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IPower is Too Slow!!!
Many people have said that technical support is slow, and it is true. I have been having problems with my server for over two months. It started when my email address suddenly disappeared. I still do not have my original email address. When I try to recreate my email the server tells me that it is currently in use.
Another big problem I am having with IPower is very slow access to MySQL database. At first I thought it was my programming. So, I spent two weeks rebuilding the website to make my queries run faster. End the end, the website still runs slow. I am dependent on this website because it is one of my sources of income. No one wants to advertise on a slow website.
I am a web designer and build websites daily. At this point I am no longer placing my customers websites on IPower. If you are considering a good hosting company, don't choose Ipower. You will be disappointed if you use IPower
Biggest Con: Very Slow
Slow Servers & Slower Tech Support
We have been a client of I-Power’s for almost 4 years with the particular domain that prompted this review. We found our email down or unresponsive many times over and over. Though it used to be about a 15 to 20 minute wait for tech support this last 6 months it seems to be a minimum of 35 to 50 minutes on hold. The last support call resulting in being transferred to their "Help Desk", as 24/7 Tech support was not available.
We had been waiting since last December to move to their "New Platform". As of today’s cancellation of our account with them, they had still been unable to perform this task. When new clients are put right on it. We would have received better service in this aspect had we been a new client. They obviously cannot handle their existing clients and I think it was actually unethical of them to take on new clients without providing properly for their existing clients.
We waited patiently to no avail. We held up planned changes waiting for the "New Platform". After slightly over 3 months our site passed their "Quality Assurance Tests" even though I site did not function with the Front Page Server Extentions properly. Even so I would have thought I would be happy just to get the transition over. However, 2 weeks later they could not manage to point our domain to the "New Platform".
Needless to say we moved to a new provider. Now we know how fast our site should have been for the last almost 4 years. We realize within days how poor our service with I-Power has always been. I always talk and never take action, but in the end I felt I needed to take the time to write this review to hopefully stop others from making the same poor choice we did. If our service remains the way it appears on our new host I will write them a good review.
I however would advise against I-Power. The service is not inexpensive, it is cheap.
Biggest Pro: Actually at this point, sadly, I cannot think of one.
Biggest Con: Lack of real Tech Support
Overloaded Servers, Poor Customer Service
Due to web site volume, I was forced to upgrade to a VPS server which turned out to be nothing but trouble. The load on the server was always extremely high, even in the middle of the night when traffic was slow.
I phoned in many times and spend hours on the phone telling them about the problem. Each time they assured me that it would be fixed and it never was.
Then one friday night the server shut down completely. I called in letting them know that the server was down and they assured me they were working on it. After phoning again on saturday (because the server was still down) a customer service representative let it slip that their techs do not work on weekends and that the problem would not be fixed until monday. So much for 24/7 technical support. Sure enough, it was up and running monday, for about 24 hours until it went down again.
I then switched to a dedicated server at Superb Hosting and it has been amazing. You can get a lot more done when you aren't constantly dealing with server issues.
If you are just fooling around and building a site for fun, the ipowerweb shared hosting is ok. But do not rely on them if you are running an online business as I am doing.
Biggest Pro: They gave me my money back after all my problems
Biggest Con: Very Unreliable
Don't use iPower
OK. I have been with iPower since 2003. They are my first and only provider. Back in the day I could get support quickly and easily and never had to wait more than 10 minutes for telephone support. I never had a complaint with support, uptime or speed, but in the last year everything has degraded. I have one domain name with them and 2 sub domains. So I publish 3 website. I am a FrontPage user - not a skilled website developer, but I have built a couple sites that generate income and they are an important part of my business.
iPower's new "upgrade" has been a DISASTER for me. Once I was "upgraded" late in 2007 I was no longer able to publish, eliminating my ability to make changes. Telephone support is no longer fast and easy, it takes on average 2 hours now. I spent many hours on hold waiting to talk to support several times, only to hang up - needing to get on with life. To handle the call volume iPower staffed the support lines with unskilled "order takers" who's job it is to put your problems in the computer and start a "ticket" for you. Then you are supposed to wait for 24-28 hours for them to look into the problem. My experience with that system is it is a merry go round that never solved my problems.
Finally, after I got through to support, I spent two weeks being told it was a Fronpage issue and they could not help. So I was supposed to believe that 1) iPower makes "upgrades" 2) FrontPage no longer works so it's my problem. I must have done something! The merry go round system would tell me the FP extensions were reinstalled and everything was working fine now. I would call again to tell them I still could not publish, only to be told "It's working fine on our end" it's a FrontPage issue you need to fix. Then suddenly they resolved the issue and I could publish to my domain!
So we made progress, but unfortunately, I still could not publish to my sub-domains. What did iPower telephone support say? It's a Frontpage problem, you need you make the proper adjustments to ForntPage we cannot help you. It's working fine on our end. Imagine that. About 48 hours later I received an email stating in a matter of fact way "We apologize any inconvenience this has caused you; Unfortunately, sub-webs are not supported. You need to publish only to the account URL." So after 4 years they suddenly don't support subdomains (with FP anyway) and they don;t bother to notify anyone.
Sorry, this is extremely poor customer service. No one there at iPowers seems to know what is going on.
