Today, I received an email from Paul B Evans, mentioning about a Cyber Monday sales for Lifetime Hosting at Lifetime.hosting. It is basically offering a Pay Once Host Forever web hosting plan that come with Unlimited Bandwidth.
If I join wihtin 3 hours, I can get Lifetime Hosting for 12 Websites that comes with 12 GB of SSD-Optimized Storage for a One-Time fee of US$48.50. On top of the hosting, I can get 2 Lifetime Domain Registrations with Privacy.
Frankly, I don’t understand how such company can make money and still retain certain level of hosting services and performance. And they still provide lifetime domain registration.
On the lifetime.hosting sales page, it mention:
Lifetime.Hosting is not for customers that should be on a VPS or a dedicated server. Let’s be honest – you know who you are. You have 20+ wordpress websites with intensive plugins and scheduled jobs every 2 minutes, or are constantly scraping hundreds of websites. Our service is for customers that won’t abuse the shared resources. Please do yourself a favor and go purchase a VPS. We use CloudLinux to partition our shared accounts to prevent this abuse from slowing down our servers.
Even reading the above statement, I am still not comfortable with such plan.
On the lifetime.hosting sales page, it also mention:
The number one concern our potential customers have is “maybe it’s too good to be true”. It’s not. Having served over 50,000 clients, we know the lifetime cost of a hosting customer. On average, we know how much storage they use, how much bandwidth they use, how much technical support they require and how long they will remain customers. We know how much it costs us to provide an excellent service with excellent support to these customers and we make a fair profit to ensure we can continue offering this service.
OK, I think. Even if all the above is true, I still feel not comfortable 🙁
Registration fee of a domain cost about US$9 yearly. With US$48.50, ignoring hosting cost, with 2 free domains registration for 3 year, it will cost me 9*2*3= US$54. So basically, within 3 years, you can back what you paid? I am not sure if there is some catch for such domain name registration. Maybe someone can enlighten me about this.
If what they offer for the domain name is very flexible, I don’t mind just paying a one time fee just for the 2 lifetime domain name 🙂
Today, I have just registered a new domain for 5 years, and it cost me $48.95 already.
I have a bad experience with Hostgator shared hosting before. I have to paid monthly fee for the plan, and yet, the Hostgator can’t achieve my expectation. My sites are not heavily loaded at that point, and yet they load so slow….ly. So now there is a hosting plan that offer 1 time fee for lifetime usage? Will it perform better than Hostgator in the shared hosting category? If yes, maybe it is a good buy.
From the site, I can’t find much information about SLA for server up-time and response time. There is a page that seems to show the network status (https://lifetime.hosting/secure/serverstatus.php), but it only allow member to view it. Personally, I will give it a miss.
I hope that lifetime.hosting can live up to expectation, and serve those that joined as members well. Just hope that, they will not oversell the plans and lead to slow down the server.
Do comment if you have insider news, or if you have experience with Lifetime.Hosting, so that other will learn more about it.