Network Solutions Reviews and Expert Opinion

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  • Reliability 2.0
  • Pricing 4.0
  • User Friendly 2.0
  • Support 8.0
  • Features 2.0
3.6

Don't use Network Solutions

Despite many many attempts at troubleshooting the website I am editing, it is the worst results I could have imagined. I have to redo my edits two and three times -
Mike McCarthy
  • Reliability 6.0
  • Pricing 8.0
  • User Friendly 2.0
  • Support 2.0
  • Features 6.0
4.8

Good for limited options

I used N.S. (Domain name hosting) for years without problems, till I got the bill for my renewal up from $19.99 to $37.99, then the problems begin, It took me ages to get straight answers from anyone (E mail) despite questions to ...Read More

Typical Network Solutions Prices

Service Monthly Price Range
Shared Hosting $2.99 1 plans
VPS $40.00 - $80.00 2 plans
SSL $69.99 - $649.00 5 plans
The Services & Prices are taken from www.networksolutions.com

Network Solutions Expert Review 2017

Written by: Idan Cohen

Network Solutions Rating

  • Reliability
    7.7 / 10
  • Pricing
    2.9 / 10
  • User Friendly
    3.8 / 10
  • Support
    4 / 10
  • Features
    6 / 10
4.9
Rated by Idan Cohen

Network Solutions: Especially Good for WordPress Sites

In business since 1979, Network Solutions has been around for decades longer than anyone else on this list, and it has earned respect through longevity. The company started registering domains in 1993 and expanded into online services including hosting in 2005.

But even with all of that experience, the only type of user they really cater to phenomenally is a WordPress blogger, thanks to their package specifically for that use. They have other packages, but with a higher price point and no distinguishing traits aside from the WordPress package, they won’t be the first choice for a non-Wordpress user.

Still, you can try out Network Solutions, and if you’re not impressed, you can cancel within 30 days and get your money back.

Uptime & Reliability

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7.7

Unix Server Guarantee, No Windows Guarantee

In a move that looks pretty shady to Windows users (also known as the majority of the amateur website-owning population) Network Solutions gives a 99.9% uptime guarantee for Unix servers, but doesn’t make that same promise of its Windows servers. However, testing of the site shows excellent, basically perfect reliability even on Windows servers, but it does strike some fear into your heart when you’re left out of a guarantee.

Features

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Good Features for WordPress Users

Unless you’re a Wordpress user, nothing really stands out in terms of special features. You don’t get all of the unlimited basics you get with a lot of providers; instead, only bandwidth is unlimited. Aside from that, everything has caps with the basic package. They do throw in a free domain with purchase of a year of hosting, but that’s pretty standard these days.

There are, however, some cool opportunities for ready solutions for WordPress blogs.

Feature Description
BandwidthAll Network Solutions packages include unlimited bandwidth.t
Disk SpacePackages have various amounts of disk space. The basic plan has 300 GB, but the higher tiered plan allows for unlimited disk space.
Website BuilderNetwork Solutions has a proprietary website builder with some free templates and a limited number of pages. For a small fee, you can add on pages.
Email AccountsThe basic package allows for 1,000 email addresses, and more are allowed for higher-priced tiers. For most users, 1,000 is most likely enough..
Shopping CartsNone of Network Solutions’ packages include a shopping cart, but you can purchase an e-commerce account.
StatsNetwork Solutions includes AWStats in all packages to allow users to keep an eye on their site traffic.
MySQL databasesAll packages include MySQL databases, but only a small number are allowed on Windows servers.
FTP AccountNetwork Solutions allows 25 FTP accounts for its basic package, and more for higher priced tiers.
Multiple DomainsEach user is limited to 100 domains, and the basic package allows for 3 directories, and even the biggest plan, the Unlimited, only allows for 10 directories, meaning that there is a limit far lower than 100 for the number of different websites that can be created on a single hosting plan.

