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Last reviewed Apr 7, 2015
$ 3.75 / Month
Dotster has done a great job of successfully cutting my web business to a dead end. I have been off line for several days, it could be closer to two weeks because of emails I am now receiving from people asking why they cannot access my website. I have tried to get Dotster to get this problem taken care of. I have been shut out of my admin because I cannot remember the password and they are simply supposed to send me an email. I sent a copy of my license, which they requested and I am now dreading that I did this for fraudulent reasons. I am going to contact my State Attorney General's office because this smells like fraud and I am at a loss as to how to get my information for a domain name that I own. This is the worst thing I have ever had to deal with in my business, ever. If I hear of any class-action suits against Dotster, I will join it immediately.
I had a domain set to manual renewal, which I confirmed a couple times as it got closer to the expiration date. I had decided that I would let it expire, but got a notice from Dotster that they had automatically renewed it. When I got the renewal notice, I went in again to confirm it was set to manual renewal and then contacted them about the error and requested a refund. Their reply to me stated that the domain was set to automatically renew and that they couldn't do anything about the charge once it had been processed, but that they had set the domain to manual so it wouldn't happen again.
Now I get to start dealing with the credit card company to deny the charge.
Dotster is my first hosting service
goood features and tools which makes me easy to use
till i dint faced any server down problem even with 500+ on real time
dotster deluxe hosting is worth of money
They hosted my website for 4 years. They are very inexpensive, and you get what you pay for. They have overbilled me 3 times in the last 4 years. I left them last year, and a few months back they decided to charge me for another year of billing. For the last 3 months I have been trying to get them to reverse the charges - they claim they never charged me, but VISA says they did. I have finally cancelled my VISA card so they can't do any further damage in the coming years.
Well I can only say I wish I had read other reviews fully before I signed up to them. They are awful for the reasons below.
I signed up with them and could not login, it kept resetting the password, instead of helping their support is a script they just paste, they do not seem to even read your actual problem. I eventually reset it for 5th time and it seemed to have stuck (without any help from their support).
Then the ftp does not work (and they do not have cpanel also by the way which is really bad), their file manager is an absolute joke.
I tried to log in using coreftp and then filezilla, reset the password so many times, asked support for help and again got a script send to me telling me to login with my password (what do they think i was loggin in with???) this has gone on for about 5 days, no way to upload files except one by one in their crap file manager, at this stage of 5 days on and clearly I would be afraid having any website with them I have requested a refund.
All I can say is if you want a hosting with barely any features, plenty of downtime or a server that does not fuction and support who simply do not help then by all means go with them!
I have requested cancellation and will go back to TMDhosting who are actually very good. I wont try save a few pennies again.
This is the absolutely the WORST hosting company. I've made a mistake to host my business'es website and email with them. Recently, after vacation, checked my email, it turned out that they've changed nameservers and didn't update them in my account, so emails were not even routing to my box. All they did is gave me the warning, saying my emails aren't routing and I need to update my nameservers. Have been unfortunate to work with them for awhile, this type of issues (when business email stops working) happens with them all the time. I'm changing provider ASAP. Do yourself a favor, don't choose dotster as your hosting provider.
The email serve is slow, sometimes I can't open it, it does all kind of weird things when I do use it. It's the worst email service I have ever had.
The absolute worst UI experience from a domain. Dotster needs to focus on making these easy like other providers, was referred to them via .co and they are the absolute worst
Dotster.com SUCKS !! and I can say that for sure because I had an account with them. The main problem was that they were very slow starting from the support and ending with the hosting. Their support system sucks, my webmails were not working properly so I called them up and told them about the problem they promised that the problem would be solved within 12 hours but even after 4 days it was not corrected, every time I told them about this they said the same thing but there was no improvement in the situation and I lost lots of money with them and so I had no choice and so I had to give up that hosting service and so now I am hosting my website on a free web host so that I will not suffer any loss further.
And so I will never recommend them to anyone.
DOTSTER SUCKS !!
One of the all time worst companies I have ever dealt with. They continue to bill my credit card for services cancelled years ago and it take several emails to resolve. This time they cancelled my entire account making my domains untranferrable as I am unable to open tickets and have to call their support line which so far has never been anything other than infinite hold music.
They are the WORST!!! Customer support is as though you are dealing with an outsourced company handling customer complaints from a multiple companies, ie: car rentals... the verbiage is scripted as far as the response. they tell you that they will call you back and never has that occurred. We (as a company) house many internet engineers, and after (regretfully) advertising this experience with dotster to them was met with "what were you thinking, going with them!!". Worst experience of my IT career as far as domain hosting period.
