Site5 offers exceptional web hosting at surprisingly affordable rates, but its rather limited advertising budget may be limiting its growth. In any case, that’s actually better for you as a client, because Site5 currently has a “low number of customers per server” guarantee. If Site5’s fame increases, this guarantee may be withdrawn.
The first thing you need to do is to pick a server location. Site5 offers site server locations all over the world in different continents, and your best bet is to pick one closest to your target audience so the web pages will load more quickly for them. However, this also means you need to pay a different amount for each server location. Even in the same country, the rate may be different. For example, hosting with New York servers costs a dollar more than in Dallas.
But all in all, the web hosting rates are more than reasonable, with the basic plan for just $4.95 a month (in Dallas). Its most notable limitation is that it can only host one website. But even then you get unlimited bandwidth and disk storage, which is actually quite generous in real practical terms with Site5.
Basically, as long as you don’t run a file-sharing website, you won’t have a problem with bandwidth or disk storage.
In addition, you also get free migration to Site5 (others actually charge for this service), regular backups, get to use a custom cPanel, a single interface called Backstage that manages every aspect of your hosting account, and an uptime guarantee of 99.9%.
There is also a 30-day free trial offered, and after that you still enjoy a 45-day money back guarantee. The hostPro plan allows for unlimited websites, and the most sophisticated “hostPro + Turbo” plan offers a separate control panel for each of your websites.
The Backstage panel is especially intriguing. With it, you can set up separate users with their own particular type of web access to your website. The dashboard offers real time server status. The easy interface allows you to manage your domains easily, and it’s no problem to get add-ons and upgrades. You can also use it to submit and view support tickets, and also view and update your billing info. It is also what you use to check your earnings if you want to earn extra money by promoting Site5 through their affiliate program.
Malware protection is of course in place, and you can discuss whatever concerns you may have with the rest of the Site5 community through Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.
With Site5, you really get what you pay for. All the features work as described, and all the fees are stated clearly so there are no surprises later on. And you get everything from Site5 itself, as they do not outsource any of their services. Their engineers and web developers are employed in-house, and this includes customer support as well. This has been the Site5 custom since its founding, which was more than 14 years ago.