DOMAIN NAME & HOSTING COMPARISON

The table below compares GeoCities two premium accounts and three hosting services with two other hosts, one of which I use to host my domain name. For complete details of GeoCities' plans, see Compare GeoPlus & Pro and Compare Business Plans.

GeoCities used to have a Webmaster and Advantage premium accounts but these have now become the Business Start Up and Standard Accounts (more or less). You can find many other hosts by going to HostSearch.com. I recommend that you carefully compare various hosts before you sign on the dotted line.

To obtain your own domain name check this list at Google.com or use an inexpensive registrar such GoDaddy.com. NOTE: some sites will register a domain name FREE if you sign up for their hosting plan(s). Please compare prices!

Note: There is no guarantee that any host you use will be a "good host". Like life, "you pay your money and take your chances". The only host I can recommend is my host, Hostmonster.com. as that is my host on the web.

Please see the notes at the bottom of this page. You can click on various superscripts, 0-11, throughout the chart. Check each of the comparison hosts below for updates to their features and prices as what you see below is only current though November 8, 2003.

I can only recommend my host, www.hostmonster.com. I cannot recommend www.1planhost.com due to the poor service they provided after 1planhost.com was sold to WebHostPlus in April, 2006. I can, however, advise you NOT TO USE any of Yahoo/GeoCities hosting options due to their poor service and help! Note: all available features for various hosts are not shown.

Please verify the services below as these hosts may have updated their features recently.

GeoCities AccountsOther Hosts
Service GeoPlus GeoCities Pro Business Start Up Business Standard Business Pro Hostmonster awebhosting.com
Power Plan
Monthly Fee
Yearly Fee
$4.95
$59.40
$8.95
$107.40
$11.95
$143.40
$19.95
$239.40
$39.95
$443.40
5.95
$51.00
$5.99
$71.88
Domain Name Registration No Included Included Included Included 2 Included $5/year Or You Arrange Your Own
Access To Domain Name Manager0 No Note 0 Note 0 Note 0 Note 0 Through your registrant if you register at some other place
Set Up Fee $10 $15 $25 Waived $25 Waived $25 Waived $0 $0
Disk Space 25MB 2GB 6GB 10GB 20GB 50GB 400MB
Data Transfer/Month1 5GB 100GB 200GB 400GB 500GB 999GB 15GB
Extra Data Transfer $5 for 500MB $5 for 500MB $5 for 500MB $5 for 500MB N/A N/A
Email Accounts 1 5 25 200 500 Unlimited 50
Email Autoresponse2 no No Yes Yes Unlimited Yes
Service GeoPlus GeoCities Pro Business Start Up Business Standard Business Pro Hostmonster awebhosting.com
Power Plan
Sub-Domains3 No 5 100 200 500 Unlimited! No
Password Protection Accounts No No 25 50 NA Yes
Additional Disk Space Optional For Price Optional Optional Optional NA N/A
FTP - File Transfer Protocol4 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Search Site No No Yes Yes No Arrange Your Own
Web Authoring tools5 Note 5 Note 5 Note 5 Note 5 Note 5 HTML,Front Page, PageWizard HTML Documents or Front Page extensions or Design Studio 10$ year
Web Site Addons GeoCities supplied or your own. GeoCities supplied or your own. GeoCities supplied or your own. GeoCities supplied or your own. GeoCities supplied or your own. Bulletin Board, Guestbook, Chat, Poll & Survey Software, Form-mail Script No - You have to supply your own.
Service GeoPlus GeoCities Pro Business Start Up Business Standard Business Pro Hostmonster awebhosting.com
Power Plan
Statistics6 Pages Through File Manager Pages Through File Manager Pages Through File Manager Access Logs Access Logs Awstats, Webalizer Yes
Server Side Include (SSI)7 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support Note 8 Note 8 Toll Free Toll Free Toll Free Toll Free 24/7 Help Desk 24/7
Up Time Guarantee No No No No No 99.9% 99.8%
Money Back Guarantee No No No No No No ?
Service GeoPlus GeoCities Pro Business Start Up Business Standard Business Pro Hostmonster awebhosting.com
Power Plan
Daily Backups No No No Yes Yes Yes ?
CGI9 No No No Yes Yes Yes
PHP - Hypertext PreProcessor or Personal Home Page No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Front Page Extensions Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shopping Cart No No No No No Included No
Secure Server Functionality (SSL)
allow secure transactions between your web site and your customers.
No No ? ? ? ? ?
Custom 404 Page10
File Not Found
No No ? ? Yes Yes
ODBC Database support No No ? ? ? ? No
Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Databases No No Yes Yes Yes 100MB SQL Server Yes

NOTE 0 - GeoCities registers your domain name with their sister company, domains.yahoo.com, but does not tell you what the password is to the account there. Thus you can not change host unless you contact GeoCities/Yahoo for your password, which can an extremely difficult task.

NOTE 1 - Data Transfer is the amount of data (bytes) transferred from your site to the visitor's PC. For example, if you page file takes up 5K bytes and has 6 images, each of which are 20K, then anyone going to your page will transfer 125K per visit.

NOTE 2 - Any time an email is received an automatic reply will be sent to the sender telling them you have received their email.

NOTE 3 - Sub-Domains are additional domain names associated with your main domain name. For example, if you domain name is http://www.mydomain.com a sub-domain could be http://johnny.mydomain.com.

NOTE 4 - FTP is a standard method that is use for uploading/downloading files to/from your site. There are many free FTP programs and WS_FTP is one of the best free one around.

NOTE 5 - Page Wizard, Page Builder, Advanced Editor (HTML), Front Page, Dreamweaver, or any Offline HTML or WYSIWYG editor.

NOTE 6 - Statistics can include: how many individual visitors your site had in a given period (day/week/month), where they were located (State in USA/UK/etc.), pages viewed by visitors, browser used to view pages, etc.

NOTE 7 - Server Side Includes allow you to have a single html file that can be inserted (included) within any other file. This is extremely helpful if you have a menu that is used on say 50 other pages. Then the menu can be made once, modifications made anytime, without having to change the code on 50 pages. GeoCities can have SSI without the need for .shtml file extensions.

NOTE 8 - All services have access to an extensive online help area. Premium subscribers are able to access a priority email form that sends questions directly to our customer care associates. All business accounts have a toll-free telephone number.

NOTE 9 - CGI or Common Gateway Interface is a computer language that can be used on web pages to perform functions that can not be done with HTML or JAVASCRIPT.

NOTE 10 - a 404 File Not Found page is a good tool as if someone goes to your site and enters a web pages address that doesn't exist, they will automatically get the 404 page that tells them of their error.