Homestead Hosting: Serving the Online Community
Homestead was founded in 1997. Their web hosting
packages are ideal for individuals looking to create
a web presence for themselves, as well as for new
and small businesses. They make it possible for
those with no web design experience to have
professional web sites and they have so far helped
over 12 million people accomplish these goals.
Homestead’s mission is “to revolutionize the way
people learn, create, and live with technology.”
They have three main plans to choose from for your
web hosting needs: Starter, Gold, and Platinum.
These plans are part of their QuickSites service
that provides a gallery of professionally designed
web sites. This services allows you to choose from a
pre-made webpage template, so that you can create a
great looking website by yourself -- even if you
have zero web design knowledge. All three plans have
a one-time setup fee of $20.
The Starter Plan starts at $4.99 and $9.99,
depending on options. It offers up to 5 web pages
for your website, one domain, 25MB of disk space,
5GB of allowable file transfers, and toll-free phone
support for the first 30 days. The Starter Plan is
best for novices in the online arena.
The Gold Plan starts at $19.99 a month and includes
5 mailboxes, an unlimited number of web pages, 100MB
of disk space, 15GB of allowable file transfers, and
toll-free phone support for the first 90 days. The
Gold Plan is best for anyone who plans on doing
anything more than just displaying a small, personal
The Platinum plan starts at $49.99 a month and
includes 3 personalized domains, 50 mailboxes,
unlimited web pages, 300MB of disk space, 25GB of
allowable file transfers, unlimited toll-free
telephone support, and $30 search advertising credit
(a $360/year value).
Some of the options that are available on all three
plans include: QuickSite Design Gallery, SiteBuilder
Tools, and site statistics. Also available are
Storefront ecommerce plans. If you’re looking to
sell products online, Homestead will help you
accomplish this. There are three ecommerce plans to
take advantage of: Enhanced, Professional, and
Enterprise. Each plan helps you save money by not
charging transaction fees.
The Enhanced Storefront offers the best deal
available. With their merchandising and marketing
services for $24.99 a month, you can create
unlimited pages and sell an unlimited number of
products, and you can submit your products to
shopping sites, to name a few benefits.
The Professional Storefront package is best for
small to medium retail or service businesses. For
$59.99 a month, you can issue store credits, take
advantage of various promotional capabilities,
automate inventory management functions, add
invoices for orders taken by phone, in person, or
via email, and have a shopping cart with secure and
SSL enabled checkout, among many other features.
The Enterprise Plan is the most sophisticated
ecommerce solution that Homestead offers. This plan
is suitable for medium or large businesses who need
to have ‘the works’ in order for their customers to
shop securely, pay with major credit cards directly
on the website, and allow customers to order
recurring subscriptions for newsletters, updates, or
anything else. For $229.99 a month, you receive web
hosting with 20 GB disk space, up to 200 unique
email addresses, and 400GB data transfer -- enough
for a business of almost any size.
Other products and services include design services,
SearchLight, and Hmail. SearchLight is an affordable
way for you to deliver search engine advertising.
Homestead writes the copy and places the ad on more
than 30 popular search engines. They’ll track the
results and perform a review to see if further
changes are required.
Hmail is Homestead’s full-featured email service.
Hmail helps you organize your emails, easily access
a calendar or Yahoo! map from within a message, sync
with your Blackberry or Palm device, is equipped
with anti-spam and anti-virus protection, and offers
workgroup efficiency through group calendaring.