Aplus.net is a North American company that offers an exceptional hosting service for small businesses and startups. In operation since 2008, Aplus.net provides an array of applications and services to help customers launch a business website, whether for e-commerce or as an online front for their company. These services include web hosting, email hosting, web design, domain name registration, and online marketing services. To date, they’ve registered over 800,000 domains, designed 200,000 websites, and hosted over 1,000,000 email accounts for their customer base.
Features and Ease of Use
Aplus.net’s hosting services are limited to cloud and VPS hosting. At first glance, they seem to have only one cloud hosting plan available with unlimited resources — however, dig a little deeper and you’ll discover that they actually have three plans on offer: the Basic, Business, and Professional plan.
The Basic plan starts you off with a generous 100GB of storage, 500GB monthly transfer, five email addresses, one MySQL database, and a free one-year domain registration. The storage and bandwidth are definitely more than sufficient for their target clientele, but the lone MySQL database and five email accounts seemed rather skimpy to me. It also doesn’t come with an SSL certificate, so you can’t process any credit card transactions via your website while on this plan.
On the high end of this cloud hosting spectrum you have the Professional plan, which gives you unlimited storage and bandwidth, 100 email accounts, 100 MySQL databases, and unlimited FTP accounts and subdomains. That said, unless you’re a multimedia-heavy small business, it’s unlikely that you’ll require the unlimited storage and bandwidth — the advantage of this plan is that it affords you more email accounts and MySQL databases. Also, this is the only plan that comes with an SSL certificate and e-commerce platform installations, so if you’re looking to set up an online store, you’re forced to go with this plan.
Aplus.net also offers their users domain name registration, a web-based website builder with hundreds of templates, e-commerce store builder, logo design tools, and online marketing tools. They provide a 99.9% uptime guarantee, but they’re purported to average an impressive 99.99% uptime. All Aplus.net web hosting accounts are housed in their highly secure data centers with the stability of Unix and the latest Microsoft technology with Windows Server 2008 on all their new Unix/Windows hybrids.
Pricing and Support
Considering what you get in their entry-level package, Aplus.net offers attractive prices for small businesses. Domains are free with the purchase of an annual hosting plan, and they offer domain protection services to keep businesses safe.
However, I will note that if you’re setting up an online store, Aplus.net may not be the most affordable option for you. They shine in the features and generous amount of resources they offer small businesses establishing an online presence, but e-commerce website owners will have to pay an above-average amount to get the SSL certification and e-commerce platform installations they require.
Aplus.net has superb customer service that is up and running 24/7 and reachable via email, phone, and live chat. They have a toll-free number for North American customers as well as an international telephone number for their global clientele.