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TERRIBLE
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    1.1
  • Support
    1.2
  • Features
    1.3
  • Reliability
    1.4
  • Pricing
    1.3
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Network Solutions Reviews and Expert Opinion

Pricing Range

Shared Hosting $2.99
VPS $40.00 - $80.00
SSL $69.99 - $649.00

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Reviews

Shafik Rahim
Shafik Rahim from India,

Worst Service ever

1.0
Had raised a ticket with them for a simple change which is to change the IP Address of a DNS server. As of now 4 tickets has been raised because after a few days the ticket get closed and when called back they respond that the ol...Read Mored ticket cannot be reopen and so to raise a new ticket. As on date. it 8 Months and almost 14 hours on call with the technicians since the tickets has been raised but no resolutions has been made yet.
And the worst part is that they never respond to your mails.
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G. L.
G. L. from United States,

Worst registrar ever

1.0
When I first registered in the 90s they were fine. Now they're the worst of the worst. They make you wait a total of 8 days, jumping through hoops, to transfer to another registrar. Other registrars it only takes mere minutes to t...Read Moreransfer. They add domains onto your account without asking you, then charge you once the "free" year is up. For every tiny little change you make with your account, they try to trick you with hidden fine print into signing back up for the marketing emails. Most people miss it and end up back on the list, every time. Many more little unethical tricks they use to scam their customers out of money. Their customer service is so atrocious I feel that I'm about to have a heart attack or something I'm so frustrated and angry. The guy told me they don't close accounts, then he told me to hold while he "checked with his resources" and then he hung up on me.Less
Ray Carofano
Ray Carofano from United States,

The Worst

1.2
NETWORK SOLUTIONS
This is one of those companies that gets the worst reviews and chargers the highest prices.
Their prices are over the top! For a 5 years domain name renewal they want $ 184.95.
GoDaddy and most, if not all oth...Read Moreer authorized registrars, that gets good reviews charge
around $50.00 for 5 years. What’s even worse is that your forced to use the Domain
Expiration Protection which means you have to give them your credit card or PayPal
information so they can automatically take your money for the next 5 years and you won’t
know how much they are going to take out, which will be about twice the price. The only way
you will know is when you get your credit card statement or email from PayPal. Once they
have your domain name you are not getting it back. If you try to transfer your domain name
to a decent affordable registrar you will go through hell, not worth it. I am giving up my
domain name after 30 years with N.S. and going to GoDaddy. If you are considering Network
Solutions I would highly suggest you look up reviews.
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Chrisof Colle
Chrisof Colle from Belgium,

Stay away from Network Solutions!

1.0
SSL
The worst domainname/SSL/hosting/... provider I ever had to deal with.
Awful customer service, dishonest pricing, an overall terrible experience...

Expert Review

Idan Cohen
Idan Cohen
Hosting Expert

Overview

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.

4.9

POOR

Rated by Idan Cohen

  • User Friendly
    3.8

  • Support
    4

  • Features
    6

  • Reliability
    7.7

  • Pricing
    2.9

Uptime & Reliability

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

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.

FeatureDescription
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

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

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

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

Network Solutions Prices, Plans & Features - 2022

Shared Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space Bandwidth Panel Number of Sites Price Score
Web Hosting (Bandwith unlimited) 300 GB Unlimited cPanel Unlimited $2.99 2.6 Details

VPS Hosting Plans

Plan Name Space CPU RAM OS Price Score
VPS Essential Hosting 10 GB - 512 MB $40.00 2.2 Details
VPS Professional Hosting 50 GB - 512 MB $80.00 2.5 Details

SSL Plans

Plan Name Features Warranty Price Score
Xpress
Domain Validation
256-bit encryption
Issuance time - minutes
24/7 live support
$10,000.00 $69.99 2.5 Details
Basic
Full Organization Validation
256-bit encryption
Site seal
Issuance time - 2-4 business days
24/7 live support
$50,000.00 $139.00 2.2 Details
Advanced
Fast Organization Validation
256-bit encryption
Issuance time - 1 business day
Site seal
24/7 live support
$1,000,000.00 $225.00 2.5 Details
Wildcard
Unlimited sub-domains
256-bit encryption
Issuance time - 1 business day
Site seal
24/7 live support
$1,000,000.00 $649.00 2.5 Details
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 2.5 Details

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