Pros Basic plan can host up to six domains. Low cost of entry. Lengthy 60-day money back guarantee window. Free domain transfer. Capable website building tools. Unlimited email accounts.

Cons Phone support could use some improvement. Bottom Line Arvixe's pricing, flexible website-building tools, and domain-hosting chops makes it a Web hosting service that should not be overlooked.

By Jeffrey L. Wilson

Creating a website isn't easy, and neither is picking a good Web hosting service. Fortunately, Arvixe (starting at $7 per month, or $4 per month with a two-year commitment) stands out from the very crowded pack with a number of user- and wallet-friendly Web hosting plans that let you create multiple domains, quickly set up e-commerce, and, if necessary, get a refund within a rather lengthy 60-day money back guarantee window. Arvixe could use some improvements to its telephone tech support, but overall it's a great Web hosting service and PCMag's Editors' Choice. I tested Arvixe's basic Linux Web hosting (Windows hosting is also available) and e-commerce plans, which cost a total of $7 per month and didn't include a set-up fee.

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PersonalClass and BusinessClass Hosting Packages
Arvixe, like competing Web hosting services 1&1 and GoDaddy, offers a standard monthly Web hosting charge, but kicks savings your way if you commit to a multi-month or annual package. Unlike GoDaddy, Arvixe lets you choose a one-month plan with any package tier; GoDaddy requires you to sign up for its pricier Deluxe or Ultimate plans (starting at $8.99 and $14.99, respectively) to receive a one-month option. If you're looking to pay for Web hosting on a month-to-month basis, Arvixe is an attractive solution.

The service's PersonalClass shared hosting package (in which your website shares servers with many other websites) includes a free domain name that you can keep as long as you use Arvixe, a free domain transfer, unlimited storage, and the ability to host a whopping six domains—1&1 and GoDaddy limit you to just one domain with their most basic services. If you plan on building multiple websites, Arvixe is the way to go.

Arvixe also offers BusinessClass hosting (starting at $30 per month, or $22 per month with a two-year commitment) that increases your website's reliability and uptime by decreasing the number of sites with which you share your server. It also gives you a dedicated IP address, a free SSL certificate, and the ability to host six domains. BusinessClass Pro (starting at $42 per month, or $35 per month with a two-year commitment) adds unlimited domain hosting.

VPSClass and DedicatedClass Servers
Arvixe's VPSClass virtual private servers plan starts at $30 per month, or $20 per month with a two-year commitment. The DedicatedClass dedicated server plan starts at $130 per month, or $1,296 per year with a one-year commitment. Both offer more server power than the shared hosting servers. If you expect high traffic volumes, these are the Web hosting packages that you should check out.

If you decide to go the Arvixe dedicated server route, you should know that they come in a variety of CPU, RAM, RAID, and storage configurations. Arvixe's high-end dedicated servers start at $719 per month (dual 2GHz Intel Xeon CPUs, 32GB of RAM, four 240GB SSDs, Raid 10 alignment). The highest-end 1&1 dedicated server starts at $599 per month (dual 2.1 GHz, six-core AMD Opteron 6272 CPUs, 64GB of RAM, 2,400GB HDD, RAID 6 alignment). GoDaddy's most-powerful dedicated server starts at a relatively low $299 (four-core Intel i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, two 2TB hard drives), but as you add RAID, Control Panel, and other features, the total cost quickly rises.

Arvixe has an impressive 60-day money back guarantee that bests 1&1's 30-day money back guarantee. Read Arvixe's terms of service for full details.


Setting Up an Arvixe Hosted Site
RVSiteBuilder, a website-construction tool included with Arvixe's hosting packages, is what I used to build a test site: RVSiteBuilder prompted me to key in my site's name, an optional slogan, and essential page categories (such as About Us, Contact, Home, and so on). After saving my selections, I clicked the Edit icon to begin shaping my site.

RVSitebuilder offers far more site construction options than 1&1's WebsiteBuilder, but it wasn't overwhelming; it was easy to drag-and-drop text, add images, and change the template and color scheme. Unlike 1&1's WebsiteBuilder, RVSiteBuilder lets you add your own code to the prefabricated elements, which opens the door to a more custom look. In fact, 1&1 requires you to subscribe to WebsiteBuilder Plus ($9.99 per month) to add code.

That said, I preferred GoDaddy's flexible Website Builder ($1 per month) even more. Its creation process made it super-simple to add forms, social media links, Google Maps, slideshows, and other items by dragging them around the template. It contained the most-attractive site elements, too.

Arvixe's Softaculous library has dozens of apps that can be used to improve your website, including ClipBucket, Podcast Generator, and WordPress. Arvixe also offers WordPress hosting (starting at $7 per month, or $4 per month with a two-year commitment) that's "finely tuned" for WordPress installations. Arvixe keeps the WordPress software up to date, and it has security measures in place to ward off hackers and malware.

Setting Up a WordPress Blog
Arvixe makes it incredibly simple to setup a WordPress blog. I did so by visiting the Softaculous app library, installing WordPress, selecting the URL from a drop-down menu, entering my WordPress username and password, and clicking the Install icon. That's it!

Setting up WordPress on an Avrixe server was a bit easier than doing so on a GoDaddy server. For some unexplained reason, GoDaddy required that I first delete a database before installing WordPress. It was simple to do, but I could imagine less-skilled users being intimidated to execute such a drastic-sounding action.

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