just a list of uk web hosting services

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1. SiteGround web hosting

Website: www.siteground.com
Price: £ 2.75
Disk Space: 10 GB
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

This is our all-time favourite hosting company, they’re cheap, have very powerful servers in London, and most importantly, the support is top-notch (the average response time is 10 minutes at the moment).

They also come recommended for WordPress, by WordPress (very few hosting companies can claim this! They can, of course, tackle any CMS you throw at them). Oh, + they have a 30-day money back guarantee (which makes this a no-brainer imho)!

SiteGrounds’ plans also come with a host of cool features like an incredibly efficient security system, automated back-ups, and free SSL (very important for e-commerce sites).

Pros: Free SSL, free CDN, fast servers in London, awesome support, recommended by WP, user-friendly, easily scalable, great security tech.

They have 3 hosting plans, their most affordable plan starts at only £2.75/mo (69% off the usual price)!

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2. GreenGeeks web hosting

Website: www.greengeeks.com
Price: $3.95
Disk Space: Unlimited
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

GreenGeeks is one of the companies you just know is doing everything right, they’ve seen a massive growth since they went live in 2008. The reasons for their success is pretty clear once you start working with them, it’s a combination of global reach (multiple data centres around the world), awesome performance, great and pretty speedy support, and last but not least, they’re putting their energy consumption back 3 times into the grid through wind energy, which is quite amazing!

As far as specific features go, they offer unlimited disk space on even their most basic plan, have 24/7 support, and just like SiteGround, a 30-day money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied! A solid #2 on our list!

Pros: Eco-friendly, unlimited disk space, 30-day money back guarantee, 24/7 support

Their cheapest plan starts at only USD $3.95/month (Exclusive MangoMatter Discount – down from $9.95)

GET STARTED WITH GREENGEEKS

3. A2 Hosting web hosting

Website: www.a2hosting.com
Price: $3.92
Disk Space: Unlimited
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

A2 Hosting is on par with SiteGround, they also have a variety of blazing fast servers world-wide + have great support. While they don’t have the official WordPress recommendation, their performance with WP sites is amazing. As is their performance with the majority of popular CMSs, their servers are well-optimized and include 1-script installers for most CMSs.

They offer shared hosting, reseller hosting, VPS, and dedicated servers.

pros: Unlimited disk space, great support, anytime money back guarantee, free site migration, global data centres.

They offer 3 hosting packages, their cheapest plan starts at only $3.92/mo (was originally $7.99/mo).

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4. TSOhost web hosting

Website: www.tsohost.com
Price: £ 2.99
Disk Space: 15 GB
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

With over a decade in hosting experience, they’re one of the go-to web hosting providers in the UK.

They’ve got everything you need… massive data centres in Slough, 24/7/365 around the clock support, and high-performance cloud hosting & “hybrid” solutions… if you want to go local, these are the guys to go with!

They also offer free SSL, daily backups, 30-day money back guarantee, unlimited bandwidth, and free website migration.

As for hosting plans, they have cPanel hosting, cloud hosting, reseller hosting, VPS and dedicated hosting plans, and then CMS optimised plans for WordPress, Joomla, Magento, PrestaShop, and Ghost. They even offer free hosting for charities.

Pros: Local host, LOTS of hosting options, affordable, free SSL, 30-day money back guarantee.

Cons: No overseas data centres

Their best plan imho starts at £2.99/mo

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5. WP Engine web hosting

Website: wpengine.com
Price: $35 (USD)
Disk space: Unlimited
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

If you’re actually looking for super high quality managed WordPress hosting for the UK, WP Engine is what you need! They are the market leader when it comes to hosting WordPress sites, and with good reason (though are a tad expensive). They have an in-house custom built caching system to serve pages super-fast (called EverCache), and combined with their CDN, they are the fastest WordPress hosting company around!

Their 24/7 support obviously specializes in WordPress, enabling them to fix any issue without a hitch. On top of that, they also take care of any WordPress core updates so you don’t have to worry about it. And when it’s a major update, they actually test the site first before updating to be sure nothing breaks, top notch service. They also have live real-time threat detection, actively block DDOS attacks, and they’ll even fix your site for free if it does get hacked…

Pros: Expert support, super reliable, a lot of premium WordPress features, fully managed.

Cons: Expensive

All of the above more than justifies the price tag! Interested in peace of mind and can spare the budget?

Their cheapest plan starts at $35/month

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6. eUKhost web hosting

Website: www.eukhost.com
Price: £ 3.33
Disk Space: 2 GB
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

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eUKhost has a decent reputation in the UK, they have hosting plans for pretty much anyone. From Linux, to windows, business-focused, and even WordPress optimised packages, it’s clear they know what the market wants. They have 4 data centres in the UK, making speed a non-issue for UK targeted websites. They offer some cool extra’s like a free domain name and free daily backups.

