Register.com is well known as a registration site for domain names, a thriving market place for buying and selling sites. It therefore came as no surprise that they branched out into domain hosting. In fact, it was the next logical step to unify your experience of purchasing and hosting a site in one place. The company began in 1999 and the head offices are based in the USA. Register.com provides the ideal services for individuals or freelancers and small / medium sized businesses.
|Techie Features||Marketing & Bonus Features|
|300 – Unlimited GB Disk Space||Free autoresponders|
|Unlimited Bandwidth||Free website builder|
|1 free domain||Wordpress|
|25 – unlimited FTP accounts||Joomla and Drupal|
|Choose your operating system||Multiple SEO tools|
|C-Panel||Programming language options|
|10 – 25 Emailboxes||Multiple open source applications|
|99.99% Uptime guarantee||One-click blog installation|
There are three plans offered by Register.com. These are
The Essential hosting package really is very basic. It doesn’t provide nothing at all, but it is fairly disappointing compared to other sites who offer a similar price and package structure but are far more generous with what they offer. The bandwidth, domains and disk space are all at low numbers and far from unlimited. Unless you’re looking to create and host a very basic site, you’ll need more than the Essential Hosting package can offer you. The Professional Hosting does offer a fairly middle of the road package and it’s certainly much better than the Essential plan. Where the Essential Plan provides 300gb of space, the Professional plan provides 500gb. You have double the number of FTP accounts with the Professional plan (25 with Essential, 50 with Professional) and 25 email inboxes as opposed to 10 in the basic plan. The Premium Hosting package offers unlimited space, 25 emailboxes and unlimited FTP accounts. All the plans offer unlimited data, which is an unexpectedly generous bonus and all can be used via Unix or Windows.
Prices are currently only available in dollars, but this works in your favour due to the current exchange rate! The prices used to be much higher, but Register.com has been bought out by web.com (but is still operating as register.com) so the prices have come crashing down and are extremely desireable. The basic Essential package will cost you $5.95 / month. The Professional hosting package is, according to the company site, the best value for money. The Professional package costs $7.95 / month and the Premium package costs $9.95 / month. Unless you really want a very basic site and are absolutely certain you won’t need more space or better features, the low prices mean it’s absolutely worth buying the premium package from the off and saving yourself the hassle of the limitations posed by the other two, more basic options.
The customer support offered by Register.com is excellent and really seems to make a difference to the customer experience. The FAQ section is immediately visible on the website and is easy to navigate. There are resources such as starter articles for new customers, tutorials about the best way to manage your site if you’ve opted to manage it yourself and a really handy, comprehensive glossary of terms that mean you can easily look up anything you don’t understand. Customer advisors are available through the live chat service and also by email. You can phone between 9am and midnight during the week and until 10pm at the weekend.
The technical team is sent on regular refresher training courses and kept up to date with developments in the software and site management strategies. The 99.99% up-time guarantee is very reassuring and means that you don’t have to worry about site down time. The company has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and the success around the world speaks for itself. The plans are managed if you want them to be so that means the technical side of things stays with the experts.
The whole interface is easy to use because it’s familiar. The c-panel set up is recognizable and that obviously has a positive impact on your user experience. The processes are predominantly one-click installs and there are recommended settings provided as options for every stage of installation and set up. These are automatic settings that allow the software to function to its highest capability and efficiency. However if you’re advanced, you can choose your own settings and this is great for those who want to personalize their site management a bit more. It’s certainly helpful to have everything unified under one website.
Register.com is a solid, familiar option for people who want to host a website. The options offered are varied but not overwhelming and this makes Register.com a great choice for those who want a one-stop shop package with the balance of adding their own trimmings!