Reviews and expert opinion Website World

Ranked 157th from 2567 Web Hosting
4.5
Ease of Use
4.5
Features
4.5
Pricing
4.5
Support
4.5
Server locations
New Zealand
Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Web Hosting Expert
Website World is a hosting provider based in New Zealand. They offer a variety of services with a unique focus on their in-house website building tool. Their customer service and help documentation are first class.

Overview

Website World

Founded in 2000, Website World is a website hosting company based in New Zealand. In addition to their core website building tool, they do also provide several of hosting plans. They have thousands of customers in New Zealand and worldwide, plus a network of 50 professional website builders and resellers. Website World’s website and support are available in English.

Features and Ease of Use

Website World

Website World is a little different from other hosts because they focus mainly on their website building tool. However, they also offer a suite of simple website hosting services including shared hosting packages, SSL certificates, and domain registration.

Here are some of the core features which come as standard with their shared hosting plans:

  • An uptime guarantee of 99.9%
  • Automatic off-site backups for disaster recovery
  • Domain registration available at additional cost
  • Free SSL certificates
  • From 7000 visitors to 400,000 visitors per month

As already stated, Website World’s main focus is their website builder that comes free-of-charge with all plans. It features a drag-and-drop interface, gallery pages, plus fully-responsive page and blog templates. In addition, they also have a full e-commerce option that includes payment providers, point-of-sale connections, inventory management, and accounting integration. For beginners, these really are excellent options.

Whilst they encourage you to use their own content management system (CMS) and website builder, Website World also supports other CMS systems such as WordPress. They support PHP (unspecified version) and MySQL databases.

The resource caps are a little unusual. Plans come with a range of website visitors-per-month limits expressed in odd-looking numbers such as 7168 or 61440. Well, those numbers – both divisible by 1024 – are not so odd in the world of computing where there are 1024 (rather than decimal 1000) kilobytes in a megabyte. The visitor limits are calculated using the assumption that each website visit consumes 1 MB of data.

They also limit the number of customer orders your e-commerce website can process, which ranges from 100 to 3000 depending on the package.

Pricing and Support

I was quite surprised that Website World’s prices seem to be very high compared to local and international providers. That said, their feature-packed packages include the comprehensive website builder, e-commerce features, and an SSL certificate. Domain registration is an added cost, though.

They offer contracts on monthly, six monthly or annual hosting terms. So you can sign up on a no-obligation month-to-month plan, or get a discount for purchasing a year upfront. Their refund policy is quite strict, and they will not refund any portion of the fees if you cancel midway through the term, but they do offer a 30-day free trial and free website migration if you’re moving from another hosting provider.

The Website World website includes a very substantial help center with video tutorials. They also offer free group training sessions and paid private training sessions via Zoom, which cover topics such as “Introducing the CMS” and “Understanding search engine optimization.”

If you want to talk to the customer support team, you can do so via email or telephone. Or you can create a support ticket. Unfortunately, the company is not very clear about its business hours or average response times.

Pricing

4.5

Web Hosting

Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Free SSL
Number of Sites
Price
200 MB
7 GB
+
1
$17.16
500 MB
20 GB
+
1
$27.45
1.2 GB
40 GB
+
1
$41.18
1.8 GB
60 GB
+
1
$54.91
2.3 GB
80 GB
+
1
$68.63
2.3 GB
102 GB
+
1
$85.79
2.3 GB
150 GB
+
1
$102.95
2.3 GB
200 GB
+
1
$137.27
Plan Name
Storage
Bandwidth
Free SSL
Number of Sites
Price
200 MB
7 GB
+
1
$17.16
500 MB
20 GB
+
1
$27.45
1.2 GB
40 GB
+
1
$41.18
1.8 GB
60 GB
+
1
$54.91
2.3 GB
80 GB
+
1
$68.63
2.3 GB
102 GB
+
1
$85.79
2.3 GB
150 GB
+
1
$102.95
2.3 GB
200 GB
+
1
$137.27
10 GB
400 GB
+
1
$171.58
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Bottom line on Website World

Website World is quite an impressive company. They offer a good uptime guarantee, a proprietary website builder, a control panel, as well as a global content distribution network (CDN) with servers in America, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

Pros

  • Very extensive help center with video tutorials
  • Excellent website builder with all plans
  • Month-to-month contracts
  • 30-day free trial

Cons

  • Expensive plans
  • Unclear business hours
Mark Holden
Mark Holden
Mark is a full stack web developer specializing in HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, MySQL, and PHP. When he's not busy building websites or geeking out over the latest addition to his ever-growing gadget collection, he enjoys playing drums for his progressive rock band. He can also make a mean Spanish omelet.

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