Hot on the heels of the BlueFur $10 web hosting special comes Top Hosting Center with a deal that will give you hosting for life. That’s right, hosting for life! How can they do that? That’s what this ReviewMe review will explain.
For a one time payment of $95, the Rudolph deal from Top Hosting Center will host your blog or website for as long as you’re alive. If you’re nice, they may host it even after you’re dead. The deal is limited to the first 1000 people who order and is available in both Windows or Linux platform. The full plan includes the following:
- One time fee of $95 US
- 250 GB disk space, 3000 GB bandwidth
- 1 free domain name registration included
- Instant blogs creation
- Unlimited MySQL databases that will allow you to create as many blogs as you want
- Host unlimited subdomains
- Host unlimited domains – transfer all your other domains to your Rudolph lifetime hosting package
- Instant backups
- unlimited FTP accounts
- Web mail and unlimited email aliases
- 99.9% Uptime
All Rudolf Special Hosting accounts are paid for up front. You can cancel your account within the first 30 days and get a full refund. But, if you registered a new domain name with the account and choose to cancel after two days of service, Top Hosting Center will deduct $9.95 from the refund for the cost of the domain registered. You will maintain full ownership of the new domain however.
Can They Really Offer Hosting For Life?
The short answer is yes and no. Yes if you remain a good little blog. No if you start running serious traffic. The Rudolph plan is Top Hosting Center’s $4.95 per month plan. By prepaying for 19 months, you won’t ever have to pay again. However, Top Hosting Center has a few clauses built into its TOS to make sure they are protected from customers like me.
If your usage ever exceeds fifteen percent (15%) of system resources, your account may be terminated immediately and without prior notice. In addition any domain that exceeds 20 gigabytes of bandwidth traffic can be terminated without prior notice. Usage of scripts or other utilities to direct pointed domain names to subdirectories is not permitted and is grounds for termination of the account. For sure, THC will invite you to transfer your domain name to a dedicated server for your convenience before terminating your account without notice.
While this blog may never use up 250 GB of space or 3,000 Gigs of bandwidth that the Rudolph plan offers, It’s safe to say that I will blow pass 15% system resources (more like 100%). And with that, THC will tell me to upgrade to a dedicated server or get out. I found it unusual that the plan offers 3,000 Gigs of bandwidth but the TOS clearly state they can terminate your account at 20 Gigs. This is why you should always read the fine print. I should note that every web host has a TOS similar to Top Hosting Center so they’re not trying to pull any funny business.
While getting hosting for life sounds like a great deal, I have never been a big fan of these types of plans. However, I wouldn’t qualify for a hosting for life plan anyway so it’s really a moot point. If your goal is to build your blog to A-list level size, then the Rudolph plan isn’t for you. You’ll be booted well before you’ll get your $95 worth. You’ll be much better off ordering the THC $4.95 per month plan, then upgrading to one of their dedicated servers later. If your plans are more modest, then the Rudolph plan is well worth a look. As long as you keep your site running for more than 19 months, you’ll come out a head.
Top Hosting Center is Webhost Directory Award Winner in the category of budget web hosting. THC’s CEO Eric Vanier is a really nice guy and adheres to the Web 2.0 principles of collaboration while providing Web 3.0 support, speed, stability and quality.