Features and Ease of Use
Beget offers a fairly standard range of shared hosting plans, along with dedicated servers and what they call Premium Hosting plans. The latter looks like a VPS or low-load shared server option – essentially, the Premium Hosting servers can handle a load that’s seven times greater than what their typical shared hosting plans can take.
Where Beget really stands out is in the resource allocations they offer to their users. All shared and premium hosting plans come with unlimited MySQL databases, unlimited emails, unlimited subdomains, and unlimited bandwidth – the main limitation is in the storage space and the number of websites you can host.
Of course, when they say “unlimited bandwidth,” it isn’t truly unlimited – they’ll cap your account at 65 CP a day, which in layman terms simply equates to about 7100 visitors a day for a basic WordPress website. When you consider that this limitation applies even to their Noble and Great plans – which allow up to ten and 25 websites respectively – this actually isn’t a whole lot. This means that while their shared hosting plans are great for smaller websites, you’ll have to opt for something heavier-duty if you’re expecting a ton of traffic.
Beget has a 99.9% uptime guarantee for their shared servers, though this isn’t readily advertised on their website for some reason (you’ll have to dig through their “Terms of Service” to find it).
Beget doesn’t offer cPanel with their shared hosting plans, but for the most part, their interface was surprisingly simple and easy to navigate, albeit lacking the robust functionality that cPanel offers. Once you’ve selected a plan, you’ll be asked for your contact details and credit card information. After that, your account is set up and presented to you in just a few seconds – they even provide you with a Beget subdomain based on your username, just in case you haven’t purchased a domain yet. One thing I was slightly disappointed by is that certain aspects of their interface haven’t been fully translated into English, but that was easily resolved with the help of Google Chrome’s Translate to English feature.
Pricing and Support
Beget’s prices aren’t the lowest on the market, but they’re definitely one of the most affordable choices – which explains why they’ve grown to become one of the top ten largest hosting providers in Russia. This is especially pertinent when you consider the number of unlimited features they include in each package.
They don’t have a free plan available, but they do give you an evaluation period of 35 days for you to test their service risk-free. You can make payment for the package at any time within the 35 days; the remaining evaluation period will simply be added on to the duration of your hosting plan. Also, if you pay for your annual contract in one lump sum up front, you’ll enjoy a discount.
Changing plans is easy enough with Beget: all you have to do is click on the new plan name directly in your web hosting control panel, then press the button Change tariff plan. You can also add or remove features from your package (provided you don’t fall below the base configuration of the plan). They include a free website migration service, so you can easily transfer over from another hosting provider without much downtime.
Beget also has a decent manual that covers the basics of their user interface. There’s no search function and it won’t help you troubleshoot any account issues, unfortunately, so if you want more specific assistance, you’ll have to contact their customer support team. Their support staff is available 24/7 via email or the ticketing system in your user admin panel. Sadly, there’s no phone or live chat support, but given that their help documentation all tend to be in Russian, I’m not holding high hopes even if they do provide those in future.