That being said though, they don’t have any overseas servers, and their cheapest web hosting plan only offers 2 GB, if we compare this to our favourite, SiteGround, they offer 10 GB and do have quite a few data centres around the world.

As for hosting plans, they offer cPanel hosting, Windows hosting, WordPress hosting, business plans, reseller hosting, VPS, dedicated servers, and cloud hosting.

Pros: Local host, multiple data centres in the UK, a lot of hosting options, free domain name.

Cons: No overseas servers, limited disk space on their basic plans.

 

7. Heart Internet web hosting

Website: www.heartinternet.uk
Price: £ 2.66 excl. VAT
Disk Space: 2 GB
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

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Heart Internet is very similar to eUKhost, both in pricing and features… they have 2 added benefits, they offer 5 GB disk space on their basic plan, and they have in-house support, which, if you’ve been browsing this site for a bit, you would know that we highly appreciate any company that doesn’t outsource support.

They also sponsor quite a lot of events and conferences like WordCamp, Pixel Pioneers, Hack24, and others. We do like a company that gives back to the community.

As for hosting options, they offer shared web hosting, premium hosting for more demanding sites, VPS, reseller hosting, dedicated servers, and WordPress hosting.

That being said, their reputation isn’t the best at the moment, with reports of frequent outages and worsening support… also, their basic plan doesn’t actually support MySQL databases, so no WordPress support unless you go a plan higher at £9.49/mo (excl. VAT).

Pros: gives back to the community, affordable for static html sites, lots of hosting options.

Cons: No overseas data centres, rocky reputation, no WP support on the basic plan.

 

8. HostGator web hosting

Website: www.hostgator.com
Price: $2.75 (USD)
Disk Space: Unlimited
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

HostGator has been around for a loooooong time, in that time, they’ve gone from good to bad, back to decent again. They’re cheap as chips, but you’ll feel it in the quality of their services, support, and security. We’ve had multiple sites hacked on their servers, all having similar themes and plugins to other sites on different hosts, and they didn’t get hacked.

That being said, if you look at the price, the value you get is pretty amazing… but if you have a bit of a budget, I’d probably go with a host that has a local data centre so you’re not dealing with the slow loading times that come with having a US server.

HostGator has the following hosting plans: Shared hosting, WordPress hosting, cloud hosting, reseller, VPS, and dedicated servers.

Pros: Cheap, decent value

Cons: Lower quality services, security, US servers

 

9. Cloudways web hosting

Website: www.cloudways.com
Price: $10 (USD)
Disk space: 25 GB
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

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Cloudways allows you to deploy, manage, and monitor high-performance apps and websites directly on cloud servers, cutting out the usual web hosting middle-man (this is NOT for beginners). If you know your way around a server, these guys are awesome! Good support, the choice a LOT of providers, from Digital Ocean, to AWS, to Vultr, they have the goods.

They also have their own CDN called CloudwaysCDN, and even built a custom caching plugin for WordPress (plugin called Breeze) that considerably speeds up loading times. Then for Joomla, they integrated full page caching for max speed.

Prices vary from $10 to $272/mo, depending on your site’s requirements.

You can’t go wrong here… if you’re a bit of a techie.

Pros: Affordable high-performance hosting, great support, super scalable

Cons: Bit of a learning curve

 

10. InMotion Hosting web hosting

Website: www.inmotionhosting.com
Price: $6.39 (USD)
Disk space: Unlimited
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

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While InMotion is not a bad host, their solutions are mostly focused on businesses, hence the higher price tag. They also don’t have a UK data centre, so unless you’re targeting a demographic in the US and really want to host with them, there are better options.

They do offer most of the features and benefits most other hosts offer. And their security is top notch with FREE SSL, hack protection, custom firewall, and DDoS protection.

They offer shared hosting, reseller hosting, VPS, dedicated servers, and WordPress hosting (which has WP specific features like automatic updates and security patches, and a drag-and-drop site builder).

Pros: High-quality hosting solutions, great support, good security.

Cons: Expensive, US servers

 

11. Bluehost web hosting

Website: www.bluehost.com
Price: $3.95 (USD)
Disk space: 50 GB
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

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Bluehost is a bit of a veteran in the web hosting industry, they started off as being quite amazing, but then got bought by EIG (who also own HostGator), and things started going downhill quite fast.

Since then though, they’ve been working on their image and hosting solutions to improve the overall quality, and it’s paying off. They’re marketing and general user reviews are definitely improving. They also offer plenty of disk space on their bas plans (50 GB), and offer free SSL and a free domain.

For the UK, I probably wouldn’t recommend them because of the lack of UK data centres. There are definitely better options.

As for hosting solutions, they have shared hosting, WordPress hosting, VPS, and dedicated servers.

