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New Domain Hosting Service Offers More for Less

Yesterday, GVO.com announced a new domain hosting package.  OK, I know domain hosting isn’t the most exciting topic around, but the interesting thing about this announcement is the price point.  Joel Therien has recognized that in the current economy marketers are looking to save money wherever possible: his new offering (Host Then Profit) is intended to meet that demand.

You may know that Joel moved from Canada to San Antonio, TX a couple of years ago to get better bandwidth and less costly support for his servers.  I used to be with Kiosk, Joel’s previous domain hosting company, which later changed its name to Global Virtual Opportunities (GVO). I left Kiosk because I found their service somewhat erratic and difficult to use.

Since then, I have used a variety of services, including GoDaddy and HostGator, before joining GVO again a month or two ago. I made this move when I recognized that I was paying too much for domain registration, domain hosting and autoresponder services. I found I could save money and also have a single point of contact for problems by moving all that under one roof.

Apart from price point and functionality, the three main concerns with a domain hosting service are:

  • Reliability
  • Ease of Use
  • Support

Kiosk had its problems with the second and third of those criteria. I’m delighted to find that the problems have now disappeared: the last few years have made a huge difference. So now I’m excited to see the new offering, which should fill the bill for a lot of marketers.

What does Host Then Profit offer?
It’s a “GVO Lite” package designed for marketers who want domain hosting for a limited number of websites but also need some of the other facilities a marketer requires, such as autoresponder, blogs, videos and a conference room. It also includes massive amounts of free training, notably the renowned GVO Academy webinars, which occur daily. (If you’re not interested in GVO’s other offerings, you might find value in these free training webinars, which cover everything from marketing to WordPress.) And, of course, if you need to upgrade to a more versatile account, GVO has the packages to accommodate you.

For me, the big saving comes in the free autoresponder that is included with all the GVO domain hosting packages: right now I’m paying for an Aweber account that looks after one non-profitable website that just costs me money! I am also looking forward to working with the Video Producer when I can find some time and, maybe later, the conference room. I pulled together some information from GoDaddy and HostGator for comparison with Host Then Profit, and created the following table:

HostThenProfit

GoDaddy

HostGator

Domain Hosting (per month)

4 domains

$9.97

$15.96*-$59.96

$6.36*-$7.96

Domain Registration (.com)

1yr

$14.95

$15 (after 1st.yr.)

$15.00

(per year)

5yrs

$9.95

$11.99

$15.00

Email accounts

500

500

unlimited

Autoresponders

4

-

-

Campaigns

5

-

-

Blog Builder

4

-

Site Builder

Video Producer

5

-

-

Conference Room

seats

5

-

-

*3-year rate

 

I hope I got all those numbers right: GoDaddy and HostGator always seem to have special deals going on, but my experience has been they catch you for the first year and then raise the price after that. The prices I have given for Host Then Profit are monthly with no contract. Oh, and by the way, there’s a $1 trial offer if you want to put a toe in the water.