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ICDSoft on hosting review and rating sites

A vastly-used method to popularize and sell a hosting service is to have your company listed on hosting review and rating sites.

ICDSoft is in the hosting business for more than 12 years. Back in 2002, we were hosting about 10,000 sites, growing up to over 100,000 in 2011. Despite of the fact that we have quite many customers, you can notice that ICDSoft is not listed on many hosting rating sites.

In general, there are two types of hosting rating sites:

  • sites that list all companies they can find, and then collect and display each review of hosting customers. Such sites make a living usually by selling space for advertising, or by affiliate programs.
  • sites that offer paid listings - hosting companies pay for their place in the countdown just as advertising space is paid. The higher is the ranking place - the higher is the fee for it.

If you see ICDSoft listed in a hosting reviews and rating site, then the site is from the first type. You can be absolutely sure about this, because we do not invest any money in such type of marketing. So if you see our name on a list, then this definitely is not a paid listing.

Our marketing budget has always been close to zero. The reason for this is quite simple - instead of spending money on marketing, we prefer to spend money for improving our hosting services. This includes purchasing expensive hardware, using reliable colo services, and hiring knowledgeable staff. The lack of marketing budget allows us to offer a high quality hosting service at relatively low prices. These prices would have been much higher at a company that is on all paid hosting listings. Actually, we have more "marketing agents" than any other company - when a customer satisfied with the high level of our services recommends us, this pays better than any advertisement or paid listing.

We plan to continue doing our business in the same manner.

Upgrade of Business plan accounts

Today we doubled the space and traffic resources of all Business plan accounts on our servers. The Business plan now features:

  • Disk space: 100GB (50GB until now)
  • Monthly traffic: 1000GB (500GB until now)

The plan price and volume discounts remain the same. With this upgrade, we want to give our customers more room to develop and expand their websites and online presence.

This plan upgrade became possible after the improvements we recently made to our servers and network infrastructure. All our several hundred hosting machines were replaced with the latest hardware available on the market. We also upgraded and fine-tuned all network equipment within the datacenters, thus allowing faster access speed to our servers. We were able to make serious investments in our infrastructure as a result of the loyalty of our customers who have used our services for years. We feel obliged to continue providing the best possible service to all our customers.

SSL certificates

As of today, we are extending the range of services we offer, and we now provide domain validation SSL certificates as well. Our customers can choose between GeoTrust and Comodo as a certificate issuer. We hope that providing SSL certificates will make site/account administration easier for our customers, being able to use more services for their sites at a single provider.

New Control Panel officially released

Today our new hosting Control Panel (v.2) has been officially released. It was in "beta" status for the past three months, allowing customers willing to act as beta-testers to get to know it, test it extensively, and supply feedback. The v.2 version of our hosting Control Panel comes with new design, better usability options, as well as new features. Our Software team will continue working on its improvement.

100,000 domains hosted on our servers

Being too busy in our work, we did not notice that back on May 15th, the domains hosted on our servers reached 100,000. We are proud to announce this now, as such a number of hosted domains is a milestone in the history of every hosting company.

We thank to all our customers and resellers who trusted their sites and businesses to us.

We do not have a sales department, and we never needed one, as this job has always been executed excellently by our existing customers. All customers, who continue to spread the word about us, are actually our Sales Officers. We know that we have the biggest and the most wonderful Sales Department a company can dream of. Back in year 2000 we had 300 customers; now, ten years later we have 100,000. This is not just our success - it is also a success of all our loyal customers and resellers. We thank you all, and we will keep up our work on offering the best hosting service.