ANHosting Review

A Single Plan And A Single Price?
The first thing to strike you when looking at the AN Hosting website is that they only offer one service plan. AN Hosting offers what they describe as all-inclusive hosting through the mega plan hosting account.

This is because they claim to offer a single package that fits every webmasters needs and every budget. In reality, though, AN hosting do actually offer other plans with further bonuses but it can take a lot of digging around to find the other all-inclusive hosting plans that they do offer.

Introducing The Mega Plan
The Mega Plan is reasonably priced for the amount of features you receive with no setup costs and no hidden charges. You also have the bonus of being able to host as many as ten domains through this one account making the price seem even more reasonable. Unlimited sub domains and unlimited MySQL databases mean that you won’t struggle to add interactivity or a good site hierarchy to as many domains as you choose to use.

Email Features
To give your online presence a little extra credence you receive unlimited domain email accounts with full POP3, SMTP, and IMAP support. If you prefer you can also access your emails via the webmail system. One quite unusual feature of a bargain hosting account like this is the unlimited number of auto responders that are offered with your email allowance. Every email account includes protection from spam using the powerful spam assassin program.

Developmental Features
A good collection of features and functions is available for the first time or inexperienced user and developer. Fantastico is used by a number of hosting accounts because it offers a large number of free scripts that enable you to add various interactive features to the pages of your site. The WYSIWYG site builder is a blessed relief for those with no HTML knowledge and allows for the quick design and assembly of web pages. Wordpress and Mambo are two of the most popular content and blogging tools on the Internet. This is because of the interactivity and rich features offered. Both are included in the price of the AN Hosting Mega Plan.

Further web addition features include a guestbook that is simple to configure and easily added to your site, Formmail that allows for the easy collection and reporting of web forms, and an image gallery. The PHP bulletin board can be added quickly and effortlessly allowing your site visitors to get involved in the community feeling of your site.

E-Commerce Features
If you’re looking for an e-commerce website then you will know that shopping carts and security certificates are vital to your online success. AN Hosting provides the choice of OS Commerce, Agora, Cube Cart, or Zen Cart shopping carts all easy to personalize and add to your site. You also receive free SSL certificates and stats for all your domains and sub domains.

Get A Little Extra With The Mega Plan Plus
For a little extra you can opt for the Mega Plan Plus, which offers a little more in the way of power and features. You can also host 20 domains on one account, double the allowance with the standard package.

Free Advertising
Both packages offer $70 in free advertising credit. Planning, designing, building, and managing a site is only part of the challenge of having a successful website. You will also need to effectively market it to ensure that you receive traffic and convert that traffic into paying customers. The $70 advertising credit will help you to establish a client base that you should be able to effectively build on.

The MidPhase Control Panel
All hosting packages use the midPhase control panel that offers an extensive online resource. The control panel is good looking and effective with options broken down into specific categories making it easy to navigate and very easy to manage your account. The account overview section unsurprisingly includes all information pertaining to your account. This is also the section that includes a link to your site manager and fairly extensive tutorials pertaining to the use of the site studio.

Support includes the ability to add extra features to your hosting account, or submit a help ticket. Help tickets are a reasonably good form of supplying information although may not be the ideal solution for every occasion. Fortunately, there is also a support email and telephone number. The knowledgebase is an extensive resource that contains excellently informative content that will provide invaluable in the majority of cases. The midPhase talk community is a community forum that provides help primarily with using the control panel. Registered users are generally people that regularly use the control panel so provide accurate help.

Further Control Panel Features
Also accessed from your control panel is your webmail, web analytics and statistics, domain management features, advanced tools, and the expansive scripts library. The control panel really is very large and includes everything you will need when managing your account.

AN Hosting Guarantees
AN Hosting provide certain guarantees to every one of their customers. A 30-day full money back guarantee ensures that you are completely satisfied with every aspect of your account otherwise you receive a full refund of the money you’ve paid. The network carries a 99.9% guaranteed uptime and the price is all-inclusive with no set up charges and no hidden costs anywhere.

AN Hosting Conclusion
In all honesty, AN Hosting doesn’t provide anything that is particularly out of the ordinary. However, what it does provide is a feature rich package that is ideal for the first time Webmaster. The ability to manage ten domains through one inexpensive account is a definite advantage although after time, when any of your sites become too busy or full, you may have to consider giving it its very own account. The other positive factor is that the price is very reasonable for the number of features that you do receive. If are looking for anything that is out of the ordinary then you may be better looking at another host, however, for $6.95 per month you really can’t go wrong for effective hosting.