Many of us experience running our own web sites through blogging. The first steps are pretty straightforward; register with Blogger or WordPress.com and put our thoughts into writing. Then we learn a few tricks like embedding images and videos into our posts.
Later on, we start to explore other blogs for ideas and inspirations; leaving comments along the way. By this time, we will get comments on our blog posts too… and I’m sure it’s exciting to start getting regular readers on our blogs!
What many people discover next though isn’t as exciting as the first few steps. Some got irritated by the lack of control of their free blog hosting service. Some would like to monetize their content through ads but couldn’t do so as the terms and conditions of their free blog hosting provider doesn’t allow it.
So what’s next? Self hosting is where most people move on to… but who can we trust with our web content? How much is it going to cost?
In terms of reputation, both have years of experience in the web hosting industry and are trusted by thousands of Malaysians to host their content.
More importantly though, both companies offer good deals for those who are new to self hosted solutions at prices that won’t tear a hole in your pocket!
For this review, I’m going to compare Exabytes‘ Shared EBiz Plus package with Shinjiru‘s Mini plan. Both offer 10GB of storage space and 50GB monthly bandwidth. Both packages run on Linux servers and are very suitable for beginners who are new to self hosting.
|Exabytes‘ Shared Ebiz||Shinjiru‘s Mini||Conclusion|
|Email Access||POP3/SMTP, Webmail, IMAP||POP3/SMTP, Webmail, IMAP||Draw!|
|Email Accounts||Unlimited||5||Advantage: Exabytes|
|MySQL Databases||50||5||Advantage: Exabytes|
|Domains Allowed||1 Main + 10 Additional||1||Advantage: Exabytes|
|Support Contact Method||Web, Email, Phone||Web, Email, Toll Free Phone||Advantage: Shinjiru|
|Money Back Guarantee||100 Days||30 Days||Advantage: Exabytes|
|Annual Price||RM215.20||RM90||Advantage: Shinjiru|
|Bi-Annual Price||RM350.40||RM170||Advantage: Shinjiru|
As you can see, the technical aspects of both plans are virtually identical. Chances are, you will swing to a particular offer mostly based on email account requirements, maximum number of domains that can be hosted and of course the price.
If you have more than one web site and they require domains of their own, you’re probably better off with Exabytes‘ Shared EBiz plan as you can host up to 11 of them under the same account.
However, if you only have one web site, Shinjiru‘s Mini plan’s low annual price of only RM90 would be very attractive indeed.
In the end, you should go with the plan that fits your feature requirements as well as your available financial resources. Bear in mind though, that both companies have more advanced hosting plans that you can upgrade to when the need arises.