Dotster is a pretty flexible and easy to use web host provider. But, like any other thing around, there's the upsides and the downsides.
There are by far more upsides than downsides, but listed they must be.
For begginers, it's a very efficient, fast, and easy to use host. With its intigrated domain registration and lots of disk space, it's great for small to large scale businesses. Forster has great uptime and lots of tools to help build and maintain a thriving website.
There are a few improvements that could be made, though. After purchasing and setting up a domain, it is a little difficult to change the nameservers or zone records, for if you would like to change web hosts. Also, their prices are a little high for the service that they provide. Many other webservers offer hosting for as low as $1 per month.
Overall, Dotster is a great web host provider that includes many tools and an easy to use and eye-friendly website. It's prices may be high for its capabilities, but would be rated as a 4 out of 5 star web host.
After using Dotster for many years I have had 2 major problems with them this year.
Firstly a domain that I had registered until 2015 stopped working and the control panel shows an expiry date of March 6 2013 and despite Dotster support acknowledging that the domain is registered until 2015 via a phone call, the control panel is still showing expired and from follow up phone calls they are asking for a further 2 years registration to fix the problem.
Secondly another domain showed registered in my control panel until 2014 and when the web site stopped working I found it had been registered by a Chinese company and is for dale at domain.de. After complaining Dotster refunded my money but I have lost the domain through no fault of my own.
Furthermore Afilias registery services have the following to say:
Thank you for contacting Afilias Technical Support.
Please be advised that the registrar 'Dotster' is no longer accredited as a registrar under ICANN. As such, they are not active in selling .INFO domains, as of May 30, 2012. We are forwarding your email to the gaining entity to see if there is anything they can do to assist you.
Customer service was horrible, instead of saving a customer that was paying $29.95 a month from fortunecity, they tried to discount the service to $34.00 for one time. It sounds good but the horrible customer service that I had to deal with was not worth the $34.00. Dotster had been collecting the $29.95 for over three years but I was still able to use my package from fortunecity. But when I was unable to utilize my package with fortunecity because they were going out of business, Dotster still wanted to charge me a discounted fee for one year. What about the months I paid and had no service? The fact that I paid $29.95 to have my domain parked on their server each month and they collected the overcharge, that was definitely my fault. But when I called Dotster on the problem, they wanted to discount my amount. As a business owner, I thought it was a good gesture but not sufficient. If that was the best they had to offer, I said leave it. Dotster can chalk this loss up to horrible customer service and a bad discount. Still trying to make a dollar off of a customer that had been paying for no real service except that the website was still working, due to fortunecity. I would never recommend their services to my worst enemy.
I was automatically transferred to Dotster when they bought my former registrar NameZero.
After a while I suddenly realized emails where no longer getting through any of my domains. Dotster provided no previous warning and the support on the issue was non-existent. I was getting 404-pages constantly in the control panel. Couldn't change any settings to correct the errors.
I'm now trying to move away from this joke of a company. Problem is, i have whois-privacy enabled since the time with NameZero and now I can't update the contact details myself, so i'm waiting for Dotster support to take care of it.
It's been several weeks, calls, emails, tweets and support tickets - still nothing!
I don't wish my worst enemy this hell that is being stuck with the non-existent support of Dotster.
Please be adviced - stay away from these clowns, they're the worst in the business - all categories!
My sincere advise is never use the service of dotster. I've around 62 websites hosted in both linux and windows servers of dotster and all these websites were offline from 10 Jan 2013 due to server migration and no one cared to rectify the errors and make the sites live even after repeated support requests, till today (18 Jan 2013). My business is ruined as all the websites were out of the search results and lost all my customers because of my bouncing emails !!!! So never use the service of dotster if you're running an online business !!!!
Zero customer service, our whole website/e-mails went down for a week any they did nothing to solve it. No response to e-mails, online help and their telephone hours are short and inadequate. We since moved to another server and even getting all our data from them took two weeks. I cannot recommend enough that you never consider using this company, they are just awful.
Dotster has no customer support. Period. Their interface, their uptime, their stability, all are at least on par with other companies. But if you have any issue, even the tiniest question, expect to pay $30.00 a month for "Premium Support" if you want an answer. Their customer support went from "excellent" 5 years ago, to "sporadic" a few years ago, and now you are lucky if you get ANY answer from their lowest-tier support. This means even the simplest issue will be answered either days (or weeks) later by a link to the FAQ you looked up before you asked the question, or your trouble ticket will remain open and unacknowledged unless the issue resolves itself.
