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Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
Web Hosting Expert

Eirbyte’s green hosting plans let you help save the planet without paying much of a premium to do so. It’s a pity that this host doesn’t provide more information about its hosting inclusions, but, on the plus side, it does provide rapid responses to pre-sales queries.

Overview

eirbyte mainEirbyte has been in the web hosting business since 1998. In 2001, the company launched Ireland’s first carbon-neutral website, since when it has been completely “off-grid” and powered entirely by a wind turbine and solar panels.

This hosting business has servers in several counties — Germany, Ireland, Holland, England, France, Switzerland, Canada, Luxembourg, and the U.S.A. — to serve a global clientele, and its website is in English.

Features and Ease of Use

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Eirbyte offers Shared Hosting (two plans powered by carbon credits), Hydro Powered Hosting (one shared plan, and three VPS, powered by hydro-electric stations), and Solar Powered Hosting (three shared plans, and four VPS, powered by solar panels).

Depending on the type of hosting you choose, your server will sit in Europe, the U.S.A., or Canada. For example, the hydro plans use data centers in Canada, Sweden, Iceland, and Austria. The solar-powered servers come from California.

The two cheapest shared hosting plans provide you with:

  • 2 GB to 8 GB disk space
  • 100 GB to 200 GB monthly bandwidth
  • Free website migration
  • SSD storage

From what I can see, there is no one-click installer or website builder to help you create your web presence, but Eirbyte will install WordPress with plugins if you choose one of its Cloud VPS plans that sit on servers in 22 locations from Atlanta to Zurich.

Pricing and Support

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Eirbyte’s shared hosting plans are competitively priced, so in this case, you’re not necessarily paying a premium to go green. You can purchase the euro-priced plans by bank transfer, PayPal, or credit/debit card, on billing cycles from monthly to annual. There is no money-back guarantee as far as I can see.

There are no self-support resources, but you can contact this company’s customer support team during working hours on weekdays via Twitter or an online form. My online form submission received a speedy response (but didn’t actually answer the questions I asked).

Pricing

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Bottom line on Eirbyte

Eirbyte’s website says a lot more about its green credentials than it does about the features of its hosting plans. So, while there is no mention of such things as a one-click installer or website builder, this absence of evidence is not necessarily evidence of absence. Apart from its green credentials, one of Eirbyte’s major selling points is its speedy customer support.

Pros

  • 21 years of industry experience
  • Eco-friendly hosting
  • Competitive pricing
  • Rapid pre-sales support replies

Cons

  • No money-back guarantee
  • Plans only payable in euros

For eco-friendly Irish hosting, visit Eirbyte.

Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
Gwen is a web developer and software engineer who loves to get lost in JavaScript (and a good book). She spends her free time teaching girls how to be coders, and doing yoga on her balcony in the sunshine.

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