I think it’s pretty safe to say that most visitors to John Chow dot Com have websites, blogs, or online businesses of their own. As such, this ReviewMe is particularly fitting, because it talks about one of the most economical all-in-one website solutions I have ever seen. For $35 a year, you get domain registration, personalized email, and a full web hosting plan. Sounds like a great deal, right? Well, read on to see what Domain Essentials by Misk.com can do for you.
It Costs How Much?
I can’t speak to the quality of the web hosting or how good the customer service side of things are handled at Misk.com, but their pricing has got to be one of the lowest in the industry. Unlike other providers that give you a wide selection of web hosting plans, Misk.com apparently only has one and that is the very entry-level Domain Essentials package. This is unfortunate, especially for people that have more substantial needs, but it is perfect for the small business owner, the modest dot com mogul in the making, or just the average Joe looking to claim some personalized real estate on the web.
Domain Essentials and domain registration are sold separately. In terms of registration, most top level domains (TLDs) can be had for $10 a year. This covers the usual suspects: .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz, .us, .co.uk, and .org.uk. The only exceptions to this are .ca and .eu, either of which cost $20 per year. They’re not the cheapest in the industry, but they’re not the most expensive either.
But that’s not why you’d be interested in Misk. Where this solution really shines is the all-inclusive Domain Essentials package.
So, What Do I Get?
This package — which was just taken out of private beta last week — will take care of everything, assuming that you have fairly minimal needs. Here’s a quick summary:
And yes, before you ask, your website will be 100% advertising free (other than the ads you place there yourself, of course).
A plan such as this seems great for a self-hosted WordPress blog. It is not so great, however, for a website that shares multimedia files or one that runs Flash-based games and animations. Bandwidth might also be an issue. They don’t mention it explicitly, but considering that only 100MB of web space is given, I suspect that bandwidth is equally stingy (though I can’t say for certain).
On the plus side, your files will be sitting on multiple servers. This “clustered grid hosting” ensures that your websites will receive “unparalleled uptime and reliability.” Another feature that you apparently won’t find anywhere else is file compression. Misk claims that this will reduce loading times by up to 50%, giving your visitors a more streamlined experience.
Something that I found a little curious, however, was that in the ReviewMe request, they told us that Domain Essentials is “the best static web hosting on the net.” This is just conjecture, but am I to believe that sites like my freelance writing business would be handled just fine, whereas dynamic sites — like my blog — won’t be handled quite so well, resulting in some rather sluggish performance? I’m not sure.
No Fly-By-Night Operation
Although they only took the Domain Essentials web hosting package out of private beta last week, these guys aren’t exactly new to the scene. Misk.com is owned and operated by Nitin Corporation, a private organization that has been offering web services since 1998.
Even the cheapest web hosting that you can find elsewhere will likely run you at least $5 a month (for 1GB of web space or so). That’s $60 a year, compared to the $25 that Misk.com is charging for Domain Essentials. You just have to keep in mind that you only get 100MB of web space, but if you can get over that, I’d say they’re worth a try.