iPage vs Namecheap - An In Depth Comparison
iPage is great for small business web hosting and blogging, they are not nearly as good as Namecheap when it comes to domain management. iPage simply does not provide the same level of domain management as Namecheap, they don't offer any really good options when it comes to getting a SSL (helps secure your website for checkout) and they don't offer dedicated ip address. Choosing between these two companies really is all about what you're looking for. If you only have one two domains and are using wordpress or similar CMS, then iPage is probably the better option. If you are planning on managing many domains or want to build large/scalable website then Namecheap is the clear option.
iPage is relatively new compared to some of the other big hosting providers, however they have quickly developed into one of the largest hosting providers in the world. I am convinced that they offer the best hosting service on the web for the price (or at least their introductory price). Their introductory rates are ridiculously cheap, generally under a couple bucks per month. I think part of the reason they are able to keep prices so cheap is because they use a hosting management software called vDeck as oppose to the more expensive industry standard cPanel.
vDeck and cPanel are simply pieces of software that help users interface with and manage various hosting features. I am much more comfortable with cPanel however after playing with vDeck for a couple hours it's clear that it does basically everything that cPanel does. My only concern with vDeck is that it is a newer piece of software so it still may have some bugs. All in all the vDeck interface for managing your website in iPage is ok but not great. Some hosting features are just a little more difficult to find and use than they should be.
My big concern with iPage is not the user interface, but rather the fact that they only offer one hosting plan and this hosting plan does offer a dedicated Ip address. This effectively means that you will not be able to sell anything on your website. This also means that if you ever start to get really good traffic to your website and need to upgrade to a more powerful server they will not have any server upgrade packages. This is a big concern for those looking to scale their websites.
The flip side to this is that for those who just need a simple website such a Wordpress site, iPage is a really good option. They offer a one click install for Wordpress and their technical service is really helpful and friendly if you run into any issue.
Ipage Shared Hosting Hosting Plan Review
This is the cheapest hosting package on the web and the only hosting package that iPage offers. This is a great option for those looking to build a Wordpress site or a get a simple business website up that does not require Ecommerce. This is not a great option for those looking to build a large or highly scalable website.
Unlike many other "unlimited" shared hosting packages iPage does not set hard limitations on database size or number of files on a hosting plan. The other cool thing about this hosting plan is the website speed, Ipage offers one of the fastest shared hosting out there. iPage also gives the user a great deal of control over system settings (for example php.ini is editable).
The one gotcha on this hosting package is after the initial term the price can go up substantially so be sure to read the fine print before you buy or lock in a lower price for a longer term.
Namecheap has a focus on managing domain names, but of course also offers web hosting. I think they offer the best domain management interface out of all the companies in the world. If your game is managing domains they are the place to be. Things that are a big process with other hosting companies - like transferring a domain name to another person are really simple with Namecheap. You don't even have to pay a nickel to have a domain transferred into your account, this makes selling or buying domain really easy on Namecheap because the buyer is not charged fees from Namecheap (they are the only company that does this which is a really unique and cool).
When it comes to web hosting I think they offer a good product at a very reasonable price. I actually really like the Namecheap web hosting packages and they would probably fall in my top three recommendations for a shared web hosting packages. The reason I like their hosting package is because they don't claim to be "unlimited" when in fact they are not (like so many other hosting companies do). They offer a very cheap hosting package with 25GB disc space - which is plenty for the vast majority of small business websites and blogs.
They have a very intuitive and easy to use interface that is not cluttered with spam which makes managing websites really simple. They offer cPanel which is the "Go To" software for managing various features, they also offer Postgres Database and SSH access which many other hosting providers do not offer. They also have a pretty good list of freebies like $50 twitter credits and 4 months free of MOZ which could be great for those looking to build some site traffic.
Namecheap seems to be all around pretty ethical which is another reason I like them, they are not pitching cheaper prices than they charge you and they are not spamming you left and right. I think for those who value ethics, reliability and domain management Namecheap is going to be a really good option.
Value Hosting Plan Review
This package is plenty for the vast majority of websites. It offers cPanel, 25GB diskspace, 5 domains, 50 Mysql Databases , 50 email accounts all for just a few dollars a month.Not to mention a bunch of freebies. I think this is the package that almost everyone should start with, the only limiting factors that might cause you to need to upgrade are the 25GB disc space limit or the 50 email account restrictions. 25GB is more that most website will be using, but if you do hit that point you can always upgrade pretty easily for a couple more dollars a month.
Professional Hosting Plan Review
Just go with the Value hosting package to start, there almost no good reason to pay a few bucks more to get this package. If you are going to need the additional disc space or email accounts just upgrade later, but it's unlikely that many websites are going to hit these restrictions.
The only reason you would want to get this package to start is:
- 1. You want to pay on a month to month basis rather than a year - this is pretty reasonable.
- 2. You need a Postgres Database (not offered in the value package)
Ultimate Hosting Plan Review
You almost certainly do not need this package unless you are storing a bunch of data on your website. Take a look at the value or professional web hosting packages before you purchase this one. Unless you absolutely know you need unlimited disc space and emails this is not the package for you. The only other time you would need this package is if you needed to use Ruby on Rails which is not offered in the other two packages.