If you have been researching hosting providers, you will probably have come across BlueHost, HostGator and FatCow. There are some lesser known providers however which also offer a decent, reputable web hosting service. IPower is one such provider, with their services primarily aimed at small website users. While IPower do pack a lot of power for their punch, and offer great value rates, there is a reason that they are not mentioned in the same sentence as FatCow, HostGator and BlueHost. We give Ipower a rating of 3 out of 5. Here is our full review of the Ipower web hosting service:
Who Should Use IPower
This particular hosting provider is a great choice for start-ups who are looking for the most affordable web hosting service. The user interface is not the most friendly, so is only really suited to those with some previous knowledge of managing a website and using a hosting back-end system. We wouldn’t recommend it for beginners. The feedback that we have received from beginners regarding IPower is that it is difficult and messy to navigate.
Pro’s & Cons
The key benefit of IPower is definitely their price plans. Their rates are pretty hard to match, especially considering they run promotions from time to time offering mega low rates to new users. There are three plans with features and pricing to suit every budget and a range of business types.
The real downfall of the IPower hosting service is that many of their customers report periods of unexpected downtime from time to time. This inconvenience is documented in many IPower web hosting reviews. Unless you are familiar with the interface or hosting providers in general, their system can be very hard to use. Their customer service is improving, but is nowhere near the standard of some of the other top web hosting providers.
IPower offer three web hosting packages – Starter Plan, Pro Plan and Pro Plus. The Starter Plan starts at a rate of just $3.99 a month and is perfect for small businesses, offering a basic level of bandwidth and disk space. The Pro Plan starts at a rate of $7.49 a month and offers unlimited bandwidth and disk space as well as a free domain name. The Pro Plus Plan too offers unlimited bandwidth and disk space as well as 3 free domain names. Plan for this packages start at $11.99 per month.
Similar to Ipage, this hosting company was acquired by the Endurance International Group. It was originally founded in 2001, by Thomas Gorny. It is currently responsible for serving over 1 million customers worldwide. Their hosting services are largely aimed at small-medium sized businesses. The company headquarters is based in Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. The building also serves as the headquarters for IPower’s sister sites – StartLogic, IPowerWeb and Blue Domino.
If you have a low budget and are looking for a cheap hosting provider, IPower are the way to go. If you are a start-up, and have some website knowledge, you can benefit from the services of this particular hosting provider. For bigger sites with bigger budgets, IPower is a no-go area.