iPower Review

ipower-hosting-reviewThe iPower company was founded in 2001 and managed to grow and develop into a great supporter for small and mid-sized online businesses. Their services include web hosting, web design, e-commerce, and domain registration, representing the basics for building the first site for your business or the first blog.

Currently, they service over 1 million customers from over 100 countries, and their network is in continuous growth. The site building platform is an easy drag and drop tool that can be used by both beginners in website building and advanced customers. Also, if the user wants to add a store to his/her site, the process is simple and straightforward.

Their basic offer includes unlimited bandwidth and space (not for all plans), a personalized domain name, access to blogs, galleries and forums and access to the website building tool. Even more, the user can ask for a refund during the first 30 days of using the platform if she/he is not satisfied.

One element if innovation that we haven’t seen on any of the competitors (companies like iPage or 1&1), is the fact that iPower uses 100% green energy for their offices and servers.

Hosting Plans & Features

For Web Hosting, the iPage offer includes three separate plans that allow users to choose according to their budget. According to their level of access, all iPage plans include important features like:

  • Email features – 500MB of space, POP3 email accounts, auto-responders and account forwarding
  • Website Builder platform – access to specialized tools for blogging and templates
  • Web statistics – helpful to follow the business’s trends
  • E-commerce – access to the AgoraCart and PayPal Shopping Cart
  • Hosting utilities – access to FTP, its management and subusers, and the possibility to implement secure FTP
  • Marketing tools and various promotions
  • Access to the Mojo Marketplace for added features and apps

Besides web hosting services, the iPower company also offers VPS and dedicated hosting services for companies with high levels of traffic and large number of online transactions. Before choosing this type of service though, you should know that they only offer Linux-based dedicated servers. This makes it impossible to build websites on Windows.

They also offer backup and restore services which, just like with iPage, are charged separately ($12.95/yr).

Features Starter Pro* Pro Plus
Price per month $3.99 $3.95 $11.99
Disk Space 5GB Unlimited Unlimited
Bandwidth 250GB Scalable Scalable
Personalized domain name $8.99/yr 1 Free 3 Free
Domains allowed 1 Unlimited Unlimited
ShopSite Starter Plus
POP3 Email Accounts 1 2500 Unlimited
Access to site builders Limited Limited Unlimited
Marketing tools Yes Yes Yes
Web Statistics Yes Yes Yes
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*The Pro plan is currently on sale but the renewal will be made at a regular rate

Bandwidth & Disk Space

The bandwidth is supposed to be unlimited on more advanced plans, but the iPage (just like iPower) also mention that, in the eventuality a user’s needs of bandwidth overcomes their possibilities, the will be forced to apply limitations. Their solution in this case is to discuss scalable possibilities like using one of their VPS servers.

This happens because iPower uses a shared architecture, meaning that all their clients use the same data transfer ways.

Reliability & Support

iPower offers the classic elements of support: email, chat and phone (available 24/7). There is also a knowledge base rich in technical and non-technical information. The User Guides section is created to fill the gaps between the other elements of support.

Ease of Use

The platforms offered by iPower are indeed easy to use and control, offering a rather wide variety of dashboards so the user will know the state of his/her site in the online business world. Adding and creating an e-commerce site is quite simple, but the ease of use stops here as importing and exporting data is quite difficult.

Final Thoughts

PROS:
  • Many dashboards that are simple to use
  • Drag and drop site builder
  • Easy to create online stores
CONS:
  • Importing and exporting data is complicated
  • Developed businesses will be charged more

iPower is a platform for starter to medium businesses and they work great for people who need a blog or a simple WordPress site. Things get more complicated if your business requires large data transfers and a wide range of online transactions as the current iPower infrastructure is not prepared for this.

8.6 Total Score
Excellent!

Performance
9
Reliability
9.4
Reliability
9.5
Customer Support
8.8
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