Network Solutions

Network Solutions
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Review Summary:

Network Solutions offers a competitive package of features and accessories, perfect for above average website developers. Businesses looking for overall ease of use, customer service and site creation wizards would do well to seek out more mainstream hosting options.

Network Solutions

Review Summary:

Network Solutions offers a competitive package of features and accessories, perfect for above average website developers. Businesses looking for overall ease of use, customer service and site creation wizards would do well to seek out more mainstream hosting options.

In the world of standardized-plan web hosting platforms with specific tiered services, Network Solutions positions itself in a different category, offering a number of features and add-ons in a choose-your-own-plan type of service.

Initial prices are competitive, starting at $2.99 per month without add-ons. Three plans offering services for increased prices are available, all ready to be tailored to individual business needs. Only the highest priced Premium plan, checking in at 36.95 per month offers unlimited features. Each of the two lesser expensive plans, Essential and Professional, has solid sized features in disk space and FTP accounts when compared with competition, though at higher prices – $12.95 and $18.95 per month, respectively.

Network Solutions strength comes from the ability to choose, customize and upgrade all of the available features, among them an easy-to-navigate control panel and site builder as well as access to a number of site statistics.  Much of this is available on other hosting platforms, but Network Solutions does do a solid job of making each of its three plans customizable as to the particular features and add-ons. Again, this isn’t groundbreaking, but it is commendable.

Though each of the three plans can be customized, they do come with a few strings attached. Only the premium package plan comes with unlimited disk space, FTP accounts and email options. Likewise, all three plans come with only one domain. So, while there are definite benefits to the customizable options, overall, each plan is still hampered with fine print.

One of the biggest issues we came across in our review process is actually in Network Solution’s biggest advantage: customization. While it is true that each plan can be mixed and matched to get the specific features and add-ons customers deem most useful, figuring out which extras are the right ones poses another issue entirely. Here, Network Solutions finds itself in a murky grey area.

The ability to customize is advantageous, but as any amateur will attest to, the power to choose can be a double-edged sword. Experienced website developers will be very happy with all of the advanced features Network Solutions offers. At the same time though, less experienced designers might find the features overwhelming and may be bogged down with options, many of which are offered at a price even if ultimately unnecessary for the beginning developer. It isn’t an unscrupulous practice, but the process of customizing encourages upselling, regardless of need or ability, with many of those upcharges adding up and renewing for a much higher price than advertised.

Network Solutions offers a competitive package of features and accessories, perfect for above average website developers. Small and medium sized businesses with experienced designers looking for options and flexibility in site design should look into the advanced features to see what options are available to their specific needs. Site builders looking specifically for overall ease of use, customer service and site creation wizards would do well to seek out more mainstream hosting options.

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Editor review

Cost
3.95/5
Features
4.35/5
Support
2.25/5
Ease of Use
2.85/5

3.25

Average
3.25
Summary

Network Solutions offers a competitive package of features and accessories, perfect for above average website developers. Businesses looking for overall ease of use, customer service and site creation wizards would do well to seek out more mainstream hosting options.

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