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|Editor's Note: Even though MidPhase has only been around for a short time, they have proven that through hard work, strong customer support, and solid service there is still room for newcomers in an industry dominated by power players. And through their success it is clear that people have responded to the MidPhase message -- (This review was completed on 1/12/2005 and and was made live on 1/26/2005 -- First review date was on 1/26/2005) |
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Overview: Even though MidPhase has only been around for a short time, they have proven that through hard work, strong customer support, and solid service there is still room for newcomers in an industry dominated by power players. And through their success it is clear that people have responded to the MidPhase message
MidPhase offers three feature rich plans starting at $7.95 a month (if paid in annual installments). Each plan offers plenty of Web space and an excellent unmetered data transfer plan (explained below). All Plans include support for MySQL, Perl, JSP, SSI, SSL, your own CGI-BIN, MIME types, Cron Jobs, osCommerce and Agora shopping Carts, Spam and Virus Filtering, and more.
MidPhase offers an unmetered data transfer (i.e. no set maximum amount of data transfer) policy. The policy itself is easy to follow. And if your Web site is ineligible for the unmetered data transfer you are given a set rate which is still better than the industry average (60 - 75 GB depending on the plan). MidPhase's common sense approach to unmetered data transfer is a model for the industry.
MidPhase hosts at the Equinox IBX Center based in Chicago, Illinois. Network redundancy is provided for by several Internet backbones such as Internap and Bell South. Security and backup systems are also top notch.
Support at MidPhase is handled via a 24/7 support ticket system. Also MidPhase has traditional email as well as 24/7 Toll-Free phone support. Response times for all the above methods are well-above industry average. Lastly, MidPhase has a forum site opened to the public.
MidPhase's hosting solutions carry two forms of uptime guarantees. The first is a 99.98% server uptime guarantee and the second is a 99.999% network uptime guarantee. Both carry pro-rated refunds for downtime.
MidPhase offers excellent hosting solutions with a good amount of features and monthly data transfer and are backed by a professional support staff. If you are looking for a good Web Host check out MidPhase.
Plenty of Features • Lots of Monthly Data Transfer, Unmetered or Otherwise • 24/7 Customer Support • 99.98% Server Uptime Guarantee and 99.999% Network Uptime Guarantee
No Monthly Payment Options
|Comments From Customers & Forums: Sarah Henderson From ProClaws.com|
My overall experience with MidPhase could easily be described as excellent. We rarely recommend companies to our friends for fear that they may not receive the same service from a company that we have. We have sent several clients to MidPhase and everyone has thanked us.
Chester Tan From ChesterTan.com (as written)
I like my sales package, offering me loads of unlimited features (it's different from what is being advertised now 'cause mine an old package - less web space but full of freebies).
Billing is less than satisfactory. Had one billing error when I started out, and I never receive the refund credited although they said they would refund to my account (it was a few dollars so I didn't pursue). A few times, I get double-charges. But once I clarified with them, they reversed the charge.
Over the months, midPhase upgraded the cPanel, but I was not informed. Also, they provided unlimited bandwidth for all customers, again I was not informed. They rely on their forum, midPhaseTalk, to make announcements informally, which I find tiring because I need to search for what's going on.
On the whole, I appreciate their constant enhancements to provide quality service and better value to customers. When I started, I was offered 600MB web space. Months later, they extended their online promotion of double web space to all existing customers, so now I get 1200MB. Recently, they also offered unlimited bandwidth to customers whose web content does not deal with heavy downloads like multimedia content. They also upgraded cPanel, support ticket system, and billing system, which now stores all invoice and payment history.
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