Easy CGI has carved their niche in the market of web and domain hosting by making their solutions more complex and advanced than the majority of hosting providers. Most hosting has simplified options but Easy CGI does not have any such choice. They are very much for the more advanced user. It remains affordable and for those who know what they’re doing is an excellent option. There are also some data restrictions that mean you can’t have such a high functionality for multimedia features. If you only want your website to be simple and you’re competent on the technical side, this is an ideal option for you.
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350 – 750GB space
$150 of marketing credits
CM4all website builder
Host unlimited domains
Windows 2008 / 2003
Personalized control panel
Google WebMaster Tools
50-unlimited MySQL databases
AW Stats website statistics
Unlimited FTP accounts
30-day money back guarantee
500-unlimited E-mail accounts
99.9% up-time guarantee
Merchant account availability
With the most basic plan, the data limitations are a key factor and need to be addressed here. If you’re not looking for heavy traffic through your site, you’ll be fine with the limits in place. The data limitations are annoying, but they might not matter if you only get modest traffic to your site. The 350GB allowance for disk space and 3500GB for traffic are actually more generous than many basic plans offered by companies but in truth other companies offer much more upward flexibility. If you’re realistic about your personal website or small business then this probably won’t be a problem for you, as you won’t use that much space or need much bandwidth anyway.
This web hosting service is definitely more suitable for people with technical experience, rather than beginners or first time users. Many providers incorporate one-click installers for things like Wordpress or Joomla but with Easy CGI it’s all manual.
Despite the limited options with the basic shared hosting plan, there are VPS and reseller options, as well as a couple of higher tier shared hosting packages. It’s just a question of how complex you want to get with your hosting.
The cost of plans from EasyCGI is worked out by how long you plan to keep your hosting with them. You loyalty is rewarded by a lower overall cost.
EasyCGI's Advanced X plans are priced as follows:
36-months: $7.49 per month (costing you $269.64 in one payment for 3 years)
24-months: $8.49 per month (costing you $203.76 in one payment for 2 years)
12-months: $9.49 per month (costing you $113.88 for the year)
1-month: $9.99 per month (billed monthly)
VPS hosting prices range from $36.96 – $179.99 per month
Customer support from Easy CGI is great, which is ideal for this company, because the technology is often pitched above the beginner level, so it’s really necessary for the tech-support to be top notch. You can contact them via telephone, email or live chat to access support. The company website is also highly informative, giving you a tutorials on how to use the control panel and other features, as well as offering up a detailed FAQ section and various useful articles.
EasyCGI has customized a highly developed shared web-hosting platform, which supports the company’s ability to continuously offer the latest technology. The control panel is particularly flexible and allows you to control your site from anywhere. The up-time guarantee is 99.9% and the staff are trained to ensure that if you do run into problems, they can help you. The data centers are located in Boston and run on two different power types, so if ever one goes down, the other is able to back it up. The network is monitored 24/7 and customers are kept informed of the regular updates.
You really need a more advanced knowledge of the technical side of building a website, as there isn’t the full range of one-click installation options. If you’re not tech-savvy, you’ll struggle to build your site without support from EasyCGI staff. It’s important to remember that your site can’t be too complex due to space restrictions (depending on your choice of plan).
Best for those who have technical experience. Really not ideal for those brand new to building and running a website, however the features available are excellent if you know how to use them. The plans are affordable and ideal for small businesses.