As mentioned, Dotster now offers a "premium support" option for a healthy fee, so if you are willing to pay for the privilege of the most basic customer service, then your experience with Dotster might be bearable. But if not, just remember you are on your own against an automated trouble ticket system that might have well been designed by Kafka. There are plenty other companies out there with comparable services and more competitive prices that actually acknowledge the existence of their customers. I would strongly advise anyone considering Dotster to look elsewhere. Save your cash and your sanity and avoide this company like the plague.
I would not suggest Dotster. I lost my files and they do not respond my E-mails. They do not keep records in order. For instance, it takes them a while to send the login information.
Horrible hosting customer support, you get 1 response in 7 days,, and then they "close the case" no important if is resolved or not, then you have to request another Case ID, and all stars from begining, they don't know what you talking about, unable to look up previous convesation, previous case ID !? iz now 3 weeks and cannot their AspMail get to work, unable to send emails from website, first is was banned as spamer then just does not work
Dotster is an American web hosting company that is perhaps known best for its domain name registration services. The company was founded in 2000 and can claim having over 3 million domains under management at the time of this review.
Dotster is headquartered in Washington in the USA and is one of the brands owned by the Endurance International Group, who also now run BlueHost, SuperGreen Hosting and PureHost. The Endurance International Group is a massive company that has bought many of the world’s best-known web hosting brands over the last decade.
Despite being focused on domain name registration, Dotster also offers web hosting options in the form of Linux-based shared hosting and VPS hosting.
There are three shared hosting plans available to choose from. Customers can choose contracts ranging from between one and three years in length.
Dotster has three plans for customers who are looking for a VPS hosting service. Each plan offers Linux-based hosting and does not place any limits on domains, MySQL databases or mailboxes.
There is an affiliate program for people wanting to make money through successful domain and hosting referrals. Dotster also offers a web design service and a SEO marketing service for its customers.
The Dotster website does not make any guarantees about uptime, nor does it have any published uptime statistics. Its servers and held in a secure data centre which utilises HVAC and fully redundant power systems. Data backups and ongoing network optimisation ensure that its services remain stable and reliable.
Dotster customers are provided with a wide range of self help and customers support options. These include a knowledge base, user guides and video tutorials, all available through the online help centre. Customers can also raise support tickets and there is a US-based helpline number to provide 24/7 customer support.
Dotster customers who purchase the Ultra hosting plan can also purchase a premium support package as an add-on to their basic hosting plan. This guarantees access to the most experienced support technicians, a toll-free helpline and faster support response times.
There are both Facebook and Twitter accounts maintained by Dotster. Although they are not active on a daily basis, customers do get a response when they reach out using social media. However, it’s worth noting that customers who are experiencing problems are referred to the support ticketing system or phone line as the first point of call.
Despite being in operation for over a decade there are no articles, good or bad, relating to Dotster on major news blogs or technology websites.
Whilst Dotster’s VPS hosting customers get the familiar cPanel/WHM for their website administration needs, its shared hosting customers are provided with a custom control panel.
The custom panel is comparable to cPanel, so experienced users shouldn’t have too much difficulty adjusting to it. Dotster provides a useful video tour and video tutorial for customers to get to know the custom control panel.
Dotster’s shared hosting customers get a range of free marketing tools to help them get started. These include Google Adwords credits, Yahoo!/Bing search marketing credits, Facebook credits, a free Yellowpages.com listing, a free US based toll-free phone number and Google Webmaster tools.
Dotster’s hosting supports Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla, PHP-Nuke, TikiWiki, Perl, Python and more. There is also a free drag-and-drop site building tool for people who don’t feel confident building a site from scratch.
Hosting with Dotster is also eco-friendly and the company makes use of high efficiency servers to reduce the power consumption at its data centre. The company is involved in a range of programs to offset its carbon footprint as well.
This includes purchasing 150% renewable energy credits and planting trees for every new customer. These schemes allow the company to provide its customers with eco-friendly hosting badges to display on their own websites.
Whilst a money-back guarantee is not advertised on the Dotster site, its Terms and Conditions document does refer to a 30-day money-back guarantee. The money-back guarantee promises a refund of hosting fees if the customer cancels within the first 30 days of their term. The refund does not include domain registration fees and the cost of other add-on services.
Customers who cancel their hosting before the end of the agreed term may or may not be charged for the full contract.
This is at Dotster’s discretion and there doesn’t appear to be any details on how they would decide to charge the customer for the remaining term of the contract. This seems to be a fairly typical clause in contracts provided by the Endurance International Group.
Dotster’s services are relatively standard and offer little innovation, even when compared to other Endurance International Group brands such as Domain.com. This may discourage some customers who are looking to switch hosting from an existing Endurance International Group provider, but people with basic needs may not be too concerned.
