Site5: Our Review

Site5 is unique among hosting providers in that it bills itself as a 100% green company. It maintains servers in nine countries around the world, and its employees are even more spread out. Site5 doesn’t have a physical headquarters—all its employees work remotely from their homes. In addition to being a green way to do business, it also greatly reduces overhead, which helps them keep their hosting rates low for customers.

Numerous other features and options are available from Site5 hosting, most of which are pretty standard. But they do have a couple of tricks up their sleeve to set them apart from other hosting providers.

Features

Shared Hosting Features

Site5 offers two shared hosting options—traditional shared hosting and cloud hosting—each of which have contain three plans. The most basic cloud hosting plan is about five times the cost of the most basic traditional shared hosting plan.

  • Traditional Shared Hosting
    • Hostbasic, Hostpro, and Hostpro + Turbo plans
    • Unlimited* disk space
    • Unlimited* bandwidth
    • One website with the Hostbasic plan; unlimited* websites with Hostpro and Hostpro + Turbo plans
    • Free migration to Site5
    • Choose the server closest to your location, or that of your customers, for increased speed
    • 99.9% uptime guarantee
    • Dedicated IP with Hostpro + Turbo plan
    • 30-day free trial and 45-day money-back guarantee
  • Cloud Hosting
    • Designed to keep downtime to a minimum
    • Good for individual publishers and businesses that need high uptime levels without the cost of multi-server solutions
    • Plus, Advanced, and Premium plans
    • 10 GB, 20 GB, and 40 GB disk space, corresponding to plan levels
    • 100 GB, 200 GB, and 500 GB bandwidth, corresponding to plan levels
    • Unlimited* websites on all plans
    • Free migration to Site5
    • Dedicated IP on all plans
    • Backup services on all plans
    • 99.9% uptime guarantee
    • Redundant failover ability
    • 30-day free trial and 45-day money-back guarantee

Cloud hosting is a good mid-level option for sites that don’t quite have enough traffic to warrant the features and costs associated with dedicated server hosting, or virtual private server (VPS) hosting, but still need reliable uptime and the peace of mind that comes with enterprise-level hardware.

Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting Features

Site5 offers three types of VPS hosting: unmanaged, managed, and cloud. The number and type of features increase with each option, as does the price.

  • Each hosting type has 11 levels of service available
  • All three types offer several of the same key features
    • 100% dedicated resources
    • XenServer based VPS technology
    • RAID 10 storage
    • Root access
    • 99.9% uptime guarantee
    • 15-day money-back guarantee

Reseller Hosting Features

Thinking about starting your own hosting company? Then check out Site5’s reseller hosting options, of which there are two: regular reseller hosting and reseller cloud hosting.

  • Reseller Hosting
    • Unlimited* resold accounts
    • cPanel/WHM/RVSkin
    • Free billing software
    • Free migration to Site5
  • Reseller Cloud Hosting
    • 100% redundant hosting
    • 100% redundant email
    • The ability to offer your customers cloud hosting
    • Free migration to Site5

*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.”

The hosting plans offered within the reseller plans make it possible for you to provide customers with all the standard features as well as a few bells and whistles, all at reasonable prices.

Benefits Breakdown

The Good

  • Lots of options to choose from, and lots of price points
  • Green hosting for the environmentally conscious
  • Free trials and money-back guarantees

The Not-So-Good

  • The lack of company history or information on the site may give some potential customers pause.

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