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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.
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:
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.
MediaOn offers its customers “virtual office” addresses in Turkey. This can be useful for setting up a business presence in that country from abroad.
Under the name XXX-Webhoster (but still branded as MediaOn), Digital Gateway Networks A.S. offers adult content hosting.
MediaOn shared hosting plans are served out of five datacenters around the world:
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.
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.
Customers are responsible for their own backups.
The biggest security feature of MediaOn hosting is that they support anonymous hosting.
MediaOn promises 99.9% uptime, subject to the usual exclusions:
It is unclear what remedy is provided in the event of excessive downtime.
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.
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.
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