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|Linux Deluxe Shared||
|Linux Ultra Shared||
|Windows Basic Shared||
|Windows Deluxe Shared||
|Windows Ultra Shared||
|Standard VPS Shared||
|Pro VPS Shared||
|Premium VPS Shared||
Yes. Dotsters offers both Windows and Linux-based shared hosting. Their VPS servers are all Linux based (CentOS), however.
Dotster offers shared and VPS hosting in a range of tiers. Generally, more expensive tiers have more databases and email accounts with a few other perks. See Dotster’s website for a full breakdown.
Yes, but it will come with a one off additional charge.
Shared plans are billed up front for between one and three years. For VPS hosting, Dotster bills either monthly or annually.
Yes. There are regular sales, usually for the first year of hosting. There are no discounts associated with signing a longer contract for shared plans. However, there is a discount for VPS plans if you pay up front rather than month to month.
It's not very likely. While Dotster does run some promotional pricing, they tend to not add in lots of additional extras for free for the first year — the usual culprit to a jumpy renewal price.
Dotster uses SimpleScripts to allow one-click installs of various applications.
SimpleScripts provides access to hundreds of apps like content management systems (eg, WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla) and ecommerce options (eg, OSCommerce, Magento, CubeCart).
SimpleScripts also provides apps for website creation, forums, chat, and wikis. It's included on all plans.
Yes. Some of their policies do have a 30-day money-back guarantee, where you get all the money you spent on the hosting plan back.
Not included are fees related to domain registration fees, setup fees, and any added extras.
If you want to keep your domain, you'll have to buy it for whatever Dotster paid for it — if you don't want it, Dotster keeps it and you don’t get charged.
No. Dotster does not guarantee a specific uptime in any of their Terms of Service or anywhere else on their website.
Yes. They have domain registration services and most plans include a free domain name as part of some promotion. Customers have the option to add on domain privacy as well as other domains to their account.
Sort of. They do advertise "scalable bandwidth" and "unlimited website disk space." But that's not really the case.
Dotster offers a set amount of bandwidth per shared server customer that is high enough that 99.5% of customers never know it's there.
However, if your site does begin to use more resources, Dotster retains the right to throttle your traffic.
It's a similar story with storage — the limit is high enough it shouldn't matter — however, if you do use your shared server for something banned in the Terms of Service and blow through the threshold, you will likely be cut off.
Dotster offers live chat, email ticketing, and phone support.
They also have premium support included on their higher tier shared plans and available for purchase for their other tiers. Premium support gets you expedited tickets and better phone service.
They also have a knowledge center for self-help.
Dotster offers cPanel/WHM access to their VPS servers. Their shared products (Windows or Linux hosting) use vDeck control panel. This is included on all plans.
Yes. Each Linux shared plan comes with ad credits. However, Windows and VPS hosting doesn’t. They also offer SEO help as an add-on service for a monthly charge.
They offer a range of SSL certificates that customers can purchase for an additional charge. They also have SiteLock available for additional purchase.
Yes. They back-up their servers daily and keep the backups for two weeks. They also recommend that customers back-up their sites as well.
Dotster's datacenters are in Massachusetts. The company is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington.
Yes. Customers have the option to purchase SiteLock as and additional service.
They support PHP, Perl, and Python for their Linux shared and VPS servers, and Active Perl and PHP for their Windows hosting.