Domain.com Hosting: One-Stop Solution for Bloggers
Domain.com has been providing web hosting solutions to companies around the world since 2000. It is one of the world’s top players in domain registration and web hosting, and its goal is to provide the highest quality and most reliable products at the most affordable prices.
Most of Domain.com’s business comes from word-of-mouth referrals, and long-term relationships form the heart of its business. Domain.com’s offerings include domain name services, web hosting, email, SSL certificates, web design, and digital marketing.
As its name suggests, domain-related services form a core portion of Domain.com’s services. In addition to offering domain registration, renewal, and transfer services, Domain.com can help you with URL and email forwarding, DNS record management, and transfer lock to prevent unauthorized domain transfer.
While Domain.com offers the traditional domain extensions such as
.net, it also offers less commonly used extensions such as
.asia. If you’re looking for a unique domain name or if the domain you want has already been established with a more commonly-used extension, you might consider using one of these alternatives.
Domain.com offers two types of hosting: shared and VPS.
Domain.com offers three different shared hosting plans to choose from. The base packages include Linux-based hosting, but for a nominal fee, you can run a Windows environment instead. Regardless, all offer unlimited disk space, scalable bandwidth, an unlimited number of subdomains, domain-related services, marketing bonuses and credits, and access to Domain.com’s drag-and-drop website building tool.
The Basic package gets you hosting for one domain, five FTP logins, 100 email inboxes, and 10 MySQL databases.
The Deluxe package gets you hosting for an unlimited number of domains, 25 FTP logins, 250 email inboxes, and 25 MySQL databases.
The Ultra package gets you an unlimited allocation of resources plus premium support.
Domain.com asks that you pay upfront for one, two, or three years’ worth of hosting service when purchasing a shared plan. For extended contracts, you’ll receive a discount on the monthly price, with the longest plans costing the least per month.
Like the shared hosting option, Domain.com offers three different VPS hosting plans. By default, all VPS servers run Linux (with support for PHP, Perl, and Python) and come with an unlimited number of email inboxes, MySQL databases, and domains. You choose the package that offers the allocation of RAM, disk space, and bandwidth that best fits your needs.
For an additional fee, customers with Pro or Premium plans may order a cPanel/WHM to manage their websites (this option is not available to those on the Standard VPS plan).
You can pay for your VPS plan on a monthly basis, or you can pay upfront for a year’s worth of service and receive a sizable discount off your monthly hosting fees.
Domain.com has partnered with Google to offer G Suite for those needing productivity tools, including email, with their domain purchase. You can purchase one year of G Suite service at a time.
Domain.com offers you two website building options: the drag-and-drop site builder, which you can use to build yourself a site, or its professional web design and marketing service, which takes the responsibility of developing a site off your hands.
The drag-and-drop site builder is an easy-to-use tool designed to get you up and running with a site in as little time as possible. You begin by choosing a template that appeals to you and best fits your needs. Then, you customize the content, make any small design tweaks you’d like, upload your images, and publish your site. All changes are made via the editor that allows you to view your changes as you make them.
The site builder also includes support for ecommerce, so adding a full online store to your site requires just a few more clicks. If you want to use other apps with your site, such as content management systems like WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal, or ecommerce tools like Zen Cart, you can easily add them using the SimpleScripts application suite.
For those who want professional web design services, Domain.com offers a combination design and marketing package. You will get a five-page site that’s optimized for search engine discovery and comes with professional branding. After your site has been built and is live, the marketing team will help ensure that your site gets discovered by visitors. This includes things like submitting your site to search engines and managing the meta tags on your pages.
You pay for this option on a monthly basis. Domain.com markets this option as “full-service design and marketing,” and the team continues working with you throughout the lifetime of your contract to ensure that your site gets seen by as many people as possible. However, if you want changes to your site, you can make them by yourself using the drag-and-drop site builder — all design services occur at the beginning of the project, with marketing services continuing if you want.
As an add-on, Domain.com has partnered with Constant Contact to provide you with discounted email marketing services. The exact cost to you depends on the size of your mailing list so that you can get started without too much upfront cost.
Other Products and Services
Domain.com sells SSL certificates, which are used to reduce the risk that your customers’ data, such as addresses and payment information, get intercepted by an unauthorized party. In addition to fostering trust with your customer (especially if you run an online store), secure sites rank more favorably in many popular search engines.
If you get a domain name from Domain.com (regardless of whether you purchased it or it came as a bonus with your web hosting package), you can opt for Domain Privacy.
The international governing body for domain names, ICANN, requires all domain registrars to maintain a publicly viewable WHOIS database that displays the name, address, phone number, and so on, for the person owning a specific domain name. By purchasing domain privacy, this information is masked, guarding your identity and privacy.
Domain.com offers an affiliate program that provides you with commissions for any referrals you make who purchase a domain name or hosting package. If your referral purchases a domain name, you’ll receive a commission equal to 30% of the domain’s price, and if your referral purchases a web hosting package, you’ll receive a $100 commission.
Support and Customer Service
Domain.com’s help resources include an in-depth knowledge base and user guide. If you need to get in touch with the Domain.com support team (who are available 24/7), you can do so via telephone, email, or live chat. You can also use the Help Center to open up tickets requesting assistance.
Uptime and Downtime
Domain.com does not offer an SLA, so there’s no uptime guarantee for your site. This is common with shared hosting packages but less so for VPS packages (especially since the latter tend to be more premium offerings). If you need high availability for your site, consider speaking to a Domain.com representative before purchasing a package to make sure that the company can meet the needs of your organization.
Guarantees and Refunds
All hosting packages purchased by new Domain.com customers come with a 30-day money back guarantee, so if you cancel your account within the first 30 days, you’ll get a full refund of the fees you paid for hosting services. Note that the money back guarantee does not include domain registration fees, setup fees, or fees for additional services. You must also have paid for your plan using PayPal or a credit card.
If the plan you purchased came with a free domain name, Domain.com will deduct the cost of registering the domain from your refund if you’d like to keep your domain name.
Domain.com offers everything you need to develop and maintain your online presence: domain-related services, web design, web hosting, and digital marketing services. Its hosting plans, especially its shared plans, are very economical ways to get started, and if you ever outgrow your shared plan, you can easily upgrade to a VPS plan. The support team is available to help you around the clock, and the company offers many extra features to make sure your site building and maintenance processes are simple.
The only thing we worry about is the lack of SLA — if you need high availability, especially if you run an online store, you might seek a hosting provider that guarantees you a certain amount of site uptime.
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