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By Brian Wu
Bravenet is a hosting company that provides a wide range of services including web hosting, site building, domain registration along with a wide range of free web tools that are designed to make the creation of the perfect site an easy task for almost anyone. Whether you are looking for a simply hosting provider, or need tools to create an effective email market campaign, Bravenet has the technology designed to help you accomplish your goals.
Bravenet was originally founded in 1997 by one man who was looking for a decent free guestbook service. When he found that a decent guestbook was hard to find, he decided to start his own business. Today the company boasts over 15 million members worldwide and offers a wide range of services designed to meet the online needs of both individuals and businesses. Today, the staff at Bravenet continues to develop these tools to take advantage of all the latest technology that continues to evolve the web.
Unlike other hosting providers, Bravenet only offers one type of web hosting for their customers. However, they also offer a wide range of other features designed to make the creation and maintenance of your website much easier.
Mailing List – If you have wanted to build a mailing list so you can market your products or services directly to your customers, Bravenet offers an easy to use mailing list builder so you can easily add an opt-in on your website to start capturing those valuable email addresses from your customers. With one of these lists used in combination with their site builder, you can quickly begin to market your products and services to your customers.
Web Tools – On top of the site builder, Bravenet offers a wide range of web tools such as guest books, classifieds, hit counters, and more that are designed to help you dress up your site and provide much more interaction between you and your visitors.
Bravenet hosting features fast transfer and download speeds combined with a vast array of free tools to help you create the perfect website for your business. The company provides a 99.9% uptime guarantee on their hosting services so you never have to worry about your site being down. This guarantee does not include any scheduled maintenance windows that must be done to ensure the health of the server where you site is hosted.
Bravenet offers a vast wiki of many of their support documents that are designed to help users figure out their problems themselves without ever having to call customer support. On top of that, they offer a support ticket system 24 hours a day, 7 days a week that is run by a friendly and knowledgeable staff that can help you solve your problems quickly. Unfortunately, they do not over live chat support or phone support meaning you could have to wait for your support ticket to be answered.
It should be noted that you can join Bravenet for free and access many of their free tools that you can use for your web development needs. At the same time, you can also sign up for their hosting accounts and other tools as well for a monthly fee. These fees all come with a money back guarantee so you don’t have to worry about losing money if you aren’t satisfied with the service they provide. As with many other hosting providers, this guarantee does not extend to any additional fees you may incur when you sign up.
Bravenet isn’t just your everyday hosting provider. On top of traditional web hosting, they offer a wide range of tools to help you create the perfect website and then include an impressive suite of tools to help you enhance it to create a unique experience that your visitors will remember. While they only offer one type of hosting, it is perfect for individuals and small businesses although larger businesses may find that the shared hosting accounts are not fast enough for their needs. Their support system is easy to use and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable, but you are limited in how you can contact them making more complicated issues potentially more problematic. All in all, if you are looking for a hosting provider that can not only house your site, but help you create it and make it unique, Bravenet is the choice for you.
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I don't use terms like "sucks" or "rocks". I try to be as objective as possible and submit information that I, as a customer would want to know if I were in the market for a Web hosting service. So if you're expecting a lot of adjectives or adverbs in this review, you will be disappointed.
If you are interested in just the no frills facts, then read on. I am founder and Webmaster of a nonprofit Indigenous American organization that runs on contributions from supporters and members. As such, value--"bang for the buck"--without compromising quality, dependable service and consistent access to our sites are priorities.
That is where Bravenet Web hosting service comes in. Senaa International has used Bravenet hosting service since 1996, first using Bravenet's free hosting option; then, in 1998, we upgraded to Bravenet's Premium (paid) service. We have been satisfied with Bravenet's hosting service, and have no complaints in the almost 16 years that we have used Bravenet.
Here are the nuts and bolts of Bravenet hosting services. Price
The price of Bravenet hosting is $8.95 per month if paid on a monthly basis; $99.00 per year; or $179.00 for two years. Hosting plans are available in monthly, quarterly, yearly, and multiple year packages, with each progressively longer package representing a lower per month charge.
With one year or longer hosting packages, the price of the domain name, if needed, is part of the overall fee. Web space & Bandwidth
Bravenet paid hosting accounts includes 30 GB of Disk Space and Unlimited Bandwidth. FTP, Sftp, and Web based file transfer options
Bravenet hosting service provides the site owner with the option of using an FTP client to manage the transfer of files to and from the host server, or files can be managed from Bravenet's Web site.
Web page design and creation
Bravenet has the option of using its free online site builder program that allows the customer to design Web pages from scratch from within Bravenet's Web pages. Their wizard style page builder requires no Html knowledge unless the customer wishes to tweak the pages to get the desired results. If the customer prefers, he or she can build his or her Web pages using his or her favorite Html editor, such as Front Page, Coffee Cup, Dreamweaver, etc.
and upload them to the server using FTP or the Web based file transfer manager. Suitablity
Since our organization has had no problems with our Web site or access to the server, I cannot attest to the efficiency of Bravenet in that regard.
I know of two incidents of people having problems renewing their domain names, but in both cases the domain name had already expired. Once the payment was renewed, the domain name was functional again. Redommendation
I would recommend Bravenet Web hosting services to anyone of any skill level and for hosting any type of Web site, whether personal, nonprofit, or commercial.
Bravenet provides you with excellent CMS styles and free templates but a bit more expensive compared to competitors.
Bravenet is very good hosting company with few exceptions. It is economical, its customer support is valuable but some time it gets slow and uptime is average but not excellent. Its packages are very good, features are amazing including cpanel, mailbox and all other supportive tools and overall it is good web hosting company but not an excellent. I had satisfactory level experience with it being an customer
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