Pros: Veteran, plenty of disk space, affordable

Cons: Rocky reputation, servers in the US

 

12. Dreamhost web hosting

Website: www.dreamhost.com
Price: $7.95 (USD)
Disk space: Unlimited
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

Dreamhost has a really good reputation, and with good reason. They’ve maintained their high-quality hosting services throughout the massive price-war going right now, people really like them as they’re extremely reliable. The only downsides would be the lack of data centres in the UK, and the cost… which you have to pre-pay for 3 years if you want the cheapest rate. It’s not ideal, but they do offer a 97 day money-back guarantee, which is nice.

They also have a special commitment to security and privacy which we like, they have free SSL AND free whois privacy which hides your domain name registration data. DreamHost also has 24/7 support options in case you need it.

They offer shared hosting, WordPress hosting, dedicated servers, and VPS hosting.

Pros: Good reputation, great performance, free domain name, ree whois privacy, free ssl, 97 Day Money-Back Guarantee

Cons: Expensive, servers in the US

 

13. HostPapa web hosting

Website: www.hostpapa.co.uk
Price: $4.35
Disk space: 100 GB
Support: Phone, Live Chat, Tickets

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This one is interesting, they create sites for every country their targeting, and offer pretty much the same as most other hosting companies, with no real stand-outs.

They do offer quite a lot of disk space at a competitive price. But again, no UK data centres, so unless you really like the brand, go with something like SiteGround instead.

As for hosting options, they have shared web hosting, WordPress hosting, VPS hosting, and dedicated servers.

Pros: Plenty of disk space, free ssl,

Cons: No servers in the UK

 

14. StableHost web hosting

Website: www.stablehost.com
Price: $3.50 (USD)
Disk space: Unlimited
Support: Phone, Tickets

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StableHost is an overall decent host, no servers in the UK though. They offer all the same features as most other hosts, with the exception of their clustered hosting technology… which increases overall scalability and speed/performance, with the added bonus that issues with other sites on the same server shouldn’t affect your site as much as it could on other web hosts.

Their security is pretty on point though, with 24/7/365 support and an average response time of 20 minutes.

A good choice if you’re looking to target a US-based market, as again, no UK servers…

They offer shared web hosting, reseller, WP hosting, and VPS.

Pros: Clustered hosting technology, great support, unlimited disk space, affordable.

Cons: No UK servers.

 

15. Site5 web hosting

Website: www.site5.com
Price: $6.95 (USD)
Disk space: Unlimited
Support: Live Chat

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Site5 also offers a decent service, but looking at the price-point, the value proposition isn’t really there as there are better hosts out there that are more affordable. Also, their main server is in the US so it wouldn’t be great for UK sites.

We do like the unlimited disk space, free migrations, and their backup system.

As for hosting plans, they have shared hosting, VPS hosting, and reseller plans.

Pros: Unlimited disk space

Cons: More expensive, servers in the US

UK web hosting pubWeb Hosting UK Comparison: Digging Deeper

If you’re looking to create a website for the UK market, whether you envision it being a large site that sees a lot of traffic, or a smaller scale project that won’t need as much capacity, or support as much traffic, you’re going to be faced with a few tricky choices. In addition to the actual site design, how the website is going to be set up (blog, business site, or do you need e-commerce hosting), your URL, and so much more, you’re also going to have to think about which UK web hosting provider to go with.

There are quite a lot of different web hosting providers in the UK, and the choice that is going to serve you and your website the best will have a lot to do with the type of site you’re looking to host, the purpose of that website, and the traffic you anticipate it generating. So aside from our web hosting reviews above, we’ve also gathered everything you need to know about how to create your own web hosting comparison for the UK.

UK Web Hosting: Hosting Types

Shared Hosting (aka cheap web hosting)

Shared hosting is ideal for smaller-scale websites and projects you’re looking to build. Shared hosting has more limitations than other web hosting options available, but for most smaller websites like blogs, biz sites, and personal websites, these are limitations you will likely never even notice unless your project becomes much larger than you initially anticipated. This cheap web hosting type works by a provider offering server space on the same server to many different clients; your website will not be affected by the other websites on the server, and your limitations will only lie in the fact that you are splitting the bandwidth, storage space, and more, with the other clients operating out of that server space (as briefly described in our SiteGround review). Also keep in mind that even the cheapest hosting packages usually come with 1-click installers for the most popular CMS’s like WordPress, Joomla, etc. Also, the majority of UK web hosts also offer shared packages for both Linux & Windows hosting (and of course support common languages like MySQL, PHP, etc).

