As indicated by his name, Hosting.fr is a UK based web hosting provider. The company is headquartered in London (UK) and was launched in 2012 with the aim of “revolutionizing the UK web hosting market with powerful, modern and high performance servers”. They also claim to be “all about smart hosting” and a means to deliver high quality services, fast speed, and server performance without leaving a hot hole in your pocket.
Judging by their rich directory of hosting services, there should be something to suit almost anyone’s needs. However, this is even more true if you are from the UK as all of their Tier 4 data centers are there, implying their target market. The maintenance of Hosting.uk’s data centers is handled by Timico, another UK company and their long-time partner.
Hosting.uk’s main website is simple in style and easy to use, to our satisfaction. He presents an enthusiastically updated blog with articles that cover various hosting related topics, all in a novice friendly way. Although there is no clear list of articles (preferably ordered by date and with a summary), you are free to browse them using the search box or selecting them from specific categories.
In addition to being attached to his blog, Hosting.uk is actively present on several social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. Most of these accounts were created in the summer of 2018 and have been regularly updated since then. While YouTube isn’t, it redeems itself by offering several well-made video guides.
Packages and prices
The price range with Hosting.uk is pretty flexible, and that goes for each of the types of hosting they provide: cloud-based shared hosting, VPS hosting, reseller hosting, dedicated server hosting, and Minecraft hosting for all. Minecraft enthusiasts. For all of these types, there are currently four different sized packages available, from simple for beginners to premium packages. A common feature (and a great selling point) of all of these plans is a Lifetime Price Guarantee, which means the price you initially paid for your hosting package will be the price you pay on each renewal.
Hosting.uk’s cheapest plan is a shared hosting plan called “Beginner” and for a small price of £ 2.40 ($ 3.29) per month it will allow you to host up to two sites. Web, use up to 10 GB of storage, 100 GB of bandwidth, have up to 10 email accounts, equip yourself with the fan favorite cPanel and one-click installer. This all sounds good, and if you change your mind within 30 days, there’s a money-back guarantee with all plans except those for Dedicated Servers.
Payment methods accepted with Hosting.uk include credit / debit cards, direct debits (UK only), wire transfers, PayPal, PlaySafe, Stripe Payment, and cryptocurrencies (over 50 of them are supported), which represents many options.
Ease of use
Hosting.uk’s hosting plans are well presented in general and all of their key features are highlighted. However, you can find out even more by scrolling down and tapping on “Show more” under the paragraph “Cloud hosting technical specifications”. Here you will find everything you need to know about security, available operating systems, control panels, the types of assistance you will receive, warranties, and more.
It should be noted that Hosting.uk promises 24 hour onsite security for all of its data centers, daily security checks and backups (and this is included in all of their plans), so you can feel at home. comfortable as far as it is concerned.
After opting for a hosting package, you will make a choice regarding your domain name, where you can register a new one, transfer an old one or use it as is. Since Hosting.uk does not offer free domain registration, registration can cost you anywhere from £ 5.99 ($ 8.22) to £ 65.99 ($ 90.61) for a year, depending on the name you want. After that, you can choose a billing cycle: monthly, quarterly, yearly, biennial or triennial. It goes without saying that the length of the subscription period is proportional to the money you will save in the long run.
The next step is to configure the domain, after which you will be asked to fill out a form with a number of personal data, so that your account with Hosting.uk can be created. On top of that, you’ll need to create (or generate) a password, opt for a payment method, answer the question about where you found them (on TechRadar, of course), and decide if you want to do so. part of their mailing list or leave additional notes.
After you have completed the checkout and verification process and been patient for a day (as Hosting.uk promises ‘same day setup’ without further elaboration) before your new website shows up in its full (future) ) glory, you will enter a fairly ordinary dashboard. Being far from flashy is actually good news, and you shouldn’t have any trouble navigating. Another good news is the easy-to-use Linux-based cPanel which is the default control panel and one of the best (if not the best) solutions for website and server management in general. With a one-click installer provided, all the best apps (such as WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal) will be yours to order in no time.
