LunarPages vs. GoDaddy

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As far as making a side by side comparison to their webhosting packages we decided to review GoDaddy's $6.99 plan versus LunarPages $4.95 plans. Both web hosting packages include FrontPage, CGI, RoR, PHP, PERL, Python, webmail, autoresponders, email forwarders, spam and fraud protection, streaming audio and visual, real media, and shared ssl certificates (with the option to purchase your own dedicated ssl certificate).

150 GB Diskspace
1,500 GB in monthly data transfer
25 MySQL Databases
Unlimited external and subdomains
50 FTP Accounts
500 Email Accounts
500 MB email storage
2 shopping carts
5 blogs
$1.99 domain name

Unlimited web space
Unlimited data transfer
Unlimited MySQL databases
Unlimited add-on, sub, and parked domains
Unlimited FTP

Unlimited email accounts
3 shopping carts
3 blogs
Free domain name

Both GoDaddy and LunarPages have a number of customer support solutions including tutorials, FAQ's, glossaries, forums, blogs, guides, knowledgebase, wiki, and news. The main difference is GoDaddy's phone service is not toll free where LunarPages' is.

GoDaddy and LunarPages are both very dedicated to giving back to communities. GoDaddy has a whole page dedicated to all of the charities they have participated in and LunarPages has an education program that offers free hosting services to any K-12 school within the United States.

In our review of GoDaddy vs. LunarPages we discovered that both of them have an excellent record of providing web hosting packages as well as services that compliment them.

Streaming Media

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With progressive streaming, a file is downloaded from the server, and usually starts to play while the rest of the file is still downloading. The entire file is downloaded and stored on the visitors computer.

Many hosts are not very supportive of this type of streaming because it takes up a lot of disk space and data transfer and costs the host more money. Some streaming media hosts will not allow mp3,avi, or mpeg files to be uploaded. If you are considering creating a website that has a lot of streaming media files find out if your hosting package will accommodate your needs.

Real time or server based streaming is designed for people who wish to have a lot of multimedia files on their website. As the name suggests, these files are stored on a special dedicated server and works very well for media to be viewed in "real time" such as live TV broadcasts, webinars, and internetbased classrooms. Some of the more popular streaming servers are the QuickTime Streaming Server from Apple, the Real Networks Server or the Windows Media Server.

With real time streaming the entire file is not downloaded to the player. It is much like watching TVonly the view may have the option to view ahead, look back, or skip around. Because real time servers can be very expensive they are not typically included in low cost packages. Some web hosts may offer this at an additional cost or have slightly higher pricing for web hosting packages that include this option.

If you are building a website and not sure whether you will use this feature it you may to consider the possibility you may want to expand and you this option later.

Godaddy Vs Yahoo

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As far as comparing one webhosting package, we chose GoDaddy's $6.99 plan versus Yahoo!'s $7.77 plan. They both offer FrontPage, PHP, Perl, and FTP. Customer support services are similar with tutorials, online guides, FAQ, etc...One difference is Yahoo! has a toll-free 24/7 telephone whereas GoDaddy is not toll free.

GoDaddy $6.99 plan:
150 GB Disk Space
1,500 GB Monthly Data Transfer
500 MB Email Storage
500 Email Accounts
$25 Google Adword
$50 Microsoft Adword
$50 Facebook Ad
Domains $1.99
50 FTP Accounts
25 MySQL

Yahoo! $7.77 plan (goes to $11.95 after 3 months):
Unlimited Web Space
Unlimited Data Transfer
Unlimited Email Storage
1,000 Email Addresses
$100 Yahoo! Search
$50 Google Adword
Free Domain Name
Unlimited MySQL

Some differences between the two web hosting companies are:
GoDaddy is an ICANN accredited domain registrar
GoDaddy does not require long term contracts (but discounts on 12, 24, and 36 months)
GoDaddy has a number of hosting plans starting at $4.99 with many upgrade options to all
GoDaddy has virtual, dedicated, grid, blog, and podcast hosting.
GoDaddy allows you to test their products from their site.

Yahoo! offers a 30 day money back guarantee
Yahoo! has a comprehensive profile of their web hosting services
Yahoo! has a site builder with 380 templates

Both GoDaddy and Yahoo! are very large and very well known companies. Both offer great products and stand behind them.

Email Forwarding and Autoresponders

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Many web hosting providers offer email forwarding and auto responders, but what are they and what can they do for you?

Email forwarding and auto responders are helpful tools for managing your email and web site. They make checking your email address and responding to email more simple. Although they are a nice feature they are not mandatory for managing your email or setting up your web site.

What is Email Forwarding?Email forwarding is just like receiving mail at an old address and the mailman forwards it on to your new mailbox. You can set up email from to go directly to your account. This way you only have to check one email account (mailbox) to receive all your mail.
What are Auto Responders?Auto responders help provide your customers with instant feedback. When a customer sends you an email, you can set up an auto responder message such as "your message had been received" or "I will be out of the office until..." which automatically emails them to let them know their message was received.

"What is Email Alias?Email alias allow you to set up several different emails to be sent to one POP email account. Perhaps you want an address for and, but you want to be able to check emails for both support and marketing. An email alias allows multiple email addresses to be sent to one individual POP email account.

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