For anyone looking to host a site with lots of multimedia or huge databases, Aplus.Net's Web hosting plans offer tons of storage and bandwidth at very reasonable prices. A year's free registration for most domain names, lots of e-mail accounts, a no-cost Web design tool, and a free e-commerce gateway are a few of the additional benefits associated with its plans. While the company's entry-level package lacks support for a few critical features, including SSL and MySQL, it remains a smart choice for very basic site hosting. Aplus.Net's high-end packages are also good buys, but for unlimited bandwidth with an e-commerce site, try Hostway.
With Aplus.Net, you have your choice of four levels of hosting for the Unix platform (Aplus.Net also offers Windows hosting), all of which offer unlimited subdomains. The $5.95 Solo plan comes with an excellent 300MB of storage, 25GB of bandwidth, and five e-mail accounts. The $9.95 Solo XR plan jumps to 12GB of storage, 500GB of bandwidth, and 500 e-mail addresses. Both the $19.95 Pro and $34.95 ePro packages provide 600GB of bandwidth and 1,000 e-mail accounts. However, the ePro plan offers 5GB more storage than the Pro version's 15GB, as well as the two key e-commerce components: a Miva Merchant online storefront and a credit-card payment gateway. For the first three months, Aplus.Net knocks a few bucks off all but the Solo plan for new customers. It also lets you register any domain name (except those ending in .tv and .cc) for free for at least the first year (longer for Solo XR and above); after that, you're charged an average $7.95 per year (on sale right now for $6.95). And if you agree to pay for an entire year up front, Aplus.Net will waive its setup fees. If you don't, the company charges incremental setup fees starting at $10 for the Solo plan and maxing out at a whopping $75 for the ePro package.
|Domain registration included||Free for 1 year, $7.95 thereafter||Free for 2 years, $7.95 thereafter||Free for 2 years, $7.95 thereafter||Free for 3 years, $7.95 thereafter|
|Data transfer per month||25GB||500GB||600GB||600GB|
|Daily site backups||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Phone and e-mail support||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|