iWeb is one of the more experienced providers in the server niche, providing server hosting since 1996. But it's not trying to be stuck back in the good old days. In fact, since 2013, the iWeb brand has been bought out by Internap and the company now provides specialized server hosting tailored toward serving the needs of large businesses and supporting enterprise applications.
But can it keep up with modern times?
That's what we'll find out in this iWeb review.
iWeb First Impressions
Firstly, I was quite impressed with the range of services available from iWeb. It offers highly technical products such as server clustering and hosted virtual machines.
There are also plenty of ways to customize your iWeb package, such as the 'Rapid Response' advanced support option which you can add to any plan for an additional $49/month. Although every iWeb package comes with 24/7 phone support and constant ping monitoring, the upgrade will guarantee any critical service failures are responded to within 15 minutes.
The amount of server power iWeb hosting packages offer also immediately stood out to me.
You can get hold of up to 256GB DDR4 RAM and 24 CPU cores through iWeb's dedicated hosting packages, for example. That's plenty of processing grunt, even for the largest businesses.
I found purchasing and setting up my iWeb server plan a little trickier than with other hosts, but remember, it's not tailored towards beginners, so that can't really be counted against it. Once the servers are up and running, it's clear that the hosting platform was extremely stable. I had absolutely no problems with any downtime.
It is also reassuring that your purchase is protected by a 30-day money back guarantee. However, it should be noted that actually claiming this involves a somewhat legalistic and intricate process.
iWeb doesn't just offer plain old web hosting. Its packages are designed to cater to advanced enterprise users, and it offers an extremely broad range of services. To make things simpler for you, in this review I've decided to focus on three of the most popular types of hosting iWeb offers.
|Base Linux Cloud Hosting||Single Processor Dedicated Hosting||Dual Processor Dedicated Hosting||Dedicated Block Storage|
|Price per month||$0.06/hour or $43.80/month||$110/month||$310/month||$401/month|
|Processor Speed||N/A||2.4GHz to 3.5GHz||2.13GHz to 2.4GHz||3.5GHz|
|Customer Support||24/7 Live chat, ticket, phone and email||24/7 Live chat, ticket, phone and email||24/7 Live chat, ticket, phone and email||24/7 Live chat, ticket, phone and email|
The products on offer from iWeb are intended to be serious enterprise solutions. As such, they are a little more expensive than some alternatives. Its plans range from $43.80 to $401 per month, and that's just for the base level package available in each hosting category. You can make things far more expensive by opting for additional server power or hosting add-ons.
You should note that each of these plans is designed for a different use case. For example, the dedicated hosting plans will assign you enough power to safely host mission-critical applications. You can keep your data safe with an isolated backup add-on for an additional $130/month.
By contrast, the cloud hosting service is designed for developers. I was pleased to see that processing time can be purchased hourly. That means you can save money by paying for access to a powerful processor for small slots of time.
Another unique service iWeb offers is its dedicated block storage package. It's a high availability storage system that effectively expands the capacity of your preexisting cloud hosting server.
Although it comes in at a costly $401/month, for some enterprise users it may, in fact, be a money-saving tool. That's because your storage costs will be fixed. That contrasts with a cloud system where, typically, the more you upload, the more you pay.
Overall then, even though it may seem expensive to private users, iWeb actually offers powerful tools to at price points that may actually reduce overheads for enterprise users.
During my iWeb review, I tested the performance of my site using Bitcatcha. You can see the results below:
Well - the performance is just about adequate. But of course, dedicated servers are all about handling many requests at once and managing them the way you want to. So really, the performance will depend on how you will manage the servers. It's just good to know that the host won't hold you back too much.
iWeb Review - Final Thoughts
iWeb reviews have noted that it is not necessarily the ideal service for novices, and I would definitely echo this statement.
This isn't a suitable service for beginners. However, enterprise users who opt for iWeb should find the services quite useful - there's plenty to choose from and the pricing is actually quite good.
If you decide to sign up to iWeb, take the time to customize your plan properly, there are lots of add-on options available! Given its rates, I would certainly recommend you also take advantage of the 30-day free iWeb trial to confirm that it's the right service for you.
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- Powerful and stable servers
- Good customization options
- Good enterprise option
- Difficult to set up
- Somewhat expensive