Lunarpages: Hosting, Site & E-Commerce Tools for Bloggers
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Lunarpages Closed for Business: What Now?
On September 11, 2019, Lunarpages officially ceased to function as an independent web hosting brand and was acquired by HostPapa.
Lunarpages is an all-inclusive hosting company offering services for everyone from individuals to corporations. They also offer plans that specifically support e-commerce.
Their homepage features a tool designed to help you choose the best plan for your needs by asking questions about your requirements.
This is user-friendly and simplifies the plan selection process. But is it right for your blog? Read our full Lunarpages review for all the details.
What is Lunarpages?
Lunarpages has been around since 1998 and refers to themselves as an enterprise-level IT Solutions company. They now host around 150,000 clients. They own a total of 8 datacenters in 3 locations across the USA: California, Arizona, and Nevada.
All centers are PCI compliant, which is necessary if you want to accept credit card data on your website. Their datacenters also include 24/7 staffed security and redundant power, so everything keeps running during outages.
Their locations in Vegas and San Diego are both Tier 4 certified. This means that they are completely fault-tolerant with fully-redundant infrastructure. Tier 4 data centers provide an uptime of at least 99.995%.
But, are they the right host choice for your blog? Read on to find out more about their hosting options.
Web Hosting Options
Lunarpages offers three types of web hosting: shared, cloud (VPS), and dedicated.
Shared Hosting Plans
With competitive prices, Lunarpages offers some simple options for their basic hosting packages. Although the company doesn’t have a dedicated WordPress plan, basic shared hosting fully supports the application. They even give you one-click installs of applications such as WordPress and Joomla, so you can manage your blog on any content management system (CMS) you prefer. You can add shopping carts, forms, and social media features to your website.
Shared Hosting Pricing
Their shared hosting will work well for new bloggers. It is cheap and whether you sign up for one or two years, you’ll pay the same monthly rate. Unlike some company’s pricing plans, Lunarpages rates don’t increase when you renew your plan. This means you always get a fair price.
Without add-ons, their cheapest plan will give you limited storage, bandwidth, and email accounts. These should be sufficient for a new blog. But, if you’re already experiencing high search traffic, you’re going to want to look at some higher performance options.
This plan gives you access to the Lunarpages Control Panel (LPCP) where you can manage your email and website files. It includes all of the features you might expect from a control panel, but it has been modified by the Lunarpages control panel to be easier to use and to reflect the workflow that best works with the hosting plans the company offers.
A More Generous Shared Hosting Plan
Why might you opt for the more premium hosting plan offered by Lunarpages?
For cPanel access (the industry standard), you have to purchase their second shared hosting plan at a slightly higher cost. With the additional cost, you also get a domain name registration, Facebook Ad credits, and use of the Weebly Website Builder. These features are not included in their starter plan, nor is SSH access which you can get with their second plan at a small additional charge.
Email Features and Functionality
Lunarpages’ second plan also gives you unlimited bandwidth, storage, and email accounts. Their email features include:
- A mailing list, so that you can manage all of your contacts
- Unlimited forwarding, so you can receive email sent to old addresses at your new addresses
- Spam protection
- POP3, IMAP, and SMTP support, so you aren’t stuck using Lunarpages’ web-based interface — you can use the email management tool of your choice, such as macOS’ Mail or Outlook.
These features are especially valuable to bloggers who want to collect emails and send out updates/newsletters to their subscribers.
The two shared hosting plans we covered above are considered to be personal hosting plans. If you need a bit more, but you aren’t ready to invest in the much more powerful, much more expensive VPS or dedicated hosting options, you might consider choosing from one of the three Business hosting plans. These are shared plans, just like the personal options, but they offer a bit more to ensure optimal performance for a larger blog. or one that sees more traffic.
If your blog relies heavily on Windows technology or you need access to tools that run only on Windows server, consider Lunarpages’ Windows hosting plan. There’s just one option available, which leads us to think that Windows hosting is not a big sell for the company.
Note that Lunarpages does offer Plesk as a control panel choice. Plesk is an option that is more popular with those with Windows-based hosting or building blogs that rely heavily on Windows technologies.
VPS Cloud Hosting
Lunarpages also has Virtual Private Server (VPS) Cloud hosting available for those of you that need some extra power. Bigger sites need more power and scalability to handle high numbers of visitors and regular traffic spikes. Lunarpages allows you to pay only for what you use, giving you extra bandwidth at an extra cost when it’s needed. You are able to scale your resources directly from your account page. Here you can adjust the CPU, memory, and storage space for your plan.