Now I am working to move my domain name to a new provider.
Biggest Pro: Good pricing.
Biggest Con: Service and support has been eliminated with "upgrade".
AVOID ipower.com at all costs! They are a NIGHTMARE!!
Avoid ipower at all costs. They are unreliable, unresponsive, and technically ignorant! They were a nightmare during setup, averaged downtime more than once a month, and eventually deleted my account with NO backup accidentily, leaving me no choice but to rebuild a two year old, 100+ page website from scratch.
Typical average service
To put things simple, there are good traits with this company, and there are definately bad ones as well. Lets start with the good:
-Easy management for new hosters.
This is one of the things I like. They have a nicely designed control panel that lets you easily modify all the website settings and design. You could pick out a template, add an autoresponder, and even set up creditcard payments easily, and they provide the help of their more then 100 nicely designed interactive flash tutorials learn how to do what.
-24/7 support with bearable waiting lengths.
I chated with the support more then once, and they could always help. But the waiting times were very erratic: Sometimes I would get support in 5-10 minutes and other times I experianced up to 35-40 minute wait periods, and once while I was surfing the net waiting to ask just a simply question, I found out that the chat widow doesnt signal a response when they start to reply. No flashing of the chat window, no nothing. I had to manually pay attention to the chat box to know when they would reply.
Ipower is one of the biggest hosting companies and they even provide their services even to a few fortune 500 companies, so Ipower is recognized, its a brand name.
-They have every feature that other hosting sevices provide.
The same amount diskusage/bandwidth, many pop3 email accounts (2500), the abillity to host 25 domians, website builders, sofware & scripts, google adwords and yahoo search marketing PPC credits etc.
But like I said, Ipower.com has its cons too:
-Not the most competetive priceing
Yes of course what they claim on their homepage is that they have some of the best prices, but youd be paying for around 50% more here for the same services you could get at a really competetively priced hosting service like Powweb.
-Experianced server failure many a time
Far more then just a few times Ive received the "CPU Quota exceeded" error, and that was only the times when I personally tried to check out my own site. Who knows how many times it came up when I didnt even know about. And I have absolutely no idea why. The message is only supposed to come up when you receive large amounts of traffic, and I was definately not receiveing even moderate amounts when I saw this comeing up. I first thought that maybe I was just doing something wrong, but no. I talked to other Ipower users and many of them also enquired that they experianced the same problems.
So as an overall conclusion, I would say you should rather pick another hosting company to do buisness with. I payed out a 12 month subscription in advance already, so Ill still be stuck with this provider for another 9 months, but as soon as the service expires, make no doubt about it, Im moving to another hosting company.
Biggest Con: Server connection problems
Bad All the way around except for price
I've been with ipowerweb for almost 7 years. They were great when they first started up, very few issues. Over the years I'd seen how their service level had gone down. I noticed things like the uptime decreasing, and a persistant and continuing spurts of outages throughout the day, some for a fraction of a second to several minutes at a time.
Tech support is a joke. I never waited less than a half hour for customer support or tech support in my numerous calls to them. Their system was compromised this year and they did not inform not a single customer of this compromise. They are currently going to a different platform, hopefully a secure one, but the problems at this point in the transition make their service useless. I have gone weeks without email for my domain, mainly because they have a very poor support system. I've decided to change my host and am going through the process of finding a more reliable service. After reading the reviews here, I felt the need to add my reviews as I have 3 domains all hosted by Ipowerweb.
I attempted to ask for a refund of the second year of my 2 year agreement, but had the billing agent transfer my call to tech support without listening to what I had to say. I waited 45 minutes for the tech support agent to answer. This is absurd.
I will NOT recommend this service to anyone who is hosting a professional or ecommerce site. You will lose more money than you saved by going with them.
Biggest Pro: Cheap
Biggest Con: Very bad system overall
I have been using them for many years, and I must say that they were great so far. I just can't remember the last time, my server was down.
The only negative thing that I can remember about this web host is that from time to time the server is going to be a little bit slower than it should.
The best thing about this web hosting is that it's very affordable. They have some great prices and promotion going all the time. I'm sure that iPowerWeb is going to be a great solution for many online businesses around the world.
Biggest Pro: cheap
Biggest Con: server is slow
Awful, Slow and Unreliable
I can't say enough bad things about this company. They've gotten worse and worse over the years. When changing servers (3 times in the last year) I've lost email for over 3 days each, web site function for 24 hours at a time and I wait at least 30 minutes in the queue for a service rep (telephone) and over 2 hours for "live support."
ipowerweb is the very worst
After a little over a year of service from an ipowerweb VPS server, I can say it has been the worst host I have ever used.
Their support is horrible. The techs are rude and the wait is long.
As of right now, my sites are down for the third time in three months. This time they say that someone hacked in and Spammed using my account. As a business, we do send our customers news and specials via web, but we use constant contact services to do so.
We don't even use this service to send our own E-mails. We use the local service providers SMTP.
My two sites have been down for over 12 hours and they will not give me an ETA for a fix.
Stay away guys.
Biggest Pro: was history on a shared plan
Biggest Con: tech support and down time, plus the cpanel was always very slow