Network Solutions is the granddaddy of them all when it comes to web hosting services, having gotten it’s start all the way back in 1979. Its core business has been domain name registration ever since the world wide web came on the scene in the 1990s, but it also offers web hosting, website design, and online marketing, including search engine optimization (SEO) and pay-per-click (PPC) management.
It offers secure and reliable website hosting that includes daily malware scans and ongoing backups for protection. Its basic Web Hosting plan is $9.96/month with a one-year commitment and includes 300 GB of disk space, 1 free domain name, 1,000 email boxes, and malware scanning. The Professional Hosting package runs $15.78/month with a one-year commitment and includes everything from the lower package along with up to 2x faster load times (with CDN), automatic malware removal, prevention of common hacks such as SQLi, XSS, and more. Its Professional Plus costs $21.62/month with a one-year commitment and includes everything from the previous package while adding in SSL for secure data. The VPS Hosting package runs $40/month and gives advanced developers full root-level control, the flexibility to install and configure virtually any program you want, and multi-site management capabilities. The company also offers 24/7 live support with real people.
Usability. Although Network Solutions doesn’t offer a C-Panel interface, users will (not sure about the wording her) the Network Solution interface clean and simple, and better than many of its competitors.
Maintainability. Routine maintenance tasks are automated with Network Solutions as is the case with most webhosting services..
Performance. Up-time with Network Solutions’ sites is considered very good by industry standards, but there can be speed issues that turn some users off.
Integration Ease. With not much in the way of integration needed in webhosting services, users should find Net Solutions adequate on this front.
Functionality. All the functionality for building and maintaining websites is delivered by Network Solutions webhosting services.
Other. Concerning customer technical support, users will find it a notch or two above GoDaddy, but not the fanatical support offered by Rackspace.
Here are some of the positive things users have to say about Network Solutions:
Several users noted that the account and admin areas are easier to use than those found at GoDaddy. In general, navigation through the site has also been described as better than GoDaddy. The user interface has been described as easy, even though it is not C-Panel.
A number of users have noted that up-time with NS hosted sites is excellent.
Customer/technical support was also mentioned to be better than GoDaddy, but not good enough to warrant praise. Those who are paying for premium-level services think the support should be better.
Here are some of the drawbacks users note about Network Solutions:
Some users have experienced slow-speed issues serious enough to make them switch to other hosting services, but this is only occasionally reported.
Similar to GoDaddy, many users find the company pushing too hard to sell additional products and services. This is the most common complaint of all.
Network Solutions receives higher marks than GoDaddy, but not as high as Rackspace. While it compares favorably to GoDaddy, it lacks the cheaper pricing, although it’s less expensive than Rackspace.