Pros / Each package includes a shared SSL certificate.

Cons / Signup and account verification isn’t worth the time it takes.

 Verdict / EasyCGI is best for low-key, small business web hosting and casual websites.

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EasyCGI is an accommodating web hosting service in terms of what it provides for bandwidth and storage. However, it doesn't give you free rein of features, an area where it falls far behind the competition. In short, this hosting service is one option for small business web hosting and limited websites, but if you have something bigger in mind, it is best to choose a bigger web hosting company.

The level of content and traffic that EasyCGI provides with a basic plan is impressive. There are three levels of shared hosting, which provides flexibility and allows you site to grow along with your business. Most web hosts only allow you to run one domain under one account. This web host allows you to run unlimited domains, as well as have unlimited subdomains and parked domains.

EasyCGI is better suited to techies than beginners. It doesn't have an easy-install script library, so you have to do that on your own if you want WordPress, Joomla or Drupal. It also doesn't have very many applications to choose from when compared with competitors. It does offer osCommerce to fill your shopping cart needs but doesn't provide any kind of selection.

There is one good thing to consider, though it is not exclusive to EasyCGI: The company offers a shared SSL certificate for all of its hosting packages. This little mark of authenticity can sometimes be expensive, so it's a nice inclusion.

As EasyCGI is linked with a dozen other hosts on our lineup, we received the same standard message at the end of account registration. We were informed that our order was being reviewed by the order verification team. This service claims that this is a fast process. In our experience, it meant that its specialists were not going to take a second look. Usability is hurt if you cannot signup easily, verify by email or get your domain and host account approved at the same time. When we contacted the company’s support staff, we were told that no account had been set up. On average, its live chat staff took eight minutes for initial contact and five minutes between responses.

Summary

EasyCGI is only a viable solution if you plan on something simple – informative websites or blogs shouldn't have any problem with this web hosting service. As you increase the complexity of your site, you start to run into problems. The data limitations are just the beginning. Scripts must be installed manually, cron jobs are not allowed and only one shopping cart is available with startup.