Support

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No Chat, Limited Video Tutorials

We weren’t wowed by Network Solutions’ lack of live chat. If you’re happy to file a ticket or pick up the phone, this may not bother you. However, the video tutorial database is also pretty underwhelming, so if you like to dig around to teach yourself things, this isn’t the most amazing resource.

Pricing

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2.9

High Pricing

Network Solutions, perhaps because of its name recognition from its long history in the space, charges high prices. Even when there are discounts, they only run for 3 months. Also, in an inconvenient twist for small businesses, they’ll need to set up a separate, fairly expensive e-commerce account to set up a cyber store.

However, for WordPress bloggers, Network Solutions has a streamlined WordPress Blog Hosting package for a decent price.

User Friendly

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3.8

Customized User Experience

Registration is easy, and you can defer payment if you opt to create a free website account first, test it out, then upgrade and pay later. They don’t do that horrible, sneaky thing of automatically checking some add-ons in the hopes that you won’t notice and accidentally pay for them. As with most hosts, you pay quite a bit less if you agree to a longer contract.

Instead of cPanel, they use an Account Manager, which acts as a similar hub for all products and offerings. Because this is an unfamiliar tool, it can seem tricky and complicated to navigate.  However, like all new things, you will eventually get the hang of it.

Unlike some sites, Network Solutions will not overburden you with tons of promos.

Summary

Despite its pedigree in the space, Network Solutions isn’t really catering to anyone very well except WordPress bloggers. Small businesses will be frustrated by the e-commerce limitations, and even individual users will be disappointed by the limit on directories per account.

PROS

  • Name recognition/ company stability
  • Streamlined WordPress package at nice price
  • Good custom control panel

CONS    

  • e-commerce requires separate account
  • Expensive in comparison
  • No live chat
  • Complicated user interface
  • Hidden/discreet auto-renewal
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Network Solutions Prices, Plans & Features - 2017

Shared Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space Bandwidth Number of Sites Price
300 GB Unlimited Unlimited $2.99

VPS Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space CPU RAM OS Price
10 GB - 512 MB $40.00
50 GB - 512 MB $80.00

SSL Plans

Plan Name Features Warranty Price
Xpress
Domain Validation
256-bit encryption
Issuance time - minutes
24/7 live support
$10,000.00 $69.99
Basic
Full Organization Validation
256-bit encryption
Site seal
Issuance time - 2-4 business days
24/7 live support
$50,000.00 $139.00
Advanced
Fast Organization Validation
256-bit encryption
Issuance time - 1 business day
Site seal
24/7 live support
$1,000,000.00 $225.00
Wildcard
Unlimited sub-domains
256-bit encryption
Issuance time - 1 business day
Site seal
24/7 live support
$1,000,000.00 $649.00
Extended
More signs of security
256-bit encryption
Issuance time - 4-5 business days
Site seal
Extended Validation (EV)
Green address browser bar
24/7 live support
$1,000,000.00 $549.00
A Free Domain is included when purchasing any hosting service from Network Solutions
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United States
Refund & Cancellation Policy

  • 30 day money back guarantee
  • Full refund if you're not 100% satisfied within the first 30 days of your purchase of any one monthly or annual package

    • No refund on any charges for additional services and a processing fee (if applicable)
    • The 30-day limited money back guarantee is limited to one purchase per customer and per account
    • Network Solutions charge a processing fee of $34.99 for any 1-year annual package, and $17.99 to $34.99 to multi-year packages.
    • Refunds are not applied to accounts that are past-due or for accounts that are cancelled before the conditions for payment of the Refund are met.
    • No Refund will be issued for accounts that are terminated by Network Solutions in accordance with the Network Solutions Service Agreement
    • Refunds are only valid on the following services: nsCommerceSpace™, nsWebsite™, WordPress® Blog Hosting, SharePoint® Hosting, Web Hosting, VPS Hosting and Mobile Website
    • Refunds do not apply to any set up fees or design services associated with the above products.
    • Other restrictions may apply

See the complete and updated policy by Network Solution: http://www.networksolutions.com/info/popup-30-day-guarantee.jsp

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