U.S.-based BizLand has two data centers (Waltham and Boston) and more than ten years’ experience in the web hosting industry. It targets mainly individuals, startups, small businesses, and e-commerce websites.
BizLand’s website and customer support are available in English.
Features and Ease of Use
BizLand offers Linux and Windows web hosting packages which it calls “Memberships”. The key hosting features include:
- 200 GB to 300 GB disk space
- Free domain
- Custom vDeck control panel
- Free SSL certificate
- Software auto-installer
- SiteLock CDN
- Free site builder
The Linux shared hosting packages come with lots of useful features and freebies, and they’re backed by a 99.9% uptime guarantee. The “Charter Membership” basic package provides 200 GB web space, a 2000 GB bandwidth limit, FTP access, unlimited mailboxes, and site management tools; plus Perl, Python, PHP, SSI, Webalizer web statistics, and more. For a few dollars more, you can get a free domain and more storage space with higher packages.
Rather than providing the popular and easy-to-use cPanel control panel, BizLand provides a custom vDeck control panel that requires you to be a bit more tech-savvy.
On a brighter note, I like the freebies thrown in with BizLand’s plans. You get marketing tools, a site builder, SSL certificates, SiteLock CDN, and MOJO Marketplace (which helps you to install WordPress easily). You also get Google Adwords and Bing advertising credits to help kickstart your web presence.
In terms of the technicals, BizLand provides MySQL databases with its Linux hosting plans and Microsoft SQL databases with its Windows hosting accounts, but you don’t get remote MySQL connections. While you do get Cron jobs, you don’t get SSH access.
BizLand keeps website backups for 14 days and database backups for three days, and your databases are stored on SSD.
Pricing and Support
BizLand offers feature-packed plans at relatively low prices. For example, the cheapest “Charter” plan (or membership) provides lots of benefits and generous disk space. The higher plans include extras such as a free domain (with an annual subscription) plus more web space and a higher bandwidth limit. Note, however, that BizLand charges setup fees for its membership packages.
Since some customers have complained about BizLand’s security measures and billing policy, I strongly suggest that you take heed of the 30-day money-back guarantee that should get you out if anything goes wrong within the first few weeks. You can pay for your preferred package via PayPal or credit card.
I enjoyed a superior experience with BizLand’s customer support. A very polite, friendly and knowledgeable representative answered all my questions when I tested the live chat channel.
You can also summon support via telephone, or take advantage of the self-support knowledge base.