Features and Ease of Use
RankFirst Hosting has both managed and unmanaged SEO web hosting solutions that are powered by servers that are not overpopulated, meaning that customers get to experience fast, secure, and reliable hosting services ideal for all types of online projects. The hosting services come with the following standard features:
- SSL certificate encryption
- Access your server via FTP or secure FTP
- Cron jobs for scheduled tasks
- PhpMyAdmin to manage databases
- cPanel control panel
- Softaculous auto-installer
- PHP, Perl, and Python support
- Jailed shell upon request
With RankFirst Hosting, users get to host their servers in data centers located in the cities of California and Michigan, in the United States. These data centers are equipped with high-speed and reliable network equipment to help the vendor smoothly run their customers’ websites so that they don’t have to worry about their sites going down.
Its dedicated servers are designed for high-performance and use Intel Xeon Dual Hex-Core processors, up to 48GB of RAM, and 4x1TB western digital enterprise hard drives in RAID 1+0 configurations. In addition, the plans come with multiple SEO IP addresses for clients with several sites on the same servers but that require more than one IP address.
The hosting company has enhanced security by deploying password protected directories + IP-blocking measures that help block any undesirable sites and hosts from entering your server and causing harm. Moreover, the firm performs daily backups powered by R1Soft Bare Metal backups that come with multiple restore points, thus ensuring the security of data when disaster strikes.
Pricing and Support
Although RankFirst Hosting web hosting solutions are optimized for SEO, the solutions are quite expensive, especially for individuals on tight budgets for their business. This vendor does offer free migration services, but they are only available when migrating from a cPanel environment to a cPanel environment.
The hosting solutions come with several billing cycles: monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual subscriptions. Prices are listed in U.S. dollars.
RankFirst Hosting provides a 99.9% uptime and power service level agreement on all its VPS products. Additionally, the hosting company offers a 15-day money-back guarantee for all its hosting services. However, for some reason, this information is not advertised on its website; I had to consult one of their reps to get it.
The support desk is available 24/7 via telephone, email, live chat, support ticket, or contact form. The technical support staff is quite responsive, especially when you contact them on live chat.
I sent them an email and received a response within nine hours.
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