The basic $1.99 per month hosting package on iPage includes unlimited disk space, email addresses, domain registration, security suite, site building tools, and eCommerce tools. They even have a 30-day money back guarantee and are completely powered by wind energy! Sounds great, right? Maybe not. Let’s have a look.
iPage is ridiculously inexpensive. Their $1.99 per month rate applies to every offer, not just the 36-month package. This makes iPage one of the cheapest web hosts available.
Signing up for the service was quick and there were no surprise add-on fees in the final checkout process, as is common with web hosting services. Our subscription included SiteLock security, which helps prevent security breaches. Some packages even include malware removal. We also received firewall protection without any additional costs.
It was almost surprising how much we got for how little.
Seemingly everything one could want comes standard with a $1.99 per month account.
The iPage website builder is functional, if basic, but design is not limited to a single platform. Many different platforms, including WordPress and Weebly, come ready to use with your account. An online store was a nice option, but there are many better platforms available.
iPage takes security very seriously with business verification, malware scanning, and network scanning all standard. Their two data centers are secured through constant monitoring.
Every new account includes $100 to use on Google AdWords, $100 for Bing, a free YP.com listing, and an analytics suite.
All of this great functionality comes with a catch. Over the last ten months, iPage has had an average uptime of 99.898%. That may seem high, but keep in mind that it is significantly lower than the 99.99-100% average records of most other web hosts we have encountered. That 0.10% of downtime represents hundreds of outages and hours of no service. This can very negatively affect your website if you rely on uptime, specifically in the eCommerce field.
Aside from the poor uptime, page loading times are nearly 50% slower than average! So far in 2017 the average loading times have been over 950ms. For context, the average loading times of the competition clock in at around 700ms. This not only affects user experience, it will hurt your SEO and your conversion rate. Not only does Google hate slow websites, your site visitors will, too!
Speaking of high percentages, once your initial contract expires the cost of the service leaps to $8.99 per month. This represents a jump of over 350%. At that point the lesser service becomes more expensive than most great services.
iPage sounds great on paper. They provide pretty much everything a user could want at a ridiculously affordable rate. The only problem is that once you dig a bit, you find out that you get what you pay for. The uptime rate is below standard and the loading times are dismal. There are many better services out there and in this case it’s definitely worth looking into something more expensive.