Homestead Web Host review: Homestead Web Host

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.7
  • Setup and interface: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Service and support: 6.0

Average User Rating

1 stars 19 user reviews
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The Good Excellent easy-to-use Web-building tools; StoreFront service supports product catalogs, SKUs, and shopping carts; detailed site reporting; regular site backups and snapshots.

The Bad Little to no support for third-party FTP and Web-building clients; main WYSIWYG tool is for Windows only; expensive site templates; stingy disk space for pricier accounts.

The Bottom Line Small-business owners angling to sell products on the Web should take a serious look at Homestead, but coders who use Macs or their own FTP/Web-building clients will find themselves high and dry.

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Small-business owners who want to sell products on the Web should take a serious look at Homestead, a pricey but beginner-friendly Web host that provides a series of simple yet powerful Web-building tools. With the help of Homestead's WYSIWYG editor and StoreFront shopping engine, even those with little Web-building experience can set up their own online stores in a matter of hours. That said, Homestead's services don't come cheap (you'll pay $10 to $130 per month, with no free accounts), and experienced coders who use Macs or their own FTP/HTML tools will find themselves high and dry. For them, either Yahoo's or EarthLink's Web hosting service remains the better bet.

Setting up Homestead is simple. First, choose whether you want to use one of the for-pay QuickSite templates or design your own site from scratch. If you opt for the template, you can browse a 76-page catalog of thumbnailed, subcategorized template pages until you find the one you want. The more than 600 templates run the gamut from real-estate listings and restaurant menus to personal and hobby pages. The templates aren't cheap, though: you'll pay $50 to a whopping $300 each, depending on the template's complexity. If you'd rather build your own site from scratch (or DIY, in Homestead parlance), you jump directly to the personal-info and payment page. If you're not sure about committing to Homestead, the company offers a seven-day free trial of its services. Once your account is set up, you arrive at the main page, where you can view your new site, access your account info and settings, check your site traffic, or launch one of Homestead's two building tools: the easy-to-use fill-in-the-blanks QuickSite Editor or the WYSIWYG QuickSite Builder.


Homestead offers more than 600 site templates, but they don't come cheap.

DIY Silver DIY Gold DIY Platinum StoreFront Standard
Setup fee $20 $20 $20 $20
Monthly fee $10 $19.99 $39.99 $49.99
Domain registration included No 1 3 1
Subdomains 0 10 20 10
POP e-mail accounts 0 1 8 1
Data transfer per month 15GB 15GB 15GB 15GB
Disk space 50MB 100MB 200MB 100MB
FTP access Yes Yes Yes Yes
Site backups Yes Yes Yes Yes
Phone and e-mail support 30 days free phone, then $10 a call or $5 a month; e-mail 30 days free phone, then $10 a call or $5 a month; e-mail 30 days free phone, then $10 a call or $5 a month; e-mail 30 days free phone, then $10 a call or $5 a month; e-mail

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