Midphase: Our Review

Midphase bills itself as offering affordable Web hosting services. While they do offer a handful of pricey, higher-end options, their self description is accurate, for the most part. They seem to keep the costs low by limiting the number of features available in their hosting plans, and sticking to the basics, with just a few extras here and there.

A subsidiary of UK2 Group, Midphase has been providing hosting services since 2003, and now serves more than one million domains. Whether you’re starting out with a small blog, or looking for a cost-effective option to switch your enterprise-level site to, Midphase is worth a look.

Features

In their affordable lineup, Midphase has included three main types of hosting: shared, cloud, and dedicated.

Shared Hosting Features

  • Personal and Business plans available
  • Unlimited* disk space with each plan
  • Unlimited* bandwidth with each plan
  • Free setup for each plan
  • 1 free domain with each plan
  • Dedicated IP address included with Business plan; available on Personal plan for a fee
  • SSL certificate included with Business plan; available on Personal plan for a fee
  • 1 website with Personal plan; unlimited* with Business plan
  • 10 subdomains with Personal plan; unlimited* with Business plan
  • Unlimited* email accounts with each plan
  • Tech support available via email, live chat, and phone
  • 30 day money back guarantee
  • and many more features

*As a rule, “unlimited” in the context of shared hosting generally denotes “limitless until you negatively impact server performance, at which point you may be billed or transferred to a more costly service tier.”

Cloud Hosting Features

Cloud hosting is one of the hottest options in the hosting world, and Midphase has it.

  • Four plan levels to choose from:
    • Starter
    • Standard
    • Advanced
    • Professional
  • All plans include:
    • Free SSL certificates
    • Free Snapshot backup
    • Core server management
    • cPanel/WHM control panel
    • Custom nameservers
    • 24/7/365 U.S.-based tech support

Over and above the across-the-board features, each cloud hosting plan contains varying amounts of RAM, bandwidth, and disk space, as well as varying levels of CPU speed.

Dedicated Hosting Features

  • Four plan levels to choose from, based on server type:
    • Atom D510
    • Xeon E3-1220
    • Xeon E5-2620
    • Dual E6-2620
  • All servers include:
    • Free setup
    • Custom configurations
    • Latest hardware
    • Dedicated SLA
    • Redundant network
    • 24/7/365 U.S.-based tech support

Beyond those common features, each server brings with it varying degrees of processor speed, as well as varying amounts of RAM, disk space, and bandwidth.

If you’re considering starting your own hosting company and getting in on the action, Midphase also offers a reseller hosting option with five levels, the most expensive of which can be had very reasonably for less than $100 per month, with a 30 day guarantee to boot.

Benefits Breakdown

The Good

  • Their claim is accurate—Midphase is one of the more affordable hosting providers out there.
  • Robust knowledgebase for self-help before contacting tech support.

The Not-So-Good

  • Not as many bells and whistles as some other hosting providers, but if you’re only seeking the basics, this isn’t too much of a negative.

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