AN Hosting Review
AN Hosting was already owned by midPhase when the whole thing was acquired by UK2 in late 2007. Since then, their relationship hasn’t changed much. AN Hosting had been the single-plan member of the family, but now they sport two options, although one is well hidden. They give the same service and reliability that you’d get from midPhase, but with the simplicity of a one-plan-fits-all approach. In general, I like one-plan hosts as most multi-tiered plans seem to overly favor one level anyway. If you are considering midPhase, you should look at AN Hosting as well (and vice versa).
AN Hosting’s main plan (the “Mega” plan) is a shared Unix hosting plan. It comes with generous storage and transfer allowances, midPhase’s trademark “free domain for life,” unlimited MySQL database, and the ability to host up to 20 domains in one package.
The Mega plan also gives you the Fantastico script library, SiteStudio for quick site construction, Agora cart and osCommerce for ecommerce, Ruby on Rails, and plenty of other amenities. Add in SpamAssassin and unlimited emails and this plan becomes quite appealing for the multisite webmaster.
Now, I know above I said they have two plans. The second one is hidden in their check-out process. At the third stage of the check out, you’ll be given the option of switching to the “Unlimited Mega” plan. This is the same as the regular Mega plan, but removes the limits on storage, transfer, and number of domains. I suspect that the way this is hidden is a marketing move. They get the simplicity of a single plan, with a last minute upgrade that most people probably take. It’s like the guy at the movies pointing out that large soda is just 10 cents more than the medium.
|Mega||Space: 625 GB
Traffic: 6,250 GB
|Unix, CPanel with Fantastico, free domain for life, SpamAssassin, AWStats, unlimited MySQL databases, Agora cart, osCommerce, SiteStudio, PHP5, Perl, Ruby on Rails.||$5.21|
|Mega Unlimited||Space: Unlimited
The same as Mega, but with unlimited domains, storage, and bandwidth.
* All prices on this site are for a two-year sign-up.
Since AN Hosting and midPhase are both part of the UK2 family of hosting services, you get the same high quality service you’d expect from the better known midPhase. To quote from our midPhase review:
midPhase has a solid support record, with average ticket and telephone supports times below 15 minutes. I think this is their best selling point, regardless of how attractive their features are. If you’ve tried some other “bargain” hosts, you know that these times can be orders of magnitude larger, which is just painful when your site has a problem. They also have an online support forum where you can converse with other customers.
- “The service from ANHosting reps has been the best I have ever seen from any company. My questions were answered almost instantaneously, and my problems solved just as fast. Thanks for the great service!” — Irvin S.
- “Thank you so much for that ! I dreaded the thought of having to set all that up. I will be recommending your services to all I know as I am completely blown away with the sturdy response and also the great assistance I have received so far.” — Terence N.
- “You have always been fast, you have always gone beyond my expectations as a service provider. Thank you. You are also very patient (for people who don’t know much about these things) which is another plus.” — Earl M.
What AN Hosting Says
AN Hosting was born in early 2001 as a small, two-man shop in a basement office near Chicago. That changed quickly as the company grew and progressed over time.
In 2005 AN Hosting was acquired by midPhase hosting, and now collectively hosting over 150,000 domain names on a network of over 1,000 servers supported by true 24/7 phone, E-mail and live chat tech support.
We like to keep it simple at AN Hosting, and don’t believe in hidden costs or gotchas. We only offer one web hosting account but when it’s as inclusive as ours, why offer more?
AN Hosting is proud to be recommended by numerous open source projects including WordPress, Mambo, Sub Dreamer, b2evolution and others. AN Hosting’s parent company, midPhase Services, Inc., is a member of the Chicago BBB and the BBB OnLine program.
AN Hosting hosts more blogs than anyone else, hosting tens of thousands of independent blogs. AN Hosting has won numerous awards for customer service and support.
We know that YOU are most likely coming from a bad hosting experience. We’re good at just one thing: keeping your website online and smiling.