GoPBN is the newcomer in PBN hosting. The owners are veterans of the hosting industry and they promise servers with large hosting providers and safe and diversified setup. On first look GoPBN looks like a contender.
Pricing plans start at: $5/mo (1 IPs)
Price for 50 IPs: $187.5/mo
The first thing you’ll notice – GoPBN is expensive, really expensive. From all the hosts I reviewed EBN had the highest price at $99 for 40 blogs ($2.475/blog/month) but GoPBN charges $187.5 for just 10 blogs more ($3.75/blog/month) – that’s 50% more expensive. So, is it that much better than EBN?
GoPBN advertises a very similar setup to EBN – large hosting providers with their DNS setup. Unfortunately, they do not publish a list of hosting providers nor do they show you which provider your blog is hosted with. From looking at my 10 deployed blogs, the diversification between hosts is a lot lower than on EBN.
Besides WordPress, they also provide Joomla and Ghost. They say it’s a big advantage however with Joomla having a 7% market share (and decreasing) and Ghost having less than 0.1%, does it really make a difference? I rather order a bunch of links to diversify than to use a completely new (Ghost) or useless and outdated (Joomla) CMS.
After setup, the owner did not want to activate my account and requested a government issued ID. I would never, ever give my government ID to any host, much less a newcomer in the space. So I asked a friend to signup for me so I could finish the review (and was not carded, so not sure what was the reason for the first check).
Account setup is usually the simplest part, but GoPBN decided there have to be multiple steps to it. Registering, verifying email so you can set the password for your account, setup your billing profile for every package you buy ( a bunch of personal details you need to input, including company and telephone number), then fill-up billing address again upon checkout. Once you’re finally setup, you’ll be welcomed by a modern looking dashboard.
Blog deployment is really fast. There’s no one-click login to blogs but you do get access to database and file manager.
There are no additional features, like SEO metrics, backups or anything else. They also don’t mention anything about security or performance setup.
In the end, question what the owners were thinking. They entered the market with 50% higher pricing than EBN, copied their setup but provided absolutely no additional value. Don’t get me wrong, GoPBN is not bad but why not just go with EBN?
GoPBN also launched an misinformation-driven advertising campaign where they claimed EBN uses cPanel and is therefore unsafe to use. That is false. EBN uses a custom setup of servers, the same as GoPBN.
GoPBN is a bit late to the game, with similar hosting setup as EBN for higher price and no other features. Why use the copycat when you can get the original with more features for cheaper? Visit GoPBN.
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GoPBN is not a bad host. But with too similar setup as EBN and a way too high price, I can't see a reason to recommend it.
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