Network Solutions Hosting Review

Network Solutions was originally founded in 1979 and was one of the first companies to offer domain name registration and hosting. Originally founded as a technology consulting company, Network Solutions quickly became one of the early leaders in the hosting and domain registration market.

Like many of its competitors, Network Solutions offers a wide range of hosting plans featuring a wide range of applications and features tailored to many different sized websites and business.

More than any other competitors, Network Solutions has worked to diversify their products into online marketing, website construction (both DIY and design/dev services), and professional email, including Microsoft Email Exchange. For more advanced users, they offer VPS hosting, which you can scale based on your need.

Prices starting at $9.96/Month

Features

  • 1-Click Install for WordPress hosting
  • FTP file transfer makes migration fast and simple
  • PHP 5, Python, RoR, CGI-Bin Directory, Perl, and SSI languages
  • MySQL5 Database
  • MS Access

Plans

Like many providers, Network Solutions offers a variety of plans tailored for any size website. However, you will notice that these plans are not as affordable as many other hosting providers.

Essential Hosting – $9.96/Month

  • 1 Free Domain
  • 300 GB Disk Space
  • Unlimited Data Transfer
  • 1000 Email Boxes
  • 1 GB Email Storage
  • 25 FTP Accounts

Professional Hosting – $13.29/Month

  • 1 Free Domain
  • 500 GB Disk Space
  • Unlimited Data Transfer
  • 2500 Email Boxes
  • 1 GB Email Storage
  • 50 FTP Accounts

Premium Hosting – $29.13/Month

  • 1 Free Domain
  • Unlimited Disk Space
  • Unlimited Data Transfer
  • Unlimited Email Boxes
  • 1 GB Email Storage
  • Unlimited FTP Accounts

Beyond the shared hosting services that they offer, Network Solutions also offers a wide range of premium hosting including VPS and dedicated servers for those web administrators that need as much power as they can get out of their hosting providers. These solutions cause the price to rise even further, however, with packages beginning at around $40 and going up from there. But these premium solutions are still a good fit for those that need more of a partner with their online presence and plan to utilize many of the other features provided by Network Solutions.

Speed and Reliability

While you may think that the added cost from a company that has been around for decades may help you get servers that are faster and more reliable than any other around, think again. Like other hosting providers, Network Solutions suffers from downtime and speed issues regardless of the added cost. Overall, they fall in line with many of the other low end hosting providers despite the added costs of their service. Just don’t expect to receive even faster service or experience uptimes that are far above many budget providers, though.

Customer Service

Unfortunately, for all of the good Network Solutions does do, their customer service is nothing short of bad. Time after time there are reports from unhappy users of their service because of rude customer service or long repair times to get their problems resolved.

Many users are also unhappy with their ridiculous cancellation policy that charges what amounts to penalty fees to users for not sticking with them. These fees often amount to a majority of what you paid in the first place for your hosting package. This means that while you may cancel your services if you aren’t happy, you will still end up paying for most of it anyway whether you use it or not.

Other Services

While GoDaddy may be more well known today, Network Solutions was one of the first to offer domain name registration and today they offer a full range of registration features to all its users. In addition, they can partner with you or your company and help you develop your site into a true Internet powerhouse. If email is what you need, look no further. Network Solutions offers full email solutions for you or your business so you can offload the management and storage of your email somewhere else. All in all, Network Solutions is a full service technology company that can offer your site or business much more than just standard hosting, but if hosting is all you need, they can provide that as well.

Final Thoughts

Network Solutions is especially valuable for organizations that are looking more for a digital partner, rather than just a hosting company. They have a long history providing technology services to both businesses and consumers that dates back over 25 years and with a range of products and solutions covering everything from web design to domain registration and email solutions to web hosting, they’re a great fit for those who need a little more than just some server space.

However, for those users who simply need a reliable hosting platform, Network Solutions really doesn’t stand above the rest. They are more expensive, have questionable customer service and their server uptime isn’t really any better than other, much more affordable hosting providers out there.  So if all you need is a little space on the web to call your own, you may want to look somewhere else.  But if you want a true technology partner, Network Solutions might be a good fit for you or your business.

Prices starting at $9.96/Month

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