123-Reg Web Hosting Review
123-Reg is a UK-based web hosting company established in 2000 and is a part of the HEG private group which also owns other business such as Webfusion, Host Europe, and RedCoruna. The company offers shared, reseller, VPS, and dedicated hosting.
The company offers a 99.99% uptime for their clients although some users have complained of significant downtime periods.
Their Shared hosting services are hosted through cloud and they have the following features: free domain, 1 GB to unlimited web space, 10 subdomains to 100 subdomains, FTP access to unlimited FTP users, Blacklist monitoring, and the higher plans include 5 to unlimited databases, multiple websites hosted, backup and restore option, Cron jobs, scheduled tasks, and free SSL.
They also offer WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal hosting with the following features: free domain and email, 1-click installation, unlimited bandwidth, backup and restore, 1 GB to 100 GB of disk storage, 150 MB to 1 GB MySQL database, and multiple sites for premium subscriptions.
Their Premium hosting options include: 4 GB to 16 GB of RAM, 100 GB to unlimited disk space, unlimited MySQL databases having 1 GB disk space, unlimited bandwidth, Webalizer, Google sitemap generator, unlimited websites hosted, 1-click app installation, in-house control panel, dedicated IP, free domain name, and unlimited mailboxes.
For VPS hosting, your options are: 1 to 3 CPU cores, 512 MB to 3 GB of RAM, 25 GB to 150 GB od disk storage, unlimited bandwidth, Linux or Windows OS, cPanel or Plesk control panel depending on the plan, fully scalable, and optional backups and dedicated IP.
Dedicated hosting features include: 12 to 24 CPU cores, 48 GB to 96 GB of RAM, 1.2 TB to 3.2 TB hard drive, RAID10, unlimited data transfer, 500Mbps port speed, daily backups, Snapshots, Plesk control panel, and the latest HP hardware.
Prices for Shared web hosting are £2.49 a month for Start Up, £4.16 for Business, and £7.49 for Professional. These do not include the 20% VAT.
Their WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal hosting costs £4.16 a month for a standard subscription and £29.99 for Premium subscription.
Their Premium Hosting services cost £29.99 a month for M, £49.99 for L, and £119.99 for XL.
For VPS hosting, the prices are £9.99 a month for Starter, £18.99 for L, £29.99 for XL, and £44.99 for XXL.
Dedicated Hosting is priced at £109.00 a month for L, £149.00 for XL, and £199.00 for XXL. Please take note that these prices do not reflect the 20% VAT.
Prices for additional services are: £29.99 to £249.99 a year for SSL certificates and from £2.09 to £5.09 a month for Site Scanner.
Tech support is available via a knowledgebase, phone, and email. The company offers some average quality tech support. They are tiered according to the type of problem that you have and will also cost you an extra charge. Clients have complained though that support is not that efficient in handling problems and some were also charged for already cancelled subscriptions.
For security, the company offers an SSL certificate for some subscriptions whereas others would have to purchase it separately. They also offer daily backups even for basic subscriptions which is a great feature. What they do not have are anti-virus scans which you will have to buy.
123-Reg offers a good range of web hosting plans that will suit individual to large-scale businesses. Their snapshot and daily backups secures your data so that if anything happens, you can easily recover your within hours. Another good thing about their plans is that they are scalable so you can only choose to use how much you need. Compared to other web hosting companies, their plans contain larger disk spaces and the unlimited bandwidth is really great. They also have 1-click app installs as well as a blacklist monitoring which is quite unique.
Although their technical support services are not outstanding, they do provide a comprehensive knowledgebase that you can rely on. You will also find their prices to be quite reasonable taking the kind of features that they offer on the web. They offer a decent disk space as well as hardware which provides great reliability even if any disaster happens to the servers. Their cloud hosted shared web hosting features are also great. There is also no lock-in period for their plans and you can easily choose a monthly billing option if that is what you prefer. I think that for their price and service, they deserve an 8 out of 10 rating.