Aplus Web Hosting Review

Aplus Review

Aplus offers four different web hosting plans, all at reasonable rates. Aplus also offers dedicated servers, web design and domain registration. Aplus has a 99.9% uptime guarantee and year-round, around the clock customer support.
Aplus’ easy-to use control panel enables you to manage your domains, change your account information, search the support knowledgebase and submit a support ticket. Aplus also offers many helpful tutorials about everything from working with Dreamweaver to submitting a sitemap to Google.


Hosting Package:
Aplus offers four different web hosting plans: Personal, Business, Professional and eCommerce. Aspiring web designers should sign-up for the Personal plan because it supports one hosted domain and offers an ideal amount of storage space and bandwidth. Once your web presence grows beyond what the Personal plan supports, you will progress to the Business plan. The higher-level plans, Professional and eCommerce, would suit the needs of business users. New internet retail destinations will love the options included with the eCommerce plan.

Ease of Use:
One of the things we would have really have liked to have seen with Aplus is unlimited storage and transfers like many of their competitors. With Aplus, unless you choose to commission your own dedicated server the most you can get is 500 GB of storage and 5000 GB of transfer, which is a lot, but not unlimited. These amounts are suitable for most businesses and organization unless you plan on doing tons of streaming of video, then you may want to consider their dedicated server option and check into their transfer speeds a little more closely.
Otherwise, Aplus has almost everything we were looking for including access to detailed traffic logs, Linux, Windows and Unix web hosting, an easy to use control panel and a site builder and easy tools for creating your own forum, blog and photo gallery.
This web hosting service supports a variety of technologies including CGI, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, C/C++, TCL, AJAX, ASP, FrontPage and MySQL. This web hosting service may support more but this is all that Aplus listed and if you would like to use streaming technologies like QuickTime or RealAudio, you may want to contact Aplus and see if they have a solution for you if you are interested in their web hosting services.

Help & Support:
Aplus offers superior customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Besides email and telephone support, this web hosting service also offers chat support and host a knowledgebase, a blog and a forum. This web hosting service also posts video tutorials that cover topics from transferring domains from Go Daddy to uploading with SmartFTP.

Site Creation Tools:
Aplus packs many site creation tools into each of these plans, none of which come with the Personal plan. Aplus included the ability to create customer error pages and their EasySiteWizard Pro site builder, image manipulation tool with this plan though. Each plan supports WordPress, Drupal and Joomla! content management systems. Aplus has improved their offerings in this area, adding several tools most users would find useful in the site creation process like their image manipulation tool, thumbnail generator and HTML validation tool.

Server Access:
The Personal Web Hosting Plan gives you the option to create unlimited FTP accounts. You will find this option helpful if you have several different people uploading things for your website.

Marketing Tools:
The marketing tools Aplus offers differ depending on which plan you sign-up for with them. The Personal plan enables you to access Google Webmaster Tools and downloadable raw access logs. It comes with a Google AdWords credit and allows you to implement Google AdSense and a custom web counter on your website. This web hosting service tacks a keyword density analyzer, Facebook Advertising credit, Webalizer graphical statistics and search engine submission, optimization and ranking to each subsequent plan.

Reporting and Statistics:
Aplus doesn't offer any statistical analysis option for their Personal Web Hosting Plan. Aplus allows you to look at downloadable raw access laws. If you want additional reporting and statistics options, you will have to upgrade to one of their more expensive plans.

Summary:
Overall, we liked the web hosting services offered by Aplus. Aplus provide four very well put together and functional packages and powerful upgrades. We also give them many kudos for offering 24/7/365 support. Aplus separated themselves from their competitors because this web hosting service didn’t offer unlimited storage or bandwidth. Most of your websites might not exceed the 500 GB storage space and 5,000 bandwidth Aplus includes with their eCommerce plan; however, it’s good to know you don’t have any limits in these areas when you start putting your site together.

Aplus Specifications

Overview

All Windows® and Unix® web hosting accounts are housed in our highly secure data centers. Now you're set with the latest Microsoft® technology with Windows® Server 2008 on all Windows plans. Take advantage of free domain name registration, multiple email accounts and online marketing tools. Also enjoy the added benefits of our 99.9% uptime and 30-day money-back guarantees with live 24/7/365 US-based support! View our Windows or Unix shared hosting plans.

Features

Personal
  • 15 GB Storage
  • 250 GB Transfer
  • 1 Hosted Domain
  • 50 Emails
Business
  • 200 GB Storage
  • 2000 GB Transfer
  • 5 Hosted Domains
  • Unlimited Emails
Professional
  • 250 GB Storage
  • 2500 GB Transfer
  • 25 Hosted Domains
  • Unlimited Emails
eCommerce
  • 250 GB Storage
  • 2500 GB Transfer
  • 50 Hosted Domains
  • Unlimited Emails


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