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UK2.net Web Hosting Review | Lifestyle Select

UK2.net Web Hosting Review

UK2.net Web Hosting Review

UK2.net is located in Canary Wharf, London, UK. They have been hosting websites in the UK since 1998 and are part of the UK2 Group who are one of the fastest growing and largest web hosting companies in the United Kingdom. They offer webhosting and domain registration to individuals and businesses and have hosted thousands of web sites and have sold over a millions of domain names. UK2.net understands the necessity for reliable web hosting services, great service and good value for money.

The UK2.net Web hosting offers Shared Hosting, Virtual Private Server hosting (VPS), and Dedicated Server hosting. They also have a range of reseller hosting accounts for white label hosting with 100% branding. As well as this there is also a VPN offering that secures mobile phone data by encrypting the data, and it blocks malicious applications and provides an one IP address from a location of your choice. There are no set up fees with UK2.net Web Hosting but they do offer a managed setup service starting from £49.95 if you don’t have the time or technical expertise to set up your UK2 Website Hosting, E-commerce, or Reseller Hosting. Included with all web hosting packages is a free SEO package.

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UK2.net Shared Web Hosting

The UK2.net shared hosting is ideal for running a small business website, online shop, blog, forum, wiki, classified ad site, etc. Their Shared Web Hosting is divided into three different types – personal hosting, business hosting and ecommerce. The regular Shared Hosting packages that are available are ‘Starter’, ‘Personal’, ‘Business Hosting’ and ‘Business Cloud’ all of which claim to have no hidden fees or extra charges. The Ecommerce packages that are available are ‘E-commerce Starter’, ‘E-commerce Plus’ and soon be launched ‘E-commerce Cloud’

UK2.net Facebook Integration

Facebook integration is provided by UK2.net free for the first month with the shared hosting plans and then it is an option for £1 a month

UK2.net Premium Backup

Like most web hosting companies UK2.net provide a daily backup facility in their hosting. This is great if a server that your website is hosted on crashes because they will restore it for you. But what if you delete a single file and you then realise you need to restore it? Normally there would be nothing that you can do about this. However if you pay for the Premium Back up at UK2.net web hosting then you will have up to 4 weeks back-ups automatically with daily, weekly and monthly backup of your entire site or databases. So restoring any file is easy to do if you need to. The Premium Back up costs an extra £1 per month.

 

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UK2.net Stats 2.0 web Statistics Analytics Tool

The UK2.net shared hosting comes with the standard Webalizer reporting. They also offer an option to add extra analytics over the standard Webalizer reporting. This gives ‘Google Analytics’ type of reporting for an extra £9.99 a year. On ‘Business Hosting’ and ‘Business Cloud’ the UK2.net Stats 2.0 is included free of charge if you opt for the 12 month hosting package.

The shared business hosting options

The main features of the shared business hosting accounts are unlimited websites, unlimited Web Hosting Space, unlimited Monthly Traffic, unlimited POP / IMAP E-mail accounts, unlimited MySQL Databases, unlimited FTP Accounts, unlimited Subdomains and Free SSL certificates.

Starter Personal Business Hosting Business Cloud
Basic sites Personal sites Business sites Popular & Ecommerce sites
99p Per Month FROM £3.95 Per Month FROM £4.95 Per Month FROM £9.95 Per Month
Click To Go To Website Click To Go To Website Click To Go To Website Click To Go To Website
Number of Websites 1 10 Unlimited Unlimited
Free Domain Names 0 1 3 3**
Web Hosting Space 500MB Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Monthly Traffic Unlimited Unlimited
POP / IMAP E-mail 5 Forwarders Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
MySQL Databases 0 1 Unlimited Unlimited
Dedicated IP Address No No Yes Yes
FREE SSL Certificate No No Yes Yes
SSH No No Yes Yes
Choose Location No No No Yes
MoreUK2 No No No Yes
Uptime SLA No No No Yes
Lower Contention No No No Yes
Cloud Redundancy No No No Yes
24/7 Support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Set Up Fees No No No No
Subdomains 5 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Backups Daily Back-up Daily Back-up Daily Back-up Daily Back-up
Control Panel cPanel11 cPanel11 cPanel11 cPanel11
FTP Accounts 1 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
File Manager Yes Yes Yes Yes
Databases
Maximum Size 0 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
phpMyAdmin No Yes Yes Yes
cPanel GUI Manager No Yes Yes Yes
Extras
Softaculous 1-Click Installer No Yes Yes Yes
Cron Jobs No Yes Yes Yes
Back-up Wizard Yes Yes Yes Yes
Redirects Yes Yes Yes Yes
Custom Error Pages Yes Yes Yes Yes
Statistics
Webalizer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Analogue Yes Yes Yes Yes
Raw Log Files Yes Yes Yes Yes
99p Per Month FROM £3.95 Per Month FROM £4.95 Per Month FROM £9.95 Per Month
Click To Go To Website Click To Go To Website Click To Go To Website Click To Go To Website

 

UK2.net Shared Ecommerce Hosting

The UK2.net Shared Ecommerce Hosting plan provides a drag and drop shop with features that are designed to make selling online easier. The features of the Ecommerce Hosting plan include unlimited products and pages, drag & drop design editing, a scalable shopping cart, ready to install website templates that are optimised for mobiles, and a risk free trial.


