Network Solutions Review, Rating & Secret Unveiled 2016

Network Solutions
our editors
1 votes 3.50 of 5
Not Recommended
Network Solutions, the domain registered in 1979, sells a variety of products and services, and it claims to help small businesses succeed online. The most important division of it is its domain name registration. Though the company claims that it has over 30 years' experience in the industry, attention should be paid on the fact that that at the beginning of its establishment, it focuses on applications development as a technology consulting company, and it haven't offered web hosting until 2003.

At present, hosting solutions Network Solutions offers are quite limited, and the so-called flexibility can only be got by extra money. When you search for its hosting review and comments, you can not miss the impressive comment – all it cares is how to sell more products and grab your money, and at the same time, the web host offers poor performance both in speed or uptime, which has been totally confirmed by the real experience of our monitoring team.

Network Solutions has released 3 advanced shared hosting plans for customers to choose the most proper one according to their current budget and needs to host websites. The packages are named as Essential, Professional and Premium, starting at $2.99/mo. Moreover, each of the solutions is integrated with a free domain name for 1 year.
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Editorial Review

Network Solutions Speed Review 2.50 of 5

The performance of Network Solutions is barely satisfactory. First of all, as our monitoring team reflects, its loading speed is relatively slow, and the average time is longer than 800ms. During peaks, it is even slower.

According to many user reviews on the Internet, the company's hardware and infrastructure are old, and its security system is not complete, which might be the main reason why the company cannot people's demand on high performance.

Network Solutions Reliability Review 3.00 of 5

There is no information about data center and server of Network Solutions even on its official website. In most cases, web hosts prefer to introduce their hardware, infrastructure, data center, server and other facilities to show their reliability, which to some degree persuades potential customers to purchase their services. Therefore, we have enough reasons to believe that Network Solutions is not so confident in its quality of facilities.

In 2003, Network Solutions encountered several outages and downtimes, and the spokesman didn't tell whether these problems were caused by attack or disability of the company's systems. Anyway, till now, we have had little positive experience with this company, which is clearly because it does under-perform what it promises.

In 2009, it notified clients that its servers were breached, which led to private information leaking, including the name, credit card number and address of 573,928 clients. And one year later, it was hacked and over 5,000,000 registered domains were affected, which caused a huge loss.

Network Solutions Feature Review 2.50 of 5

It is not surprising that we find Network Solutions provides limited features for its shared hosting plans reasonable when we consider its affordable pricing. However, it is unacceptable that the features of Hosting, Marketing & Store plan are limited. And now we will show you how limited the three shared hosting are.

Storage of the most basic plan - Web Hosting includes 300 GB, while it is unlimited in other web hosts’ shared hosting plans. Besides, we can’t find any highlights that help to defeat its rivals. As is known, usually a company presents its outstanding features on websites, but in Network Solutions, even the usage of credit cards is a privilege that is only available for certain plans. Network Solutions shared hosting is also limited in other aspects like programming languages and technologies.

Network Solutions Technical Support Review 2.50 of 5

Network Solutions only provides telephone and email support, and you have to pay for their phone service if you do not want to get solutions in the slowest channel – email. It offers no live chat which is offered by most web hosts. According to the terms of service, customers are allowed to contact its staffs during US business hours only, which is a big problem for customers from other countries and regions or in the non-business hours.

In terms of the professionalism, unfortunately, we find that the company always outsources its support to people who are not knowledgeable in hosting, slow and indifferent when we contact them, which precisely sits other customers' descriptions. When referring to after-sales services, it is annoying that staffs in the help center spare no effort to persuade you to pay extra money for more advanced solutions. And when they find any sign of your turning to other companies, they would take actions to perish your thoughts.

Many customers complain that Network Solutions deliberately lock them out of accounts when they want to transfer their domains, which is settled beyond several months. And it seems that the company focuses more energy on selling new products and services to customers, rather than maintaining and improving solutions sold before.

Network Solutions Review for WordPress 3.00 of 5

The shared hosting solutions from Network Solutions have been proved to be 100% compatible with WordPress, because each of them comes with PHP 5.2.x, MySQL 5, Apache and PostgreSQL 8 which meet the minimal requirements of hosting WordPress websites. In addition, PHP runs as suPHP to increase the security of the hosted websites and PHP memory_limit is set to be 128 MB that is enough for people to run a small to medium sized WordPress website.

And also, the easy-to-use custom control panel developed by this company enables customers to manage every aspect related to their accounts and websites effortlessly and the 1-click installer integrated with the control panel, with which WordPress users are capable of setting up the site within a few minutes.