I thought it’d be helpful to list the most popular questions I receive every month, along with the answers.
Thanks to everyone who has written in with their questions in my “Ask Bryan” page. 🙂
If you asked me a few years ago, the answer would be a resounding yes. However, today I feel that iPage’s site builder is a bit outdated. They use an older version of Weebly. So it’s hard to create something that looks contemporary when the tools, styles and templates are from 2010, for example. If you want to use a site builder, I highly recommend you look into eHost or SiteBuilder.com
Yes, if you want a website, you gotta have web hosting of some kind; whether it’s shared hosting like iPage, a website builder like SiteBuilder.com or eHost, VPS, cloud, dedicated, etc.
Yes, it’s your website and you can monetize it however you want. 🙂 iPage encourages you to take advantage of the freedom you get by paying for real web hosting.
No way! Ahhh, reminds me of the days of GeoCities and “You’ve got mail!” hahaha all joking aside, it’s a definite no. iPage doesn’t put ads or interfere with your website in any way. You pay for it so you have full control.
Yes. iPage makes it easy as you’ll see in this video. In just a few clicks, you can have your WordPress website up and running, ready for you to start posting.
Yes. iPage supports all Frontpage extensions, enabling you to build your entire website in Frontpage.
Yes. iPage doesn’t trap you into their services only. Just change your DNS settings at GoDaddy, Enom or whatever registrar you use, so that your nameservers are set to ns1.ipage.com and ns2.ipage.com.
If you want to protect your website from malware with daily security scans, you can use SiteLock. Or you can use 3rd party tools such as Securi, but they have to be run manually.
Yes, you can build a great website with iPage. I highly recommend using WordPress. iPage offers 1-click installation, and you can customize your site fast with beautiful themes. It doesn’t take much time to make a kick-ass website.
In my humble opinion, no. I don’t see the advantage. Domain Privacy hides your personal information from your WHOIS records, and that’s plenty for me.
Yes, if you don’t want your name and address publicly viewable on your WHOIS records. Anyone in the world can look up a website’s WHOIS record – it’s part of how the structure of the internet works. It’s your option (thankfully), to make this private. iPage Domain Privacy replaces your personal information with generic contact information of your web host, like iPage.
No way! They nofollow your link so unless you’re trying to balance our your website’s backlink profile so you have more nofollow links, it’s not worth $29.95/year to me. You can just comment on peoples’ blogs for those links instead.
Nope – iPage blocks SSH to help stop malicious hackers and bots from messing up their servers and causing downtime for customers’ websites. I think it’s a good move. If you’re a developer like me though, you may wish you had SSH sometimes, like if you need to import a HUGE database.
Yes, you can have [email protected] and any number of additional emails for your friends/employees. It’s easy to set up too. I am a GMail fanboy though, so I point my MX records to Gmail so I can check my iPage emails on a gmail account.
Yes, you can have any number of FTP accounts you want for your iPage website. Also, FTP is easy to use and pretty fast.
Yes, you can choose from 1-click installations of WordPress, Drupal, B2Evolution and many more CMS options.
Yes, absolutely. You’re paying for it – this is legit hosting, not some free host that owns your content.
You can use their free phpBB forum installer (easy) or set up your own forums such as vBulletin.
I highly recommend using their FREE 1-click WordPress Blog setup. It’s easy. If you need a guide, go to my WordPress page.
So easy it’s BORRRRING. That’s my opinion. I hate site builders because I like coding and designing my own stuff from scratch. Anyway, it’s really easy – point and click. Drag stuff around. Type text you want on it, etc.
If you buy hosting from iPage, you get a domain name FREE for 1 year. Cool. After that year, it renews at $14.95/year. Not bad considering I’m stuck with eNom for my domains, out of habit, and it’s $16.95/domain for me.
Yes, speaking from my experience. Unless you don’t mind creating your website from scratch again.. Yeah. That happened to me with another hosting company in 2005 and I learned that day… never get hosting without automated site backup. It’s worth its weight in blood sweat and tears.
When you login to iPage, you get their customized vDeck control panel. It’s way less confusing and complicated than cPanel. So that’s good for most people. I’m a super-geek though, so I prefer cPanel WHM muahahhaa. Be sure to see my in-depth review of iPage for more comprehensive guidance on their control panel.