Dotster is a web hosting technology provider that specialized in both Windows and Linux hosting products.
The company does not have any introductory pricing schemes such that when it comes time to renew, the price will be the same as when your service started. However, there is an annual service fee to be aware of and be ready for.
The company has a range of dedicated host services on Linux and Windows platforms. These hardware-differentiated service plans are suited for customers with specific needs. This is one of those hosts with many choices to decide from and it is worth the time to figure out and spec what you want. They also offer managed services that are completely customizable.
All of their plans do come with one free domain per account.
Anyone can get domain registration services from this company. It is one of their prime business offerings and what they are most well-known for. You will find top level domain (TLD) registration options from around the world like .com, .net, .info and more.
The company offers customers a 30-day money back guarantee, so you have the option to change your mind without significant penalty.
This company offers a number of VPS options for each operating system platform. They follow a structure of product guidelines of 512, 1024 and 2048 MB of RAM and corresponding disk space increases.
The company is available for sales and support around the clock 24 x 7 by phone on their 800 number.
On the phone, on their website, through their email and on their support ticketing systems. Support is provided in English only.
The company is based in the United States out of Vancouver, Washington
Their eco-friendly data center infrastructure is based in the state of Massachussetts.
Based on which platform you are working with either Windows or Linux, the supported programming languages include PHP, Perl, Ruby, ASP, ASP.NET and Ruby on Rails.
The company has a reseller program that features a number of interesting options including the popular wholesaler package.
The company's affiliate program allows participants to benefit from bringing customers to their world of services. Rewards are uncapped and the program is well-defined on their website.
The company does not have a site transferring service, but they do provide extensive support when required and plenty of guides in an easy to navigate and informative site that covers migration steps and issues.
The popular blog software known as WordPress is available for install throughout their suite and platforms. It installs quickly, easily and has thorough support from Dotster as well as the community.
The company offers a number of unlimited packages so that you could run as many domains as you wish on one account. The entry level ‘basic’ hosting level is the exception as it only allows one hosted domain.
The company provides an easy three-step site building wizard with each of their shared web hosting accounts.
From a security perspective, the company features highly monitored environments that are secured up to industry data center standards.
PrestaShop can easily be installed on their shared hosting plans. It is not included however or officially supported, but still relatively prevalent in their environment.
You can easily install Joomla on one of the plan of your choice. Even though it is not one of their provided titles in their base of installable software, it is readily available on the web and installable on their plans.
WordPress is a blogging software platform on their shared web hosting that is provided by this company. It is well supported throughout their installed based by their support team.
You can easily install e-commerce software in their shared, dedicated, VPS and managed type of service environments. Everything from Shopping Carts, SSL and so on, are well-known technologies that are the required lifeblood of internet commerce.
You can host image heavy sites easily as Dotster’s shared web hosting plans have unlimited disk and bandwidth.
You can install Magento, as the requirements, libraries and support for Magento are available, and it will run especially well on dedicated and VPS scenarios.
The company provides the vDeck control panel for accurate, flexible control and reporting for all their customers and reseller customers.
They accept all major credit card payment methods like Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. They also accept PayPal.
The company offers customers a 99.99% uptime guarantee that is backed by service credits for any lost downtime.
There are no additional security options available on any of their plans.
The company's hosting plans do not offer any optional CDN services.
Their plans are yearly plans only, which means you will have to pay for the entire year of services up front rather than being able to pay each and every month.
WHOIS domain privacy services are available for domains registered through their site.
The company backs up their own servers daily and keep the backups for as many as 15 days. It is always highly recommended that each customer back up their own data if they intend to restore things that are critical on a regular basis.
With the exception of the basic plans (which can only host 1 domain), most of their shared web hosting plans would be appropriate for a five site deployment as they are unlimited in disk and bandwidth.
For email, the company allows for 100, 250, and unlimited tiers for email accounts. That is further dictated on the amount of space you have purchased for your overall purposes.
This company does have two tiers of disk space all the way up to unlimited space and bandwidth on their plans. However, it is advised to always the provider is the ultimate decider on what acceptable terms are.
The company does not regularly provide promotions of this type for students, non-profits, and schools.
Customers will find their plans come with $100 in Google AdWords credits.
Streaming video has a number of demands that don’t necessarily play well in a shared environment. If you need this kind of site, you should verify that the hosting provider supports the technology you need such as ffmpeg. Another alternative is a dedicated or VPS platform where dedicated resources and environment control allow programmers to implement the features they need for special types of sites, such as streaming video sites.
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