Private Cloud Hosting
If you need additional security for your resource-intensive website, you might consider upgrading from cloud-based hosting to one that exists on a private cloud (e.g., the cloud resources are available only to your blog). If this is an option that you are interested in, you’ll need to reach out to the Lunarpages support team
Reseller hosting is typically something favored by those looking to launch a web hosting company, but it can also be used by those managing multiple websites (especially if permissions to those websites need to be granted to different users). If you are interested in reseller hosting, Lunarpages offers one option to you.
For those that need the most when it comes to resources and security, Lunarpages offers dedicated hosting, where everything on a particular server belongs to and can be used by only your website. Currently, Lunarpages offers three different plans from which you can choose — they vary based on the number of CPU cores included, the RAM and disk storage allocated, and bandwidth supported.
Lunarpages does not offer options explicitly tailored to WordPress users, but the company’s hosting plans do support WordPress. The Wiki offers detailed instructions on how to get a WordPress blog set up. In short, your options are as follows:
- Install WordPress using the installation wizard provided in cPanel or the Lunarpages Control Panel
- Manually install WordPress yourself
Lunarpages Website Builder
The website builder that’s included with some of Lunarpages’ hosting plans lets you create a web page without any coding knowledge. Lunarpages claims that its drag-and-drop interface means that you can get up and running in less than five minutes.
To be clear, the Lunarpages Website Builder is a variant of the Weebly site builder that Lunarpages manages. If you’ve used Weebly, you will feel right at home.
There are four different versions of the website builder — the more premium your web hosting plan, the more premium your website builder will be. For example, if you opt for the Basic hosting plan, you will get the Free version of the website builder, which allows you to create a website with just three pages.
Regardless of which option you choose, you’ll have some support for e-commerce and access to 24 responsive themes.
You’ll also get features for SEO (or search engine optimization), to improve the chances that your pages lands near the top whenever someone searches for keywords that are relevant to your website.
You have a couple of options with Lunarpages for e-commerce functionality. Your first option is to go with one of their business web hosting solutions. These are optimized for the high traffic of established e-commerce sites. Importantly, they include a dedicated IP and SSL certificate, essential features if you want to run an e-commerce site securely.
Your other option is to start with one of their basic hosting plans for individuals and add a dedicated IP and SSL certificate to your plan. After crunching the numbers for these additions, you will save a small amount of money doing it this way instead of purchasing a business plan. However, their business plan comes with the perk of being optimized for e-commerce. It would be wise to look into these business plans if you are concerned about e-commerce functionality.
Support for Developers
Lunarpages supports coding languages in Ruby on Rails, PHP, PERL, and Python. Developers will also be happy to know that Lunarpages gives you unlimited FTP accounts and MySQL databases. Shell access is available at a small additional cost. These features let developers have remote access to systems, deal with file transfer, and execute commands.
Managing Your Lunarpages Hosting Account
The most common admin interface is cPanel. You can perform a range of functions from cPanel including:
- Set up professional email linked to your domain
- Access site analytics
- Store your site files
Lunarpages entry-level plan comes with access to its own proprietary control panel, LPCP. If you want to use cPanel you will have to pay an extra fee. Higher end plans come with Plesk.
There is a detailed guide on how to use the cPanel on the Lunarpages site.
Customer Service and Technical Support
Support is available by email, phone, and live chat. Lunarpages also has a comprehensive wiki page that offers over 500 guides to get you started and help you solve problems. This includes pages on email guides and web design tutorials, as well as billing and sales help. You should find answers to most of your questions here.
Refunds and Guarantees
One of the classic guarantees Lunarpages makes is regarding your satisfaction with their services.
If you are not satisfied, you can cancel your plan and request your money back within the first 30 days. If you are renewing your plan, you will have 7 days to cancel your account and receive a refund. (Note: They do not refund domain registrations or set-up fees.)
Lunarpages guarantees a 99.9% uptime. If Lunarpages is unable to meet their uptime guarantee, they’ll compensate you for any unexpected downtime. Downtime that is not included in this guarantee are maintenance periods or downtime as a result of an issue with due to the configuration of your website.
Additional tools include SEO and search engine marketing with Search Intel. This could be useful if you’re looking to spend a bit of money to get your blog ranked higher in search engines. These plans include keyword research, homepage optimization, and reporting.
Lunarpages has options that are perfect for small projects like personal blogs and portfolio websites. Their shared hosting plans offer easy set-up of WordPress as well as access to their website builder. They also offer business plans for those wanting to integrate e-commerce features and expand their blogging practice.
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They also offer business plans for those wanting to integrate e-commerce features and expand their blogging practice.