Unbiased Powweb hosting review & site hosted since 2007

This Powweb review site is hosted with Powweb.com

This review site is hosted since 2007 and oath to be truthful and honest. Our intensive research covered product testing, feature checking and quality monitoring. We put in a lot of effort and time to ensure this web hosting company is thoroughly rated. In this review site, we evaluate and test every tiny feature provided in here. Look at our latest editor verdicts and you will see we are having the most intensive reports ever. We also have some nice coupons that offer various discount and saving up to 57% off for customer signup.

Powweb reviews introduction

They are with all-in-one unlimited shared hosting and they highlighting it is using load balanced technology. This is extraordinary service and it uses the latest technology to create an unmatched service. This new server platform has increased the service reliability and enhanced the user experience.

Powweb homepage

Here are the 5 thing to know about them:

  1. This is an eco-friendly and a verified 100% green.
  2. This web hosting plan is from as-low-as $3.40/mo.
  3. Control panel is using vDeck version 4.
  4. WordPress plan is now $3/mo (newly introduced).
  5. Their shared hosting uses load balanced technologies (not found elsewhere).

Powweb review on advantages and strengths

There are many reasons to choose their hosting, and the most important one is likely their load balancing technology. There is extra hardware in place to make the service even faster and better. This is why we highly recommend this. Next, we are checking on their features and specification. We all know that this is an unlimited web hosting plan and come with all unlimited resources, here are the highlight:

  1. Unlimited domain and host as many websites as you want.
  2. Unlimited storage space and use as many disk space as require.
  3. Unlimited data transfer and all bandwidth your website need is here.
  4. Unlimited email accounts with POP or IMAP.

In here, we are given full permission to access and use as many disk space as required by our websites. We can host few websites and not just one. We can have a blog in here created using WordPress, and later have a few more blogs or content management site as well. This mean within this web hosting space, we can allocate multiple websites in here and each website is independent and works by their own. We are given 75 MySQL database and for this we can choose to host this number of database driven website. Basically what limiting us is the number of files or inodes to be permitted in one account and that limit is not worrying us after all.

Powweb review on customer service

Their customer service is nothing but the best. When choosing a new web host, please make sure they provide top notch technical support and after-sales service. Besides good load balanced hosting service, they are also famous for their 24/7 customer service which are available via following channels:

  1. Toll-free phone call to technical support (866-476-9932)
  2. Email ticket to technical support.
  3. Online live chat help.
  4. Live server and system status announcement.

The live server status announcement is the newest feature and it shows your current server status and any failure happening. When website is offline, the first thing we will check in this server status page and find out is there any maintenance work in progress. Once an unplanned downtime is detected, we can contact customer service via any channel available and get their help to fix it. All shortcut link is available in our control panel and we can access it quickly too, it is truly convenient.

Powweb review on signup process

Finally we have decided to signup. After a month plus heard about them and run few research on them, we are convinced this is a good host. Hopefully we will getting to the right hosting now. We signup with them and the signup process is simple and easy. At their official homepage, find the sign up button. Select the plan of choice and we would suggest 12 or 24 months for best value. Choose a new domain for free. Click the confirmation link and fill in account information and billing information. Complete the order page and its done. Once we have completed the signup process and having the new account, we start migrating this Pow web review website over and start to host this website here. The website migration process is simple and we choose to do it our own. User that require assistant can get help from support team on this.

Technical support and customer service quality are excellent and always available when we need their help. From my experience, I have learned the true fact about them. Truth is that they are fully US-based and we love to talk with people that understand our website problem and able to solve the issue by themselves. They are well trained and know how to fix web server problems. Customer support are helpful and available whenever we need technical help. Many years of experience and we never felt disappointed at all.

Powweb review on FTP server connection

FTP server connection is working greats. If you are beginner and going to publish custom built website, this is how to manually FTP upload Web files to server. What need to be done is moving a copy of those files to server. The only choice is to use FTP upload the file transfer protocol to move the files from local computer to the server side. There is no other way. Usually we will use Filezilla FTP client to do the uploading work. This FTP does support multi-threading and uses a few threads processing.

