Media3 Hosting

Media3 was founded in 1995 and boasts the largest web and application hosting company in the world. Headquartered in Pembroke, Massachusetts, they offer web hosting plans for individuals, new and small businesses, as well as more established businesses. All plans are backed by their 30 day money back guarantee, so that you can be sure that you love their services and hosting environment before you make a financial commitment.

They were one of the first web hosting companies to offer Windows NT Hosting, Windows 2003 Hosting, Macromedia Generator, Allaire Coldfusion, Microsoft SQL, and others. Their Data and Operations center are staffed around the clock to service their customers. Media3 is a company that offers plans for newbies getting started with their first web sites as well as advanced web developers looking for ecommerce and database options to support their needs.

As of September 2006, Media3 was named as a Top 5 Host with "Media3 provides premium web hosting without a premium on pricing! The instant and around-the-clock phone support offered by Media3 surpasses nearly all of their peers and enables web site owners to sleep easy."

Media3 offers a variety of general services as well as specialized services. Under their general services are many of their web hosting plans such as Shared Business Web Hosting, Managed Dedicated Solutions, Ecommerce Hosting, Enterprise Hosting, and Domain Reservations. Their specialized services include a Microsoft SQL Server, Authentix/WebQuota, Macromedia FlashCom Hosting, and Advanced List Hosting.

For Media3’s Shared Business Web Hosting, the Linux Hosting plans begin at $8.95 a month with 5 pages and 450 design templates. They go up to $21.95 a month with 10 pages and 600 available design templates. With Windows Hosting, there are five plans to choose from: Brochure, Business, Corporate, Developer, and Enterprise. The biggest differences are in the number of pages, available design templates and disk space. The two Unix Hosting plans are Unix Brochure and Unix Business. The Brochure plan starts at $19.50, offers 200MB of disk space and 1GB of monthly traffic, while the Business plan starts at $29.50 and comes with 275MB disk space and unmetered monthly traffic.

All plans have instant setup time, detailed traffic stats, and 24-hour technical support.

Media3’s Dedicated Solutions are suitable for businesses that have outgrown their shared servers and whose owners have some experience in server administration. The Windows 2003 Server operating system allows you to host a web site as well as design an ecommerce solution for your needs. The BSD Unix Dedicated hosting plans offer faster processing and RAM. If neither of these options works for you, you can design your own dedicated server. Fill out a form on their site and someone from their sales department will get back to you with a quote for your preferences.

The Managed Solutions are designed for those that are looking for a hands-off way of efficiently running their web sites and server needs. Like the Dedicated Solutions, the Managed Solutions offer Windows 2003 and BSD Unix features, in addition to building a managed server with all of your own hand-picked features.

Advanced Solutions are available for businesses with significant volume on their web sites and require extreme reliability. The Advanced Solutions are custom designed for your specific needs. These plans include a managed firewall, intelligent load balancing, advanced web site monitoring, tape backups, advanced burstable bandwith, database management, web site statistics, and virus scanning.

Media3 also offers Ecommerce solutions to help you make money online with a virtual storefront. Some ecommerce services available include Hosting Packages, Miva Merchant, SSL Digital Certificates, Merchant Accounts, and Gateway Services. There are also partner and reseller programs for customers to take advantage of. Partnering with Media3 enables you to receive a residual income from referring Media3’s services. The reseller programs offer discounts for those that take advantage of the services through your recommendations.