Features and Ease of Use
While Create Register is primarily a domain registrar, they do also offer a comprehensive range of hosting services. Their shared hosting plans come with the following core features:
- Use of Tier IV data centers and 99.9% uptime
- Manual backups
- From one to unlimited domains
- Unlimited subdomains
- Unlimited storage and bandwidth
- SSL certificates available for purchase
Create Register are very open about their infrastructure, which is nice to see. They have multiple server locations in the U.K, U.S, and Europe. Not only are these centers Tier IV, which is excellent and means less than 26 minutes of downtime per year, they also own and operate them. They commit to a 99.9% uptime guarantee.
They use branded robust Dell and SuperMicro servers, as well as 100% solid state disk drives, for read / write speeds up to ten times faster than traditional hard disk drives.
In terms of their shared hosting plans, they offer three levels of Linux plans: Budget, VIP, and Premium. There’s actually not a huge amount of difference between the plans, as all of them include unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited subdomains, and unlimited MySQL databases, as well as support for PHP 7 and 7.1 and a one-click website installer. The main difference is that the Budget plan is for one domain only, while both VIP and Premium come with unlimited domains. The VIP plan comes with 1 Core CPU and 1024 MB RAM, whilst the Premium plans includes 2 Core CPU and 2048 MB RAM.
They also offer three Windows shared hosting plans all called Budget (I’m assuming this is a typo). The plans all include one website, however, the storage increases from 10GB to 50GB and the bandwidth from 5GB to 20GB. The Windows plans use Plesk while Linux use cPanel for the control panel.
While the resources all seem pretty generous, just make a note that none of the plans come with automatic backups. You must configure them manually within your control panel or pay extra for instant, ongoing backups. To sweeten the deal, all plans do come with a free CDN for high speed website load times around the world.
Pricing and Support
They advertise two prices: a sale price and the actual price. The sale price is very affordable, however, upon renewal you will be charged the actual price, which is almost double the sale price. So, while you’ll benefit from deeply discounted rates initially, be warned – they won’t last forever!
This means that if you sign up for a one-year term, in your second year, the monthly price will be significantly higher. That said, given the top quality infrastructure and high resource quotas, the premium price point upon renewal is understandable.
Plans can be bought in one or three year terms only, and there is a very steep discount if you purchase three years upfront. Backups are an added cost, as are domain registration and SSL certificates.
They provide 24/7 customer service by phone, email, and live chat, and if you’re more of a do-it-yourself kind of person, they have a substantial knowledge base along with video tutorials. I have chatted with them a few times on live chat and they’ve always responded straight away and been friendly, helpful, and efficient.