It support Microsoft FrontPage 2003 extensions and this feature are available in control panel. All applications created with FrontPage extensions will work, create and edit website from PC then publish it directly to website. Use the web page editor conveniently and saves time to produce better looking websites. To install this, log in to OPS control panel and select the Install tab and enter a password in the text box and click next button. Since the FrontPage extensions are not compatible with some web tool features, do not enable this server extensions if you are building site using Sitedelux web editor.

Powweb addon products and pricing

At this web hosting company, they are offering wide range of addon products and services. They are offering much more than shared hosting services and we are constantly seeing more new products being added from year to year. Here are the available product and its price:

  1. Gomobile mobile site builder at $1.98/mo.
  2. Register new domain name from $5.99/year.
  3. WordPress hosting plan from $3.00/mo.
  4. Exchange hosting from $12.95/mo.
  5. Sitelock professional service from $39.99/year.
  6. Professional service from $99/mo.
  7. SSL certificate price from $59.95/year.

Powweb review on overall user rating and score

After checking all their web hosting products, signup tested their hosting account, check all necessary features, and experience everything here… we are ready to cast a vote and try to give them a fair rating. Throughout the recent years, we have spotted quit some negative reviews for Powweb.com and we realized some of these online source are outdated and not providing the most recent information. What we want to know is how well they have performed this year and last year. We want timely and accurate review information for users to see. And for their rating for this year, we have updated the following star rating chart and awarded them as the following.

Powweb rating and votes

Actual Powweb uptime and speed – load balancing help?

Is Powweb uptime percentage any good?

Their web hosting plan with superior load balancing technology should deliver better quality compare to other conventional plan. Furthermore, they are having a 99.9% uptime guarantee and we want to see something that great. This website will provide the answer. And we are tracking this review site which is a hosted website for their reliability and availability.

Powweb uptime for our hosted website

Our hosted website uptime (for 6 years) has indicate 98.9% in average. There were 875 downtime events throughout these years and average of 145 downtime each year. This is a good percentage and we have seen web host that is much worst than this one.

Beside this site which is hosted, we have few other test sites and together with the latest percentage too. Check out the latest Hostgator, Fatcow and iPage service availability for your reference.

Powweb website uptime

Powweb speed test and check is impressive

Their load balanced hosting plan should be faster compare to other conventional plan. We wish they will outperformed any other competitor. With this additional hardware configuration in place, we should be able to receive some optimized hosting environment and brought to its full potential.

Is the actual Powweb website speed fast or slow?

With own account, we’re able to test website loading time and speed. Our site response time and performance is satisfying and with transfer rate of 185 kilobytes per second. Current website in test is with 260 kilobytes in weight, this mean the site took a 1.40 second to transfer itself from server to our user computer. This simple website test will tell us the network and server performance in complete.

If you want to have the latest website speed rating, please choose any online website test tool and use it to check this hosted site for speed rating.

Powweb website speed test

Powweb speed test with YSlow checker tool

Now we know the average website speed is good and we are looking at a very good shared hosting service here. We aren’t stop here and for this year, we are using this latest performance checking tool and rate our website accordingly. From first test, the site is summarized with page speed grade of 75% and Yslow grade is now 73%. It makes a few suggestion and asking us to add compression feature like gzip or use content delivery network to improve website speed.

Powweb YSlow performance report

After using the Yslow website speed test, we found out the site is not optimized and the content can be compressed further. This includes CSS and JavaScripts content can be compressed via minify addon plugin. We are now testing this and check the site performance after.

The second test is now showing significant improvement and now moved from grade “C” to “B”. The site is now rated 86% compare to previous 75%. This is near 15% in overall improvement and all these via a simple minify plugin installation. This speed check tool really helps and we love the visible advantage now.