VPS Hosting

VPS hosting, or virtual private server hosting, is the perfect middle ground between shared hosting and dedicated server hosting. It is like shared hosting, in that multiple websites are hosted out of a single server (hopefully in or close to the United Kingdom); however, in VPS hosting, a partition is used to separate your website from websites of other users of the same server. Thus, it comes with many benefits of a dedicated server, with just a little less power and a much lower price tag.

Dedicated Server Hosting

Dedicated server hosting is often the best option for web developers when money is no object. A dedicated server allots an entire server to the client, meaning you can have that entire space to yourself and do whatever you would like with it. This opens the door to a lot of heightened performance capabilities, making them the go-to option for larger websites such as e-commerce sites, real estate directories, forums, and more. These come with a high price tag, too, so are best reserved for larger endeavours.

Cloud Hosting

Cloud hosting is quickly becoming one of the favourite types of web hosting of many web developers in the United Kingdom. This is because it is a highly versatile option for websites both big and small. If there were any one-size-fits-all web hosting option, it would be cloud hosting. This type of hosting allows you to seamlessly upgrade or downgrade your plan as the needs of your website change, and it is also one of the most powerful and safe methods of web hosting. Powered by several machines, downtime is decreased, and your information is protected.

Reseller Hosting

Reseller hosting is most frequently used by web developers, who purchase large amounts of server space in bulk and resell it (as the name suggests) to the clients that they design websites for. This allows the web developer to retain much more control over the websites they design, to keep them up and running efficiently. This is an uncommon type of hosting for anyone to purchase unless they are a web developer or the client of a web developer that is selling it to them. This makes the website project much simpler for both the client and developer and gives the developer more control over their portfolio.

Web Hosting UK Reviews: What To Look For

As you can see, there are a lot of different choices to consider when it comes to deciding on the right type of web hosting plan for your needs (even free hosting is an option). At the end of the day, your goal is to choose the type of web hosting that is going to give the best results to your website without breaking the bank. Once you have an idea of the type of web hosting package you want to go for, your next step is going to be to look for a web hosting provider you can trust with the performance of your website. To help you choose a provider that you can trust, these are some of the qualities you will want to check for before signing up (we use the same factors in our other top hosting lists like best website hosting Australia, top hosting in Canada, best web hosting Singapore, best NZ hosting, best web hosting India, best web hosting USA, best web hosting France & best hosting Ireland).

Server Location

Believe it or not, the location of your server still matters. Consider where the users are that are going to be trying to access your website, and your ideal server would be the one located closest to that point that has reasonable powerful. If the closest server is significantly underpowered, you’d be doing yourself a favour to use one a bit further away. It really doesn’t matter if you’re looking for city-specific services like web hosting in London, Birmingham, or Leeds… the speed difference will be negligible as long as the server is close-ish, or in, the UK (both SiteGround and A2 Hosting have servers world-wide).

Storage

Before you sign up for any web hosting provider, you are going to want to get an idea of how much storage space your website is going to demand. How many pictures, videos, or other media are you going to have on your site? How much information is it going to need to support (are you using your web host for email as well)? If your site is relatively small, you might not run into a storage problem regardless of the provider you go with.

Uptime

What’s the point of saving a website hosted on the internet if no one can access it? Uptime is something that UK web hosting providers are always looking to increase to make sure sites are accessible to anyone at any time of day or night. A lot of providers will advertise as much as 99.9% uptime, but it’s always good to fact check claims like that. Look up some testimonials online from people who have used their service to get an idea of what the reality will look like.

Support

Whether you are a newbie to the world of web hosting or if you are a veteran who has seen their way around a little bit, you could still benefit more than you might expect from having a reliable support system in place (preferably in the United Kingdom). Check for the support capabilities the provider you are considering offers, as well as their hours of availability. At a bare minimum, they should provide phone support and live chat. Never say no to 24/7 support, either!

Backups

You will likely have valuable information stored on your website that could be disastrous to lose. That’s what makes backing up your information so important, so you should certainly investigate how often your web provider backs up their clients’ websites. Not only that but also look at their methods of retrieval in the unfortunate event that you do lose your information.

Bandwidth

Bandwidth is important for the performance of your website, so you want to make sure you have enough available to your domain to keep it functioning properly and improve the user experience. When it comes to things like shared hosting and even VPS hosting, you may have access to less bandwidth than you might with other options, but the provider you choose to get your service with may also have an impact on the amount of bandwidth you are allotted. Make sure to consider this before deciding on your provider to ensure you will have the resources you need.

Number of domains/sites allowed

If you think you might want to host more than one website using your web hosting package, then make sure the provider you choose will allow you to do so! Even if you think you will only want one website, it’s still good to choose a provider that will allow you to have more if you want to. This way, you are always free to change your mind.

And that’s it, it might seem overwhelming to cover all the points, but just take it one step at a time. Maybe even create a spreadsheet and log all the specs for the best UK web hosting providers, so you’ve got an easy overview.

 

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