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Our technical support leads the industry and is located at our corporate headquarters here in the USA.
Great for hosting multiple domains, for gaming businesses or virtual hosting companies
Optional bandwidth overage protection protects you from surprise overage charges
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IX Web Hosting is the only web host reviewed on this site to use its own proprietary control panel instead of cPanel.
Much of what makes IX Web Hosting stand out from the competition is in its add-on offerings, those that don't come free with web hosting but at extra cost
IX Web Hosting also excels in offering more free site promotion support than most.
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iPower is one of the World's Fastest Growing Web Hosting and Domain Name Registration Companies. iPower currently hosts over 500,000 websites.
Where many web hosts offer unlimited email accounts, FastDomain offers 2,500 POP3 accounts and 2,500 IMAP accounts
FastDomain also offers "only" 100 MySQL databases and 100 PostgreSQL databases. (And be aware that FastDomain does not offer phpAdmin, if that's important to you.)