Dot5Hosting which is based in Phoenix, Arizona in USA has been providing webhosting services to individuals and businesses since 2002. They offer unlimited hosting starting from $ 5.95 but prices revert back to regular rates on renewal, after the first term. The webhosting provider offers many free services and numerous unlimited features. All the plans come with a free domain name, free templates, a free website builder and free setup to help you create and launch your personal or business site.
• Unlimited Domains, Disk Space, Bandwidth and Email Accounts
• Free Domain Name
• Host Unlimited Domains on One Account
• Unlimited MySQL Databases
• Free Website Builder, Free Web Templates and Free Setup
• vDesk Control Panel
• Free Shopping Carts, Shopsite Online Store, SSL Secure Server
• Multimedia Support, Real Audio/Video, Flash etc.
• Support of Perl, PHP, CGI, Ruby, Python, WordPress, Joomla, Gallery2, GuestBook
• $ 100 Google Adwords, $ 25 Yahoo and $ 50 Facebook ad credits
• 24/7 Toll-Free Support, Live Chat, Email support, Ticket system
• 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
Dot5Hosting has additional features which include Frontpage Extensions, customizable Error Files and spam protection among other services.
The Weebly Drag-and-Drop websites make creating a website easy for all users regardless of their skill level. You can integrate photos, videos, maps, blogs etc. to make your website more interactive.
Dot5Hosting has a QuickStart wizard which helps starters choose a domain, create a site and set up email accounts. They can do more functions with the vDesk control account thereafter.
Setup is free for the 2 year and one year plans.
The company offer osCommerce and Agora shopping carts as well as SSL Secure Servers and Shopsite online store for those interested in e-Commerce.
The password protected directories are an additional advantage.
Dot5Hosting offers one shared hosting plan so customers who wish to upgrade may not suit their needs.
The customer support team is available on the toll-free phone, ticketing system and live chat and there is also a knowledge base center. You can learn more from tutorials and check the bulletin board for updates.
The Toll-free phone support is only available in US.
Many users prefer the easy to use cPanel control panel so they find the vDesk offered by this hosting company not their best.
Some of the features Dot5 offers are unlimited but we have heard customers who say their accounts were shut down because of over-usage of server resources. Yet they claim that disk space, bandwidth and other features are unlimited.
For those who purchase plans for a shorter period than 1-2 years, a setup fee is charged which makes these plans expensive.
Dot5Hosting charge higher prices than their competitors. You can get professional SEO assistance at $ 99/month. This is therefore not one of the cheapest web hosting providers in the market and you need to check their charges before making a decision. They charge extra fee for additional features.
We are a group of web designers who host websites for our clients with Dot5 hosting both individuals and companies. What we have experienced is slow emails, sites go offline at random and the worst of their service is their customer support. They shut down accounts without notice including our customer accounts instead of warning us in advance so we could reduce usage. This puts us in a problematic situation whenever they do this. When we submit a ticket we find that they have closed it without resolving the problem. I would not recommend them to anyone at all.posted by Christian Tuesday, 12 February 2013 14:01 Comment Link
High Prices Charged to Loyal Customers
I bought one of Dot5Hosting packages last year and I am happy with their uptime. Things had been running almost as expected until we realized that their price was higher than what is charged by similar companies. They were even offering new customers lower prices and additional benefits than what they were offering us, their loyal customers who have been with them for many years. I notified them about this and they did nothing about it. I waited but nothing was done. That is when I decided to cancel the service. I told them that I did not want to renew the contract but what they did shocked me.
They auto-renewed my account for 1 year knowing very well that I had notified them I did not want to continue with the service.
Stay away from this hosting service.
I would not recommend them.posted by Grace Friday, 16 November 2012 18:55 Comment Link