INTRODUCTION

Network Solutions offers basically every service related to website development that there is: domain registration, website builders, marketing, design, and of course, web hosting.

It’s clear that Network Solutions caters towards people building a simple website (such as a static website) for a small business.

Network Solutions can also be a good choice for those who are practicing web development skills, and want a cheap hosting account to work with.

ADVANTAGES

At first glance, Network Solutions hosting plans don’t look as cheap as their competitors. They are cloud hosting options at the shared level.

This accounts for the slight increase in cost (and for cloud hosting, the prices are fair).

If you find yourself needing help, Network Solutions offers its customers access to a robust knowledgebase. In addition to being searchable.

 

DISVANTAGES

It’s a good thing the support documentation is good because Network Solutions isn’t the fastest at answering their customers’ requests for support.

We’re also disappointed by the lack of SSL certificates included (free of charge) with most of their hosting packages. Given the importance of an SSL certificate for security and for search engine optimization, this omission seems unnecessary.

TYPES OF NETWORK SOLUTION

SHARED HOSTING

You’re given resources on a server, along with other customers, and you split the cost.

You get plenty of disk space, as well as a free domain name. There’s no mention of the hardware used in these plans anywhere on the website. In other words, it’s nothing special.

VPS HOSTING

A VPS comes with a minimum of 1 GB of RAM, which is more than enough for most websites and simple web applications. It also has a minimum of 10 GB of disk space, enough to host several small to medium sized sites with no issues.

If the site(s) you’re planning to build is resource intensive, and you find that it runs too poorly on the shared plan, it’s a good idea to upgrade to a VPS. Although that comes with a significantly higher cost.

WORDPRESS HOSTING

There are multiple plans for WordPress hosting here. As you pay more, you get more security features.

This includes features like:

  • Malware detection and removal.
  • Basic server security to prevent common hacks.
  • An SSL certificate.
  • Website vulnerability detection.

Even with those features included, a lot of your website’s security lies on you. Will you keep WordPress plugins and the core updated? Will you make those regular backups?