Web Hosting Reviews: BlueHost, Hostnine - HostNine
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I do not use HostNine, however, I have been part of a forum (here) that has had some people who use HostNine and who have posted comments concerning it. I will endeavor to give as balanced a review as possible (considering that it is increasingly hard to get positive feedback from a majority of users who submit reviews). HostNine offers the set of services shown below.
HostNine Plans Listed:
HostNine Basic Plan
$3.95/mo., 5,000 MB, 100 GB
HostNine Standard Plan
$6.95/mo., 10 GB, 150 GB
HostNine Entry Reseller
$19.95/mo., 15 GB, 150 GB
Unlike Hostgator, who enter into pretty much every niche, and have something for everybody, HostNine has three basic plans. The packages are competitively priced, but it seems price is not everything. To make sure that these forum members were not simply out to destroy HostNine, I sampled other user forums. Generally, HostNine users do not report high levels of satisfaction with the web host. Check here for some user experiences. Before we take a look at how all this grief started, we will look at what HostNine has to offer its users.
HostNine has a great package for entry resellers. It is not a lot of space, but it gives you options to resell unlimited domains and the power to host ecommerce sites conveniently. With WHMCS for their resellers, this website allows computer users with intermediate skills to become resellers and manage the billing and support of their clients. Combine HostNine's relative user friendliness (and a package that is attractively priced) and you get a lot of people jumping on the web host to become resellers or single users hosting multiple sites, especially with HostNine's use of software, which allows customers to build web pages on the fly. And this is where it gets ugly; good business does not necessarily translate into good service.
HostNine runs on Dell PowerEdge servers with no less than a Dual Xeon 2.8GHz processor along with a 100% Network Uptime guarantee by HostNine's data center. Their terms and conditions clearly state that there will be daily back ups of all data. They run an aggressive marketing campaign (just Google a bit and you will have up to 50 percent free on the first month). HostNine's support is said to be fastservers.net. HostNine's biggest problem with its users is simply that they know a little too much about their web host.
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