There are many factors that go into the business of making money online. You have to choose a good niche. You have to produce good content. And you have to have a reliable host for your websites.
The web hosting industry is certainly a crowded and competitive one. To this end, how does HostNine compare to the rest of the pack? Over the course of this review, we’ll take a look at some of their key selling points and whether it’s worth switching to HostNine from your current provider.
Award Winning Web Hosting
One of the first things that will hit you when you arrive on the HostNine homepage is the boast of being an award-winning web host since 2006. That’s only four years ago, but I suppose that’s almost an eternity on the Internet.
Even so, that boast is a little misleading. If you go to the awards and reviews page, you’ll find that not every review has been all that positive. For instance, it’s only getting a three-star (out of five) rating at WebHostingStuff. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t boast of a 60% rating.
Save Money on Unlimited Hosting
Maybe you’re on a limited budget, but you don’t want to budge on features. It seems that this web host has you covered.
The basic personal plan starts at just $3.95 a month and this includes “unlimited” disk space and “unlimited” bandwidth. I’m always a little wary of any “unlimited” promises, so your mileage may vary in this regard. It should be noted too that you are only allowed one domain on the personal plan.
Other selling points from HostNine include the 99.9% guaranteed uptime, nightly backups, 24/7 support, Fantastico, cPanel, and three US data center locations. Bump up to the Enterprise package and you can get your hosting in the UK or Asia as well.
Make Money with the Affiliate Program
Even if you choose not to host your own website with HostNine, you can make money with them anyway. The affiliate program sounds quite lucrative and you can thank the competitive market for this perk.
For every new customer that you refer to HostNine, you earn a healthy $75.00 commission. That’s just for regular affiliates who sign up with their program, but you’re not a regular affiliate. You’re a John Chow dot Com reader.
After you sign up for the affiliate program, send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org saying that you’re from JohnChow.com. By doing so, your commission rate gets bumped to $100 per sale. This can get very lucrative very quickly.
Is It Really Just $3.95 a Month?
In order to get the lowest price, you need to prepay for 36 months of hosting with HostNine. Opt for a billing cycle of six months or less and it’ll cost you $6.95 per month. This information isn’t available to you until you click on the “sign up” link; I would have preferred if this pricing chart were available up front.
That said, you can save even more money because you’re reading this review on John’s blog. Yes, there is the regular coupon code on the main page for 25% off (until the end of the month), but you can get 30% off by entering JOHNCHOW in the coupon code area. This coupon, however, only works with shared and reseller hosting packages.
I think it’s fair to say that HostNine does offer some advantages over the competition, but it makes many of the same promises that you find elsewhere. If you sign up and don’t like what you see, you can take advantage of the 30-day money back guarantee.