Powweb second performance test

Powweb Simplescripts installer and no more manual setup

Powweb Simplescripts installer is included free

They will no longer be using Installcentral and now will be replaced with Simplescripts. All website installation can now be done via this free installer tool. This new Simplescripts is a 1-click installer that allows customers to access large collection of open source apps and perform quick installation from here. This is similar to Fantastico and Softaculous apps and user can now add applications to existing web hosting account with few mouse clicks.

Powweb SimpleScripts Installer

This is a fully automated installer toll and there is no manual FTP setup process required for any open source apps. You can use this installer tool for personal and small business websites, there is no fee require either. We can choose from the available apps collection, start the installation, and even uninstall any unwanted apps too. This is very flexible and we love this feature a lot.

There are few other vDeck web hosting plans that also offering this Simplescripts installer, beside this there is Ipower, iPage, Fatcow and few other top web hosts that chosen to use this control panel.

Powweb coupon code and discount 57% (use this signup link)

Powweb coupon on 57% discount or $3.40/month

For selected holiday sale and promotion day, their unlimited plan discount price is available at $3.40 per month or with up to 57% in saving. All new customers who chosen this promotion price are entitled for a free domain name. During this hour, we try to signup and there is no coupon code to activate. Their official homepage is showing this new discount price instantly.

Powweb coupon 57% off

Powweb coupon on 54% discount

We have investigate their sales promotion for many years. And throughout all these years, we have spotted this 54% discount price from them. This is the more commonly found offer price and often seeing this $3.88 per month at their official homepage. For limited time and selected few, the best coupon ever is this $3.40 per month.

This Powweb discount is valid for those selecting 1 or 2 years signup. However the 3 years signup is only offering with 44% off. For best saving, please choose the one or two years plan only.

  1. One year signup is $4.18/month or 54% off. You pay $50.16 and save $57.72.
  2. Two years signup is $3.88/month or 54% off. You pay $93.12 and save $110.64.
  3. Three years signup is $3.88/month or 54% off. You pay $139.68 and save $111.96.

Powweb coupon $3.88 activated

Powweb rebates and cash back

If you are looking for web hosting rebate website, we would recommend get half price rebate when signup. Next, write us a short user review feedback and earn a small $5 dollar in form of cash rebate. These are the two web hosting rebates will give user the best saving. First one will give you half-price discount and help to save each month. Choosing two years plan and that will be staggering $93 dollars. Lastly we have $5 reward for your user review.

Earn $5 write your review

Powweb coupon on $100 Google Adwords marketing credits

If you want to know more, please contact either sales or support team for all the details. Get $100 Google Adwords when spending $25. The credit is available right inside your control panel and valid for all US and Canada customers only. Anyone who used and activated this credit will no longer be able to cancel their hosting account and claim for full refund after. This is the only limitation and the attached term condition.

Google Adwords coupon $100

Powweb Sitelock is now with 30 days free trial

They are recommending this domain protection service and perform daily website scan. It will detects any sort of website threat intrusion and alert website owner at the first place. This Sitelock program is now available with one month free access when you choose their unlimited hosting service.

Is your website really need these type of domain protection? With the increased online threat, business websites that dealing with huge amount of sales and profit every month, are searching for best website protection they can find. This is one of the best when come to external security scanning.

Powweb sitelock security

Powweb coupon on community directory listing 5 years signup

Choosing o list your domain or website into their community directory listing is a good advantage. Their community listing is fast growing and with huge customer base, listing your website in here will offer certain exposure and benefits to your website. For new user, anyone can choose to list their website here at cheaper price if choosing 5-years listing. Regular price is $29.95 a year and 5-years listing is only $23 dollars a year.

Powweb web directory listing

Powweb coupon on 1 GB free cloud storage space

They are doing their best to include more free gifts to their customers. The latest offer this year is the free 1 GB cloud storage space for all their customers. This free feature is available via their control panel. Choose to activate this free storage by entering your name, email address and password.

