Reviews and expert opinion IQ PL

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4.1
  • Features
    4.1
  • Ease of Use
    4.1
  • Support
    4.0
  • Pricing
    4.0
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Gwen Rodgers
Gwen Rodgers
Web Hosting Expert
IQ PL is a long standing hosting provider that has been in business since 2001. The uptime guarantee is disappointing, but the plans have a good level of features and the servers are in a Tier III data center.

Overview

IQ PL has been providing hosting and internet solutions since 2001. It owns its own server room in a Tier III data center and thousands of servers. The business is located in Gdańsk, Poland, and the website is provided in Polish.

Features and Ease of Use

IQ PL sells a full range of hosting services and cloud solutions. The shared hosting plans come with these key features:

  • 99.982% data center uptime availability
  • Daily backup of FTP data, weekly backup of databases
  • Domain registration available
  • Automatic support for LetsEncrypt certificates
  • Up to 400GB disk capacity
  • Up to unlimited transfer per month

IQ PL owns and operates its own server room which is N + 1 and partially 2N + 1 redundant. Robust, branded Dell and Juniper hardware is used, and the servers run on Apache.

IQ PL features

The center is Tier III classified, which means the uptime guarantee is 99.982% or less than 1.6 hours of downtime per year. Oddly, however, IQ PL does not pass this uptime on to its guarantee and the shared hosting plans come with an availability guarantee between 99.8% and 99.9%, dependent on the plan.

There are tons of value added features for experts. There’s support for all versions of PHP, unlimited FTP accounts, Perl, Cron jobs, and MySQL databases, as well as SSH access.

The information related to beginner friendly features is less interesting. For ease of use, there is an Installatron automatic script installer (although it’s not clear for how many programs), however, there is no website building tool (I confirmed this with support).

Also included are some unique discounts off partnering companies such as Brand 24 (a credit towards ad spend), Firma.pl (an accounting software and tool voucher), and SEO Factory (a discount towards SEO services).

Pricing and Support

The plans are at the higher end of the spectrum, when compared to both local and international companies. You’re paying a premium price to have servers located in a Tier III center, with a server room operated by IQ PL. The downside here is the 99.982% uptime not being passed on to the customer.

When you checkout, you’re presented with a few promotion options. “Lack” which is a twelve month plan, “Six Months Free”, where you sign up for eighteen months and the prices remain the same, or “First Year Cheaper”, which is a twelve month plan at a cheaper price. To be honest, it’s all very confusing! There’s a 14-day free trial on all plans.

You can contact the team by phone, fax, or online form, as well as a small knowledge base to refer to. Although the business hours aren’t explicit, the website does imply 24/7 customer service is available.

I contacted the team around 5:00 p.m. on a weekday evening by email and I received a response on the same day. The operator was helpful and answered my questions in full.

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Bottom line on IQ PL

IQ PL started life as a two-person team in 2001 and has now expanded into a 30 employee company with a Tier III server room. I’m disappointed with the uptime guarantee, given the quality of the data center, however, the plans are solid and there are plenty of features and resources for most everyday users.

Pros:

  • Server room in Tier III data center
  • Support for all versions of PHP
  • 14-day free trial on all plans
  • Discounts and offers from partner companies

Cons:

  • Uptime guarantee on plans is low
  • Knowledge base is limited

Buy Polish hosting now at IQ PL

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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