Dotster Review, Rating & Secret Unveiled 2016

Dotster
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4 reviews 2.47 of 5
Not Recommended
The mission of Dotster is to provide each of the customers with the online tools they need to compete successfully in their chosen internet marketplace. Dotster offers a range of innovative solutions to individuals and businesses designed to enhance online brand management. Because of Dotster commitment to customer success, Dotster is one of the world's largest domain name registrars. Dotster serves millions of customers worldwide and have millions of domains under management.

From its inception, Dotster was designed to deliver high quality products and services including,
  • Domain registration
  • Web hosting and do-it-yourself website builders
  • Email
  • Customized web design
  • Online marketing services
  • Security and privacy solutions
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Editorial Review
4 User Reviews
2 Hosting Plans

Dotster Overall Review 3.00 of 5

The price and supported features & applications is wonderful in this plan. The disk space is limited to 5GB but it's completely enough for one website which the content web pages are less than 10,000. And the 300GB monthly data transfer is enough for you to have approximate 616,000 page views or 4000 unique visits in a month. You should know, with such too many page views and visits, your website can be in top 30,000 in Alexa and PR 5 at least. At that moment, the cost of the web hosting is too tiny compared to your income.

The only concerning is that it only supports 1 hosting domain. This means that you cannot create multiple websites using one account. And your cost on one website will be more expensive. But if you intend to have one website in short time, this is not a problem for you.

Dotster Performance Review 3.00 of 5

Dotster is reported to be reliable as far as stability and uptimes. However, some customers expressed concern over Dotser's control panel that may cause you to get locked out of your account, or, cause other access issues that will dampen productivity.

Dotster Control Panel Review 3.00 of 5

The control panel Dotster uses for their web hosting is Parallels Automation. Parallels has been reported to not be very user friendly and can have problems that require a system administrator to fix. You may experience the need to contact the customer support of Dotster when using their control panel.

Dotster Technical Support Review 3.00 of 5

Dotster is rated as average on customer hosting reviews because of limitations on their customer support options. Dotster also has had complaints in 2009 about their support not being 24/7 as they advertise, however, there have been no recent complaints regarding this issue so they may have fixed any issues.
  • Luce M Diffundo from Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, United States
    submitted on Oct 07, 2013
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    I heartily would NOT RECOMMEND Dotster as a host. I have been a customer since 2008, and after having been through a bunch of other poor hosts, was relieved that I never, ever had issues with Dotsterhost, which has recently changed, and was only aware of my sites being down once for a short period in the entire time I was a hosted there. I have purchase more than 3 dozen domains through Dotster, and have advised my clients since 2008 to use Dotster (formerly Dotsterhost). I design sites, am an IT professional, and can follow instructions and procedures. The VERY SHORT VERSION: All my domains are down and lost, due to their SUPPORT INCOMPETENCE, lack of caring, etc etc.. It is Saturday night. I should be ENJOYING myself. Instead, I am scrambling to figure out what the hell is wrong with these people, and RANTING MAD. Sorry for all the shouting, but I AM UP THE CREEK RIGHT NOW. My frustration level is THROUGH THE ROOF. You know, you've been there. If you haven't, and dont want to GO there, then DO NOT USE DOTSTER. They used to be good and NOW ARE NOT.

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  • Alex from San Francisco, California, United States
    submitted on May 10, 2012
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    doesn't recommend web hosting

    My problems started when Dotster suddenly closed access to files. My first E-mail to their customer support came back unresponded. After the second E-mail, 10 days later, they asked me... to provide information about my account. It makes me a clear impression that these guys are not reliable and not well-organized.

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  • Jesse from Phoenix, Arizona, United States
    submitted on Mar 25, 2012
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    doesn't recommend web hosting

    Dotster is the worst host I've ever tested. When you install wordpress, it takes about 20 seconds for your homepage to load. When you connect to FTP, you get timeouts and errors. I've got a really fast connection and never had problems like these. Dotster is NOT RECOMMENDED. Please stay away from them as far as possible. You'll thank me later.

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  • Dot Snowden from United States
    submitted on Feb 11, 2012
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    doesn't recommend web hosting

    I hate their control panel i can't tell you how many times I have been locked out of my website. Plus they change the access with no notification. After I renewed (2 years) I found out I was locked out again, and sicne the tech support didn't understand the website builder I had used (CUTE tlx files) he hung up on me. The poor customer service far outweighs the reliability.

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