Network Solutions have been around almost as long as the internet itself. As one of the grandfathers of the World Wide Web, Network Solutions have been trading since 1979. Having originated as a technological consultancy firm, they quickly leapt onto the bandwagon of the internet in its early days and have ruled the roost ever since. Today they offer a wide variety of products including site builders, e-commerce, domain registration, hosting and more.
The veteran company is well known for its prestige and power, which trickle down into all the services they offer. All of their packages are well rounded, reliable and well-priced. The decision of choosing a web host shouldn’t be made without taking a look at what Network Solutions has to offer.
|Unlimited Disk Space
||Unix Website Statistics
||Easy-to-use Website Builder Tool
||Various 1-Click Installs
|Unlimited FTP Accounts
||AWStats Website Statistics
|Unlimited MySQL Databases
||Cold Fusion 10.0
|Unlimited E-Mail Accounts
|99.9% Uptime Guarantee
Network Solutions have certainly had a long time to refine their range of hosting plans and have settled with three well optimized packages.
The entry level package is called the ‘Essential Hosting’ and offers 300GB of disk space, unlimited bandwidth and 1000 e-mail accounts. Also included are 25 FTP accounts, 25 MySQL databases and considerable access to a range of website development features. Network Solutions’ entry level plan is well equipped to deal with the hosting needs of individuals.
The medium level package, called the ‘Professional Hosting’ plan, is more suited to small businesses or larger personal projects. This package sees various upgrades including 500GB of disk space, 2500 e-mail accounts and 50 FTP & MySQL accounts.
Network Solutions’ most powerful plan is the ‘Premium Hosting’ and users of this package can look forward to unlimited disk space, e-mail accounts, FTP accounts and MySQL databases. This, whilst being three times the price of the entry level plan, is by far the most suitable for large scale websites with high demands and is the only plan suitable for medium to large businesses.
The prices for Network Solutions may be a little more expensive than their competition, but it’s something that their prestige and reputation affords them. They currently register almost 7 million domains in total and that’s testament enough to the satisfaction that their customers enjoy, they certainly offer value for their money. A remarkable feature of Network Solutions hosting plans is the ability to purchase their contracts over a huge ten year basis, giving you access to some significant discounts. The lowest prices come with these ultra-extended contracts, with Essential Hosting beginning at $8.33, Professional Hosting beginning at $11.16 and Premium Hosting at $24.46.
Another pleasing feature of the pricing structure is the very transparent checkout process, with very few pushy bolt-on options and no hidden costs. For those with more advanced needs, Network Solutions offers customized WordPress hosting along with both Sharepoint and VPS hosting. WordPress hosting begins at $3.85 per month, Sharepoint begins at $7.74 and VPS at $40.00.
Online companies don’t last for over thirty years without excellent customer service and Network Solutions are no exception. They have an extensive list of ten different phone lines covering a variety of topics including domains, websites and hosting; meaning you get through to an expert every time. The majority of these phone numbers are 24/7 and a lot of them are toll free too. Network Solutions also offer e-mail support, online chat and a comprehensive collection of guides and articles on common issues. Having been on top of new trends for so long, it’s no surprise that they can also be contacted through their active Facebook and Twitter channels.
Network Solutions are in the prestigious club of hosting providers that can promise 99.99% uptime guarantee, meaning that out of an entire year you can expect your website to down for less than an hour. Backed up by their sterling customer service, Network Solutions offer a very reliable service which keeps their customers assured of the safety of their domains. The inclusion of MySQL databases, development features and backup/restore availability only increases the credibility and stability of the hosting plans.
Ease of Use:
With the famed cPanel being an integral part of all Network Solutions’ plans, they can claim to be incredibly easy to use. Their back-end system is a very intuitive interface and along with a very simple and concise website; Network Solutions is user-friendly to experts and beginners alike. Managing any registered domains and hosting plans is very easy with categorized icons and very simplistic wizards to guide the user through many processes.
Network Solutions lives up to its reputation as one of the leading web hosting companies on the internet. There is better value to be found in their more powerful packages and they’re certainly suited to a growing enterprise.