iPage was founded in 1998 and hosts over a million websites across two data centers in the US.
iPage’s single shared hosting plan is among the cheapest we’ve reviewed at $1.99/mo for three years. They also have two WordPress-based plans with a few extra features like SiteLock and automatic malware removal.
Default plans come with unlimited bandwidth and disk space, a free domain name for the first year, and a free SSL certificate.
We’ve been closely monitoring iPage’s performance, and crunching the numbers to provide this unbiased review.
But is iPage good enough to get our recommendation?
Read on to find out.
General Info & Hosting Overview
Our Verdict: 3.5
|SPEED:||1060 ms (August 2020 to July 2021)|
|UPTIME:||99.82% ((August 2020 to July 2021)|
|SUPPORT:||24/7 Live Chat, Phone, and Knowledge Base|
|APPS:||1-Click Installs for the Most Popular Apps|
|FEATURES:||Unlimited Storage and Websites, Scalable Bandwidth, Free Domain for a Year, Free Website Builder, Free SSL Certificate, Unlimited MySQL Databases, Free Email Accounts, 1-Click WordPress Installer, 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee|
|HOSTING PLANS:||Shared, WordPress, VPS, and Dedicated Servers|
|SITE TRANSFER:||Not Free ( $150/per site)|
|PRICING:||Starting at $1.99/mo (renews at $7.99/mo)|
Pros of Using iPage Hosting
iPage is extremely inexpensive when you sign up for the first three years. Their customer support is friendly. Furthermore, they have access to just about every tool or open-source app that you could want.
Here’s a complete rundown on all of the positive things we liked about them:
1. Cheap, Inexpensive Hosting
iPage has consistently been one of the cheapest web hosts we’ve reviewed over the past few years.
And it seems like every so often, they find a way to discount the starting price even further.
Currently, the iPage starts at $1.99/month. The value, as you’ll see in a minute, is good, too. They only have one shared hosting plan, so nothing is ‘held back’ to try and force you to upgrade.
The only catch is that you’ll have to pay for three full years upfront to get that $1.99/month price point.
Otherwise, the regular (read: “renewal”) rate is $7.99/month.
If you’re only paying for a single year, the introductory pricing is $2.99/month (with the renewal at $9.99/month). And if you’re paying for two years, instead of three, it’s $2.49/month (or $9.99 renewal).
Whichever term length you choose, the price is good enough to put all of their initial plans among the best value-per-dollar we’ve seen.
2. Lots of Third-Party Applications
As mentioned, iPage’s ‘core’ offering is solid. Here’s a brief rundown of everything you get for that $1.99/month.
All hosting plans come with a free domain registration for the first year. This saves you ~$15/year right off the top.
You’ll also get a free email address and SSL certificate, too. Each email account is branded for your domain, includes email forwarding, autoresponders, spam filters, virus checking, and even POP3/IMAP accounts so you can set everything up with Outlook.
This plan comes with unlimited disk space, ‘scalable’ bandwidth (meaning mostly unmetered), and unlimited MySQL databases. Not too shabby.
If you’re looking for an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop website builder, iPage has one that comes with six pages and hundreds of templates.
iPage has tons of popular open-source apps ready to install as well. That includes content management systems and blogging software like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, PixelPost, and b2evolution, Gallery2 and ZenPhoto photo galleries, plus Gbook, phpBB, and SMF forums.
If you’re looking for full-fledged e-commerce stores, iPage also has these. AgoraCart, OpenCart, OSCommerce, PrestaShop, Zen Cart, and TomatoCart are all included. They can even help you with PayPal integration to accept money online if you’re a first-time webmaster.
3. 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
iPage has a no-questions-asked 30-day refund policy. Simply let them know within the first month that you’re not happy and they’ll gladly give your hosting money back.
Like other hosts, however, domain names and additional services are usually not refundable.
iPage gives you a free domain name for the first year. So if you ask for a refund, a $15 fee to cover the cost of the domain name will be deducted. The good news is that you will still own the domain name and can move it or ‘point’ the domain to another hosting company somewhere else.
4. Friendly Customer Support
iPage offers customer support through an online help desk and ticketing system. They offer tutorials if you want to try and fix the issue quickly by yourself. Otherwise, they also offer phone and chat support.
We tested their chat support, logging on in the late afternoon, and the customer rep joined instantly.
She answered all of our questions quickly and was overall knowledgeable.
Cons of Using iPage Hosting
iPage’s pricing is among the cheapest and they have pretty good customer support.
Unfortunately, some of their other performance statistics don’t fare as well. Let’s take a look:
1. Poor Uptime of 99.82%
iPage has a lot of features to like. However, none of them are really worth anything unless your site is reliably online and open to your visitors.
That’s why one of our favorite performance tests is to track uptime performance. We use a period of 12 months, so we can rule out any one-time problems. Then, we can objectively compare these uptime results against other hosting service providers to show you exactly how one host is better than another — no bias included.
Sadly, iPage has delivered a 99.82% uptime average with 448 outages and a total of more than 15 hours of downtime over the last 12 months.
Last 12-month average uptime:
- July 2021: 99.99%
- June 2021: 99.87%
- May 2021: 99.70%
- April 2021: 99.76%
- March 2021: 98.97%
- February 2021: 99.93%
- January 2021: 99.98%
- December 2020: 99.98%
- November 2020: 99.99%
- October 2020: 99.89%
- September 2020: 99.88%
- August 2020: 99.92%
However, the good news is that iPage claims to offer 24/7 uptime monitoring. That means the customer support team will immediately be notified if a site goes down.