Free cloud storage space

Powweb.com affiliate program a trick or treat?

Powweb affiliate program is available for free signup

In the pass 1 year, we have been actively reviewing hosting provider and also their marketing plan which is usually powered by their affiliate program. This play a major role in determining the success of a company. If the affiliate program is sucks, there is no marketing force to push the business further. A simple marketing program does play an important role in the success of this hosting company.

Powweb affiliate program

Powweb affiliate program pay rate review

They pay a fixed commission rate of $77.77 per sales referred. It is using cookies and visitor referred through the given link will have cookies tracking. When the new user signup, you will get paid. Not too soon as according to TOC agreement, there are two main points we like to point out here. Firstly the new customer account must be active for 37 days and secondly the referral fees must met minimum amount in order to receive the payment.

Is this Powweb affiliate payout fair enough?

This web hosting brand is not the most popular choice and there are many other top brand available online. For comparison, there are iPage affiliate that pays up to $150 and Fatcow affiliate that pays $100 per sales. If you only can choose one web host to promote, for sure we will recommend the top web hosts with highest payout and the one with best products and easiest to promote.

Powweb vDeck control panel & real account test

Powweb vDeck review (updated 2014)

This year their control panel is having some improvement and we can now see a better user interface and more addon features available. From testing, we know the Simplescripts is working great and we have installed a few CMS scripts in here via this 1-click installer. Basically, what we have done lately are:

  1. Addon new domain name and host additional website.
  2. Create subdomain name and move this review site to subdomain.
  3. Perform domain redirection and point the old primary domain URL to this subdomain location.
  4. Upgrade the PHP version to 5.3 as the newest available.
  5. Email support and get their help in some CMS site setup issues (fixed).

This year we have done a lot of thing here, and most importantly we are able to achieve all that quickly and without waste of time. This vDeck control panel is working well and without problem. Customer service is helpful, the tools are available and working as expected.

Powweb vDeck 2014

Powweb vDeck control panel is excellent

Different web host uses different web hosting control panel, some is obviously better than another and some are really outdated and shouldn’t be use at all. There is two website control panel that we preferred, which is vDeck 4.0 and cPanel 11. These are the two famous choice with cPanel remain unchanged for their interface and there is server cache management improvement to speed up websites. And for vDeck 4 there is huge improvement in usability, functionality and speed. For such a positive improvement, there are more web hosts switching to vDeck and stick with them. This is a web host that switch from OPS control panel to the latest vDeck as well. It was the righteous move and we love to use this. All features are provided inside and its bundle with the domain management and account management that is obviously missing from cPanel. This Pow Web review site is setup via this vDeck and we are accessing it quit often to manage the website content or configure the domain setting.

Powweb vDeck control panel

Powweb control panel login

In order to login this control panel, first go to the official website and at the top section click the log in link to proceed. Enter username and password to gain access. This control panel is suitable for all type of users. We find it is suitable for all beginner and advanced users. Either you have prior website hosting experience or not, this is the control panel that is easy to understand. They also provide video tutorial and clear instruction to configure website setting as well.

User account information and setting can be changed easily

At the right column, there is a user information section and in here are quick links to pages that allow you to change contact info, account password, payment or billing details and so on. These are real convenient and not many other web hosts are offer this type of quick link. Some even hide their customer billing page at separate login page and another set of password to remember. The quick link includes:

  1. Change Account Info
  2. Change Password
  3. Set Security Question
  4. Payment Overview
  5. Update Credit Card

Powweb nameservers and DNS configuration

Either you are changing domain registrar, transfer domain or simply want to host existing domains at here… the thing you should know about is this domain nameserver or DNS. This is the web address use by your domain name to find its host server. If you are hosting the domain from here, the following setting should be used:

  • Name Server: NS1.POWWEB.COM
  • Name Server: NS2.POWWEB.COM

Powweb server information

Some web application demand the most latest software version, and for this some users are interested to find out what the web host is offering and either their website can be supported in here or not. As of November 2014, following the the server configuration for our account.

