBB, SMF, etc). There’s also support for hundreds of templates/themes that are mobile optimized. And you can use the Weebly website builder to start your site.
iPage provides standard hosting utilities like FileManager, FTP, secure FTP, PERL, server side includes and access/error logs. Some additional features include custom error pages, a URL redirect tool, website backup software and bandwidth/disk usage monitoring.
Because iPage focuses on small businesses, they provide a suite of features to get your small business online. All the plans include a free online store with PayPal integration using an easy 1-click installer. You have your choice of different shopping cart applications such as AgoraCart, OpenCart, OSCommerce, PrestaShop, Zen Card and Tomato Card.
iPage provides online marketing guides to get your site off the ground. You can also take advantage of a $100 Google AdWords or Bing credit to buy traffic for your site. And you also get a free Yellowpages.com listing and a toll-free phone number for your business that you can list on your website.
iPage provides a number of shared hosting options ranging from basic HTML/PHP hosting to WordPress hosting. The Essential and WordPress hosting plans are reasonable and are similar to other hosting providers.
|Essential Plan||Free Domain Name, Unlimited Disk Space, Unlimited mySQL Databases||$1.99|
|WP Starter||Basic WordPress Package||$3.75|
|WP Essential||WordPress Expert Support, Enhanced Security, Super Speed||$6.95|
iPage’s dedicated hosting options have a wide breadth and can not only be extremely powerful but also extremely pricey. If you’re thinking about dedicated hosting, I would highly recommend looking at VPS options that will give you the same control/flexibility and more economical scaling.