In business since 1992, Aplus.net helps small businesses build and grow their digital brand. Over the years, it has registered over 800,000 domains, designed over 200,000 websites, and hosted over one million email accounts.
It’s a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with accolades from some companies. It’s data centers are located in the United States, Canada, and Ireland. The website is in English only.
Features and Ease of Use
Aplus.net offers cloud hosting and VPS. The cloud hosting comes in three plans – Basic, Business, and Professional. If you take any of them, you’ll enjoy the following:
- 99.9% Uptime
- Automatic backups
- Two to unlimited websites, depending on your plan
- 100GB to unlimited storage space
Aplus.net supports PHP, Perl, CGI and SSI, Python, and ASP / ASP.net. However, it doesn’t offer cPanel as the management tool for cloud hosting customers. They are given a custom control panel – Portal. It’s not as comprehensive as cPanel but it’s simple and has the basics of a control panel. My major concern with it, is installing WordPress.
Aplus.net offers an installer, but before you can use it to install a CMS, you’ll be prompted to create a database first. That is something that requires technical skills. Fortunately, there are some tutorials and YouTube videos that can help you out.
Fortunately, the VPs plans come with cPanel, for those who are more familiar with this management tool. There’s no installer with it, though.
If you want to run an E-commerce business, you’ll either have to do manual installation or pay for its StoreCreator. The StoreCreator allows you to sell unlimited products, integrates with QuickBooks, and syncs with your Facebook store.
Its website builder is free, so if you’re not selling products online, you can use it to set up your business/personal website. It has drag-and-drop design tools, visual editor, metadata section, and hundreds of templates. You can use it to create gift certificates, appointment scheduler, and daily deals as well.
For security, Aplus.net offers server-side firewalls, load balancer firewalls, and a router.
Pricing and Support
Aplus.net offers cloud hosting at a reasonable cost. It has monthly payment plans, but if you’re willing to purchase hosting for a year, you’ll get a 20% discount and a free domain registration. Unfortunately, it doesn’t offer a free SSL certificate. You can add that to your cart before checkout.
One thing that I don’t like about this company is the lack of a money-back guarantee and refunds. Once you pay, your money is theirs even if the service doesn’t meet your expectations. If you really want to try out the service, I suggest that you go for a monthly plan to lower your risk.
There’s also no knowledge base. You’re stuck with Google search or customer support. Technical customer support is 24/7, and you can get assistance by calling the U.S. toll-free phone number, submitting a ticket, or chatting via live chat. I used the live chat and got connected to two agents and found the support to be satisfactory.
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