Advanced Network Hosting

Introduction

Building, hosting, and maintaining a website can be a turbulent time at best. The last thing any Webmaster needs is to have to battle to find the best hosting package from the best host. This review looks at Advanced Network Hosting to see whether the range of packages and other factors help it to stand out as one of the picks of a very large bunch of hosts. According to the company themselves they survive and prosper thanks to two concepts. They aim to provide the best product and the best customer service.

The Range Of Shared Hosting Packages

Hosting packages are available in a variety of different guises. The standard shared hosting packages alone offer a very wide range of features and prices.

Silver Plan Cost And Server Allowance

The silver plan is the cheapest package available, certainly offering everything you need to get a website online and servicing customers to a good extent. Their disk space doesn’t break any boundaries but it is more than ample for the average website. It allows for multiple pages, images, and downloadable files while not offering so much that the price becomes astronomical.

Email Features

10 email accounts are included in the initial setup and all come with web based access and POP3 compatibility. Whether you want the accessibility of checking your messages online or the convenience and functionality of using your own desktop based client you can have it. A catchall email account enables you to collect any email that is sent to your domain, which is a surprisingly uncommon but welcome inclusion in basic packages of this nature. The mailman mailing list is a useful addition for newsletter and email marketing.

The CPanel Control Panel

As with any good hosting account you receive a web based control panel that lets you manage your account, your website, and your emails. The end-user control panel that is offered by Advanced Network Hosting is the ever-popular CPanel. CPanel is a particularly useful control panel because of its intuitive nature and simple to use interface. Resellers and administrators also gain access to a WebHostManager account to facilitate the simple management of all domains and sites under their control.

Further Features

FTP access allows easy access, download, and upload of pages and files while FrontPage Extensions make it easy to upload a website designed and built in Microsoft’s popular web design package. The raw log file and detailed traffic statistics enable you to keep a keen eye on everything that happens on your site while the search engine submitter function lets you submit your site to the most popular search engines and directories to hope for a little free search engine traffic.

Free Scripts

Free scripts include a personal CGI bin and CGI email facilitating the easy addition of dynamic page content and web applications. PHP database support is also included. Form Mail easily and quickly creates web-based forms that can then be emailed directly to your email inbox – perfect for contact us or customer feedback forms. A guest book, message board, and real time chat script make up a healthy package of scripts and applications to help personalize your site and make it more interactive.

Gold Package Additions And Upgrades

You also receive approx double the space, traffic and amount of email with 20 separate accounts, as well as PHP database integration and MySQL functionality.

Platinum Additions And Upgrades

The Platinum plan offers more traffic and bandwidth, at the time of this review.. a huge 10Terabytes of traffic per month for only $15.95.

Diamond Additions And Upgrades

100 emails are also included as standard and costs from $24.95 per month.

Managed Dedicated Server Packages

There are also four managed dedicated server solutions available for all Webmasters. As well as building the server and installing and configuring the software Advanced Network Hosting will also monitor the server 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in their data center (data center details can be found below).

Advanced Network Hosting Dedicated Server Package Details

The cheapest dedicated server package, which is called the Special 1 package, costs an impressive $99.95 per month for a Pentium III 1300MHz processor with 512MB RAM, a 40GB hard drive, and capability for 65GB of monthly traffic. The Special 2 package costs $179.95 per month and provides 100GB of monthly traffic with a Pentium III 1700MHz processor. Special 3 costs $249.95 per month with an improved 60GB hard drive and 150GB of monthly traffic as well as a Pentium IV 2400MHz processor. The most advanced dedicated package is the Special 4 package that offers upgrades to a Pentium IV 3000MHz processor, an 80GB hard drive, and 200GB of monthly bandwidth. The Special 4 costs $349.95 per month.

Affiliate And Reseller Accounts

Affiliate and reseller accounts are also available. Reseller accounts range from $39.95 per month for 10 domains with a total of 500MB disk space and 10GB data transfer through to plan 4 costing $99.95 per month with unlimited domains, 2 GB of disk space and 25GB of data transfer. All reseller accounts require a setup fee of $39.95.

Data Center Details

Advanced Network Hosting actually manages two dedicated data centers that are located in Phoenix and Chicago. These data centers are in positions that are statistically highly unlikely to become a casualty of a natural disaster while still being close to the main Internet activity.

Security And Stability

Security systems and surveillance are of the highest caliber giving you complete peace of mind over your personal data and the security of your website and associated files. Redundant Internet connections provide a crucial backup if required while the climate is constantly and automatically controlled by powerful computer software. Uninterrupted power supplies and a dedicated team of network engineers complete what are very impressive data centers.

Variety Seems To Be The Key

Advanced Network Hosting certainly seems to favor variety in everything they offer, right down to their support methods. Online manuals are available in either HTML or Flash and provide a mass of information pertaining to virtually every aspect of a hosting account. A separate manual is also available that instructs Webmasters on the effective use of cPanel. Similarly, WHM tutorials are available for resellers and dedicated hosting customers. A help desk based on a ticket support system, support email, and a toll free number are also available.

Advanced Network Hosting Conclusion
If you like choice then Advanced Network Hosting is almost certainly one of the best options you can find. They have numerous packages available for every type of hosting account they provide including reseller accounts, dedicated server accounts, and shared hosting accounts. Whatever you require from a web host they almost certainly have a package that offers exactly that.

The prices are more than reasonable across the board and it’s a refreshing change to see so much information provided regarding the data centers. All in all Advanced Network Hosting is certainly a host that you should at least consider when you are looking for somewhere to keep your next website.