In this Web.com Review 2016, we tell you what you need to know about the popular website builder and web hosting service. Let’s discuss how the Web.com website builder works first.
Web.com offers two options when it comes to the website builder – you can build the website yourself using the DIY website builder, or get your site custom built by the expert web developers at Web.com. If your goal is to make money out of your website or blog, you will need it to have a professional appearance, which is why we recommend going with the custom-built service offered by Web.com.
The Web.com DIY website builder is not a bad tool to work with, but it is not the best either. Yes, you can certainly build a decent looking, functional website with it, but don’t expect too much.
That’s why you’re much better off choosing the “We Build It For You” service offered by the company. One may argue that building a website yourself using a DIY website builder actually takes more time, effort and tests your patience – this is not just an observation on the Web.com website builder, but a general take on all DIY website builders. There just isn’t one that is capable of giving you the same output that you would get if the website is designed by a professional web designer.
So who is the Web.com for? Web.com is targeted at small business owners as well as individuals who want nothing more than a simple, no-frills website, which is easy to maintain and doesn’t cost much. The “We Build It For You” option is particularly useful to individuals or businesses who wish to be spared the headache of doing it all themselves. A custom built website at Web.com is not cheap and costs $114.95 per month (or more). The advantage is that Web.com handles everything related to the website design and delivers a finished product for you to play with.
Next, let’s discuss the Web.com web hosting. Web.com is a popular web hosting service trusted by over 275,000 paying customers all over the world. For sure it is not the best web hosting provider out there, but it does provide a whole range of online services to go with the web hosting, such as free templates, email and as discussed earlier, a DIY website builder.
Web.com offers three hosting plans to choose from – Essential, Professional and Premium. Essential hosting comes with300 gigabytes of storage and 100 e-mail addresses and costs $11.95/month. Premium hosting allows users to store an unlimited amount of data, and offers 1,000 e-mail addresses in all.
All Web.com plans come with unlimited monthly bandwidth and disk space. Users have the option of selecting from Windows hosting and Linux.
Web.com offers a comprehensive feature set to go with its web hosting that consists of a control panel, site statistics and the website builder (which we talked about earlier). You will be given free advertising credits for promoting your website on major search engines such as Google and Bing.
Web.com provides unlimited FTP accounts and secure shell (SSH) access, which is a pretty useful feature to have. With unlimited FTP accounts you can give others such as web designers, content writers, SEO professionals, etc., access to your site.
There is a lot to like about the Web.com customer service as well. The Web.com customer support is available 24/7, has a quick response time and agents can be reached by email or live chat. We found the customer service reps to be professional and courteous and capable of handling complex technical queries.
Raghav Hegde, Bangalore
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