Midphase Personal Visit Site

Pros / This service offers unlimited email accounts, bandwidth and disk space under its basic hosting package.

Cons / This web host does not offer any parked domains.

 Verdict / Midphase proves to be a good web host, providing the features necessary to build, launch and maintain a successful website.

Midphase is a small business web hosting provider that boasts cheap hosting. For the most part, the service lives up to its claim. It is one of the cheapest web hosts on our lineup, but the cheaper plans are also extremely limited in the number of domains and subdomains you can host, as well as allowing only one MySQL database. Learning to use the platform may require some extra time and effort if you’re new to web hosting.

  • Money Back Guarantee
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  • Usability Score
  1. You may cancel your account and get your money back within a certain number of days.
    More is Better
  2. 9  Midphase
    30.0 Days
  3. 90.0 Days
  4. 97.0 Days
  5. 3  Arvixe
    60.0 Days
  6. Category Average
    47.2 Days

Shared Hosting Package

With three different shared hosting plans, Midphase offers a good amount of flexibility. The cheapest plan only allows you one website and one subdomain, which is extremely limiting. It also only allows for one MySQL database, which can limit your ability to customize your website. However, the business plan, which is still less expensive than most of the plans on our lineup, allows for unlimited websites and subdomains.

All the plans allow unlimited email accounts, bandwidth and web space; however, the terms of service define limits, and if you exceed them, you may be asked to reduce your website demands. This is typical of all website hosts, and the limits are set high enough that most small businesses never get close to them.

Another consideration is that this web host does not allow parked domains. These are domains that you purchase but do not put websites on. Instead you redirect that domain to a different website. This is important for companies that have commonly misspelled names, are doing a brand change or want to purchase product-specific domain names to redirect to a specific page on a website. Most of the web hosting companies we reviewed offer multiple to unlimited parked domains.

Security

Midphase provides a majority of the features we looked for in web hosting services. For starters, the web hosting service backs up your website daily as part of its service, and can restore your site to its last saved position should you fall victim to hacking, a virus or a simple glitch. It keeps access logs so that you can go in and find the origin of any problems, too. These are common features, but some services charge for them.

Admins can use the cPanel control panel for streamlined site management. It has a secure shell (SSH) so you can safely access other computers through the program, a nice feature if you need to access a customer’s or coworker’s computer for IT.

This web hosting company does not store its data on solid state drives. These are the most modern storage capabilities and ensure a faster and more secure website. If you need a website with fast download and upload times, such as if you have videos or downloadable products, then look for web hosts with SSD storage.

This web host does have a shared secure socket layer SSL. This ensures commerce-level encryption of transactions so that you can accept online payments safely.

Control Panel Tools

One noteworthy feature Midphase offers is a comprehensive site builder tool. Given how much website design and web hosting overlap, being able to manage both aspects of your site under a single, central portal is both convenient and efficient. If you prefer WordPress, this service can host it. The company also offers all the tools necessary to create and host an eCommerce website. It supports many major shopping cart applications, including CubeCart, AgoraCart and PayPal.

You can also create custom 404 pages. These can add personality to a site and help with branding, even when an internal link goes bad.

It’s not the most user-friendly of the services we tested. This website hosting company does not offer a free domain name or advertising credits, like most hosting services do.

Help & Support

The technical support options provided by Midphase are comprehensive and highly useful. Particularly beneficial is the help documentation that can be accessed directly from the control panel. By simply clicking on the documentation link, you are forwarded to the documentation section where you can browse help topics or search for specific information by keyword. There’s also a searchable knowledgebase and video tutorials.

The web hosting company does not provide user forums, where users can discuss or post concerns about using the platform. However, you can reach a support representative 24/7/365 via email ticketing or live chat. The representatives on the live chat answered our concerns fairly quick each time we spoke with them.

Summary

With its versatile hosting options and range of features, Midphase is an inexpensive solution for anyone looking to launch a professional website. While it lacks a few features, such drawbacks aren’t likely to be a deal breaker for most prospective users. The biggest drawbacks are the limits in domains unless you take the maximum plan. Whether you’re just starting out with your first site or you’ve had ample experience in site design and hosting, Midphase is a website hosting service we recommend.

Contributing Reviewer: Karina Fabian

Midphase Personal Visit Site