As an alternative, there is a drag and drop website builder, however, you will need to pay additional fees to acquire it.
Speed and experience
Among other things, Hosting.uk promises ‘lightning-fast’ websites through the use of ‘UK’s fastest servers with modern software’. With that in mind, after testing the speed of Hosting.uk’s main website (via GTmetrix), we expected to be blown away by the results. However, what we expected and what we got were completely different stories. The time it took for the page to fully load was above average, as were the number of requests. Still, most of the vital web metrics (initial server response time, preload key requests, most important content painting, etc.) were simply showing poor performance, resulting in a C (65%) as a conclusive rating.
Not failing to proudly mention its ‘state of the art’ web hosting infrastructure, Hosting.uk guarantees a 99.9% uptime, which is in fact recognized as an industry standard. ‘accommodation. Unfortunately, after monitoring Hosting.uk’s main website for over a month, we were faced with results showing 99.54% uptime, which is not a particularly presentable performance. There were five instances of downtime in total, with the longest spanning 48 minutes in a row, while the shortest was only 3 minutes.
When it comes to support, the first options that caught our eye on the Hosting.uk website were chat (not live at all, because every time we checked to see if anyone was there we would get “We are offline ”as an answer) and two telephone numbers (one is international and the other is for UK customers). Beside that, you can open a support ticket and hope for a quick response. The availability of technical support depends on your hosting package, so if you choose one of the shared hosting options, there is no 24/7 live support for you. It’s available with all Dedicated Server packages though, which is pretty reasonable considering they cost a pretty dime.
Hosting.uk’s FAQ section is fairly well structured although it doesn’t go into detail. Their knowledge base, on the other hand, has a decent number of articles covering the most important hosting questions. If you prefer to watch an informative video, twelve of them are featured on the official Hosting.uk YouTube account and they are very easy to follow.
UKHost4U and Hosting.uk both have their compatriots as target audience as all of their data centers are located in UK. In terms of hosting services and features, they are almost equal. Almost equal, in fact, since UKHost4U will sweeten the deal with its drag and drop website builder which will give you an alternative way to create content, design and develop your website.
Unlike Hosting.uk, HostGator is a US based web host, so it may be more convenient for US users while Hosting.uk is more likely to appeal to UK users. If we overlook this difference, HostGator has more newbie-friendly features (like a free domain, free SSL certificate, and free website builder) that will undoubtedly attract more newbie users. However, one thing that Hosting.uk has and HostGator lacks is Minecraft server hosting which will be a deciding factor for those who want to set up their Minecraft servers and get lost in its huge world.
Like Hosting.uk, Shockbyte is another Minecraft server provider, but one that is all about game servers. In contrast, Hosting.uk provides a full range of hosting services and sees Minecraft servers as an addition to its collection rather than something it specializes in. Therefore, if you are looking for Minecraft servers, go for Shockbyte as it is one of the best options out there. For everything else, take a look at Hosting.uk.
Much like HostGator, Bluehost offers a myriad of hosting options, features, available apps, and (unfortunately) a price increase at the end of the promotional period. Hosting.uk will take the hassle out of you, as it offers a Lifetime Price Guarantee ensuring that your product price will never come as a surprise.
Although Hosting.uk has been part of the UK web hosting industry for almost a decade, it has managed to remain relatively obscure to this day, as if it is fighting a losing battle against more well-known web hosts such as Easyspace, UK2 and Tsohost. Still, it has a pretty decent array of hosting options and cool features (Price Lock Guarantee is one of them), so if you’re exploring what the UK market has to offer, give them a try. Hosting.uk’s 30-day money-back guarantee will allow you to do this risk-free.
However, if you’re looking for a cheap, beginner-friendly shared hosting package that includes everything you need for a good start, you’ll do better with providers like Bluehost and HostGator.