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IdeaHost only offers Linux shared hosting plans.
Yes. The IdeaHost service team can help transfer your current server files to your new IdeaHost account. While they cannot guarantee that your files are successfully transferred, they should have no trouble moving files for common platforms such as WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal.
IdeaHost typically offers steep discounts on new enrollments. These prices are kept for as long as your initial term, meaning if you paid in advance for 2 years, those prices will remain the same for 2 years. Once the initial term is finished, you will be charged the standard rate which can be found on the company's website. Note, however, that the company can change their pricing at any time according to the terms of service. But customers will be notified 30 days in advance of the price change.
Customers who select a plan from IdeaHost can choose from a range of payment options including monthly and yearly payments. They can pay for the plans using multiple methods including major credit cards and PayPal.
Domain registration services from IdeaHost are only offered when you purchase web hosting. When you register for a hosting plan you can get free domain for the first year but currently there is no option for domain privacy.
IdeaHost uses cPanel, the most commonly used platform for website administration and setup in the hosting industry.
Since the IdeaHost plans include support for unlimited domains and disk space, you can host multiple sites using a single account.
IdeaHost provides an uptime guarantee of 99.9%. If you experience downtime exceeding this threshold, then you could be eligible for up to a month's worth of credit. To be considered, you must submit a claim and provide appropriate logs to the company. These must be submitted within 30 days of the last day of the month when the downtime occurred.
IdeaHost provides its customers with a number of different ways to get support. These include 24/7 access to help via phone, chat, and email with guaranteed response times of 2 minutes for phone calls. Besides phone and email, customers can get help through the online help center and various tutorials.
IdeaHost supports a number of email protocols including POP3 and IMAP. With IdeaHost, customers can create an unlimited number of email addresses and check their email using a web interface. They can also set up email forwarding as well as autoresponders. It is also possible to enable tools that filter out spam and perform virus checks on emails and attachments.
IdeaHost provides a number of tools that can help beginners build their own websites. These include single click installs of popular platforms such as WordPress. Besides using scripts like WordPress, customers can use a drag and drop application or customize a number of templates to create good looking websites.
The company provides the tools to build a shopping cart for an online store and integrate PayPal. However, IdeaHost does not sell SSL certificates nor does it mention any features for supporting SSL.
In order to prevent a single user from monopolizing server resources, IdeaHost restricts resource usage to "typical" activities. This means they prohibit things such as hosting peer-to-peer file-sharing software, running lengthy MySQL queries, running web spiders, or other resource-intensive tasks. They regularly monitor resource usage, and will contact any account that utilizes more than 25% of system resources for more than 90 seconds. If your account continues to exceed these limits, it may be suspended or cancelled.
Since the company does not mention any video streaming support and has usage restrictions, it appears that video streaming is not well suited by IdeaHost plans.
IdeaHost provides its customers with online marketing guides that help explain the basics of online marketing and website promotion.
Yes, it is possible for you to sign up as an affiliate with IdeaHost. The company provides $110 per signup and you will get a higher commission if you get 10 or more signups per month. As an affiliate, you can get all promotional materials or request custom materials from IdeaHost's marketing team.