Hostmonster vs. GreenvilleHost
With over 750,000 current domains, Hostmonster continues to provide excellent quality hosting services at an affordable price. The company, established in 1996, has well over 10 years of experience in the web hosting industry. GreenvilleHost was founded in 2008 with the mission of offering eco-friendly and quality web hosting at a competitive price. The company proudly passes along savings to customers by conserving energy at their facilities, opting to go paperless and operating energy-efficient servers. Although it’s a tough decision when deciding between the two, the following comparison highlights the features of each.
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HostMonster offers a single hosting plan available for $5.95/month. The plan includes a long list of unlimited features such as bandwidth, storage space, domains, e-mail accounts, FTP accounts, e-commerce tools and multimedia support. GreenvilleHost also offers one basic hosting plan; however, it’s relatively cheaper in comparison starting at $2.95/month for committing to a 2-year plan or $3.95/month for a 2-year plan.
GreenvilleHost is a better value, assuming you have the resources to purchase a 2-year plan upfront. HostMonster is also considered a good deal for the included features even though it’s a couple dollars more per month.
Products and Services
HostMonster offers a range of hosting services that many customers find appealing such as guaranteed maximum 99.9% network uptime, access to cutting-edge technology, secure backups and protection of valuable data and easy-to-use administrator tools. Hardware specifics include Quad Processor Performance servers, Linux OS, customized Apache Web Server, 24/7 monitoring, courtesy site back-ups and OC-48 Backbone Connection. In addition, to help launch on-line endeavors customers receive $75 in free Google credits as well as free website submission. Customers may cancel at anytime with no required cancellation fees.
GreenvilleHost also offers attractive services including: 99.9%uptime, Dual Xeon Intel Raid Protected servers, a world-class data center, weekly back-ups, four OC-12 connections, 24/7 server security monitoring, e-commerce options, and multimedia features including video and audio streaming support. Also included is $75 worth of marketing credits from Google, Yahoo and Miva. Customers are offered a 30-day money back guarantee.
Even though GreenvilleHost gets points for being environmentally-conscious, HostMonster delivers more direct hosting services.
Web Hosting Features
In addition to the features already listed, the highlights of HostMonster’s hosting plan include: free drag and drop site builder, 1-Click Simple Scripts, international domain support, unlimited auto-responders, add-on, parked and sub domains, MySQL and PostgreSQL databases, CGI library, Ruby, PHP 5, Perl 5, Python, Moodle, Drupal, Joomla, FrontPage extensions, Agora/OS Commerce shopping cart, SSL secure and enhanced support for multimedia.
GreenvilleHost offers basically the same unlimited features. Perhaps the advantage that both HostMonster and GreenvilleHost have over competitors is offering respective customer access to the full version of cPanel. The availability of access to the popular control panel is a deciding factor for many when choosing a web host.
These two web hosts tie when delivering on popular hosting features, especially at unbeatable prices.
HostMonster offers customers excellent customer service. Customers have access to a helpdesk which provides options such as opening troubleshooting tickets, knowledgebase of articles, beginners guide, server status, user forum, video tutorials, cPanel documentation and terms of service. For technical assistance, tech support is available 24/7/365 via live chat, phone (average wait time 1-2 minutes), and e-mail.
Although GreenvilleHost was the recipient of a 2011 Highest Recommended Web Hosting Company by one firm, it pales in comparison to the customer service provided by its competitor. Customer service options include e-mail and 24/7/365 phone support as well as on-line tutorials.
Our pick goes to HostMonster. Not only does the web host offer numerous free and unlimited services, it also provides excellent customer service to keep sites up and running around the clock. The few extra dollars per month are well worth the added convenience of HostMonster’s customer support.
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