In this iPage review, I’m going to show you everything that you need to know about iPage before deciding if they’re the right hosting provider for you…
iPage Hosting Review  – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly [Should You Buy?]
In this iPage review, I’m going to show you everything that you need to know about iPage before deciding if they’re the right hosting provider for you.
In this comprehensive review, I will start by breaking down the pricing structure and show you how to get the best deal currently available.
Next, I will guide you through the entire Sign-Up process and judge how easy their platform is to use. I will then grade their performance based on page load speed and uptime from the iPage plan that I purchased.
And lastly, I will provide you with the pros and cons and my honest recommendations on if or who should get a page at the end of this video. I will give you a very special offer. If you decide to pick up iPage through my link below, I will give you my 6-figure blog course for free as a way of saying thank you for supporting my channel.
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Now, let’s get straight into this review. Pricing options, click on the link in the description or type this into your browser. You know, take you to my special page discounts page, where you will get the best discount iPage is currently offering.
I will be looking at iPages standard web hosting plan in this review. Now you can see here iPages plan is very simple.
There is just one plan only it’s called the go plan and it cost you only one point ninety nine per month. I mean in general it’s really, really cheap as you’re getting unlimited Web sites for this plan where normally hosting providers only give you one website on the cheapest plan, which is around two to three dollars. But iPage is giving you unlimited Web sites, so that’s a good start. Some of the things that I think I’ve had is lacking in their plan is they don’t provide you with free daily automatic backup, which is something I expect every hosting provider to give for free as it is a standard feature nowadays.
The second thing I believe they’re missing is the custom cache plug in to improve their speed performance of your Web site. This is also missing, but for this price and unlimited Web site, you can’t complain too much.
Now, the next thing to talk about is the billing period ie page offers 12 months, 24 months and 36 month plans.
So you can see here, the longer you buy, the cheaper it gets as it’s only a dollar ninety nine per month if you purchase it for three years, but it’s going to go up to $2.99 per month if you only purchase it for one year. So what I always recommend you do and what I always do myself is I purchase the longest plan possible as this will save you the most money, because when it comes time to renew, it’s going to be at full price.
So you’ll lose money there. And iPage has a 30 day money back guarantee. So I’m not saying that I paid is the right hosting provider for you yet. We still have to test them out with their speed and performance.
But for your first 30 days, you may as well buy it for 3 years. So now I would choose that go plan for this tutorial to test them out. And the next thing regarding pricing his iPage, his domain costs.
It is very expensive and I don’t think you should purchase it from here.
Even though you get the free domain name for the first year, it’s going to cost you seventeen point ninety nine per year for renewal after that, plus another $9.99 for domain privacy. So that’s about $28 in total. Whereas specialist domain companies like Namecheap, which I use myself, I need to set you back $13 per year.
So that’s less than half price of iPage. So the overall pricing score I would give I paid is an 8 out of 10. They are cheap hosting provider starting at just one point ninety nine per month for multiple websites.
They do provide you with enough basic features to get started. However, I didn’t like the fact that they charge so much for the domain name, but at least they offer you 1 year for free. So that’s not too bad. I did take one mark off them as I don’t offer automatic daily backups on all their plan for free. I believe this feature is very important and should come a standard on all hosting playing nowadays instead of paying a dollar per month extra for it.
Like with iPage, I also took another mark off them for not having a custom caching plugin like A2 hosting or SiteGround does. This feature would further increase the speed performance of your website, but he’s messing with my page here.
This would not matter, though, if the overall speed is still high, but there’s only one way to find out and that is to test it. And I will do just that later on in this video.
So keep watching to find out how will they perform here after purchase setup and ease of use right away from their home page, you can see it looks very easy to navigate with their custom interface compared to the same panel that a lot of other hosting providers use. The design is also very clean and simple looking here. We’re on the left side of the panel now. All the different things that you can do, like access your WordPress Web site or access your email account and even your security and domain name service.
Now, let’s see how easy it is to install and create our WordPress website and to do that from our dashboard, we click on WordPress. You can get started using existing plan type in your site title, put in your email, username and password, make sure you don’t use admin username as they so make it easier for hackers to get into your website. And you can see the WordPress installation process was very simple. I believe it’s more intuitive than on the panel.
And how about installing SSL certificate or we have to do is click this one button, lets encrypt, turn that on and that’s it. Now your SSL certificate is activated. It’s that simple. But just a quick note to be careful of on the page and the app.
So is if you click on SSL certificate here, this will take you to the paid option where they try make you pay $3 per month for the SSL certificate. Just so you’re aware, don’t go this option.
The next thing, our show is creating an email account, so this one I didn’t like so much because the top two options under email management is G suite in Microsoft 365, which are paid options. They’ve hidden the standard option down below. Once you’ve found it, it’s very easy to create your email.
Can you just click on the plus button, fill out your name and password, and now just click on Create Mailbox and that’s it. Very straightforward and easy to do. Overall, I would score iPage and eight out of 10 for set up and the ease of use. I really like that they have a super clean looking interface with custom shortcut buttons to install and create things instead of having to go to see panel all the time.
I did take two marks away from them because I don’t guide you will when installing your SSL certificates or creating your email accounts, they tend to mislead you into their upsell a bit too much speed and uptime performance tests.
So after I have installed the basic WordPress site, I went ahead and tested at the speed of the barebones website using metrics and the result is two point four seconds.
This is not really a great start for iPage. The speed is very slow right out of the gate. I always expect barebone websites to be around the one second mark, so iPage is a fair way off here.
