As one’s business grows, there will eventually be a need to shift from shared to managed hosting. So are there any particular services that will enable site owners to do so? This is why we are doing this Nexcess hosting reviews: to see how this particular service stacks up against the competition.
Nexcess belongs to the Liquid Web online hosting brand. We’ll be judging Nexcess LiquidWeb based on ease of use, features, performance, support, and pricing. Through this Nexcess reviews, we'll see if this should be the hosting service of choice for your website or online store.
Ease of Use:
Pro-tip in this Nexcess hosting reviews: this is not for people who are just getting into site-building. While Nexcess is relatively easy to use, it isn’t the sort of service that guides newbies step by step through the creation and management processes.
This particular hosting platform was created for people who have had some experience in creating and building sites from scratch. This can be seen in the slight complexity of the administrative panel – but, then again, we can’t fault the developers too much here as everything is literally at your fingertips; only, they aren’t laid out as intuitively as more conventional site hosting control panels.
In this Nexcess reviews, what features should you expect from this hosting service?
Need a specialised domain suffix for your business? In this Nexcess hosting reviews, we found that the platform has several for you to choose from. The service offers what they refer to as generic top-level domains or gTLDs. While these may sound quirky (seriously, they have a “.shiksa” and “.wine”), they can help websites stand out from those in specific professions or industries such as medicine, tourism, and even wine-making.
Unlimited accounts are already included across all Nexcess plans.
Databases are all dependent on the type of hosting that clients will avail of. For the most part, Nexcess plans can work with both MySQL and PHP databases.
Nexcess has aligned their products with a number of the more popular software applications available. Also, platform-specific hosting is available, such as Nexcess Magento, WordPress and WordPress’ eCommerce plugin WooCommerce.
We'd like to clarify in this Nexcess hosting reviews that the hosting provider has long had an affinity with WordPress. As a result, the features it offers for its users are quite extensive.
We were particularly impressed by the fact that updates to WordPress.org core ware and plugins are already included in all related subscriptions, along with solutions for staging and visual regression testing.
However, what we’d like to know is why Nexcess’ unlimited emails provision is only available with Spark, the most basic of all its WordPress packages.
A staging platform for testing websites prior to deployment is already included across all Nexcess plans.
For this Nexcess hosting reviews, it is interesting to note that Nexcess does have a site-building platform. But it’s a very specific sort: a proprietary ecommerce platform simply called StoreBuilder by Nexcess.
Developed in tandem with the people who helped WordPress create WooCommerce, StoreBuilder is an intuitive system for creating an online store in minutes even if you don’t have the foggiest idea as to how to code. It works on a similar premise to that of Wix ADI: just answer a few questions, and the system will generate the site for you – all you need to do is add a few custom tweaks to make it uniquely your own.
eCommerce and SSL certificate:
We can safely say in this Nexcess hosting reviews that this service is something you ought to consider if you’re planning to run an online store. It offers Nexcess plans specific to a couple of ecommerce favourites: Magento and WooCommerce.
Users can configure their Nexcess CDN service to use with their Magento 2 online store. They need to access their Nexcess portal to do so.
Likewise, if you build your store with the abovementioned StoreBuilder, you will be able to present an unlimited number of items through your site. Users also have access to numerous payment gateways, including Stripe, and a point-of-sale feature is also available for those open to in-person payments.
Plus, to make online shoppers feel more secure whilst browsing online, all Nexcess plans already have SSL certificates bundled in.
Security and Backups:
What we also give a thumbs up in this Nexcess reviews is that the iThemes Security Pro is included in all packages, along with automated backups done every evening. It’s things like these that make us wonder why don’t other hosting services offer such features automatically.
How does the hosting service perform? We'll discuss below in this Nexcess reviews.
Nexcess’ primary data centre is located in Southfield, Michigan, not too far from its original hub in Dearborn. Other US servers are housed at facilities in San Jose, California and in Miami. Overseas, the service also has servers in London, Amsterdam, and Australia.
