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Domain.com is an ideal option for anyone looking for an affordable, middle-of-the-road shared hosting service that won’t break the bank, but will still provide them with the performance and ease of use that they need.
For as little as $3.75/month users can host a website with unlimited disk space and subdomains, though other services like “premium support” will cost extra. Domain.com is also a solid choice for users looking for VPS and WordPress hosting for Linux and Windows, though if you’re looking for a dedicated server, you’ll have to go elsewhere.
For as little as $3.75/month users can host a website with unlimited disk space and subdomains, though other services like “premium support” will cost extra. Domain.com is also a solid choice for users looking for VPS and WordPress hosting for Linux and Windows, though if you’re looking for a dedicated server, you’ll have to go elsewhere
- Compatible both on Windows and Linux
- Easy drag and drop builder
- Series of marketing tools, including Google Adwords bonus and Bing Ad credit
- Prompt customer service
- Highly reliable uptime
- No monthly subscription offers—you have to sign up for at least one year, and the price doesn’t go down if you sign up for longer
- No dedicated server option
- No guaranteed uptime
- Password-protected directory and secure sockets layer support
- 30-day money back guarantee
- Unlimited bandwidth and disk space
- Free domain and WordPress hosting
Ease of Use
Domain.com features an easy-to-use drag and drop website builder that works well even for novice users. Setting up a custom domain is also quite easy, and the company provides a host of YouTube videos to walk users through the process of setting up a new website.
Pricing and Plans
Domain.com offers different pricing options for Linux and Windows. The company does not have any by-month payment plans, and you are required to sign up for at least one year. The prices come out as follows
1-month subscription—on Linux, the cheapest comes out to $3.75/month, and the most expensive is $13.75/month
On Windows, the most basic plan comes out to $4.75/month, while the “ultra” package costs $14.75/month.
For VPS plans, the prices climb significantly. The most basic plan costs $29.70/month, the mid-range is $41.60/month, and the premium costs $41.60/month.
$41.60/mont*Prices last updated May 2018*Prices last updated May 2018
*Prices last updated May 2018
Website Building Features
Though the price tag may put it out of most people’s reach, Domain.com does offer a full service design and marketing package from $249.50/month. It includes design of your website, content for up to 3 pages that has been search engine optimized, as well as a solid marketing plan for the site. Users who opt for the service will also receive monthly consultations with an expert and monthly content marketing.
Domain.com uses Weebly as its website builder. It’s an easy to use drag-and-drop system and is mobile-friendly. The basic version of Weebly is included free with Domain.com hosting, but if you want to upgrade to pro or business—–which have unlimited page numbers and can host more ecommerce products—–this will run you $7.99/month or $18.99/month respectively.
Weebly has over 100 templates and its format and design is highly customizable. It does not offer as many templates as its competitor Wix, nor does it appear to be as visually stunning, for the most part.
The customer service team is helpful and highly responsive. Within less than 2 minutes of sending a live chat response, I received a lengthy, helpful response to my question from a live representative—–despite not being a paying customer. They were still helpful and answered my questions. However, an inquiry lodged via the online form was not answered.
The company also has a 24/7 helpline and an extensive knowledge base and user guides, which are easily accessed online.
VPS and Cloud Hosting
Domain.com does offer VPS hosting, at prices ranging from $29.70/month to $69.75/month. There is no cloud option offered.
The advantage of a VPS (Virtual Private Server) system is that it isn’t shared— – it is a server with its own allocated resources, inside a larger server.
Typically users choose to move from shared to VPS when they need more speed to deal with increased traffic and want more control over their web hosting.
Shared and Dedicated Hosting
Like with VPS hosting, the question of which is better depends on the needs of the user. Moving to a dedicated plan is usually done when a website user needs higher speed and performance to deal with higher traffic. This is crucial if your website has enough traffic, but otherwise there is no need. Regardless, Domain.com doesn’t offer dedicated hosting.
Domain.com has impressive customer support, which answered questions from a non-user within 2 minutes. The 30-day money- back guarantee and the ease of using Weebly mean that the site is a solid option for people apprehensive about website hosting and designing.
That said, it lacks some of the features of other leading website hosting services—–no dedicated server option, no monthly payment plan, and its website builder doesn’t have the extensive selection of rich, customizable templates that services like Wix are known for. It also doesn’t have an uptime guarantee, and online user reviews repeatedly raise questions about security. For a basic-level website it is a good option, though not quite up to the level of some of the industry leaders.
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