Update for those who might be looking for hosting.
I signed up for the ipage account and its fairly solid for the low price, just don't expect to run a high demand site on it.
For a cheap hosting plan its not bad, i wouldn't describe it as fast, but for my small site (>50 users daily) it functions well enough. And the speed does not appear to be affected by the amount of data, my photo galleries load just as quick as a page with only text, so I'm inclined to believe they do have unlimited bandwidth.
I have only once found the server unreachable and that was after the heartbleed thing. Not sure how long it was offline as i didn't come back for about 2 days.
The features are fairly comprehensive, and I have access to all the scripts i need unlike some hosts i have worked with in the past (.htaccess etc)
The one frustration i have is with the email system, they will not let me setup a catchall address. Make that 2, the FTP system boots you off after a minute of inactivity...
Oh and be warned they will try to sell you additional features at every turn, but then thats fairly normal i guess.
The support is great, amazing considering what i paid for it. The few issues i have had were solved within 2 hours max by a tech working with me through live chat/phone, no shunting around to various individuals the same guy worked on issues at both ends.
I'd recomend it for a first timer looking for something cheap to mess with like me, but if your really serious or serve a lot of people go elsewhere.
If someone is looking for a cheap plan to play around on I have a coupon for an additional discount to the already low price.*
Hope that helps if anyone is looking for first time cheap hosting.
*It is an affiliate program thing but i ran it by the mods before i posted.