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50webs’ slightly unusual name comes from their position as a provider of domain names, and the fact that they offer over 50 top-level domains (the extension on your site, like .com or .us). Unsurprisingly then, domain names are included in several of their hosting options, which cover the whole range of shared hosting.
Starting with their free package, 50webs offer more disk space and bandwidth than many of the free hosting market; all of their range are also ad-free, meaning even personal websites needn’t look tacky. However, this does not mean they are ideal for beginners, as there is no website builder included here. The free option does not guarantee uptime either, though for that you need only upgrade to their ‘Mini’ option. At just $2 a month, this does guarantee 99.9% uptime so you can rest assured your website will very rarely be inaccessible, and also offers full access to 50webs’ support network of telephone, email and online support with a one-hour response guarantee. You do have to sign in for a year, but with a maximum loss of $24 that shouldn’t worry most people. Some may feel intimidated at the prospect of having to design their own sites, though, so may want to consider the ‘Starter’ package instead.
A small step up to $3 a month and you will receive a website builder as well as support for MySQL, PHP and Python support amongst others. However, the disk space and bandwidth you’re paying for at these intermediate levels does not match up to many of the industry’s heavyweights, with just 5GB and 50GB respectively on offer. Compare that to the 100GB and 1000GB offered by some of our top 10 sites, and you can see that 50webs’ size - they host just 40,000 accounts - works against them here.
The ‘Personal’ plan, at $4 a month, does redeem 50webs somewhat. With unlimited disk space and bandwidth this is a competitive option on those two figures, but does still place limitations on the number of domains allowed, as well as FTP and email accounts. The ‘Webmaster’ and ‘Advanced’ hosting plans maintain the low cost trend at just $5 and $6 a month respectively, and with unlimited storage, bandwidth and domains are well suited for growing sites or businesses. Experienced web designers on ‘Advanced’ will also have access to a well-equipped control panel.
Support and Reliability
Support really is crucial when choosing a hosting provider, especially for smaller sites and businesses who could conceivably have no computing or web knowledge. Typical then, that many free sites let themselves down on their support systems, with some not bothering to offer non-paying customers any real help at all. But even when it’s free, 50webs’ support system is sound. All its clients receive phone and email support, whilst those paying for their hosting also have use of the guaranteed hour-response ticketing system. There are also online video tutorials and a control panel help center.
Overall, 50webs offer a decent service, with their free option perhaps their strongest suite, though they are still not the best bet even in this line. They are a small company, unable to really compete, and though their support and performance figures are fairly impressive, you should be able to find a better alternative to any deal they have without too much hassle. Just check out our Top 10 web hosting sites for a great starting place.
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