Despite the considerable number of web hosts available today, it's not always easy to find one that fully meets your needs. InMotion Hosting is a web hosting and management platform that is powered by Open Source Linux. InMotion manages to hit a sweet spot on both features and price. The web host offers top-notch customer support, solid hosting plans, especially for dedicated servers, plenty of free web-building tools, and unlimited email for all plans. To top it up, InMotion Hosting offers a generous 90-day money-back guarantee.
InMotion Hosting does have a small downside, though. The web host's website builder creates rather dated-looking sites. Additionally, the user needs to create separate logins for all add-ons. But, perhaps its biggest downside is the lack of monthly subscription plans, which some users might find quite inconvenient.
Here is a deeper peek at how the web host works.
InMotion Hosting offers three shared hosting plans. The most basic is known as Launch and goes for $7.99 per month with annual subscriptions. Launch supports two websites and a total of six domains. Next in command is Power, which goes for $9.99 per month with an annual subscription. Power supports six websites and up to 26 domains. InMotion Hosting's top plan is Pro which goes for $15.99 per month with an annual subscription. Pro supports an unlimited number of websites and domains, which almost makes it a no-brainer considering it's just a small step up from Power in terms of cost. All the three plans allow unlimited emails, but lack an option to go month-to-month.
VPS and Dedicated Server Hosting
InMotion Hosting has a VPS (Virtual Private Server) as well as dedicated hosting. VPS plans start at $44.99 per month and are available in three different configurations. Dedicated hosting starts at $189.99 per month and allows the user to configure its Linux-based servers with 1.2TB of raw storage, 15TB of data transfer per month (this beats most of the leading dedicated hosting plans) and tops it up with an impressive 64GB of RAM (majority of web hosts offer 16GB of RAM).
How it Works
To set up a hosted site, you first have to pay the annual subscription fee. InMotion offers a discount for the first three years. The company also offers full disclosure of its renewal rates; so you don't have to worry about getting nasty surprises in the future.
Once you choose a domain, the company might try to upsell you by trying to get you to upgrade to the higher tier plans. The user is offered the option to add a content management system (CMS) for free to their account. The CMS can be built on WordPress, Joomla or PrestaShop. InMotion offers the user the option to pay using a check or purchase order at checkout, which is unusual for web hosting companies.
An account specialist is usually at hand to assist the user to set up their web hosting systems, and provides them with welcome tutorials and WordPress installation instructions if the user intends to set up a blog.
To manage the general account setting, the user is provided with an Account Management Panel (AMP); though managing the website requires a separate cPanel login. InMotion Hosting calls its website builder the Premium Website Builder. It's an easy-to-use tool with no frills. It allows you to choose between building a website, blog or photo gallery, select different themes and colors. Apart from the standard pages such as About Us and Contact Us, you can add special pages such as eShop and Flash Intro.
InMotion Hosting is generally easy-to-use and seems to do most of the things you expect a good web host to do right. The big downside is that there are no monthly plans, though to mitigate this the company offers generous discounts on its plans.
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