Aplus.Net review: Aplus.Net

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Installation and interface: 6.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Service and support: 9.0
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The Good Aplus.Net's shared hosting plans come with ample storage and e-mail accounts, a bundled Web design tool, and good service and support. The high-end plan includes a free storefront and gateway for credit-card processing.

The Bad Aplus.Net's entry-level package lacks support for several scripts, SSL certificates, and MySQL databases.

The Bottom Line Aplus.Net's shared Web hosting plans offer a lot of value, but its entry-level plan lacks a few fundamentals.

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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.

Aplus.Net Unix plans
  Solo Solo XR Pro ePro
Monthly fee1 $5.95 $9.95 $19.95 $34.95
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
Subdomains unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited
E-mail accounts 5 500 1,000 1,000
Data transfer per month 25GB 500GB 600GB 600GB
Disk space 300MB 12GB 15GB 20GB
FTP access Yes Yes Yes Yes
Daily site backups No Yes Yes Yes
Phone and e-mail support Yes Yes Yes Yes
1 Based on 12-month sign-up

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Aplus.Net

Part Number: SERVAPLUSNETWEBHOSTING Released: Jan. 1, 1998

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  • Release date Jan. 1, 1998