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IPower WordPress Hosting Review, Rating & Secret Revealing

updated on Sep 15, 2014
IPower WordPress Hosting Review, Rating & Secret Revealing In its more than 10 years' history of hosting WordPress blogs, IPower has received tons of praises as well as complaints. To figure out the advantages and limitations in detail, we have made an in-depth review on the WordPress hosting service offered by IPower by browsing the information given on the official site carefully and monitoring the uptime and server response speed consistently.

Based on what we have got with our own efforts and the customer reviews submitted at this page, we give ratings to IPower feature, reliability, speed and support in the following way.
IPower WordPress Hosting Review
  • Feature
  • Reliability
  • Speed
  • Support
  • Customer Voice

Packages & Price

Price So far, IPower has released 2 specialized WordPress hosting packages that are claimed to be optimized for hosting WordPress websites. Named as WP Starter and WP Essential, the packages are now promoted at a price of $3.75/mo and $6.95/mo for new customers' initial term.

As the first term expires, WP Starter renews at a regular price of $4.95/mo, and WP Essential renews at $10.49/mo for 36-month term, $11.49/mo for 24-month term and $12.49/mo for 12-month term and monthly term. Honestly speaking, WP Starter is quite affordable from the perspective of price only, while the other package is a little bit expensive.

For all subscribers, IPower offers a 30 days money back guarantee. Note that for the free domain registered with the company, there is a non-refundable fee of $15 if customers want to keep it. Besides, the guarantee is only valid for payments via credit cards, which means that payments made via PayPal is non-refundable. Setup fee is not included in the refund, either.


Features According to the information presented by IPower, both WP Starter and WP Essential come with unlimited disk space, bandwidth and email accounts. Free search engine and social network marketing credits including $100 for Google AdWords, $50 for Bing/Yahoo!, $50 for Facebook are also offered.

However, in terms of the information about some other important features like the number of FTP accounts, the availability of suPHP, phpMyAdmin and Cron Jobs, and the support service for WP Starter are not clearly stated, which means that WordPress users can only get the information after signing up.

IPower provides WordPress fans with a customized control panel which offers a quick and easy way to access the most frequently used tools and features. The control panel is easy-to-use for managing WordPress site, indeed, but according to our investigation, it is not so fantastic in administering some other features, such as the usage of the server resources and website security.

Uptime & Speed

Uptime & Speed IPower uses 2 data centers to serve WordPress websites, both of which are equipped with state-of-the-art Dell servers which offer optimal uptime and fast execution speed. With UPS power backups along with a backup generation system, the company ensures that customers' websites are always up and running without any downtime caused by power outage.

As we have been monitoring, the uptime of IPower WP Starter package in the past 30 days are as the following chart.

As for speed, the company uses first-rate Cisco routers with BGP4 protocol and dual OC-48 connections on diverse backbones. Besides, both of the data centers feature 24x7 network monitoring for quick response to incidents. All is good, while the only problem is that we haven't got really good results when monitoring the server response time. Read the following chart for detailed statistics.

Technical Support

Technical Support IPower has done well in offering multiple ways for customers to make choices. Typically, the most used ways are phone, email and live chat which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Powered by on-site representatives, all of the 3 channels are promised to be prompt and efficient.

In the help center, customers can also browse the knowledge base, learn from the user guide or have a try on the written tutorials which cover domains, email and website management. No video tutorial is available.

Is IPower Recommended for Hosting WordPress?

Not yet. Considering the less satisfactory feature, uptime and speed, we personally hold the opinion that IPower is not among the options that are really optimized for WordPress. For better alternatives, we have the following recommendations which exceed the average a lot in price, performance, ease of use and support.