On average, pages hosted via Nexcess load within 1.65 seconds.
Average Uptime, Bandwidth, and Webspace limits/Storage:
We have noted that Nexcess does deliver when it says its uptime is at 100%. During our review period, there were no significant incidences of lagging or crashing.
For this Nexcess reviews, we note that depending on one’s subscription, bandwidth ranges between a sweet 1TB to a whopping 10TB; disk space is also generous compared to other hosting providers as users can get between 50GB to 800GB.
Support and Resources:
Much as we would have liked to give top marks for support in this Nexcess hosting reviews, we found their online chat widget a disappointment. Calling their help-line can also be a pain in the backside. You manage to connect, but for some reason the calls get dropped in mid-explanation.
That said, you’re much better off taking a ticket for their email support. They usually get back to you in less than ten minutes. Likewise, for issues you can manage on your own, the knowledge base on their site is quite extensive and well-maintained.
What is the Nexcess pricing like, and what Nexcess plans are available?
Nexcess plans do not come with a free subscription option.
Nexcess’ managed hosting packages for WordPress users will set customers back between $9.50 to $499.50 depending on which of the seven currently available they choose.
The most popular choice in this category is the Designer plan ($54.50 monthly) which includes 10 websites, 60GB of storage, and 4TB of bandwidth.
Interestingly enough, as stated earlier in our Nexcess reviews, the service only offers email hosting for those in Spark, the cheapest of the seven managed WordPress Nexcess plans.
Similar to the WordPress Plans above ranging from the same $9.50 to $499.50 but geared towards online stores rather than websites.
The most popular choice in this category is the Creator plan ($39.50 monthly) which includes 3 stores, 60GB of storage, and Up to 1000 orders per hour.
The Nexcess Magento pricing plans follow the Flexible Cloud Hosting below.
Flexible Cloud Hosting:
For this Nexcess reviews, Nexcess cloud hosting service offers a variety of packages to suit differing needs and budgets. The price range runs between $49 and $849 monthly, with mid-tier package L ($299 monthly) being the most popular choice.
While all six packages ranging from XS to XXL allow for a sizeable amount of bandwidth and storage space, virtual CPU and RAM are only available for those on L, XL, and XXL subscriptions.
Nexcess’ enterprise-grade VPS hosting packages are among the most expensive currently available. The price range runs from a hefty $1,499.95 monthly to $8,999.95 a month. All packages feature a flexible hosting infrastructure, world-class equipment, and daily automated backups.
Free trial, refund policy, and money-back guarantee:
In this Nexcess hosting reviews, we like that it has a fourteen-day trial period. After which, you will need to subscribe to any of the premium Nexcess plans.
Refunds are only given in conjunction with the 30-day money-back guarantee. If you find that you aren’t satisfied with the service within the period, you can inform Nexcess’ billing department and you can get your money back between seven to ten days from the filing of your request.
Conclusion and Recommendations:
All things told in this Nexcess reviews, the hosting platform is a great choice when it comes to features and functionality. However, we feel that – given the price range – it could offer a little more in terms of usable features for those in the ecommerce sector.
What is it best for?
Nexcess hosting services are an excellent choice for ecommerce site owners who want to step up their game.
What is it not best for?
Nexcess is probably not the best choice for those who are just starting to build or manage websites.
We presented Nexcess as a great option for site hosting in this Nexcess hosting reviews. The service works particularly for online stores. Still, we recommend that users shop around for hybrid solutions (site builder + host) or stand-alone hosting services that are in keeping with their specific requirements.
Does Nexcess hosting have its own site builder?
Yes, but it is more of an ecommerce building platform rather than a straight-up/multi-purpose site builder. StoreBuilder by Nexcess was specifically created to help entrepreneurs quickly build functional online storefronts.
What are my options when it comes to ecommerce hosting?
As we explained in this Nexcess reviews, there are Nexcess plans for Magento and WordPress-centric WooCommerce websites.
That’s all for now:
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