Arvixe Hosting Review

 

Arvixe is a Linux hosting company that was acquiried by EIG in 2014. They divide their offering into five different categories: personal, business, resellers, VPS, and dedicated, each with a variety of useful features and functionalities.

The most basic of these (personal) is a standard shared server setup, but with a few decent perks over the competition. This includes unlimited disk space and monthly transfers, up to 6 domains (plus a free one), cPanel control panel, website builders, and Dreamweaver and Adobe GoLive compatibility.

This customization includes the usual Joomla!, Drupal and concrete5, WordPress, Magneto and nopCommerce, ClipBucket and PHPMotion, vBulletin, MyBB, phpBB, SocialEngine, and Elgg hosting options.

Where Arvixe really excels is in their product specialization. Within the framework of their five standard server packages, they also offer specialized CMS, blog, ecommerce, video, forum, and social network/community hosting, which means that if developers want more customization, then Arvixe can absolutely provide it.

Finally, Arvixe promises to work with developers, and is very developer-focused – they’re attempt to accommodate any request, unless it compromises the security or integrity of their service. Basically, for the developer looking for a highly customizable, highly adaptable hosting platform, Arvixe is an excellent solution.

Prices starting at $3.27/Month

Features

  • A huge range of programming languages, including PHP 5, SSI, Ruby on Rails, Perl and Python
  • ionCube, PHP Loader, Shared SSL, and Git
  • Unlimited MySQL 5 and PostgreSQL databases
  • Cloud and bare metal (customizable) dedicated server options
  • SSD Hosting
  • Choice of PHP Version
  • 60 Day Guarantee

Plans

Arvixe offers a wide range of hosting options designed for websites that are small to large. One of the biggest differences you will find between their packages is in the number of websites you can host on one account. Apart from that, many of the features are identical.

PersonalClass – $4.00/Month

  • Unlimited Disk Space
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Free Domain Name
  • 6 Websites
  • Unlimited Sub Domains
  • Unlimited FTP Accounts

PersonalClass Pro – $7.00/Month

  • Unlimited Disk Space
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Free Domain Name
  • Unlimited Websites
  • Unlimited Sub Domains
  • Unlimited FTP Accounts

BusinessClass – $22.00/Month

  • Unlimited Disk Space
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Free Domain Name
  • 6 Websites
  • Unlimited Sub Domains
  • Unlimited FTP Accounts

BusinessClass Pro – $35.00/Month

  • Unlimited Disk Space
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Free Domain Name
  • Unlimited Websites
  • Unlimited Sub Domains
  • Unlimited FTP Accounts

Arvixe also offers a variety of other higher end hosting accounts such as VPS, Reseller and Dedicated Server accounts designed for users who are seeking a much more powerful hosting environment for their websites.

Support

Arvixe features a completely remote office with all of the companies employees working out of their homes. There is no head office, per say, so when you talk to one of their employees, chances are they are sitting inside their home. Like most companies, Arvixe offers support 24/7 via Skype, live chat and email. Typically, they handle most support questions in the same day often responding to an email in just a couple of hours. While not the fastest in the business, they are not the slowest by far and chances are you will get your questions answered and your problem fixed the same day assuming you are available.

Uptime

Like most hosting providers, Arvixe boasts an uptime of better than 99%. However, it is always difficult to determine how true these figures are. To understand more, you must look at who handles their data centers. Their centers are provided by Softlayer, who was acquired by IBM in 2013. Softlayer built its reputation on effective data center management and has a long history of maintaining some of the best server up time in the industry.

Speed

In many independent speed tests. Arvixe handled websites perfectly displaying them at lightning quick speed. However, in some tests dynamically loaded content from stylesheets often caused it to struggle. However, in most real world implementations of this technology, you would use some caching applications to help improve the speed.

Money Back Guarantee

Arvixe offers a 60 day money back guarantee on their service. If during the first 60 days you are with the company you are not satisfied, you can cancel at anytime for a full refund minus certain registration fees or installation charges, of course. While the guarantee is pretty standard in the business, most companies limit their guarantee to 30 days, making this 60 day guarantee much more attractive to those looking to minimize their risks.

Final Thoughts

While Arvixe may not be the perfect hosting solution for the complete beginner, its wide range of features and services that are developer friendly are perfect for more advanced users looking to get more out of a hosting provider other than a simple place to store their web files for viewing.

Arvixe, with their slew of recommendations going back to 2003, are an exemplary hosting service for the proficient developer market. If full customization and freedom is what you want, than Arvixe is a great option. For users looking for a little more structural support, then Arvixe may not have the basic support in place to suit your needs.

Prices starting at $3.27/Month

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