In this Network Solutions Web Hosting Review 2016, we look at a company that has been around since 1979, way before we had anything called the World Wide Web or anyone had known about the Internet. Network Solutions made a name for itself as one of the best domain registrars in the market, as well as a reliable provider of web hosting solutions.
Network Solutions hosts more than 7 million domain names, 350,000 websites and over 1.5 million email accounts. It mainly caters to small or medium sized businesses. Network Solutions was bought by Web.com, a provider of website building solutions, in 2011, but continues to operate under its own name.
Network Solutions is a full-featured web hosting provider which is perfectly suited for small business owners who want a website up and running quickly and smoothly, without having to spend a lot on it. Network Solutions plans are cheap and flexible. It may be argued that Network Solutions is not the perfect solution for individuals with blogs or personal websites and is better suited to small businesses and organizations.
Network Solutions is a provider of top rated web hosting services. The basic web hosting plan that you get with Network Solutions is more comprehensive and feature-rich than comparable plans by competitors. It comes with a free website builder, FTP access and a library of stock images to choose from.
Network Solutions offers “advanced hosting” at three different levels – Essential, Professional, or Premium. Essential hosting cosys just $9.96 per month, and comes with 300 GB of disk space with unlimited data transfers. Users are given 25 FTP accounts, statistics software and 1,000 email boxes with 1 GB storage.
Professional hosting costs $15.78 per month, comes with 500 GB of disk space with unlimited data transfers. You will be given 50 FTP accounts and 2,500 email boxes, statistics software, with 1 GB storage.
Professional Plus costs $21.62 per month. It comes with unlimited disk space, data transfers and email boxes as well as unlimited FTP accounts.
Network Solutions offers very flexible services that can be upgraded or downgraded with ease should you want to, depending on your requirements. You may want to consider the VPS plan if what you need most are extra space, security and features.
This web host comes with a few advanced features to take much of the pressure off of the user. The addition of shared SSL and SSH allow for encryption when you log into your account, and the inclusion of site backup and restoration keeps you from losing every file on your site. This feature commonly costs extra.
The customer support is decent. Users are given a 24/7 phone and email support and the response time is reasonable. There are video tutorials on the website, as well as user forums, a comprehensive knowledge base and more that teach you how to use the control panel that Network Solutions comes with, the cPanel. However, what stops us from giving maximum points to the Network Solutions customer support is that there is no live chat option available with them. Users of advanced web hosting plans are given priority support, which is good value for money.
Network Solutions web hosting plans is ideally suited to small and medium-sized businesses. If you own such a business, you may sign up for Network Solutions here.
Raghav Hegde, Bangalore
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