According to its Twitter account, Bristol-based Hosting 49 joined the service in January 2017 and posted its last tweet on 1 September 2017. The fact that the copyright notice on its website is also dated 2017, and its linked Facebook and LinkedIn accounts are non-existent suggests that this U.K. company may have been short-lived and possibly no longer in business at all.
Features and Ease of Use
If we ignore the initial doubts I expressed in the introduction, Hosting 49’s promotional materials would suggest that it leverages fast and secure Britain-based servers and a reliable network with 100 Gbps speed to deliver web hosting services to customers around the world.
According to the information on its website, this provider’s packages give you access to the following features:
- Two addon domains
- Unlimited subdomains
- Unlimited email accounts
- Unlimited MySQL Databases
- MagicSpam antispam
- One-click installer
- SSD storage
Hosting 49 boasts about having maintained an impressive 99.9% uptime for many years, thanks to a combination of low-latency bandwidth and hand-picked server hardware with DDR4 ECC RAMs. It promises to credit your account with free hosting for a month if uptime falls below this level.
Account setup is instant, so you can start using the cPanel control panel immediately without having to make telephone calls or exchange emails. You can use the panel to manage web-based emails and databases, to configure MySQL databases, and to build a WordPress website with the step-by-step wizard.
Although Hosting 49 performs daily backups to offsite locations, these are purely for its own disaster recovery purposes, so customers are responsible for carrying out their own backups. You can restore backups using the R1Soft tool, but beware that cPanel backups will be disabled if they exceed 4 GB.
From a security perspective, Hosting 49 carries out regular server scans for malware, with any vulnerabilities patched on time. You can also secure your site with SSL, enable anti-spam for your emails, and password-protect sensitive directories and files.
Pricing and Support
Hosting 49’s three hosting solutions – Forum Hosting, WordPress Hosting, and Classic Web Hosting – can be paid for via PayPal on billing cycles from 1 to 24 months, with increasing discounts for longer terms. This company is so confident about its services that it backs its boasts with a 30-day money back guarantee, although this is pretty standard among hosting providers.
Since I have some concerns about this provider’s provenance and longevity, it would have been nice to have seen some immediate contact channels such as telephone and live chat. Unfortunately, it appears that the only way to contact the company is by submitting a support ticket. On the plus side, you might be able to answer some of your support questions yourself via the well-stocked knowledge base: