There is nothing worse than buying a product or service, getting the bill, and finding out that there were hidden fees involved. Hidden fees are common in every industry, including the web hosting services sector. Rather than buy into a service that will charge you unreasonable and unanticipated costs, it is best to be informed before you buy.
For those who are interested in iPage’s web hosting service, there are no “hidden fees” involved, per say. However, there are upgrade charges and increases that the web hosting service is not exactly transparent about.
Here are some of the costs that you can expect if you do sign up for a web hosting plan with iPage:
Upgrade Cost of a Web Hosting Plan
When you sign up with iPage for the first time, understandably you will be allured by the low price of $1.99 per month. While this is certainly a great price compared to other web hosting services and despite the price being the reason that most sign up for iPage, you should expect the price to go up after the term of a year. The $1.99 per month price is only for those who first register with the web hosting service. To renew with iPage, you will need to pay at the regular rate, which is about $10.99 per month. Unfortunately, this is not the only renewal rate that increases.
The Domain Name
iPage advertises that upon signing up for the web hosting service, users also receive a free domain name. While that fact is certainly undisputable, the manner of which it is marketed is a bit misleading. What iPage does not mention is that you will also be subject to a higher renewal rate, which is $14.95 per year. In addition, if you want to add more domains names, you will need to pay per domain too.
Finally, while advanced features are not really “hidden” charges, you should be aware that you will need to pay if you would like include them in your plan. iPage’s advanced features that come at an extra cost are the SSL certificate ($59.99 per year), voice over IP service ($8.95 per month), and domain name privacy ($8.99 per year).
Essentially, iPage can certainly add up if you do decide to renew the web hosting service and the domain. The cost per year can also add up if you include advanced features. While these are certainly high costs associated with a web hosting service, the good news is that there is a 30-day money back guarantee. Keep in mind that iPage does not refund for additional domain names and other fees that you may have paid outside of the web hosting payment.