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  • PHP
  • WordPress
  • cPanel
  • WAP/WML
  • Offshore

MediaOn

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MediaOn Hosting

MediaOn hosting is a European domain registration and web hosting company founded in Germany in 1999, and now based in Turkey.

MediaOn seems to be a brand or tradename used by and Digital Gateway Networks A.S., which also runs several other web hosting brands, mostly in Germany and Turkey.

They offer an idiosyncratic set of services, and — for the environmentally conscious — at least one of their data centers (it is unclear which one) is powered with renewable hydroelectric energy.

Services and Specialties

MediaOn offers “Unlimited” shared hosting. This is their only hosting offering.

Shared hosting plans include access to cPanel and a one-click install wizard for easily setting up popular apps like WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla.

WhoIs protection is provided with all domain name purchases, and MediaOn claims that they do not ask customers for personal contact information — ensuring complete privacy.

Unlimited hosting includes:

  • Unlimited domains
  • Unlimited Add on domains
  • Unlimited POP3 and SMTP accounts
  • Unlimited FTP accounts
  • Unlimited Disk Space
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Unlimited MySQL databases
  • Unlimited Subdomains

It is safe to assume that, as with any shared hosting provider, abuse of unlimited bandwidth or unlimited disk space will cause throttling, low performance, or expulsion — but there is no specific stated limit on these items.

Virtual Office

MediaOn offers its customers “virtual office” addresses in Turkey. This can be useful for setting up a business presence in that country from abroad.

Adult Hosting

Under the name XXX-Webhoster (but still branded as MediaOn), Digital Gateway Networks A.S. offers adult content hosting.

Datacenters and Technology

MediaOn shared hosting plans are served out of five datacenters around the world:

  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • India
  • Turkey
  • Hong Kong

Sites are hosted on a servers running Dual E5530 2.40GHz Xeon quad core hyperthreaded processors, with 24GB RAM and a 250 GB RAID 1 (mirrored) OS drive, plus a 1 TB RAID 1 (mirrored) customer data drive

Data centers are monitored 24/7, have redundant battery-backed power supplies, and are HVAC cooled.

Support and Customer Service

MediaOn claims to offer 24/7 “Expert” support via a Help Desk. It is unclear what level of response or expertise one should expect from this.

They also provide customer support forums, but these are mostly not in English.

Security and Backups

Customers are responsible for their own backups.

Anonymity

The biggest security feature of MediaOn hosting is that they support anonymous hosting.

  • Customers are not asked for personal contact information
  • Domains use WHOIS privacy by default
  • Accounts include access to a secure, anonymous email service (SecMail)
  • Customers can pay with Bitcoin

Uptime Guarantees

MediaOn promises 99.9% uptime, subject to the usual exclusions:

  • user faults
  • third party faults
  • scheduled maintenance

It is unclear what remedy is provided in the event of excessive downtime.

Costs and Payment Policies

Shared hosting plans are slightly more expensive than major providers. All plans are priced in Euros and are charged monthly — which may create some cost variation for US and UK customers running USD or GBP-based businesses.

MediaOn accepts all major credit cards, PayPal, check, money order, wire transfer, and BitCoin. One imagines they would accept unmarked cash by mail if a customer required it.

Summary / Conclusions

It’s hard to know who is the intended customer of MediaOn.

They are too expensive — and too peculiar — for entry level bloggers and small businesses, the usual consumers of shared hosting services. But they do not provide the kind of high-powered hosting services needed by more advanced business users.

Their focus on anonymity makes them a good fit for adult (and other illicit or immoral) content, but they don’t seem well-suited for high-volumes of streaming media.

They are potentially a good fit for relatively low-traffic adult blogs focusing on images, gifs, and stories, rather than video.

MediaOn Hosting Plans

Hosting Plan Features Disk Space Bandwidth Price
Unlimited Hosting Turkey WordPress PHP cPanel Offshore WAP/WML Unlimited Unlimited $11.27/month
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