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Lunarpages was founded in the summer of 2000 when Add2Net Corporation expanded its hosting offerings to include shared hosting. For the previous 3 years, Add2Net had been providing large scale managed and unmanaged hosting services.
Lunar Pages has grown into one of the premier web hosting firms, primarily because of their exceptional service. Even with their growth, they have maintained excellent support levels when compared to the rest of the web hosting industry. Lunarpages has earned a reputation as a provider with superior customer support and a top notch web hosting data center.
Unlike most web hosting companies, you can always get through the phone line with Lunarpages. Also, the basic package offering of $4.95/month (or only $8.95/month for Windows hosting) is excellent for individuals and most small- to medium-sized companies looking for a very reliable website presence on the Internet.
Lunarpages offers good pricing on their web hosting plans. The Basic Plan, at $4.95 per month, offers 1500 GB of space and 15000 GB of traffic. This basically will cover 90% of all websites on the market and is an excellent deal. All of the "bells and whistles" are included, with the exception of some of the e-commerce functions. The same holds true for those that require Windows hosting, which is offered for only $8.95/month. In addition, Lunarpages gives you a free domain for life on all plans as long as you host with their company.
If you have a high-traffic website, you may want to switch to their Business package, which for $21.95 gives you unlimited storage space and 3 Terabytes of traffic. (That's huge!)
We understand that there are some hosts offering large bandwidth, but keep in mind that these hosts may have other restrictions, such as file size limit, daily bandwidth limit, or even binary files bandwidth limit (pictures, MP3s, Flash, etc.). Lunarpages does not have such restrictions with your disk space and bandwidth usage.
Lunarpages has devoted a good portion of their resources into ensuring that they provide the best reliability possible in the current hosting market. This company provides the best equipment available to its customers, including Dell, Sun and Cisco Network Devices. Their datacenter is located in Los Angeles, California, and supplies the highest level of security, safety, redundancy, reliability, scalability and technology. They employ a BGP4 routed gigabit fiber network that is multi-homed with over 150 carriers, such as, Mzima Networks, Level3, NTT/Verio, Global Crossing, Genuity, SBC, Microsoft/MSN, AOL/TimeWarner, Japan Telecom, Hurricane Electric and Savvis. They also utilize a proprietary system called the Active Response Protocol. This program not only monitors the system for attacks and outages, but continuously benchmarks the system for web, ftp, and email performance - year round - with their expert staff taking care of any problems before they happen.
Lunarpages uses CPanel as the web site control panel. It allows you to control a lot of functions, including e-mail accounts, MySQL databases, custom error messages, password- protected directories, setting up forums, shopping carts, chat rooms, cron jobs, sub domains, MIME types, apache handlers, search engine submission, free CGI scripts and many more. You can even upload and manage your files with its powerful file manager.
Customer support at Lunarpages is superior and they are very responsive to your questions. Even e-mail support questions always get answered in a timely manner. This is very different from most other web hosting companies out there. Accounts are set up promptly after they verify the order with you via a direct telephone call. Lunarpages has excellent telephone and e-mail support. LunarForums is a very popular forum board that willl help you through the whole process, with feedback from direct users.