iPage vs HostMonster Hosting

iPage features iPage Review : iPage vs HostMonster Hosting

Some basic info about HostMonster

HostMonster Hosting

According to its official website, HostMonster claims that the company has been providing hosting solutions since 1996 (though a quick check on WhoIS shows that the domain name is only created on December 2006). Nevertheless, shoppers should be aware that HostMonster is actually managed by the same management of BlueHost and FastDomain.

At time of writing, HostMonster is hosting more than 750,000 domain names.

HostMonster Official Website: http://www.HostMonster.com

Compare iPage and HostMonster Hosting Features

See table below for some quick comparisons between iPage and HostMonster key features.

Key Hosting Features HostMonster iPage
General Info & Basic Features »
Establish (WhoIs Record) Dec 04, 2006 Mac 24, 1995
Pricing $5.95/mo $4.50/mo
Data Space Unlimited Unlimited
Data Transfer (Bandwidth) Unlimited Unlimited
Control Panel cPanel vDeck
Green Hosting? No Yes
Free Domain Yes Yes
Addon Domain Unlimited Unlimited
Parked Domain Unlimited Unlimited
MySQL Databases 100 Unlimited
PostgreSQL Databases Yes No
FTP Accounts Unlimited Unlimited
Customer Support Features »
24×7 Live Chat Support Yes Yes
24×7 Phone Call Support Yes Yes
Ticketing Email System Yes Yes
User Based Forum Yes No
Email Features»
POP3/IMAP Unlimited Unlimited
Auto-Responders Unlimited Unlimited
WebMail Yes Yes
Spam Filters Yes Yes
Advance Virus Check Yes Yes
Free Domain Yes Yes
Software & Web Apps »
Free Site Builder Yes Yes
Frontpage Extension Yes Yes
PERL Yes Yes
PHP 5 Yes Yes
Auto-Scripts Installation Fantastico Install Central
WordPress Yes Yes
Pixel Post No Yes
b2 Evolution Yes Yes
MODx Yes No
Gallery 2 Yes Yes
Coppermine Yes Yes
ZenPhoto No Yes
Joomla Yes Yes
Drupal Yes Yes
Mambo Yes Yes
SMF Yes Yes
GBook No Yes
phpBB Yes Yes
Carbonite Online PC Backup No Yes
e107 Yes Yes
eCommerce Features»
Free Online Store Yes Yes
Shared SSL Yes Yes
osCommerce Shopping Cart Yes Yes
CubeCart Shopping Cart Yes No
ShopSite Shopping Cart Yes Yes
Agora Shopping Cart Yes Yes
Zen Shopping Cart Yes No
Integrated PayPal No Yes
Integrated Google Webmaster Tools No Yes
Free Marketing Credits & Addon»
Google Adwords $50 $50
Yahoo! Sponsored Search $25
FaceBook Advertising $50
MIVA Advertising
60-Day RatePoint Trials No Yes
Free YellowPages.com Listing No Yes


Conclusion: iPage or HostMonster?

Given the fact that both HostMonster and iPage is managed by a group of industry veterans, I have no doubt that both web hosts are outstanding and trustworthy. The major differences between HostMonster and iPage are (1) Pricing, (2) Eco-Friendliness, (3) Database Choices, and (4) Free Marketing Credits. In my opinion, iPage is better in term of (1), (2), and (4) as the host’s price is slightly cheaper, 100% powered by wind energy, and offer more free marketing credits. HostMonster, on the other hand, support PostgreSQL database and MySQL database; whereas all you can get with iPage is just MySQL.

So to wrap things up, I would prefer iPage over HostMonster if PostgreSQL is not a must.

For more info, visit these two hosts online at:

» iPage Official Website: http://www.ipage.com
» HostMonster Official Website: http://www.hostmonster.com