Founded in 1996, EasyCGI provides web hosting services to various business sectors, with particular relevance to e-commerce businesses. Although based in the U.S.A., they serve clients all over the world with web forwarding, shared hosting, VPS, email hosting, and associated products and services.
Features and Ease of Use
EasyCGI offers Windows-based shared hosting and Linux-based VPS hosting.
Some features of the Windows shared hosting plans are:
- Unlimited domains and FTP accounts
- A choice between Windows 2003 and Windows 2008
- From 350 GB disk space to 750 GB disk space
- From 3,500 GB monthly bandwidth to 7,500 GB monthly bandwidth
The Linux-based VPS web hosting offers the following value-added features that exceed those provided by many other hosting providers:
- A dedicated IP address on each plan
- Unlimited number of websites
- From 256 MB RAM to 2 GB RAM
- 100% burstable RAM on all plans
EasyCGI’s noteworthy add-ons to their web hosting plans include custom error pages, support for several programming languages, website analytics tools, free SSL certificate, and RAID infrastructure.
Their hosting packages are mid to high range, which maybe makes them unsuitable for startups and smaller businesses. Nevertheless, I noticed that they have turned launching an e-commerce website into an easy plug-and-play process that includes the ECwid shopping cart, an inventory, shipping management, and product sourcing.
While their hosting packages are not perfectly suited to beginner businesses, EasyCGI is nonetheless very beginner-friendly as the name suggests. They provide a drag-and-drop website builder along with goMobi (a mobile website builder) so you can create responsive mobile-friendly websites in minutes.
I’m particularly taken with their take on security. The ‘site lock’ feature automatically scans your website to remove malware and harmful code, and two firewalls plus 24/7/365 security protects their data centers in Boston.
Pricing and Support
Although EasyCGI’s plan prices are pretty standard, there are no low-tier offers for small businesses. This may well be because their sister brands provide many low-tier plans.
Unlike most web hosting companies, there is no free domain name with any plan, but this is not a bad tradeoff for the enormous space provided. If you choose any VPS plan, you can effectively try before you buy, by paying month-to-month until you’re ready to commit to a year or more.
Customer support is superb, as I discovered by receiving a prompt and helpful response via live chat. You can also use their online ticketing system, phone support, and the self-help knowledge base aimed at both new and advanced webmasters.