  • CGI active.
  • FrontPage Extensions No
  • Logs https://www.powweb.com/controlpanel/LogFiles.bml
  • Platform Type Debian
  • MySQL Version 5.5.32
  • Perl Version 5.8.8
  • PHP Version 5.3
  • Sendmail Path /usr/sbin/sendmail
  • Perl Path /usr/bin/perl
  • PHP Path /usr/local/bin/php

Powweb webmail clients and spam protection

Powweb webmail clients program are the best

Their shared web hosting plan allows multiple emails account to be hosted and each account is accessible via online webmail. Once a new email account is added, we can connect it through Outlook Express or any other client software of choice and send receive message through here. When asked for our opinion on their email service quality, we have no problem with it so far and we are able to perform daily task with their email service.

Powweb webmail client

From the control panel, we see there are providing three types of webmail clients program namely atmail, squirrelmail and horder. The latest Open-xchange webmail client is provided for free as well. We can use these webmail program for checking new messages and composing outgoing messages. Everything is done online and it works great.

How to create a new Powweb email account?

Their web hosting plan allows unlimited email accounts and we can do this from their control panel. From here choose to go to Mail Central, and from here we can create new email account. Choose a new standard email type and create a new for the new mailbox. Choose the domain name require and set a new password for this mailbox. All these are the only required thing and next we can complete the new mailbox. What we can do next is link this from our email client software and allow us to create email, send it and receive email in future. From our review and testing, this new mailbox is working great and there is no difficulties during mailbox creation or when send receive the email message.

Powweb email setting and configuration for new mailbox

There are quit a lot of chatter online and we often see new customers are asking about mailbox creation and configuration. Some people failed to get it up running and unable to send receive message via mail server. Take note that on upon creating new mailbox for your domain, there is a pending period of about 20 minutes. Give it 30-minutes before you try to connect to these new email account via client software. Here are the message we get from MailCentral:

Your mailbox has been created and will be active within 20 minutes.

After this mailbox is available, we can now check its configuration setting and apply it to our email client software of choice.

  1. Username: support@powwebreview.org
  2. SMTP Server: smtp.powweb.com ( port 587 )
  3. POP Server: pop.powweb.com ( port 110 )
  4. Outgoing Server Requires SMTP Authentication

From this control panel, we can choose additional email addon or upgrade. The default email account storage size is set to 500 MB, and we can choose to upgrade up to 10 GB in total storage. And there is upgrade to Google Apps available too.

Powweb email sending limit is 200 per hour

Web hosting company apply limitation on their email services in order to stop spamming activity and prevent server overload. Their email limits is set to 4800 per day or 200 per hour. This limit is quit good and better compare to most budget hosting providers. To work around this and use it for sending out maximum message per day, setup the email sending script to get 200 addresses from MySQL database. And add this script to run by cron job from control panel and set it to every hour performs once. This will fully optimized the given resources. This is a small temporary solution and will not work for high demand email marketing service that hope to send thousand of emails per hour. For that specific requirement, there is a need for VPS or dedicated hosting that offers much higher email sending capability.

Email spam protection and feature are provided too

Inside this control panel, we found a Spam management setting and we can choose to apply protection to all email accounts available. This is a global setting and once activated, all domain associated with our account will be using the same spam filtering setting. We can choose either to delete the spam message, store it separate directory for 7 days or just receive the message with subject line prefix only. There is additional grey-list and white-list feature to add sender into contact.

Here is Powweb email catch-all feature available

In additional, the email catchall feature is also supported by their load-balanced hosting plan too. If you are doing business and worry people sending message to wrong address or simply the address is no longer valid due to employee leaving the company etc, this email catch-all feature is the tool to use. Setting the bounce email address and direct all invalid address to here. If you don’t want those email to be bounced to a default address, alternatively you can choose to trash or delete those invalid emails.