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Web Hosting in India - Rediff and Indiatimes join

Following the success of Rediffmail PRO service, is now offering complete web hosting solutions both on Windows and Linux Platforms. They also offer domain transfers if you are registered with another service provider. promises a 99.9% server uptime. See this FAQ for details. They are silent on bandwidth limit. Rediff's email support is slow to respond and not very useful. charges are like: Domain Name Registration: Rs 495.00 per year, Email with 1 GB space and POP3 access: Rs 1,695.00 per year, Web Hosting with FTP access: Rs 2,400.00 per year.

Indiatimes, a popular Indian portal, also joined the web hosting arena built on Microsoft technology. Their introductory package, FTP 250, is available for Rs 2,500.00 with 5 GB of Data transfer, 50 Email Accounts, support for database and lot of other features. Indiatimes offers support over phone (040-55845555 M-F) and email.

Indiatimes offers MeraDomain for Domain registration, Merasite for Website hosting, WeBuild for Web design n' development and Meramail for email.

Rediff has not specified the data transfer limit for web hosting and their is no simple one-click way for existing Rediffmail PRO customers to get web hosting. Indiatimes has a simple Add to Cart feature to subscribe to web hosting. Indiatimes has a 250 MB server space limit while Rediff's offer says "Unlimited Web Space"

Comparing the Rediff and Indiatimes packages, Indiatimes offers more services at lower costs. Since both the players are new in the arena, it is difficult to judge them on basis of server uptime, customer support or weblog statistics. Indiatimes and Rediff are definitely the most popular portal in India. Given their popularity, it is not diffult to say that they would soon become the leading web hosting players in India especially when their is no big company yet which offers Web hosting solutions.

Meanwhile, Yahoo is in talks to acquire a minority stake in Indiatimes. Indiatimes may benifit from this deal as Yahoo! already has several solutions for small and medium business. Senior Yahoo executives are in India this week to review the company's domestic operations but declined to comment on a potential investment in Indiatimes.

According to, a website that ranks websites based on the number of site clicks, the top two local portals in India are, ranked 139, and Indiatimes at 316 in a league of 500 most visited sites. Both lag behind Yahoo India.