Before you can even get started with your professional blogging or affiliate marketing career, it’s probably a good idea to get your own website first. That involves registering your own domain name, but it also means finding the appropriate web hosting provider. And a penny saved is a penny earned.
If you’re looking to spend as little as possible on a reliable web host, one option to consider is CP Web Hosting. As we make our way through today’s review, we’ll take a brief look at the company history, how cheap is cheap, and what other hosting options are available through this provider.
A Quick Introduction to CP Web Hosting
There’s no denying it. The primary selling point for CP Web Hosting is that they aim to provide cheap web hosting. That said, they are also dedicated to providing a good value and great service, despite the remarkably cheap price points. They want to give you “superior customer service, 100% uptime, and many unique features that you will not find anywhere else.”
CP Web Hosting has been in business since 1996, but the current owners have really grown the company since they acquired in 2001. At the time, they had only five dedicated servers and about 30 clients. Today, CP Web Hosting has over 30 servers and in excess of 5000 clients. That’s some serious growth, especially when you realize how competitive the web hosting industry can be.
How Cheap Is Cheap?
Pretty darn cheap if you ask me.
The current promotion has a web hosting plan for just $17.40. That’s per year, not per month. When you consider that the typical “big” host has plans starting at $5-$8 per month ($60-$96 per year), that represents some huge savings.
And even at the $17.40/year ($1.45/month) price, CP is able to provide you with unlimited storage and unlimited e-mail. When I went through the shopping cart process, I discovered that this also allows for up to 10 domains. That’s the same as the “Indivdual Hosting” [sic] mentioned on the front page of the site, but you get unlimited bandwidth and storage when you pay for a year in advance.
Other Selling Points
Assuming that you do indeed get fast and reliable web hosting at that price, what else do you need? Well, CP Web Hosting wants to go just a touch further. You get a free script installer for such popular products as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, phpBB, and Zen cart. They also provide a free site builder, free instant setup, and website transfer “assistrance” [sic].
This may or may not reflect on the reliability of the service, but I would recommend that the owners of CP Web Hosting hire someone to proofread or re-write their website copy. It’s not terrible, but there are several spelling mistakes throughout the text. There are also several broken image links that need to be fixed.
Reseller Hosting and Dedicated Servers
The cheap shared hosting plan is obviously the star at CP Web Hosting, but they also offer other hosting products too.
The reseller plans are very reasonably priced, starting at just $24.95 a month. That allows for up to 10 Cpanel accounts, up to 20GB of disk space, and up to 30GB of bandwidth. If you are a web designer or consultant, getting a smaller reseller hosting plan can be a great way to supplement your income. Use it with your clients as an upsell product.
If shared hosting doesn’t satisfy your needs, CP also has unmanaged dedicated servers. They’re all $170 per month, so it’s just up to you decide what kind of package you would like. They range from a Pentium 4 3.00GHz to a couple of dual core Atom CPU choices.
Go Ahead and Give Them a Try
I’m always hesitant about web hosting providers who say that they give you unlimited storage and unlimited bandwidth, because that is simply not realistic. However, if you are able to get “virtually” unlimited storage and bandwidth that is reliable and reasonably fast, you really have little reason to complain. And at less than $20 a year, you’re getting quite the bargain.
The good news is that even if you find that the service isn’t up to your standards, you can ask for your money back in the first 30 days, no questions asked. That’s confidence and, considering that CP Web Hosting has been around for over a decade, that has to say something about their business model and customer satisfaction, right?
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