But let’s give them the benefit of the doubt here and lasering more on the next test. So now I would take it a step further and add some design elements to it to increase the page size. And don’t worry, if you’re overwhelmed looking at this, my course that I will provide you for supporting the channel will guide you through this step by step. I’m also going to install some free plug ins to speed up the website WP Fastest Cache, which is for the speed optimization and Short Pixel, which is for image optimization.
And lastly, I will install the free CloudFlare app, which will also increase the website performance with their CDN for free. This will make it more comparable to what you would do in real life. Just a quick note here. After halfway through installing my Astro theme, my iPage WordPress account froze. This ended up being due to the limit that was placed on my account from my page.
I must say it’s really disappointing as this is the first time that something like this has ever happened to me. They did increase the storage for me, but told me that if it exceeds again, then they recommend me to upgrade. So I was definitely not happy with that as I’ve only installed one theme on one website and that is it. But they promise an unlimited number of websites. This is now what the new website layout with all the new plug ins look like, and the speed is now three point five seconds, which is just way too slow compared to top performing hosting providers in my test.
And they also failed Google’s recommended site load speed of 3 seconds or so. Now I have been monitoring the stability performance of iPage with Uptime Robot and can report that the uptime for the last 30 days is a perfect 100%.
In fact, they have not had any downtime for over 57 days in a row, which is very impressive. Overall, I would write iPages speed and uptime performance 6 out of 10. They speed just wasn’t fast enough, so I had to deduct a lot of points. Their other shared hosting providers can give you speed performance twice as fast as iPage. On the positive side, though, they are very reliable hosts and their uptime was perfect, so I cannot fault them on that part.
Here’s a quick question for you. What is your current page load speed and who is your Web hosting provider?
Let me know in the comments section below.
Support. IPage provides 24/7 customer support through email, live chat and phone calls. I would test them out by asking him these three different questions on live chat. One, I would tell them that I have been infected by a virus on my website and ask for their help too. I ask them a quick question about their domain name and costs. And three, I asked them if they could do me a favor and install an SSL certificate.
And CloudFlare, for me as I am a complete newbie and have no idea how to do this.
Here are the results. One, I wasn’t really happy with their service here.
They tried not to help me scan my website from malware as I had to ask them three times and then they were not able to help me resolve it on live chat. I had to instead create a support ticket which took hours to respond with a report. In the end, they also tried to upsell me at the end of the conversation, which was also very disappointing to me. This was done very well and they answered all my questions about domain name cause in one go clearly and everything took less than 5 minutes and three, the support staff was willing to help me to a certain extent.
They did try a few times for me to contact either Namecheap or CloudFlare instead of just helping me in guiding. Also, they were confused and told me to install extra SSL plug ins at the end, which was not required on my brand new website. They didn’t do a good job on this one with regards to their response time. I contacted them at 3 different times of the day to make sure I get an overall average and not just a bias fast response time during their off peak hours.
So the three times were 5 seconds, 2two seconds and one second. The average of those three times turned out to be 3 second wait, which is definitely the fastest out of all hosting providers I’ve tested out so far. Amazing response time here.
Overall, I would have to score Ipage’s support of 5 out of 10 support overall was average. Their support, staff’s knowledge and willingness to help was pretty bad. They tried to upsell me at the end of a conversation too, which is really not good. They should be spending time trying to help me instead of selling to me the only reason I still gave them a pass mark overall was because their response time was the fastest I have ever tested.
At an average of 3 seconds, they are second to none.
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I release every single week, features. Cons. So let me first start off with the cons one. The biggest issue I have with iPage is their website speed. It is fairly slow compared to other hosting providers in the same budget category at 3.5 second load speed. It is just too slow for me to be viable, especially when its best competitors are loading pages almost twice as fast as these two. They only have two server locations which are both located in the United States.
So for anyone with their main source of traffic coming from somewhere else, the website speed will be slower and so may not be suitable for you three. Not having free daily automatic backup is just not good enough.
Nowadays, every decent hosting provider is expected to have this feature, plain and simple. You can’t underestimate how critical this feature is for your website, for their support staff. Technical knowledge was lacking and were not able to provide the level of service compared to other hosting providers. And the last con number five isn’t a big deal for some, but they just annoyed me a bit with always trying to opsahl making it hard to find free options, like when setting up an email address or getting up so done during live chat support pros.
The first pro that stands out to me is iPage perfect 100 percent uptime, even though they’re not a fast hosting provider, at least they make up for it a bit by being reliable. Of course, ideally you want both, but there’s no point having blazing fast speed if your site is always down. The second big pro is intuitive backend system, which I believe is much easier to navigate and used in cPanel. This may not be a big deal for someone who has been building websites for a while, but it is a big plus for beginners.
Just starting out in the last pro is a price. It is really cheap for unlimited website.
However, they also had a hidden storage limit, which I encountered when only halfway through setting up my first website, the unlimited website advertisement is far from the truth and may mean it is not actually cheap.
But I will leave this one up to you to decide. This is just a quick note regarding my bonuse offer with you. If you decide to pick up iPage through my link, just send me your receipt to [email protected] and I’ll send you back access to my bonus course recommendation.
Overall, I have given iPage an average score of six point 5 out of 10. They are reliable hosting provider with a cheap price and have an easy to navigate back in, but it really ends there. The speed is too slow and they support team is not good enough for me to recommend for both beginners and intermediate due to those two points. There are much better options out there for you in a similar price range that is a lot faster now.
I think picking the right hosting provider is such a crucial step for your business. So if after watching my review you think I’ve had you not the right hosting provider for you, then I recommend you check out this hosting provider, which is the alternative that I recommend to all my viewers. But if you’re happy with iPage, that’s not a problem. No judging here, but I recommend you go to this next video, so I’ll see you in one of those next two videos now.