2. Slow Loading Time (1060 ms)
Over the last 12 months, iPage’s loading times have been increasing, delivering an average of 1060 ms speed. That’s more than three times slower than our fastest host – A2 Hosting. So iPage definitely has room for improvement in that area.
Why is fast page loading time important?
Studies have shown a correlation between fast page speeds and higher conversion rates. Lower page speeds have the opposite effect: lower conversion rates and revenue.
3. Lots of Extra Fees for Additional Services
It’s true that iPage’s core offering is solid. You basically get unlimited storage and bandwidth, plus access to dozens of different popular apps.
You also get a free domain for the first year, an SSL certificate, and an email.
The first additional fee that pops up is the renewal rate down the road. A renewal rate of $7.99/month isn’t terrible – we’ve seen others well over $10+/month.
However, it’s when you combine this with a few other additional fees that your pricing starts to snowball.
Some of the premium hosts we’ve reviewed include things like extra security or backups in their basic plan. iPage keeps their main plan cheap by not including these features, and instead of having you pay more for them if you want them.
This à la carte pricing is perfect for people who don’t want all that extra stuff. But it’s not for those who hate being nickel and dimed.
So here is a list of the different add-on fees.
iPage offers SiteLock support on their plans to help scan for malware and prevent your site from being hacked. Pricing starts at an additional $1.99/month for 36 months for the basic automated offering. They also have more comprehensive plans that increase in price to $24.99/mo (billed at $899.64 for the three years).
Backups can be either daily or several times a day. These are useful to simply keep a record of past versions of your site when changes are made. Or, if your site was ever hacked, you can roll back previous ‘clean’ versions.
The basic backup service is $1.00/month for three years for one website, database, and daily backups.
Then, there’s also the migration cost…
4. No Free Site Migrations
Most of the 40 web hosts we’ve reviewed will move an existing site to their servers for free. This is especially nice if you’re not a technical person and don’t want to waste time trying to figure out how to move site files, re-point your domain, and more.
iPage, however, does not offer any free site migrations. Instead, they will only move a site for a $150 one-time fee. That’s on the high side, compared to other hosts.
5. No cPanel (vDeck)
Most web hosts use cPanel as a dashboard of sorts. It’s the industry standard, and if you use it in one place, you’ll know exactly where everything is when you log into it in another place.
iPage doesn’t use cPanel, going instead with an alternative called vDeck, which is not quite as robust as cPanel.
For beginners, this isn’t always that big of a deal. It’s usually more of an issue for people who are used to working on the same uniform platform. It can seem like a waste of time to learn a new platform and how to efficiently use it when you have already mastered that on another platform.
So this is not a huge deal if you haven’t used either cPanel or vDeck before. However, it could be an issue if you’re a cPanel devotee.
6. It’s Not Really “Unlimited” (Better for Smaller Sites)
Most of the features listed on iPage’s shared hosting plan are “unlimited.”
Of course, nothing is truly “unlimited” in this world. The same holds true here, too.
But first, some good news:
There are no ‘overage’ fees for using a lot of resources like disk space, assuming you’re using it correctly within iPage’s terms.
However, there are a few resource limits to keep in mind. Accounts with tons of files or large databases aren’t a great fit, because they can start to affect other users on the same servers. This means that iPage reserves the right to shut your account down.
Now, we’re assuming they would give you some kind of heads up before just shutting your site down. But their terms do state that they can do so “without notice.” So just keep that in mind.
Most users with smaller sites have nothing to worry about. If your site starts to get really big, you might need to start looking for other hosting alternatives like managed hosting, VPS, or dedicated servers.
iPage Pricing, Hosting Plans & Quick Facts
Here’s a quick overview of iPage’s shared hosting plan and also two WordPress hosting plans:
|Shared Hosting Plan||WordPress WP Starter Plan||WordPress WP Essential Plan|
Renews at $7.99/mo
Renews at $7.49/mo
Renews at $10.49/mo
|Other Features||• Free Domain|
• Unlimited MySQL Databases
• Free SSL Certificate
|• Free Domain|
• Customized Control Panel
• Pre-installed Themes and Plugins
|• WordPress Expert Support|
• Free Domain
• Automatic Malware Removal
• SiteLock Security
- Free domain? Yes.
- Ease of Signup: Fairly easy sign-up process.
- Money-Back: 30-day money-back guarantee.
- Payment Methods: Credit Card, PayPal.
- Hidden Fees and Clauses: Accounts with an inode count measurement over 200,000, over 1000+ database tables or more than 3GB total MySQL/PostgreSQL / 2GB MySQL/PostgreSQL usage might be terminated with zero notice.
- Upsells: Lots of upsells.
- Account Activation: Quick activation.
- Control Panel and Dashboard Experience: Easy-to-use vDeck control Panel.
- Installation of Apps and CMSs (WordPress, Joomla, etc.): Easy installation of popular apps and CMSs via their control panel.
Do We Recommend iPage?
Yes, we do sort of. But there are better options available.
There’s a lot to like about iPage. You can get lots of third-party apps and good customer service at a very cheap cost.
However, there were a few mixed performances, especially regarding uptime and speed. Also, the core plans have good features but don’t come with the most ‘extra’ options.
Any experience with iPage Hosting? Please leave us your iPage review (positive or negative) – as long as it’s transparent and authentic!