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Additionally to improve the ranking in the search engines of your website the UK2.net Ecommerce templates will work on all web browsers and also includes search engine friendly pages with Search Engine Optimised (SEO) headings, meta & title tags, Sitemaps, User-Friendly URL’s and you can also add unlimited amounts of info pages.

For the convenience of your web site visitors there is also multi-Language & multi-Currency Options and Facebook integration. The web hosting with UK2.net ecommerce package lets you integrate your shopping cart with Google Checkout, Paypal, World Pay and many other popular gateways. So you can start accepting payments virtually immediately.

E-commerce Starter E-commerce Plus E-commerce Cloud
£9.95 Per Month £15.95 Per Month
Basic shop Critical shop Complex shop
Click To Go To Website Click To Go To Website
Free Domains1 No 1 Coming Soon
Email Addresses 1 Unlimited
Dedicated SSL Certificate £4.99 /month Yes
Uptime SLA No Yes
Support Callbacks £4.99 /month Yes
Number of items & categories Unlimited Unlimited
Free Shop Templates Yes Yes
Downloadable items Yes Yes
Dedicated IP Address £4.99 /month Yes
SSH Access No Yes
Stats2 Analytics £9.99 /domain /year Free
MoreUK2 No Yes
Subversion Control No Yes
Multiple Currencies Yes Yes
FTP Accounts 1 10
Custom Error Pages Yes Yes
Subdomains No 5
OS Linux Linux
Backups Daily + RAIDed Daily + RAIDed
Analogue Yes Yes
Raw Log Files Yes Yes
24/7 Support Yes Yes
UK Telephone Support Yes Yes
Set-up Guides Yes Yes
Click To Go To Website Click To Go To Website

 

UK2.net Programming Compatibility

UK2.net has programming compatibility with the following scripting PHP 5.2.5, Ruby on Rails, Perl, CGI, PEAR, SuPHP, IonCube Loader, SourceGuardian Loader, Zend Optimizer, GD and Frontpage Extensions.

UK2.net web Hosting Control Panel

UK2.net hosting accounts are accessed via cPanel control panel. Within the cPanel it is easy to access the tool required to update and maintain your website, FTP, email, statistics, databases, Softaculous a 1-Click Installer, a backup wizard etc. Statistics are provided by Webalizer.

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UK2.net Web Hosting ‘One Click Installs’

The UK2.net Softaculous 1-Click Installer option on UK2.net web hosting make installing many popular scripts as easy as just one click. Using the 1-Click Installer you can quickly and easily install a blog, photo gallery, wiki’s, shopping carts and many more for free without requiring any programming or web-design knowledge. The popular scripts that can be installed include WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, TYPO3 etc.

UK2.net Virtual Private Server (VPS) Web Hosting

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The UK2.net Virtual Private Server (VPS) web hosting starting £8.95 per month and have a totally variable pricing plan where choose the CPU, RAM, and Hard Disc Space that you require and the price changes accordingly. So the price possibilities are almost endless but easily selected on their website. Some of the features that the UK2.net VPS Hosting has include self-healing cloud servers with automatic failover, One IP address per VM, Gigabit unmetered connections, Windows and Linux system images (currently over 100 and rising), 24/7 UK Support 365 days a year, the ability to launch many VPS cloud servers on one package, you can deploy VPS clouds in minutes, and there are Premium Templates such as cPanel, etc

UK2.net Dedicated Server Web Hosting

There are also a range of UK located Dedicated Server Web Hosting packages at UK2.net starting from £49 per month. Some of the main features include Linux or Windows Platform, Unlimited SSL Certificates. Due to the constantly improvement in technology I haven’t included the specification of the equipment here because the price and specification is always changing.

UK2.net Hosting Review Speed Test

When I tested the speed of the UK2.net Website website using Pingdom I found that it was just above average being faster than 52% of all websites as can be seen below:

 

UK2.net Review Speed Test

UK2.net Review Speed Test

 

Help & Customer Support

Help is available with video tutorials and UK based telephone support 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Conclusion

The UK2.net website is not the best designed and some of the packages are not easy to locate – particular the ‘Starter’, ‘Personal’ web hosting packages (I figured this out eventually – you have to click the top ‘web hosting’ tab because they are not accessible from the dropdown options. They have 7 shared hosting plans and it is a little confusing knowing which one to pick if you don’t understand what the differences are. This would be a good opportunity to test their customer support. UK2.net web hosting is a serious provider of web hosting with plenty of features and competitive prices for all hosting requirements and should be seriously considered for your web hosting

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