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FortuneCity offers a small selection of shared hosting plans for owners of personal or small business websites. Customers have the option of either Windows or Linux operating systems on their hosting, and the company provides three levels of specifications to suit a range of hosting needs. However, whilst FortuneCity.co.uk does not exactly cost a fortune, it certainly isn't the most economical shared hosting provider on the market. And despite its few good points, FortuneCity is out-performed by much of the competition when it comes to value for money and the quality of its core features.
Across their three plans, FortuneCity offers broadly similar features, with not a great amount to differentiate their plans, excepting the improved specifications. Even these, however, are fairly limited, particularly when you consider that many hosting companies now offer 'unlimited' disk space and bandwidth at a lower cost than those seen here. Considering this, there certainly isn't enough here to justify the gaps in price between the plans, and those customers who have shopped around will notice that these prices do not compare very favorably with the competition. On the other hand, whilst most hosting companies that offer Windows hosting products alongside Linux counterparts provide considerably better specifications for their Linux plans, FortuneCity's Windows shared hosting plans unusually offer comparable features to their Linux plans at only slightly higher costs. Unfortunately, however, this is still not enough to make them particularly good value for money, which should give you some idea of FortuneCity's high prices in comparison to the industry as a whole.
In terms of features, FortuneCity offers all the basics you would expect from premium shared hosting plans, with complete functionality for website design and management. However, there is nothing above this basic level, with only minimal marketing and business tools, and strict limits on FTP accounts, databases and email storage. A more profound problem, however, is the company's lack of any more high-end plans: with no virtual private servers or dedicated servers, and even a notable lack of high-specification shared hosting, the company is very limited when it comes to scalability and upgrade options. If you are looking to expand your hosting, you will need to look elsewhere.
When it comes to web hosting, nothing is more important than strong technical support. Unfortunately, FortuneCity's offering is mediocre at best, with limited options for direct contact and a sub-standard online area. The online help center, in particular, is stripped-back and poorly organized, so it could take you a while to find what you are looking for if you are able to find it at all. For a company that specializes in providing hosting for personal sites and small businesses, this is a major oversight.
Overall, FortuneCity fails to stand out from the large number of hosting companies out there. And with higher-than-average prices, it is difficult to see any reasons why you should choose them over the competition. Check out our Top 10 for a variety of competitive and good value hosting options.
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