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Register.com have over two and a half million domains registered, and pride themselves on user friendly options for shared hosting. Their three hosting plans are all backed up by a site restore feature, allowing you to reload your site should you make incorrect changes or suffer faults. They also offer a 100% uptime guarantee, so even if you start small, your site will have professional uptime, or else you will be refunded. Sign up for any of their plans and you’ll also get access to cPanel, the award winning control panel software, as well features for blog building and e-commerce to suit those wanting to inform or sell. Their site isn’t the easiest to navigate, and they undersell themselves by listing their expensive monthly prices as standard, but dig a little deeper and the cheapest three-year prices offer much better value if you are willing to make the long-term commitment.
Shared hosting is Register’s only main product, but its higher-than-average prices might lead you to believe otherwise. For $14.95 a month, you’ll receive just 5GB of storage and a 250GB monthly data transfer allowance on the ‘Essential’ plan. Many plans on the market will offer limitless storage and bandwidth for this sort of price, so the restrictions on FTP accounts, sites and databases allowed detract further from this plan’s value for money. You are, however, allowed to exceed your bandwidth limits without your site failing, though they will of course charge you for this privilege, and you could find yourself with large unwanted fees. The same is true of the second plan, ‘Professional’. For another $5 a month you can increase the number of databases and FTP accounts to ten, as well as hosting five different sites. Opt for the expensive $44.95 ‘Premium’ plan and all these limits disappear, so your site can grow as much as it wants without any difficulties. However, this remains a particularly high price for any shared hosting plan, and a quick comparison with Register’s competition will show you that you can do a lot better elsewhere.
It is sometimes worth paying more for your hosting in order to receive the very best support, and though Register.com’s array of support mechanisms, including online FAQs, tutorials and 24/7 phone support, is adequate, it is no more than you’d expect from any decent host. To improve, Register could offer more options for direct contact, and the online area could certainly do with expanding and developing.
An average host is probably all Register.com will ever be if they continue in this vein; their plans offer no great value for money, and the restrictions you face, given their high prices, mean there are better deals to be found elsewhere. Check out our Top 10 list to see what we mean.
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